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Hi Guys!

I don’t know about you, but any type of favourites blog post or video always makes me happy and I find them so much fun to watch and read that I thought it would be an idea to start doing them myself.

These ‘favourites’ are from myself speaking from a fairly rotund, 20 weeks pregnant and feeling like makka pakka point of view, but they can of course used by anybody….. as far as I’m aware, using a product that has ‘Mum to be’ on it when you aren’t a mum to be never made anyone come out in a rash…. unless you’re sensitive skinned I guess…. anyway, moving on!

There are a few notable favourites that I have discovered of late to help me through my pregnancy in January. The main goal has been helping me maintain comfort as I expand and finding ways to deal with tiredness and bodily stress.

I’ve mentioned these next two things recently in the My Pregnancy: Week 19 blog post  and I have to say, I would not be without them. I am talking about firstly, the Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Reviving Leg and Foot Mist which instantly refreshes and cools my aching muscles down and helps combat any puffy bits that accumulate throughout a long day being up on my feet working as a hairdresser. It costs around £9 and lasts for ages! It contains peppermint which leaves the skin feeling all tingly and I literally sigh with relief when I put it on…. plus it smells amazing.

Secondly, I am referring to the Sleep Body Pillow that I purchased from Argos for £13.99 (a notably great price considering I have seen identical ones going for £39.99 in MotherCare…. what the ‘F’ is that all about??) which has been helping me get comfortable both on the sofa whilst blogging or watching telly and in bed as it supports my hips and bump whilst I sleep. It’s so comfortable that I have been having to prise it away from Paulibear (my other half) on many occasions….. and once or twice from the cats as well. It seems ‘everybody needs a Sleep Body pillow for a pillow!’

How many of you are now humming the retro ‘Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow’ from the Brimful of Asha song?? Gotcha!

I’ve also been loving the Sanctuary Spa Mum to Be gift set that some good friend’s kindly got me as a Christmas Present, but can still be purchased online at Boots for £12.50. The set contains a moisturising shower cream, a soothing bath soak and collagen boosting body butter. All of them smell lovely, with each containing oils such as rosehip, milky oat and coconut and they relax me both physically and mentally after a busy day at work. Its also nice to know that I am using products that have been specifically designed for women in the family way, with no products that can be unwittingly harmful to baby’s (or mummy’s) wellbeing. The body cream in particular has been so nice after a bath or shower. I slather it on and give it a good massage in so that my skin stays as supple as possible (I DO NOT wish to end up resembling an atlas of stretch marks if I can help it) and the scent is lovely when drifting off to sleep… Coincidentally, whilst curled up around the afore mentioned sleep body pillow. Its just so COMFY!!

TO SUM UP: TIREDNESS…. AND BUMP ACHE!

This past week’s main theme has been tiredness. Physically and mentally in equal measures…. mostly due to having a lot to do, both at work and at home. I’ve had quite a lot of peoples to see, then errands like the post office run, banking, food shopping and also a couple of hospital appointments all added to the stress mix! All the walking (sometimes running!) and standing around pretty much the whole day has definitely started to take its toll. For those who don’t know me/follow my other blog, I’m a hairdresser and that means standing up almost all the time. I’ve never struggled with that side of the job at all, I’ve been doing it long enough to be used to it. But now that my body is going through so many changes and has become a little suitcase carrying ever expanding cargo, the effects on me physically are gradually beginning to show.

Mostly it’s my back and feet that are aching at the end of the day. Paulibear has been very attentive, giving me foot rubs (one perk of pregnancy!) and I am booking myself regular massages to help keep my muscles happy and encourage good circulation. I’ve also been using the amazing La Source Reviving Foot and Leg Mist to help destress my legs and feet at the end of the day. It is so nice, you just spritz it over your legs and feet, give it a little rub into the skin then sit back and let your legs tingle and cool down. I literally sigh ‘Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!’ each time I use it, and dread ever running out!

Of course, physical exhaustion mixed with pregnancy hormones led to a few emotional moments this week, with me crying over seeing my care bear like reflection in the mirror after a shower and suddenly freaking out about the threat of stretch marks as well as feeling guilty for dragging baby around on all my hectic day’s errands. These are the moments when it is best to just cry it out, grab a hug off of your nearest and dearest and go to bed to sleep it all off. And that is exactly what I did.

I have still been getting little bursts of movement which continue to fascinate me. As a result of bump growing that little bit more, I have also had a few aches from where my ligaments (the long muscles that anchor the womb in place) are stretching and bearing the weight of our growing baby bear. I wouldn’t say they are awful pains, they’re just uncomfortable really. I’m looking into ways of supporting bump because I think that will help me when I am standing for long periods of time. I was contemplating a crane…. but practicality dictates that a band of stretchy fabric is probably the best way forward.

Oh! Talking of support, I purchased a pregnancy pillow that has been so great for helping me get comfy, both on the sofa and in bed. It’s basically a long, narrow pillow that can be moulded around you any which way you like to provide support wherever you feel you most need it. I have been sitting with it in the small of my back whilst watching telly, and of a night time, I hug it and wrap round it much like a Koala Bear does a tree branch. I can’t tell you how comfy it is….. everyone should have one, pregnant or not! I got mine for just £13.99 in Argos. If you’re interested click here.

BUMP PIC WEEK 19:

I always seem to have a cat in the background don’t I?! 

TO SUM UP: BABY IS BOMPING AWAY AT ME!

Hi guys!

Part of me wishes I had started documenting my pregnancy from my first scan onwards, but weeks 13 – 17 coincided with Christmas time and it was just so busy that there was no time to sit and type. Not to mention, there wasn’t really that much to note. Sore boobs and back were pretty much the biggest bits of news from those week’s developments.

So, today I hit 19 weeks into my pregnancy. And as a result, I am posting this on reflection of my 18th week that’s just gone, and finally starting my documentation of my pregnancy journey from week to week.

I was told by so many women who have had babies, that the second trimester would fly by and they were completely right! I can’t believe I am heading towards the 20’s, its crazy!

Most notable thing that has happened this week has been that I have noticed more movement than ever before. I believe my first ever detected movement of baby was around week 15, when I was woken up by a distinct bomp somewhere deep inside, to the lower left side of my belly button. It happened so quickly I was left wondering if I had dreamt it, but gradually things have intensified and this week is the first week that I have felt a fluttering of bomp bomp bomps every day.

It is a strange feeling…. not in a bad way, in a very good way. But you will be sitting watching telly or reading in bed and you suddenly realise that deep in the cocoon of your lower belly, there is a definite bomp going on. Complete magic!

I now have a definite bump going on too. Which, I am not going to lie, is a relief. Not only because there is something very liberating about a pregnancy bump, but also because people aren;t giving me the ‘Are you pregnant or have you just eaten too much christmas pudding?’ look. I am still wearing my own clothes though, and depending on the sort of bump day I am having, I can still get my jeans on! Granted, I do have to use a hairband looped through the button hole and around the button to give a bit of flexibility, but they fit like normal everywhere else.

I have maternity jeans but they stretch out over the day and there was an incident of them falling down on one occasion. Luckily it was just myself and Paulibear in our garden when it happened….. otherwise that could have been a bit embarrassing! I’ll be in them before I know it though, am sure of it.

BUMP PIC WEEK 18:

Excuse the pj’s and giggle at Fred the cat in the background!lol.