Return of The Bump: 23 weeks pregnant

Today I am 23 weeks pregnant. 23 weeks! And 5 days! I honestly don’t know how we got here. One minute there was this:

Return of The Bump: 23 weeks~

And then there was this:

Return of The Bump: 23 weeks~

And this week the bump has grown even more. The poppy seed is now the size of a papya and measuring approximately 8 inches already. Fat stores are being laid down, ready for The Big Day. Apparently I need to be aware that as baby starts to pack on the pounds, I will too. And I already feel different in myself. By the end of the month the poppy seed will have doubled in weight! And that fat will soon plump out the skin (that looks kind of blue right now, and is thin enough to be able to see the internal organs) and the poppy seed will start to look more like a baby.

I have to be honest here. And it’s my blog so I can do that. I am starting to feel that heavy, puffy feeling that comes with pregnancy. My face is filling out and the clothes that I have been relying on wearing throughout my pregnancy aren’t as comfortable as they once were. This is normal. This is natural. This is to be expected while you are growing a human being inside of you. This is what happens. This is what your body needs. But that does not mean I have to like it.

This is the stage of pregnancy that I really don’t like. Feeling too big in my own skin. Wanting to shrink away, inside, and outside. Wanting to be one of those pregnant women who just seem to float through it all looking like they swallowed a beach ball and nothing more. Ok, so it’s shallow but it’s how I feel. I am doing all that I can to limit weight gain and to stay as active and as healthy as I can for a positive pregnancy and to give myself every chance for a normal delivery. But despite eating well and exercising daily, I cannot stop the weight creeping on and I need to find a way to accept that it will happen and it will be ok.

And I will. Because for every pound that I gain, I move another step closer to baby number four. And that will keep my head up on the difficult days.

Return of The Bump: 23 weeks ~



  1. July 18, 2014 / 10:41 am

    I fully sympathise with you. I have uncomfortable pregnancies and never felt that it suited me. I was just ‘bleurgh’ and vommy all the time. But remember, it’s hard work growing a whole person – and you know that you’re doing a fab job – you just need to look at your other children for proof. Hope things improve soon x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 10:46 am

      Thank you so much- nice to know that I’m not alone. I think I feel a little cheated with being so ill and trying so hard to eat well etc!! But you are right, the kids are whats important at the end of the day 🙂 x x

      • July 18, 2014 / 10:48 am

        I didn’t mean to be offhand, when you’re feeling rotten there’s absolutely nothing that makes you feel better.

        Beautiful bump btw x
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        • ghostwritermummy
          July 18, 2014 / 1:23 pm

          Oh no, I didn’t think you were at all! Your comment was lovely 🙂 Thank you x x x x

  2. July 18, 2014 / 11:46 am

    Your bump is beautiful & you’re growing a human so it’s bound to be tough. I looked hideous when I was pregnant with my twin daughters and my weight rocketed from 7 and a half stone to over 10! I don’t think any of us realise just how tough pregnancy can be on out bodies! Keep going lovely, you’re doing just fine x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 1:22 pm

      Aht hank you for such a lovely comment! Pregnancy is tough! x x x

    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 1:19 pm

      It’s not much fun! Although being up north has its advantages as its a lot cooler today that it is elsewhere! x x

  3. July 18, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I remember that stage when you don’t feel like you are ‘blooming’ yet and have that kind of ‘meh’ few weeks with your body. You might not feel like it but your bump looks great: neat and well-defined! You have not mentioned the sickness so I hope it is all getting better. x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 1:18 pm

      It’s rubbish isn’t it. Yes, the sickness is a lot better today, so at least that’s one thing!! x x x

  4. July 18, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I think you look gorgeous, lady. And honestly, it’s so funny how we see ourselves vs how others see us. To me, it DOES look like you’ve just swallowed a mini beach ball and that’s it. I feel like a baby elephant. In all, I think I’ve gained around a stone now, which is more than I gained in my entire last pregnancy. And while my bump has rounded out a little, I can’t help but see the “B” shape of it where my rolls of fat still collect. It makes me feel horrid. But it’s all part of growing a life inside of us. 🙂 Truly, though – you look stunning, and you are doing everything right. 🙂
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much lovely lady. Its awful how hormones and weight gain makes you feel isn’t it? When what we should be doing is concentrating on the miracle within! Having a wobble today but sure I will be back to normal service soon. And by the way for the record, you also look great. Just goes to show how different our own perceptions can be doesn’t it? x x

