Pregnancy Journey : Week 18 Symptoms & Update

Not a lot of change in the symptoms again, the heartburn seems to be occurring less frequently which is great. I'm still being sick every morning and my hips are still hurting a lot. The pillow that I showed you last week does seem to ease the pain a little during the night which is a huge relief as I can actually get a decent night's sleep now. 

I had my flu jab last week which was fine, it hurt a little and my arm ached that day and the next but other than that it was fine, thankfully I didn't experience any flu like symptoms afterwards.

As for my weight I have gained one pound this week which brings my total pregnancy weight change to minus eight pounds.

I've been struggling to find maternity clothes in stores, most seem to stock it on-line only which is annoying as I'm not really a fan of clothes shopping on-line. I popped into my local New Look on my dinner hour one day and was shocked to see that they actually stock a decent maternity range, it was such a shock as New Look in Cardiff don't stock any! This is one of those NL maternity tops taken at 18 weeks and 6 days.

I've realised that I really need to start clearing things out before this baby comes along, I am going to loose a lot of my storage space as the spare room currently holds my cosmetics stash which is huge, this will need to be the nursery so things have to change. One of the small things that I have started to do is empty my perfume sample box, I am not buying any more perfume until this box is empty. It is actually working out quite well as I am keeping a list of the perfumes that I like and will quite possibly distribute said list at Christmas time.

Other goings on have been : hosting a surprise baby shower for my friend who is also pregnant, full post to come on that shortly. Another of my friends bought me this lovely card to congratulate myself and Spencer, I didn't even know you could get mum-to-be cards! We've finally received our third Meerkat, Aleksandr himself! 


Review : NSpa Mum to Be Blooming Gorgeous Gift Set

When I received an email asking if I would like to try a product from NSpa's Mum To Be Range I could not say no. NSpa create luxury cruelty free spa products at affordable prices. All of their products are paraben free and suitable for all skin types. 

I received the NSPA Mum To Be Blooming Gorgeous gift set* which contains bump butter, stretch mark oil and bath & shower creme. This set is available from Asda for the bargain price of £6.

Despite being small sizes the bump butter and stretch mark oil will last quite a while as you only need to use a small bit at a time. I tend to use my oil morning and night and the butter straight after my shower/bath. My stomach has never felt so moisturised. I haven't had any new stretch marks since using this combination but that could be a coincidence. 

I highly recommend this gift set and think that it would make a perfect gift for any mum to be, a great idea if you have a baby shower on the horizon. 

You can read more about the NSPA Mum To Be Range here.


Pregnancy Journey : Week 17 Symptoms & Update

My symptoms are pretty much exactly the same as last week, I'm still being sick every morning but am definitely starting to feel more like me which is great. I'm still not the most energetic but there is definitely more life in me than there was. I had my 16 week midwife appointment last week, you can read about that here.

Due to the fact that my symptoms seem to be easing up a lot and I have more energy to compile a post I'm going to turn these weekly posts into updates, similar to my previous week in photos posts but more pregnancy focused and they won't be on a set day as they previously were, they will be when I have the energy to sit down and do them!

My bump at 18 weeks and 2 days.

We had plans of saving up for a lovely new bathroom with new flooring and new floor to ceiling tiles. With baby coming along we decided just to do half a job and replace the bath, sink and toilet leaving the rest. A few tiles have been damaged in the process so we're just placing a waterproof tile effect plastic panel there for the time being as we can't afford to re-tile the whole bathroom. As the fitting is a DIY job the progress is slow but we are definitely getting there.

We didn't plan to buy any baby goodies until after the 20 week scan, but we could not resist this bargain. We managed to get a Silver Cross pram complete with new born attachment, rain covers, baby changing bag and cosy toes for £55 from the local charity shop, we really couldn't leave it there at that price! 

As both of my parents are diabetic I need to have the test for pregnancy diabetes, my appointment letter came through the other day. I am absolutely dreading the boredom of sitting around in between tests for two hours. I must remember to take a book.

I've been trailing this lovely set which I will be reviewing shortly. I bought these mum to be pillows from Argos in the quest for a better night sleep. I really hope they help! 

I've also just upgraded my phone, no more iPhone for me, I decided it was time for a change so opted for the LG G3, so far I am loving it. All of the photos in this post were taken with the phone.


Pregnancy Journey : The 16 Week Midwife Appointment

Today I had my sixteen week midwife appointment, I'm actually seventeen weeks but I couldn't make the appointment last week so arranged it for this week instead. My midwife was on holiday so I saw another two ladies instead. They took my blood pressure, had a feel of my tummy, tested my urine which was clear, had a listen to babies heartbeat with a doppler and answered any questions that I had. 

We went through my upcoming appointments, during which we discovered that my Glucose test has been missed so I need to arrange that appointment at my twenty week scan now, they should have arranged it for me at my twelve week scan but missed it. It is no biggie as it needs to be done at twenty-eight weeks so arranging it later isn't a problem. I was told that I need to remember to book my flu jab, my twenty-five week midwife appointment, my whooping cough jab and my antenatal classes (if I want them). 

