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Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

I can’t believe it’s week¬†36 already!

… I can now say the end of this pregnancy is almost near. ūüôā

Pregnancy: 36 weeks | The Greenwich Mummy

I’ve been logging back into my BabyCentre forum (May 2016 board) and discovered there are a few of us May mums that have met their bubbas already. According to the BabyCentre website babies born from 37 weeks are considered full-term which is a relief. I have been suffering with Braxton Hicks contractions since about 28 weeks pregnant so I am very glad I haven’t popped just yet. ūüôā They also say that you feel the pain, BH contractions etc much more in subsequent pregnancies as the muscles are already stretched out and slacked.

How I’m feeling…

Most days I feel good mentally but physically I am exhausted. Emotionally; it’s hit-and-miss but predominately good (… when I’m not screaming at LO for jumping off the sofa and onto the armchair across the room!).

I’ve been a busy bunny this week; LO returned back to nursery this Tuesday which gave¬†me some time to clean the house, wash Baby Girl’s clothes and work on an¬†illustration. I think I am reaching that “nesting” phase in pregnancy though I am not as obsessive about cleaning as much as I was when I was pregnant with LO.

What I’ve been up to…

I went along with a friend to a pregnancy yoga class in Camden last weekend and definitely recommend any expecting mum to give it a try no matter what semester you’re in. It’s very gentle but you do work up a bit of a sweat… Well, I did a little so maybe that’s just me. The class was held by TriYoga – they have branches all around London but we went on Saturday morning which was the Camden class.

After our lovely yoga sesh, my friend and I went to a nearby vegan/vegetarian restaurant for lunch. She had a lovely salad and I opted for a halloumi cheese and grilled aubergine burger which was incredibly tasty and low in carbs which was great for me.

Yesterday, I met up with my sisters for a lovely lunch at Big Easy in Canary Wharf. It was lovely to get out and have a nice day out with my siblings and I really enjoyed their company. LO was at nursery so it was like a little luxury for me to be out without the little one.

A busy few weeks ahead

As I like to keep busy, I have a few things scheduled for the next few weeks. Tomorrow (Saturday) I have my friend’s baby shower which I am hosting and somewhat a part of as I am celebrating it as my ‘baby sprinkle’ too ūüôā I’m not having a shower this time as I think one for the first child but as I’m having a girl this time, a “sprinkle” will do. ūüôā Then the week after, I have what may be my last pregnancy massage before birth – I’ve also booked it with a facial. Then at the start of May, I will be heading down to Cowshed at¬†Shoreditch house with my mother-to-be friend for a lovely maternity leg/foot treatment and on bank holiday Monday, I will be meeting up with my friend for waffles at a lovely dessert bar although I will probably have just a diet coke float.

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Pregnancy: 34 Weeks

Only 6 weeks left until my due date! Eeeeek – not long to go now…

I’ve started my maternity leave as of last week. A little early I know but to be honest I am glad I have taken it now as I can really feel how much my body craves sleep and rest. I have to see a diabetic nurse for the gestational diabetes so the early leave has worked out well for me. This weekend I will be witnessing a school friend’s wedding which will be great fun and amazing but I am scared that my readings are going to get ruined as I am helping with some of the wedding arrangements and don’t think I will be able to eat properly. I also think the wedding reception menu will have a lot of carbs so I am going to have to really watch it.

Diet

It’s been good, I’ve been trying my best to control it with my new diet plan but I still find myself cheating every now and then but it’s okay because I make sure I count the calories and carbs so I don’t go over my limit. I found that following a low GI diet has helped me a lot. By knowing which carb foods can push up my blood sugars and which carbs are slow-releasing allows me to eat a good amount and get a good reading.

I have to make sure that I test my blood sugars daily – four times a day to be precise! The tips of my fingers are starting to get sore from the pricking. ūüė¶¬†It also helps that¬†I have regular¬†appointments (every 2 weeks) with the diabetic nurse to¬†make sure I stay on track and help me manage my GD better. The last time I visited she warned me that I may have to start taking medication if my body can’t manage on diet alone but I think it can. I just needed help understanding the whole low/high GI foods which I now understand much better.

Body

My belly button is sticking out now. The skin is very taut and sometimes a little itchy. I find it really hard to sleep as well, my sides are starting to ache due to the pressure of my body weight on my side. As baby girl’s feet was always poking under my diaphragm and ribs, I kept feeling like I had acid reflux when I was sleeping. I realised that I just needed my head raised higher than the rest of my body so I used my nursing pillow to sleep on which has really helped. It’s actually really comfortable sleeping on the nursing pillow as well and I am so glad I bought a new one as I sold my previous one after LO no longer needed it.

