Every pregnancy is different, we are constantly told that. And whilst there have been similarities between my two pregnancies there has also been many differences. And honestly it’s been a lot tougher. I didn’t enjoy pregnancy much the first time and it took me a while to feel ready to go through it all again.
I knew this pregnancy was likely to be harder, not only do I have a little toddler to look after my health and fitness level is nowhere near what it was.
I would say when I fell pregnant with Emilia I wasn’t far off the fittest and strongest I have ever been. I was around 5-7 kilos lighter (I don’t weigh myself much) and worked out at least 4 times a week. I continued to lift weights and do lots of cardio right through to the end of my pregnancy. This time around I am only managing to do some light bits of exercise.
I definitely felt bigger earlier as well. I am sure some of that is the extra weight I mentioned before but it’s almost as if my body went yep we know what we have to do. And therefore your bump shows much earlier.
I have been feeling so much more anxious this time around as well.
I don’t know if it’s because I had a few issues early on but I’ve really struggled. For the first few months I almost just ignored being pregnant as I just expected something to go wrong. It’s a horrible feeling and something I haven’t experienced as extremely before. I literally just want to lie down and protect my little bump for the whole 9 months but I know that’s not feasible. I am definitely taking steps to feel more positive which I will talk about in a separate post and as things progress I am feeling better.
There have been some similarities to my last pregnancy, including terrible heartburn, tiredness and sugar cravings. But everything feels that little bit worse. I am not sure if it is or not but that’s how I’m feeling. The sickness seems worse for example. I was actually sick more early on and it’s lasted longer into the pregnancy. I still get it occasionally now at 23 weeks.
I am quite lucky that during this pregnancy I have still had quite frequent midwife appointments even though I’m considered low risk.
I have already had 4 scans (one private) and due to Emilia’s low birth weight am set to have regular growth scans as my pregnancy progresses. My midwife is seeing me more regularly as well which is definitely helping to keep me reassured. My next appointment is with the consultant to discuss the extra growth scans so will have more details on that soon.
I can’t believe I am over half way to meeting our little baby girl, the preparation can really start now.