Hi Everyone, Today I’m sharing some maternity style tips I’ve picked up – mostly through learning the hard way! It’s pretty easy to go on any website or into a shop and see tonnes of gorgeous outfits for a full bump but during that doughy first and early second trimester these items just don’t have the same effect. I started having to use a hairtie to expand my skinny jeans around 10 weeks, at this point I also bought some cosy winter leggings that are very forgiving. I decided to pack away some of my tighter dresses and tops to…

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One of the first things I did when I found out about my pregnancy was mourn for the large bottle of gin in my cupboard. How were we going to cope with this long, cruel separation? In all seriousness despite the fact that I had a reasonably healthy diet and lifestyle I knew some changes where going to be necessary. Around two years ago I started following Slimming World and lost around 4 stone in a year and a half. I then began to focus more on having a balanced workable diet that would still lead to weight loss and…

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I know I am not alone when it comes to being asked inappropriate questions regarding my pregnancy. I’ve read many a blog post about the hideous things well-meaning people say without thinking. Today I’ve got a pet peeve of my own to share with you – I’ll try not to poorly rehash old ground. Matt and I were savvy enough to figure out pretty quickly that there were bound to be asked ‘Was it planned?’  by at least a handful of totally over-familiar assholes beloved friends and family. We decided that there was one (and only one) person we’d entertain…

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Throughout my first trimester I was very lucky not to experience any sickness. I did have some nausea but quickly realised it came on any time I got hungry and so began to eat constantly – mainly cheese.I wouldn’t say I had/have a craving as such but I definetly do eat it daily and if I see it anywhere I get some. I could resist and pass on the dairy goodness but I don’t want to. The main ‘symptom’ I experienced, and still am to a lesser degree, was tiredness. Total and utter exhaustion on a constant basis regardless of…

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I had my first ultrasound at 11+3 on 5th November 2014. It was a totally unique experience that I don’t know if I can do justice in this blog post but here’s hoping! Matt and I both took the day off as a holiday so we could spend the whole day together. Our appointment was at 10am so I was up early and had visions of a romantic, leisurely breakfast. Real life came along pretty quickly and we spent the morning stumbling around looking for our stuff, dodging each other in the bathroom and grabbing a cereal bar on the…

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Well once the news that we were going to have a baby had begun to sink in we quickly began talking about how and when we’d share the news. There were a few nerves as we felt that some family members may not be very happy about our news – more on this another time. The first decision we made as parents was that we would wait until the first scan which is generally between 11 and 13 weeks in the UK. This scan marks the point when most health professionals feel it is ‘safe’ to begin telling people as…

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I’m now almost 14 weeks pregnant exactly and finally getting round to writing some blog posts. It feels like an age since I first found out I was pregnant, partly because I found out so early! I actually had a positive test two days before I had missed my period. As soon as I found out I began punching little notes into my phone about how I was feeling to try and help me process the enormity of the situation. I think this really helped in the first few days as we had house guests so I couldn’t tell Matt…

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