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HOW TO SURVIVE THE SECOND TRIMESTER

The glory days are over… I can’t believe how quickly this trimester has gone! I have a feeling this next one is going to drag…

So this trimester has been an absolute dream for the most part, but again, there are some products that I have found useful during this time that I thought you might like to know about.

2nd tri 2PREGNANCY FRIENDLY FOOTWEAR:

You read that right. A few weeks ago for my birthday, I received a pair of Birkenstock flip-flops. I have had my eye on these for quite some time, basically because I had heard that they felt like walking on a cloud, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re walking on a cloud? I thought they would be really practical during summer when my feet will no doubt expand, and I had previously spent a lot of time on Pinterest saving pictures of women who look cool in Birkenstocks…

And honestly, I think this may have been the best footwear decision I have ever made… Besides UGG boots perhaps… They are super comfy and they look cool.

STRETCH MARK CREAM:

If you haven’t already started using this, now is the time to start. I have already been unfortunate enough to develop stretch marks, and to be honest, I think if you’re going to get them, there’s probably not a lot you can do about it, no matter how many times a day you apply the stuff… However, if nothing else, I think it is probably quite soothing for the baby when you rub it on, it makes your skin soft, and it smells nice.

CLEANING WIPES:

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet, because it doesn’t really make for interesting reading… But these are freakin’ genius for when you’re tired. I am finding that 9 times out of 10 I fully cannot be bothered to clean the house properly (#realtalk). So cleaning wipes make it easier when you can’t really be arsed but know you need to do something because your house is starting to resemble Shrek’s swamp.

PREGNANCY PILLOW:

My best friend! Honestly, I don’t know how pregnant people cope without this invention. When you’re pregnant, you’re only really allowed 2 sleeping positions in your repertoire, and these are sleeping on your right side… and sleeping on your left side… (Sounds comfy, right?). But with the aid of a pregnancy pillow, life isn’t so bad. There are a lot of different things you can do with it to make your sleep life better, but I personally use it a lot to support my back and just to generally cuddle while I’m asleep.

DEODORANT:

Boring but necessary. Sweat becomes pretty excessive when you’re pregnant (particularly in summer), so be a good friend, ladies, wear lots of deodorant.

2nd tri 1Hope you found these useful! As usual, here is the vlog equivalent of this article:

 

 

 

August 6, 2016

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28 week pregnancy update

I am now officially in the third trimester… *cue hyperventilation*

SYMPTOM UPDATE:

Tired, hot and hungry. That’s all I have to say about that.

CRAVINGS:

Steak is still very much on the table. Maybe Lawson is developing his biceps this week…

MOVEMENT:

I’ve started thinking a lot about what position Lawson is in… This is mostly because I’m addicted to Googling things like ‘feeling kicks on my right side, where is my baby?’ etc. So I’ve given his positioning a little guess… My guess is that his head is down, at some sort of angle; that his bum is poking out on the right side of my belly button, and his legs are underneath my ribs on my right side… I keep reading things that tell me his head should be down by now, but what if he doesn’t know that?!

28 wks 2A weird thing happened this week where I think Lawson turned around the other way. I was feeling a lot of super uncomfortable kicks in my bladder and bum (and front bum… Thanks for that, kid), and I just felt like he wasn’t comfortable, and I certainly was not comfortable… But thankfully I think he has resumed his ‘comfy spot’ and is now kicking me in less personal places… Yay!

Hiccups! For crying out loud, this might be the cutest thing I think I’ve ever felt him do. They feel like tiny, regular twitches in my lower belly, and I think he’s quite a thirsty baby because he gets them quite a lot! (Good luck boobs…)

BELLY BUTTON UPDATE:

It’s out! Yay!

On the other hand, stretch marks have also happened guys… They are right on the side of my hips and it’s the most depressing thing ever… Bad times… (see Snapchat)

28 wks 128 week update is also up for viewing on my YouTube channel, find it here:

August 6, 2016

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26 week pregnancy update

SYMPTOM UPDATE:

I’ve been feeling a lot more tired as of late, kind of like being back in the first trimester, but without the constant urge to rush to the loo in case I throw up… (good times…) Not sure whether this is a regular part of pregnancy, or whether it might be something to do with my iron levels, so I intend to get those checked fairly promptly! I legit had to go home from work early the other day, purely because I felt like I couldn’t keep my eyes open! Someone hand me the caffeine…

26 wks 3My little inbuilt radiator is still fully functioning, for those of you wondering – meaning I am sweating profusely and generally feeling a lot more unattractive.

