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Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

 

This blog has been very neglected over the past few months but I wanted to make sure to write a post about my second trimester of pregnancy as I love looking back on these posts. 

I'm now 32 weeks so well into the third trimester (it's all feeling very real now) and feeling very heavy and achy, but for the most part the second trimester was pretty smooth sailing! It was a lot less tiring than the first although I did find it harder to get up and move around than I did when pregnant with Florence. There have definitely been more aches and pains this pregnancy! I invested in a BBhugme pregnancy pillow (second hand on marketplace for almost half the price and in great condition - winner) and it has been one of my best ever purchases - I don't know what I would have done without it! I was finding it so hard to get comfortable and this really helped.

I started feeling movements around 15 weeks which was earlier than I did with Florence although I did have an anterior placenta with her which mean you can feel movements later. The baby is super active and decides to party hard when I go to sleep which can be a bit distracting! Although they don't get hiccups at all which is funny as Florence always had them in my tummy - and gets them a lot now when she laughs too much. 

Speaking of Florence, she's loved seeing my bump grow and has named the baby 'baby cheese'. She has been pressing her face to it and chatting away. And when we came home from our 20 week scan she pointed to the ultrasound and said 'baby cheese!' which I was pretty impressed with. 

Our twenty week scan went well and all is looking good with the baby. It was amazing to see him/her wriggling around on the screen and feel kicks at the same time. Chris was allowed into the scan with me too which was good as I know lots haven't been able to because of the pandemic. We are going to have another surprise although it was so tempting to know at the scan! I feel like it's a boy but I did with Florence so who knows. 

We have a few girls names on our shortlist and a couple of favourites, and we have a few boys names but are finding them much harder! We might just get Florence to choose - baby Cheese does have a ring to it!

The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the most scenic villages near Lincoln



5 scenic villages near Lincoln

Lincoln is a fantastic city which is surrounded by lots of gorgeous villages. Here are 5 of the most scenic villages near the centre (but there are so many more to explore!) - I'd highly recommend paying them a visit if you're looking for a trip out.

Aubourn Lincoln
© Richard Croft

1. Aubourn

Aubourn is situated 8 miles south of Lincoln and is really well situated for walks and horse riding. Aubourn Hall (pictured above) is a beautiful early to mid-17th-century house set in 1.2 hectares of gardens which are often open for visitors to look around. The village has a one way system which is unusual for a small village and is home to a lovely pub, The Royal Oak.

© Oliver Mills

2. Heighington

Heighington is around 5 miles from the centre and is a village that adjoins another beautiful area called Washingborough. Part of Heighington lies within a conservation area and there are a number of listed homes in the area. The village has great amenities including two pubs, a small supermarket and two village halls.


Nettleham
© Graham Hogg

3. Nettleham

Nettleham is a large village within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It is a delightful village to visit, with a picturesque village green, dreamy stone cottages and a sparkling beck. It's well served for amenities with four pubs and a number of shops, and has a lovely play area too. There's also a tea shop which is a great option if you're not a pub fan.

Navenby
© Dave Bevis

4. Navenby

There are a number of villages in Lincoln which sit along the cliff, and are known as the Cliff Villages. They are ideally situated for panoramic views across Lincolnshire and all of them are beautiful and well worth a visit or a drive through as it's a lovely scenic drive. Navenby is one of the larger Cliff Villages and is a bustling village filled with shops, pubs, florists and delicious bakeries.

© Neil Theasby

5. Tealby

Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Tealby is often cited as one of the best places to visit in Lincolnshire. Classed as an area of outstanding beauty, it attracts many visitors with its picturesque houses, walks, views and local businesses. It is a classic, picture postcard English village and is also home to The Vintage Tearooms which are very highly regarded. The village even has its own website which you can visit here.



Pregnancy: The First Trimester


If you read my earlier post or saw my post on Instagram, you'll know that we are expecting baby number two in March! I'm now 15 weeks so am in my second trimester and it is lovely to be starting to feel a little more normal, although I'm still having to take naps when Florence is napping so am hoping that will ease up a bit soon.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started writing a diary with my symptoms so that I could share them on here. So let's whizz back in time to those early weeks and the first trimester...

4 weeks

I'm writing this the day after we found out I'm pregnant so very early days. The first symptom I noticed about a week before my period was due was that my boobs felt heavy and were pretty sore. I always needed to go to the toilet a lot, felt ridiculously hungry (and nothing would satisfy it - it was constant hunger pangs), felt slightly nauseous and also so tired. I had to take a few naps in the day to get me through which I haven't had to do for months. When I look back at my symptoms with Florence they were almost identical! 

I held out from testing until the day my period was due and used a first response. With Florence I tested a couple of days later and even then the line was so very faint, but this time the line appeared in about two seconds and was so strong - I couldn't believe it. 

6 weeks

I'm now almost 7 weeks and my symptoms have stayed pretty similar. I've been really tired and find it hard to make it through the day without a nap. I've also come down with a cold (I suspect from Florence's nursery) and that has not been fun as I've been a snotty mess and can't take any of the good cold medicine. My appetite has been small but could be related to the cold. I went to Aldi this evening and bought a few things I've not bought in forever like spaghetti hoops and ready made mash potato. I was also craving tiger bread with lots of butter so that went in the trolley! 

I haven't had any sickness but random things make me feel like I'm about to vom - like a strong smelling cheese. We stayed in an AirBnB this weekend and there were a couple of rogue hairs and a dirty mug in the apartment - it made me feel awful.

8 weeks

We told our parents and my sister around 7 weeks and it was amazing. We asked Florence where the baby was and she pointed to my stomach - it was so funny seeing the penny drop. My Mum had been suspecting it but it even took her a little while to click! They are all over the moon and I can't wait to tell more people when we have had our scan. 

I am still feeling pretty tired and usually have a nap when Florence is to get me through. I don't feel like I'm much fun at the moment! Getting to sleep at night is also taking me longer and is annoying as isn't something I usually have an issue with.

My appetite is smaller than usual but I have to eat frequently as there's a very thin line between hunger and nausea. I've had a few days where I've felt quite sicky but it's not been too bad and nothing compared to what others have. I've been having round ligament pains a little bit too, especially when I sneeze. Something I had forgotten about from last time.

On the whole I'm feeling very similar to last time and although I have a toddler to look after, I'm so grateful to not have to commute and work in an office all day.

12 weeks

The tiredness has eased up slightly and I don't seem to be having as many odd rough days which is good. I'm still having naps every so often but generally feeling more normal. One symptom I've had this time round is insomnia which is so annoying as I love my sleep and usually have a solid night. I'll either wake up for an hour in the middle of the night or wake up before 6am and can't get back to sleep.

We have just had our 12 week scan and it was amazing to see the baby wriggling and dancing around! It wasn't in the right position to be measured so I had to do a few star jumps to wake him/her up - luckily it did the trick and my due date has been moved to a couple of days earlier than expected. Chris was able to come into the scan with me but had to wait outside before and after. He had about two hours in the car whilst I met a midwife and had my blood taken etc - I've not missed the regular blood tests and urine samples.

I'm definitely showing earlier this time, especially in the evenings and have had to start wearing maternity clothes a lot earlier. I have to admit, I'm loving being able to wear pregnancy jeans again!

You can read my first trimester diary with Florence here.