I’m putting Week 17 and 18 together as there’s not been much difference between the weeks. The good news is that my bump finally appeared mid-week 17. I’ve been feeling movement from the baby for a few weeks, but now the movement is more towards my belly button and the tummy feels more hard – so I know it’s not just a food belly anymore!
At the start of Week 17, my skin started to itch at my sides, like REALLY itch. It must have been my skin stretching, which makes sense as the bump appeared soon after. I’ve been rubbing in any cream I can find to soothe it, like Body Shop body butter, or Dove moisturising lotion.
I’ve been getting pretty bad backache if I stand for too long, but luckily since Week 17, really kind people have been offering their seat for me on the tube and overground train. I’ve had a ‘Baby on Board’ badge on since the beginning of the month, but now that I have a bump, people are actually getting up for me – lots of generous men and women out there, I am so grateful!
The other thing is the walking, I can’t walk very fast – although my new boots aren’t helping with this – and also it just hurts around where the baby is when I walk for too long. I don’t think this is good, so I thought I should start doing some pregnancy exercises.
When I was pregnant with Tyler, I did Pregnancy Pilates which I had Sky-plussed from this exercise channel that doesn’t exist anymore. I used to do half-an-hour every weekday as soon as I got home from work. This week I tried a Pregnancy Yoga one from YouTube one evening in the bedroom. I switched the lights off and lit a scented candle, and Tyler lay on the bed watching me do all these stretches. It lasted just 10 minutes and I definitely felt better after, so I need to find some time to do this everyday and make it part of my daily routine.
I haven’t really had any cravings these 2 weeks, just food in general – I’m hungry all the time. The indigestion is back too, though I expected this – as the baby grows, there’s less room for the stomach. But I can’t stop eating!
According to the Babycentre app, baby was the size of a turnip in Week 17 and a bell pepper in Week 18. The baby is flexing his/her arms and legs, and the ears are now in their final position – exciting!
There’s just over 2 weeks to go until my next scan when I hope to find out the gender. I seriously can’t wait – oh the suspense!
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Would love to try the yoga, I’ll be on you tube later!
Oh yes do try it, I felt so much better and it’s cheaper than an actual class! x
I’ve just found a load of notifications so look like I’m ignoring everyone. I actually went to a class in my gym and really enjoyed it but haven’t done anything since, really need to get online soon!
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It’s great that people are being nice and letting you sit! I tried yoga but I had really bad morning sickness until about six months – I couldn’t get a long enough gap to get through the workout! x #picknmix
I’ve been lucky so far! Oh my goodness, 6 months of morning sickness, poor you! Xx
Aww what a cute little bump. I was like you and din’t look pregnant for ages, with Ava I was over 20 weeks. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
Ahh thanks 🙂 Haha glad it’s not just me. I’m 19 weeks now and am looking pretty pregnant finally, I’m glad to say! xx
Looking gorgeous 🙂 eek to the back pain though, I hope you’re taking it easy as much as possible lovely x
Stevie x #PicknMix
Aw thank you 🙂 Yeah the back pain is not going, but hopefully I’ll get used to it – there’s ages to go! xx
I’m loving pregnancy yoga! You’re looking fab too, such a cute bump xx
It’s very relaxing isn’t it. Aw thank you, I’ve a neat bump haha! Xx
You are looking fantastic hun! Every pregnancy is different. Your bump is lovely. I hope your back doesn’t bother you too much. Thanks so much for linking up with #bloggerclubuk xx
Ahh thank you. Yes every pregnancy is different, I can’t believe how achy I am this time round! xx
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