Friday, 21 September 2018

The First Trimester - 9 - 13 Weeks Pregnant Baby #4

Again my symptoms stayed fairly regular during the second half of the first trimester and very similar to the first half.

9 Weeks
Bloating, tired, nausea at times and sore breasts. My nausea started to ease off a little, of course this freaked me out. 

10 Weeks
I was hit with bad nausea again after a little break during week 9. I was also sick twice this week which was worse than other weeks at 10 week exactly and 10+4. I was super tired still and just felt generally awful. I did have an early scan at this point which I will be doing a full post about very soon. 

11 Weeks
We announced. We were going to wait until our 12 week scan but as we'd already had a scan we decided to announce earlier. Again this week i suffered with nausea, i was emotional, I was still tired but not exhausted where i felt like i could barely move off the sofa. I was sick once at 11+4, that seemed to be a theme! I also think my belly popped a little this week.

12 Weeks
I finally felt baby move at 12+1! i was so excited and we also had our scan that day too. My placenta is anterior which I thought might be the case as i felt harleigh at 11 weeks. I had some good and bad days, i still had nausea and had to eat little and often. 

13 Weeks
More movements, I had a bad week for headaches this week and more nausea. My skin was still awful on my shoulders and back. 

My symptoms started to ease off again around 12 weeks which was nice. I managed to survive the first trimester without HG and was over the moon. I started drinking the odd cup of tea and eating bits of chocolate at 12 weeks too. I still can't eat ham in a sandwich on its own and I'm too scared to try garlic bread.

Nicola xx

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Siblings - September 2018

Another month and this month I can finally talk about how there will soon be FOUR!! Just after last months post we announced that baby number 4 will be joining us in March, we are so excited and so are the kids.

It only seemed fitting that one of this months sibling pictures should include all four. We tried our best, Harleigh wouldn't cooperate at all. I hope its easier when baby arrives to get a cute picture of all four!

This month was also a big month because Parker started school. I can't believe we now have two in the same school, it's so crazy! They are loving seeing each other at play time and lunch time though. I love knowing that Paige will look out for Parker. And how proud does Harleigh look?!

Nicola Xx

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Viability Scan with Window To The Womb

Early pregnancy can be a very scary time. You typically don't get your first scan until 12 weeks. It's so long to wait, especially if you aren't feeling great or have no symptoms at all.

Window to the Womb offer private ultrasounds. They have a wide range of packages and the one I went with was a viability scan at 10 weeks. You can have the scan from as early as 6 weeks pregnant, that could be just 2 weeks after your positive test. The scans are provided by firstscan at window to the womb clinics.

The heart of the scans is all about the well being of mum and of baby. The viability scan is designed to give you the earliest confirmation of a viable pregnancy. They check for a viable pregnancy, visualise heartbeat and also complete a diagnostic report all in a safe, warm environment. They also provide internal scans if they are needed.

It felt like a really long wait to reach 10 weeks but we did it and the day came to get my scan. I was very nervous and just wanted everything to be ok. Mark and I arrived to the Leeds clinic and were greeted by the lovely staff. I was given a form to fill out that needed general health information plus dates of my last period and first positive pregnancy test. There were snacks and drinks available to purchase and a lovely waiting area for us to sit.

Once in the scanning room we were made to feel very welcome and at ease. It can be such an anxious time. The monitors were turned off whilst our lovely sonographer checked on baby, once she saw baby and a heartbeat the monitors were turned on and it was our turn to take that first precious look at our baby.

We had a lovely check of baby, saw the heartbeat, cord and yolk sac. The head and features were pointed out too which was lovely. Any questions I had were answered straight away. My ovaries were also checked and everything looked perfect. 

The scan lasted around 10 minutes and then we went back into the waiting room for our report and picture. We really felt cared for and everyone made the whole experience so special. I would highly recommend an early scan, for piece of mind and reassurance.  

Have you ever had an early scan in pregnancy?

Nicola xx

*Disclaimer - I was provided with a complimentary scan for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The First Trimester - 4 - 8 Weeks Pregnant Baby #4

I'm going to do all my first trimester updates in two blog posts, mainly to catch up quicker and because this time my symptoms were very similar each and every week. 

4 Weeks
I had six positive tests over the week. I also had a lot of symptoms. These included nausea, bleeding gums, hungry, extra tired, emotional, bloated, stuffy nose and swollen breasts. The nausea was starting to get pretty bad already. 

5 Weeks
My symptoms were very similar to week 4. I was exhausted, sill had nausea, started breaking out in spots on my back, some hot flushes, so bloated, headaches, swollen breasts. 

6 Weeks
Nausea, heartburn, still spotty, bloated, trapped wind, swollen breasts, tired. Again very similar to week 5. craving crisps, pizza and big macs.

7 Weeks
Exhausted, very drained, bloated, nausea. I was sick for the first time in week 7 at 7+4. I couldn't stand the smell of marks coffee.

8 Weeks
Bloated, backache, tired, can only eat little amounts, nausea very really bad, went off garlic bread and I was sick once again at 8+4. Still breaking out, mostly on my body. I had my first midwife appointment and everything went well.

During these weeks I basically spent all day feeling sick, trying to eat little and often but not wanting to eat. I went off tea, chocolate, garlic bread, ham and anything too dry. I was really worried at HG early on, I've suffering really badly in the past and wondered how I'd cope but I was very thankful to have what seemed like normal morning sickness and that i was only sick twice, even if I did have the constant nausea.

Nicola Xx
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