First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of content over the past 7 months. Before I continue with the usual posts I just wanted to give you all a quick update on what’s been happening.
Most of you will know that Gavin and I are expecting our first baby at the very beginning of December. I really can’t believe I have less than 7 weeks to go before my due date! It has flown by…having said that I do feel like I have been pregnant forever!
Mind & Body
Pregnancy has been completely different to how I imagined. I knew what was coming in terms of sickness from my mum and sister’s experiences, but I had no idea how bad the fatigue would be!
I found I was coping fine until I hit the 7/8 week mark. Then the tiredness and the sickness kicked in…paired with taking on a new job around 12 weeks (yes I know! Not the best idea mid-pregnancy!), it all started to go downhill! My husband has been amazing throughout, bringing me glasses of water whilst I was throwing up every day and even now he is massaging my back and feet to help with the swellings and pains, or running me a nice hot bubble bath. I really don’t know what I would do without him!
The second trimester is definitely a lot easier. I still struggled with the sickness but I got so used to it by this point, it barely phased me. I wouldn’t say I had a burst of energy at this stage. I definitely felt a lot more ‘normal’ and had the energy to do usual day to day things. My advice would be to get as much decorating and organising done during this time, because when you get to your third trimester you really won’t feel like doing it. I love to plan ahead and get organised, so I had everything I needed by 25 weeks and looking back I’m glad I did!
Now I have hit the 34 week mark, I can definitely say I am looking forward to getting these final weeks out of the way and feeling human again. I could easily make the cut for the cast of the Walking Dead right now! Don’t get me wrong, it has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life but it has been a rollercoaster journey.
When it comes to my diet I like to write a meal plan for the week and do the shop at the beginning of the week to keep us on track, eating healthy and within a budget…lets just say when the sickness kicked in that went completely out the window!
I couldn’t plan ahead because I didn’t know how I would be feeling from day to day. I struggled with fish and dairy was a complete no go which was heartbreaking! I wanted a cup of tea so badly but I just couldn’t keep it down. Thankfully that has passed and even though the sickness is getting bad again I seem to be able to stomach it.
When it came to cravings, surprisingly, I had none! I guess I have been snacking a little more than usual, but other than that nothing in my diet has really changed. Apart from the occasional Cherry Coke which seems to kerb the nausea. In fact, my husband has been doing all the eating for me!
As much as I love my fashion, I really couldn’t see the point in buying clothes that I would only be wearing for a couple of months. I’d rather spend the money on nice things that I could wear after. Most of my outfits are made up of tops or jumpers I already had. In fact, I can
still just about get into my normal M&S Jeggings!
Having said that one of the things I have bought, which have been an absolute saviour are the Maternity Jeggings from Asda (here available in Black or Blue). They are a bargain at just £10 and are the comfiest jeans I have ever worn. I also picked up a few t-shirts and jersey dresses from Primark, which I have been living in most of the time and I am hoping to get use out of them post pregnancy (if I haven’t stretched them too much)!
My lovely friend Emma was kind enough to lend me some of her maternity clothes which have been a huge help and means I’m not recycling the same 3 outfits! One of my absolute faves is a maternity dress from Rochelle Humes (here). It is so comfortable and versatile. You can wear it with some boots and a floppy hat for the perfect casual autumnal look or dress it up with some heels and accessories for a party or event. I am planning on wearing it to my sister’s graduation next week, so keep an eye out on my Instagram, I will try to get some pics of it!
I hope you have enjoyed my first post on pregnancy. I don’t want to seem like I am being negative or moaning about being pregnant. The good completely outweighs the bad and there is nothing more amazing than feeing your little one wriggling around and seeing them on the monitor at the hospital during your scans. I just want to give my honest feelings and experiences from the past few months.
If you have any questions or anything you would like me to cover next time, then please comment below. I have a few more pregnancy related posts coming up in the next few weeks so keep a look out!