I’ve got another trimester under my belt -quite literally, I feel bloody massive!- and figured it would be good to post an update on how the second trimester went. My last pregnancy update (What I Wish I’d Known About The First Trimester) was pretty negative. And the past 3 months have been really lovely. Life changing. Character defining. Magical even!

Baby brain is real!

Although if I’m being honest, the past 3 months have also being hideously uneventful. I feel as though in comparison to my pre-pregnancy life, I do very little. Gestating is hard work. And really tiring. I find myself struggling to make conversation sometimes as I’ve got no news. Nothing to report. I accidentally find myself talking about stuff I’ve seen on the internet as if it’s happened to me. “I saw this amazing Tweet today”.

Baby brain is real. And operating on less sleep, with less resources definitely takes it out of you. I feel a bit like my internal monologue has gone from never shutting down. To thinking purely in emoji.

I find myself forgetting CSS rules I learned over a decade ago. Stuff which is engrained in me. Which I have written thousands of time. Or staring at words thinking they no longer look right. Seemingly having forgotten how to spell.

I know the next few months are going to go even slower. I’m so excited to meet our baby now and go between feeling terrified that in just 12 weeks I’ll be someone’s Mum. To wondering how I’m going to wait that long. As work winds down and I get bigger, time will drag but I’ve saved up lots of fun tasks for this period. Plus it will be Autumn. Which brings HALLOWEEN. If all else fails I can paint my middle orange and do my best pumpkin impression.

Second trimester

Showing – My Baby Bump

I started to show pretty early but spent quite a while in that awkward in-between phase. Where I just looked as though I had gained a few pounds. Not properly pregnant with a bump. But there’s no missing it now. My pre-pregnancy bottoms don’t fit and I’m pretty obviously pregnancy. I like my bump and weirdly think I’ll miss it when it’s gone. But thankfully I’ve not yet encountered anyone invading my personal space or patting it.

I was able to see her thrashing around, moving her little arms and legs.

Finding Out The Sex

As my husband couldn’t make the important 20 week scan, we decided to do a private one together. We went at 16 weeks which meant we were able to find out the baby’s sex. We didn’t have a preference either way, but were both curious. 9 months feels like such a long time, it was fun finding out something about our baby in the meantime. I’m really glad we found out, as doing so helped me to bond with my pregnancy massively. It just makes the whole thing seem so much realer.

Bonding With My Bump In The Second Trimester

The 12 week scan was such a relief. And I loved getting a glimpse of her. But at 16 weeks things were even clearer. I was able to see her thrashing around, moving her little arms and legs. It was a really amazing experience.

What I didn’t expect to see in an ultrasound, was her tiny face. We could clearly make out some of her features. Her nose, chin and mouth. Being able to see a photo of her so clearly, made me feel a huge surge of love. Until this point I was excited. Thrilled. But pregnancy felt so surreal. Seeing the little person who’s inside of me and knowing she’s ours and on her way to us was amazing.

I went from wanting a baby, to wanting our baby. Specifically that little person. I fell in love with her.

Whilst I have no expectations about who she will be. Or what she will be like. It made me feel a little closer to having her here with us. She has a name now (which I’ve almost accidentally written 20938123 times in this post!). And we’ve started to buy things, ready for her arrival.

I was completely amazed at how much they can see, when she is so tiny.

20 Week Scan

The sex scan was a lovely shared experience. And reassuring, in that I knew she was still in there. And seemingly ok. But the big one, was the 20 week scan. And I was terrified.

Also known as an anomaly scan, the 20 week scan looks at the baby’s development in as much detail as possible. Any major issues may be flagged up here.

The sonographer checked every vertebrae in her spine, every major organ and even her main arteries. She looked at blood pumping back and forth and checked the valves. I was completely amazed at how much they can see, when she is so tiny.

The scan went well and I loved having my Mum there to experience it with me. We could see the baby pounding the edge of my uterus with her two tiny fists. And her tiny foot kicking. Which was surreal to say the least.

Tossing and turning. Responding to our voices, loud noises and music.

