28 weeks pregnant

I’m 28 weeks pregnant!  That means I’m officially in the third trimester woohoo!
If you missed last week, check out my 27 week update

This week little boy bump is around 38cm long and is weighing just over a kilo (about as much as an Aubergine)
Cute developments this week are that he can blink and he has eyelashes!!

Weight: 62.2kg (+1.1kg in two weeks) 
Waist measurement: 41 inches (+0 in one week)
Fundal measurement: 25cm (+3 cm in two weeks) 

Here’s me this week
28 weeks pregnant

My energy levels have been all over the place this week, some days I’ve felt great and others I’ve felt like I can barely get myself out of bed!
By the time Mark came home yesterday I was absolutely exhausted, I guess I had overdone it.  
I think I still forget I’m pregnant now and that I need to slow down a bit!! Being in the third trimester now should definitely be enough to make realise and accept this! I guess I just don’t like being told that I should or shouldn’t be doing stuff because I’m pregnant, but rather wait till my body tells me it’s not okay (wow, that sounds cheesy I know!)

I am continuing to enjoy my online pregnancy Pilates class, I love that each week it slows down a little to match my pregnancy energy levels!!

I had my midwife appointment yesterday, it went well.  
The midwife was happy that although the fundal measurement is technically still small (I’m now measuring what I “should” have been 2 weeks ago!) I have had good growth! 
I had Arthur with me at the appointment.  We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat and Arthur danced to it.  This was quite possibly the cutest thing ever!!!

In some exciting news for us, we have contacted the doctor we want to do my Caesarian, and he has confirmed he will do it! He has also booked us in and given us a date, so we know the day we will now be meeting our little guy…………..
28 weeks pregnant

As I mentioned before, I’m sure there are people who disagree with my decision for a planned Caesarian but for our family it really is the best decision for so many reasons, perhaps that’s another post in the making!  
So baby boy will be born at 39 weeks, unless he plans a dramatic earlier entrance!!  That means it’s 73 days today till we get to meet our little boy!!

I think that’s all for this week, I’ll be back next week!

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23 months

Arthur is 23 months old.

23 months old

Oh my gosh.  I am emotional about this.  I am aware that’s ridiculous, but I’m pregnant so give me a break!  I can’t believe that next month we will have a 2 year old!!

This month has seen Arthur being spoiled rotten!!!  We had my parents out to visit for two weeks. Arthur absolutely loved it.
He took about 10 minutes to get over shyness on the first day and from that moment on he couldn’t get enough of them! He absolutely delighted in showing off in front of them, which of course they lapped up too!!

23 months old

One of the presents for Arthur my parents bought out was a floaty jacket.  Arthur has always been amazing in the water but this jacket has given him an unreal amount of confidence.  He would never wear armbands but now he can get around on his own by wearing this jacket.  He even “swims” around in it!  It’s absolutely amazing!   I’d totally recommend them!
Having always been a water baby myself it was always my hope that Arthur would be too, so I’m so happy to see how much he loves it!!

23 months old

I’m still taking Arthur into school once a week and he’s continuing to love it.  He interacts more and more with the other kids and he has a lot of confidence there!

He loves climbing and he is so fast. His running is amazing!!

I haven’t spoke a lot about this, but we have started potty training with Arthur.
We know it’s very early but where it’s been so so hot  we started letting Arthur run around the house without a nappy on, he started telling us when he was going for a wee and then before he actually needed to go.  So we thought we’d give it a go!
We are so proud of how well he’s been doing.  We have kept it just inside the house for now (so a nappy on when we go out) and still using a nappy for nap and bed time.
By no means am I boasting, claiming any fabulous parenting or potty training techniques here I just think that Arthur happened to be ready!  Also we have the added benefit of it being hot enough for him to run around without a nappy and therefore notice what he’s doing!!

Arthur is talking more and more.  He’s been saying lots of new words.  I feel like I need to write down all of his words so I have a real idea of where he’s at!!  I’ll work on that this month!