CRAVINGS:

Along with the tiredness, cravings have also made a comeback this week. However the cravings I am having now I feel are somehow connected to the fact that I am having a boy. I just want steak… All the time. Honestly I feel like Lawson is getting hench for the birth; hopefully he’ll come out with like a six pack or something and all the money spent on steak will be worth it.

MOVEMENT:

Lawson is still really active which is wonderful, however the whole experience of feeling him more is becoming a lot more creepy, as I am now starting to see random shapes poking out of my belly. I’ve compensated for the creepiness however, by turning it into a little game. It’s called ‘Guess Which bit of Lawson is Poking out of my Belly’. Catchy, right?!

Little Law is also becoming a lot more responsive to people, which makes me a very proud mama! Sometimes when people put their hands on my belly, (which happens more often than not these days), he actually kicks for them! This makes me glow with pride because I feel like he’s developing good social skills…

26 wks 2BELLY BUTTON UPDATE:

Because I know you are all dying to know about the state of my belly button, there is now no dip in my belly – completely flat.

A 26 week update is now live on my YouTube channel where I’m talking about my pregnancy in a bit more detail, check it out here:

 

 

August 6, 2016

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24 week pregnancy update

Summer and pregnancy do not mix. This I know to be certain.

SYMPTOM UPDATE:

So we have been experiencing a mini-heat wave here in sunny England, which normally I would absolutely live for, but this year is different, for obvious reasons. This means that I have had to embrace the sweat, invest in some new pregnancy flip-flops that can ‘grow with my feet’, and just generally experience a lot of swelling. I feel like pregnancy severely affects your body’s ability to cool itself down in hot weather, it is honestly like having an inbuilt radiator strapped to your belly.

24 wks 2I’m also experiencing a lot of shortness of breath at the moment. Lawson has made his bed pretty high up, which means that when I’m slouching or sitting in any other position other than completely upright, he presses on my lungs and I can’t breathe. What a cutie! The same happens when I’m walking, I’m getting out of breath a lot more quickly, and I’m getting a lot of stitches too!

The wonderful thing about pregnancy is, no matter what your body is put through, you just don’t care! S’all kinda worth it.

24 wks 1CRAVINGS:

Now that my appetite has returned to some sort of normality, I have started to eat healthily again! Yay! I feel like if I can keep this up it will make my life easier post-birth and then maybe I can lose the baby weight quicker! I wonder how long this will last…

24 wks 3

MOVEMENT:

Movement has definitely increased this week – and to be quite honest, it can get quite uncomfortable! I think I have quite a violent child… Kicking me in the bum, for example, is less than ideal. Not to mention when he kicks me in the bladder when I already need a wee. I just love it though! Nothing like it.

BELLY BUTTON UPDATE:

Yay for another new category! I wanted to add this in, because my belly button seems to be taking on a whole journey of its own. With my growing belly, it is very nearly almost popping out, and to be quite honest, I’m really enjoying watching it grow from an inny to an outy. Like a proud mother.

As usual, my 24-week pregnancy update is also on my YouTube channel – feel free to watch it here:

August 5, 2016

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20 Week Pregnancy Update

Glory days of the second trimester, welcome to my life.

SYMPTOM UPDATE:

Physically I am still feeling great, emotionally not so much… My hormones are still playing absolute havoc and I’m getting emotional about silly things. Dan has been away in New York this week, and I’m just finding myself struggling through life without him! I know… What would Beyonce say…

20 wks 2

MOVEMENT:

Hooray for new category! I started feeling Lawson move on Monday 25th January during Period 1 (I work in a school). I remember the moment so well – I was sitting with a student and all of a sudden felt what could only be described as the cutest little muscle spasm in my tummy. I feel like him moving is more magical than Christmas… And that’s a pretty big deal for me to say that…

So since that day I feel him move all the time, and I can even feel them outside my belly. Better than Santa.

20 wks 1CRAVINGS:

Only one, and that is Nutella. The other morning I was legit eating it out of the jar with a spoon… And by morning I don’t mean as like a mid-morning snack, I mean like 7.30am. That happened. I had an apple as well to balance it out, that makes it better, right?!

SCAN:

We also had our 20-week scan this week. Even though we saw Lawson like 3 weeks ago, it is still my favourite thing ever, plus my Mum was able to come to this scan too! Everything appears to be fine medically, so really happy about that!

20 wks 3My 20 week pregnancy update is also up on my YouTube channel, you can check it out here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 4, 2016

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Finding out the Gender of our Baby

OK so I know I said that our 12 week scan was the best day ever, but honestly, this day was another level.

