Pregnancy Update: Weeks 23 – 25

Week 24 Bump Pic 2


Exhausted most definitely sums how I have felt over the last few weeks. Work is relentless and has been since January, and life is generally pretty busy. I definitely get the sense that I need to slow down and my body is starting to tell me that every morning when I wake up. It’s such an effort to drag myself out of bed and get through each day at the moment. Whats worse is that we ended up in hospital one evening this week for monitoring on a day when I felt particularly rough and probably should have taken the day off work rather than persevere through it. In the end both baby and I turned out to be just fine, it’s probably that I passed on my exhaustion to the poor thing. It was definitely a bit of a wake up call and realisation that at six months pregnant, it’s probably time to start slowing down!

I think there must be something going on with my hormones as well as I’ve had the most terrible breakout on my face over the last week. I suffered a bit with my skin in the first trimester and then thankfully it settled, but it seems to have flared up again all of a sudden. I’m really hoping that it doesn’t last too long and starts to settle again soon, although I could probably do with drinking more water to help things along as I’ve been pretty terrible with drinking water in this pregnancy.

Food Aversions

None to report!

Food Cravings

I wouldn’t say these are exactly a craving exactly, but I have all of a sudden developed a bit of a liking for mini cream cheese and cucumber bagels. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just can’t get enough of them at the moment. On the other hand, my penchant for plums is starting to wane and they don’t seem to be a necessity every evening like they were a week or two ago.


Up and down seems to be the best description. Mostly up, but there have been odd days where I’ve felt upset for no real reason. Luckily those days are few and far between and pass quickly.

Week 24 Bump Pic

What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far

The sweet baby kicks which the husband and little lady can now see and feel too. It’s so lovely for them to finally be able to enjoy the magic of it all too now. It makes me look back on the last few weeks and wonder what I was worrying about all those weeks ago when I was anxious about not being able to feel anything! I’m also quite enjoying secretly knowing what we’re having gender wise. I am so desperate to do a reveal but seem to be all out of creative ideas. I keep thinking that the idea will just come to me, but at this rate baby will arrive before a decent idea does!

What I’m Missing The Most So Far

Clothes are still very much an issue and im finding it really frustrating that increasingly there are fewer and fewer clothes that I can wear from my wardrobe. Even some of the looser items like my shift dresses are starting to look a bit ridiculous. Although I did finally manage to find some decent maternity jeans from TopShop that look great and fit like a dream (pregnant ladies go out and get yourself a pair!), otherwise every day is a struggle.

What I’m Looking Forward To

I’m really starting to look forward to maternity leave now. I started this pregnancy by saying that I’ll work as far into it as I can, but the further along I get the less likely I think that will be. So rather than give myself a week off before baby’s due, I’m taking three weeks and have finally submitted my Mat1B form at work to make it all official – the countdown is finally on yay!

Bump Developments

I have officially given up on my belly button now. It’s so far out im not sure it’ll ever go back in, not properly anyway. In terms of new bump developments, the pesky Linea nigra line has started to faintly appear on my belly over the last week. I had it during my first pregnancy with the little lady and thought after getting to 23 weeks this time round without any sight of it, it might not appear but I was clearly wrong. Apparently it makes an appearance from around week 23 so sadly its pretty bang on time!

Week 23 – 25 Highlights

We’ve bought lots more clothes over the last two week and this little person is definitely started to develop a bit of a wardrobe, and a lovely one too. We definitely need to start thinking about buying some of the bigger baby bits that we need soon like a SnuzPod, new car seat and new pushchair (if I have my way!).

Only a few more weeks and we’ll be going into our third trimester, eek!