I have been slacking with the exercise so I need to start doing it again. A pregnant friend of mine has invited me to pregnancy yoga in a couple of week’s time so I cannot wait for that. I need to also start picking up the pregnancy pilates class again. All the stretching from the class should help alleviate some of the tension in my body and help to strengthen my body for birth.

Well-being

I’ve been pretty chilled so far but it’s starting to settle in how close I am to meeting baby girl now. It’s making me a little apprehensive – I think I worry a lot when I have an idea of what’s going to happen. When I was pregnant with LO I didn’t have a care in the world and just took every day as it came and only stressed out a little bit a couple of weeks before he was born. This time however, I think because I know what to expect, I am kind of looking out for the signs which is really annoying as I can’t just CHILL OUT sometimes. I think also because I am expecting baby girl to come early, I am just really anxious. I’ve got a few spa treatments lined up for end of April/beginning of May so hopefully I can take my mind of things after then. For now, I will keep myself pre-occupied with baking, making, and blogging. ūüôā

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Pregnancy: On the hunt for a “pretty” nursing bra

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Who said maternity lingerie had to be frumpy looking? Most maternity bras on the market for us mums-to-be nowadays have better shapes, are really comfy and designed to look good and feel good. (Finally!)

In my recent search I came across so many maternity lingerie brands; some names that I really liked and recognised, others that I hadn’t heard of, or didn’t like the look of. Most of the bras though looked amazing and seemed like they would feel comfy too. Maternity bras comes mainly in three types; non-nursing, nursing, and sleeping. I definitely want a nursing bra as I will be breastfeeding Baby Girl and will need something to see me through those booby-milk days but I want something that would be comfortable enough to fall asleep in too.

I really loved my Emma Jane nursing bra that was given to me at LO’s baby shower and I practically lived in it for the whole 6 months that I breastfed LO however it really unattractive and frumpy looking so this time, I just¬†want something just a little bit “prettier”.

Here’s my wishlist of the nursing bras¬†I’ve found online which I really like…

Heidi Klum IntimatesThe Greenwich Mummy | Lingerie: Maternity Bras

This nursing bra by Heidi Klum Intimates looks comfortable yet stylish. I love the black and cream colour because it’s just simple and the design is one that I think I would wear on a daily basis. Also, as it’s a nursing bra, it’ll see me through my breastfeeding days so no need to switch from a non-nursing to nursing bra.


Hot MilkThe Greenwich Mummy | Maternity Lingerie & Bras

I really love this bra by Hot Milk. It looks like my Emma Jane nursing bra that I had when I gave birth to LO which was sooo comfy but I’m not going to lie – it looked hideous and didn’t sit well under my clothes. However this one seems to look smoother and seamless so it shouldn’t be visible under my clothes. I love comfort and rate it more higher than looks so this bra will probably be my first nursing bra purchase.

 


Amoralia

nougatine-ig-matbranewThis beautiful silk-soft stretch satin and lace bra by Amoralia looks absolutely amazing. The luxurious design doesn’t compromise the functional or practical aspects of the bra. The material is stretchy so it’ll mould and move with your body, not against it. So no chaffing underarms or irritated/itchy nipples and cleavage – woop woop! The bra comes in the black/cream version which is pretty but my favourite is the nude/cream colour.

 


Topshop Maternity

ts44u18ippk_zoom_f_1This lovely bra from the Topshop Maternity collection. It’s a very simple looking maternity bra – a little cute albeit – and is very much a basic essential maternity bra. It’s the cheapest out of all the bras I’ve mentioned in this post which I am a little scared will reflect in the quality of the material. I mean, Topshop is my go-to place for clothing (especially denim jeans!) however for my maternity wear… I am not 100% sold on it yet. I will need to go to the shops to try it out and see. It may just surprise me!

Former yummy mummies, if you have any recommendations that you can offer me it will be greatly appreciated!

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Pregnancy: 30 weeks

I am now 30 weeks pregnant! Yay! ūüôā

Pregnancy: 30 weeks

I am now the start of the third trimester which is the last stretch before baby is born. I can’t believe there is just 10 weeks left to go! *scared face*

Bump

Bump is still very neat I think which is good even though I feel completely massive.. Her little tushie is always pushing against the bottom of my ribcage which is very uncomfortable but she’s so active she’s not stuck under there for long.

