I wanted to kick off my return to blogging with an update on my pregnancy. We’re pregnant with baby #2 and the weeks are sailing by. The first trimester was definitely the longest though! Morning sickness, another threatened miscarriage and getting my head round the possibility of another little one running around in the near future; I was wishing the first trimester away and hoping for an easy few months ahead.
This pregnancy was a little surprise. We were planning to try for baby #2 next year, which meant we had to move our Wedding. Our Wedding was meant to be this August, but we quickly agree to move this to next June where we could fully enjoy the occasions separately (and I wanted to wear my dream dress!)
Like my first pregnancy, I really want to document it but it’s taken me this long to actually get round to getting chance. I’ve loved being to read back into what I was experiencing and feeling in my last pregnancy. But as much as a lot of it has been the same this time round, I’m feeling a lot different. Whether it’s having to run round after a toddler or just very different symptoms. There’s definitely some truth in that no two pregnancies are the same for me.
We found out we were expecting baby #2 when I must have only been 3 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I hadn’t been tracking my cycles but have had really short cycles since having Lily. I don’t know what even made me think to take a pregnancy test. The test was pretty much as positive as it could be!
We went ahead and booked in an early private scan for the month after to see if we could estimate how far along we were. Especially as I wanted to get signed up with the midwife on time. Just like my last pregnancy I experienced some bleeding. This can be totally normal and I wasn’t too concerned as I didn’t experience any cramping. Our private scan showed the baby was 7 weeks pregnant and the baby was perfectly developing. Between having the private scan and my first midwife appointment, I experienced a lot more bleeding. I knew I could have gone to hospital to have another early scan but the bleeding never got as heavy and I wasn’t passing any clots like what I experienced with Lily. So, I carried on like normal and waiting it out till our first scan.
Hitting the 12 week mark!
Our first scan showed that I had another Subchorionic Hemorrhage, just the same as what I experienced in the first and second trimester of my last pregnant. The sonographer wasn’t sure that either clots were actually currently bleeding out, so wasn’t able to confirm if this was definitely the reason for the bleeding. But again we waited it out and went for another scan two weeks later. Luckily this scan showed that the Subchorionic Hemorrhage had shrunk but the bleeding carried on till around 17/18 weeks. This subsided a lot quicker than last time.
My 12 weeks scan also showed an anterior placenta again, but it wasn’t till my 20 week scan that we found out I had Placenta previa. This is where the placenta has imbedded at the bottom covering all or part of the cervix. Luckily mine isn’t covering all the cervix, but I’ll have this checked up on a few times within my growth scans with the hope that it raises a little while my uterus expands.
This pregnancy I’m being consultant-led, so I’ll have plenty of extra scans to check on the growth of the baby. The main concerns are another pre-term spontaneous labour, being Strep-B positive, recurring post-natal depression and the baby having a low birth weight. It only means some extra growth scans, just in case I need to be induced earlier than usual for the baby.
I’ve already grown quite the bump and it’s nothing like my last pregnancy. I started wearing maternity jeans from around 9/10 weeks for comfort and I’m now fully sporting a full maternity wardrobe.
All the feels!
I definitely feel pregnant this time – with all added aches and pains! The sickness has stopped completely (which I’m extremely grateful for!) I’m suffering a bit with my stomach muscles which doesn’t help but I’m feeling positive that with the extra care and scans that nothing is being over-looked this time.
I’m so excited for the next trimester to whizz by!