We had been pretty impatient and didn’t really want to wait until our 20 week scan to find out if our little peanut was a ‘Phoebe’ or ‘Phoebo’, so we booked a cheeky private scan at 17 weeks! Best decision we ever made… Apart from the decision to actually have a baby in the first place, obvs.

gender 1So up until the scan I was absolutely convinced we were having a girl. I think I put it down to the fact that I have been craving fruit and sweet things all the time, which in theory means pink bows. Well this was the outcome:

gender 2

gender 3Honestly speaking, I had been waking up the last few days before the scan with this gut feeling that we were having a boy, and as weird as it sounds, I had been waking up with the name ‘Lawson’ ringing in my brain over and over. I think this is why we knew straight away when we found out the gender that his name would be Lawson. That’s just his name.

gender 4

I love this little face so much already.

Our vlog of this day is probably one of my favourite ones ever, watch it here:

August 4, 2016

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16 Week Pregnancy Update

This is probably the weirdest my pregnancy has got… Let me tell you why…

SYMPTOM UPDATE:

Not much to update you on here because I’m feeling pretty great physically. My belly is starting to pooch out and I’m most definitely in that awkward stage where people are wondering if I’ve just let myself go a bit or whether I’m with child. I’M WITH CHILD GUYS. Saying that, a large portion of the belly pooch is very likely to be food related, not baby related…16 weeks 4Them mood swings though… Omgee, my poor husband is having to put up with so much right now. My alter-ego (whom we’ve affectionately named ‘snappy turtle’), is most certainly making a regular appearance in my home, meaning that I snap for absolutely no reason, followed my an emotional meltdown because I feel bad for snapping! #standard

My skin has also been pretty dry this week, which means that my foundation is looking flaky rather than flawless… Totally the look I was going for!

16 wks 5CRAVINGS:

The last few weeks have really all been about the citrus fruits. I have been guzzling down grapefruit every single day without fail. But wait, it gets worse… I have also been eating lemons.

That’s right, you read that correctly. I’ve been eating lemons. Whole.

16 wks 6I don’t know what it is about fruit of the citrus variety at the moment but I am so into it right now. I think I read somewhere that lemon is amazing for curbing sickness, and because I didn’t know that when I was actually feeling sick, maybe something in my body just wanted to make up for it. I have also been known to drink lemon juice out the bottle in the middle of the night too… My husband not only thinks I’m a snappy turtle, he now thinks I’ve gone a little bit mad…

It’s been some time since my last update at 11 weeks, and between then and now I went to Spain. I was around 14 ½ weeks at this time, but here are some snaps of my little belly in a different country!

16 wks 2 16 wks 1 16 wks 3My 16 week pregnancy update is also up on my YouTube channel, so make sure you check that out if you haven’t already!

August 4, 2016

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How to Survive the First Trimester

Let’s not beat around the bush here. The first trimester sucks. Constant nausea, feeling so tired you could fall asleep right where you stand, and craving food so hard that a small part of you is afraid of what you might do in order to get it (midnight run to Tesco, anyone?) In short, the first trimester is not ideal in any sense.

f2f 3So, how do we get through it, ladies?

I’m no expert. I spent a large portion of my first trimester sleeping, crying and regularly donning the phrase ‘life is so hard!’ (Poor Daniel). However, I did find some products that made life that tiny bit easier during this time, and I wanted to share them with you because I’m just that nice, smiley face emoji.

f2f 2PREGNACARE MULTIVITAMINS.

These are pretty much a standard necessity for any pregnant lady, so you’re probably wondering why I’ve included them in this blog. Here’s why… Around the 7-8 week mark, I had an uncontrollable urge to eat at every possible junk food joint possible; I’m talking McDonalds, KFC, Dominos Pizza, the lot. And I’m talking daily. Not one to go against my instincts (I used the excuse ‘I’m craving what my body needs’ quite a bit), I kind of just let myself go and ate whatever the heck my body wanted, because if you can’t do it when you’re preggers, when can you, right? So during this time, I’m fairly sure that my vitamin and mineral levels weren’t in the best shape, so this is where Pregnacare comes in. If you’re level of discipline matches mine when it comes to cravings, these little tablets are a great way of still ensuring you’re body is getting what it needs. Simple as.

ftf 1BIO-OIL.

I started using this product pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant to ward off potential stretch marks. As I sit here today, currently 31 + 4 weeks pregnant, I’m not going to lie to you, I do have stretch marks. And I discover new ones every day. BUT, even though this is the case for me, I do feel like my stretch marks could be a lot worse if I wasn’t using this product, and I certainly intend to continue using it after I’ve given birth, because the prospect of never being able to wear a bikini again makes me emotional.

