Pregnancy Update Week 34 – Finishing Up

Hi D Ho and welcome to my week 34 pregnancy update (overdue but I’m catching up on my updates now – promise ūüôā). At 34 weeks baby¬†baby¬†weighs about 4 3/4 pounds – about the size of a¬†cantaloupe melon and is almost 18 inches long. The¬†photos comparing my first and second pregnancy baby bumps are really starting to show the differences now. Would you believe I started this pregnancy slightly heavier than I did my¬†first?

Pregnancy Update Week 34
Pregnancy Update Week 34

Everything changed during¬†week 34. I’ve been complaining for some weeks now about my extreme tiredness (see updates from week 32 and week¬†33), on Thursday I went to Continue reading “Pregnancy Update Week 34 – Finishing Up”

Pregnancy Update Week 33 – Breech Baby?

Hi D Ho and welcome to my very late pregnancy update for week 33. I’m now 35 weeks pregnant but have been so exhausted¬†the last few weeks that I’m playing catch up on my updates so apologies for the late posts. So at 33 weeks baby is the size of a pineapple and weighs about 4Lbs.

I’ve kept up my regular exercise – currently bootcamp twice week and pregnancy pilates once a week in the hope of it keeping me fit and giving me back some energy. I’m starting to see the benefits of it now –¬†at 33 weeks with bump #1 I had put on 32 Lbs while at this stage with bump #2 Ive only put on 16 Lbs – exactly half my original weight gain at this point!

Pregnancy Update Week 33
Pregnancy Update Week 33

What do you think of the photos above? I think I look a lot healthier in the bump 2 photo.

Week 33 was a busy one, most importantly it was my Little Mans 2nd birthday. Continue reading “Pregnancy Update Week 33 – Breech Baby?”

Pregnancy Fitness – What I do at Bootcamp

Hi D Ho! As you may know I’ve been going to bootcamp classes at Ronan Bilbow Fitness in Galway all though out my pregnancy so far (I’m currency 29 weeks with my second baby).

RBF Bootcamp

The classes that I go to are normal mainstream bootcamp classes¬†not specifically designed for pregnancy but Ronan and his team have been¬†great in modifying the classes here and there as I go along to make sure they are still safe for me to participate in. Continue reading “Pregnancy Fitness – What I do at Bootcamp”

Pregnancy Update Week 28 – The Third Trimester

Hi D Ho and welcome to my 28 week pregnancy update. Baby is now about 2.25 lbs and about the size of an aubergine (or egg plant in the US). Week 28 also officially marks the start of the third trimester.

Pregnancy Update Week 28
Pregnancy Update Week 28

This week has been a real pregnancy focused week. To start with¬†I was back with my GP for a routine check up, all is well with baby but I’m a bit run down so she felt it was best that I take a few days off to rest. So home I tottered for a good old afternoon nap and thats where I stayed for most of Thursday and Friday. You might remember from last weeks post – Week 27 and the January Blues I was finding the first week back after Christmas tough going so¬†I really think this extra rest did me the world of good.

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Pregnancy Update Week 27 – January Blues

Hi D Ho, heres my pregnancy update for week 27!  Baby is now 2 Lbs in weight and about the size of a head of cauliflower.

Pregnancy Update Week 27b
Pregnancy Update Week 27

Baby is kicking so strongly and CONSTANTLY.¬†Its really distracting when your working away in a quite office trying to concentrate on some terribly interesting report and baby keeps going “knock knock, I’m still here, knock knock” and then starts playing the drums with your¬†tummy. Even poor Dear Husband (DH) was getting bet up by bump in bed the other night, the kicks were so strong he could feel them in his side as I was trying to sleep.

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Pregnancy Update Week 26 -Mammy Phases

Hi d Ho and welcome to the first pregnancy update of 2016 Рweek 26! Baby now weighs about 1 and 2/3rds of a pound and measures about 14 inches long Рabout the length of a bunch of spring onions.

Pregnancy Update Week 26
Pregnancy Update Week 26

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Pregnancy Update Weeks 23 and 24 – New York New York

Hi D Ho! Double week pregnancy update this week, we have been in New York for nearly  the last two weeks so between traveling and pregnancy/toddler jet lag I didn’t get a chance to write last weeks update.

So baby is now the size of a corn on the cob and bump has got huge!!!!!! Baby is kicking all the time and some of the kicks are so strong that they make me jump – its like someone coming up behind you and giving you a right wallop in the arm (except in your tummy, and from the inside – sneaky little thing ūüôā ).

Week 24a
Week 24 Bumps
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Pregnancy Update Week 20 – Half Way to Guess Date

Hi D Ho! Week 20 pregnancy update is here already, baby is now the size of a banana and we have reached a really big milestone – 20 weeks marks the half way point for the pregnancy or half way to guess date! I say guess date instead of due date as growing a baby in your tummy is not an exact science of exactly 40 weeks, instead its a bit more like baking a cake (or bun – pardon the pun) in an oven – you need to keep an eye on your cake and be prepared to give it an extra few minutes in the oven if needed. Full term pregnancy is really anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks – babies rarely arrive bang on 40 weeks.

