23 Weeks Pregnancy Update


HOW I AM FEELINGI am feeling really excited to meeting Baby boy now. I can't wait to pass that 25 week mark and head into the third trimester. I have been feeling extremely tired this week. Not quite sure to why I have been feel so tired because apparently in your second trimester you're supposed to have more 'energy'? Other than the tiredness I have been a bit of an emotional and hormonal wreck - looking back I laugh but at the time? You never make a pregnant woman sad and never ask her why she is crying because half of the time she doesn't even know herself! Haha. It's the school holidays this week (and next week) so it's been a big change with having the girls here constantly but they have been behaving pretty well and the days are just flying by.
APPOINTMENTS
The only appointment I had related to my pregnancy is my weekly bloods for Obstetric Cholestasis.

OBSTETRIC CHOLESTASIS
I went for my blood test results and weekly bloods on Wednesday. I could of literally punched the midwife. Don't get me wrong she is nice and all BUT how she gave me the wrong information about Obstetric Cholestasis really annoyed me and upset me so much! I was giving her one word answers otherwise I would have burst into tears.

For Obstetric Cholestasis the tests that diagnose it and the tests you need having are Bile acids and your liver function tests (ALT & AST). Now. The doctor confirmed OC when my ALT had raised the first week. Now my midwife is trying to say the only blood test they look at is Bile acids and the ALT and AST is apparently nothing to do with Cholestasis as they increase in pregnancy sometimes. Now, I have had OC the past two pregnancies so surely she shouldn't say this? I also typed into Google 'Increase ALT and AST bloods in pregnancy' and all that came up was pages about OC and from the previous pregnancies I know very well that they look for ALT and AST and Bile acids for OC.

Back onto my results, my ALT is still raised. Apparently my AST results haven't come back for two weeks in a row now. My Bile acids have raised but not bad so not to worry about the bile acids at the moment. I have felt the itching a bit more the past week so I think the bile acids may raise again in the results, but I'll wait and see.


HOW THE GIRLS FEEL
The girls are super excited about meeting their baby brother. Mia's favourite name for Baby boy has been Ethan right from when she started to feel ok about being a big sister again. Both girls have been hugging my bump and trying to hear Baby boy moving. It's making me so excited for Baby boy to arrive and meet his big sisters.
BABY BOYBaby boy is moving so much. His kicks are just getting stronger and stronger. I can also feel that he is deffintley growing with the way he kicks and where he kicks now. I used a Doppler on Thursday and I could hear him moving around and kicking right at where the Doppler was.

SYMPTOMS
Exhaustion, pains when walking sometimes and emotional.

WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY
I haven't weighed myself this week and I haven't been great eating wise either. I am sure it will be a gain next week, but I am still trying not to go over board and just balance the week out.

36 comments

  1. I love the name Ethan, I'd be robbing it to add to my list only I found out I'm having a girl haha. I'm very emotional too this week, must be the midterm...

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  2. Lovely post! It's great for other Mums & Mums to be to follow along with your pregnancy. :)

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  3. Aww this must be so special for the girls. I remember when my two younger sisters were on the way and the excitement grew every day that they were nearer to being in my arms x

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  4. I bet the girls are getting really excited now. Sorry to hear your midwife upset you, perhaps she hasn't dealt with many pregnant ladies with OC before? Bump is looking great, so amazing baby boy is moving around lots now x #TheList

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  5. I think some midwives need new training I came across who were upsetting and rude

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  6. Oh gosh I hope your exhaustion and pain get a bit better, so amazing to feel him moving around I am sure. x

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  7. I remember getting really tired and emotional as I hopped on to the third trimester... I wasn't as bad once I got over it and then it struck again at 34 weeks! Sending (de)caffeinated thoughts and energy boosts! H x

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  8. I bet the girls really are excited! I hope the itching goes!

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  9. Aaww it is going by so fast! Your bump is lovely. I like the name Ethan too - I didn't name either of my sons until after they were born! Kaz x

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  10. Lovely post. I have a few friends with boys called Ethan, I like it! :)

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  11. Ethan is such a lovely name, it's so nice that the girls are embracing their new sibling already x

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  12. We liked Ethan for our first but ended up going with Nathan, great name.

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  13. Glad to see that things are still going well and that everybody is excited! I think Ethan is a lovely name :)

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  14. such a shame the nurse gave you wrong info! aww i bet the girls are excited.

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  15. Such a lovely name, I see bump pics and miss being pregnant. Then look at my boys and think, nah no more! 3 boys (11, 10 and 2) is more than enough haha!
    Having 3 kids is amazing, enjoy the incredible journey!

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  16. I bet your girls will love meeting their baby brother and I bet when he's born they'll be super helpful. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  17. Oh I love that the girls are choosing names!

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  18. Aw I think Ethan is such a lovely name. I hope that your midwife starts to be more supportive (and understanding!?) With your OC. Not long to the third trimester now lovely!
    Thanks for hosting x
    #justanotherlinky

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  19. Looking at your photos make me want to be pregnant again myself, just a nice feeling having a baby inside the tummy, the kicks are amazing! It's great that the girls are so excited as well. Lovely post! #justanotherlinky

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  20. It's going really quickly bet they can't wait to meet their new sibling great update Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

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  21. Love that your girls are excited! I don't blame you not weighing yourself. I totally stepped away from the scales when I was pregnant with my twins (I probably wouldn't have been able to see the scales anyway!)

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  22. It's so nice that the girls are excited, it took me forever to embrace the fact I was going to be a big sister... Almost 18 years haha! Not really that long but it was a really long time and well after my second sister was born did I accept that they were here to stay. It's really awful when Midwives don't give you great information, I had an awful one who just brushed everything under the table but at least you know better xx

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  23. I understand your frustrations with midwives... my sister recently gave birth and I was furious with a couple of them for the things they were saying :(

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  24. Wow how big is your bump (in a non offensive way). It is one the best things when you start feeling a baby X #justanotherlinky

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  25. I had such a rude midwife during one of my pregnancies, it made me wonder how some qualified in the first place
    #JustAnotherLinky

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  26. I am so sorry that your midwife is being less than helpful. It is so annoying when the contradict what consultant's say and they always moan about consultants not knowing anything. You do look gorgeous. And it is so lovely that the girls are excited about having a baby brother. I really like the name Ethan. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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  27. Lovely that the girls are still excited. It's really irritating when different medical professionals contradict each other - hope that gets resolved. #justanotherlinky

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  28. That's so nice that your daughters are getting so excited about meeting their little brother.

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  29. Hi Beth, it must be infuriating when the midwife is giving you the wrong information, I don't blame you for being a little short with her. It must feel like a lifetime of waiting to your girls, exciting times!

    Hope you start to feel less emotional soon.

    xx

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  30. It can be a bit hit and miss with midwives. I've had 3 chldren and you get the good and the bad. Good luck x

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  31. Your looking lovely! It is so lovely when baby is kicking so much more

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  32. Aw Ethan is such a lovely name! I bet its quite hard to choose a name as obviously its so permanent! xxx

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  33. It is horrible to be given the wrong info. Such a great update though. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  34. Aw so lovely and so exciting Beth. Not long to go now lovely xx

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  35. Gorgeous bump lovely and I hope the time goes quickly for you now :) Looking forward to your baby photos! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  36. Isn't it annoying when the people we are entrusting with my lives give us wrong information. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy

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