Week 39 pregnancy update

15 days to go ’til due-date – what we’ve been up to…

It’s been a busy week for Bean, the other half and me….

  • Had a scan a week ago to make sure baby was in the right position (as he/she was still in breech a few weeks before) – good news: Bean is head-down πŸ™‚
  • While we were there, my blood pressure was a bit high which the consultant was a bit worried about so I’ve had to go up to the hospital to get it checked 3 times since then (yesterday’s reading was ok at 148/95 but still a bit high) – we’ll be back up there again today
  • Had the whopping cough vaccination
  • Had a hospital tour (both wards: midwife-led (amazing!!) and consultant-led)
  • Had a fun afternoon out with my team, learning how to decorate cupcakes
  • Finished work yesterday
  • Pretty much finished the new kitchen
  • Chose which outfits we’re taking to the hospital for Bean πŸ™‚

I also had a busy but lovely weekend catching up with friends and going to a lovely christening.. and all the time, the sun has been shining πŸ™‚

Private room in the maternity-led unit, UHW
Private room in the maternity-led unit, UHW

Things I’ve learnt in the last few weeks about pregnancy, myself and blood pressure!

These things aren’t great for blood pressure so late in your pregnancy:

  • Sending your work handover emails just a couple of days before you finish
  • Still clearing your desk minutes before you need to finish work
  • Travelling to London for your last vendor meeting just a week before you finish work
  • Giving a presentation to 60-70 peers in your last week (and just doing the slides that morning, and not practising!)
  • Having a new kitchen fitted πŸ˜‰

Having said all that, I’m actually surprised that my blood pressure is a bit high – I feel pretty good but the things listed above were probably on my mind… to offset it I went back to NCT yoga this week, and I’ve been reading ‘Spiritual Midwifery’ (Ina May Gaskin) and ‘Hypnobirthing’ Marie Mongan) – more on those in another post but they have both helped to relax me!

Any other pregnancy updates?

Total weight gained: 2 stone (28 lbs/12.8 kgs)

New purchases: TENS machine (still in box), PJ bottoms for hospital

Baby’s movement: Plenty, especially during the early hoursΒ of the morning

Sleep: see above

Gifts:

  • see photos for work gifts (I’m a very lucky girl),
  • we also picked up the car seat and moses basket which friends are very kindly lending us
  • my friend Fran gave us a really cute babygro from John Lewis
  • my friend Zoe gave us some handy towels for the changing mat, a teddy thatΒ Bean can play with from day 1, very cute scratch mitts and she lent me another book and gave me some nipple cream πŸ™‚
Leaving gifts from work: spa treat, cupcakes, teddy and babygro :)
Leaving gifts from work: spa treat, cupcakes, teddy and babygro πŸ™‚

 

orange and pink flowers
Beautiful flowers from an agency we work with

Best pregnancy beauty products for mums-to-be

My favourite maternity beauty products

I’ve been spoilt rotten with beauty products during my pregnancy – I was given a LOAD for Christmas (when I was 4 months pregnant), some more by friends during an impromptu mini-baby-shower…. and I’ve treated myself to a few pieces πŸ™‚

I’ve always enjoyed baths, but since being pregnant I’ve enjoyed them a million times more, especially as my legs have become achier and achier! With all the baths, and all the products I was given, I’ve really enjoyed pampering my body far more than I ever have before – using scrub and lotion/cream every time I wash!

So what do I think is worth investing in as a treat (or a present for a mum-to-be)? In reverse order…

#4 – Body butters in general

My body butters
My selection of body butters – all gifts from family and friends – thank you!

I was given a lot of these, and I’m still alternating between them… Body Shop Cocoa Butter, Mama Bee, Sanctuary collagen-boosting cream and they’re all delicious – rich but soak in easily, smell lovely and most importantly the combination seems to have kept stretchmarks away (I know, I know, they’re genetic!) *keeps everything crossed*

#3 – Clarins Tonic bath and shower gel

Clarins bliss in a bottle
Clarins tonic Bath& Shower Concentrate: Bliss!

This was a splurge at Β£19 last week – an impulse buy when I stocking up on skincare and saw that they had a ‘gift with purchase’ on. I nearly bought a facewash but once I got to chatting to the girl about pregnancy products, I ended up buying this bath/shower gel.

