Friday, 9 September 2016

First Trimester Update: 1 - 13 Weeks of Pregnancy

Hello! I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant so it does feel a little strange writing a first trimester update! I took a break from blogging and have only recently just started back up again. It would take me a long time to catch up on weekly pregnancy updates now I am just over half way through. Instead I have decided to give you updates at every trimester. So heres the first trimester and soon I will be able to share my experience of the second trimester! 


First Trimester Update: 1 - 13 Weeks of Pregnancy

Baby has been very busy during the first trimester growing a placenta, facial features and developing her nervous system including brain and spinal cord. By the end of the first trimester baby is fully formed, looking more like a tiny human, having all its limbs, fingers and toes! Baby can also now open and close her fists and mouth and teeth are starting to form. Many of babies organs are working including the heart, liver and kidneys. 

By the end of the first trimester baby measures around 7.6 to 10 cm (3 to 4") and weighs around 28g (1 oz).

Symptoms:

Morning Sickness - Morning sickness kicked in thick and fast for me. I first started to feel it at around 6 weeks and it peaked at around 12 weeks then started to gradually subside. I found that eating pieces of fruit little and often throughout the morning really helped as well as nibbling on a ginger biscuit before getting up in the morning.

Fatigue - I felt tired all the time! I would come in from work and jump straight into bed, that was me done for the day! I fund myself stealing naps whenever I could!

Breast Tenderness - By 10 weeks I had purchased my first set of maternity bras! Not only had I gone up two cup sizes in a very short amount of time my breast hurt like crazy. I called into my local Debenhams and got myself properly measured. I bought bras with no underwire which felt really comfy and helped with the tenderness.

Constipation - Even before pregnancy I was never a regular pooper! I could happily go three days without having a bowl movement. Pregnancy however made things worse. I think the longest I went was six days and when I did eventually go it was really hard and painful! Eating fruit helped but one saving grace I did find was using a toddler toilet step. I would put my feet up on the step and could assume and more comfortable squatting position. Lets just say there really is no dignity in pregnancy! 

The Best Moments:

Positive Pregnancy Test - Seeing those two lines appear was a really special moment! I spent the rest of the day letting out a freakish giggle every time I thought of the test. I also got very addicted to seeing those two lines taking a pregnancy test every few days just to make sure!

Private Dating Scan - After having recurrent miscarriages there was no way I could wait until my 12 week scan and there was no guarantee I would be offered a dating scan as I had been tracking my cycles and knew the date of my last period. Ian and I decided to pay £60 for a private dating scan to make sure that everything was okay with baby. I was only 7 weeks pregnant so there was not much to see on the scan but hearing babies heartbeat was so reassuring, I cried with relief.

Pregnancy Announcement - Once I had my 12 week scan we decided it was time to announce the pregnancy, there was just no way I could keep it inside anymore and I had already started to show a small baby bump. I had so much fun looking on Pinterest for ideas and decided that I wanted to include our two cats, Mia and Molly, in our announcement. The cats took some bribing with treats to get the perfect shot but it was worth it!



The Worst Moments:

Fear - Finding out I was pregnant again after three miscarriages was really stressful. I want to do a post sharing my experience of recurrent miscarriages and our journey to try and find answers but at the moment I just don't feel ready. The first trimester was the worst taking everything day by day. Now I am in the second trimester we have started a relax, taking things week by week. I just don't think the fear will completely go until Ava Mae is here and I have her in my arms!

Kidney Stones - This is not pregnancy related but its something I had to deal with in my first trimester. Having kidney stones is no fun at the best of times but being pregnant made it so much harder! I started having a pain in my side at 6 weeks and after the miscarriages alarm bells started ringing so I went straight to hospital. After having baby checked over I was told it was 'baby growing pains' and was sent home. I felt like a failure, how could baby growing cause this much pain or was I just being a wimp? The pain kept coming until finally my mum decided enough was enough. She took me to her local hospital who ran tests and told me I had two kidney stones in my left kidney, no wonder I was in pain! Although I had a reason for the pain there was nothing I could do for it, the high dose painkillers I needed were a no no during pregnancy and I could not have medication to help pass the kidney stones either! My midwife said if I would pass kidney stones with no pain relief then labour would be a breeze...I hope she's right!

Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Moment:

Throwing up all over my car steering wheel! It was bound to happen at some whilst driving to work and I quickly purchased a small bucket to keep in the passenger footwell for future journeys.

Claire Louise Xx

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Castle Rising Kings Lynn

Hello! I feel like my blog has been overwhelmed with pregnancy related post at the moment. As much as I love sharing my pregnancy journey I want to try and keep a balance on my blog, so you can have a nice bit of everything!

In March Ian and I had a few days away with some friends in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. We all stayed in a little holiday cottage tucked away in the gorgeous Norfolk countryside. The cottage we stayed in was not far away from Castle Rising and we just could not resist a visit.


"Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance. In its time Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and for a brief time in the 18th century even housed a mental patient." - www.castlerising.co.uk.

Admittance to the Castle was really reasonable at £4.50 for adults and £3 for children with the option to purchase an audio guide. The visitor center also had a carpark, gift shop and toilets so there was no worry about staying for the full day and there is also a lovely cafe and pub nearby. 

I never leave the house without some sort of device for taking photos be it my phone, a little compact camera of my DSLR. Our trip to Kings Lynn was no different so along with my weekend bag I also had my camera bag. At Castle Rising I took lots of photos as it is such a beautiful place, full of character and history. I loved capturing the detail of the stonework. If any of you use Fickr don't forget to follow me, I'm always uploading snaps from little adventures! 

Claire Louise Xx

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