Pregnancy Update, Weeks 18 – 19

Week 19 Bump Pic The last two weeks of pregnancy, weeks 18 – 19 have been pretty uneventful. I still wait patiently for baby kicks, meanwhile watching my tummy slowly grow and grow. We have our 20 week scan next week which I am really looking forward to. The absence of real kicks has added to my anxiety which seems to be a feature of this pregnancy, so every opportunity that I get to hear or see this baby is a welcome one.

The biggest decision we need to make at the moment is whether or not we will find out the gender of the baby at our 20 week scan. During our first pregnancy with the little lady we chose not to find out, mainly because I really wanted it to be a surprise. I’d always imagined having that moment where the doctor/nurse/husband yells out whether it’s a boy or girl. I’d love to repeat that and keep it a surprise too this time around, but the husband really wants to know what we’re having so we’re actually considering finding out. I can see the benefits of both finding out and keeping it a secret so I’m a little bit torn and have a feeling that this decision might be down to the wire!

Otherwise my bump seems to be growing at a healthy rate, perhaps a little too healthily when I compare this bump to the same period in my last pregnancy. I’m definitely a little bigger this time around, I’d say maybe by a week or two compared to my first pregnancy. The shape of this bump seems to be a little different too, more round and ball like. There are definitely times, depending on what I’m wearing where I feel like I might be smuggling a basket ball under my clothes! I’m guessing that’s either because I’ve already had one pregnancy and everything has moved once already, or because the baby is maybe in a different position. One of the things that they spotted in our 12 week scan was that I had an anterior placenta which could possibly be part of the reason why my bump is the shape it is, and explain why I can’t feel much movement yet. I suspect it may not have moved but am hoping to find out for sure next week at our scan.

In terms of my overall pregnancy, I’m definitely getting to the stage where I need some comfortable maternity wear. I’m still just about able to wear my normal jeans, but it isn’t very comfortable and I actually feel really bad for the baby when I wear them as I keep thinking that I must be squashing them. However, I seem to be in that awkward stage where I am getting too small for my normal clothes, but am not quite big enough for my maternity clothes which is annoying. All the maternity bits I’ve ordered from Jo Jo Maman, Next and Gap seem to be huge so I’ve changed tactics and bought a few non maternity clothes that are loose and stylish like shift dresses, or stretchy and comfy like knitted dresses.

I’ve also finally got round to buying some pregnancy essentials which I vlogged about like non underwired bras, a pregnancy pillow and far too many tubs of bump cream. Now that I have them, I can’t believe how I managed without them all for so long! We haven’t yet bought any new baby bits yet, but I expect we will once we’ve had our 20 week scan. Just like the first time round we’ve held off until this point to buy anything, although not intentionally so I’m starting to get a little bit excited about buying some new baby clothes which I can’t wait to involve the little lady in.

Generally, pregnancy seems to be going quite well now. The food aversions and cravings seem to have tailed off. The awful first trimester nausea and exhaustion have disappeared and im starting to feel much more like myself. But along with the second trimester has come the terrible sleep, my old pregnancy friend insomnia and frequent night time bathroom trips. However, I’d much rather all of these than the nausea and exhaustion that I had in the early days of pregnancy.

It’s hard to believe that technically we’re half way through this pregnancy as it still feels quite surreal most of the time, but I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks as it feels like lots of exciting things might start to happen. I have no idea whether my next pregnancy post will be another update or a gender reveal so watch this space!

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  1. February 5, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    The 20 week scan is a huge milestone…above everything the most important thing is that baby is doing okay in there, pink, blue or green πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’re doing fab – it’s seriously enough to make me feel a tad broody haha!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub – I look forward to hearing the next update x

    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks lovely. It really is. I really dont mind what we have, boy, girl, like you say the most important thing is their health. Both nervous and excited about tomorrow πŸ™‚

  2. February 7, 2016 / 1:28 am

    I remember loving this stage as the food aversions went, however when the no sleep phased kicked in it was a killer! I couldn’t find out the sex of my daughter and was torn between not wanting to know anyway and needing to know. if i ever done it again i think i would find out #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Oh I feel exactly the same! I am so torn. One moment I think lets find out, the next I have day dreams about keeping it a surprise and finding out when they are born. Its such a difficult decision to make! Our scan is tomorrow and im still not sure. I think itll be a gut decision at this rate πŸ˜‰

  3. Rhyming with wine
    February 8, 2016 / 8:43 am

    such exciting times lovely. I’m amazed that you’re still in your normal jeans. i erm “bloomed” incredibly quickly with my second and was back in the leggings by 10 weeks or so. (nothing at all to do with my fascination with cake of course).

    wishing you a happy, healthy and magical 20 week scan x

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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      He he! I say in my normal jeans, but what I actually mean is in my normal jeans with the zip and buttons undone. Which reminds me, I’d better order some maternity jeans pronto – theres only so long a pregnant woman can walk around with her jeans undone! πŸ˜‰

  4. February 8, 2016 / 8:45 am

    ooh we feel like you about finding out the sex if we have another. Half of us wants the same surprise but the other half wants to find out to involve my daughter so she knows what is coming. Tricky one! Let us know what you decide. You look lovely and not big at all! Hope you manage it get some comfy clothes and glad you are feeling more like yourself now xx Thanks for hosting x
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks lovely, thats really nice of you to say πŸ™‚ It such a tricky one deciding what to do second time round, unless you’ve got your mind set on one or the other! I’ve changed my mind so many times it was hard to call what we’d actually do until the day. Looking forward to writing my next update soon πŸ˜‰

  5. February 8, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Good luck for the scan today! Whether or not you decided to find out. #Marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks lovely! πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Erm, thanks πŸ™‚

  6. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    February 8, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I felt the same way with my second pregnancy. i didn’t find out the first time, but the second time we chose to find out. We thought it’d be good for our son to know what to expect!
    Laura xx

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thats part of our thinking too! Did you regret finding out or was it actually quite nice and useful to know second time around?

