So, this is the reason some of my America vlogs were a little strange! If you’ve been watching them, you may have noticed that I started off the trip super upbeat, going on hikes and walking lots of places and then I gradually turned into a hermit who barely left the house and complained about feeling sick a lot – well this is why!
I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant and so far, this pregnancy has been quite different to my first one. When I was pregnant with Huxley I didn’t get any symptoms at all. This time round, I’ve had far more symptoms but I think I’ve still had it pretty easy compared with some women. I felt pretty nauseous all day every day from about week 6 – week 12 but was never actually sick. I can’t work out if I was less tired this time around or whether I just had less opportunity to realise I felt tired due to running around after a toddler all the time. I definitely had worse cravings this time around and my sense of smell and the nausea made me super fussy.
Since I’ve been home and passed the 12 week mark, the nausea has definitely worn off but I am ravenous ALL THE TIME. I literally eat about 7 meals a day. I am getting a bit more frustrated this time round now though because I get so worn out even just walking down the road and for someone who is often left without a car and an energetic toddler to entertain, it’s not great! I’ve just taken on a new social media client though so we’re thinking about putting Huxley in nursery for another morning a week which should make things a little easier.
I was thinking I look much bigger this time around but actually I’ve just looked back at my 12-week bump pictures from last time and it’s probably about the same!
In terms of care, I’m being consultant-led this time rather than just seeing a midwife because of what happened when Huxley was born with him being in intensive care for a week. I never really went in to detail about that on my blog because it was too difficult for me but he was basically losing oxygen and I ended up having an emergency c-section which was all fine but the next day we noticed he was twitching a bit funny so we called the nurse in and they whisked him off to intensive care (NICU) and put him in a little plastic box with lots of tubes poking out of him as he was having seizures. The next few days were pretty intense as you can imagine and he had various blood tests and an MRI scan. Luckily, he had no further seizures and they decided he was okay and we’d just have to keep an eye on his development as he got older. The trouble is, because he’d been trapped indoors for a 4 days, he then had jaundice and on top of this, they have to test him for every other possible illness going while he’s in there and unfortunately his results were sent off on a Friday which meant we got stuck in there over the weekend and everything got delayed. It was all very stressful and meant that most of my family couldn’t touch Huxley or cuddle him the first time they met him which was quite upsetting. Anyway, you can read my birth story here if you’re into that kind of thing.
So, I’m being consultant-led anyway, but we got the blood results back for the Down Syndrome screening the other day and my PAPP-A levels are low (I don’t even know what that is) but apparently it means that the baby is growing small so I would have to be consultant-led for that anyway and it means I’ll have to have more scans than usual to check the growth.
Anyway, I’m literally going to have to go now because I’m so hungry that I feel sick, despite having just eaten a bowl of cornflakes and a gingerbread man.
But yay! It’s due on 3rd November and we’ll be finding out the sex at our 20 week scan which will be in June sometime.