Sleep

Sleep is becoming more of a challenge now bump is bigger and she moves a lot when I’m sleeping. I’m also getting very hot at night – the heating is always on as Daddy P gets cold easily – which is part of the reason my sleep is broken… That and the fact I need to wake up several times in the night for toilet trips!

Diet

The gestational diabetes (GD) has returned for this pregnancy but as the reading¬†is low, I should only need occasional meet ups with the diabetic nurse and dietician. I’ve been good in terms of portion control and carb/sugar management but my diet needs improving. I constantly find myself reaching out for the fatty, greasy foods as I know it won’t affect my blood sugars. *hides face in hands*

Exercise

Strength training and prenatal Pilates are my forms of exercise at the moment. Pilates is a weekly class that helps to strengthen my muscles and will help me to keep my body supple in preparation for birth. The strength training is NOT hardcore – I’m just using ankle/wrist weights (2.5lbs each) with a lot more breathing techniques and stretching exercises combined. I’ve never exercised before and now that I am bigger, I don’t want to over work myself.

Well-being

My overall well-being is good. I’m relaxed most of the time and as I only work part-time I do have a lot of flexibility which suits me very well. Daddy P also helps out which is great as LO is very… spirited shall we put it. ūüôā I’ve also bought some new skincare products so treated myself a bit and will be off to a spa next week so that will be a lovely treat.

I’m myself myself sane and creative by sketching and painting regularly and now in the middle of redecorating the house. Not a major revamp but just a little lick of paint here and there and buying some new decor to spruce up the house. ūüôā

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Pregnancy: My battle with gestational diabetes

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In 2013 when I was pregnant with LO, I was diagnosed with¬†gestational diabetes. I was shocked don’t get me wrong but not overly surprised as there’s history of diabetes on both sides of my family (maternal and paternal).

I did my best to make sure I kept my blood sugar levels within the normal range and had to attend a lot of hospital appointments, take medication, get scanned frequently to ensure baby wasn’t growing too big (the only perk if I can call it that!) and testing my blood with a finger-pricking device everyday… 3-4 times a day. That was not a perk at all.

The GD¬†returns…

When I discovered I was pregnant again, I knew in the back of my mind that the likelihood of GD returning in this pregnancy was high. So naturally, I tried to eat well, watched my intake of carbs and sugars, and controlled my portion intake in a bid to not get that positive result.

However it seems that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t defeat the inevitable. The good thing is that my reading this time was only just¬†over the normal range at 8 (last time it was 12!) – I think the top end of the normal range is 7. I can’t really remember what the number represents but it’s something to do with the level of blood sugar in the body.

I am slightly crest-fallen as I was planning to have a water birth with this pregnancy as I couldn’t the last time and now I know for sure I am definitely not going to be able to opt for it again. It’s something I was really looking forward to and feel a little bit ‘stripped’ of my pregnancy privileges.

Exercise

So this time round I am not going to just sit about like the health professionals recommended the first time round, I will exercise and do as much as I can without hurting myself of course.

I am starting my prenatal pilates class this week and I’m still strength training at home but only on a weekly basis now as I think I trapped a nerve from Saturday when I tried to make a dash for the bus… not good. I stopped swimming but may have to pick it back up and go either once a week or once every two weeks. Swimming is a great form of exercise, especially when pregnant too because the body is weightless in water making it a better option on the body and the joints.

Healthy eating

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Healthy eating during a GD pregnancy [Photo Credit: Diabetes UK]

In addition to portion control and carb/sugar management, the other ways of eating healthy is to choose “better” options – better carbs means looking for those complex carbs as to simple carbs. So swapping the white bread for brown or wholemeal bread, eating rice cakes instead of bread sticks and so on. It’s an exhausting process sometimes as when you’re pregnant all you want to do is be able to eat without thinking too much about what is in it, etc… *sighs*

This article by Diabetes.org offers some great advice on eating healthy with GD and I highly recommend other mums who have also been diagnosed with gestational diabetes to take a look.

Not the end of the world…

It really isn’t. Best thing of all is that it usually disappears as soon as baby is born too so not all is lost. You get offered another GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) when you are about 6-8 weeks postpartum so they can check that the GD is definitely gone (usually the case).

One “highlight”, if one can call it that, of having GD is the fact that the docs won’t let baby get too big so you won’t have to worry about delivering a 9lb baby. Babies from mothers diagnosed with GD are usually bigger than babies from mothers without GD because as the mother’s body cannot regulate the blood sugar with insulin, the sugar passes straight through to baby making them increase abnormally in size. For this reason, pregnant women with GD are always given an induction date. You will need to be induced before your induction date if they suspect baby is too big or if there are any other complications.

