Someone asked me recently how this pregnancy compares to my others. We’d been talking about whether the baby was a boy or girl and how my previous two pregnancies differed. We thought that perhaps we could make an educated guess at the gender…

The answer is: all three have been different!

My first pregnancy was such a breeze and that wasn’t just because I didn’t have any other kids to look after. I had no morning sickness whatsoever and I only ever suffered once with heartburn- and that was all my own fault for eating two packets of Rolos in one sitting. The pregnancy was so good, in fact, that it lasted 42 weeks and one day. And then, of course, ended in drama with an emergency section, but you can’t have everything I guess.

Weight-wise, I put on a lot with my daughter. I refused to weigh myself throughout but did become miserable towards the end. You might know the beached whale feeling? Yeah, that. When my daughter was 6 weeks old, I had my check at the GP and I was a good 2 stone or so over my pre-pregnancy weight, and that was after losing the weight of the baby, excess water and breastfeeding for six weeks. So let’s just say, I put on a lot. Luckily, I lost it all pretty quickly and actually ended up smaller than before I got pregnant.

The second pregnancy was totally different. From the word go, I was ill. I was never actually sick, but the threat was there constantly. I also suffered with terrible headaches and ended up signed off work at one point. I have to point out that during this pregnancy I also had my daughter to look after, and I was working full time- teaching this time, rather than sat behind a desk in an office. I think this made a difference. I also experienced a couple of bleeds during this pregnancy, and of course there is the fact that I pretty much spent the entire nine months stressing about the birth.

Weight-wise, I didn’t really put on that much. I felt too lousy to eat most of the time! Towards the end, I gained a few pounds of course but I was back in my jeans by the time the toddler was about 8 weeks old. Again, I slimmed to a slimmer version of myself pretty quickly.

This pregnancy lasted for 41 weeks and one day, and you must know by now how it ended. Again, a fairly uneventful pregnancy with a dramatic birth to make up for it.

So, there you have a girl pregnancy and a boy pregnancy. Both completely different. So, how does this pregnancy compare?

Well. The morning sickness kicked in at around 6 weeks, as it did with my son. It lasted until around 16 weeks, considerably shorter than the 8 month mark as was the case with my son. I did experience headaches, but since around 20 weeks or so, they have been fine. This time I was working part time, with two children to care for at home.

Weight-wise, I have put on more than I did with my son, but still less than with my daughter.

36 weeks!

This pregnancy will only last for 38 weeks as I am having an elective section. I get the feeling, though, that it would be another overdue baby if it had the chance to be.

So what do you think? Simply from the general feeling well vibes, I think this one is a girl. But there are no real indications that this pregnancy is the same as the first one. My bump is definitely smaller than last time, as was the case with my daughter, but I just don’t know. It could be a boy, since I experienced morning sickness…

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!