Shrimp Tale: The First Trimester


Week 5

Baby is the size of an apple pip

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Today we got the positive test result! Feeling nervous, scared and excited all in one. Alan is very calm, taking it all in his stride. After getting said positive result in the early am, today I went on to do the following:

  • A 40km road bike ride with Alan, quite hilly, out through Bentley, Binsted, Long Sutton and Well;

  • Cleaned 2 road bikes;

  • An 8km run at running club, out through Runfold and Moor Park.

Don’t really feel any symptoms yet, although I think my breasts may be a little bit bigger. I’ve booked a doctor’s appointment for the soonest I can, which is not until Monday 13th March!



Saturday, 25 February 2017

Keep feeling things in my tummy, but can’t decide if I am just imagining it. Today we did spreadsheets and financial planning. We also worked out what we may need to buy from Ikea to be able to empty the blue bedroom of all of our clothes and convert it into a nursery. We should be able to save enough to fund my maternity pot through 12 months off work, and have some set aside for redecoration and buying all of the paraphernalia we will need.

I did the due date checker on the NHS website, and it came back with 5 weeks’ pregnant and a due date of 25th October. That seems far too soon!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My breasts are definitely bigger, and a little tender now too. Other than that, still no real symptoms. Still feeling little rumblings in my tummy all the time. Perhaps it is butterflies. Or hunger.

Week 6

Baby is the size of a blackcurrant

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Monday, 6 March 2017

I got a phone call from the midwife today. She is going to come and do my booking appointment at the house next Monday at 9am. This means I can cancel the GP appointment I had booked for 13th March.

We have decided to christen our growing bump "Shrimpy", after I read this Mumsnet thread. I couldn't stop laughing when I read it, and I told Alan about it in the evening, and now it seems to have stuck.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I appear to have gone off tea and coffee! Me! The tea junkie as Alan calls me. This was not part of the plan. On the upside I suppose it make it easier for me to stick to my 200mg of caffeine a day. I hope this is a temporary blip though. I just bought a whole load of decaff tea and coffee, and I can’t even stomach drinking that.


Week 7

Baby is the size of a blueberry

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

I did a triathlon today, as you do! It was the Green Park Sprint Triathlon in Reading, which I’ve done several times in the past. I felt really good all day, and we were so lucky with the weather. Yet again, this event enjoyed beautiful warm sunshine in March. I didn’t attack it hell for leather this year, but I still came away with a time I am immensely proud of: 1 hour and 14 minutes. I have eaten like a horse since the event, I’ve been so hungry!

Green Park TriathlonGreen Park TriathlonMy official timings

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mum's birthday today. I gave her a call and told her and Dad our news. They were both delighted! I have told them that they have to keep it to themselves until after we have the scan as it's still very early days. It was lovely to be able to tell somebody else though. Alan will be telling his parents the next time he speaks to them.

Monday, 13 March 2017

I had my first midwife appointment today, known as the 'booking in' appointment. The community midwife, Sharon Thomas, arrived at my house at 9.30am accompanied by a student midwife, and they were here for a couple of hours. We went through a lot of questions about my medical history, a few about Alan's medical history, and she took blood and urine samples. She also used the date of my last period to estimate my due date, which she puts at 19th October. That's a week earlier than I got from the NHS website! I'm not sure whether to believe it, however, as I know that my own cycles are usually around 5 weeks rather than 4 weeks. I guess we'll get a better picture at the 12 week scan.

Week 8

Baby is the size of a raisin

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Had my flu jab today. Feels strange to think about getting the flu just as the days are getting longer and the weather is getting better, but apparently it's important.

Friday, 17 March 2017

I had a health review at the gym today with my Health Mentor, Max. I told him about my pregnancy, but he is sworn to secrecy until after the 12 week scan. I needed to tell him, because a) he leads the running club that I go to and I may need him to go easy on me and b) I want to know what exercises I can safely keep doing at the gym. As it turns out, apart from pure abs work (crunches etc) I can keep going with everything that I normally do. This means I will need to give up my CX Work class, but I can keep going with swimming, cycling, running and some strength training until my body tells me otherwise.

I went off to running club this evening. It felt a little strange knowing that Max knew my news but no-one else did. But it was a good run. 8.6km through Farnham Park.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Feeling sick today. I’ve been pretty much dodging the morning sickness bullet by and large. I’ve felt a little queasy on occasion, and today that queasiness has gone up a notch. Haven’t actually vomited. My tummy just feels tight and nauseous. Last night I had to get up in the middle of the night to go pee. I have a feeling that might become a regular thing.

I had to tell my boss Kerrie today about my pregnancy. It is much earlier than I hoped to tell her, but we are in the middle of hiring a new PM in the UK, and part of the negotiations around her start date will be based on me having enough time to train her before I start maternity leave. Kerrie was not totally shocked (she said she had been assuming this news would come at some point) and very supportive. Thank goodness for understanding bosses!

Week 10

Baby is the size of a prune

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

I took part in a 20k race today and I finished it! It was The General and was a 20k trail run in Winchester. I ran it with one of the girls from running club, Jackie. I'll admit, I was somewhat nervous about competing while pregnant, but I had been training for this for several months and I knew that I could do it as long as I took things easy. The other complicating factor was that I hadn't told Jackie about my pregnancy yet, because we are still too early!

To say it was a hilly race is a bit of an understatement! I think there worst point came halfway into the race, when those runners who were just doing the 10k option peeled off to the finish line, and we 20k-ers had to carry on. At this point the 20k route took us back past the start/finish area, where we were forced to run past all of the 10k finishers munching on their bacon butties and bananas. That was cruel! Anyway, with a time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, both Jackie and I crossed the finish line together. Very proud of myself!

At the Finish LineAt the Finish LineJackie and I with our finishers medals for completing the 20k trail run in Winchester






Week 11

Baby is the size of an apricot

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Friday, 7 April 2017

We had our 12 week dating scan today. Or, as it turned out, an 11 week scan. Our baby is measuring too small to be 12 weeks old yet and our due date has been pushed back to 28th October. I knew I was right about my cycles! I was pretty nervous ahead of the scan. In fact, in the waiting room of the antenatal ward at Frimley Park Hospital I felt like a bit of a fraud. I was surrounded by women with enormous bumps, and I have nothing to show. I was almost certain that the sonographer would tell me that there was nothing there. But almost immediately after running the ultrasound scanner over my belly she showed Alan and me our baby! It was amazing to see the little baby-shaped blur on the screen that had a heartbeat.

Since we haven't reached 12 weeks yet, the sonographer wasn't able to take the nuchal measurements to determine the risk of Down's Syndrome. That means we need to go back for a second scan on 20th April. I'm not complaining about that. It's another chance to see our Shrimpy!

11 Week Dating Scan11 Week Dating ScanBaby is the size of an apricot.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

We met up with Lynsey, Simon and Eleanor Mutton today for a picnic at the Winkworth Arboretum. As we were sitting and finishing our lunch, I pulled out our scan photos and broke the news to them. Lynsey is already 6 months pregnant with a little boy, so we will get to share some time off together, which will be lovely. It was nice to be able to start sharing the news with our wider circle of friends and family.

Week 12

Baby is the size of a plum

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Our second attempt at the 12-week scan also didn't go quite to plan. Shrimpy was lying in the wrong position today, so the sonographer couldn't get a good enough picture to be able to perform the nuchal measurement needed for calculating the risk of Down's syndrome. On the sonographer's advice I tried lying on my side, going for 'half a pee' and jumping up and down. I'm not sure what Shrimpy made of all that but he still wasn't inclined to move into a better position. So we are coming back in a week's time to try again!