This is THE most expensive bubble bath I have EVER bought but boy is it worth every penny?! It should last a while as you only need to use a little bit… it’s very bubbly and the best thing is it smells DELICIOUS as it’s a mix of essential oils like Rosewood, geranium etc

It’s part of the ‘toning’ range so it’s supposed to be good against stretchmarks too = bonus!

And here’s the free gift I got – there were 3 to choose from and I chose this one as the body lotion was ‘extra-firming’ – yet more to add to the pile of body creams I’m using πŸ™‚

Lovely sample sized Clarins products
Clarins freebies (gift with purchase)

#2 – Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator

Miracle Product!
Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator

Another impulse purchase when I was in Boots stocking up on baby essentials. I had read about this in one of the mother/baby magazines so when I saw it on offer with 1/3 off I couldn’t resist!

I’ve only used it twice but both times I’ve used it, I’ve had compliments on my skin the next day – 3 times in total! This isn’t a typical occurrence so for that reason it makes it to my #2 as it must be working even if I don’t particularly notice the difference!

It does make my skin feel soft and moisturised in the morning, and it has a lovely smell of peaches (which is saying something as I don’t normally like peach-smelling stuff!)

Let’s see if this miracle product still works miracles once baby bean is here and the sleepless nights begin!

#1 – Sanctuary mum-to-be Cooling foot and leg gel

My lifesaver!
Fave product – instant refreshment – Sanctuary Cooling Leg and Foot Gel

Why is this my number 1 product for mums-to-be? Instant relief!

My legs have gotten so achy lately and this really is cooling and refreshing and that feeling lasts for a good thirty minutes or so, by which time I’ve long-forgotten about the pains! You know that feeling when you put after sun on sunburnt skin? It’s kinda like that…

I’m a lucky girl – I was given 2 of these and still have plenty left. It’s something I wouldn’t have thought of buying, never would have thought it would be so refreshing and doesn’t seem as exotic as some of the other products I mentioned!

Hope this is useful – I’d love to hear which products you enjoyed using, plus any tips for beauty products for new mums (I’d like a tinted BB cream to slap on quickly and easily but no idea which are any good…)

Babymoon in Sensatori Tenerife

I was lucky enough to have 3 babymoon’s really…. the week we found out we were having a baby, we had already booked to go to London for the weekend…. we had a great time (Natural History Museum, the show ‘Wicked’) but it was slightly more subdued that it would have been if I hadn’t taken the test (i.e. I would have gotten ‘tipsy’) and I was SO tired! About a month later, we went to the beautiful Lake District for 5 nights which was highly relaxing and just what I needed = fresh air, nice food and sleeeeep!

But the piece de resistance was a late-deal to Thomson’s Sensatori hotel in Tenerife in February. I was 27-28 weeks pregnant, so we had it left slightly late but:
– my midwife gave me a letter for the airlines
– I checked up on the local hospitals out there (all looked good)
– we got our EHIC cards (free healthcare in EU)
– I checked the small print on my travel insurance policy to make sure I was covered (I’d been caught out by lack of travel cover previously)
So we were good to go πŸ™‚

It’s always great to leave cold, wet, windy Britain for some winter Sun and we weren’t disappointed.. for the first few days this was my attire (tankini from JoJo Maman LeBebe)…..

Bikini bean
Bikini bean

And the first few sunsets looked like this….

Sunset at sensatori Tenerife
Beautiful sunset
Palm trees, sunset, tenerife
Palm trees, sunset, outside sensatori tenerife

While the UK was getting battered by storms, we too had some windy, rainy days in the middle of our break – what a great excuse to take full advantage of our fantastic, huge room and catch-up with movies. (oh and while the rain lashed down I also treated myself to a pedicure – much-needed treat for my swollen feet, she gave my calves a nice rub too :))

