20 Week Pregnancy Update & Gender Reveal!
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Friends! It has been a while since I’ve done a pregnancy update. Well, it won’t feel like it for you because I was ahead of the game with posting them, but then everything turned to custard and I didn’t manage to record any updates after week 16.
So, today’s post is covering week 17-20 and then we’ll be all caught up. I’m also sorry because our camera is out of action at the moment, so I haven’t been able to record my updates. You’re stuck with written updates for now. Better than nothing, though, right?
Knowing where to start is difficult. May was such a hectic month for us. We were expecting it to be because of all the events that were planned, but then things got harder, and then harder again until I was barely even treading water.
In fact, life was so busy that while I knew I was pregnant, I kind of had to just push it to the back of my mind because there wasn’t ‘time’ to really focus on it.
In an attempt to summarise some of the happenings during those weeks of pregnancy, here are the latest and greatest ‘symptoms’.
Finally! It felt like it took so long to feel this little one. In my last update, I mentioned that I was concerned about it. It was actually just over a week after I made that update that I felt the baby for the first time.
The movements were faint and low, but I knew the baby was responsible for the flutterings and kicks that I was feeling. It brought a lot of relief.
SPD, sciatic pain, and round ligament pain have been an issue on and off over the past several weeks. The same weekend I felt the baby move I had a night where I had terrible SPD pain. Every time I moved in bed I groaned because of how awful it was. Thankfully, it settled and only really returned a couple weeks later.
We’ve moved past the ‘only after dinner’ phase and into the all-day-every-day phase. Like, I’m coughing all the time because the acid irritates my throat. It is less than desirable.
I Got Sick
There is an AWFUL upper respiratory virus going around New Zealand at the moment. Jack was the first to get it and it just so happened to hit us when Shane was away for a work conference.
Annie got it next and then I caught it last. Just in time for my brother’s wedding. I didn’t get a fever like the children, but I was so congested and had a cough that allowed me very little sleep for many nights in a row. It was terrible. And that was the week things got a little dramatic.
Low Everything Causing Drama
As I mentioned above, I got sick just in time for my brother’s wedding. It wouldn’t have been that much of an issue, except that both the kids were in the wedding and I was doing all the hair and make up for the bridal party.
We also didn’t see Shane until we arrived at the wedding.
So, after a full week of little to no sleep, I was awake at 5 am to start getting the girls hair and makeup done. The morning was non-stop busy. I sat down for the ceremony and it was a blur.
I kept telling myself that I was tired (and I was) but by the time we made it to the break between the ceremony and reception my body finally had enough and kicked up a stink.
It’s difficult to describe how I felt except that it was absolutely imperative that I lie down and shut my eyes. I didn’t pass out but I felt like I was going to.
It wasn’t so much that I was dizzy but that my body was so utterly weak. I felt as though I couldn’t even lift my head up. Anyway, I was revived by a couple of sugary drinks and made it through the rest of the day. Although, I still felt terrible.
The Saga Continues
I thought a good week of rest was all I needed to recover from the ‘episode’ at the wedding, but then the same thing happened a week later on a very relaxed Saturday morning. I’ve been breathless, weak, and exhausted.
So, I reached out to my midwife who sent me to have blood tests done. My iron levels are low (which I expected), so I’ve started on supplements. As well as that, I’m making a concerted effort to eat every couple of hours and drink lots more water.
I didn’t realise how much I was pushing aside basic needs in order to get on with life. So, I’m making a concerted effort to keep my iron, blood pressure, and sugar levels at a healthy point.
The Anatomy Scan
I think I’ve summarized most of the important points from the past few weeks, but I can’t finish without talking about this one.
On Friday we had our anatomy scan. For some reason, I was quite anxious. I’m weird like that.
I’ve gotten more anxious about things the more children I’ve had. I guess my reasoning is that we’ve been so blessed so far that I don’t want to take it for granted.
Thankfully, we had nothing to worry about. Our little one looked lovely and healthy. The only thing they noted was that baby was measuring small. That, however, is not something unusual.
Both of my other children measured behind all through pregnancy. Neither Shane nor myself are big people, so it isn’t surprising.
Jack was born 6lbs 7oz and Annie was 6lbs 4oz. The ultrasound tech mentioned that they may want to scan me further along, but that there was nothing to be worried about.
Shane and I were both very keen to find out the gender. Honestly, I felt as though I knew what it was all along, but I needed confirmation before I started working on the nursery and getting things organised.
I wasn’t surprised at all when they told us it was a girl. This pregnancy has been my most difficult but it has definitely been more like Annie’s was rather than Jack’s.
We had absolutely no preference about which gender God had chosen to bless us with. We’re very excited to be having another girl.
The dynamic isn’t foreign to me at all because I come from a family with one boy and three girls. We’re all super close and I pray the same for my kids.
So there were are, all up to date. If you’ve any questions for me, feel free to comment below. I’m sure there were lots of things I could have included, but y’know…life’s busy and I can barely remember what happened yesterday.