Pregnancy Update: Weeks 17-18


I was too busy to get to the blog earlier in the week, so this bumpdate is coming to you in between weeks. I’m currently 18 weeks and 4 days pregnant to be exact, which means I’m about 4.5 months into my pregnancy and almost exactly halfway through! How scary is that?! It seems like only yesterday that I was passing my positive pregnancy test to Mr Sunshine with a shaky hand and wondering what the next few months were going to bring!

But anyway, back to the bump. This week, people have started to notice I’m pregnant a lot more without me having to say anything, which makes me think the bump must have grown again. I’m not surprised, because the little one is now almost 6 inches long (think the size of a sweet potato) and weighs nearly 7 ounces! No wonder my back aches if I lie flat on my back for too long!


One of the reasons for the late post is that at the end of last week we had another pregnancy scare. Without going into too much detail, it involved quite a bit of blood and me having to call a cab and rush from work to our maternity clinic as quickly as I could. Luckily the doctors there are amazing, and as soon as arrived I was up on the bench for a scan. I have never felt such a rush of sheer relief and joy as the bub appeared in front of us, wriggling around looking contented. The doctor couldn’t find the source of the bleed, and said it was definitely nothing to do with the baby, so I was packed off home with strict instructions to rest up for a couple of days and report back if anything changed. Everything was OK after that. I still don’t know what the source of the bleed was, and probably never will, but I would like to pass on the message to any other mummies-to-be out there that if this happens to you IT DOES NOT SIGNAL DISASTER! Millions of pregnant women experience some sort of bleeding every day, and go on to give birth to perfectly healthy, happy babies. It’s always best to get it checked out with your local GP or clinic, but please don’t panic until a doctor has examined you.

After resting up last weekend, I was back to feeling full of energy and raring to go. I have been constantly hungry, a little achey but generally very happy and contented this week.

What I’ve been eating

I’ve been to a few food blogger events this fortnight,  which means that I have been trying out a few foods and cuisines that I haven’t eaten since I’ve been pregnant yet. I have discovered that very spicy food, although delicious, gives me terrible stomach ache. And the donuts at newly opened Monte’s are the most addictive thing I think I have ever eaten.

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How I’ve been feeling

Relieved, excited, happy. Because we had a scan last week, we’re now not having our gender scan until a week later than we were expecting to have it. Instead of tomorrow it will be next Saturday, and we’re waiting on tenterhooks for it. We are organising a big reveal party for a few weekend’s time and I can’t wait to share the news with all of our friends and family…I just hope the little one is going to play ball on the day and open their legs for long enough to show us who they are!

What I’ve been wearing

I am finally big enough to start wearing some of the maternity clothes that I purchased recently. This dress from ASOS Maternity is one of my favourites because it is soo comfy!

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ASOS Maternity navy blue polka dot dress.

When I have been at home, I have been living in two items of clothing that my wonderful mother-in-law Christine bought me for my birthday: gorgeous silky pink pyjamas and warm and snuggly Ugg slippers! Oh, and I’ve mainly been wrapped up in this blanket too (see tomorrow’s blog post for the details of this one).

B by Ted Baker ‘Botanical Bloom’ pyjama top and shorts. Ugg Moraene slippers in Espresso.

Products I’ve been using

My face has been pretty dry and patchy this week, so I’ve been keeping it hydrated with lots and lots of moisturising lotion and lip balm. Check out my favourites here and here.

Baby bits

We have our eye on a cot that’s currently in the sale. Check back in next week to see if we bit the bullet and bought it!

Link of the week

The absolutely hilarious, heart-warming and positive Life, According to Pinky and Pug has been getting me excited about motherhood, as well as serving me a big dose of reality this week.

Final words

I am devouring pregnancy blogs at the moment, so I would love to hear from any other mummies that are blogging their way through their pregnancy like me! Please post your links below and I will be sure to check them out 🙂


  1. October 30, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    One thing I loved when I was pregnant was Mama Mio's leg cooling gel, went through bottles of the stuff! The coolness doesn't last that long, but it's heaven slathering it on. Glad to hear the scare was only just a scare and baby is safe!

    • November 1, 2015 / 8:34 am

      Oo, thanks for the tip, I will have to look some of this out! Thanks for the lovely words 🙂

      Polly xx

  2. October 30, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    The term yummy mummy was made for you Polly – you look absolutely stunning in your ASOS dress and I'm so relieved for you that it was all just a scare. Must have been such a frightening moment and I'm so glad you and baby are well 🙂

    • November 1, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Shikha and Emma, you my dears are far too kind! Thank you!

      Polly xx

  3. October 30, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Looking gorgeous Polly and your bump's super cute..Such a relief that must have been to see the little one wiggling around ! I too had a minor scare early on but went on to have a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby..Been following your space regularly..Putting the link to my motherhood post below..Take care and hope to meet you in person very soon !

    • November 1, 2015 / 8:40 am

      I loved reading this post Gayathri, it's such a beautiful and heart-warming account of new motherhood 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! Yes, I really hope we can meet sometime. It would be great to organise a mummy date once my little one is here too.

      Polly xx

  4. October 31, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    What a relief that your scare wasn't serious. You're certainly looking blooming 🙂

    • November 1, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Thanks Angie 🙂 We are both sooo relieved…again!!

      Polly xx

  5. November 6, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I am so glad Polly that it turned out to be a false alarm you must make sure you rest and take it easy. The slippers look comfy and putting your feet up is very much called for. I only have two weeks left ekk! Lucy x

    • November 8, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      CONGRATULATIONS! Sooo exciting. I can't wait to hear all about your new arrival 🙂 Good luck with everything, please keep me updated.

      Polly xx

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