Emma's Journey to Baby

Precious Cargo

So we had our midterm (20 week) scan at week 19 as we were going to be on holiday in Portugal at 20-21 weeks. You can have your midterm scan between 18 & 21 weeks.

I was really nervous before the scan as it is a bit of a limbo period between the 12 week scan and when you feel that first kick. I’m still waiting…

All my fears were put to bed as we watched the screen in awe as we saw our baby stick it’s (we chose to keep the sex as a surprise) thumb up and then put both hands over it's eyes. Camera shy we said, unlike it's Mum and Dad. My hubs and I love a party and have many photos of us in fancy dress. We know our friends would definitely agree that we aren't exactly shy types!...

So off to Portugal we could go, with a lovely, if not a little blurry, photo of our ‘shy’ baby.

flying with baby

Before our trip I read lots on flying in pregnancy. Most articles say you can fly up to around 28 or 32 weeks dependent on the airline. It also states you may need a letter from your Doctor to prove how many weeks pregnant you are and that you are fit to fly. As you know from my previous blogs, many people have said I look like I'm carrying twins so I thought it would be best to get a letter done in case I get stopped at check in for being too big (Omg imagine!)... I must admit I would have liked a sign on my belly at the beach saying “It’s not ice-cream – it’s a baby!!”

We arrived in Portugal at 9am and the heat hit us like opening an oven door. I was immediately very conscious that I didn't want my bump to overheat. We were at our Villa and unpacked with swimwear on by lunch. Happy as Larry, I was slathered in SPF30 and comfortably propped up on a sun lounger with a parasol strategically placed so that just my tummy was in the shade. Perfecto.

By day 3 the difference in colour between the tan on my arms and the bright white of my belly was laughable. Now we are home it is even more apparent but only to me – I mean I’m not exactly wearing crop tops these days!…

My advice if you are travelling abroad in height of summer with your precious cargo is as follows:

  • Check how many weeks you can fly up to with your airline. Get a Doctor's note just in case you are questioned on how far along in your pregnancy you are. Incidentally Monarch did not ask me but at least I was prepared. My letter stated how many weeks I was; that I was fit to fly and was signed by my Doctor.

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and make sure you know where the toilets are. Maybe even take a loo roll out with you, just in case you get caught short…

  • Cover up in the hottest hours. ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.’ Apparently the melanin in your skin changes during pregnancy so you tan quicker than normal. Therefore tanning before noon and after 3pm ish (dependent on when the sun is at it’s hottest where you are) will surely give you enough of a golden glow, and I expect you will be more comfortable too.

  • Remember that most of the Starters on the Menu in restaurants will be things you won't be allowed to eat... King Prawns, Camembert, Pate, Chorizo. I don't know what it is about the NHS list of foods to avoid in pregnancy and Restaurant appetisers but it's like they are in a partnership. See here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/foods-to-avoid-pregnant.aspx

 Baby on board

With only the Funghi left on the shelf (excuse the pun!) many a night I started the evening with Mushrooms in Garlic... Sorry Hubs - Mouthwash required... Oh but can I use mouthwash, I'm sure it has alcohol in it?... ;-)

I can honestly say I haven’t really missed alcohol during my pregnancy, I think this is the first time since I was 18 that I have not had a drop of wine in 4 months. However sunny holidays are the time when my desire does return albeit briefly. Beer o'clock has been replaced by ice-cream time but then I'm pretty sure that will be the case for holidays for years to come now…

My dear Mum is one of the biggest worriers I know but regards all of my above worries and fears she has a great way of making me feel at ease... She says: "Millions of years Women have been having babies Emms', how did we all get here?" ...

 

And it's true isn't it?...

Are you telling me that not one of those Women ate a King Prawn or used Mouthwash ;-)

So my advice if you choose to accept it is... Trust your instinct. Go with your gut. Read as much as you can on what you can and can't do in pregnancy and follow what works for you.

Listen to friends & family but don’t feel pressured by anyone to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. After all it is only you that is carrying that precious cargo…

 

Til next time, sending love and thanks for reading,

 

Emma and her Vanilla Bump xx

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