WEEK 4 baby battle 

So as promised every week I’m going to be doing my general stats for this pregnancy vs. the stats for this time last pregnancy. As you’ve probably heard, every pregnancy is soooo different so this isn’t really a comparison, yet more of a fun ‘spot the difference’to see how much one pregnancy can differ to another. 

So I found out I was pregnant with both pregnancies during week 4. 
Pregnancy with Ayan +ve test: 4 weeks + 1 day. 

Pregnancy with baby #2 +ve test: 4 weeks + 3 days. 

I’d actually been trying for baby number 2 for a while and when it wasn’t happening I just kinda gave it a break, however, one Saturday after a week of Ayan having abnormal behavior, saying ‘baby’ continuously, I decided to go out and buy a test, by this point it seemed like standard procedure of every month anyways. And of course it came out with a strong positive straight away, totally giving credit to that old wives tale about how babies can tell when you’re pregnant – true story guys. 

Weight when I found out I was pregnant with Ayan: 57.8kg 

Weight when I found out I was pregnant with baby #2: 49kg 
Massive difference there, I never really looked fat back then, must have been puppy fat or something, but I was indeed almost 10kg heavier! Crazy right! 
My height (for those who asked): 158cm 

How I felt: with both of the pregnancies at this point I didn’t really feel anything except for maybe bloated, or water retented, just like when the time of month is about to make an appearance, to me there really wasn’t much difference, although, I know many women feel so many other symptoms this early on. Wasn’t the case for me (thank God). 
Diet: unhealthy with both! I always have a mini binge week before every period, if you’re a woman you’ll know what I mean. And as my ‘symptoms’ were just ‘period symptoms’ I kind of didn’t sweat it and was just eating junk. 
 Vitamins: I was taking folic acid already when I found out that I was pregnant with Ayan as I was actively trying. And I will be writing a future blog post on WHY folic acid is so important in first trimester. 

With the second pregnancy I wasn’t taking any type of vitamins, however I was taking L-carnitine pre-workout, which I stopped taking as soon as the test came out positive as not enough research has been carried out on taking this amino acid during pregnancy. 


So as you can see WEEK 4 generally is quite a boring week on the outside as we barely register we are pregnant but not on the inside, to see what’s happening on the interior and baby’s development, check out my other post on WEEK 4! 

WEEK 4

 

FUN FACT: Baby is the size of a POPPY SEED 

This week marks the beginning of the embryonic period, from here until 10 weeks baby’s organs will begin to develop and some will even begin to function.

Right now the baby embryo is split into two layers (epiblast and hypoblast) from which essentially the baby will develop. Also developing is the primitive placenta, which won’t actually be 100% in use until towards the end of the first trimester, however, until then, the baby also has a yolk sac present to provide the nutrition until the placenta takes over. Alongside that the amniotic sac is also present and the amniotic fluid which will house and cushion baby until birth.

So as you can see, a lot is happening straight from the get go! The body is working overtime to kick start this miracle process of growing a human therefore symptoms may already be appearing in many women as well as the most common missed period, so it is somewhere in this week that many (especially those that were trying or expecting) will take a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy.

I took mine at 4 weeks + 3 days, to which came out a strong positive and so we spent the rest of the weekend by the pool to celebrate the happy news!

Tomorrow’s blog I’ll be posting about how I found out about my pregnancy, but until then, comment and let me know how you found out about yours!



 

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Essential Oils during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very joyous time for an expectant mother, however at the same time, we cannot deny that alongside with the joy of making and growing a baby human inside us it can really take a toll on our body at times.

