dress / sandals / bag
So I've been wondering how to cover this pregnancy on my blog. With Wilf everything was so new and all consuming, long (long!) time readers of this blog will know I wrote a weekly letter to him here on the blog, about what size he was and what I was doing that week. I've felt a bit guilty about not doing the same this time round but it doesn't feel right somehow and I didn't want to force it.
I think part of why is that when I was pregnant with Wilf no one really read my blog and although I'm in no way a 'big blogger' now I have a lot more readers than back then (when it was mainly Tom and my mum!). Sharing these letters seems a bit too personal now. I've decided that I'll be writing a few letters for him/her which I'll keep off the blog, I certainly won't be keeping up the weekly correspondence though (sorry second baby, I'm a lot busier this time round!).
I've also not written a huge amount about my pregnancy yet as for the most part I've not been enjoying it. Again I feel guilty mentioning this as I know I'm so lucky to be having a second child and moaning about it seems ungrateful. The truth is though I've been really struggling with sickness and there have been times when I've just felt utterly miserable. I thought I'd share a few thoughts on how it's been going apart from that though and hopefully this sickness will pass soon and I'll get my ' pregnancy glow' and positivity back ;)
Largely this pregnancy has felt very similar to Wilf's in that I've not escaped the symptoms I suffered with him. That being said they were a lot more intense the first time round and although I've been feeling rotten I've not been feeling AS rotten..so that's something..see positivity?
There are a few reasons I think I've not been suffering as badly and a large part of that has been that I've made sure I'm seeing an acupuncturist regularly. In fact the weeks when I've been my worst have been times I've not been able to make a session (like when we're traveling) so I certainly think it does help. I did see someone with my previous pregnancy but I found them so expensive I only paid for 3, I've realised now that my health is much more important and I'm totally happy to pay for anything that's going to help with that.
Like my previous pregnancy I've had a crazy addiction to fruit, it's fading a little now but for 4-12 weeks I've been eating about ten pieces of fruit a day and washing it down with orange juice too! I've completely gone off tea and coffee (even decaf) pretty much as soon as I realised I was pregnant the smell of either turned my stomach. I had this before too and thankfully as soon as I'd given birth I was able to drink a cup of tea again which was a relief (I love tea). I've also felt much better being outdoors than in so we've spent lots and lots of time sitting in parks eating fruit which isn't too bad a symptom as they go.
My tummy is a lot bigger a lot quicker which I assumed would happen and I'm quite glad of in a way as actually look pregnant and not just like I've got a bit tubby. It does make me wonder just how big I'll get though as I was so large at 20 weeks last time I had people asking if I was due any day. Wilf was quite a large baby (9,2) but I also had a fair bit of water and a huge placenta so giving birth I lost two stone straight away which is quite funny. I really enjoyed getting bigger in pregnancy and I'm not really worried about how much weight I put on this time round, I found that breastfeeding pretty much made my pregnancy weight fall off and I was back to my pre-weight about 9 months after having Wilf. Although when I stopped breastfeeding I put on half a stone in a month, clearly I didn't realise just how much it was still doing and I hadn't curbed my cake habit ;)
That being said I've been needing to wear maternity clothes since about ten weeks. I've found the selections from most high street stores really disappointing (and not sure why they are so sure pregnant women must wear stripes). I've actually just being buying clothes from brands I already like but in the size up. I know this won't work in later pregnancy but I think it's worth it as I can also wear them after I've given birth and I've made sure to buy ones that I can breastfeed it to so feel like a better investment.
The dress above is from good 'ol Boden. You probably can't see from the picture but it buttons down so I can nurse in it when the time comes. I also picked up this one which has a cross over front so I can do the same. It's only £29 at the moment so I'm actually thinking of picking up a few different patterns.
The only maternity clothes I've bought that I've liked so far have been from Verbaudet. I got this dress which is actually designed as a breastfeeding dress and also this one (pictured above)
which is super comfy and just a really classic piece.
I think that's it so far! How did you find your second pregnancy differed from your first?
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