Bump Update

Today I had my first antenatal with my OB. I really don’t know what so say. I should have been 8w3d, but I saw nothing on the screen, except for a tiny white dot and the yolk sac. My doc said it could have been a blighted ovum, and has sent me for blood tests to see how much HCG is in my blood.

I am heart broken all over again. I feel there is something wrong with me. Why can’t I just have a normal baby.
My rainbow baby is slipping away from me.

I just want to go home and cry,

I find out Thursday if I am pregnant, officially, or not. 😦

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Pregnancy acne

 

Ah, zits. Pimples. Crater face. I think we all know the names for acne. And no one likes it.
I have been a sufferer of acne since I hit puberty. I hated it and for years, nothing worked. When I went on the pill, my acne cleared up. It was like some sort of miracle. It was then that I realised that my acne was hormonal.

When I fell pregnant with my first baby, the acne was absolutely shocking. Face, back, chest… everywhere. And oily! I was, well you could say scared, because I didn’t know what I was going to do to control it. While I use the normal Clean and Clear face scrub, I have heard rumors around the grape vine that these are bad when you are pregnant. While I don’t know the extent of these, I will be discussing this with my Ob at my next appointment.

My acne hasn’t cleared up with this pregnancy, however it is marginally better than last time.
I have decided to expand on my knowledge on simple ways to help lessen the severity of acne.  While some of these are common knowledge, some surprised me!

  1. Drink plenty of water. Not only is this good for you in general, it is healthy for bubs, keeps your urinary tract flushed to help prevent UTI’s. Cut out soft drink and high sugar content foods.
  2. Eat healthy. The benefits of this is obvious. Cut out processed foods, and eat foods high in antioxidants.
  3. Moisturise. It may be the last thing you want to be doing if you have oily skin like me. However, moisturised skin secretes less oil, as it is hydrated. As long as you use a moisturiser that doesn’t clog your pores.
  4. Lay off the makeup. I know…. we use this to hide our acne. But it actually is clogging our pores. There are certain brands and types of makeup that are better than others at keeping our skin fresh. Ultimately, you need to keep your skin fresh as often as possible. Personally, I only put makeup on when I leave the house, then I wipe it off as soon as I get home. I find this to work in reducing the severity of pimples.
  5. Wash your face. Twice a day if needed, with a deep cleaning scrub or cleanser. This helps to remove any excess oils and dirt that will cause pimples, on top of our hormonal ones.
  6. Do not squeeze, pick at or touch your pimples. I know how tempting it is to squeeze that massive white head that has erupted on your chin over night, but resist. I cannot stress this enough. You can easily spread the acne causing bacteria, and scar your face.

Do you have any tips for reducing the severity of pregnancy acne? And for all those who have the ‘glowing pregnancy skin’… We are all so envious of you.

Photo credit: professionalbeauty

Pregnancy Insomnia

I unfortunately am a sufferer of pregnancy insomnia. I had it with my first pregnancy too, but this time around it feels worse.
All I want to do is sleep, but I can’t. I lay in bed tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep. It’s horrible. And then when I do fall asleep, I need to pee!

Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am pregnant… but somethings are just annoying!

So I have done some research into ways to beat the dreaded insomnia, and this is what I have come up with. You can find full article on Baby Center, here

What you can do about it

  • Start winding down before bed with some sort of soothing ritual. Take a warm bath, have a cup of chamomile tea, listen to quiet music, ask your partner to rub your feet – whatever helps you relax.
  • Once you’re in bed, progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery can help you sink into sleep.
  • Make sure your room is a comfortable temperature for sleeping. Is it dark and quiet enough? Heavy or dark-colored curtains can help keep out unwanted light, and sound machines can help mask the drone of traffic with white noise.

If you aren’t asleep 20 to 30 minutes after getting into bed, get up and go into another room. Read a magazine or listen to music until you feel drowsy, and then get back in bed.

Remember, insomnia can be a serious medical condition. If you feel that nothing is working, please discuss your concerns with a health care professional for further advice.

Bump Update – 6 weeks 5 days

BellySo amongst my excitement, I took a photo of my belly. I know there is no way the baby is big enough to make it stick out heaps, but this is roughly a baseline photo.
Also, I am going to be measuring my waist, just below my belly button as a way of gauging how much our baby is growing. I don’t weigh my self, and feel it can be too up and down.
So my measurement for this week is 79.5cms. I can’t wait to watch my belly grow!

Pink or Blue?

I am pregnant with our second baby! This is a blessing after our first baby passed away.
I am still very early in the pregnancy, around 6-7 weeks, however I can feel all the hopes and dreams of a family coming back. Naturally, I still have a voice of reason in the back of my head telling me to not get too excited too soon, as it can all be taken away again.
But sometimes you have to let your self get swept up in the excitement of it all.
Over the course of my pregnancy, I will be sharing my experiences, good, bad, and funny.

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