Introducing my new pregnant guest blogger – find out how she’s been feeling in the early stages of pregnancy right here ………

 

early stages

 

Congratulations to all you mummies who are sharing their pregnancy journey with me. Isn’t it a rollercoaster!?

 

Throughout this series I will be sharing with you the highs and lows of my pregnancy; hopefully you’ll have a few chuckles, possibly shed a few tears and generally share this experience with me…I’d love for you to share your own experiences by commenting on these posts.

 

So this is my fourth pregnancy. I have two beautiful children, a 3 (nearly 4….she likes to remind us daily!) year old girl, and a 2 year old boy. Heartbreakingly we lost our third baby earlier this year after a missed miscarriage at 11 weeks.

 

Both the pregnancies of my daughter and son were unbelievably…..boring! No sickness, no weird cravings or anything. I wouldn’t have known I was pregnant other than the ever increasing belly and eventually the internal kickboxing experts that were residing in my uterus!

 

This time it’s a different story. As someone who had never experienced morning sickness I always felt sorry for people who did suffer, but could never truly understand the misery! Now, many of you who have had or are currently experiencing morning sickness will probably think I’m a fraud here, but for me and my experience of pregnancy this time has been bad! Almost constant throughout the whole day….bleugh. To be fair, it lasted only a couple of weeks and it’s all fine again now as I’m back to my base level of ‘boring pregnant lady’ – haha!

 

I’d love to be able to share with you my odd cravings and weird behaviour, but in truth, with the exception of crippling tiredness, feeling horribly nauseated and craving orange juice (yep – I’m THAT rock n roll!), I have had another fairly straight forward in the early stages of pregnancy.

 

Beneath the surface of yet another straightforward start to pregnancy, I’ve been dealing with a real emotional rollercoaster. I never thought that I would be one of the 1 in 4 statistic of pregnancy loss, it almost wasn’t perceivable to me given that both of my previous pregnancies had been so straight forward.  But here I am, in that statistic, and trying to deal with the emotions that are left behind.

 

What was your reaction when you saw that first positive pregnancy test? For many its elation or even fear of the unknown, but for me it was confusion and sadness. Confusion in that this baby is a little bit of a miracle in its conception and sadness in that I immediately knew that I wouldn’t feel the ‘flutter’ of excitement that I had experienced in each of my previous pregnancies. The fear of knowing what can go wrong has extinguished that excitement in full.

 

We have had an early scan at the NNUH, just to confirm that the positive test was in fact due to a new pregnancy and not ‘left over’ from our miscarriage. It’s always so exciting to see and hear your baby, so I’m looking forward to my next midwife appointment at 16 weeks to see if we can hear baby’s heartbeat! And here is our very active baby.

 

 

 

 

Rachael will be blogging again in a few weeks i hope you will enjoy her honest blogs on the early stages pregnancy through to the birth next May.

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