6 months pregnancy update: Gender Reveal, Anxiety and Cravings

So I’m now 6 months, or 26 weeks. Or 14 weeks left….sounds better! I said I’d do a pregnancy update as I love reading pregnancy updates from others 🙂

26 week + 4 days bump
26 week + 4 days bump (excuse the dirty mirror…kid hand prints!

The ‘Big’ scan & gender reveal

We had our big 20 week scan at about 22 weeks and delighted to say everything looks ok. I was so worried, I find with each pregnancy you get more and more worried that your luck will run out having perfect healthy babies and pregnancies. So I am delighted and don’t take for granted how lucky I am to soon have a healthy baby hopefully.

So, the sex! Well I have a girl already, then the boy, then the baby girl and this one is………A BOY! I was pretty surprised as I was sure it was a girl because my pregnancy with the boy was horrible and what are the odds of girl, boy, girl, boy. So we are pretty excited now that the boy will have a little brother. He’s chuffed too as are the others.

I found out the sex because….well simply put I’m very impatient. I’m not mad on surprises and I like to be prepared. Great excuse to shop too 😉

Symptoms

I’m not doing too bad on this front. I get bad back, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) and pelvic pain while pregnant but so far it hasn’t been as bad as it was on my other pregnancies. Still, after 3 minutes of hovering my back and hips go into a spasm. Not exactly sore, just uncomfortable and very frustrating not being able to do as much as I need and want to do because my body fails you know?

Anxiety & Depression

I feel this is important to include just because I know others go through it and look to he internet for advice. As some of you know I have clinical depression and anxiety which for the most part I manage well with meds, mindfullness etc.  I’m seeing the psychologist in the Rotunda who is so lovely and explained depression so well to me so if anyone needs to go to him try not to be worried, it’s all very casual and helpful.

I was reluctant to stay on meds during pregnancy but I didn’t on my last 2 pregnancies and ended up constantly battling with my moods suffered really bad then after the birth with my hormones all over the place. So, I think, for me, the benefits of staying on my medicaton outweighs the cons.

The doctor upped my dose slightly too, again not ideal, but because of the extra blood volume my meds are being diluted and my normal dose just wasn’t cutting it. The higher dose has me feeling much more myself. I’m slightly more lethargic but I’ll live with that side effect, easier than having panic attacks during the night. You always have to weigh up the pros and cons to these things and at the very end of the day I need to be in a good head space to mind 3 kids and newborn!

Clothes

I’m pretty much living in high-waisted leggings from Pennys and long/baggy tops. I did buy a comfy pair of jeggings from New Look though just so I have something proper to wear if going out…you know so I don’t look like a complete disheaveled mess all the time 😛 They were only €22.99 too which is great.

new look maternity jeggings jeans

Cravings

I can’t stop eating Easisingles cheese? I gave them up years ago as I know they aren’t the healthiest but I can’t help myself now! Oh and ice pops, anything cold like that or nice cold fruit and I’m all over it.

Sleep

I’m sleeping OK but snoring loads apparently. Himself recorded me because I didn’t believe him and wow am I loud and all the giving out I do about his snoring ha! I was awake until 2am last night though as the baby had hiccups for about an hour and a half! The jerks my stomach were doing stopped me from sleeping, crazy and amazing all at once.

So that’s just a little update on how things are going. Any other pregnant ladies? How you are getting on. Oh and my belly button is still in just in case you’re wondering, seems to be one of those pregnancy questions people like to know! Yaz xo

 

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