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  1. Kiran
    March 7, 2016 / 6:21 am

    Ah this took me back! It’s so lovely looking back on pregnancy and this is such a lovely record to have. Can’t believe how fast time is going! Have a good week πŸ™‚ x

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 6:58 am

      Thanks Kiran, I can’t believe how quickly it’s going now! πŸ™‚

  2. March 7, 2016 / 6:32 am

    Sounds like you need to rest a bit Hun. I remember getting so tired with my first and getting up at 6 is hard! You are looking well though which is fab! Hope you can a few more clothes to fit πŸ˜‰ thanks for hosting xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 6:59 am

      Thanks, I think so! Definitely time to start slowing down now πŸ™‚

  3. Back with a bump
    March 7, 2016 / 6:59 am

    You’re looking fab Emily. Can second Topshop jeans. I’ve 2 pairs and still wearing my black ones as they’re so comfy!

    Make sure you take it easy with work. It’s just a job and you and baby are priority xxx
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 7:00 am

      Thanks lovely, I wish I’d discovered top shop maternity jeans sooner! I think I should probably invest in another pair too! It’s definitely time to start slowing down now πŸ™‚

  4. March 7, 2016 / 7:26 am

    You are looking like a fab mamma to be again. But make sure that you take care and put those feet up! #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 7:40 am

      Thanks lovely! Trying to slow down and take it easy when I can now πŸ™‚

  5. March 7, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Oh I remember the exhaustion so well! Especially with my second pregnancy and having an 18 mth old running around! But you are looking fab and try to rest x #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Oh there is really nothing like it is there. Well.. possibly the sleepless nights and night feeds after baby arrives, I imagine they might be quite exhausting! Although I’d much rather those than work at the moment πŸ˜‰

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Oh it is absolutely my favourite part of pregnancy. Im savouring every kick, so much so that a couple of people have asked me whether im ok at work because I often stop what im doing to feel and enjoy the little kicks πŸ˜‰

  6. March 7, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I used to love doing my pregnancy updates so this is lovely to read! You look fab. I loved the clothes shopping for baby – so fun! Enjoy xx #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks lovely. I didnt get to do any pregnancy updates the first time round as I only started my blog after I had the little lady so its all a bit of a novelty! Sure it’ll be lovely to read back on πŸ™‚

  7. Rhyming with wine
    March 7, 2016 / 9:26 am

    I can’t believe that you’re so close to your third trimester already? Time is racing by. I really admire how you’re managing to work so hard and look after your little lady when all you want to do is rest. Not too long now until your blissful maternity leave! Exciting times! :0)

    Dawn x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      I can barely believe it myself! On one hand I cant wait to get to the third trimester so that I know I am closer to finishing work, but on the other i’m dreading how much harder it will start to get physically. I’m sure I’ll look back on this period and question my santiy for pushing myself so hard!

  8. March 7, 2016 / 10:00 am

    You look amazing btw, but definitely listen to your body. Why we push ourselves to warrior princess mode I dont know πŸ™‚ glad everything was okay with you and the baby, hope you have a good week, lovely read its made me broody! #MarvMondays x

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I know, I dont know what it is about us women and us mummies, but we seem to think we can do it all, even when we are heavily pregnant!

  9. March 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Aah, love the kicking at this stage, it’s so reassuring! We’ve made a fun pregnancy chart so you can compare your baby’s size to things other than fruit (like hair straighteners and a martini glass) over at Thanks for hosting #marvmondays X

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      Oh that sounds like so much fun! Will have to pop over to your blog and have a look, I love anything a bit different from the standard fruit and veg examples πŸ˜‰

  10. The Pramshed
    March 7, 2016 / 10:47 am

    You look so well, but try and take it easy – that must have been pretty scary being in hospital last week. I remember this time and kept thinking I need to slow down, but was getting busier and busier. I hope that you get to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy, and having extra time for maternity will be fun, hopefully the weather will be much warmer and the sun shining. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays. Claire x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks lovely. Not the best experience and definitely a bit of a wake up call. I have exactly that challenge, I know I need to slow down, but work is getting busier and busier! Really need to start finding some kind of balance.. x