We couldn’t fault the hotel…
-great choice of restaurants and all good quality (including the best buffet restaurant I have ever been to!)
-room was large, spacious, biggest bed I’ve ever slept in!
-2 main swimming pools, we stayed by the family pool as the water was warmer than the stunning infinity pool (and there was a bit more action there too)
-beautiful lobby! (fountain show every night :))
– good mix of people, lots of other couples on their babymoons, young families with babies as well as older couples
-good fitness/activity programme – I did try and make it to a ‘sunset stretch’ class but got confused by the use of the 24 hour clock πŸ˜‰
– the hotel was right on the coast – lovely promenade so nice walks – but was quite surreal as you could also clearly see the island’s volcano which seemed to be surrounded by snow?!
– right next to a small fishing village called Alcala – some cute bars and cafes, and a funny market on a Monday morning (a mix of nice, local crafts…. and fake tat!). If you’re lucky you can see turtles from Alcala harbour
-green incentive – if you chose not to have your room cleaned you got 20euros per day to spend at the hotel – we chose to only have our room cleaned once while we were there so these green credits went towards a couple of glasses of champagne, and some wine for my other half… we didn’t spend any other money there!

There were 2 other bonuses to the holiday in addition to the sleep, relaxing and great food…
1 – no cooking or washing-up! I didn’t realise how much these had become such a chore!
2 – leaving Tenerife, at the check-out desk the man took my letter from my midwife and proceeded to call someone (in Spanish obv!) – I was slightly nervous at this point that for some reason I might be stuck in Spain (I can think of worse things!!) but when he gave us our boarding passes it turns out he’d given us extra legroom for free #cashback πŸ™‚

So there you have it, not everyone can afford a holiday abroad but I would recommend to any mum-to-be to try and have a break away somewhere – even if just for a few days – it really relaxed me, thank you Sensatori!

http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/europe/spain/tenerife/guia-de-isora/hotels/sensatori-tenerife.html

50 days to go! Best things about being pregnant

50 days to go ’til our little bean is due…. how quickly time has gone!

I feel so blessed and lucky that I’ve had a really easy pregnancy, and much of that is due to my other half who’s done an amazing job looking after me (spoiling me!), getting involved in all aspects andΒ taking on more of the chores etc!

I’m 33 weeks gone today and just yesterday I had a scan which showed that our bean is still very healthy and surprisingly on the large side!Β Bean isΒ still in breech so we’re booked in for a 37 week scan but hopefully he/she will have turned around by then πŸ™‚

So…

Things I’ve loved about being pregnant

  • The obvious, but having a baby growing inside of you is the best – those special moments like when your bump starts showing and when you feel (and see) bean move for the first time
  • Scans – seeing our wriggling bean on screen at 12 and 20 weeks were both special moments that will stay with us forever
  • Everyone being lovely – I’ve never had so many people asking how I am, and how things are going. People seem genuinely interested and that’s a lovely feeling πŸ™‚
  • Hearing a lot of different labour stories, and been given a lot of tips and advice – genuinely useful
  • Making new friends due at the same time, from all over the world, via a Facebook group (who needs to pay all that money to do NCT when you can get the same level of support in a virtual world?!)
  • Buying new clothes (and becoming addicted to eBay in the process) because you have to – nothing fits anymore!
  • The laughs every timeΒ we discovered I couldn’t fit into certain items of clothes – a nice feeling that my body was expanding to look after our little bean
  • Friends lending you stuff like a big bag of maternity clothes, a pile of books and magazines, a moses basket and car seat
  • Family,friends and even agencies I work with digging deep to buy lovely gifts for me and bean… clothes, body butters, chocolates, a lambskin blanket…
  • Home-made gifts like a teddy from a best friend’s mum and an elephant teddy from my mum
  • My dad digging out the cot that he made when I was a baby, and my great-grandmother’s high-chair
  • Shopping becomes so much fun – like our bargain Bugaboo, our must-have nursery furniture, cute l’il outfits and even buying the essentials like nappies and wipes
  • Eating more (enough said!)
  • Not going off certain foods
  • Warm baths
  • Pregnancy yoga
  • Not having morning sickness, not being overly hormonal or emotional πŸ™‚

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Things I’ve not liked about being pregnant

  • The tiredness, lethargy and achiness – some days I’ve ached from head to toe
  • Pelvic floor exercises (a necessary evil in my opinion!)
  • Ummmm I think that’s it!

What do you think? What did you love/hate about being pregnant?