Let’s get physical…

I was quite naïve about how physical pregnancy could be, I basically thought that you can have morning sickness (I was so lucky to not have been sick once!) and be really tired…I had no idea about the rest! I am not a doctor so none of this is a scientific fact just my experience.

Here are some of the aches and pains I had and some tips to try and get through it.

Insomnia: this has been the worse for me, it has gotten better and then bad again but basically I am awake for at least 2 hours a night, usually what happens is that I have to get up to go to the loo and then I can’t get back to sleep. I’m lucky that I only get up once or twice to go to the loo but being awake between 2 and 4AM is common. My mind just goes wild thinking of all sorts of things, not all baby related, it’s very annoying! TIP: make lists before you go to sleep, this can help calm the mind, get a pregnancy pillow, I was given one that is basically a boomerang shaped bean bag and it really does making sleeping easier. Getting comfortable really helps but for me, it’s more of a mental issue rather than physical and I haven’t found a solution! What does help is being on maternity leave because I usually manage to go back to sleep in the morning.

TIredness: need I say more…TIP: don’t be ashamed to nap when you can, eat as healthily as possible and keep hydrated. Coffee is not really recommended but when its that or falling asleep at your desk then have a cuppa!

Pelvic Girdle Pain: I had never heard of this but boy can it be painful! I am lucky that it got better over time but when it started I could not walk easily without it being agonizing. I went to a physio class at the hospital and they had loads of good tips on how to stand, sit up etc. TIP: go to one of these classes, wear shoes that ARE NOT FLAT, like trainers, I am convinced  the wrong shoes can make it much worse. Pre-natal pilates has helped and I am sure yoga would too. Even if it’s painful, I would recommend trying to keep moving, sitting for hours and hours is bound to make it worse. Now I still get the pain when I get up from sitting on the sofa but I am very grateful it has improved, someone women end up in wheelchairs it can be that bad.

Boob pain: I am one of the few women who doesn’t get breast pain around period time and breast pain was one of the first pregnancy symptoms I had. To be honest the only thing that I think works is taking pain killers, I cant think of anything else!

Last but not least INDIGESTION: thank god for Rennies is all I can say! I had not idea it could be so constant and painful, it also makes you feel sick. TIP: don’t eat spicy foods, don’t hesitate to medicate with Rennies and Gaviscon, drink mint tea!

Who knows what post labour pains and aches await….

Maternity Leave Day 1

I’m back! After not blogging since May, I am now determined to at least stick to my “Monday night blogging” routine if not blog more frequently (this might not be very realistic for once the baby is here…).

A lot has happened since my last blog post. Here is a recap:

-We moved into our very own flat in May, we now live happily in Walthamstow

-We went through some pregnancy ups and downs and I am now 36.5 weeks pregnant, the big day is approaching!

-We had a great holiday in the US

-We went to an amazing wedding in Sweden

-Mister B passed the CFA

-We did our NCT classes

-a few friends got pregnant too

-Saturday was my baby shower, it was amazing and deserves its own blog post just like most of the above topics.

Since I have been pregnant I have put on 12.8 kilos and wonder how many more I will put on over the coming weeks, I’m totally happy with this and would be even if I had put on 20! There is so much to say about pregnancy and how Mini B already entertains me a lot, I am convinced she is trying to escape so I don’t think we will have to wait until her due date of November 12th to meet her, to be honest I don’t want to wait until then! I wait to see her, cuddle her, kiss her, dress her in all the extremely cute clothes she already owns etc.


Anyway back to today…on Friday it was my 10 year anniversary at work and my last day, I was very happy to leave 🙂 For me it’s too tiring mentally and physically to work full time the past few weeks and I definitely could not do ONE MORE DAY!

I did wake up this morning thinking, what am I going to do…I ended up spending hours on the internet looking for nursery décor stuff, having  a nap and then a quick trip to the supermarket. I have things planned for the coming days so it was good to relax. I had a sneaky peak at my emails once or twice and realized I still had quite a few things to unsubscribe from and that was that Work will survive without me. I just hope the baby is not late because I think I might get quite bored (or bankrupt due to internet shopping) if I have to wait for more than a few weeks.

I do wonder what I will come back to, how the company will have changed and how I will have changed, who knows how I will feel in months to come. It’s crazy how unpredictable pregnancy and becoming a parent is so I am not making any bets on what will happen next year, who even knows how the birth will go!

I have one last pilates class to go to tonight  then Monday nights will definitely be blogging nights.

In the meantime, here is a pic of me + bump from Saturday: