I’m 32 weeks pregnant and I can hear the constant tick of my eight week countdown lingering in my ears. I can hardly believe I’m sat here writing an update from my third trimester. Then again, some days I find it hard to believe I’m pregnant at all. Perhaps the reason we’re pregnant for nine whole months is actually to allow us time to grasp what’s happening.
I’ve had a pretty wonderful few weeks with the dreamiest baby moon in Portugal. Have a read here if you missed my posts. Just last weekend, I was gifted a complete whopper of a surprise baby shower. My nearest and dearest somehow managed (without my knowledge) to throw a truly magical afternoon for Little Foot and myself. Christian and I were back in the UK buying some final bits for the baby and on the Sunday afternoon, he promised me a roast dinner at the local pub. Whilst on our way to the pub, he announced we needed to head back to my parents house pronto as he needed the bathroom quite urgently. There waiting, much to my surprise was the most spectacular baby shower complete with all the faces I cherish and love so very much.
Little Foot was spoilt rotten and I felt as though my heart was completely full and warm inside. Thank you ♥
Pregnancy is nothing like you imagine and there is no way for sure of knowing how your body will handle it as you go along. After a difficult start, I’m incredibly proud of what my body has managed to achieve so far. My little darling is not so little anymore and aside from chunking up a little, has done most the hard work.
At times it’s been hard and as beautiful as the journey is, watching your body change can be a real challenge. In the evenings when I just want to get snuggly, the only thing making me comfortable are my husband’s oversized sweatpants. They feel good yes, do they look good? No! Genuinely I look in the mirror and see the eleventh member of Blazin’ Squad.
What can you do but laugh huh?!
Every day you have to find a way to see the happy and funny side of this adventure. Though there are positives and negatives, the good ALWAYS outweighs the bad. So here I just wanted to share some absolute essentials that have aided my personal journey….
Many women have recommended the use of a body butter for your growing tummy during pregnancy. So far I have no stretch marks and Mama Bee leaves me feeling super moisturised and soft. I actually use this on my thighs and hips too to maximise that all over nourished feel. There is barely any scent at all which really makes you feel as though you’re being smothered in only the natural good stuff.
These have been my absolute saviours. I keep a box in my handbag wherever I go (right next to the Gaviscon) for those aggressive nauseous hunger spells. If I had to choose just one food to eat multiple times a day during pregnancy it would be my Nairn’s. Don’t worry, they also come in a non gluten free version and are widely available in most supermarkets. My baby also goes totally wild for these so I’m now wholeheartedly convinced I have created a fellow cheese fiend. Oh the fun we will have and the cheese we shall eat.
I have had so many people raving about the joy of hypnobirthing and here in Jersey it’s a pretty big deal. So many positive reviews and recommendations were hard to ignore so I signed Christian and I up for classes. It was a relief to hear positive stories of birth rather than the butchered horror shows people usually grace you with. Prior to our classes this book was mentioned more than a few times and anyone wanting to create a productive and positive outlook toward pregnancy, labour and birth should consider buying this book.
Nothing can change the inevitability of giving birth but, we can change how we approach and await it. I for one wanted less fear and more empowerment, this book and the use of various hypnobirthing techniques has helped my mindset drastically.
There are so many fabulous brands of pregnancy pillow available. I bought mine here on island and my life has not been the same since. It really doesn’t matter how early or late in your pregnancy you start to use yours but it will drastically impact your quality of sleep for the better.
Have you ever heard the saying “two is company and three is a crowd”? Well, this might be true as pregnancy pillows do tend to leave your partner massively third wheeling on their side of the bed. I feel bad but, unless you can mimic a heavenly slumber cloud that simultaneously relieves back and bump ache at the same time while I sleep, the pillow will just have to stay.
So when does this pregnancy glow kick in with the silky locks that flow in the breeze as I walk in slow motion? It’s been 32 weeks and I’m still waiting for it. At 28 weeks my hair took a pretty hard hit and I found myself running to my salon to help with the haystack attached to my scalp. Turns out the baby has just been stealing all the nutrients which can leave hair frizzy, dry and truly unworkable. This product however has truly brought my hair back to life. It can be applied in small quantities on wet, damp or even dry hair and smells like pure heaven. You know it’s a winner when your husband offers to constantly sample it on more than one occasion for himself.
Fitness has shaped my pregnancy from the first trimester and has contributed to my happy mind happy body outlook. I was unable to exercise too much with my initial morning sickness but I dragged my heaving self to the gym as much as I was able. Once the MS subsided I was able to resume a healthy fitness structure. As I was incredibly active pre-pregnancy it was more about slowing things down and monitoring what was safe for the baby. The TomTom allows me to keep a constant eye on my heart rate as well as length of workout. I’ll work out three to four times a week for about 40 minutes and then have a daily dog walk. As a result I’m still pretty flexible and I find it has really helped with aches and pains.
Everyone is different so always consult a health professional before beginning or continuing a previous fitness regime when pregnant.
There we have it. My absolute pregnancy essentials as I stand here at 32 weeks. I have no doubt in my mind that this will need to be updated in the coming weeks. I’d love to hear the products that you found useful during your pregnancy. Equally I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about my selection.
Catch up soon