  5. July 18, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    You look flipping gorgeous hunny, I only wish I looked like you during pregnancy – I was hideous! But yes I totally know what you mean, I just did not suit pregnancy and was not one of those lovely glowing mummies-to-be. You have such a lovely bump tho, can’t believe how much its grown! x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 18, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      You totally were not hideous. But you saying that just shows me that you know how I feel- no matter how other people see you, what matters is how you feel. But thank you, I really do appreciate your kind words and I can/t wait to see you! xx x

    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:19 am

      Thank you. The puffy feeling is just awful isn’t it? x x

  6. July 19, 2014 / 9:03 am

    That heavy puffy feeling is not enjoyable- don’t feel bad for feeling a bit yuck- it’s completely understandable! I already feel yuck and I’m only 13 weeks! None of my clothes are comfy and this heat is making it ten times worse! I feel for you with your growing bump in this hot sticky weather! Just keep doing what you’re doing; focusing on that lovely little baby you’re growing! Xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:19 am

      Thank you, thats exactly what I intend on doing. Hope you’re doing well x x x

  7. July 19, 2014 / 11:25 am

    It’s horrible when you hit that stage isn’t it, the finishing line always feels so long away too! If it’s any consolation, even if you don’t feel it you look great! x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:18 am

      Ah thank you. Yes, the finishing line feels a million miles away right now! x x x

  8. Michelle
    July 19, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    You look great. Isabelle was a summer baby and carrying bump around in the heat wasn’t that comfortable. I hope the weather’s not bothered you too much xx

    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:17 am

      Thank you. The heat is really not so bad up here so I’m coping pretty well this summer. All of my pregnancies have been through the summer as all my babies are winter babies so its never really bothered me 🙂 x x

  9. July 20, 2014 / 9:36 am

    Oh those “I’m still wearing XS leggings and my normal tops” looks like they swallowed a beach ball pregnant ladies…I will never be one of those. Some of my maternity clothes from last time don’t even fit! FWIW I don’t think you look big or fat!

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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:15 am

      Thank you. I think a lot of it is me putting unnecessary strains on myself to be a certain way. I need to accept things as they are as I will NEVER fit into xs leggings pregnant or not! 😀 x x

  10. PottyMouthedMummy
    July 20, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I remember that feeling well, of feeling too big and not feeling glam like so many others. If I may, I think you look beautiful xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:14 am

      THank you so much. Its such a shame so many of us feel this way isn’t it? x x

  11. Nortonmum
    July 20, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    I wasn’t sick when pregnant, but I have arthritis & when pregnant all symptoms disappear so I was actually very well. Of course symptoms came back with a vengeance
    when baby was born. Hope everything settles down soon & you start to feel as great as you look.
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:12 am

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear that. It must be a relief for you while you’re pregnant. Thank you, my sickness is already settling nicely and I hope that is going to continue! x xx

  12. July 20, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I know what you mean re. weight gain. It’s only been recently that I’ve come to accept my changing shape and feel comfy in my own skin again – and, ironically, that’s as my bump has reached much larger proportions! For me, going to antenatal exercises classes has also helped as it’s proved to me that pregnant women come in all different shapes and sizes, which is good because it reminds me that half of the women modelling maternity wear (who do have that football bump thing going on) aren’t necessarily what I SHOULD look like. Plus, much of the time they’re not even pregnant – just wearing a pregnant belly mould thing! You look lovely and I’m sure you’ll start properly feeling it again soon. Thank you for linking up to the #BlogBumpClub again. xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      July 21, 2014 / 6:11 am

      Maybe that’s what I need- to be around pregnant women. I don’t know anyone else who is pregnant right now and I’m not able to go to a class with my husband working away. But you’re right- when you see what a real pregnant woman looks like it changes your perception of it all. Thank you x x x

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