Suddenly, I find myself with only 12 weeks of pregnancy left and I am in a mild panic! The 3rd Trimester is most definitely here. This morning I visited my midwife and went through all the usual checks, it was nice because it was the first appointment Mikey had been able to attend, so it meant that today was the first time he was hearing his baby’s heart beat.

Medically, all is well and, thankfully, emotionally and mentally all is well too! I have started to think a little bit about what happens if I have Post Natal Depression again. Having continual mental health problems anyway, plus suffering with PND after Luke has made me start to think about it more and more. It’s not eating away at me, but it’s something that I never thought about when pregnant with Luke so I’m trying my hardest not to let it sit and manifest into a bigger issue. I know that, should I need it, help is there!

After our midwife appointment this morning, Mikey and I used his morning off to do a bit of baby shopping and have a mini date. These days, sitting down in Costa and having a breakfast panini and a coffee counts as a date! It’s my birthday this week too and I know he has something planned for the weekend, so I feel like I’ve done well!

Anyway, on with the pregnancy update!

Pregnancy - 28 week update on my second pregnancy. I have officially entered the 3rd trimester!

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28 Week Update – Welcome To The 3rd Trimester

How far along? 28 weeks exactly!

Maternity clothes? Currently I’m living in a few maternity tops and leggings and jazzing the maternity outfits up with accessories, but as the weather is warming up, I think I’m going to need to hit Primark up and buy some maxi dresses. For the heat, I’m really not bothered about wearing maternity clothes, I’d rather just buy something nice and cheap the next size up, rather than spend a fortune on maternity clothes that I won’t get much use from.

Stretch marks? I think I’ve been lucky as I haven’t had any new ones pop up. I have a lot from my previous pregnancy though, so fingers crossed I don’t get any more. I’m still using the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and it’s working well to keep my skin soft and elasticated.

Sleep:  Ear plugs have been my best friends! I’m sleeping a lot better now that I have found a brand that works for me. Also my pregnancy pillow is starting to come in really handy, which makes sleeping easier. I’m also just so tired all the time that I pretty much just pass out anywhere! I have been taking Spatone to help with my iron levels as a few other bloggers suggested it to me and I’ve felt a lot better since then – I definitely recommend it if you’re struggling with fatigue as it’s safe for pregnancy and doesn’t cause any nasty side effects like tablets do.

Best moment this week: Watching Mikey hear his baby’s heart beat for the first time and getting to chat to the midwife a bit to clear up a few bits. Also doing lots of shopping today and finally managing to cross a lot of things off out “to buy” list.

Miss Anything? Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, I am really finding myself missing gin, wine and beer. I’m not a massive drinker anyway, but as soon as the sun comes out, it just feels natural to grab a glass of wine and relax with your friends.

Movement: Over the past week, movements have been strong and frequent! I can watch my tummy move and feel the baby when he moves around. He seems to really enjoy sitting and squishing my bladder, which I’m finding difficult to deal with when on the school run.

Food cravings: Last time I did an update, I mentioned I was craving fish and chips. Well I learnt the hard way why sometimes we shouldn’t give into our pregnancy food cravings as I ended up giving myself mild food poisoning and vomiting everywhere at 4am. We’ve decided to have no more take-aways until after the baby is born now and I think that’s for the best. I’m not really having any other cravings at the moment – not unless you count gin?

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just my mild food poisoning. My Hyperemesis Gravidarum seems to have died down now and I no longer need to take medication often. There is the occasional day where I feel a bit groggy but usually I’m fine.

Gender: We are having a boy!

Labor Signs: The midwife things that he’s head down and he’s very low. I’ve had a few Braxton Hicks contractions but not many.

Symptoms: So much heartburn! It’s horrible and I’m struggling with it. Also, I dribble a lot in my sleep!

Belly Button in or out? In for now, but it isn’t as deep as it used to be.

Rings on or off? Still on for now!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy but I get easily upset if someone is being silly or bloody minded about something. I suppose I go from being happy to being a bit annoyed quite easily and I have had a few rants!

Looking forward to: Finishing off our shopping and then packing the hospital and baby bags!

Mum Muddling Through