What really happens in your first trimester... | Blog

In your first trimester we all know what happens right? You get morning sickness, you're tired and you crave weird foods. Well I am here to tell you that there is sooooooooo much more than that that people don’t seem to talk about and do you know what? I want to talk about them as I can’t be the only one to experiance some of the lesser discussed first trimester symptoms! 

Oh my goodness... the constipation! I don’t remember feeling like this when I had Pickle but this time round it has been horrendous. Some people say it’s because of the prenatal vitamins and the increase in iron where as others say it’s because of the hormones that are flooding your body. Whatever it is, it sucks and I long for the day when my bowels return to normal!

Crazy Dreams
I am a bit of a vivid dreamer anyway but during my first trimester things took a seriously weird turn. I’m talking dreams where I would wake up not knowing if it was real or not. Dreams where I would wake up so angry and annoyed off with Hubby because of something he did in my dream. Hopefully this passes soon before I serve hubby with divorce papers based on a weird dream I had! :)


Changing Room of the Year Awards PLUS a chance to WIN! | Sudocrem Collaboration

If you have read my blog for a while then you will remember that last year I wrote about the Baby Changing Room awards. Can you believe that these awards have been around for five years now and this year it is even more exciting! And who is behind these amazing awards??? Leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem that's who and this year they are pioneering that way once again with a brand new category to recognise the importance of Changing Places for disabled children. Since 2012, Sudocrem has been campaigning for this new award as well as the chance to recognise retailers and brands who recognise the importance of good changing facilities. Winners in the past have included Mothercare, John Lewis and the National Museums of Scotland!

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet
their needs. This means that parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from
GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor. She says:

“Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant
exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an
issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time
for change.''


Back to the Gym with Bump!  | David Lloyd Collaboration 

As you will know if you read my blog regularly, I’m a pregnant BUT that doesn’t mean I have to stop going to the gym and being active. Don’t get me wrong, in November and December when I was in my first trimester I didn’t go to the gym as I was so exhausted and sick that I could not think of anything worse than working out BUT now that I am in my second trimester and have my energy back I have been LOVING getting back in the gym.

If you have read my blog before then you will know that we are members of David Lloyd Southend. We have worked with them previously through the blog but even before this we had memberships but I have never been a pregnant gym member before so I wanted to share my experiance of being a preggo gym bunny.


What you REALLY need in your First Trimester  |  Pregnancy Blog

The first trimester is, in my opinion, the hardest. The third trimester is pretty rough too as your getting close to the end, you feel like a whale and your massively uncomfortable BUT you know that you will have your little bundle of newborn amazingness pretty soon so it makes it that little bit more bearable. In the first trimester you're tired, feel sick all the time and can be an emotional wreck and you still have 6 months to go which makes it feel like having your baby is so far away! I have just come out of the first trimester and since leaving the “haze” of sickness and tears I feel like there are some serious essentials that helped me cope with the last 3 months and I’m not talking about your normal pregnancy vitamins or maternity bra type essentials. I’m talking about the real stuff that is a serious god send but that no one ever really suggests so I thought I’d share!

1. A decent blanket 
This may sound like a weird one but trust me when I suggest it! When you feel tired and sick there is nothing better than finishing the day and climbing under a warm, snuggly blanket and snoozing all your cares away. I have pretty much lived under a blanket the last 3 months and only now feel ready to come out of hibernation so if you don’t have a great blanket already then I suggest you get one!


18 goals for 2018  |  Blog 

I have never been one for New Years resolutions as when I used to try to do them I would stick to whatever I had resolved for a week or so and then would fail and give up. Instead of resolutions I now like to try and give myself goals or aims for the year. Not massive things, but small and achievable goals that help give me a direction so when I found out that Jules from Pondering Parenthood had tagged me in her 18 Goals for 2018 post I was super excited as it was right up my street! So here they are.... 

1. Have a baby!!!!
Pretty obvious one really but in July of this year (oh my god that sounds weird to say!) we should be having baby number 2! 

2. Document my pregnancy (and post birth journey) monthly on my blog. 
When I was pregnant with Pickle I didn’t have my blog so I wrote a manual diary whenever I felt the need to mind dump about my pregnancy. This time round I want to make sure I write a monthly post rounding up how the pregnancy is going to help me remember and treasure it as this is going to be out 2nd and LAST baby so I want to document it.