I’d heard a lot about essential oils in the past but never really educated myself about them or their uses, that was until first trimester of this pregnancy hit. I honestly felt so nauseous, rough and just down beat in every single way that I seriously began to wonder if I would make it through to the rest of the pregnancy (pregnancy hormones can make you irrational okay!). I’m really against medication (if it can be avoided during pregnancy) and I am definitely more into the use of herbal and natural remedies, so I decided to give the whole aromatherapy and essential oils a try…

I honestly can say that they really work! I received a few samples of different fragrances (all with different uses and purposes) and I have used them carefully and sparingly throughout this pregnancy and I will continue using them for the rest of the pregnancy as and when needed. The best part? Not only did I use them for myself but for my family too! So as of now I definitely foresee myself becoming a ‘collector’.

Over the next week with upcoming blog posts I will go more in depth about each specific essential oil I have used so far and how they work but before I do that, it must be stated that as natural as they are, an almost dark beauty of them is that they can be potent and cause harm if not used correctly. Therefore in today’s post before elaborating on essential oils, I’m listing some basic do’s and don’ts for essential oil usage during pregnancy. 

 

OILS THAT ARE SAFE DURING PREGNANCY 

  • citrus oils, such as tangerine and neroli
  • German camomile
  • common lavender
  • frankincense
  • black pepper
  • peppermint
  • ylang ylang
  • eucalyptus
  • bergamot
  • cypress
  • tea tree oil (not in labour)
  • geranium
  • spearmint

 

OILS THAT ARE NOT SAFE DURING PREGNANCY 

  • Nutmeg, which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain relieving drugs during labour.
  • Rosemary, which is thought to increase blood pressure, and may cause contractions.
  • Basil, which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
  • Jasmine and clary sage, which may trigger contractions.
  • Sage and rose, which may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb).
  • Juniper berry, which may affect your kidneys.
  • Laurel
  • Angelica
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Aniseed

 

THINGS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN USING ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY 

  • Always contact a doctor or someone in the medical profession if in doubt about any certain oil.
  • Make sure that your pregnancy is going safe and well before using any type of product that has a medicinal effect on the body – if in doubt check with a doctor.
  • Essential oils in pregnancy should always be diluted in a carrier oil or water if used in a oil burner (not enough research has been done to show the effects of undiluted essential oils on the foetus)
  • Ingestion of essential oils should be avoided whilst pregnant
  • Make sure the essential oil is pure – there are a lot of oils on the market that are absolvents or solvent extracted ‘essential oils’, most of the time these are mixed with hexane or butane to retain the fragrance of the essential oil, and this is not safe.

The essential oils which I used and I would personally recommend can be ordered from @naturally_beautiful_oils – she can be found on instagram, all the essential oils I have used have been from her and not only are they pure, they also come with a handbook to help you  use them safely, moreover the seller is always open to any questions or help or advice (being a first time user I had a lot of questions) and she is open to helping you guide your way with your usage of essential oils!

Tonight I will be lighting some lavender in my oil burner to fight my pregnancy insomnia, but more about that tomorrow. Goodnight my Chocolate Lovers!

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Dragging through first trimester 

I know many of you are wondering if I fell of the edge of the earth, where have I disappeared to? Etc. So firstly I’d like to begin with the fact that I’m here and I’m back! I know you haven’t heard from me for a while and I’m sooo sorry for that but honestly those who told me that my second pregnancy was going to be easier, lied! Let’s just say one thing, me + first trimester do. Not. Go. However, I’ve been hanging in there and it’s slowly slowly it’s getting better, and if this pregnancy is anything like my first then by 14 weeks I should be back in action and full of that pregnancy glow (well as glowy as it can get) 🙂 okay but seriously guys, I’ve been so sick, I haven even been working out and I feel terrible! However, I’m going to get back that gym membership this week and we are totally going to get back on it! And I know you’ll all be curious to how I look now, so even though I’ve done absolutely nothing I’ve managed to get some body snapshots of how I look, so I’ll be uploading those too! 
But anyways, without rambling this is just a quick apology post and a post to announce that I am Back with the pregnancy series and I will be posting some awesome stuff and keep your fingers crossed for me that this little peanut keeps mummy happy and healthy and no so sickly anymore! 

If there’s anything specific you want me to post about, then don’t forget to mail me and let me know! 

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