Posted on May 16, 2016
Week 21 Pregnancy Update
I am now about 21 and a half weeks pregnant with our 5th baby, and thought I would give a week 21 pregnancy update on how things are going!
I am very thankful to say that I have stopped having the continual nausea now, and have not been sick for about a month! I still feel bad if I let myself get too hungry, but thankfully it’s not too often. I ended up trying several extra things in addition to the pregnancy sickness remedies I had mentioned in my Health Goals post in April, including Sea-Band Mama, however, I found these too tight and sore to wear, despite having no swelling in my wrists. If you are in the UK and would like a free pair of Sea Bands (worn twice!), just let me know in the comments, and I will contact you (your email address won’t be published).
I have definitely begun to feel a little more like my normal self, as I have wanted to do more gardening, particularly with the unusually hot and sunny weather we had last week, and the apple trees, strawberry plants and rhubarb I had ordered for our spring garden arrived, and had to be planted. I have also been managing to do a bit more housework, which has been good, even though the rest of the family has all done a great job of it while I’ve been feeling unwell.
I have managed a short walk on a couple of occasions, but I am hoping to get a bit more exercise in when I feel even better. I also bought the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with some birthday money, and am getting back into that way of eating, although with a lot of ‘crossover’ meals (combining fats and carbohydrates), to ward off the hunger, and therefore nausea.
Two weeks ago I had my detailed ultrasound scan on the mainland, which went very well. Baby was moving around a lot, and seems to be growing well for my dates. It was very exciting to see our baby, and made everything all the more real! From now on I will have monthly appointments with my local midwife, until about 34 weeks, when it will be weekly.
If you are interested, the skirt I am wearing was from Blooming Marvellous, the cardigan was bought for me by my husband at a charity shop, the scarf was from the visitor centre at Cruachan Hollow Mountain Power Station, the boots were from Amazon, and I don’t remember where I got the black top from.
Having given away almost all of our baby stuff after our youngest daughter was born 7 years ago, we have been really blessed by generous friends, old and new, who have already given or loaned us lots of items for our baby. Our eldest daughter is making an appliqued blanket, and I know that my mum is also knitting for us, although the actual item is a surprise!
I will give a few more updates before I am due in September. In the meantime, please leave a comment if you have any good tips for staying comfortable during a summer pregnancy!
All the photographs in this post were kindly taken by my son.
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