Luckily for me, LO came early (he was born on the day I was supposed to be induced) and was within normal size at 6lb 2oz so my delivery that time was a good one.

I hope this pregnancy ends smoothly like the last one!

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Pregnancy: Exercise or nah?

Is it really a good idea to start exercising during your pregnancy or not?

The Greenwich Mummy | Exercise During Pregnancy
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The docs and midwives will tell you it’s not recommended to start exercising during your pregnancy if you were never “active” before. So for me, in my first pregnancy I didn’t bother with exercise. Not even a single prenatal workout DVD or attempting prenatal pilates or yoga. I also suffered from Gestational Diabetes (GD) in my third trimester and exercise would’ve been able to help me keep it under control but as I was told I was not an active person before, it wouldn’t be a good time to start exercising. Looking back, I wish I didn’t listen to that advice.

During this pregnancy¬†I’ve seen¬†photos all over Instagram and Pinterest of mums-to-be doing¬†strength training (lifting weights), doing pilates¬†and yoga, running and sweating and it’s¬†shown me that being ‘strong’¬†is a good thing, even whilst being pregnant.

When I entered my second trimester I had my midwife appointment and they reminded me of that¬†dreaded Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) that I’d have to do around 28 weeks as I had GD in the past. I don’t want to get it again and will avoid it if I can by changing my ways now. I have been ‘better’ in this pregnancy – cutting down on my sugars, watching the calorie intake and portion control and feel that I’ve done quite well so far. I purchased a workout DVD which I gave up on in the end but decided recently to go for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer that specialises in pre- and post-natal exercise.

(I mentioned my experience in my previous post here)

It was a great 1hr session and Shenda taught me the moves that I could do during pregnancy and gave me a workout plan to use for the duration of my pregnancy. So now that I am equipped with the knowledge, workout plan, all that’s left is to add in a few pregnancy pilates or yoga class here and there and the occasional swimming session should technically help me keep fit and healthy and keep getting GD at bay for now. If it turns out that I am positive for GD it won’t be the end of the world but the exercising and healthy eating should keep it under control.

Here are some lovely photos I came across on Instagram of expecting mums keeping fit during pregnancy¬†ūüôā

#fitpregnancy

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Pregnancy: 26 weeks today!

Hurrah! Six and a half months already.
I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone!

The Greenwich Mummy | Pregnancy: 26 weeks
The Greenwich Mummy | 26 weeks today!

This pregnancy was similar to my first pregnancy with LO but I’ve been more tired and more achy earlier on. Maybe it’s because my muscles aren’t as strong as the first time round. For that reason, I have been trying to adopt a more healthier, active lifestyle this time round.

I’ve started to exercise lightly at home and also tried to eat healthier to avoid my chances of getting GD (Gestational Diabetes) again. I’m due for a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) at 28wks so will update you all on my results once I’ve got them… I’m hoping it’s negative but with a family history of diabetes and being positive for GD in my last pregnancy my chances of getting it again is “HIGHLY LIKELY”. *crestfallen face*

At the start of my second trimester I decided to purchase a pre-natal workout DVD. I bought Erin O’Brien’s Complete Pregnancy Fitness DVD from Amazon for about ¬£12.00 with free delivery¬†which was great. I used the DVD about two weeks then got bored of using it even though it is a really good workout. I don’t know why but I can never take¬†workout DVDs seriously.

The Greenwich Mummy | Pregnancy 26 weeks
Erin O’Brien’s pre-natal workout DVD

I eventually halted all exercise until about a few weeks ago when I decided to purchase some ankle weights to start strength training as my back felt a little achy. I combined home exercises with a weekly swim session and felt amazingly rejuvenated. The best I’ve felt since the pregnancy as I’ve always been really tired and exhausted.

Earlier on Monday, I met up with local personal trainer Shenda Falvey who also specialises in pre- and post-natal¬†exercise for a one-on-one¬†session. Shenda created a personal workout plan for me to use for the duration of my pregnancy. Most of the moves can be carried out standing and seated (on a ball or floor) which means I can easily adapt my moves¬†as I progress and bump gets bigger. Most of the moves Shenda showed me I had already heard about¬†but didn’t know how to do them properly so it was great for her to show me the correct technique way. She also¬†taught me to watch out for my posture and positioning which is very important when exercising.

