the second trimester

My Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

This trimester has felt long. What makes it feel even longer is the fact that no one can decide precisely when this one ends and the third begins! Seriously, my book and Bounty tells me week 26, NHS says 27 and other people say week 28 so I have given up guessing and am bringing this update to you around a time when I feel that I am getting bigger and things have definitely moved on. Continue reading “My Pregnancy: The Second Trimester”

birth reflections meeting

My Pregnancy: Birth Reflections Meeting

When I had Jake on Christmas Day 2013 it ended in a very traumatic emergency c-section which affected me for quite a while after. I wasn’t offered any extra help afterwards, any counselling or explanations about what happened. All I had to go on was what I could vaguely remember from my time in the hospital and the bits that my husband relayed back. It was a long, exhausting labour and when you have been pulled and prodded, checked and injected, seen countless faces and gone through an epidural and a spinal block, then surgery everything becomes a blur and the facts and details are lost.  Continue reading “My Pregnancy: Birth Reflections Meeting”

why exercise during pregnancy is important

Why Exercise During Pregnancy Is Important

Gone are the days of taking it easy, sitting back with your feet up and eating for two… New research shows that none of this is good for either Mother or baby. I probably did way too much of all of this during my first pregnancy which led to weight gain and a longer recovery from my emergency c-section. I found that my lack of strength really had a knock on effect on my energy levels, on my core returning to its original state and I was at the heaviest I had ever been. It took me around a year to feel able to return to exercise after an unsuccessful attempt at 6 months which would lead to severe abdominal pain after each class for a few days after. I just wasn’t ready.  Continue reading “Why Exercise During Pregnancy Is Important”

speedbump maternity activewear review

SpeedBump Maternity Activewear Review

Staying fit and healthy during this pregnancy was something I had decided upon even before I fell with this little guy. I wouldn’t say that my first pregnancy was unhealthy but I wasn’t partaking in any exercise classes and I really did use being pregnant as an excuse to take things easy. This all changed after he was born and I have been actively going to workout classes since Jake was about a year old so my fitness and strength have both increased in the last 3 years. This has meant that since finding out I was expecting with baby number 2 I haven’t had to alter my usual workouts of using kettlebells, Barbells, Bulgarian bags, TRX and other activities within my HIIT classes because my body is used to the level I have been working at. However, as my shape began to Continue reading “SpeedBump Maternity Activewear Review”

the gender reveal

Our Gender Reveal!

If you have been following my blog you would have noticed a few *ahem* posts about me being pregnant. The last significant one being about why we were choosing to find out the sex of our baby. So, today was the day…

I was so nervous as we drove to the hospital, which is strange because I wasn’t expecting to feel this way. When we found out with Jake we were convinced the baby was a girl. It’s daft how you can build up an idea Continue reading “Our Gender Reveal!”

8 items you dont need to go out and buy for your newborn

8 Items You Don’t Need To Go Out And Buy For Your Newborn

As soon as that positive line appears on the pregnancy test the overwhelming urge to make a mad dash to Mothercare kicks in as quickly as your pregnancy hormones do! However, it can be so easy to take one look at all the cutesy items, the cuddly toys and matching nursery furniture and suddenly your credit card is taking a battering that it doesn’t necessarily need. What very few people tell you is Continue reading “8 Items You Don’t Need To Go Out And Buy For Your Newborn”