Surprise! If you didn’t see on social media I’m pregnant with baby number 2! It feels very weird to actually be writing about this! As of today I am 12 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I had my 12 week scan yesterday morning (which wasn’t my first scan for this baby, in fact it was my 4th, but I’ll get into that another time). Thankfully everything is good and well with this baby and I cannot wait to share with you how my pregnancy goes.
Trying For Baby No.2
Most of you probably know that I’ve been wanting a second child for a little while now. Nathan and I had decided late last year that we were going to start trying in January. We were really excited and couldn’t wait for January to get here!
Around October 2017 I missed a period. We’d been very careful so my first thought wasn’t ‘Oh, I might be pregnant.’. Of course if I was I would have been delighted as it’s only a few months earlier than when we wanted to start trying. I ordered some pregnancy tests on Amazon, had them delivered the next day and took one. Negative. I waited a few days and took another. Negative again. Now I know some people do naturally have late or missed periods, but this was a first for me. I’m always like clockwork.
After a bit of Googling I’d decided to forget about it for now. Seeing as I’ve had a baby before I’d read sometimes this can mess up your periods, so I just waited for next months period. November and December both arrived and I missed another 2 periods. I took more pregnancy tests and they were still negative. After a bit of more Googling and speaking to family I decided to take a trip to the doctors.
‘It Might Be PCOS?’
I booked an appointment to see my doctor, and the first thing she suggested is that it might be PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). She booked me in for some blood tests and an ultrasound. I think they were looking for a certain hormone level to be off and to check the levels of my ovaries. For more information about PCOS I’d recommend checking out the NHS website.
I got all of my results back and everything looked clear; no obvious signs of PCOS. By this time it was the middle of January, when we wanted to start trying for baby number 2. I’ll be honest and say I was scared. I’d now missed 3 periods with no explanation. The thought of having another baby soon was out of my head. After a few more chats and tests with the doctors they had decided it was either due to my weight or early menopause, which they apparently can’t test for. I walked away feeling absolutely terrible. It was either something I’d let happen to my own body or something I literally have no control over.
All of a sudden… I had a period! I can’t tell you how relieved I was. This still was no sign to what was going wrong but still, I had a period!! We waited for it to finish and started trying again, in hoping my cycle may have been back to normal. A few weeks later, when my period was due, I took a test. Negative. Waited a few more days. Still negative. I still missed my period.
It was at this point we decided I was going to start taking ovulation tests. If my ovaries were going to release eggs randomly we’d need to find out when they are to increase the chances of falling pregnant. Throughout February and most of March I was getting constant negatives, to a point where I gave up on taking them.
One evening towards the end of March whilst watching TV Nathan turned to me and said, ‘Hey, you haven’t taken an ovulation test in a while. Did you want to go and do one?’. I thought there was probably no point but I might as well. Off I went into the bathroom and took the test, just like a pregnancy test. I flushed the toilet, sorted myself out and then checked out the result. It was the strongest positive you could have got. I ran downstairs waving this peed on stick towards Nathan saying ‘It’s positive!!’. You can guess what else happened then…
2 Weeks Later
The next 2 weeks went by so slowly. I was desperate to find out whether I was pregnant. I bought one of those early detection pregnancy tests and took it about 4 days early – I wish I hadn’t! It came back saying not pregnant. I wasn’t that bummed though, I was mainly happy I had a period! After a couple of days I started to get spotting, the normal kind you’d get at the start of a period.
The spotting came and went, and no period. The first thought that went through my head was ‘But I ovulated?? How can I miss this period too??’. The day that my period should have started came and there was nothing. I decided to take one last pregnancy test just to be sure. I mean, these test are bloody expensive. I dread to think how much money I’ve spent on them the past 6 months!
It was a Sunday afternoon, Oliver had just gone down for his afternoon nap so I decided to go and take the test. Whilst the test was developing I went back downstairs to see Nathan. It was taking a long while to develop, and from my past using tests, this probably meant it was a negative. So I started talking to Nathan about how it’s probably negative but it’s okay if it is, as I was just happy I’d had an egg ovulate!
I’d started walking into our living room and I took a glance down at the test, which is when I saw it; Pregnant 1-2 weeks. I was in shock. I turned back, ran to Nathan shouting ‘I am! What?! I am!!’. I then burst into tears.
I could not believe it had finally happened. I was pregnant with baby number two!! To think we started off this year having no idea when I would fall pregnant… The human body is an amazing thing, confusing, but amazing. I encourage anyone who has had a similar experience like mine to use ovulation tests. You might get a lot of negatives but one day you’ll hopefully get that positive one.
I hope this post hasn’t been too long for you, and well done if you got this far! Within the next week I’ll be writing about my first trimester. It’s been quite different compared to when I was pregnant with Oliver! I can’t wait to share the rest of my pregnancy journey with you!