Shenda teaches her personal sessions at home and also hosts bootcamps which are held outdoors in Greenwich. She’s one of the best personal trainers out there from what I was able to search online and the fact that she is a specialist in pre-and post-natal exercise makes it all that much better.

(you can check out her website by clicking here)

So teamed with my personal workout plan, I’m going to purchase some extra weights, workout ball, a¬†pilates mat, and yoga socks. I’ve found a prenatal pilates class at The Greenwich Centre which is my local GLL leisure centre. It’s about ¬£7-10 per class so it’s affordable.

Time to get strong, physically and mentally! ūüôā

M&P Parents To Be Event

Mamas & Papas Parents-To-Be Event Returns!

Are you an expecting a little one soon or do you know of anyone who is? If the answer is yes then keep reading or share this post with the expecting parents & let them know about this wonderful event.

Mamas & Papas are holding another special Parents-to-be event across the UK. Its 100% free, all you have to do is visit their website to book your place.

What time and where?

It’s on Sunday 22nd November 2015¬†(London stores) and there are various other places it’s being held too. Just check the link¬†below¬†for the list of locations and to book your place. It’s from¬†11:00am and lasts for 2 hours.

http://bespoke.bookingbug.com/mamas-and-papas/index_events.html

What’s going to be there?

Probably the same as the one last summer, I’m guessing there’ll be product demos, tips, discounts on products and much more.¬†It should be a brilliant turn out just like the last one¬†so what are you waiting for? Click the link above to find your nearest participating store and book your free ticket!

About Mamas & Papas 
Mamas & Papas is the leading brand for prams, pushchairs, car seats, cots, highchairs, nursery furniture, bedding and toys. M&P have 37 independent stores and over 100 specially selected stockists in the UK as well as an extensive online store to shop from.

Click here to visit the M&P website

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Mamas & Papas Parents To Be Event: August 2015

M&P Parents To Be Event

Are you an expecting mother or father? Or you know of anyone who is then share this post and let them know about this wonderful event. I came across it in my email as I’m subscribed to the Mamas & Papas newsletter and they are holding a special Parents-to-be event across the UK. Its 100% free, all you have to do is visit their website to book your place.

Hurry though as most London venues are already fully booked (Westfield Stratford City & Westfield White City) but there are still some places left at other venues.

What time and where?

It’s on Sunday 16th August and there are various places it’s being held, check the link¬†below¬†for the list and to book your place. It’s from 10:00am til 12:00pm noon so best to arrive on time to get the best experience.

http://www.mamasandpapas.com/store-events/parents-to-be-event/1

What’s going to be there?

There’ll be product demos, tips from healthcare professionals and even first-aid advice from the Red Cross.¬†It should be a brilliant turn out so you’ll have a chance to speak to other parents-to-be and new parents and maybe even make a few new mummy/daddy friends! ūüôā

You’ll also receive a free goody bag¬†(while stocks last) and there will be drinks and nibbles upon arrival – just fab!

I’m not expecting another baby any time soon and LO is a little too old for me to get any benefits from this event but it was such a fabulous thing to see in my email, I just¬†had to share with you all… plus it’s on LO’s bday so I will be busy planning his day to attend!

About Mamas & Papas 
Mamas & Papas is the leading brand for prams, pushchairs, car seats, cots, highchairs, nursery furniture, bedding and toys. M&P have 37 independent stores and over 100 specially selected stockists in the UK as well as an extensive online store to shop from.

www.mamasandpapas.com

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol”

I was a bit¬†stuck (well not really, I wanted to take a different route but couldn’t think of anything else) so decided to choose something¬†of a¬†sentimental value to me and¬†other mothers out there. My¬†symbol for this week’s challenge is of my pregnancy belly or ‘bump’ to put it politely. ūüôā

To me, pregnancy¬†symbolises love, life, growth, existence, beauty and nature. It’s so fascinating how another human life can exist and grow in another’s body. I think pregnancy is the probably the only time when a woman is more than happy to pile on as many¬†pounds as she can and still feel/look seriously good.

I managed to take a pregnancy ‘bump’ photo every month leading up to my birth as part of my visual pregnancy diary¬†and wanted to share with you all for this week’s photo challenge… enjoy!

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I loved my pregnancy body especially when my bump was fully showing. Even now, when I see mother-to-be’s with their developed bumps it makes me broody and just brings back all the memories. You don’t realise how quick those 9 months carrying a baby feels like once it’s passed. I hope you enjoyed the photos.Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature