I am now 30 weeks pregnant! That is almost 7 months – wow, I can’t believe it, and I am so grateful to say that I have had a healthy pregnancy thus far.
Obviously I have had the usual ‘pregnancy ailments’ including nausea in the first trimester, and a large helping of HEARTBURN which began midway through the second trimester, and is showing no signs of stopping now I have reached the third! I am starting to feel more tired, and a tad more hormonal these days! Things like putting socks on and bending over to retrieve Ella’s bloody ball from under the sofa are becoming more challenging, as my bump gets in the way!
My absolute favourite part so far has been feeling and seeing my baby move and kick inside me. It is such a miracle to think he is in there kicking and swishing about. I have also loved picking out baby furniture and all the bits and bobs that are needed. I have had some great advice from friends who are already parents on what to buy – i.e. what is essential and what can be a bit of a waste of money. So thank you so much to those people!
When it comes to getting through the weeks and looking after myself there are some things that have really helped me. They include:
Snacks! – more so in the first trimester, but carb-heavy snacks were a lifesaver to me when the nausea struck. Ready salted crisps, plain bread and rich tea biscuits were must haves. Plain food in general is more my thing at the moment – which isn’t like me at all! Anything that doesn’t cause heartburn (theres not a lot) is good too!
Lots of water – still and sparkling. Staying hydrated just helps everything in general and the sparkling was good for when I felt sick!
Baths – I have never had so many in my life! Lying in the bath reading or having a good WhatsApp convo with friends is a great way to relax.
Support from my husband, friends and family – everyone has been great, giving me insights and information, letting me moan, looking after me and also keeping things light with funny pregnancy chats. Really grateful and hoping I can return the favour sometime (can someone else in my circle of friends please have a baby soon? thank you).
Google – it seems you can Google literally anything pregnancy related, no matter how specific, and some type of information will come up. There is so much useful information online and lots of great blogs and forums which are brilliant for reminding you that we pregnant people are all in the same (or similar) boat!
Comfy clothes – overall I have found maternity clothing ranges very disappointing. There isn’t much choice and lots of it is only available online which makes trying before you buy very difficult! The fact that you are continually getting larger and changing shape makes it a bit trickier too! I have bought quite a few maternity items, but I have also been buying normal clothes in 1 or 2 sizes larger than normal, as well as gravitating towards all types of comfy clothes! I just refuse to wear anything uncomfortable these days! Maternity work trousers are still a mystery to me! I don’t think comfortable, flattering ones exist! I got a pair from ASOS the other day and they were like pyjama bottoms! Nice and comfy but not very smart looking! Think I will stick to legging and long tops, and dresses with tights. Comfort is key but it boosts my self esteem to wear smart/dressy/flattering outfits at the same time!
Dermol lotion – a mild lotion for eczema sufferers like me – this has been what I have mainly used to moisturise my bump to (hopefully) ward off any stretch marks.
Bio Oil – although a bit strong for me to apply every day, it does feel nice and nourishing and I have been using it every few days on the expanding areas!
Excitement about what’s ahead – I know it will be hard, but it will also be AMAZING! I think focusing on the positives is best and I cannot wait to meet my little boy and see our next chapter in life unfold.
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