I am almost 20 weeks in to my pregnancy and Pea is apparently the size of a banana. I’ve been very lucky to experience a let up in my symptoms, which means I can get on with my life. After feeling rotten for most of the first trimester I want to make the most of these few months before I get too big and uncomfortable.
I have to say that it was a huge relief to get my motivation back. I was starting to wonder whether lying on the sofa all day not wanting to move because it made me feel sick was going to turn in to one of those self perpetuating circumstances where it became hard to get anything done ever again. Luckily it didn’t.
A new exercise regime
I’ve put my renewed energy to good use by getting myself back in to a regular pattern of exercise. I run once a week, albeit only 4k instead of nearer to 10k. I’m trying hard to listen to my body, running at a pace I feel comfortable with that doesn’t leave me too out of breath. I swim once a week too and have gradually increased my distance since my winter break. I have a newfound respect for swimming since my bump started to develop; it is supported in the water and I feel like I can safely push myself a little harder than I do when I’m pounding the pavements. I have also started pregnancy Pilates, which I love. It’s so nice to spend an hour and a half focusing on my posture, something that I often neglect in favour of slouching (a phenomenon other tall people will be familiar with). I always feel lovely and stretched out afterwards. Plus, it’s a great chance to meet other expectant mums. There are 3 other girls in my class who are due around the same time as me. Last week we finally breached that awkward “what’s your name” barrier and, in time, I can see us bonding over shared circumstances.
Preparing for Pea
My energy boost has also seen me paying some attention to household projects that need finishing off. I know that if they’re not done before Pea arrives, they’ll probably never get done. I have a few upcycling projects underway and last bits to finish from our hall, stairs and landing redecoration at the end of last year. I’m also working on some nursery furniture for Pea. I retrieved a small chest of drawers from the local tip and recently purchased a set from eBay that is high enough to double as a changing table. They are both being treated to a lick of paint, new handles and a wallpaper lining so they look like they were always meant to be together. It’s taking me a bit of time but they cost a fraction of the price of baby furniture I’ve looked at so far, and they’re unique!
I should probably counteract all this talk about energy by acknowledging the fact that I have noticed myself getting tired more quickly. I have to remind myself that all the time I’m busy going about my day to day life, I am also growing a little person who is dependent on my resources to fuel its growth – not surprising then that I treat myself to the occasional nap.
I’ve started looking at prams and my friends have been kind enough to let me road test theirs. It has highlighted the importance of a suitably high handle, mainly to avoid kicking the wheels. I’m planning on summarising my findings in a blog post so look out for that here.
As for the Pea, well it’s making its presence known in my ever increasing bump. There are some days when I seem to sprout between waking up in the morning and going to bed at night and I am freaking out a little about how big it’s going to get. There’s no hiding it anymore, but at least I’ve passed the phase of looking like I ate too many pies. Well it’s not pies I need to worry about, it’s sweet treats. I’m still doing a good job of eating lots of fruits and vegetables but chocolate and biscuits have found a regular place in my diet at the moment. I reason that it can’t be too bad as long as good stuff goes in too, at least while I’m still able to exercise. I’ll not be surprised if this little one follows in my footsteps and has an incredibly sweet tooth.
I heard Pea’s heartbeat at my 16 week midwife appointment (hubby was very jealous to have missed out). It reassured me that things are still OK and over the past week I’ve started to feel Pea moving. I’ve spent a lot of time analysing every gurgle and pulse in my stomach but I am now pretty confident that I can distinguish baby movements from everything else going on in there. I can see why they say it feels like butterflies or popcorn but those things are hard to identify at first. I can’t wait until I can feel proper kicks and hubby can feel them too.
Along with my increasing bump has come an increasing need to shop for maternity clothes. OK I ordered my maternity jeans and leggings on the afternoon of my last scan but I am getting pretty desperate for boring things like bras, tights and a swimming costume. Each time I put them on I seem to bulge out a little more. As for tops, well my usual t-shirts were short before I expanded so I am loving long tops right now, some maternity and some not.
I should probably work out some sort of capsule wardrobe to see me through the next 5 months rather than buying things at random as they take my fancy, but I’m still waiting to see what the weather does. As spring creeps ever closer and there are more blue sky days I am conscious that it could get pretty hot as I reach the later stages of pregnancy, and when that happens jeans will not be my friend. Fingers crossed for some pretty, summery maternity clothes in the shops (or at least online) soon.
So, this week will finish with our 20 week scan. We are both so excited to see Pea again but can’t believe it will be the last time until August.
If you’re pregnant and reading this, how far along are you? Do you have any tips for a capsule maternity wardrobe? Any suggestions gratefully received.