He continues to be a really affectionate boy.  He loves to give cuddles and kisses.

I think that’s it for now, well no it isn’t.  I never feel like I truly capture how awesome our little guy is in these updates.  How much he makes us all so so happy.  How funny he is.  How loving he is.  I hope that by continuing this blog I’ll get better and better at capturing that.

I’m sure it will feel like a blink of an eye for the time to come for me to be writing the next update when Arthur has turned 2!

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Expat pregnancy in the Seychelles

Expat pregnancy in Seychelles

 

As I’m days away from entering the third trimester in my second pregnancy, both of which have been while living in the Seychelles, I thought I’d write a little bit about what Expat pregnancy in the Seychelles is like!!

So let’s start at the beginning…. You think you might be pregnant and you want to take a test!  Where to go?
Well, you can pick up a pregnancy test in a pharmacy.  They are pretty small though and if you don’t already know where they are you’ll need to either ask someone or you can go to a doctors!

I’ve never seen a digital test or anything fancy, just really basic ones.  I think they cost around 100scr each (about £5)

Antenatal care
Once you have found out your pregnant (yay!) then you can get registered for your Antenatal care!

As an expat, you have to pay for the Antenatal package.  That costs 5000scr (about £250) the price has been the same for both of my pregnancies, but obviously that could change in the future
This price includes:
All of your Antenatal check ups (monthly from 12-26 weeks pregnant, they then become fortnightly from then until the last few weeks when they are weekly).  This includes all your blood tests and the always lovely Glucose test.
All of your scans (12, 20 and 32 weeks as standard but no extra cost if more scans are needed for any reason) *
Dental check up (usually expats pay for the dentist)
*with your scans if you don’t want to know the sex of your baby, be sure to let the sonographer know as they tend to just tell you since everyone here finds out!

Day to day in pregnancy.
I guess is the same wherever you are in the world!
Obviously here, it’s hot, really hot so that can be kinda hard some days. Especially if you’re pregnant in March/April time which is the hottest time of year!
Also there’s not really any maternity clothes around. Shopping here in general is pretty limited.  Although I do think that you can get some maternity wear in Victoria on Mahe there’s not a lot of choice like you would expect elsewhere in the world so you might want to get some sent out!!

I’ve always found people to be very friendly and smiley here while I’ve been pregnant.  People will always ask if you’re having a boy or a girl.  There is a strong gender preference for girls here!

Planning for the birth.
If this is your first baby, or you’re having a Caesarian you have to go to Victoria Hospital on Mahe to deliver.

It is not standard here to do a hospital visit like it is in other places.  However you can arrange this if you want to!  We did a visit in my first pregnancy, it was quite surreal.  

If you don’t live on Mahe, like me, that means sorting out somewhere to stay.  Prices of this vary depending on where you choose!  We chose a self catering apartment near Beau Vallon.  That’s not really close to the hospital but we wanted somewhere nice and quiet and to make a bit of a holiday out of being on Mahe before the baby arrived.

We were also a little cheeky and asked around places if they would consider giving a resident discount.  Surprisingly there were lots of places that offered it to us, particularly as we were going there to have a baby!

We were told for a natural birth that we would have to be on Mahe from when I was 37 weeks pregnant. So we booked somewhere to stay from that time for 6 weeks.

In the end it turned out I would have to have a Caesarian because Arthur was breach, so really could have spent less time but that’s the downside of having to book somewhere to stay in advance!  For our first baby though, it didn’t matter we could enjoy being in our little bubble before getting back to life!

This time around we know in advance I’ll be having another Caesarian so we can book to stay less time on Mahe.  It is more important for us to minimise our time on Mahe as we now have Arthur to think about too and we think it will be easier for him to be in “normal” life as much as possible!!

So all that’s left now is to have your baby!!
I’ll have another post on that soon for you!

