My pregnancy journey; 23 weeks pregnant 

So I’m 23 weeks now (I think!), I’m seriously losing track. I’m so busy with Lacie & life, that I’m not sitting there counting the days like I did in the first pregnancy. You definitely have less time to rest, appreciate your growing baby and your body second time round.

So here’s my bump. I’m growing nicely, and feeling good. Still gym’ing most mornings, and running an hour on Saturdays & Sundays. These days I’m setting my Gym Boss for 3ish minutes on, and 45 seconds rest, which means I get regular waking intervals to keep my heart rate down and in check.

I hope to run for at least another month or so – so, if you are pregnant and thinking about running, here are my top tips…

* Only run during pregnancy if your body is used to it. I’ve run for years, run marathons, and am generally conditioned to run. Pregnancy is not the time to start anything new.

* listen to your body! A few times I’ve gone out and felt heavy, lethargic and generally not in the mood to run. Instead of pushing it, I’ve either walked or gone back home, and jumped back into bed to watch Peppa Pig with Lacie. I’m not out to break any records, just stay healthy (and sane) during my pregnancy.

* Expect to run slower than you’re used too. This can be hard for some, but not me. I’m just so happy to still be running at this point. I didn’t run when I was carrying Lacie and really missed it!

* Plan your route and know there as toilets you can stop at. I always stop for a quick wee around 20 mins into my run. Most of the time I get there and actually think ‘wow, that was a pathetic wee!’ but with extra pressure on your bladder it feels like I really need to go and then that’s all I can think about for the whole run.

* Don’t get distracted. Gone are the days when I can run and admire people’s houses, gardens, front doors and generally anything other than the path in front of me. Your gait and your balance change when you’re pregnant so it’s easy to fall over or lose your balance. I’ve meant my lesson the hard way – watch where you’re going and be mindful of every step.

* Take your phone. When I fell over I was lucky to be pretty close home (although the ten minute walk home with tears streaming down my face felt for ever!). If I’d had my phone, I could of called Mark, who probably would of come and got me, or just generally reassured me that I’m ok and to help me compose myself.

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I think that’s it! Obviously wearing the right trainers (I love Asics) and sports bra (always Cake Maternity) are a must. I always go and get re-measured when I’m pregnant because your chest changes massively when pregnant and you’re advised not to wear under wired bras and anything too restrictive.

My measurements;
Every week since finding out I was expecting I’ve been measuring myself. Here are my measurements to date. It’s a great way of not stressing about the pounds on the scale & keeping check of how your body is changing.

8 Weeks pregnant
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 28
Belly Button: 29
Hips: 35.5
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

23 Weeks
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 29.5 (+1.5 inches)
Belly Button: 31.5 (+2.5 inches)
Hips: 36.5 ((+1 inche)
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

 

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Toddler Bedtime Must-have: Maisie Mouse Grobag

Hey mummies! If you are looking for an sleep-suit that will still fit your two year old – then I have got something to rave about.

I am currently obsessing over Lacie’s new Maisie Mouse Grobag. I always thought that once Lacie’s 18-24 month bag was too small then that would be the end of the Grobag, which has been a must-have for bedtime since Lacie went into her own cot. I love how they keep her warm, make her feel secure in bed, and most of all have become a massive part of her bedtime routine; once the Grobag is on – she knows that it’s time for bed.

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What else do I love about the Grobag?

  • Lacie’s has a 2.5 Tog rating, which is perfect for our chilly Victorian House
  • Available in sizes 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months
  • Easily accessible side zip
  • 100% jersey cotton outer, 100% cotton jersey lining
  • Quick-dry polyester filling
  • Zip-click® feature on all sizes – Lacie can’t undo it! Phew!
  • Machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat
  • Keeps Lacie snug
  • Keeps Lacie secure – especially in the mornings. She’s never attempted to walk in her Grobag, so when it’s on and we’re ready books, it means she keeps still!
  • Fab pattern. Lacie loves showing me the mouse.
  • Will fit Lacie until she’s three years old!
  • Excellent value for money
  • Useful and versatile, and negates the need for copious amounts of baby sheets and blankets.
  • Excellent quality
  • Washes well

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As you can see, I am a huge fan of Grobags and have kept all Lacie’s old bags, for bubba number two, which is due in July. For him, I will of course, stick to Grobag’s guidelines and won’t put him in one until he’s 8lbs 8, which by then, I’m guessing he will be in his own room. I am so much happier knowing my children sleep in Grobags, as they are so much safer than blankets. Has anyone else had visions of your child’s blanket raising over their face? Yes, me too!

The Grobag design also stops a baby from wriggling down into them so their face will never accidentally get covered during their sleep, and they are super comfortable for them, and allow your little one to move around during their sleep, without getting tangled. I’m a huge fan of anything that helps encourage a deep, comfortable sleep, so thanks Grobag, keep up the good work!

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The Maisie Mouse 18-36m 2.5 Tog Grobag costs £40.99 and is available from the Grobag website – www.gro-store.com

 

 

Pregnancy; 20 weeks bump and training update

I was right; it’s a boy. It’s so weird, I just knew from the beginning and I am carrying so differently that how I did with Lacie. Did I tell you I’ve been having really vivid dreams about a little baby boy too? Strange!!

So here is my 20 weeks bump! My belly has definitely popped now (moreso at night) and to be honest, it’s thrown me – literally! I fell over twice last week, one that resulted in me going to A&E! I guess my balance is just slightly off now I have a bump and I have to slow down a little and be a bit more careful.

So what else is new? Not much really (apart from the bump of course!). I don’t have any stretch marks – I’m using this super-duper cream called Remescar Silicone Stretch Marks Scar Cream, a silicone based cream, which prevents and treats stretch marks by releasing a long lasting protective film that will cover the affected skin and I’m craving sweet stuff like nothing else. Obviously I’m trying not to cave in, and working hard at keeping my blood sugar levels in check by eating every two to three hours and having a good protein rich breakfast like a shake (recipe below) or a big plate of eggs, spinach and avocado.

My wedding ring is also still on, my belly button hasn’t popped quite yet and I’m not feeling too tired or queasy, so all is good!

Training this week has been good too – I’m walking lots and getting a good 45 minutes in in the morning. I loved my circuit this morning, which was;

45 seconds work/15 seconds rest x 4 circuits
* TRX one legged squat on right leg (alternate legs with each round)
* TRX Back pulls (these are great for posture as your boobs get bigger and heavier)
* TRX Press ups
* Side plank with arm reach on right side (alternate sides with each round)

I then finished with a 5k time trial on the bike. Great workout!

My go-to protein-rich breakfast smoothie
Try this tasty protein-rich shake to stop those pesky sugar cravings that like to sneak up on you when you are pregnant. This is a real treat at breakfast time and is really filling!

I got this recipe from the amazing Mirella Ingamells’ pregnancy e-book, which has been a huge help for me when it comes to nutrition and workout ideas….her little one is seven months now and Mirella, like me worked out throughout her whole pregnancy.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tbsp peanut butter
1 frozen banana
300ml rice milk
1tsp lucama powder
Handful of ice
Chia & sesame seeds (for sprinkling on top)

Literally all you do is throw it all in the blender and drink up!

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