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Since the day I have found out I was pregnant I have been engrossed in pregnancy updates from other bloggers. The only trouble is, most people don’t share them very regularly. To help anyone else who might be on the hunt for some relatable reading I thought I would begin sharing my progress with you once a month. Today I’m sharing my 24 week pregnancy update. If there is anything in particular you would like me to add, make sure to let me in know in the comments!
At the beginning of May I told you all about my first trimester of pregnancy and experiences so far. Much of my time during those first twelve weeks was spent feeling nervous about what was to come. Since then I have also shared my 16 week update and 20 week update and have been really settled into pregnancy in my second trimester. As the weeks pass I’m learning more and more about what’s to come and of course the excitement is building!
How am I feeling?
When I wrote my 20 week update last month I couldn’t imagine feeling too different. I had relaxed into pregnancy and was enjoying the process. Surely that was me set for the coming months? Somehow, I now feel more pregnant. With that, I also feel more ready to become a mum. It’s hard to explain. Yes, my bump is getting bigger and of course my due date is getting closer. Those would be obvious reasons. But there’s more to it.
I guess one of the wonderful things about being pregnant for nine months is that you are given time to come to terms with what is coming. In the past I have felt fearful about being able to do a good job and that hasn’t disappeared entirely. It’s a completely natural worry. Now more than ever though, I feel ready to be a mum. I actually think I can do this. I think I can do this well!
How’s the bump?
Moving. A lot. This time last month I had experienced a few rumbles. Some small hints that there was someone inside trying to make themselves known. Now, I can well and truly confirm that there is a baby wriggling around in my belly and on the odd occasion that I forget, along comes a little kick to remind me.
Whilst reading about pregnancy I discovered that it’s good to become familiar with your babies movements. As when they are born, they get into a bit of a routine in the womb and often move around the same times each day. Staying in tune with these movements allow you to keep an eye on little one and, most importantly, become aware if their movements should change. This can sometimes be a sign of a problem and it is important to speak to your midwife straight away if you notice a change.
I didn’t want to panic myself about this and wanted to find a way to keep an eye on baby without worrying constantly. When Aska Maternity reached out to me about their Maternity Movement bracelet I knew it was the perfect solution (Ad – gift). The bracelet is made up of gemstone beads and has a small disc attached. Each time you feel the baby move, you move the disc over one bead. At the end of the day you can count the beads and ensure that the number of movements fit your baby’s normal routine. That little piece of mind will go a long way for me.
I’m excited to say that I’m giving away a rose quartz Maternity Movement Bracelet over on Instagram. Pop over to enter!
What have I prepared for the baby so far?
Names. We haven’t purchased anything else, but we have been thinking about names! That being said, we haven’t actually settled on any yet. I always thought that naming my baby would be really easy, but I’m feeling so much pressure now that I’m faced with the decision.
I think I’m finding this so difficult as there are so many things to think about. You want a name that will go well with your surname. You don’t want any awful nicknames to be possible; maybe this ones just me. For Mike and I, we’ve also had to consider how names will sound in two very different accents. A Glaswegian and a Scouser make for an interesting mix of mispronunciation!
I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with a short list that we love. We do have plenty of time still and honestly I don’t think I’ll make a final decision until they’re actually here. I’d like to see their face first and make sure that they suit the name we choose.
My recommendations for other Mum’s-to-be.
At 24 weeks pregnant you are well and truly past the half way mark. If you haven’t already, begin thinking about your birth plan. More specifically, think about what you want for yourself during your labour. Many people I have spoken to, even those who have had babies, have a strong belief that there is no point in preparing for birth. It seems that the unpredictability of labour and birth has convinced most people that any sort of preparation is just a waste of time. I strongly disagree with this.
I previously recommended the Positive Birth Book. A book filled with information all about the process of labour and the control you have with regards to your birth and the preparation and decisions you can make surrounding it. I’d like to mention the Hypnobirthing book from The Positive Birth Company now too. It sounds woo woo, but it’s not. It’s wonderful. Use both to educate yourself about what’s possible during birth and make choices that are a good fit for you. No matter what happens for you during labour, you can be comfortable, calm and happy.
If you would like to read my other pregnancy posts, you can find them here:
- Pregnancy Update: My First Trimester
- 16 Week Pregnancy Update
- 20 Week Pregnancy Update
- 24 Week Pregnancy Update
- Pregnancy During a Pandemic
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