Category: PREGNANCY

39 + 3 Weeks Pregnant

39 + 3 Weeks Pregnant

We are just days away from our due date and after 39 weeks of growing this little girl in my tummy, we are SO ready to meet her and operation ‘Get This Baby Out’ is officially underway. I had a bit of a wobble in my […]

Preparing your dog for a new arrival

Preparing your dog for a new arrival

Over the last two weeks this little guy has become quite the velcro pup. I wondered if this time would come, if he’d begin to pick up on the fact that big changes are about come our way in imminent future. People talk of their […]

Maternity Outfit of the Day with Mums are us

Maternity Outfit of the Day with Mums are us

When Mums are us contacted me on twitter a couple of weeks asking if I would like to review an outfit from their range I couldn’t resist. I am rapidly outgrowing even my maternity wardrobe and so the chance to wear something other than oversize joggers & one of Sean’s many now stretched out t-shirts during the day was quite exciting.

They asked me to suggest a few options of items I liked the look of from their extensive range of affordable maternity wear and then chose an outfit from those items to send me to style as I wished.

Pink definitely seems to have been the colour for me throughout this pregnancy. This asymmetric top  in blush pink is just so comfortable and incredibly soft against my skin, though I had to wear a cami underneath as the material is quite thin. The V neckline is really flattering and a nice alternative to my normal go to tops with a round / high neck. I think it would probably suit a smaller bump better as the style falls and hangs over the top, but over all I really like it for a casual day time look. mums are us 3

Until recently I had only worn over bump maternity jeans but as this tummy of mine continues to expand I am getting more and more uncomfortable with anything being too tight over it. These under bump Isla jeggings are just the alternative I had been after. They have stretchy panels to each side of the zip & button fastening and internal adjustable waste band  to accommodate for a growing bump. In hindsight I probably should have requested one size up as I appear to be getting even bigger by the second as we approach my due date, but they are very comfortable and so easy to dress up or down depending on your plans for the day.mums are us 4

If you’re looking for affordable and stylish maternity clothing to dress your bump whether it be for a special occasion or day to day, I thoroughly recommend you check out Mums Are Us.

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37 + 4  Weeks Pregnant – I’m not sure I’m ready!

37 + 4 Weeks Pregnant – I’m not sure I’m ready!

Today I am 37+4 weeks pregnant. Despite her antics this weekend (reduced movements & mild contractions all day Sunday)  and the fact that I am constantly reminded that baby really could come at any time now, I am convinced that she will keep us waiting as […]

To push or not to push? (writing my birth plan)

To push or not to push? (writing my birth plan)

So, with D Day being a mere 3 weeks away and after last weeks scare, it’s time to really sit down and think about my Birth Plan. I think I’ve said before that as well as we can plan things, at the end of the […]

Reduced Fetal Movements at 36+5 Weeks Pregnant

Reduced Fetal Movements at 36+5 Weeks Pregnant

Well there really is never a dull moment around here and our little drama baby is definitely living up to her name! After a stressful few days, we ended up on the antenatal ward at the hospital yesterday after our normally super active baby decided she didn’t really feel up to too much wriggling.

I’d been really busy & distracted for most of the day, so when at around 4ish Sean came home from work and I had a lay down while he had a bath I realised that I couldn’t really remember the last time I’d felt her moving around. I could feel where she was – her bum was sticking out of my side, but there were none of the normal pokes and wriggles.

I tried all the normal things that would normally prompt her to move – poked &I prodded, drank a cold drink, laid on my side and once none of those had worked I had a bath. She goes crazy when I have a bath so that was sure to get her going.

Nothing.

As you’ve probably gathered by now if you stop by here regularly, I am a huge supporter & follower of Kicks Count. Having run a campaign to support their work last year, the importance of monitoring a baby’s movements and reporting any changes has been at the forefront of my mind throughout this pregnancy and so I have been pretty hot on tracking our baby’s movement pattern from the moment those first flutters started. Even still, despite everything I know, everything I say to other Mama’s who experience a drop or change in movements, I hesitated when it came to calling the maternity unit. I knew they were flat out – my friend is currently there having been induced – and I didn’t want to make a fuss, she was probably just in a different position or hiding behind my anterior placenta. And then I gave myself a bloody good talking to. I would never forgive myself if anything were to be wrong.

So after speaking to two really lovely midwives, who were only to pleased that I’d called we jumped in the car and made our way in. Of course, having not felt her at all through the day, as we sat in the waiting room baby gave the most gigantic kick. They were still keen to get us in and pop me on the monitor to check everything was as it should be, and thankfully after 40 minutes we were assured that baby was doing okay and told we could go home, however I was told to keep an eye out for any developments as the monitor had shown I was having early contractions!

Well, here we are nearly 24 hours later and this little one is back to her bladder jumping, tummy morphing self and still seemingly staying firmly put. I’ve had some dull period pain-like cramps and back ache but so far nothing else to report on the labour front.

Like I said, never a dull moment, and as we turn 37 weeks tomorrow, I have to wonder if baby might surprise us all and come a little bit early. Only time will tell.

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It’s not just me anymore

It’s not just me anymore

In just a few weeks, this tiny little wriggler living in my tummy will join us in the outside world. I will have a daughter who relies on me and her Daddy for everything. For food, drink, a home. For love, guidance and protection. From […]

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Today marks the beginning of two weeks annual leave from work that lead to the official start of my maternity leave. It also means that we are only one month away from our due date! I feel like it has taken both a life time and next to […]