So many people will say that if you have two different pregnancies that means different sex babies. Others believe it will mean the same sex babies. Great theories. And then you go for a third. What does that mean? If I have the same pregnancy as my two others which resulted in two different sex babies then I must be having a… Yup the theories DON’T work (and become wayyyyyy confusing!)
Every pregnancy is different. Yours, Mine, and My First Pregnancy to the Second. I thought it would be interesting to look at the similarities and differences of both experiences.
Pregnant April 2012 to January 2013
Mum 25 years old to 26 years old throughout
Born at 40 weeks +3
Pregnant December 2013 to September 2014
Mum 27 years old to 28 years old throughout
Born at 39 weeks
Judd – Felt queasy in the mornings, but could usually eat a banana to make me feel better. Couldn’t take Elevit first thing, only after food. Had a migraine every Monday, the start of a new week in my pregnancy. Felt like I made it my and my husband’s life mission to find Mangoes. I could not get enough of Mangoes! Was eating very healthy, as I was on an organic / high protein diet at the time.
Sensitive boobs were the first sign, but all my pregnancy tests were negative! It wasn’t until I went to the doctor to tell her how off I was feeling, that they took a blood test and told me I was pregnant, so we found out at 7 weeks!
My Hair! I got all baby hairs all around my head, it was so hard to not look windswept 24/7!
First trimester scan – nub theory turned out to be correct!
Eloise – Felt very nauseas all day, and couldn’t keep much down until my ob subscribed me zofran – the miracle drug! After taking this I was still feeling nauseas but I could eat! I lost quite a few kgs in those first weeks. Survived on hangover food. Gross, but it was all I could keep down, even with the Zofran.
My skin broke out.
My first sign was that I could feel my heart beat throughout my whole body. This is very difficult to describe, but as an example, you can see your heart beat if you look at your skin very closely… Sounds stupid I know, but it was the same with Judd and I noticed that at 4 weeks, and took a test and it was positive! My first positive pregnancy test – it was really really exciting! I was convinced very early on that this was a girl, I just couldn’t imagine that it was anything else, but I quickly dismissed that as crazy pregnancy hormones. Plus, when we thought about having another I always pictured a little boy for Judd to play with, so I felt very conflicted!
First trimester scan – nub theory turned out to be correct!
Judd – Was still feeling queasy, especially if I had to stand on the train in the mornings on the way to work. Blacked out a few times on the train. Still having a migraine every Monday. Crazy food cravings – eating Philadelphia cheese out of the tub, toast with avocado, peanut butter and honey. Hated pineapple before I was pregnant, became obsessed (and still am). Kicks were hard and fast, but occasionally a limb would be pushed up against my belly for me to rub.
We didn’t find out what we were having at the 20 week scan, but we were pretty convinced it was a boy.
Eloise – So, so tired but I enjoyed this trimester so so much. I think because I knew the worst was over and the uncomfortableness was to come, so I loved the small-ish bump and the kicks and still being able to sleep in comfort. Crazy food cravings – eating bacon when I hated it before. Still like it now, or so far at least! Obsessed with chocolate and ice-cream.
Kicks were soft and tentative. Nice change.
We found out we were having a girl in our 20 week scan, and it was so strange knowing, but I ended up loving it. That being said, we won’t find out if we are lucky enough to fall pregnant again.
Judd – Stopped exercising at 36 weeks. I loved my bump at this time, it was all out in front and I didn’t feel like I had packed it on too much elsewhere. Then the 38th week hit and it went everywhere! The kicks and movement never slowed down or became less, I still had what felt like full punches and soccer kicks, right to the last.
Eloise – It wasn’t until I got to the third trimester that I realised I hadn’t shaved my legs in a long long time, and I hadn’t noticed this – not because I’m a feral hairy monster – but because the hair had stopped growing. Score! Would love to know if anyone else had this? Had a HUGE increase in energy at about 34 to 36 weeks, but was still on the whole extremely tired, all the time. Running after Judd was so difficult, and it was sad missing out on going to play centres and parks because I just couldn’t keep up with him.
I felt like I put on weight out in front, as well as on my face, the back of my arms, I had three sets of love handles and my arse would have made Nicki Minaj jealous. I have never had to pick up so much stuff off the floor in my life, sometimes I felt like my boys would purposely leave things on the floor so I would do 100 squats a day and be rid of that arse quicker!
Judd – My blood pressure increased in the 39th week of pregnancy, and my ob decided to monitor it closely in hospital and take the baby out before I got to the gestational hypertension stage. Although 2cms dilated, I was induced at 40 weeks and 3 days. I dilated another centimetre in 10 hours, and was told that if I ever dilated, there was a 90% chance they would need to use forceps and the vacuum to get the baby out. Instead of continuing to try and wait it out with that eventuality, I opted for a caesarean, and from there it all happened quickly, and I was absolutely rapt with the experience in the end.
Eloise – As I hadn’t waited two years before falling pregnant again, my ob recommended another c-section. Knowing the date the baby would be born was weird, and it was very weird going to hospital feeling fine and well. I didn’t enjoy the experience as much, the epidural got stuck and had to be put back in three times, and I was overly anxious about how my firstborn was coping and wanting to be home with him. Loved that we weren’t exhausted though, had a full night’s sleep the night before and it was over in 30 minutes!
Would love to know about your experiences, symptoms and crazy cravings in your pregnancies and births! Everyone is different, and I love hearing your stories!! I have had completely different babies too, not just to do with their sex but their temperament. Maybe that’s another blog post in a few months time…