Seychelles Mama
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27 weeks pregnant

I’m 27 weeks pregnant!
If you missed last weeks update, check out my 26 week update!

This week our little guy is around 37cm long and weighs around 900g (about the weight as a head of cauliflower apparently!!)
He will have started opening and closing his eyes and will be starting to wake and sleep at regular times!

This weeks bump measurement: 41 inches (+0.5)

Here’s me this week:
27 weeks pregnant

This week my parents have gone so it’s back to reality.
It’s been a kinda quiet week really, however I am finding it harder and harder to keep up with Arthur.  I mean that literally, that boy is lightning fast and my speed is definitely decreasing by the day!!

However, my energy levels have still been pretty good which is nice, it means I’ve still been getting my online fitness classes in! By the way if you missed my post with answers to pregnancy fitness questions I asked Dr Joanna Helcké, check it out!

I have really been noticing the heat this week and how much it zaps those good energy levels!!  Luckily today it’s raining and so feels nice and cool compared to a usual day here in Seychelles.

Sleep has still been reasonably broken although I think overall it’s been pretty good this week.

Kicks have been getting REALLY strong, some have actually hurt!! They are getting really high up too!  Also getting those alien type movements where he’s obviously turning or rolling around and my whole tummy moves!  It’s those kind of movements where you are reminded that there really is a baby in there!!

I feel like this stage has come round very quickly!  All of a sudden I’m at the end of the second trimester…how has this happened!!?

No midwife appointments this week but I did take a trip to the dentist for a check up.  No problems which was good!  My next midwife appointment will be next week.

Think that’s all for this week!  I’ll be back next week!

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Pregnancy fitness questions answered by Dr Joanna Helcké

As part of my review for the Dr Joanna Helcké pregnancy fitness programme I was given the chance to ask Jo some pregnancy fitness questions.

It was great to be able to ask Jo questions and get answers from a real expert!  I thought I’d share the answers as I’m sure there are some who have wondered the same thing!  Hope you find them as useful as I did!

Does having had a C-section in the past affect how I should exercise when pregnant second time round? And is there anything I can do to prepare myself for a second caesarean section?

Having previously had a caesarean section won’t require you to modify your antenatal exercise regime per se. However, what it does mean is that you have insight into what it feels like having to both heal after what is effectively major abdominal surgery all whilst looking after a tiny baby. Add a toddler into the mix and things will be even harder.
With this in mind I would be thinking back to those early postnatal days and weeks last time round to remember what felt really tough and then seeing whether you could incorporate certain exercises into your current fitness regime which will “proof”your body and help you through a second round of healing.
Keeping the body generally strong throughout pregnancy is bound to help with recovery. Pregnancy affects posture, of course, but after a C-section the pain caused by the incision is liable to also affect the way you stand – it is only natural to hunch the shoulders forwards when experiencing pain. So working on keeping the back muscles strong in pregnancy will also help when recovering from a C-section.
In the early weeks you will need to take things very gently and your stamina will, no doubt, be adversely affected – that’s when a flight of stairs feels like a mountain! So maintaining a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness right up to the end of pregnancy – think swimming and power walking – will help tide you over the healing period and hopefully you’ll be able to bounce back more quickly when the time is right.
Last but not least, although having a caesarean means that the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) don’t undergo the trauma of a natural delivery I’d definitely encourage you to get used to doing pelvic floor exercises correctly and through a full range of movement. What I mean by this is that you need to not only be able to draw up on your PFMs but also relax them fully. Once you’ve had your C section you can start up with the PFEs immediately and this encourage the flow of blood to the area, thus helping with healing.
I live in a tropical climate: should this have an effect on exercise in pregnancy?  

