Growing a rainbow baby: 23 & 24 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 24 weeks gestation Baby BN is nearly as long as an ear of corn and weighs about 600g. (Length: 30cm, head to heel.)

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux (usually in the evenings before I eat dinner).

Bleeding gums when brushing my teeth.

Sore boobs.

Loss of appetite.

Tiredness.

Needing to wee lots – I think Baby BN is using my bladder as a hammock!

I’ve also noticed that it’s getting increasingly harder for me to bend over to tie my shoe laces or pick stuff up off the floor. I’ve started making a very attractive grunting noise whilst doing so – ha!

Lots of pregnancy-related dreams. Last night I dreamt that somebody announced our baby had been born to friends and family before we’d had the chance to do it ourselves. Worst of all – they’d given out a completely different name to the one we’d chosen for our baby (who in this dream, was a girl). I woke up feeling really angry! Bizarre.

Mood: 

Hmm, not great – I’ve felt very emotional this week. Some weeks just seem so much tougher than others and as always I’m missing my friends and family a lot. I have moments where I wonder how on earth I’m going to cope with two little people (in the winter, when it’s harder to get outside) whilst having no other adult company all day.

Aside from that, I’ve felt very tired this week and struggled to keep up with Jasmine’s demands to play constantly which is pretty exhausting at the best of times. I’ve snapped at her far too much this week and then I end up feeling even worse.

Basically, I’d describe my mood of late as ‘meh’. I hope next week will be better.

Highlight of the week(s): 

Totally unrelated to pregnancy but Jasmine keeps saying ‘I lub you, mummy’ totally unprompted.

Baby movements: 

Button Nose is pretty active throughout the day most of the time. Although, sometimes I get to the end of the day and panic that I’ve not felt them move enough. I’ll take a few minutes to lay on my back (always gets Baby BN moving) and then I feel them start to wriggle. The kicks are getting quite strong now but not still ‘take your breath away’ kinda strong.

24 weeks pregnant (with text)

Food cravings: 

None.

Food aversions: 

On a few days over the last week or so I’ve been totally off food which is strange because I’ve had quite a big appetite throughout most of this pregnancy so far. I’m still as thirsty as ever.

Things I’m missing: 

Bristol. Adult company.

Sleep:

Not too bad but I still keep going to bed late. The evenings always seem to disappear.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

None of my non-maternity shorts seem to fit me any longer so I popped into H&M and bought some denim shorts from their MAMA range (pictured below). They were in the sale for £7. There were a few others that I liked but annoyingly they didn’t have my size in stock. The maternity section in my local H&M is tiny so it’s a bit pot luck as to what you’ll find. I did also pick up this simple jersey dress for £14.99 which is another good option for hot, summer days.

h&M mama haul

 

That’s all for weeks 23 and 24 – hoping to feel a bit more positive going forwards. I have my midwife appointment on Thursday, it seems like ages since my last one. I’m determined not to cry the whole way through this time.

 

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    N. Rebecca
    August 14, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Hi Jenna, thank you for your honesty and humor, it really inspired me today when I needed it badly. Where do you take the time and energy for your blog? I really admire that. Anyway I can totally identify with a lot of what you said. It bothers me somewhat that everyone is so keen to just pour AND sauce on any misgivings, fears, worries we might have. I’m barely 15 weeks in with my first and already terrified I’ll be a bad parent, lose my job, become estranged from my husband and wake up one day to find my own mother looking back at me in the mirror. But that must be more normal than assumed … right? Anyway, thanks again, I’ll be following you starting today!

    • Jenna August 19, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Heh, I don’t always have the time and energy for my blog. I just do what I can, when I can. :) I’m glad you found my post inspiring and thank you for following my journey. Congratulations on your pregnancy. :) x

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