Movement

One of the best things about the second trimester was feeling the baby move. I had no idea what to expect. Or what I should be looking out for. And initially wasn’t sure if what I was feeling, was even her. It quickly ramped up with intensity though and now there is no mistaking it. As I type this I can feel her kicking and pushing me. I can see from the outside, little feet or arms booting away. It’s strangely comforting and whilst I know I’ll probably be too tired and preoccupied to notice, I think I’ll miss it when she’s here.

The fact there’s a small person living and growing inside of me is so surreal. Tossing and turning. Responding to our voices, loud noises and music. Even hiccuping. If I poke her, she pokes me back.

Although I have to admit I turn to mush whenever I see the feet of her onesies.

Buying Clothes & Decorating The Nursery

Now it’s time to start baby shopping, I’ve found it harder than I expected. I feel strangely defensive of her and who she is. No matter how cute, I can’t bring myself to buy very stylised clothes. I just don’t know yet if she would like them. And I realise that sounds strange.

I’m not expecting her to pop out and for us to ‘just know’, or for her to tell us. But buying clothes for someone who hasn’t been born yet is a hard task. There’s a lot of blue and pink in shops. So everything we’ve bought so far has been quite simple and neutral. I’m looking forward to picking clothes for her when she’s here. Although I have to admit I turn to mush whenever I see the feet of her onesies. Newborn babies are so tiny.

We’re now looking at decorating the nursery. And have gone for a neutral colour scheme. With lots of cute decor. Hunting for nursery decor has become my favourite thing to do when having a lazy hour on the sofa.

The biggest thing we had to get sorted was our pram. Before I was pregnant I assumed a pram was a pram. A thing for pushing the baby around, with wheels. I wasn’t ready for travel systems. Hundreds of brands. And finding a pram which would work for us and all our requirements. It’s a minefield.

As it would turn out, buying the pram was pretty stressful. But not for the reasons I expected!

pram second trimester

Buying A Pram (& Random Fainting Episodes)

We went to a Mothercare event to buy the pram as they gave a 10% discount and had various baby talks going on. It was funny being with so many pregnant ladies. The store was fairly full and everyone milled (waddled) around.

If I had to faint somewhere, Mothercare was probably the best place.

We found a shop assistant and she took us through everything with the pram. Pretty normal. Although I did feel I had been stood on my feet for a while and was feeling a bit uncomfortable. She took us over to the till to buy it. And that’s when things got really weird.

I felt suddenly super hot and short of breath. I tried going for a little walk. But went back to the till and just knew I had to sit down. I draped myself over the counter and the staff noticed something was wrong. The rest is a blur but a member of staff pulled out a chair from behind the till for me. My hearing disappeared. And my vision was replaced with bright white light. Next thing I knew, I came to on the floor. On a cot mattress (which was surprisingly comfortable) in a sweaty heap. I had fainted.

A lovely woman was holding my hand, taking my pulse. As it was a baby event, a midwife had been there. And she had helped put me on the floor. If I had to faint somewhere, Mothercare was probably the best place. Although I was completely mortified.

Someone suggested I had got over excited about the pram. I can be dramatic at the best of times. But have to admit that would be a stretch even for me! A huge makeup haul? Maybe.

it’s time to start thinking about things like birth plans and hospital bags

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Another one to add to the list of things no one tells you about pregnancy. Lugging a baby around hurts. And can cause lots of problems. I’ve developed SPD, or Pelvic Girdle Pain. Which in a -non medical- nutshell means your legs, bum and bump hurt a lot. Just a quick walk around the supermarket is enough to aggravate it. So I’ve been doing physio and wearing a really sexy support belt.

Being less mobile only adds to the boredom factor. But there’s only 12 weeks left to go. I’ve been thinking of ways to spend my last weeks once on maternity. Constructive things like completing my Pokedex and watching that series of Nurse Jackie I never got around to finishing.

The third trimester means it’s time to start thinking about things like birth plans and hospital bags. Next month we have our antenatal classes. And before I know it, I’ll be on maternity leave. It’s exciting to be in the final stretch.

