The Early Pregnancy Diaries: 10 Weeks

early pregnancy diaries

I’m feeling  a bit better this week in that I’m not so nauseous, but I’ve still had two naps today so perhaps I shouldn’t count my chickens, etc! My stomach is HUGE but I’m convinced that it’s just a big layer of fat with some bloating underneath it.

The main thing is just a general sense of fatigue – did this go away after the first trimester last time? I can’t remember. I need to dig out my diary so that I can do a comparison. At any rate, it’s so different this time with a baby to look after as well – I’m constantly knackered anyway, so it’s hard to tell whether it’s pregnancy tiredness or just a general “please let me go to bed and sleep for two days” sensation.

I must write a proper post on this, but I’ve been thinking about the main differences between my “baby 1” pregnancy and “baby 2”:

  1. I’m fatter earlier. I feel disgusting and not like the ripe pod of life I was the first time around when my thighs were still nice and didn’t look like porridge and my arms didn’t have cellulite on them when I squeezed them. And my boobs were up on my chest, where, y’know, they’re supposed to be.
  2. I’m much more tired. Though my husband says that I was this tired last time, I just didn’t moan about it so much! Ha. The tiredness now is utterly overwhelming – I sleep every single time that Angelica sleeps.
  3. Less sympathy from people when I moan about feeling sick or tired – there’s an air of “you knew what you were getting yourself into”. Hohoho!
  4. Less excitement about maternity wear – last time I was so excited to show off the bump and find a few new things from my wardrobe. This time I keep trawling The Outnet for things that might be suitable and still be appropriate post-baby – maybe I’m just more sensible, or maybe I’m a bit over maternity stuff because it wasn’t that long ago (six months) that I put it on the loft.

I’m aware that these early pregnancy diaries seem like a long moan about symptoms and worries; I thought that it would go without saying how absolutely overjoyed and grateful I am to be pregnant again, but actually I shouldn’t take it for granted that people know that, especially if they are new readers. Six-ish long years to get Angelica and I genuinely didn’t know whether we’d ever have a baby, so to have number two on the way is just amazing. All of my gripes are, in case I forget to constantly remind whoever is reading (if I even publish these diaries!) set against a background of utter joy and disbelief that I have been so fortunate again.

I should add that in a way this pregnancy feels more exciting because I know what to expect and how incredible the prize is at the end of it all. I love Angelica more and more every day and I can’t wait to grow my little family.

Read Pregnancy Week 9…

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4 Comments

  1. Susan Schaefer
    October 16, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Ruth, I know exactly how you feel and I remember it as though it were yesterday (my Baby #2 is almost 17)! The utter joy, the disbelief, the excitement are not diluted but rather a bit blunted by the fatigue, I think. And I would wager that you are definitely more tired this time around. Your body is creating a human being while you are busy caring for another baby, running a business and a home, and being a wife and partner to Mr. AMR. I love reading your posts and feel so grateful that you make the time for them. I send you much love, good wishes and gratitude from across the ocean. I would LOVE to make it to London one day when you manage a meet and greet again. We shall see, Rest!!!! xoxo

  2. Lou
    October 16, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Sweetest thing x

  3. Anja
    October 16, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Yes it does go without saying, how utterly happy having Angelica and this little bean makes you! As always I just love that you’re honest and say the things that spring to your mind. That’s what this diary is about, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Gillian Pidler
    October 18, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    It is harder the second time around if you have them close together. I have 21 mths between my first daughter and my son and when you’re running around after a tiny toddling terraway & growing another human being it is bound to be exhausting. I had a much bigger gap between my son and second daughter, 7 years thanks to meds and sucky health issues, so with my 3rd pregnancy it was kind of like starting over again for me!
    Get as much rest as you can and don’t be too hard on yourself Ruth. I was so excited to see your baby news on return from holiday last month and am really enjoying the diaries.

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