Pregnant with a Peppercorn // 16 weeks pregnant
Ah 16 weeks, you have not been kind to me. This week has been a week crippled with pregnancy insomnia, the return of vomiting and an exhaustion so overpowering I’m finding it difficult to even climb the stairs. Luckily I have my Midwife appointment next week, and I will be asking to be checked for anaemia, as something inside me feels super sluggish.
My skin continues to get worse, which is not massively pleasing. I’m not someone who wears lots of make-up, so I don’t want to clog up my pores with foundation etc, but at the same time I feel hideous… Oh well, there are bigger things in life to worry about than a few spots!
Peppercorn is the size of an avocado this week, and is apparently having a growth spurt – this might explain the first paragraph above… Baby is now pumping about 28 litres of blood each day, which again may indicate as to why I am feeling so slow and exhausted.
Even though I’m feeling fairly rubbish, my body is crying out for exercise. I used to do lots of walking when we lived in Lewes, up and down the many hills, but we’re a bit limited here at the moment for buggy-friendly routes… I have discovered one with stunning views, but it goes past a bakers which isn’t always the best idea for my impressionable appetite. My maternity tankini finally arrived this week, so I’m now on the hunt for a local pool so I can swim on a weekly basis!
I’ve eaten a lot of red meat this week, which my body has been craving madly. I’ve also been desperate for fresh fruit; namely, mangoes and nectarines. Nick took me to Waitrose on Saturday morning so I could buy these items – he’s a gem! I discovered Costa’s Mango and Passionfruit cooler on Friday; it’s delicious, although I’m not sure how much real fruit is actually in there, but it hit the spot.
I realised earlier on in the week that I’ve been feeling worse and very nauseaous after taking my pregnancy vitamins – after a bit of research I discovered that this is quite a common complaint, so I’ll be chatting to the Midwife about that too, and asking whether I can take folic acid and vitamin D in their place.
The most exciting thing to happen this week has been TEA! (Well that and potentially finding a house to buy!) I woke up on Thursday morning thinking “ooh I’d love a cup of tea”, and decided to make myself one a bit later in the day… it tasted AMAZING! As soon as the golden brown liquid entered my mouth I felt my body relax, and I’ve been drinking it ever since… obviously not all the time, as have to limit myself to two cups a day in pregnancy, but yay! Joyful times!