The Pregnancy Diaries: 23 Weeks

pregnancy diary 23 weeks

This week has been mainly dominated with my concern for my C-Section scar and my irritation levels about the fact that all of my underwear seems to be slipping down from my bump and creasing in the exact place that the scar is. It’s not comfortable at all. I now know what it is to feel “chafed”.

So I’ve spent a good proportion of my “down time” trawling the internet for underwear solutions. I’m looking at investing in the Jojo Maman Bebe pants that go all the way over the bump – they look pretty sturdy. On the JJMMBB subject: their cotton over-bump leggings are absolutely top-notch. Thick, quality finish and with a long part over the bump that actually feels quite supportive as well as being great at staying up. The band never rolls down – I’m very impressed. They come in grey and navy as well, which is a bonus if you’re sick of black.

No other symptoms to report – I think I’ve finally banished my stomach problem (I had terrible diarrhoea) by cutting out  a lot of cheese. To be fair, I was eating an incredible amount of it. Cheese all day. Mmm. And half a pint of milk in my porridge every morning – I’ve knocked that on the head too, cutting down to a couple of times a week. I’ve had problems with dairy in the past, so that was the first thing I looked into when my stomach started playing up – I’m going to introduce more dairy back in, slowly slowly, just to see if I can tolerate it. I haven’t banished it completely, I don’t think I’m allergic or anything, just that I was blatantly overdoing it on the fromage front.

God I love cheese.

I’ve just realised that there’s only another month or so of the second trimester left, and then it’s the home run. ARGH! I’ve thought about what it will be like with a new baby a lot more than I did last time – I sort of blanked it out and was in denial with Angelica, just willing everything to be ok and to get through the pregnancy with a healthy baby. I didn’t think further than the pregnancy. This time I can actually visualise things, and it’s really exciting – a new baby. It will be strange, I’m sure, to be thrown right back to the start – breastfeeding, a limpet stuck to my chest all day long, a baby in the bedroom, long nights with many feeds – but I’m looking forward to it. Onwards and upwards – bring it on.

I had a little sleep after writing that, haha. If I’m tired now, what will I be like when the new baby arrives? Onwards and upwards indeed…

*gorgeous “cold shoulder” top in the photo is from Isabella Oliver here.

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  1. Natasha
    October 28, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Tell me to mind my own bloody business if you like but I’m curious…I had a c-section because of stubborn breech baby last time round but would like a natural birth the second time if possible. Have you thought about this? Will you be allowed to try for a natural birth? Xx

    • October 28, 2016 / 2:02 pm

      I have been thinking about it a lot. My hospital doesn’t have a great VBAC rate at all which puts me off slightly, and also Angelica was very large (9lbs 11) so I’m just not sure what to do at all. The idea of labouring and THEN an emergency c-section fills me with dread. I should think more positively I know, but the consultant said to me after my section “you’d never have got her out naturally, she’s just too big!” and that has dented my confidence also for a natural birth…

      • Ro
        October 28, 2016 / 8:19 pm

        As another emergency section Mum this was the question I’d wanted to ask you too. I’m already thinking about this for number two and it’s a heck of a decision to try and make! I’m leaning towards another section but feel like a bit of a cheat. Although let’s face it after it my body felt like a train wreck!

      • Amy
        October 28, 2016 / 9:13 pm

        It’s so hard to know isn’t it lots of what ifs. I also had a c section first time for breech and I opted second time round for another elective section, it all went well and I was told by the surgeon afterwards that my uterus is very thin following the first section (see through apparently!) and that it was a very good choice as I would have likely ended up with a ruptured uterus if I had chosen a vbac! Xx

        • Laura
          October 29, 2016 / 9:39 am

          Lots of women have very successful vbac. Angelica was breech wasn’t she? So no surprise you wouldn’t have been able to push her out. But don’t let that dishearten you. I’ve never had a section so I can’t talk from experience but friends have been successful. And just a side note to help easy any big baby worries, my first, a boy, was 7lb 12. I ended up with an epidural as I just couldn’t handle the pain. My daughter, born in June was 9lb 13! And she was a bloody breeze.

          • October 29, 2016 / 7:58 pm

            Yes, and I would rather not have to have an operation and then the recovery time, but the hospital VBAC success rate is really poor. That’s what puts me off the most! x

        • October 29, 2016 / 7:58 pm

          Oh good God!! What is this thin uterus? This is a new one to me! ARGH!!!!!! I didn’t even know that could happen!

          • Natasha
            October 29, 2016 / 9:48 pm

            My gynocologist (in italy you see a gynocologist during pregnancy) told me that if everything went well and labour starts naurally I could try but there is no guarantee as with any labour I guess. I don’t fancy all that recovery time again.xx

          • Ana
            November 4, 2016 / 1:18 am

            I just finished medical school, so I think I can help with this one. When you have a C-section, you end up with a scar in the uterus (in the place where the uterine wall is cut and then sutured after the baby is removed). A scar is always a place of weakness, especially during labor, when the uterus contracts. This can lead to an uterine rupture. This is, however, rare. You can google it, but please don’t freak out, I’m sure your doctor will make the right choice for you. I’m sorry for any gramatical issues, but english is not my first language. Love you and your blog, and wish you the best with baby number 2.

  2. October 28, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I’ve always found the micro fibre & cotton ‘shorts’ pants at good ol’ M&S to be really comfortable & stretchy. Also might be worth checking if you have an intolerance to Lactose. I do *boo!* & am thrilled at the range of products you can now get that don’t compromise on flavour. I allow myself the occasional ‘treat’ but always end up having to erm, pay the price (of Loo Roll) 😉

  3. Laura fox
    October 28, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Gosh, you look so wonderful!

  4. Cecilia
    October 28, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I discovered Carriwell maternity pants (not the hospital ones) in my last month of pregnancy. I wish I’d discovered them earlier as I had the exact issue with regards c-section scar from my first. I tried a ridiculous amount of pants and they all ended up in my scar. I ended up wearing the Carriwell post partum for ages (I would still be wearing them now but frankly they are MASSIVE and look ridiculous). The nursing bras are also fantastic and I am still wearing them now even though I’m BFing infrequently.

  5. October 29, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Hi Ruth!

    Love your blogs. I found you though a video you did on anti aging make up that perked up my tired 39 year old face very well!! Great tips from Lisa. And you look gorgeous!

    I’m 24 weeks pregnant with my second child. I’m feeling huge this time around. My daughter is 17 months so I’m loving your blog and finding I have lots in common with you. I had an emergency c section with my daughter and I’m debating between a Vbac and another section. It’s so tricky. My midwives are pushing me a little for a vbac but as you say I hate the thought of going though labour and then having another emergency section. Today I’m favouring a section (all very subject to change!)

    Loving your blogs, keep up the good work

    Samantha x

    • October 29, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Ah, we have such a similar set-up!!!! Almost to the week/month! x

      • October 29, 2016 / 10:18 pm

        I know! I couldn’t believe it when I read your blog!

        I used to have a dog too but sadly she died (at nearly 15) last year. I’m desperate to get another dog but I’m going to wait a bit (I fight the urge to get another dog every day at the moment!)

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