In Holiday Mode :)

I’ve only got two working days left because we will be going away this weekend for our holiday in Cyprus! 🙂

I’ve been feeling better and better since the second trimester started, and last Sunday I felt the baby moving for the first time 🙂 It started off as a weird feeling of delicate bubbles in the lower belly. And at first I didn’t know if that was it, but I haven’t felt anything like that before so I did suspect that it might be the baby. It’s very hard to describe the feeling, it’s so delicate and reminds me of either tiny bubbles, or light twitches.

It first happened just after 9am on Sunday, and then again in the evening the same day. Next day it happened again at the same time in the morning, then again just after I had lunch, and again in the evening. So I was sure by that point that it must be it! 🙂 Yesterday I got a bit worried because throughout the day at work I only felt him move once and once I got home I sat down and tried to relax in the evening to see if anything would happen. I tried listening to some music and lying on my left side, and nothing. Not until my husband came back after a shower, sat next to me and started talking to him and what would you know, he moved! 🙂 Daddy’s little boy! (or a girl, as there’s still 30% chance 🙂 )

It was nice though as the moves are so tiny and my husband won’t be able to feel anything for a while still, so he could also feel special now, since the baby has moved only once he was next to me talking to him.

Today I could feel him moving most of the morning at work, and now again for about half an hour. I’m really glad that this has happened already, as not being able to see or hear him since my last midwife’s appointment, I was sometimes worried that something might be wrong. Now that I can feel him, I feel a lot calmer. Especially that from now on, week by week, his tiny kicks should only grow stronger and stronger. And as we are going away soon I won’t be panicking anymore that maybe something is wrong and I don’t know, if I will be able to feel him from now on.

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It’s been quite a challenge preparing for this year’s holiday. There’s a lot of things you have to be cautious about while pregnant, sunscreens being one of them. It took me hours of internet research to find one that wouldn’t affect the baby in any way. You’re not supposed to use chemical sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, as it has been linked to low birth weights (a risk factor for future coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases) and is known to interfere with body’s hormones which may cause developmental problems in unborn babies. So it seems that since there’s a lot of mineral sunscreens available all should be ok as long as you pick one of those, but no, you also have to make sure it doesn’t contain nano-particals, and some of them still contain oxybenzone so it’s not as easy as just picking a random mineral one. You should also avoid all sunscreens that contain homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid as these chemicals can also irritate your sensitive skin and can cause allergic reactions. I have done a lot of research trying to find a safe product, and some of the mineral ones that were recommended for pregnant women had at least one of the above ingredients. In the end I have finally ended up searching on ewg.org website and found a few safe ones that were available to purchase  in the UK (I’ve used Amazon). I love ewg.org website, but the difficulty with it is that most of the products they list are not available here, so even finding a lot that are safe doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to get them, if you don’t live in the USA. Or it would take longer to ship them to say UK, and I didn’t have 2-3 weeks to wait for them to arrive in post. If anyone is on a similar quest of finding a safe product I can recommend those that I have bought in the end: Badger Balm SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Cream, Badger Company, Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Unscented and Goddess Garden SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen.

Now all I have left to worry about is not spending too much time in the sun, especially between 12pm and 2pm, and staying hydrated. And of course being careful with the food as well, as food poisoning can be quite dangerous while pregnant.

Another thing is that I’m going to have a break in running, which scares me a lot! Will I be able to get back to it after two weeks??? I can only hope. Even if I start slowly and reduce my time. Anything will be better than nothing. I don’t want to be running in the heat while we are away, so I have decided to do cross training in that time, mostly yoga and some other prenatal exercises. We will be walking loads as usual as well as we always try to see as much as possible while on holiday, but this is a first break for such a long time in a year for me, so I’m just hoping that when I get back I will still be able to go back to running, even for a month or two more. I don’t know how my third trimester is going to look and how I’m going to feel, so I won’t be too hard on myself then, but I really want to continue running before it starts so this will be a real test…

Baby size: Navel Orange – (weight 140g, length 13cm crown to rump) – according to Pregnancy+ app

Bump: Still not much there, unless I’m lying down on my back in the morning

My Weight: 49kg

Running: still 31 minutes and at the same speed

Cravings: Not feeling any in particular, except for tomatoes (still! 🙂 )

Aversions: Mostly gone now, although I’m still not going to try eating broccoli as yet 🙂

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