Soul Insoles: a treat for your feet

My feet have taken one hell of a whack this pregnancy but fingers crossed, so far I’ve managed to avoid any swelling. When I say they’ve suffered I refer to the lack of ability to put ones shoes on and the reliance of slip on sandals which don’t always offer a great deal of support.

When I was sent some insoles to put to the test, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That probably sounds ridiculous but I’ve never needed to use insoles before so I wasn’t sure what they would feel like or whether I would like the idea of wearing them.

Souls Insoles are designed specifically for us pregnant ladies out there and are made to support your feet and arches throughout pregnancy.

As I’ve progressed throughout pregnancy, I have noticed that day-to-day the ability to see my feet is starting to slip out of my grasp and soon no doubt, I won’t be able to see them at all. This poses a problem for making sure they are well looked after but this is where the insoles have come in super handy.

The pair I received were Poppy Red as you can see, but you can also get them in Royal Purple, Baby Pink, Baby Blue, Slate Grey and Silver, so a pair for most kind of shoes really and are a bargain at the moment at £19.99.

If you didn’t already know, hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy release a hormone called “Relaxin”. This loosens all the ligaments and tendons in you body including those in your feet; causing your arches to fall and increasing the size of your foot by a whole shoe size! As if your body doesn’t get big enough your feet suffer too.

I’ve been trying these out in my work shoes and trainers and have definitely felt a different level of comfort to anything I’ve worn before. Shoes aren’t always the comfiest creation especially when lots of ladies like to wear gorgeous shoes that cripple their feet. These insoles have a cushioned section in the arch that provides a good level of support and comfort when you’re out and about or stood on your feet for a period of time. In my job I’m office based but regularly find myself moving about to meetings etc so these have been a lifesaver at seeing me through my last trimester. I have 9 weeks to go and these will stick with me no doubt until she is here and even beyond if I can’t bear to part with them.

If you have long-suffering feet and are pregnant then I would definitely recommend these to help you relieve some of that pressure.

Laura x

*These items were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, no payment has been received and all thoughts and content are my own*

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5 things that have absolutely happened whilst being pregnant

I’m approaching my 31st week of growing a tiny human and I can almost smell the Campo Viejo Rioja awaiting me at the finish line.

I thought I’d share 5 things that have definitely happened to me whilst being pregnant and squash some of those myths out there.


The first 12 weeks of pregnancy are sucky! You either get morning sickness or nausea which is basically just as bad because it makes you really hungry which in turn makes you nauseous again. Once the first trimester is over and done with you can breathe a sign of relief hopefully but I have heard of people suffering it for longer than 12 weeks and to those of you who have; I salute you!

2. Hormones

It’s true what they say, hormones in pregnancy are your usual self ramped up on speed. You either want to cry, laugh or kill someone. Pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster and I can honestly say the crying has been a firm feature of my life for the last few weeks. My poor husband has no idea what to say so just hugs me which is wonderful but equally, I can’t explain the reason for crying either. It takes a lot out of you and I cannot wait for baby to be here so I can hopefully move on from this weepy version of myself.

3. The Glow or lack of it

Total myth if my eyes this one. Not every mother to be gets that “glow” and like the photo above, I was one of the unlucky. I literally have no glow whatsoever and just get told I look tired. Every so often I get told I have some more colour in my cheeks but that’s probably because I’m boiling hot from carrying this extra weight around. Don’t get yourself down, there’s plenty of ways to fake your glow.

4. Peeing

This is not something everyone suffers with but I have been blessed with a baby that uses my bladder as a cushion. My baby is laid low down which means I visit the toilet to pee at least 457 times a day including at least 3-4 times within the 30 mins of getting up and leaving the house on a morning. It is very annoying especially in the summer weather when you drink more fluid and then know that within 20 minutes you will be greeting your old friend “the loo” once again.

5. The bump touching

This is total fact; people love to touch a pregnant ladies bump. At first this horrified me and I was prepared to karate chop any sucker that dared but alas I’ve given up and just let people have a touch now. Luckily for me it’s generally work colleagues or friends that do it so at least we know each other but if a complete stranger tried then it would be like a scene out of The Karate Kid! Don’t be afraid to just say no to people if you don’t like it.

There has been plenty more things that have happened to me in my 30-31 weeks so far and I will continue to share snippets in the run up to D-Day but for now I don’t want to scare you too much.

Laura x

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My Baby Picks from Happy Jackson

I discovered Happy Jackson when I received some gifts for Christmas from a relative. I was browsing the site recently and noticed they did baby items so thought I’d pick my favourite baby bits and pieces that I may just treat myself and Baby Moore too.

Happy Jackson Ok People Baby Changing Mat – £10.48

Happy Jackson Boxed Set of  3 Large Baby Muslins – £7.48

Happy Jackson Dribble Bibs – £5.50

Happy Jackson Little People’s Stuff bag – £4.49

Happy Jackson Eat, Sleep, Be Awesome Baby Blanket – £18.71

Laura x


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