General advice is that it isn’t a good idea to get overly hot when pregnant as this can, according to some research, have an adverse impact on your growing baby. If you’ve been living in the Seychelles for many years then perhaps you have acclimatised and don’t find yourself getting quite so hot in the tropical weather there..? Or perhaps it still feels pretty hot and sticky to you (I spent all my childhood in Italy but I never got used to the boiling temperatures and high humidity in August!). Either way, I’d bear this in mind when exercising: don’t overheat, make sure you drive lots of fluids and don’t do your workouts in the full sun. Think cool shade or when outdoors stick to swimming – the water will help take away excess heat from your body.
What is your most recommended exercise for pregnancy?

OK, well I am a great one for believing that there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach. So instead of telling you about the wonders of swimming, aquanatal, pregnancy Pilates (which is what I specialise in), walking or pregnancy yoga, I’d rather say to you that you should do what you genuinely enjoy and what makes you feel HAPPY. All those types of exercise are, indeed, really great options in pregnancy but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything else is out of bounds.

Pregnancy fitness questioned answered by Dr Joanna Helcké

Aquanatal fitness. Photo credit: www.joannahelcke.com

Now I’m going to add a few caveats to that, the first one being that you should always listen to your body. So if, for example, running has always been your passion and if jogging during pregnancy leaves you feeling energised, positive and niggle-free, then by all means, make that your exercise of choice. But if, on the other hand, you find that you are forcing yourself to carry on (perhaps for fear of losing your fitness levels) then you are doing the wrong thing. You need to stop and do something else that suits.
So, in short, although my gut instinct is to tell you that pregnancy Pilates is particularly beneficial for a whole host of reasons (back pain, posture, keeping the abdominals toned…) I also feel that on condition that you listen to your body with honesty, then there are many other options that will keep you feeling happy, healthy and fit.
Pregnancy fitness questions answered by Dr Joanna Helcké

 

Are there any pregnancy exercise myths you’d like to dispel?

Oh my goodness, where shall I start?
-That “moderate exercise” means the same thing for all woman – of course it doesn’t! We all have our individual baseline fitness from which we should measure “moderate”.
-That weight training is somehow dangerous to perform in pregnancy. If you have excellent technique and were already lifting prior to pregnancy then by all means, carry on!
-That the pelvic floor muscles are best worked in isolation. Nope! Recent research by Dr Bruce Crawford (of the Pfilates technique) highlights that the pelvic floor actually works much more effectively if contracted alongside certain movements such as squats, cat stretches and lunges.
-That yoga is THE ultimate exercise to do in pregnancy. No it isn’t. There are lots of forms of exercise which are equally excellent for pregnancy and which all provide their own unique benefits. Yoga is great for posture, breathing for labour and relaxation; walking is fantastic for stamina; Pilates is amazing for back pain and rehabilitating the post-pregnancy tummy muscles; and swimming is a total godsend in the last trimester.
Do you want me to carry on….?!

Dr Joanna Helcke is an expert in pregnancy and postnatal fitness, winner of the UK’s most prestigious fitness award – the 2014 FitPro Award for Excellence in Fitness – and creator of the UK’s first week by week online pregnancy and new mum Pilates programme. www.joannahelcke.com

Pregnancy fitness questions answered by Dr Joanna Helcké

Photo credit: www.joannahelcke.com

Thanks Jo for answering my questions!

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Exciting #myexpatfamily news!

I am really happy to be sharing some exciting #myexpatfamily news with you!
Exciting #myexpatfamily news
There have been 10 #myexpatfamily blog link ups so far and I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s still going strong!!  A huge thank you to everyone for joining in with me each month!  I always enjoy everyone’s posts and it’s been so amazing getting to know you and your blogs!!

This month has seen the most people link up ever so another huge thank you for that!!

Okay, so back to the news!!

Along with the lovely Keri from Baby Globetrotters, #MyExpatFamily will be expanding into an interactive online community!  So there will be a chance to join in weekly chats on Twitter and share your expat family photos on Instagram throughout the month!!

We wanted to get some real conversations and connections going and we think this is the perfect way to do it!!

Of course, my monthly link ups will still be continuing!!