  • Yiotou_La

    It is so exciting that you are already in your final trimester and you will get to meet her in a few months. And how surreal is the fact that she is responding back and recognizes voices and sounds! πŸ™‚

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • Amy

      Apparently we can shine a torch and she may move away from it or towards it … It’s just so surreal haha. X

  • Oh my gosh I am so so excited for you! I can imagine how amazing it was to be able to see her beginning to take form. But gosh I’m so glad you were surrounded by such supportive people when you fainted – I got a bit worried when I read the title of that section!

    Lizzie Bee // http://www.hellolizziebee.com

    • Amy

      Thanks Lizzie! It was a bit stressful but thankfully it’s not happened since so I’m hoping it’s a one off and not going to become a regular thing! X

  • Oh Amy! This was funny and I got worried at the same time. Your little girl is going to be precious! I love the pram you purchased and the neutral colors of the nursery. I love your wedding ring πŸ™‚ So sorry you fainted, but as you stated … you fainted at the best place possible. LOL So scary. You and I have a love for Halloween! Yaaay! I saw your gif on Twitter when I mentioned it. LOL Take it easy and don’t do too much. Bond with your baby. Once you see her, nothing else will matter. <3
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

    • Amy

      Aw thank you! Ah I’m SO into Halloween. We plan to spend a Halloween in America, maybe even next year and I can’t wait. I just want to go to Wallmart and look at how people decorate their homes haha. I’ve loved Halloween since I was really young apparently, despite my family being uninterested in it. I’m counting down the days! Thanks lovely X

  • That’s all so exciting Amy!! And it’s a little girl, how lovely is that? You’ll have so much to share! Your tummy is admirable and you’re a sweet future mum, it’s such a gift to your family. Fainting isn’t fun, but you’re strong so everything will work out just fine! So many things to look forward to πŸ™‚
    http://www.rougenapples.com

    • Amy

      It’s really exciting :). Thank you so much! X

  • Rosy Ferry

    I loved reading this, so exiting, feels like just yesterday I had my little one and I’m still obsessed with all things baby (filmed one of those 10 baby names I love but won’t be using the other day haha). The second trimester was my favourite, was showing nicely, was able to go out about about without people staring at me (I got huge in the end and people would just stare like they could catch pregnant from me!)

    I had no idea you could go find out the sex at 16 weeks! That’s amazing!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • Amy

      Aw haha, I bet time flies! It was such a nice time, I’m hating the third already haha. I can’t bend over properly now which is an annoying new development. I was surprised too as it felt so early! X

  • Aww such a nice update and sounds like you are really happy and doing well with your 2nd trimester! I guess that you are right in what you said about the best place to faint being Mothercare.. Lucky there was a midwife there for you. Have a great day and week. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Amy

      Thanks Gemma! I would have been even more mortified if it were the Starbucks queue or something haha X

  • This all sounds so exciting and cute! Can’t wait for you to have the little girl! Your pram is looking great!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • Amy

      Thank you Kris! X

  • While I still don’t think I’m ready to have a kid yet, I loved reading your experience and what you felt at each scan. Not gonna lie I was gushing a little myself as I can only imagine what it must feel like to see your baby’s face for the first time and to see it moving around! I’m so excited for you Amy!

    That fainting episode sounds scary, and I’m glad everything was ok and that you were surrounded by such knowledgeable and supportive people. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Amy

      I go between feeling so excited and thinking I’m not ready, stop the bus haha. Thank you Jenny! It’s been such a lovely experience. X

  • I got emotional in that part, where you saw her face in the scan. It is truly just so magical – I don’t care how common babies are. It’s a miracle. <3 It's so nice to follow your experience with the pregnancy, thanks for taking us with you!

    x Charlotta | http://www.charlottaeve.com

    • Amy

      I had no idea how emotional the whole experience would be! Thank you <3

  • I can’t believe how far along you are already. It is so lovely hearing about how much you are in love with her and how excited you are for her to come πŸ™‚ I hope you are okay after the fainting and it hasn’t happened again! Also I think neutral is the best way to go for babies πŸ˜€ xoxo

    Rach | https://caninesandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      Only 10 weeks to go! Don’t know where time has gone haha. Thanks lovely! X