  7. February 8, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Awwww reading this has made me sooooo broody! πŸ™‚ Sounds like both you and bump are doing really well. So exciting #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 8, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks lovely, its definitely starting to get into the lovely and blooming phase now πŸ™‚

  8. February 8, 2016 / 11:19 am

    So glad it’s going better for you now! I hope everything goes well at the scan too. I didn’t feel my daughter kick until quite late – though knowing her now I’d say it was laziness, lol. πŸ˜‰ x #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks lovely. The scan went well and everything looks fine. I felt our first baby earlier (I think), but she didnt move around that much. Perhaps this one is the same, but lazier!!

  9. February 8, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    We found out the gender with all five of ours, we are far too impatient not to know! I liked that with Lewis being 8 when I was pregnant with baby number 3, we were able to tell him the sex when we told him about the baby. There was no time when he was saying I hope its a boy or I hope its a girl. It just was what it was. The same with baby 4 and 5, we just told him as soon as we knew the sex. That worked better for us with the age gap, and practically too with all of them we needed to work out if we needed new clothes, new things, juggle the bedroom situations, etc! Wait and see how you feel on the day, I definitely didn’t feel any less of a surprise at the births for knowing though. My surprise was seeing what they looked like more than what gender they were. #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Thats the nice thing about finding out, you can get organised and prepare other little ones more for the new arrival. I loved having the surprise of not knowing whether we had a boy or girl the first time around, but I also think it would be quite nice this time round to know so that we can do those things too πŸ™‚

  10. Kaye
    February 8, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I’d try not to worry, lovely (I know, easier said than done!). Having an anterior placenta will definitely be the reason you’re not feeling movement yet! But that little baby will soon start kicking through it and you’ll have all the lovely feels. ^_^ I know exactly what you mean about the jeans. I already can’t wear mine due to dicomfort and worry that I’m squishing the baby haha. So excited to see whether you find out the gender or not, but either way it’ll be amazing seeing your little bean again. xxx #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 8, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks lovely :-). Found out from the sonographer today that the placenta is still anterior but high which is apparently a good thing. Baby is low down so should hopefully start to feel more defined movements soon. I definitely feel much better after all the final checks today, such a relief πŸ™‚ x

  11. The Pramshed
    February 8, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Good luck with the 20 week scan, hopefully you’ll start to feel those little kicks soon. I’m looking forward to reading about your pregnancy journey. Claire x #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks thats so lovely of you. Our scan went well and I definitely feel a little relieved and relaxed now. The moments are still small, but im starting to feel them which is lovely πŸ™‚

  12. Ky
    February 8, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Aww reading everyones updates makes me so broody! I was so excited to have our 20 week scan, I couldn’t wait to find out what we were having, my partner didn’t really mind.x #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      That was totally me last year! Broody from all the pregnancy updates and new baby pics πŸ™‚

  13. February 9, 2016 / 8:50 pm

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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Aww thats really nice that you were able to keep it a secret for the people that wanted the surprise still. Sometimes it just makes sense for people to find out from a pratical perspective and I completely get that πŸ™‚

  14. February 10, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Ooh I’ve got my 20 weeks scan next week! I’ll be 21 weeks but that was the earliest slot. I can’t wait to find out the gender. And like you, I’m needing some maternity wear now – clothes getting tight! Good luck with your scan xx

    • My Petit Canard
      February 10, 2016 / 11:22 pm

      Oh how exciting! We were also 21 weeks by the time we had our scan, I guess the hospitals are particularly busy at the moment (baby boom πŸ˜‰ Look forward to hearing your update too, hope all goes well x

  15. February 13, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Oh Emily do not worry about not feeling the baby kicking much as I also had the same issue and the it becomes an obsession if you what I mean. What I did was buying from Amazon a doppler so I was able to check the baby more often and in the piece of my house. Of course this could be a problem if you you don’t master how to use it as you could worry more but if you do master it, for me was a blessing as it really gave me peace of mind!! I’m sure everything is fine as your belly is growing healthily. The second time around you start showing quicker and you definitely feel much bigger at an early stage!! It is al very exciting though!!! You soon will find out how is the baby is doing and perhaps find the gender too!! Good luck with everything lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! πŸ™‚ x
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 22, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      I’ve definitely started to relax and enjoy this pregnancy now that I can feel this little one moving around every day. The movements are still quite small, but they are definitely there which makes me smile every time. I considered getting a doppler in our first pregnancy, but I think that would just add to my anxiety and obsession like you say! Hopefully I can really start to enjoy the next few months and maybe even start to wind down and take it a little slower πŸ™‚

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