So, how can you get involved?

Starting from Monday 1st June Keri and I will be hosting twitter chats.
The first one will be 11am GST (8am British Summer Time / UTC+4) but we can change this for future chats if needs be!!
We would like to do a weekly theme to guide and get conversations going 🙂

So the first theme will be: “The Move” and we will have a couple of questions ready for you to get those tongues (errr fingers??) waggling!!

We have set up a new Twitter account @myexpatfamily and will continue to use the hashtag  #myexpatfamily – please come and connect with us now

We’ve also created a MyExpatFamily Instagram account and we’d love to share your pictures, just use the hashtag #myexpatfamily and we will re-post the best.

Don’t forget to drop me a request to join the Myexpatfamily Pinterest board too!

 

We would love to know what you think!  If you have any questions or suggestions do let us know!!

You can tweet us @chantellevr and @babyglobetrot and we will certainly be spreading the word across all our social media platforms!!

Excited to get started!!!

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26 weeks pregnant

I’m 26 weeks pregnant.
If you missed last week, check out my 25 week update

This week our little guy is around 36 cm long and weighs around 760g (apparently the same weight as a red cabbage, who knew!?)
That is more than 100g in a week so he’s definitely starting to pile some fat on now!!  Grow little baby grow!!
Apparently he is also starting to practice breathing movements, doing little inhales and exhales of amniotic fluid….amazing!

This weeks bump Measurement: 40.5 inches (no change this week!)
This months weight: 61.1kg (+1.7kg in one month)

Here’s me this week:
26 weeks pregnant

So this week has been pretty busy.  Still have mum and dad here which is nice, although they leave on Sunday so it will be back to reality next week!

I had a pre-natal massage on Tuesday which was so so nice!  I would totally recommend to any pregnant lady because it really does feel amazing!  As I mentioned last week I’ve been getting a sore back and hips and it really helped ease that up, for a couple of days at least!!
I’m still enjoying my online pregnancy fitness class, if you want to know any more about it check out my review!

Thursday I had my monthly midwife appointment.
She did my first fundal measurement, and told me I was a little small for dates saying I was around 22cm when I should be about 25cm.  I was told not to worry but that I should eat more protein and vitamin C.  Of course I was worried anyway but Mum and Dad reminded me that I measured small with Arthur too and he’s totally fine 🙂
Next time I go I’ll get her to show me my measurements with Arthur to compare!
I also got to hear baby boy’s heartbeat which was really lovely and was told it was 145 bpm which apparently is normal so that’s good news!!

I told my midwife that I wanted to book in for a Caesarian section this time round.  With Arthur I had a elcs due to him being breach.  I have been told I can try to have a natural birth this time round but in all honesty the thought of having to have an emergency Caesarian due to complications from first Caesarian absolutely terrifies me.  I’d rather know that both me and the baby are safe from the start.
I’m sure there are some that may judge me for that but it’s a decision that me and my family think is best.

From now on my midwife appointments will be twice monthly so I have another at the end of May.  I’ll start from then including the fundal measurements in my stats at the top of the posts!

I’ve just measured my bump around my belly button and as you can see by my measurements at the top there has been no change this week in measurement.  I’m not going to freak out about this, I’m getting loads of kicks, in fact huge kicks this week.  I also know that little boy is shifting about a lot in there so perhaps he’s just laying differently to how he was last week!  If no change by midwife appointment at the end of the month or my movements decrease I’ll obviously go down to see someone straight away….but for now I’m going to be rather unlike myself and remain rational and calm about it all haha!  My bump feels bigger and my mum says it looks different, like a bit pointier!!!!

My belly button has well and truly popped which grosses me out no end.  I’ll be honest, it looks a whole lot like a cats bum!!!  You can see it through my tops if I wear something tight, I wore a plaster over it last time and I think I’ll be doing the same this time!!!

I think that’s all for today!  I’ll be back next week with my next update!!

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