Pregnancy: The 2nd Trimester

I am officially into my third trimester and wanted to fill you in on how the last 12 weeks have been including the ups and downs so read no further if you don’t want to hear some of the less lovely things about pregnancy.

I’ll hold my hands up first of all and say that I’ve not had the struggles that I read other women going through when it comes to growing my first human. In my second trimester I did notice the tiredness from the first trimester had passed and I could actually focus on our wedding and work for a change. It was nice not to want to nap all the time but lo and behold, I’m 28 weeks now and can feel myself tiring again.

Those first kicks

I actually don’t think I realised what was a kick when it first started happening and honestly thought I was having bad trapped wind (I know: GROSS). The first time I really knew it was a kick was our wedding rehearsal just after I hit 20 weeks and a couple of days later both Bobby and I actually began to see the kicks from the outside of my belly. It really is an insane feeling when you see it for the first time and I think it was lovely for Bobby to see and feel the kicks as it meant he felt more of a part of the pregnancy from then. Now baby Moore is a real fidget like her dad and my stomach moves so much, she even responds to her dad’s voice!

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Pregnancy: The First Trimester

If you follow me on social media then a couple of weeks ago you would have seen that I announced my pregnancy.

That’s right I’m another pregnant blogger! It feels like this year has been the year of bloggers announcing their pregnancies and it’s a fab time to be part of the community and share the ups and downs with.

I’m now just over 17 weeks pregnant and well into my 2nd trimester so feel it’s about time I share my thoughts about my first trimester. It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is different so what I’ve been through is different to other lovely mums-to-be out there.

We found out I was pregnant right at the start of February which seems like forever ago and at a mere 4-5 weeks pregnant, it felt like a slog until the glorious 12 week scan when you get to see your baby for the first time.

I did have a little scare at 7.5 weeks and ended up having an early pregnancy scan which showed us our little kidney bean sized baby and that things were doing ok!

In terms of pregnancy symptoms I didn’t experience morning sickness which was fantastic but instead was whacked with afternoon nausea which kicked in at 3:30pm and lasted until 7pm every night. This lasted 3-4 weeks and when it finally stopped, I was relieved to be able to eat my evening meal without feeling sick all the time.

The other symptom that started immediately and has remained on and off has been crazy hormone skin. That’s right ZITS galore have appeared on my face which is not ideal given I get married in 3 weeks!!! Luckily I’ve ditched a lot of skincare and am favouring simple cleansing and moisturising which has helped this to ease in the most recent weeks.

Lastly I started to notice the feeling of tiredness and bloating and boy do these both suck. I haven’t been able to fasten my jeans together for a few weeks which is crappy and have instead resolved myself to using a hair bobble to fasten them. The tiredness hasn’t eased at all and just a couple of hours activity absolutely shatters me. Every day at work around 3pm I think it would be great to have a little nap but have to power through and then collapse on the sofa when I get home.

Needless to say it has taken some getting used to and with the wedding on the horizon as well it has been lots to take in, but is also super exciting and both Bob & I are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents in October. We will hopefully find out the gender of our baby in a couple of weeks and I will be sharing more baby related posts with you along the way.

Thanks for taking the time to read the first of my pregnancy/baby related posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

Laura x

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Putting Herbalife Skin to the Test

It’s safe to say I hate my skin. I know most people would change their boobs/nose etc but I’d just quite like skin that doesn’t get a billion spots on it. I’m always looking out for products that will help me to achieve this in a non surgical way (I’m aware I can’t just replace my skin!) and the latest on my list has been Herbalife’s Skin range.

I’ve heard the name Herbalife thrashed about before but never have I thought “Oh let me just check out if they do skincare!” I was pleasantly surprised recently to find out not only do they have their own range but their cleansers are also sulfate free, a thing I’m pretty obsessed with at the minute.

Now it’s time for the test and the results. The products trialled were the Soothing Aloe Cleanser (aloe is another favourite of mine), the Daily Glow Moisturiser and the Replenishing Night Cream.

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I tested them out for just over 2 weeks to try to get an accurate result to share and have a before picture (shield your eyes) and an after picture to show off the results.

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So as you can see from my horrendous starting photo, my skin was in bad condition at the start of this trial. I actually took this photo a few days into starting the products just because it was in its worst state for a long time. I persevered though and just over 2 weeks later, you can see the products really worked and my skin looked so much better.

I like that the cleanser is super gentle on my skin and the aloe really did soothe my skin. The only thing I did differently instruction wise was rather than using it twice a day, I only used it once. Mainly because on a morning my skin was really bad and I found just soap and water worked better then. I still used my moisturiser and night cream as followed and again, love that they don’t leave my skin feeling greasy or slathered in product. The photo below is the different products on the back of my hand to show their consistency. The middle blob is the daily glow moisturiser which did have a glow to it which I like. The replenishing night cream was lovely and white and really left my skin feeling smooth.

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Having always had the impression that Herbalife was just a health company, I have been surprised by everything I’ve learnt about the company using the products and it’s only made me want to try some more of them out. They do an amazing sounding mint clay mask and a berry scrub that I need to get my hands on and try out now.

I hope like me, you’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand and what they actually offer. I will definitely carry on using these products and purchase more in the future.

Laura x

*These products were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. The photos and opinions are a true reflection of the product trial and are my own*

 

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