26 Weeks {Pregnancy}

I haven’t posted in a while, every time I sit down to write, something else comes up or I get distracted. I’m pleased to say that my pregnancy is still going well! I just wish I had the time to document it. Seems everything is picking up momentum as we approach the end of the year and I don’t have enough time for everything!

You know what the end of year means? It means I get to put up my Christmas tree, something that give me great joy! You might think it’s a bit early to start talking about Christmas, but in truth it’s only 55 days to Christmas. 55 days… I’ll give you a moment to digest this. And according to the pregnancy app I downloaded, it’s only 98 days until our daughter’s expected to arrive!

Symptoms

I feel so lucky that I am still enjoying my pregnancy. I follow another mom-to-be on social media and she really isn’t having a great time through her pregnancy.

Changes I’ve noticed lately include:

  • I’m finally starting to put on weight. I’ve gotten rounder/larger, but the scale hasn’t moved much until now, though I’ve only picked up around 3,5 – 4kgs. The downside? It’s all in my thighs and butt.
  • I’m less inclined to people please at the moment. This is new to me because I am a people pleaser (and appeaser). Currently, if I don’t feel like doing something, going somewhere or talking to people then I don’t.
  • The whole thing about people wanting to touch me/the belly still freaks me out. I am not into people touching me. Fullstop. I don’t foresee this changing.
  • I feel tired more easily and a little out of breath when walking between our office buildings at work.
  • I have developed pigmentation on my face. On the left and right side of my forehead to be exact.
  • Baby is super active and I’ve noticed she has distinct sleep-wake patterns. My gynae said I should be able to feel her hiccup at some point from now on. Haha! I’m looking forward to it!
  • I’m officially 26 weeks today, but I bought the Chela-Preg 3rd trimester prenatal vitamin pack (3rd trimester starts at week 27). I’ve also started taking extra Calcium, as recommended by my gynae, as I’m planning on breastfeeding.
  • I’ve forgotten to mention previously is that doing a double sneeze (i.e. in quick succession) is my new normal as far as sneezing goes. I’ve always been an average “one at a time” kind of sneezer, but since falling pregnant it’s not uncommon for me to double sneeze.

Food and cravings

  • I’m only able to eat small portions at a time. Generally, I love food and can pack away a generous portion, but lately I’ve had to eat smaller portions, which means I’m hungry all the freaking time!
  • I go to work with an arsenal of snacks. Among my favourite snacks are carrot sticks, pink lady apples and stove-popped popcorn.
  • I often feel thirsty, but same issue as food applies. I have to have small quantities of water more often, as drinking a big glass of water just leaves me feeling uncomfortable.

Buying all the things

I’ve been hunting for a compactum or chest of drawers for the nursery for a few weeks. I finally found one that checked all the boxes and that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Granted, it is currently the most horrendous colour (a dark brick red). KB and I are excited to sand it down and paint it. We’re also considering changing the handles. It’s got 4 drawers on the left and a double cupboard on the right. The upper part of the cupboard contains a baby bath and has a flip lid.

I’ve also bought a change mat/after-bath mat, a couple more cloth nappies (I love the ones from Fancypants) and some disposables.

Looking ahead

  • At my last scan (on Thursday, 26 October) my gynae asked me what my birth preference is. If I have a choice when the times comes, I would prefer a natural birth over a C-section. But we’ll look at it closer to the time, and if a C-section is the way to go then that’s what we’ll do.
  • I’m doing a lot of research on breastfeeding. Honestly, though I am planning to breastfeed, I’m not excited at the prospect of it. But there are so many benefits for baby (and me), not to mention the cost-saving factor of not buying formula. But I’m also not going to put massive pressure on myself to do it and stick it out if I feel it’s too stressful or I am legit struggling. Some women are lucky and it just works for them on all fronts. Others get the hang of it, but don’t have an adequate milk supply. Then of course there are all the horror stories of cracked and bleeding nipples, tongue ties and latching issues. I’ve gone ahead and also researched lactation specialists in our area (and have a recommendation for a lovely lady from a colleague). I was not aware until now that it seems to be a contentious issue. I’m pretty determined to give it a bash and I’m trying to arm myself with as much information as I can. But, if it doesn’t work for me then I’ll switch to formula. I will make that decision if and when necessary, regardless of anyone else’s opinion…
  • I’m trying to budget ahead and have just come to the sucky realisation that financial institutions don’t allow a vehicle finance payment break for a maternity period (many used to do it in the past). This puts a bit more strain on the finances. Luckily, I do get 2 months paid maternity leave and can also claim UIF, but I am a details person and not knowing exactly how much cashflow I’ll have is a bit unsettling, but we’ll get through. On the upside, I believe the UIF benefits for maternity claims was increased to 66% earlier this year.
  • KB has requested that I not make “fountain ponytails” in the front of our daughter’s head – he says it looks daft, but a cute high ponytail situatd more towards the top/back is fine. Um… OK, love. Duly noted.

All in all, looking forward to all the exciting things to come!

P.S. Did you see my little interview/article as part of the “My Pregnancy Journey” series on Becoming You last week? If not, you can read it here.

P.P.S. If you missed the posts about our fertility journey with Dr Thabo Matsaseng at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic, you can read them here. Or catch up on all my pregnancy-related posts here.

Original header image downloaded from Pixabay before I spiced it up using canva.com.

Nicky

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