I booked the flu jab straight away as that can be done whenever, I will also book the antenatal classes tomorrow. The others, however, I need to remember to book nearer the time. I pretty much forgot the dates that I needed to book them for as soon as I left the room, thankfully Google answered me. I also forgot to ask a lot of the questions that I wanted to ask. I would recommend that all expectant mothers keep a notebook so that they can jot down the questions that they want to ask at appointments and also get it out at the appointment and write all of the information that you need to remember down. They tell you a lot of information so it is very easy to forget some/all of it. For example, my midwife told me at my first appointment that I would need to take a urine sample to every midwife appointment, I completely forgot! 

I asked about my weight loss, even though people have told me it is completely normal I wanted it clarified. They agreed that this is perfectly normal and nothing at all to worry about. I mentioned the heartburn and how it makes me sick, I was told that if it does get to me I need to visit my GP who can prescribe me tablets.

I asked if I need to pay for photos at my twenty week scan and was told that I don't. At our twelve week scan we had to take pound coins as we needed to put money into a machine that only accepts pound coins, I made sure I asked in advance just so that I knew if I had to save my pound coins! 

It was so lovely to hear babies heartbeat again, I have a doppler but have never been sure if I'm picking up my own heartbeat via the placenta or the babies heartbeat. Today confirmed that I have in fact been listening to my own heartbeat! The midwife struggled to find babies heartbeat, I did panic for a while as they said the annoying reassuring thing which does anything but reassure you "if we can't find it, it isn't anything to worry about, it is completely normal." I could tell how relieved they both were when they found it! Baby is a wriggler, every time they found it baby moved pretty much straight away so we only got to listen for about ten seconds, but it was still amazing. 

As always, this is just my experience, I imagine that all midwifes are a little different and also experiences may vary dependant on location. 


Pregnancy Journey : Week 16 Symptoms

The sickness is still around, I'm sick every morning without fail and other times during the day/evening when I'm suffering with heartburn. The heartburn seems to come every couple of days now. It is really getting me down, I have to keep reminding myself that sick me equals healthy baby.

The phlegm, aka pregnancy rhinitis, is still hanging around and is worse on particularly sicky days.

I have been experiencing really bad pain in my hips and lower back, I've always had joint problems in the form of lax ligaments, when you are pregnant your body releases a hormone called relaxin, which relaxes the ligaments and can make them stretch too far. Combine this with already having lax ligaments and not being able to take the tablets that I have for my problem and you have a very painful situation.

I'm having some very strange dreams lately which is actually quite entertaining for both myself and the people who make an appearance in said dreams. This is the best symptom so far!

Cravings seem to have started which is huge progress as I've not been wanting anything food or drink wise for a while, just forcing things on myself. I've been drinking a lot of Yazoo chocolate milkshake, I'm very particular in that it has to be Yazoo, I've tried a few substitutes and they just don't do it for me. I also quite fancy Coco Pops which I guess is on the same line as the chocolate milk thing. I'm hoping the milk well help with my heartburn a little. 

As for my weight, I put on one pound this week, I'm guessing this is due to my new found chocolate milkshake addiction! I've now lost a total of 9lbs during my pregnancy.

My bump at 17 weeks and 3 days.


What I Wore : Chi Chi Christyn Maxi Dress

Chi Chi Christyn Maxi Dress £19.99 (sale)
Bag LYDC - old


Review & Giveaway : NibNibs

I was generously provided with four tubs of NibNibs so that I could share my thoughts with you guys. 

NibNibs are a quality, British snack. Spencer and I trialled the salt and pepper peanuts, the cheddar cheese straws, the cheddar and spicy chilli straws and cheddar and cheeky onion straws, all of which were very delicious and more-ish. 

Enter below for a chance to win a selection of NibNibs, Visit the website here to find local stockists or buy online. 

Please note that the giveaway prize is not provided by me personally and I will therefore take no responsibility for missing prizes.


Pregnancy Journey : Symptoms Weeks 14 & 15

The sickness is unfortunately still hanging around. I'm sick every morning without fail and am also sick some evenings, usually when suffering with heartburn. I'm struggling with eating once again, there really aren't many foods that I fancy eating at all so I'm just having to force food down me. I have a midwife appointment next week so am going to mention my unhealthy relationship with food to her.

The phlegm, aka pregnancy rhinitis, is still hanging around. 

My skin is starting to clear up, the dryness is pretty much under control now and my spots are slowly fading. 

The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome seems to have stopped for now. 

As for my weight, I have now lost a total of ten pounds - my trousers are now hanging off me but my bump is most definitely growing! 

My bump and HMS Duncan at 16 weeks and 1 day.


Tour : The Revamped Marks & Spencer at Culverhouse Cross

Earlier this evening Spencer and I went along to the newly revamped Marks and Spencer store at Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff. The store has undergone some major changes and is now host to the the largest M&S home range in South Wales, a cafe with over 230 seats indoors & outside seating, a Tasting Kitchen and very impressive fashion departments. 

Being a huge fan of home d├ęcor I couldn't wait to check out their huge home range, and it really didn't disappoint. They have a lot of different collections which are all very on trend and stylish. 

We were given a tour of the newly designed menswear section, both Spencer and I were very impressed with the layout which is perfect for the man who knows what he wants and doesn't want to browse to find it. It is laid out in a simple way which showcases the range of clothes on offer and flows nicely whilst offering a spacious, relaxed shopping environment.

The store officially relaunches tomorrow, 03 September 2014.

I was generously provided with a goody bag, which again shows off some of the range of items available in store, including lovely baby items! 

Thank you Marks & Spencer and Grayling for inviting me along and for the very thoughtful gifts.