My Mexican Pregnancy - Update at 25 weeks

This is the second of my monthly pregnancy updates - last month's was the first: My Mexican Pregnancy - Update at 18 weeks.  I want to record mine and the baby's progress, my thought and feelings about what it's like to be pregnant at 41 in Mexico and also my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter's thoughts on becoming a big sister.

My Mexican Pregnancy Update At 25 Weeks


How do I feel?


At around 19 weeks I started to feel the baby moving, at least on the inside.  Then around a week or so later I could feel the little movements from the outside too.  This baby is pretty wriggly and moves around a lot!

I’ve generally been feeling fine, my legs and back get tired more and I feel more tired in the evenings (still not as much as in the first trimester though).


Clothes


Definitely maternity leggings and long blouses.

My Mexican Pregnancy Update At 25 Weeks Baby On Board Sweater
Cute jumper I tried on last weekend (it says Baby on Board), love the little footprints in sequins.  I didn't buy it though as it's still mostly too hot for sweaters.


Health


I had a checkup with my gynecologist last week.  Apparently I have colitis – my abdomen is slightly swollen.  It could be because I’ve been eating more fatty foods than normal – have I? I’m not sure if this is the case – or maybe it could be due to stress.   Anyway, I have to make sure I drink lots of water, eat more proteins and vegetables and less carbohydrates.

The baby is looking healthy.  The doctor said my bump looks deceptively small, but the baby’s measurements all coincide at what they should be for 25 weeks, his heart rate is normal, the placenta looks healthy and the umbilical cord in a good position.  We caught glimpses of his face, his little hands moving, his heart beating.

My Mexican Pregnancy Update At 25 Weeks
Lovely picture of my ankles - the right one here is not as swollen as it was the day before.

My right ankle has been swelling up, more than the left, and quite noticeably.  My legs are not in a good state, the varicose veins are looking nasty.  I’ve been taking the capsules the gynecologist prescribed on my last visit three times a day; I have to continue with those.  I haven’t been able to find the compression tights I need – complete ones that go over the bump to my waist – I only have stockings that supposedly come up to my thighs but after two minutes wearing them they are around my knees.  Not great, but better than nothing.  The doctor recommended wrapping my legs in bandages, which I don’t like the idea of at all, it sounds very hot and uncomfortable.  I’ll keep looking for the tights.  I need to put my feet up whenever I can, too.

This time I’ve been prescribed calcium tablets, too, along with the vitamins I’ve been taking.

I need to make an appointment next week at the Seguro Social (the Mexican Health Service) as I haven't been back since my first visit.  It is a necessary part of the process for maternity leave from work and we haven't decided yet if the baby is going to be born there or in the private hospital where Emma was born.

My Mexican Pregnancy Update At 25 Weeks

Work and Home


Work hasn’t been too tiring so far.  I do have to spend quite a lot of time on my feet, or else sitting on the floor (kindergarten teacher!), but I feel quite well looked after by my colleagues.  The children keep asking me if my baby is going to be born soon, and what his name is going to be (we don’t have a name yet). Come to think of it, everyone keeps asking me this!

At home I need to organise myself more, especially meals.  I haven’t been doing much meal planning, I confess, but I need to, so I can spend less time in the kitchen on weekdays.

The week before last was a bit of a nightmare, Emma was ill with a viral infection from Sunday night to Friday, with high temperatures every night.  We didn’t get much sleep that week.  Luckily this week she’s been fine so hopefully we are back to normal.


Big Sister


Emma is happy at the prospect of having a little brother and hugs or strokes the bump.   She says she’s going to share her toys when Baby Bump is big enough and teach him how to jump, hop, swing, etc.

My Mexican Pregnancy Update At 25 Weeks
Emma's closeup of my little bump at around 20 weeks


She asks some funny questions, like “When Baby Bump is big is he going to have a beard?”!!!  Well that is looking very far into the future!


You can read my pregnancy announcement post here: Unexpectedly Expecting: The start of a new story.

Follow my Pregnancy board on Pinterest, you’ll find lots of interesting and hopefully useful articles related to pregnancy and birth.  I really should try out some of the exercises/ workouts I’ve been pinning – I haven’t got round to it yet.



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9 Comments

  1. Big Sister isvery cute. That's funny. #Stayclassymama

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  2. Awwww! Very sweet of Emma to want to share her toys with Baby Bump!

    #kcacols

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  3. So cute! She is going to be a great big sister. I love the jumper! So adorable! #KCACOLS

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  4. Such happy news, glad it is all going well (apart from the ankles!) Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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  5. Aw you're just ahead of me. I'm 22 weeks today and due early feb. Our son comes out with random things too - he asked if the baby had his gift in my tummy - lego! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

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  6. Ah that question is sooo cute! As is the top. Shame it's too hot to wear it. #kcacols

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  7. Lovely to hear that things are going well! I bet the advice to expectant mothers differ a lot between different countries. In Sweden we were given a list over different types of fish and how often you’re ‘allowed’ to eat them (when pregnant). Any advice on that in Mexico?? 😊x
    #KCACOLS

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  8. Absolutely loving these posts, sorry you haven't had the easiest of pregnancies so far though. Hopefully it will get slightly easier and your bump is awesome! #KCACOLS

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  9. Sounds like it's all going well! I think you'll have a great age gap there too - my oldest was 5 and a half when the youngest arrived and is a great help! #KCACOLS

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