Miscarriage, Pregnancy announcement and 1st trimester update

Hi Cherubs!

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already know the very exciting news that I am pregnant! I am 15 weeks and officially settled in to the 2nd trimester which is 10000000x better than the 1st for many reasons which I will go into. It has been a tough little secret to keep to myself especially when I regularly post pictures of myself online, and my body has been changing a lot (some people already figured it out).
My husband and I are extremely excited for our little family but it definitely hasn't been plain sailing. I did want to mention our struggle because I would hate for anyone having a tough time conceiving to read my blog and think we had it easy. We found that the topics of infertility, miscarriage or simply the length of time it takes to conceive were not often discussed even though for many, the road to children can be difficult.

My miscarriage experience

Well over a year ago now we decided it was the perfect time for us to start trying for a baby, we'd just found out we got our visa to stay in America, my husband had an amazing job offer, basically everything was perfect! After 3 months of trying we got pregnant... I was so relieved that it happened quickly and that I could get pregnant. I used ovulation kits to track the exact time I ovulated and I do recommend the clear blue tests if you are trying yourselves. When we found out we were back home in the UK packing up all our belongings for the big move and saying our goodbyes. By the time we got back to San Jose I was around 10 weeks pregnant, suffering with all day nausea and extreme tiredness so I kind of thought all was well. Our first appointment was at 11 weeks, I was over the moon excited for my first ultrasound and to see our little baby. The first red flag for me was that the baby was too small for the normal on-the-belly ultrasound (at 11 weeks baby should have been so much bigger) so then they had to proceed with a transvaginal one. Once they got a clear view my OB confirmed the pregnancy and informed me I had multiples (they were unsure whether there were 2 or 3). However I could tell by her face that it wasn't a viable pregnancy. The babies stopped developing past 8.5 weeks, a D&C procedure (pregnancy and tissue removal) was scheduled for the following week. It all happened pretty quick, one minute I was over the moon happy and pregnant then next I wasn't pregnant anymore and numb. This miscarriage has been one of the hardest things for me and my husband to go through especially living over 5000 miles from home. But you get through it.

It took 2 months for my body to get rid of the pregnancy hormone, I constantly took cheap tests and got so annoyed when they still showed I was pregnant, I also had blood tests weekly to get a more accurate reading. I also had to have another D&C procedure which was way more painful than my first one to get rid of the last bit of tissue. Finally 2 months later we were allowed to try again, It took a lot longer this time 6 months (I know this isn't long compared to others but when you've had a miscarriage it feels like a lifetime) I actually found out a week before my missed period which was totally different to last time when I found out a week after, and I put this down to the herbal vitamins I was taking (prenatal, calcium/fibre, omega 3, Vitex).

My 1st trimester update

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As I mentioned I found out a week before my missed period which was amazing because the 2 week wait is an absolute killer! I don't remember feeling overly excited or emotional, just worried. I didn't do any fancy reveal to my husband he knew I religiously took pregnancy tests anyway! I emailed my OB straight away and scheduled a blood test which confirmed the pregnancy.

After waiting 3 weeks we finally had an ultrasound at 8 weeks and as you can imagine we were both pretty nervous but also prepared for bad news. My OB has been seriously amazing through this whole process and put us out of our misery straight away and showed us the heartbeat. The little bean was measuring right on schedule and had a heartbeat of 165! It was such a different experience than our last ultrasound.

Pregnancy Symtoms 

I should probably talk about my pregnancy symptoms which kicked off around week 6 with all day nausea. Oh my it was bad; feeling so sick that you don't wanna eat but getting mild relief from eating.  I had vey little energy too, no desire to do anything but sleep and sleep was the only thing that helped my nausea so I caved in and slept a lot! My skin has always been oily but since being pregnant I now have quite dry skin especially on my cheeks and forehead. Acid reflux and heartburn... pregnancy is pretty glamorous isn't it? 
My nausea and tiredness stopped around week 12 and I have felt pretty much back to my normal self. I have started working out again doing yoga 3 times a week and Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project 3 times a week. I have always loved the Tracy Anderson workouts and the pregnancy exercises are so good and target your bum/thighs and arms whilst being safe for your baby. The first time I did it I was so sore the next day!

Pregnancy cravings and aversions

My number 1 craving is a cheese salad sandwich and I pretty much eat one for my lunch everyday. I'm also partial to raw onion, pickled onions and gherkins (not sorry) I guess I haven't had many, sometimes I just get a random craving but its just a one off like one day I really wanted a sweet apple. 
I have quite a few aversions and they are probably going to make me feel sick whilst I type them out! Banana, avocado, Caesar salad, any nut butters and orange juice. I'm vegetarian but one smell that makes my mouth water is a roast chicken but don't worry I would never go there!

At 13 weeks I had my nuchal translucency scan where they measure baby's neck to rule out down syndrome and trisomy 18 I think it is, along with a 1st trimester blood test and a second trimester blood test doctors can tell you whether baby is at risk from some specific health problems. Whilst I had my scan I did ask the technician to see if she could tell what sex the baby was and she did tell us but we are waiting to get the gender confirmed in a months time before we reveal that info. Honestly I don't mind either way I'm just relieved our baby's measurements were on the healthy side, so fingers crossed!

I'm currently feeling so good and happy about my pregnancy, the first 3 months was quite tense and I didn't want to get too excited in case we had bad news again. But now i'm feeling good and starting to plan for the future, i've even bought a few basic baby grows. I'm starting to think about prams and cots and would love to hear your recommendations! I'm going to be compiling a few wish lists and making comparisons of my favourite brands so you'll have to keep your eye out for those! My clothes are getting tight and i've had to ditch my old jeans now as they are just too uncomfortable to wear now, which brings me nicely to my outfit!



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I ordered around 5 pairs of jeans and these culottes from Topshop maternity the other day as all my other bottoms are just way too tight to wear comfortably now. I ordered so many because I wasn't sure of sizing and fit so I won't be keeping them all. One item I wasn't expecting to like is these black culottes. I normally hate culottes on me because the majority cling to my hips and just look awful so with this in mind a ordered a couple of sizes up to see if the fit was better. They hang so nicely off my hips and are super flattering, if you have hips like me and want to be able to wear culottes I recommend sizing up a size or two. The waist is a little big but nothing a safety pin can't fix and lets be honest, the waist isn't gonna be big for long. I teamed my culottes with a basic tee and my Birkenstocks, I guarantee this is going to be my most worn outfit this pregnancy as its so comfortable and keeps me cool in this California weather!

Top - American Apparel
Culottes - Topshop Maternity
Sandals - Birkenstock

Thank you for reading, I hope I haven't left any vital information out about my pregnancy journey. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or start up a conversation in the comments, miscarriage and infertility doesn't have to be a taboo subject, so lets talk about it!

Love Sarah

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