My Pregnancy Journey So Far

Finding out three days before a six-week adventure abroad that I was pregnant certainly threw a spanner in the works for our plans for the foreseeable future. Imagine the expression on my face when I stood in the shower one Saturday morning to see those two red lines. I’m still not quite sure I can articulate what I felt that morning but if I were to try then it was a healthy cocktail of disbelief, terror, excitement, anticipation and anxiety all served up in the same martini glass.

Pregnancy Journey

 

Truth is, I am probably the most unwomanly,woman you will ever meet. It was my partner who noticed my body changing and connected all my symptoms of fatigue, colossal appetite, surprise acne breakouts, swollen breasts (ok – I should’ve noticed this one) and mood swings to symptoms of pregnancy. So in the madness before we flew out for Europe I had various tests done and ultrasounds to determine that I was just short of six weeks pregnant.

 

I wondered as cold jelly was being liberally spread across my belly how I had fallen pregnant so easily when I had been diagnosed years ago with Polycystic ovaries and told that I would need some form of assistance falling pregnant. My best friend started treating me weekly in March for anxiety through acupuncture whilst also ‘replenishing my blood’ as she likes to call it. Little did I know that her magical needles of life would prove to be so effective.

 

I kept it a secret from my family because I didn’t want too many opinions on how I should manage the pregnancy. My logic was that many women miscarry even if they spent their entire first trimester in the lap of luxury and I wasn’t going to get my hopes up when I was about to embark on an intensive trip and wasn’t sure what would happen. Sure enough, I survived the six weeks abroad and what’s more incredible is that my baby did too. Don’t get me wrong, its not like I was traipsing around trashy Euro bars dancing on tabletops to Despacito but we all get stressed and exhausted so it was hard to judge whether or not I was being careful enough.

 

It all became so real when we saw the perfectly formed little being inside me kicking and punching up a storm. Up until the 12 week scan this ‘baby’ had a phantom like presence inside me – sucking the life out of me whilst making me devour anything I could get my hands on and all the while keeping everything inside me, inside me.

Helen Chik Pregnancy

Now almost at my 20th week and finding out that we’ll be welcoming a baby boy into the family this is all suddenly becoming very real. Up until now my baby bump could’ve been mistaken for an overly large bowl of pasta for lunch but it’s now really becoming a reality where my pants (underwear included) no longer fit and my bladder is weaker than my grandmother’s.

 

I’m so excited to share with you my journey over the next few months including how to get through the pregnancy exhaustion, finding motivation and how to look after your body both physically and mentally during the term – so stay tuned!

 

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Helen

Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Awww congrats on your pregnancy!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Mega congrats girl! So happy for you! Glad that your 6 week trip went well!!
    Can’t wait to read all about your pregnancy journey 🙂
    You look so cute! That bump is seriously so adorable.
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  • Congratulations!!! I am so happy an excited for you! It’s amazing you went on your European adventure with him in your belly! Wishing you the best, you look absolutely radiant in the last photo xx

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • Aw congrats Helen!!! What a beautiful surprise that life has thrown at you. My first was a complete surprise to me as well so I can understand perfectly how you felt. I’m glad that your little one made it through your 6 weeks Europe adventure, he/she will be a resilient one. You look beautiful and glowing and I’m sure that your changing body will be an adjustment but nothing like holding that precious, soft and cuddly being inside your arms for the first time makes you feel more alive and adventurous. Best wishes to you and your partner.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  • Tandya

    OMG congratulations! What a blessing! I can’t wait to follow along on your pregnancy journey! I know how you feel about keeping it a secret from your family for a while. Family members love to give their opinions.

    I am so glad your baby boy made it through the first 6 weeks. Wishing you the best pregnancy.

    Thank you for sharing!
    XO
    Tandya
    http://www.simplytandya.com

  • Nina Nguyen

    Congrats on your pregnancy, you look stunning!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2017/09/nyfw-2017.html

  • Christine

    OMG, congratulations! This is such exciting news and such an incredible journey! I am so happy for you. Children are one of the greatest lessons we will ever have and the most precious experience ever. You look amazing and I am glad that you survived the first trimester and almost the second. Your bump is too cute and I can’t wait to see more as you grow. Thank you for sharing this news with us! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • OMG congrats babe! Your bump is so cute! How exciting! So funny that you didn’t realize – that’s probably a good thing because it means you didn’t have terrible morning sickness where you most certainly would have known immediately. Can’t wait to see more of your maternity style!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  • Hey Helen,

    Wow, I didn’t know you are a mom-to-be! So interesting to read about your pregnancy. My bestie is expecting a child and she is also experiencing the same symptoms in the first trimester. I’m so so happy for your family! This is such a god present you have! Thank you for sharing this good news with us!!!

    xoxo

  • Congrats on your pregnancy Helen, that’s so exciting! You have the cutest baby bump. Hope it all goes well hun- take care! Also looking forward to seeing your pregnancy style.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  • Jill Wright

    Oh my gosh – Congratulations!!! Thats the best news and I love how sharing you are with the process though your blog. I’m the most ‘unwomanly’ female too, so I would probably be the same and not notice the changes either. Ha, ha. Luckily men are such visual creatures. Enjoy the journey!

    J. x

  • Candace

    What a blessing you were able to get pregnant from your friend’s acupuncture and God’s grace! I just know you will make an amazing mother, just by how you talk about your pregnancy. I wish you all the best through this process and look forward to following your journey with your baby boy 🙂

  • glowyshoes1

    Awwww… congrats on your pregnancy 🤰.. i wish you a stress free 9month journey..
    Down in my country Nigeria, most women don’t really like documenting their pregnancy journey cus of fear of the unknown

    Glowyshoes’s blog

  • Marcy Yu

    WOW babe I had no clue about this!! Congratulations i’m sure you will be a beautiful mother and you already look stunning with your small bump. Cant wait to see how you style it and to hear more about this beautiful blessing in your life.

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • jacqueline

    Oh my god I had no idea you were pregnant! Congrats! You’re looking great! So happy for you and your fam and can’t wait for you to share this journey with us. As well as all the cute maternity style! My friend here just had a baby and is also a blogger 🙂 You guys should connect!

  • Lana Luu

    Congratulations, babe! That is so exiting, I’m sure that you will be such a great mom.
    All the pictures are so cute. I really would love to read your further posts and know more about your journey.

    http://lanaluu.com

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