Growing a rainbow baby: 12 & 13 weeks pregnant

I’m so excited to be writing my first ever pregnancy update! I didn’t start this blog until Jasmine was a month old and I always regret having not documented any of my pregnancy. Already I remember very little about it which seems a real shame. The last couple of months have felt like the longest ever so aside from anything else it’s nice to finally be able to talk about my pregnancy instead of keeping it a secret.

If you want to read about my first trimester symptoms then check out this post.

We had our 12 week dating scan last Monday (16th May) where my due date was moved forward almost an entire week putting me bang on 13 weeks. With that in mind I’m combining my 12 & 13 week update because otherwise I get all kinds of confused trying to work out what I felt and when! I’m going to try and write regular updates as much as I can but I’m not going to put pressure on myself to do them weekly – if I can, then great – if I can’t, nevermind.

Oh and from now on I’ll be referring to baby as “Baby Button Nose” or “Baby BN” after the sonographer at our dating scan commented on how cute baby’s little button nose was. (We realise she probably says this about everybody’s baby!)

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

Baby BN is almost as long as a pea pod (Length: 7.4cm, head to bottom.) They weigh approximately 23g!


I’ve been having bad headaches every day and have done so for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been using Cool ‘N’ Soothe Migraine Cooling Pads (found them in Home Bargains) which help and on the days where I’ve really struggled I’ve taken some paracetamol.

I thought I was starting to get a bit of energy back after 8 weeks or so of pure exhaustion but on Friday (20th May) I had to nap in the middle of the day for a couple of hours… and I was still tired afterwards! I felt quite nauseous that day too but the nausea always seems to be more prominent on the days that I feel more tired.

I’ve also had some lower back pain which seems to come and go from day to day. It tends to be worse on the days I’ve been more active – cleaning the house, doing gardening etc.

Weirdly, my teeth are really sensitive at moment too. It’s not normally a problem I have and I don’t know if it’s pregnancy related or not. I got a letter through the post this week telling me that it’s time to book a dental check-up so I’ll ask about it then.

Oh and I’ve had sore boobs! (.)(.)


I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps over the last few days. I’m missing my friends and family lots. I think I need to plan a visit back to Bristol very soon.

I’ve also been quite moody and snappy which is quite unusual for me (unless it’s the time of the month!)

Highlight of the week: 

Seeing our little Baby Button-Nose at our 12 weeks scan. They were so wriggly that the sonographer struggled to get the measurements she needed. Jasmine was in the room with us and was convinced it was a “birdy” on the screen.

It was also lovely to finally be able to break the news to friends and family. I was sad that we couldn’t do it in person (due to us living so far away) but everybody was thrilled for us. :)

Food cravings: 

Pizza and Haribo jelly babies. (Not together!)

Food aversions: 

None at the moment. I’ve finally started being able to eat eggs again after completely going off them for many weeks.

Things I’m missing: 

Exercise. I haven’t been able to muster doing any proper exercise for weeks. I’m sure if I managed to do some then it would give me more energy but I just can’t seem to get started. I’ve been looking for a local pregnancy yoga class which I’m hoping will ease me back into exercising again. I feel incredibly unfit at the moment and I want to do something about that asap.


Pretty good at the moment. I fall asleep very quickly and lately I’ve not needed to get up to pee in the middle of the night which is a definite bonus! I doubt it’ll be too long before the late night wees commence again, though!

Baby movements: 

Not yet. I got those first fluttering feelings around 14/15 weeks with Jasmine so I’m hoping it won’t be too much longer before I get to experience that magical feeling again. :)

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: Nothing yet. Unless you count our ultrasound scan photos! ;)


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My First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

I never documented my pregnancy with Jasmine and it’s something I really regret. I took the odd bump photo every now and again but that’s all I really have. With this pregnancy almost certainly being my last, I want to make more of an effort to document it – both the good and bad bits. Given my history with miscarriage, I’ve been very reluctant to write anything down about this pregnancy (even privately) in fear of jinxing it. And that’s coming from someone who, ordinarily, is not remotely superstitious.

Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’m feeling a little more positive about this pregnancy and I’m determined not to let my fears takeover what should be a very happy and exciting time for me and my little family.

