Hello, hello my lovely readers. It’s been a hot minute! In case you don’t follow my Instagram or twitter, or are new to my blog, there’s a good reason I’ve been away. In March, I became a first-time mum. I didn’t want to write about my journey in too much detail during my pregnancy because I was high risk; and felt like I’d be witching the whole thing if I wrote about her before she was born.
Back in July our lives took an unexpected turn, when I started craving olives. Don’t get me wrong, I like olives, but I’d never craved them like this before. I craved them so badly I was ready to make a 15 mile round trip just to buy a jar of them. I took a pregnancy test the next day, and it came up positive in a few seconds (much more quickly than the recommended 30 seconds you’re supposed to wait – I was impatient!). I was high risk because I fell pregnant with the copper coil still in place. And it was stuck. Once I’d had a couple of scans that confirmed my pregnancy was viable, we were away. I was at higher risk of miscarriage up to 6 months, and higher risk of pre-term labour in the third trimester. Despite this, our little fighter developed healthily and was perfect at every scan.
Now, my baby girl is approaching 8 months old! Time really moves so fast! So I figured I’d write about my pregnancy as my first blog post since I’ve been away. Let’s get down to it with 5 things I learned / would recommend during pregnancy.
Morning sickness in the first trimester (which for me happened all. Day.) was Hell. I was never actually sick, but the nausea drove me to distraction. I decided to give sea bands a try, and they worked amazingly! There’s no medication involved, they work on acupressure so I wasn’t adding anything to my body that could potentially harm my baby.
If you know, you know. Expand your jeans / trousers with an elastic band / hair tie to make room for your growing bump when you’re not quite ready for maternity clothes. I did this until I was about 22 weeks pregnant!
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, get maternity clothes (or clothes youll wear while pregnant) that are also nursing compatible. Think wrap tops, deep v-necklines, zippers and buttons. Anything with easy boob access. #IfInDoubtWhipItOut
I didn’t do this, and bought a few maternity items, then had to rethink my entire wardrobe once I’d had my baby and had very little nursing friendly clothes.
The name might suggest this is an item for the birth, but actually, you can use this right through your third trimester. It’s so comfortable and I spent most of my time on this when I was at home. Bouncing on them helps to strengthen your pelvic floor, and there’s also some people who say it helps get the baby into position, ready for the big day. You can buy a gym ball as they do the same thing, just be sure to check the sizing before you buy as some gym balls can be a little small to use as birthing balls.
I had seen somebody else post their pregnancy updates from the Emma’s Diary website, so I thought I’d check it out. It turns out there’s an app, which allows you to track your progress week by week, gives you a picture of what the baby should look like at each week (it’s kinda weird at first!) and how big (or small) it is. It also prepares you for what you’ll be feeling in the days / weeks ahead which for me were exactly spot on. There’s links to helpful articles on the Emma’s diary website and voucher codes for some free samples. I absolutely loved the app and it helped me stay calm knowing that what I was feeling was normal – because when it’s your first pregnancy, there’s so much going on in your body that you’ve never experienced before that it’s understandable to want some reassurance.
So there you have it. My (very condensed) pregnancy blog post. I’ll be writing a few more motherhood blog posts soon but don’t be fooled, I’ll still be writing my usual stuff too!
Let me know what you thought! Drop me a comment!