Pregnancy week 22: what I’m really craving

June 13, 2014

An update at 22 weeks pregnant…

22 weeks pregnant - a weekly pregnancy update in the second trimester

Ah, 22 weeks pregnant – the week was gloriously sunny, and the first time someone I don’t know asked when I was due (so I must now actually look pregnant). I do feel a lot more pregnant at the moment, and it’s more pregnant in a lovely way; bigger baby kicks and much more movement. I’m pretty sure we’ll stick with two, so I’m trying to savour these moments.

I was also asked about pregnancy cravings this week. But alas, I don’t think I really have any. Gherkins? I’ve always loved them anyway. Cake and biscuits? Never really stopped eating them from last time. I’m not sure there’s anything weird or unusual I just have to have. So far, so normal this pregnancy.

But then I thought about it, and realised there are lots of things I’m craving. And it’s all the experiences, drinks, tastes and sensations that I either can’t have or am not allowed to. As follows;

* A night of sleep that doesn’t have a 5am sunlit toddler wake-up call (what did people do pre-iPad and Netflix?)

* Standing outside the pub after work, in a Soho street, drinking beer

* Floating in the rooftop swimming pool of the Miami hotel we stayed at pre-conception #1

* Sitting in a sunny pub garden, having an evening of one glass of summery rosé, then another, that quickly turns into several bottles and the last train home

* Distressed boyfriend jeans (it’s silly to buy jeans when it’s warm, especially when I’m only pregnant for four more months…right?)

* Eating salami from the packet in our dark kitchen, where the only light is the dim glow of the fridge

* A giant cheeseboard of unpasteurised goodness at the end of a lovely long dinner

* Champagne on a school night, for no reason

So that’s what I’m craving at 22 weeks pregnant. What’s everyone else craving – or missing – this time?

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  • From fun to mum

    June 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Gorgeous dress and very cute bump! Glad to hear all is well and the baby is kicking and bouncy. Xx

    1. gillian

      June 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you! All going well so far (fingers crossed) x

  • Polly

    June 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    love the dress and your bump 😉 Pineapple and indian food have always been my cravings, all four times 😉

    1. gillian

      June 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you! Mmm Indian food – am actually really loving that this time round (but I do love it normally anyway!) Maybe your body just has a default pregnancy craving mode? x

  • Shirley

    June 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Some people do not crave anything but do go off food and drink that they used to love. Wish I would go off chocolate biscuits, chocolate cake or chocolate on it’s own

    1. gillian

      June 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I never liked sweet things until I was pregnant with Eliza! Now I can’t get enough (and am sat here watching the football with a magnum) x

  • Hannah – Budding Smiles

    June 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    You look amazing! I miss bacon sarnies because I can’t cope with bacon since being pregnant. Hoping that changes again in a few weeks when Baby C arrives! So glad baby is kicking away nicely for you xx

    1. gillian

      June 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you! Oh poor you, hope you can eat bacon again after (I went off avocados with E and still haven’t gotten over it, sadly). Exciting that you’re so near now xx.

  • Laura

    June 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    What a lovely post and you look amazing – I really missed eating goats cheese and brie when I was pregnant as well as the odd drink on a sunny day

    Laura x

    1. gillian

      June 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you! I miss cheese – why is it that all the best ones are the ones you can’t eat?! x

  • laura redburn

    June 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

    that is a lovely dress! not in any way related to pregnancy, but i’ve never been a person that sleeps well, so a whole week of sleeping though the night would be a miracle!

    1. gillian

      June 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Oh no, what a pain! x

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