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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Bath Yourself Better

I’m not going to lie, I’m still not quite recovered from the whole birth thing yet.

I’m having to be super careful what I do exercise wise. Who would of thought it after 8 1/2 weeks?
That being said I appreciate that my body has been through a huge ordeal so not panicking about the long recovery. I will recover, I just need to give it time.

One thing I’ve religiously done since the birth of Lacie is have Epsom Salt baths. Not only do the salts help with water retention, but they can also help heal the perineum after a tough labor.
They also help soothe tired muscles (especially my back) and reduce stress, while helping draw out toxins, the problem is they don’t smell nice. Infact they don’t smell at all, which is why I thought all my Christmases had come at once when I found this Shea Mooti Mama’s ‘Take the Rough with the Smooth’ Soothing Bath Soak.

Its packed with Oatmeal, Burdock Powder, Epsom Salt, Sea Salt and Shea Butter, to help soothe sore perinatal muscles. It also contains  antibacterial Witch Hazel, which helps ease pain and promote healing.

All you do is add a handful of the salts to a warm bath. They smell lovely and are so relaxing. The only problem is you have to stay in the bath for 15 minutes for them to work their magic – and as all you busy mummies know, 15 minutes to yourself is a VERY long time!!

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http://www.sheamooti.co.uk/mama-s-take-the-rough-with-the-smooth-soothing-bath-soak

Mummy Hair – How to get the Perfect Pregnancy Hair Cut

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When I heard that NW8 MUMS, the friendly forum for mums living in NW8 praised Joe from Neil Cornelius. I had to check the Mayfair salon out.
They described him as “the best hairdresser we ever had”, which gave me confidence that he could sort out my unruly pregnancy mane!

At 37 weeks pregnant, my hair is definitely thicker (and I’ve always had super thick hair!!) and curlier, but on the plus side is shiner. It also grows really fast too, which is down the the excess progesterone circulating your body. Not good when you have a fringe!

I didn’t get to see Joe when I walked in to the Neil Cornelius salon, instead I saw the very man himself Neil. The owner of the salon and a hairdresser since 12 years old.

I explained to Neil that my hair was feeling a bit flat and un-manageable and that I didn’t want to (or wouldn’t be able to) spend hours and hours blow-drying and straightening every time I wanted to wear it down. It had grown so long and thick that it was starting to become a chore to style, which resulted in me just scrapping it back instead of spending time to actual style it. I was also very aware that once the baby arrives, I would have better things to be doing than spending hours on my hair of a morning, so although I didn’t want much off the length, it would be good to sort out the unruly layers and simply tidy it up a bit. And that’s exactly what he did.

After a super relaxing wash, Neil squared off the bottom so it was all one length and hardly touched my layers, explaining that it was all the short layers in my hair that was making it look and feel thicker than it actually is. He said that if these was longer and blended into my hair more I wouldn’t feel that it’s so thick and keep trying to flatten it down with the straighteners.

He also tidied up my side fringe, which was getting longer and wonkier by the day, as, as it gets too long, I have no choice but to get the scissors out. I know! He chopped into it a little and generally restyled it, making it look like it was supposed to be there, rather than an after thought, which is certainly what it was starting to feel like.

It was then time for a sleek blow dry – which he made look so easy.

The result, was that my hair was a little shorter, but it looked healthier, sexier (my husband told me so!) and flattering – no longer just something that hung from my head looking a little lifeless.

I would definitely recommend any pregnant lady go treat themselves to a stunning haircut as they get closer their due date. I’m not sure when my next hair cut will be now, as I really don’t know what to expect with my first baby, so at least I have a manageable style that will see me through the next few months.  It was also nice to get pampered for an hour or so – and have everyone fuss over you. The staff are lovely here – and they loved my bump too! I can’t wait to go back bump free and get my a yummy mummy haircut!

1st Floor, 109 New Bond Street, 020 7493 5304. From £65 for a cut and blow dry with a senior stylist, or from £150 for a cut and blowdry with Neil. You can also follow the salon on Twitter on @NC1stFloor.

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Beautiful little baby products – for skin, hair and beyond

When researching the best baby skin products, a name that was mentioned many a times was Green People . I had not heard of the brand, but since discovering their products, am certainly very pleased I have now…

All there products are chemical free, natural and organic and recommended by midwives and other mums as being kind to your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. They still smell baby like too – and just feel so gentle and baby-like!

One product that will definitely be on my baby’s (and my) bathroom shelf is the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm (£9.95) It’s scent free, light and is perfect for baby’s dry skin. It’s good for mummy too – and is not only good for my dry skin but can be used to soothe sore nipples too.

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I’ve also fallen in love with their Baby Wash & Shampoo (£7.25). It’s made with a non-irritating formula, yet still bubbles up into an inviting natural bubble bath to help gently cleanse baby’s hair and body. What I love best is the Lavender scent. You won’t be able to stop smelling your baby after a quick wash in this. Delicious!

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Check out http://www.greenpeople.co.uk for many organic beauty products for all the family. You’ll be glad you did!

 

SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil

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I have been testing various stretch mark creams and oils as I am determined be stretch mark free throughout and post pregnancy!

The SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil (£9.99 for 30ml and £34.95 for 120ml) contains lavender oil and gotu kola, which helps produce collagen, and tocopherol to prevent future tissue damage.

It also has a very light scent and unlike other oils I have tested, it remains on the skin long enough to ensure the areas you are targeting are hydrated for hours after application. A great product to use morning and night as it isn’t greasy and feels uber soft and silky as you rub it over your growing belly!