No matter how much you love pregnancy, there will always be some things about life before pregnancy that you really, really miss. Things that you simply can’t wait for once you are no longer pregnant. It goes without saying that the thing I am most excited for after pregnancy is meeting my baby boy, holding him in my arms and embarking on a new journey together. But there are also some other things that I can’t wait for, things that I have sorely missed throughout pregnancy.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but what with being pregnant and looking after a toddler, time has somehow managed to slip away from me in that way that it always does! In a way it is good that I am writing this at 34 weeks pregnant as I have now had almost my entire pregnancy to think about what have been my favourite maternity items and products throughout this time. It’s so easy to spend your pregnancy thinking solely about the arrival of your little one, after all that is the most exciting part! But it’s also important to remember to look after yourself while you are doing the most important job of all – growing your baby. Most of these items are related to being comfortable and treating yourself, which are obviously two very important things for any expecting mum. Continue reading “My Maternity Favourites”
There is so much pressure out there to love your pregnant body. We see it everywhere, from advertising campaigns for maternity wear to the mum you barely know at baby group telling you how marvellous the pregnant form is. And don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful that we are encouraged to celebrate the changes that are happening to our bodies as they grow beautiful healthy babies and prepare to give birth. But what about when you just don’t love your pregnant body? What if no matter how hard you try, you just can’t? What about the days when you feel huge and swollen and yet the world is still insisting that you celebrate? And on those days, funnily enough, having a perfect stranger tell you (directly or indirectly) that you must love your pregnant body -doesn’t help. I hated my body during pregnancy the first time around, and so this time I was more determined than ever to try to celebrate it. Frankly, that hasn’t gone to plan and I’m sitting here feeling as if I resemble a whale and mourning the time when my clothes actually fit me. Continue reading “Don’t Tell Me To Love My Pregnant Body”
I know, I know. I’m 33 weeks pregnant and only just getting around to sitting down and writing my second trimester update. (Sort it out Hanna!). I know I’ll kick myself if I don’t record this pregnancy on here, time is running away from me so I’m really going to try to include more pregnancy related content over the next couple of months. I could come up with a million excuses as to why my pregnancy content has been lacking but I think it basically comes down to the fact that this is my second pregnancy, and to be honest most of the time I forget that I am even pregnant at all! Writing about it doesn’t even occur to me because it’s not new to me this time. That has been the main thing that has really struck me throughout this pregnancy, it is SO similar to my first. Unless I’m about to have the surprise of my life when I give birth, you can forget all those myths about how different it is being pregnant with a boy or a girl. For me, it’s been virtually identical.
Every pregnant woman knows the struggle of finding great maternity clothes. It can be hard enough to pull together a small selection of every day outfits that you feel comfortable in, but the struggle really becomes real when you have a special occasion to attend and nothing nice that fits over your bump. I recently had a maternity photo shoot booked in with the lovely Rebecca Frost Photography which I was so excited for but also totally stumped as to what I was going to wear to make me feel special on the day. That’s where Tiffany Rose Maternity stepped in. Tiffany Rose sell a beautiful selection of maternity dresses, from gorgeous and stylish day wear to ‘the dress of your dreams’ bridal wear. Continue reading “Feeling a Million Dollars in Tiffany Rose Maternity”
I’d like to start this post with a disclaimer. These tips are probably only really going to be helpful to you if you don’t already have a sleepless toddler who likes to clamber into bed with you at 1am. If this is your first baby, then hopefully these tips will help you. If this is your second, then maybe consider palming the toddler off on a friendly relative before you even start kidding yourself that you’re going to get a good night’s sleep! Continue reading “How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep During Pregnancy”
One of my biggest regrets about my first pregnancy is not having any maternity photos taken. I seriously have hardly any photos of me when I was pregnant with Darcie, and the ones that do exist – I really don’t like. I have a few quick snaps from my baby shower or family gatherings, where the angle is all wrong and I just don’t like the way I look in them. I struggle a lot with body image during pregnancy and so I knew that having some nice photos taken during this pregnancy would really help me to feel good about my changing body. I am actually planning a whole post on the subject of body positivity during pregnancy so I’ll save that ramble for another day and for now just tell you all about the lovely experience I had on my maternity photo shoot with the lovely Becky of Rebecca Frost Photography.
Pregnancy is hard and being a new Mum is even harder. When Kate, founder of the Pickle & Squidge Mummy To Be Boxes, realised this she decided to create a product to make that transition into Motherhood that little bit smoother. The Mummy To Be Boxes were inspired by Kate’s own transition to Motherhood back in 2013. All those sleepless nights left her with time to think and be inspired to create the Pickle & Squidge brand. The Mummy To Be Boxes contain everything that Kate herself found essential during those first few months of Motherhood (and beyond!), for both mum and baby. Continue reading “Pickle & Squidge Mummy To Be Box Review”
I’m sure I’m not the only person who tends to lose their way a bit when it comes to maternity fashion. (If it is just me, then somebody please tell me the secret!). My maternity wardrobe basically consists of a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and lots of stretchy tops. Which is fine for the most part, but every so often I find myself so totally bored by my maternity wardrobe and completely uninspired as to what to wear. I’m conscious of my changing body and while I try hard to celebrate my bump and embrace the changes, sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done. I know that clothes play a big part in my self confidence. If I feel happy and confident in what I’m wearing, it really shows. So that’s why I’m trying harder this pregnancy to find some maternity clothes that actually make me feel really good, and ‘like myself’. I lost myself last time I was pregnant, the clothes I was wearing weren’t anything I would normally wear, and I felt so conscious of that at the time. Continue reading “Treat Yourself With Boohoo Maternity this Mother’s Day”
It’s 11pm and everyone is asleep. I know that it won’t last long and so I am making the most of this time. When the house is quiet and I can drink my tea before it goes cold. I’m appreciating times like these more than ever these days as it is so rare that I get to just sit and collect my thoughts. I get to sit and be still and feel my little baby boy wriggling around, and just be. With my first pregnancy I had all the time in the world to think about it all, but with baby number two it’s not the same. Now I have a toddler taking up most of the room in my brain. So these quiet moments are precious and today my head and my heart are full. I feel like it’s been ages since I have just sat at the computer and written my thoughts. Today there’s no drafts, no brands, no links. Just me and my thoughts. Continue reading “11pm Thoughts”