🤰🏻 3 1 W E E K S 🤰🏻 D-9 weeks & we are like so not ready but that's ok because apparently, neither is baby. I had to go for a growth scan last week as baby was measuring small. I have a long torso & a (reasonably) strong core so I've always measured small. I can happily report that baby is at the 50th percentile, meaning she is of average size. However, baby is also currently breech which means she is sat on her bottom, rather than head down by the exit. At least this explains why I've felt so much kicking in my nether regions & why I feel like I need to pee constantly! If she doesn't turn herself around, I will need to have a c-section. I mentioned this on my stories last week & a few of you DM'd me with recommendations to get baby to move around, which was very kind of you all, but here's the thing: I don’t want her to turn! Let’s get this one out of the sunroof. I know, shock horror, I'm confessing to wanting a c-section. Liv was pulled out with forceps after a traumatic labour. 10 years later, I did a hypnobirthing course & I 'breathed' Jasmine out in a planned homebirth which was amazing but I've done my time. My pelvis & sacroiliac joints have struggled as has my pelvic floor. I proactively take care of them; my pelvic floor was super strong before falling pregnant again, thanks to training correctly but it took ages to get everything strong & working efficiently again & I don’t have the luxury of time as I need to be back at work by September. If I can't lift, I can't work. If I can't jump, I can't work. It would really effect my livelihood. Also, I'm scared to go through it again. To all those people that told me growing up that I have child-bearing hips, NO.I.DO.NOT! I felt like I was going to die both times. If I can avoid feeling that way again, I will! For the record, one of my besties had 2 BIG boys & popped them out in a birthing pool, no problemo & another's 3rd just fell out! I don’t want to scare you. A c-section is major surgery but I will have support immediately after as the parentals are coming over this time. So, let’s see what happens with this one. Please don’t judge me. #mybabymybodymybirth #pregnancylabels #bumpfie #breechbaby
🤰🏻 3 0 W E E K S 🤰🏻 Morning! Excuse the face mask but my skin is soooo dry right now, it needs all the help it can get! 🤣 Here is me at 30 weeks pregnant today. I saw a post recently that I genuinely don’t think had any negative intent but it did make reference to women who are about as far gone as I am & still look slim. I think we need to be careful not to slim/lean shame people. I know I’m in control of how I respond to things but reading that post did alienate me and made me feel like I’m making others that are pregnant feel bad for being bigger than me. The thing is, we ARE all different and I’m not joking when I say, I get major bump envy & wish that I looked more pregnant for how far gone I am. 😊 I’ve also got the benefit of experience. This is my third pregnancy. I put on 4.5 stone with Livi and 3.5 stone with Jasmine. The novelty of eating for 2 has kinda worn off. I also worked in a sedentary job at Microsoft with the previous 2, whereas now I’m a PT, I have a toddler to run around after & I fly solo during the week most weeks, so I am constantly on the go. As a result, this is my leanest pregnancy so far but my ass & hips are HUGE! 🤣 That said, with all 3 pregnancies, I have been sent for growth scans because baby is allegedly measuring small. I have a really long torso and a strong core so I’ve never had a big bump, regardless of weight gain and my babies manage to hide themselves deep in my tummy. Livi came a week early and weighed 7lbs 1 and Jasmine came 4 days after her due date and weighed 8lbs. Not tiny babies. I am due to go for a scan any day now as I’m measuring too small again. The midwife knows this is common with me but she can’t ignore the numbers, so I’m waiting for the call to go in. I know it’s common for me but it doesn’t stop me worrying & searching online & self-diagnosing. I wish bump & I were bigger so that I didn’t have to worry now. Going back to my point, don’t assume that it’s all body confidence & roses for the slimmer pregnant mums out there. We’re all in it together ❤️ & what I’m lacking in weight gain, I’m making up for in raging hormones!🤬🤯🥵🤣
🤰🏻 2 9 W E E K S 🤰🏻 HAPPY NEW YEAR, LOVELY PEOPLE! Let me start by saying that if you haven’t already, check out my stories and if they’ve disappeared, go to my highlights (on insta) and watch the NO DETOX stories. Don’t be fooled into quick fix solutions for fat loss and definitely don’t be fooled into thinking you need to undo the excesses of the festive season. You don’t. Tis the season and all that! Just enjoy it for what it was. #noguilt Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to want to start feeling fresher and healthier but you know you can do that by simply moving more, getting more fresh air and eating nutritiously dense food! You don’t need to do any special diet plan or detox. I am offering out my mindset and nutrition ebook, Ignition, for FREE, to help get you on your way to feeling and looking healthier and stronger, from the inside out. Simply DM me your email address and I’ll send it through to you. Ignition is a lifestyle - not a diet or a quick fix. There is no counting calories or macros or weighing food - just straight forward portion control and foods that will make you feel and function better. 👍🏼 I haven’t been great at sticking to the lifestyle while I’ve been pregnant but for the most part, it’s still the way that I eat and it’s the plan that I will follow postpartum, to help shift the freshly acquired fat! 🤣 I can’t believe I’ve only got 11 weeks of pregnancy to go! I mean, where the flipping hell is the time going? Bumparoo has definitely expanded these last few weeks! I love it! Mildly concerned that this baby is way more active than the previous 2... there may be trouble ahead! 🤦🏻♀️ Back to work next week and then only 8 weeks to go until maternity leave! Eeeek!
Dress: @topshop maternity bodycon on sale for £15! I’m an 8 pre-pregnancy and it’s true to size 👍🏼
💚 L I V I 💚
She Is My First Daughter © Dan Patten: Published: February 2006 (the month and year that Livi was born 💚) “She is
so far charted that I doubt I can
remember the journey.
lost in all her findings,
beautiful in all her discoveries
and I am jealous of her innocence.
across the floors
with a box, dragging in her hand
and she whines
for a look into its contents.
full of wonderment
and I sink to the kitchen floor
and hope that I could walk with her.
and it's as if she's never laughed before
her heart knows only what it misses
she kisses me
puckered lips, she leans in to give me
such a sweet gesture of love
my first daughter, my after-work joy,
my love-laugh bundle
full of more excitement than I knew existed.” She may have got glitter all over the Airbnb we stayed in 🙈🤣 but she is just the best big sister and a dreamy daughter. We only have Liv every other Christmas and it’s only a matter of time before she chooses to spend it elsewhere, so the Christmases that she’s with us are super special for us and I savour the time we have together. 💚 (All the green hearts because green’s her favourite colour! 😊💚)