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24 weeks pregnant – viability week

24 weeks pregnant is the update I have been waiting for more than any other (aside from the day our little girl will be born).  Today, baby girl is medically ‘viable’, which means she is considered a baby and could survive if she was born.  She will be entitled to the medical help she needs if she comes early and will have her birth registered officially if God forbid the worst were to happen.  I know this all sounds morbid but it’s such a huge milestone and such a huge weight off my mind.  I’m sure baby girl will stay put for a long time yet and I don’t want to see her for at least another 14 weeks yet but it makes me happy to know that if she were to get giddy and arrive before then she would have a chance at being ok.

Weekly quiz

How far along? 24 weeks

How big is baby? Baby is the same size as an aubergine.

Weight gain/loss: I’ve lost again this week.  I’m now 4lbs below my booking weight and unsure how far below my pre pregnancy weight I am, I think I’d lost about half a stone already by my booking weight.

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing some but I’m mostly still in normal clothes.

Stretch marks? Nope, but the itching is getting worse!

Sleep: I’ve been having lots of weird dreams this week and needing the toilet in the night but generally I’ve been sleeping better

Best moment this week: Feeling lots of movement.  I have an anterior placenta like I did with Harry so was sure I wouldn’t feel much movement again but she’s really wriggly!

Movement: Yes, lots!  She went quiet yesterday and had me worried for a little while but I had a midwife appointment today, she has a strong heartbeat and was wriggling away while the midwife was trying to listen!

Food cravings: I’ve been less specific with food cravings this week and what I can stomach has varied from meal to meal.

Sickness: Still being sick.  Still on medication.  Still fed up.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Belly Button in or out? In, it looks oddly wider though and a lot flatter.

Wedding rings on or off? On.  No tighter yet, if anything it feels looser.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Ups and downs.  I’ll be honest I’m really struggling with my HG at the moment.  I feel anxious leaving the house in case I’m sick.  I feel paranoid about what other people think as so many people seem to think it’s ‘just morning sickness’.  I feel angry that this is ruining my pregnancy.  I feel self conscious that I have burst blood vessels all over my face.  I feel upset that I feel so rubbish all the time.  I feel alone as so few people understand.  I’m lucky to have amazing family around me who have been incredibly supportive.

Weekly Wisdom: You have no control over what other people think.  As long as you know you are doing your best then don’t worry about what everyone else thinks.

Milestones: Baby is now medically viable.  This is my favourite milestone ever and I’m so glad that baby is ok even though I’m not well.

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