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.

1.Nausea

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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July Empties

Another month has passed and I am ever closer to popping out my first child. This means another round-up of empty products and trying not to spend spare money on beauty products I don’t need. July has seen me use up 9 products and the strict no spending on beauty products is going well. The only thing the restriction on spending doesn’t include is foundation/concealer as I really can’t do without this.

Haircare

This month I only used up 1 hair product; Dermalogica’s daily conditioning rinse. Does anyone ever find they use up the conditioner way quicker than the coordinating shampoo? This conditioner is great but long-term, I don’t think it will be a product I will purchase again. I have a really sensitive scalp and although this product was gentle, it didn’t really deal with the problem as well as other conditioners I have used.

Face

I’ve loved the Body Shop’s Tea Tree products since trying them a couple of years ago and purchased this cool and creamy face when my skin was at its worst. They no longer sell this particular product however the rest of their range is fantastic and I’ve found all the facial wash products have helped in the same way. This is always going to stay on my re-purchase list.

When it comes to toner, I’ve finished up my Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Toner which has been a godsend. This product massively helped me calm my skin on the run up to my wedding this year and with uber hormonal pregnant skin, it still helps to calm my skin now. A definite recommendation if you’re looking for a new toner.

I’ve also finished up my Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask which I received as part of the full Proactiv 3 step system. This mask is great and when washed off, provides a gentle scrub to the skin to remove any dead skin or bacteria. I own a shed load of masks so I won’t be repurchasing this one in the close future but I would definitely use it again in future.

Body

Firstly I used up a couple of Happy Jackson products that I received as part of a Christmas gift. These are fab and I absolutely love their body care but unfortunately I have no idea where they were bought from so am struggling to re-purchase. If anyone has seen them, please leave me a comment as I’m desperate to re-buy.

I also used up my huge tub of Sugar Crush Body buttercream from Soap & Glory. This range is one of my favourites from this brand as I love the scent. This buttercream is fab and has been a saviour at looking after my skin during pregnancy.

I also had a sample tub of Sleepy by Lush from a recent blog event and it has been one of my absolutely favourite offerings from them so far. It was great for helping me to relax before bed and trying to get a better night’s sleep. The scent of this body lotion is especially soothing and calming which is perfect now I’m in my last trimester.

Lastly I used up my bottle of The Body Shop frosted plum body wash which is part of their Christmas range. I like this product but prefer the glazed apple which smells amazing.

Stay tuned for my next edition of Empties in August when I will try to tackle even more of my hoard of products before the arrival of Baby Moore.

Laura x

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