Up until now I’ve been keeping track of my first trimester pregnancy symptoms using the Ovia Pregnancy app (which is brilliant, by the way) and I thought it was finally time that I document them properly here on my blog.

So far this pregnancy has been very different to my pregnancy with Jasmine (more on that in the minute) and I’ve found that to be quite disconcerting at times. I know that they say “all pregnancies are different” but I never truly believed it.

These were my most dominant symptoms throughout the first trimester:

Tender breasts: 

Sore boobs are a pretty standard premenstrual symptom for me, starting soon after I ovulate right up until my next cycle begins.  Of course, I now know that this time it was in actual fact an early pregnancy symptom but at the time I was preparing myself for the disappointment of another visit from ‘Aunt Flo’. My breasts have continued to feel tender all the way through the first trimester and there’s no signs of that stopping any time soon. It feels like they’ve also doubled in size over the last couple of months too. I currently own one bra that feels remotely comfortable to wear. I think I need to get some maternity bras, stat!

Heightened sense of smell:

This symptom seemed to be a lot more prominent in those first couple of weeks of pregnancy but it was very intense. I felt like I had the world’s most pointless super-power. For example, if I was stood in a queue of people, I was sure I could smell what the person in front of me had for dinner the night before. Totally weird.


Now this is where my two pregnancies have differed massively. When I was pregnant with Jasmine I was sick several times a day, every day from around 5 weeks right up until 13/14 weeks. I lost a lot of weight as I never felt like eating or if I did, it came straight back up again! This time around, I felt nauseous most days but so long as I ate often, I was OK.  I have been physically sick but only on 4 separate occasions at 6, 8, 9 and 11 weeks. I did notice that each time that I have been sick, it was after a particularly bad night’s sleep.


This tends to come and go a bit but there have been days where I have been so bloated that I’ve been worried about giving the game away. For example, at 7 weeks I looked as pregnant as I did with Jasmine at 20 weeks. There’s a reason I haven’t shared any holiday photos (we were in Lanzarote when I was 7 weeks pregnant) of me in a bikini on my blog or social media. Admittedly, I did eat a lot on holiday too which no doubt would’ve contributed to my paunch! ;)

Frequent urination: 

As soon as I hit 7 weeks I was up at least once a night to go to the toilet. This is a symptom that is still going strong. If I’m not having a wee… I’m probably thinking about having a wee.


I know I was tired a lot when I was pregnant with Jasmine. But I don’t remember being this tired. It probably has something to do with the fact that whilst I’m growing a whole new human, I’m also busy looking after another little person too! The exhaustion has been unrelenting and some days I’d wake up feeling more tired than I did before I went to sleep the night before. Fortunately, having a toddler who still naps in the afternoon has meant that on the really tiring days, I could hop into bed for an hour or so too.  I did often end up feeling mega groggy after my siesta though – I couldn’t really win either way.

Shortness of breath:

This is another new-to-me first trimester symptom. I seemed to be constantly out of puff! The simple acts of singing or reading a story out loud to Jasmine was a challenge. That was all it took to make me feel like I was going to pass out. Don’t get me started on walking up a hill or running up the stairs! I’m out of breath just thinking about it! I had been going to cardio kickboxing classes leading up to and at the beginning of my pregnancy so was in fairly good shape, health wise. I certainly don’t feel like it, though.


Towards the end of the first trimester, around 10 weeks or so, I started developing quite severe headaches most days. I had been making a conscious effort stay well hydrated throughout the day, as I’m often guilty of not drinking enough. However, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference and by the afternoon I would have throbbing headache. I wanted to avoid taking medication but I did end up taking paracetamol on a few occasions, not that they made any difference at all!

Lower backache: 

This has probably been one of the more unpleasant symptoms I’ve had so far because the lower back pain I’ve experienced has been immense. Getting up from a chair or bending over to pick something up has had me screaming out in agony at times. I think it’s all down to the hormone ‘Relaxin’ which loosens things up in order for your body to grow and birth a baby. Scooping my toddler out of her cot every morning probably doesn’t help either!

What were your main first trimester symptoms?


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