So if you listen to my consultant baby is a week further on than they really are and my GP reckons I could be 1 – 2 weeks further on based on how high up my bump is, never mind the fact that this is my second pregnancy and dear husband is 6 Foot 2. Looks like I’ll have a fight on my hands to get my 42 weeks oven time if needs be ūüôā Going into labour yourself is really maximises the chances for achieving a successful VBAC , post section induction options are limited and have much poorer VBAC outcome rates ūüė¶

Week 20a
20 Week Bumps
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Pregnancy Update Week 18 and the Mars Bar Ice Cream Incident

Hi D Ho! This weeks sees me at week 18 and for this weeks pregnancy update baby is now the size of pepper – five and a half inches long! Bump however seems a lot bigger than a pepper ūüôā – what you do you think?

Week 18 Bumps 1 and 2
Spot the difference: bump 1 in 2013 and bump 2 now at week 18
This week I got some more measurements done at bootcamp with Ronan Bilbow Fitness and I’m super excited to say that in the last four months since Ive been pregnant I have managed to lose 5 cm from each of my arms and 8 cm from each of my legs. Great to see that my first five million squats are starting to pay off, after all they are the go to exercise when tummy exercises need to be cut out.  So heres to the next five million squats – by the end of this pregnancy I better have some serious buns of steel!

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And Baby Makes Four!

Hi D Ho! Finally we get to share the great news, our little man is all set to become a big brother!

Little Man is so excited to become a big brother!
Little Man is so excited to become a big brother!

The newest member of our little family is due arrive in early April 2016 making me 17 weeks pregnant. Recently¬†we had our first hospital appointment and scan, so now we feel happy to finally tell the world¬†(quite literally it appears seeing as I’m posting our story on the internet).

Baby #2
Baby #2

Its a little hard to tell but I promise thats a little baby in the scan picture. Second time around its still so exciting to finally see your little one on the screen and see their heart beating – amazing stuff! I think baby agrees too as they are kicking up a storm as I type ūüôā

Anyway I decided to start this little blog to track our baby journey second time round following on from our lessons learnt with baby #1.

So far the last 4 months have been exhausting, if I had my way i’d sleep all day long every day but unfortunately a full time job and a wonderful little son to cuddle when I get home keeps me busy.

Morning sickness –¬†should be renamed all day sickness¬†– has been pretty tough, lots of constant queasiness and reactions to everyday smells. Walking around the canteen at work has literally become a nightmare where my nose is assaulted at every different counter. Who knew that porridge¬†could smell so bad!

Food wise Im also gone all funny about what I can face eating. Im starving in the mornings but can’t stomach my normal boiled egg any more so I’m back to my little vice of jambons – Im counting these as my use of extra daily calories required and trying to be good for the rest of the day.


Otherwise Im being pretty healthyish food wise, trying to stick with soup and sandwiches for lunch or plan old cornflakes when I just can’t face anything else and some fruit and yogurt¬†(also sometimes known as cake)¬†for tea at 3. Im very lucky to have dinner ready for me when I get home from work so that helps to keep me on the straight and narrow in the evening food wise.

One of my big aims with this pregnancy is to watch my weight gain, I put on a bit too much with baby #1 and really had to fight every pound off one by one afterwards. I want to ensure that I don’t have as big a battle to face after baby #2 so I have been keeping up my original exercise as much as possible. I had been going to early morning bootcamp classes at Ronan Bilbow Fitness 3 times a week so once I got the all clear from my GP I kept going. I did however have to move them to evening classes – burpies at 7am are not your friend when suffering from morning sickness! Ronan and his team have been great at modifing the regular classes with little tweaks here and there to ensure they are still safe and doable with my growing bump. ¬†Im hoping to keep up the bootcamp classes for as long as possible and maybe take up some pregnancy pilates and swimming later on.

Week 17 with bump #1 and bump #2
Week 17 with bump #1 and bump #2

Thankfully so far I have only gained 2 Lbs¬†which is great for 17 weeks. Looking back at my old notes I had gained 7Lbs by week 14 last time round so definitely getting off to a better start this time round. I have however “popped” already and am sporting a nice little bump – have a look at photos with¬†baby #1 at 17 weeks and now baby #2 at 17 weeks above.

The biggest change¬†we have made this time¬†to prepare for our little arrival is hiring a doula. A¬†doula‚Äôs purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.When a doula was present, women are¬†less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience. So heres hoping for an easier birth this time round (Dear Son #1 was far to comfy where he was and didn’t come out with out a fight).

Anyway thats my little update on the last 4 months, I hope you join me as I track the next 5 months documenting all the little lessons we learn along the way. Chat you soon!