2/20/2017

My Pregnancy - Questions & Answers


Today is my due date and to mark the occasion I decided to set up a little Q&A with my readers and friends. I thought this would be lovely to look back at one day, to reminisce and remember all the up's and down's of this pregnancy. I put out a call out over on my Facebook page and here are some of the questions that were thrown my way. 

As you're having a different gender, do you feel like your pregnancies were different? 
This is actually a really good question but one that's quite difficult to answer too. In some ways the pregnancies have been similar but then in other ways they've been totally different. My bump has been pretty similar I think, both times I've popped pretty early, been covered in stretch marks and measured big. My main cravings in both pregnancies have been cereal and oranges but different to last time I've been obsessed with beetroot and jelly too! I definitely found pregnancy easier the first time round as I've had a lot more aches, pains and complaints with this pregnancy.  

What will you miss the most about being pregnant?
I'll miss my bump and feeling her move around inside. We have decided to stop at two children so knowing this will be my last pregnancy does make me feel a little sad as I will really miss the kicks and movements. Pregnancy is one incredible journey, warts and all. 

What are you most nervous about second time around labour and birth wise?
It has to be the recovery. The first time around you don't need to worry so much about the recovery and how long it will take, you can take it easy. This time I have a toddler to take care of as well as a newborn baby so this makes me feel a little scared and nervous. Thankfully Nick will be taking time off work to help and hopefully the two weeks will be all I need to recover. 

Are you planning on skin to skin? Delayed cord clamping?
I hope so! I'd planned on instant skin to skin with Noah but couldn't have it for very long as he'd pooed in his waters during delivery. Pretty soon after he was born they had to check his breathing and lungs to make sure he hadn't inhaled any, which thankfully he hadn't. It depends on the birth but I really hope so this time. I'd also love a water birth too as I wasn't able to have one when I was induced with Noah.

How did you find sleeping at night? What do you find helped you get a better nights sleep?
I struggled with sleep, just like when I was pregnant with Noah. As you get bigger and bigger it's so hard to get comfortable and then there's the pregnancy insomnia too! I found my Theraline pregnancy pillow an absolute godsend and have pretty much used it the entire pregnancy. It also helped to have plenty of Rennies and Gaviscon on my bedside table as I would often wake with awful heartburn and indigestion in the night.

Do you feel like you know the signs of labour to look out for? 
Having been induced with Noah I've not yet experienced going into labour naturally so although I think I know what to look out for it will all be totally new to me. With an induction things go from 0-100 very quickly with the pessaries, gel and then the drip, it's not as gradual as natural labour is. I've already had a few moments where I thought things may be starting but so far it's just been the baby getting ready for her big entrance I think!

What have you enjoyed the most and least about pregnancy the second time around?
I've loved feeling the baby get stronger and stronger as the weeks go on. The feeling of baby kicks is one of the best experiences in the world and I'll be sad to never experience that again once she's born. I also really enjoyed our scans, especially the 4D scan I managed to win in a competition! I also loved our gender scan and predicting the gender right for the second time! This time around I've felt sick and lethargic pretty much for the entire 9 months so I would have to say that is the part I've enjoyed the least.

What are you most looking forward to after the birth?

It's got be setting eyes on her for the first time and all those newborn cuddles. I'm so excited yet at the same time it still doesn't feel real, it's so surreal. I'm also looking forward to enjoy a very small glass of wine, I have to admit! Not right after the birth of course but we will have to wet her head!


So there you have it, those were the questions and here are my answers. I can't believe today is my due date. This pregnancy has flown by in the blink of an eye and I am bursting in anticipation to meet our baby girl. I cannot wait to become a family of four! 

9 comments:

  1. Oh this is so exciting. I can honestly say I will miss nothing about this pregnancy. It has been the hardest yet and I think I can honestly say I am cured of wanting any more :D can't wait to hear about your lovely news. Good luck xx

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  2. Today may be the day (or not). Seems like you are well prepared for your daughter's arrival. Hope you have som close, quiet family time following her arrival. Nick having Paternity leave may allow the four of you to readjust to your new family dynamics etc. Best Wishes! So looking forward to seeing Noah in his role of big brother to his sister.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Nice that you have enjoyed pregnancies. Seems that you bonded well with babies throughout pregnancy. Maye that has assisted Noah in looking forward to meeting his little sister.

    Rachel Craig

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  4. You seem to have considered baby's birth, and your preferences for care management etc. Seems worthwhile to consider options and choices. Though being prepared for options and choices possibly changing due to circumstances at the time seems a wise thing to do. Best Wishes!

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Thanks for sharing what you found helpful when trying to get some sleep. Sleep and rest is important for health and relaxation etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Not long now till your daughter to be arrives. We are all excited, looking forward to seeing her with her big brother and family. Best Wishes!

    Rachel Craig

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  7. it's an exciting time, our 3rd is just about 18 months.

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  8. Good read - I have 3 children under 5 and loved being pregnant with the first 2, however the 3rd time I was quite ill :( I'm quite lucky in that I've never been overdue with any of them!

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