What to buy for yourself when pregnant ?

First of all, let me explain that I am a sucker for any hype around a product or recommendations. I automatically think it’s gonna be great for me. However when you are on a budget  (saving for maternity leave sucks) you can’t always buy everything you read. So I wanted to note some things down that worked for me and what didn’t.

Maternity Clothes – At first I thought I wouldn’t bother with maternity clothes, but from about 4 months I was getting big and wearing clothes day to day was uncomfortable.

Very few shops have a maternity section in store, I ordered all mine online. Below are some shops I found useful, and didn’t break the bank.

  • George – Bras (you can just buy adapters from Debenhams, depends how big your boobs get), PJ’s
  • H&M – Best all rounder shop for maternity ware at an affordable price.
  • ASOS – Great for maternity dresses
  • Topshop – For me the maternity trousers were a bit out of my price range for what I wanted to spend. However I inherited 2 pairs at the end of my pregnancy and wish I had invested at the start as they are really comfy. The over the bump were best.
  • New Look – Good over the bump maternity knickers. I didn’t like people seeing my skin, so these worked great for certain outfits.
  • Primark – Good for jumpers and basic tops (Bought 3 sizes bigger than my normal size)
  • Note – I found Next to be rubbish and ill fitting for maternity clothes.

Heart Monitor –  First of all, the midwife recommended don’t use a fetal heart monitor as you could be hearing your own heartbeat. However I had no movement until about 24 weeks, and felt I couldn’t ring my midwife every day. I found the heart monitor really useful and reassuring. I used it from about 16-24 weeks, I borrowed a friends and so it didn’t cost me anything. Angelcare Baby Fetal Doppler

Bio Oil & Moisturiser – Bio oil is a godsend, and not that expensive. I started at 12 weeks and rubbed it on my belly after a shower, ‘touch wood’ so far no stretchmark’s. When you are pregnant your skin can become a little itchy, so I also use cocoa butter moisturiser twice a week (who has time every day) works for me.

Exercise Ball & Tennis Ball – Exercise Ball is great to sit on when you are uncomfortable in later pregnancy. The tennis ball is to massage your feet (I learnt it from an exercise class). Stand up, place the tennis ball under your foot, and roll it around in circles going up and down your foot. It’s a great little massage and helps with feet swelling.

Pregnacare Original – I have been really lucky, I haven’t picked up any bugs or colds throughout my whole pregnancy. I put it down to taking pregnacare religiously everyday.

Pregnancy Pillow – Don’t bother with this. I bought one used it for about 2 nights, and it became more of a hindrance than a help. Simply put a normal pillow between your legs when asleep.

Pregnancy BooksThe only book I bought was Holly Willoughby’s Truly Happy Baby . I have skimmed it, but it doesn’t really come into play until I have the baby (I don’t think). I personally think wait until you have had the baby, your NCT or NHS Classes will give you all the information you need.

I would love to hear what you found useful in pregnancy, and what you thought was just hype and didn’t work. Please leave comments 🙂

 

 

 

Expectations Vs Realities of Pregnancy

As I am nearing the end of my pregnancy, I wanted to compare my expectations of pregnancy compared to my reality. You get some people who say ‘Oh I just loved being pregnant’ & others not so much. I am kinda inbetween, and this is probably because I have had a relatively easy pregancy. I have learnt talking with others, that pregnancy is different for everyone, so my realities will be very different to the next person.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I said the following:

  1. I am not going to eat for two – Whoops! I have put on 3 ½ stone, and my midwife spoke to me about a weight plan. If this is you too, don’t beat yourself up. People I have spoken to on average put on about 3 stone.
  2. I am going to continue with my exercise regime – I do go to fitmummy once a week. It is a brilliant exercise class once a week for expecting mums. I highly recommend these types of classes because they keep you fit and you meet some amazing people going through the same as you. I do also ‘try’ and walk 30 minutes a day.
  3. I am still going to be as fun as I was before I got pregnant – I have realised I am not as fun without my 2 trusted bottles of prosecco. I can’t be bothered to be around drunk people at the moment, and after 37 weeks I have finally realised its ok to say NO to things. Learn from me, if you are knackered and don’t want to go somewhere, just don’t go, unless it’s a big celebration no one actually cares.
  4. I ‘m not going to moan – I have actually been quite lucky with my pregnancy. However I do catch myself at work, moaning about my back or complaining I am tired. First 4 months were hard, constantly nauseous. Then from Week 34 for me, getting up 5 times in the night to wee, constant pains where she is kicking my ribs. It also takes me ages to put on shoes, tights and get out of bed (or even turn). And I have had it quite easy.

Please share your expectations of pregnancy compared to the reality. I would love to hear from you.

Why I want to write a new mum blog??

I recently posted a photo on social media, and my husband got home and said that’s a bit of an unrealistic photo. Harsh but true! On a day to day basis, I don’t wear makeup and look pretty rubbish. That is why when I do take a photo, I straighten my hair, I plaster the make up on. My point is, we all post and say things that show us in a positive light, not many people share the hard parts. We then all have unrealistic expectations, and beat ourselves up when things don’t go as well as we hoped.

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I want to start writing a blog on my experiences of pregnancy and being a new mum for a few reasons.

  • For me to keep a realistic diary of what is happening. I think as time goes on we start distorting what actually happens.
  • For me to share experiences of anything I have learned. My friends and family have already given me so much fantastic advice and I want to share what works and what doesn’t.
  • To learn from other mums about their experiences. Are they the same/different from mine?

For point 3 I really need your help, so would love for you to follow the blog and comment on any of my posts in the future.

Thank you for reading.

Another blog to come soon!