Week 17 of My Pregnancy – I don’t look pregnant, just fat!

On Saturday, I took my sister-in-law to Primark in Central London. I really wish I hadn’t because I have never been in such a claustrophobic situation before.  I got elbowed and pushed in the belly so many times that after ten minutes I had to get out. 

It was a really hot day and I was looking forward to my trip to North Cyprus next week. I was worried though as I felt very uncomfortable in the heat (not to mention the oh-so-embarrassing (and slightly annoying) discharge I was getting…). I heard it was pretty normal, though, so I had to grin and bear it. I figured investing in some discreet panty liners should help. 

I’m really excited about my 20-week scan. I get to see little baby boxer again. Hubby and I are so certain that it’s a boy that we’ve started thinking of boy names. We seem to keep arguing about it though and can never agree on names, but one thing we can agree on is that we definitely want to find out the sex of the baby.  

My boobs are not achy anymore but they have definitely grown! I need to go to a bra fitting because none of my bras fit anymore. I took my husband to Marks and Spencers and Mothercare for a bra fitting. M&S reckoned I was a 34E and Mothercare thought I was a 32F!!! Hmmm… I’m going to get a third opinion…  

Hubby kept bringing me maternity swimsuits to try on but the whole process got me really depressed. The bump just makes me look like I have eaten too many pies, so I opted for a tummy control sexy red swimsuit and a kaftan to hide the bump. Until my bump starts making me look pregnant, I’m going to hide my bump with clever clothes, so I don’t just look fat. 

I also bought some maternity bras in a 36e (32 and 34 were too tight) and a sun hat, as well as some support tights for the plane ride. I told work that I was going to North Cyprus for two weeks and they told me that, as my temporary position was due to end in the middle of my holiday, it would probably be best to work up until the day before I go away. I agreed and decided not to think any more about it. I had already applied for quite a few jobs before I knew I was going away, so I was scheduled to hear back from some of them when I got back from holiday. It’s hard to look for jobs when you’re pregnant as you’re not really a desirable candidate, but there’s nothing I can do about that right now except wait for potential jobs to come up, so I’ll deal with that when I get back. 

A fun fact – The baby is nearly 11cm long and weighs about 140g!


Leyla Preston (562 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/