  11. Liane
    March 7, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    You look amazing πŸ™‚ Glad you’ve decided to take some time off before the little one makes their appearance πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you lovely. If I could finish earlier now I would! That said, hopefully three weeks will be a long enough time to relax, catch up with myself and spend some time with the little lady.. provided baby doesnt decide to make an early appearence of course πŸ˜‰

  12. March 7, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Take it easy on yourself – it’s not worth pushing yourself too far. That said, I found it hard to listen to this advice when I was pregnant with my second – it took for me to fall off a chair I was standing on to realise I needed to ask people to help me rather than just try to carry on as normal.
    x Alice
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:46 pm

      Oh wow! I know that I need to start to take it easy now, and I know that its not worth it. I remember looking back on my last few months of work when I was on maternity leave the first time round and wondering why I’d bothered pushing myself so hard. But like you said, its easier said than done! I’m my own worst enemy and critic and cant help but to always give 100% to everything… but it really is time to start putting myself and the little one first now x

  13. March 7, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Your looking amazing, I remember the lack of clothes during the later stages. I just ended up in a hoodie and stretchy Jeans. No style what so ever! A style I have kept on since! #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Ha, ha! Thanks lovely πŸ™‚ I’ve been resisting the maternity leggings, but I think I may have to venture there soon. I’m definitely starting to favour comfort over fashion as time goes on!

  14. Sarah | Digital Motherhood
    March 7, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    You look great! πŸ™‚ I remember so many of your thoughts so well, even though it was 5 years ago now!

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚ Its amazing what comes back to you when you read about others pregnancy experiences – such distant memories, but all so familiar!

  15. Kaye
    March 7, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Aw, love reading your updates and thinking I’ll be there in only a few short weeks! I’m not surprised you’re struggling now, I’m starting to really struggle at only 18 weeks, and I’ve no idea how I’m going to cope in a month or two. Btw, have you checked H&M for maternity jeans? My favourite one’s with A were from there – so comfy and over the bump so they actually stay up. Kaye xo #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks lovely! Its crazy how quickly things change, even though its really gradual change at the same time. I’ve been meaning to get myself to a H&M for at least the last two months. I had some really nice skinny trousers/jeans from them in my first pregnancy but sold them in my post pregnancy purge (totally regreting that now). Their website range isnt great so I really need to get myself to one of their stores soon. Thanks for the reminder πŸ˜‰

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Oh thank you Laura, that really is so lovely of you to say. I dont look, or feel like that when I wake up lol! πŸ™‚

  16. March 7, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Yep, I’m feeling exhausted most of the time too. Last pregnancy I worked quite late but am finishing at 36 weeks this time and can’t wait to have a bit of time to relax and spend time with my little boy before the new one arrives. TopShop jeans are great, aren’t they?? xx

    • My Petit Canard
      March 7, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      You and me both! Is it just me, or does it still feel really far away even though everyone keeps saying to me that it’ll fly by and there isnt that long to go! Second time pregnancies, so much harder than the first πŸ˜‰

  17. Charlene
    March 7, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Oh yes I remember this as a very awkward dressing stage, not quite bumpilicious but too round for everyday wear #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Definitely not feeling bumpilicious! The worst thing is, it’s only going to get harder *covers eyes*

  18. agent spitback
    March 8, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Third trimester! That’s gone pretty fast! The countdown has started and you must be getting more excited! For my last pregnancy, I refused to buy any maternity clothes as it was my last. I used a lot of my husband’s clothes – LOL. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      I know, can you believe it! I had a bit of a moment yesterday where I couldn’t quite believe that I was actually pregnant lol. I was very much like that with maternity clothes the first time round lol

  19. March 8, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    You are looking so well lovely! I love reading your updates. I can’t wait to hopefully experience pregnancy for a second time at some point. Make sure you take it easy when possible, I know that’s much easier said that done though!! xo
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s so nice to hear that people enjoy these updates πŸ™‚ Slowly finding ways to slow down and take it a bit easier. Sure it’ll be you before you know it πŸ˜‰ x

