Pregnancy Update: 18-24 weeks 

Hi everyone, welcome back. I am here for my 24 weeks pregnancy update. That means I am 6 months pregnant but it doesn’t mean I only have 3 months left! You are actually pregnant for 10 months! So it’s really weird that it’s assumed pregnancy is 9 months long. But anyway I really can’t believe how time flies. I’m actually 6 months through my pregnancy. That’s absolutely mind blowing because it feels like only yesterday that I looked at my little clear blue home pregnancy test.

So I am 24 weeks pregnant, baby is growing nicely and she’s weighs around 600g and about 30cms in length from head to toe. I’ve gained about 7 kGs since we found out about my little bun in the oven. The only changes to my body that I’ve noticed is my increasing belly, lower back pains in the morning, constant fatigue, frequent urination. I’ve also started to get leg cramps while in bed and those are so painful. Oh dear and let’s not forget shortness of breathe and forgetfulness. It’s so hard for me to remember things.

A common question I get is about kicking and movement. I started feeling movement at around 18 weeks already. It is definitely a little creepy and cool all at the same time but I wouldn’t change it for the world because I know how lucky I am to have even gotten this far. It’s almost surreal to think that there’s actually a little human inside my body, growing and playing. This week I would say is her biggest in terms of movement. She’s been moving so much at all hours of the day. I can’t see her moving from the outside yet but if I put my hand on my tummy I can feel her moving around. What she’s getting up specifically I do not know but she moves. She always seems to move more after I eat and when I pray or read Quran.

I did freak out a little when I saw my weight the other day but I know it’s just all part of the process. I am up about 7 kGs since the beginning of my pregnancy but I’ve only really seen a difference in the size of my belly. All my clothing still fit relatively well. I have however bought 3 maternity pants. I am starting to get a lot more tired and out of breathe recently. It’s kinda embarrassing because I can pick it up when I’m speaking. Something simple like getting out of bed and walking up a flight of stairs for example is quite a hefty chore for me now. I’ve had to learn how to roll out of bed now and speak a little bit slower.

I haven’t gotten any new stretch marks and that’s probably thanks to my stretch mark oil. Thank you cousin Shakeera. I was advice to start using it from the very beginning. Something funny though, I found a stretch mark behind my calf – rather odd place don’t you agree?  I have also started to notice the dark line that some pregnant women get along the centre of their bellies. Mine extends up to my belly button and is pretty faint right now. For some odd reason I really like it. My belly button is in still (just about) – thank heavens and I don’t have any weird cravings. This week though I’ve been eating honey oats every single day and some days as many as 3 bowls as well as ice cream, I really enjoy ice cream so much now (cookie dough) I’m not sure what that is about but might be considered a craving? I don’t know.

I follow a healthy eating plan to make sure I get all my daily nutrients but I’m not counting any calories. I just eat as often as I would like and until I’m full. I drink a lot of water and that’s probably why I frequent the loo more often than I would like. I am also getting plenty of sleep which is good but I rarely wake up renewed or feeling refreshed. I feel tired all day long. Ok. So. Emotions. Well, I don’t cry a lot but I’ve had at least 3 emotional breakdowns and still counting. But as for every day kind of things I can I tear up really easily for almost anything baby related.

The first 3 months of pregnancy was horrendous to say the least. I hardly ate and spent most of my days in bed. I didn’t experience morning sickness but I did occasionally throw up. I also found that my antenatal vitamins made me feel really ill too and worsened my pregnancy symptoms.
Baby naming must probably be the hardest part of it all! There’s so many beautiful names to choose from. So if you know of any really good names please let me know. Include the meanings too if you can.

I am so happy to be in my second trimester. I love experiencing all the new developments for me and my baby. It’s such a miracle and truly heavenly sent.

 

Keep Smiling,

Fazeelah

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7 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update: 18-24 weeks 

  1. Nuran Kapery says:

    Slm doll. I love the update! For the leg cramping , get yourself calcium and magnesium supplement. It really works. It’s totally normal for the cramping. The extra supplements will help you sleep much better. I’m currently 10 weeks along so it’s nice to relate to your post. All the best 😘

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    • dhillondeeds says:

      Wslm. And congratulations. Many happy returns and I hope all goes well for you and your baby inshallah. Jazakala for the advice. I will look into it because the cramps are awful.

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  2. breharne says:

    Firstly congratulations on your pregnancy, this is the first post of yours that I have come across – so I am joining the party a bit late. You poor thing, I totally understand the pain of your leg cramps! I had them 2-3 times per week from 18w onwards throughout my first pregnancy. I got told that it was due to lack of potassium and I should try eating a banana or two a day. It definitely helped in my case it decreased my cramps from 2-3 times per week to 1 per week. I hope it helps for you aswel.

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  3. Shann Eva says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Sounds like everything is going really well. With my first, I was so sick, and threw up all the time. Best of luck for a healthy, uneventful rest of your pregnancy.

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