SMELLS.

What?! Let me explain. When I was in my first trimester, my sense of smell rivaled that of a dog. This is a pretty common symptom of pregnancy, so it’s important to find smells that you find soothing and don’t make you want to hurl. For me, I went off (and still can’t really stand) musky scents. Unfortunately for me, I had a vast collection of Tobacco scented candles, which I have recently begrudgingly given away because I just can’t stand it anymore. However, scents like lemons, strawberries and fruit of the berry genre, and coconut smells used to soothe me quite a bit and actually take away some of the nausea I was feeling. Yes, it does look weird when you’re sitting in bed sniffing a bottle of lemon juice, but quite frankly, that was a sacrifice I was willing to make.

MATERNITY JEANS.

I am a great believer that one should purchase a pair of maternity jeans as soon as you find out the news. I don’t know what happens to your body when presented with the knowledge that you are expecting a bundle of joy, but suddenly, on that very day, your regular clothes don’t fit the same as they used to. And trying to squeeze your little belly pooch into those size 10 Topshop jeans is not going to help your symptoms. Obviously I wasn’t showing much in the first trimester, but I just found maternity jeans so much more comfortable than regular jeans, and I found that during this time, comfort is a non-negotiable.

FOOD.

I was unfortunate enough to experience a great deal of nausea in my first trimester (although fortunate enough that I never actually threw up). I found that food was the only thing that curbed my sickness, even if it was only for 20 minutes. My advice here is simple, go with what your body wants. Even if it isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, I say do it. Your body is growing another human. Give it whatever the hell it’s asking for.

So they are my top 5 things to help you survive the first trimester. As much as it sucks, it will end eventually (for most), and it IS worth it.f2f 4

f2f 5There is also a video on this topic on my YouTube channel if you want to check it out. This was my first ever vlog, so it’s worth a watch if you want some light entertainment!

Find it here:

August 3, 2016

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11 Week Pregnancy Update

Well this is all rather exciting, I’m writing this first pregnancy update, and no one even knows I’m pregnant yet! Well obviously my husband does (lol)… But we haven’t made it ‘Facebook official’ yet.

So I wanted to do these pregnancy update posts, not only to document my symptoms so that when that wonderful hormone makes me forget everything I still know what I’m getting into next time; but also because when we were trying to conceive, I spent my whole life reading these kinds of updates (plus I was fully addicted to symptom spotting).

Symptom Update:

So I have been feeling sick pretty much 24/7 since about week 7, which has been a great experience (said no pregnant woman, ever). When this first started a few weeks ago, I used to just eat and that used to take it away. Now, however, nothing seems to be curbing it! So I eat, it takes it away for 10 minutes or so, then it just sneaks it’s way back. Oh the joy! It’s definitely worse in the evening rather than during the day, but it makes me happy that I can see that glowing light at the end of the tunnel of the first trimester!

Tiredness is another symptom too – I’ve pretty much spent my whole life in bed these last few weeks, which I’m not complaining about!

Cravings:

I have a weird obsession with broccoli right now, as well as Robinson’s Tropical Squash… Probably gone through about 4 bottles of that this week! Also really into peas and Onken’s Mango and Passionfruit yoghurt very specifically… With apples… *dribbles*

I’m having more food aversions than food cravings at the moment, which feels kind of weird, but if you were to put a salad in front of me right now, I’d probably vomit in your face… Equally that goes for any kind of junk food (defo overdid that a few weeks ago).

We are due to have a 12 week scan next week which I’m so excited about I could pee a little bit… But we were actually able to have a scan at 9 weeks too, thanks to my body for having weird cycles! Here’s a picture of our little button!

11 weeks 2

Isn’t that just the cutest blob you’ve ever seen?! I love him/her so much already.

As usual – I have done an 11 week pregnancy update vlog on my YouTube channel – check it out and see how tired I look in person!!

Find it here:

August 3, 2016

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12 Week Scan Day

22nd March 2016. Best day ever. As previously mentioned, we have already been lucky enough to get a sneak peak of our little peanut, but today was different, because now we get to tell people. Now it becomes real.

I’m not going to write much about our day today, because often words fall short of our experiences, and I wouldn’t want to ruin it. Apparently a picture speaks a thousand words anyway, so here is a visual summary of our day…

12 weeks 3

12 weeks 2

12 weeks 1If you would like to see our little faces light up in video form – here’s where you can watch our vlog of the day:

August 3, 2016

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