  20. March 8, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    What a lovely update!
    It’s so exciting isn’t it. How exciting that your partner can now see and feel kicks! I can’t wait for my partner to see and feel our baby boy’s kicks. He loved it in my last pregnancy. x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you! It really is the best bit of the whole pregnancy experience, so magical πŸ™‚

  21. March 9, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I am so with it, totally can’t wait for maternity leave, planning to hand in my MATB1 form today! And I suddenly had a craving for cream cheese this week too, funny isn’t it! xx

    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Ha, no way! We are so in sync its funny πŸ˜‰ Finally handing in the Mat1B form was such a great moment, just wish I’d put earlier on it now! When are you planning to start mat leave?

  22. March 9, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Reading this makes it feels like yesterday that I was pregnant! Those food cravings, and the relentless tiredness! You look fab though even if you don’t always feel it. Definitely time to slow down a bit though xx #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 9, 2016 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you lovely! Its funny how everything comes back to you when other people talk about their pregnancy experiences πŸ™‚ x

  23. Mainy
    March 10, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I loved reading your post, it always takes me back to when I was carrying mine. I hope you get your way with the new push chair!:)


    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:22 pm

      There is something quite nostalgic about reading others pregnancy posts isnt there, especially if its not that long since you’ve had a baby yourself. I remember feeling like that for a few months after I had the little lady too. Im working on the husband on the pushchair front, fingers crossed!

  24. March 10, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I’m glad everything turned out OK when you were monitored – yes, it is definitely time to start slowing down. Maternity clothes were a bit of a frustration for me in my second pregnancy. I didn’t want to spend lots of money on clothes that I’d only wear for a few months but the maternity wear that I did have was really worn out. I did end up buying a few new things to make myself feel better. That third trimester will be hear before you know it! #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Thats exactly how it has been for me. I think theres a good chance this is our last baby so it feels like a bit of a waste to buy lots of maternity clothes, but then I’d much rather be comfortable than uncomfortable. Plus, the further along I get I am finding I just want to buy some bits to make me feel better too, so its almost better that I admit defeat and just get a few more bits now than later. Oh the dilemma! lol

  25. March 12, 2016 / 1:46 am

    I can’t believe that you are not far to start your third trimester!! I remember like yesterday when you had just 12 weeks!! The time really flies!! I really agree that you should slow down as it won’t do any good to you. And as you say that count down can start now. I love your necklace. It is beautiful!! 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
      March 12, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      I know Franca, I can barely believe it myself! Time is flying, although it doesnt feel like it is going that quickly. It is very strange, it feels like June is a long way away, but I suppose based on how quickly it has already gone, it will be here in no time! Thank you for your comments, you are so sweet – its so hard to find clothes these days that fit and make me feel like I look ok! πŸ™‚

  26. March 13, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Oh lovely, I am so sorry to hear that you had to go into hospital to be monitored. But I am thrilled that you and baby are doing well. Gosh, I so understand the pressure of doing a gender reveal. It tool me so long to come up with an idea and even now I think it was a little corny. I am sure it must be lovely having a little secret and knowing the baby’s gender. And great call on the Topshop maternity jeans. Good maternity jeans are really hard to find. In the past I have always bought ASOS maternity jeans but I might have to look into the Topshop jeans. Oh and by the way you are gorgeous in all your pregnancy update photographs. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays lovely. I am really sorry that it has taken me this long to comment. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  27. March 21, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Ha ha I also have my eye on a new pushchair! but I am not sure I am going to get away with it or not :). Liking the sound of the wardrobe and its lovely others can feel the kicks. I so relate to the whole maternity leave. I am 34 weeks and could do with stopping now lol!! Putting those mat B forms in makes it very real. Thank you for hosting #MarvMondays
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