Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Third Trimester | Baby Number 3


THE LAST HURDLE 

So we are so close to the finish line and i am so relieved. If you have been following my pregnancy journey then you will know there have been quite a few bumps in the road and i can honestly say this is the last munchkin this mama is having. Three girls is absolutely fine with me, sorry Scott! 
So where do i start!


MENTAL HEALTH


Emotions,anxiety and my depression over the last trimester has been really difficult, life has been slightly hectic. I ended up going on maternity leave early at 30 weeks due to the nature of my job, i work as a community carer and was having to be dropped off in the area that i worked and practically walk around all day and wait around in between my calls, which from 8.30am -3.30pm every day was a complete struggle and SPD has not been kind to me due to this.

BIRTH PLAN

From a confirmed home birth assessment,to being high risk with pre eclampsia, hospitalised twice and  then back down to low risk and back on the home birth ladder,fingers crossed ( and toes!) we can have this home birth and everything runs smoothly.We have had numerous different midwifes and still have not been allocated one which is very unnerving but we know what we want and already having two daughters, and one home birth under my belt i am sure we will be fine.



SYMPTOMS

I have had Braxton Hicks so intense for the last 6 weeks which have made going out and making the most of the girls before little one arrives impossible.Hot flushes have been a nightmare, some nights having two showers just to cool down. Swollen feet,hands ,calfs , you name it , it's probably been swollen, i am still having swollen hands and feet occasionally but this is common now i am 39 weeks +2 and feeling like a whale. My bladder has a mind of it's own and is totally in charge.With having the braxton hicks I ordered some third trimester teas from Amazon in the hope to speed things along, i am still pregnant and still drinking them....





CRAVINGS/FAVOURITES

Still craving mints, although the craving did go down for a few weeks as crunching them was giving me acid re flux, but now that has gone i am back on the mint bad wagon, have cracked my tooth but still crunching the damn things!
Also cola push ups from Aldi have become a firm favourite, over the last few weeks the UK  has had some glorious weather and also my cool it mama from the midwife in a box has been a godsend for cooling me down.



STRETCH MARKS

I have been so busy this pregnancy i have totally neglected my bump and it shows!. I have accumulated so many stretch marks and there is no going back now with them. Honestly though, being a mother of nearly 3, stretch marks and all the wobbly bits that come with pregnancy and afterwards do not  bother me. My body has carried 3 precious children and if the proof of that is a few tiger strips, i am totally happy with that.


My last pregnancy update, i really can not believe it is nearly all over, even though it has been an eventful pregnancy, to hold my munchkin at the end of it will be worth it.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Midwife In A Box Gift Set | The Natural Birthing Company


Pregnancy has its ups and downs, some of the downs for me this time have brought me to tears, really bad hot flushes, piles,yes i will hold my hands up and say that piles have been a nightmare third time round and quite frankly being a working mother of two plus pregnant is harder than you think!.


Over the last few months i have had the chance to try out the Midwife in a box by the lovely team at The Natural Birthing Company.Full of beautiful, natural products developed by midwives , i have got to say i was so excited to receive it, it felt like a lovely treat, which sometimes us mums don't have the time for.


This gift set contains all four of their full sized products,which can also be re purchased separately, and 2x luxurious organic cotton flannels,which are softer than a babies bum!

It has also recently won 5 awards in the beauty shortlist Mama & Baby awards 

Best Mama to be Brand - UK
Best Gift for mums-to-be (Midwife in a Box)
Best Perineum Massage Oil (Down Below) 
Editors Choice Winner x2 (Pure Bliss & Cool it Mama)

which is incredible and well deserved!


The contents inside includes:

Cool it mama - cooling body spritz 100ml
Down below- Perineal massage oil 50ml
Pure bliss  - soothing postnatal compress solution 50ml
Bosom buddies- Breastfeeding oils 3x10ml
Two organic cotton unbleached flannels


Beautifully packaged and as soon as i opened the box i could smell the gorgeous aromas, all these products are full of natural ingredients, easy guide on how to apply them,i knew this box was going to be amazing. 


My two favourite products from this box

  Cool it mama cooling body spritz. It has helped control my hot flushes, especially now i am at the end of my pregnancy and due any day. Neroli and Ylang Ylang are great oils for calming down anxiety, which are key ingredients in this spray and have helped me wind down of an evening.

Down below perineal massage oil. Even though i have had two babies already, one of my worries is to tear or having to be cut. This oil contains rosehip, which brings elasticity and regeneration to the skin, this oil is also good for stretch marks and itchy skin, which i have also suffered with.

I would highly recommend this gift set to any pregnant mummies out there and new mums, the products are amazing and it would be the perfect gift for anyone expecting a little bundle of joy.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Dreamgenii Review & Give Away



As you are all probably aware, as i have moaned, i mean mentioned it a few times!, sleep throughout this pregnancy has practically been non existent. I went 2 months with sleeping in with the children and on the sofa to try any means of getting myself and bump comfy, failing ever time.




The Dreamgenii pregnancy support and feeding pillow has been amazing for me!. For how compact it is ,i really didn't think it would be as effective as it has been.




THE AWARD WINNING PREGNANCY PILLOW

Aids restful sleep
Supports your bump,back and knees
Helps you to lie on your left side, which is the best position for you and bump
Prevents you from rolling over onto your back
Encourages maximum blood flow between mother and baby whilst asleep
Helps you to achieve optimal foetal positioning
Doubles as a feeding support pillow
Is actually recommended by midwives

Also 1 in 4 women actually suffer with SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and i am one of them sufferers, it got to the stage where i had to leave work early to go on maternity leave as the pain was that intense. I can gladly say that the Dremgenni has eased off the SPD by an incredible amount, even just taking 5 minutes to rest with the pillow helps.


There is so much to this little pillow, it is super soft and so simple top use. It is shaped as a number 7 so you can not go wrong with getting into position, unless your ready for your little human to come out and can barely see your toes! :)

Video review is up on our channel too if you fancy a watch, link is below :)
https://youtu.be/o-gKxE3I544



The lovely team at Dreamgenni are offering my lovely readers and subscribers a chance to win one of their gorgeous pillows. All you have to do is enter below and keep your fingers and toes crossed!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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