Marnie Simpson ‘convinced’ she’s figured out her unborn baby’s gender

Marnie Simpson is now 17-weeks along in her second pregnancy after welcoming her first child Rox with Casey Johnson two years ago.

In this week's pregnancy column – only available for OK! VIPs – Marnie, 29, reveals she has already been experiencing some "kicking" from her unborn baby, which she didn't realise was normal with your second child.

But the star says she has been worrying a lot more than normal while healthcare has become extremely limited for pregnant women with the rise of covid cases.

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It’s been such a good week this week. We’ve had our new windows fitted in our house. It’s honestly been a construction site for so long, but we’re managing.

Having our windows done is just another thing to tick off the list. At one point, we didn’t have any windows at all. I’m just grateful we’re finally making some noticeable progress.

Kicking around

I’m 17 weeks this week. I’ve still got a bit of nausea and I’m starting to get a bit of a bump now. I know it sounds crazy, but I sometimes feel the baby having a kick!

I was really confused because I thought, “That can’t be right, I’m still so early.” But when I googled it, they said the kicks can happen much earlier in your second pregnancy, so maybe I’m right? It’s mad to think the baby is kicking around already.

Terrible twos alert

We’re all so excited for the baby now. We’ve also booked a holiday to Abu Dhabi for Christmas and the New Year. We’ve never gone away on holiday around Christmas before, but I think it will be a really nice thing to do with Rox before the baby arrives.

We’re a bit nervous about travelling with a two-year-old and Rox is definitely in his terrible twos at the moment.

We don’t know how it’s going to go. He’s refusing to walk anywhere, he refuses to go in the buggy, and he refuses to let anyone carry him apart from me.

I’ve actually bought a sling because I won’t be able to cope with carrying him for hours and hours. So, I’m hoping it all works out and we’ll have a lovely time together.

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The perfect break

I think we decided to go away this year because it doesn’t really feel like a normal Christmas, as our house is a mess. It doesn’t feel Christmassy at all.

Now is the perfect time for us to get away. I’ve always wanted to go away this time of year. Rox is also just two, so he doesn’t quite get Christmas yet, but by the time he’s three, he will.

A scary thought

I’m actually really struggling recently as I feel like healthcare is so hands-off at the moment. I didn’t get my first appointment until I was eight weeks, which is quite far along.

We had our 12-week scan, but because of Covid, there have been much fewer check-ups in this pregnancy. It’s quite scary that we haven’t been seeing doctors as much this time.

I do get really bad anxiety around it because obviously I've suffered from health problems and just the thought that healthcare is quite difficult to access right now, is quite worrying.

In safe hands

My next appointment is with a consultant where we will discuss what we’re going to do for the birth and what the best options are for me. I’m excited about that.

This time, I will be consultant-led, which will be completely different to last time when I was midwife-led. I feel in safer hands, and I’m excited to see what this pregnancy holds.

Boy or girl?

I’m constantly aching at the moment and feeling really run down. I keep saying to Casey, “How am I going to make it to the end of this pregnancy when I feel like this now?”

Everything aches and I’m also not sleeping very well, which didn’t happen to me until very later on when I was expecting Rox.

I feel like this baby is giving me so much hell already! It’s completely different to my first. I’m so excited to find out the gender, we will find out very soon. I’m still convinced it’s a boy, but Casey thinks we will be having a girl.

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