I'm almost 24 weeks into pregnancy number two, which means the aches and pains have well and truly set in. Don't get me wrong, this is by no means a complicated pregnancy and I've been so lucky not to have any severe symptoms but I'd definitely forgotten quite a lot of what happens to your body while you're growing a human.
Here's a rundown of everything that's currently going on:
I am so hot. All.of.the.time. I just want to sit in a fridge to keep cool. My face is almost permanently flushed and glistening which isn't a great look and two stops on the tube to work is about as much as I can handle before I'm desperate to get above ground for some cooler air. It was a bad move heading into the third trimester just as summer gets going...
I have cankles. They come and go depending on the day but they're more present than not. Again, it's not the best of looks for summer.
All my muscles are super tight. I'd totally forgotten that was a thing. To be fair, that may have a lot to do with the fact that last pregnancy I actually had time for pregnancy yoga and swimming. This time round the exercise I get is crawling around the floor doing puzzles and building car tracks and running after my super speedy toddler in the park/supermarket/down the road/wherever else she decides to leg it.
I have to sleep with a pillow between my knees just to try and ease the aching and throbbing in my pelvis. Even then, getting comfortable in bed is pretty tough. Added to that I get up to wee at least every 2-3 hours and the sleeping isn't the best right now. But at least Skye is sleeping pretty well at the moment so that's one less thing to have to get up for.
Speaking of going to the loo, there's so much pressure down there when I do go, I swear it feels like baby's head is pushing to get out already. It's not a fun time. At the last scan, the sonographer said his head was pressing against my bladder and I think that must be his default position. I wish he'd move!
Feeling our baby boy move and wriggle and kick in my tummy is just amazing but I'd forgotten how it's the weirdest but most incredible thing watching your stomach move on the outside and being able to feel those kicks with your hands. Now that his kicks are strong enough for that, Kevin gets to share the fun of all his wriggling and that's the best thing of all.