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Pregnancy Update | 38 Weeks

Friday, 14 October 2016
So this could be my last pregnancy update before Oliver makes an appearance. If I'm honest though, I think I might have another couple of weeks ahead of me. My due date is the 26th of October and I've had a feeling all along that he'll show up between then and the 31st. If he's a Halloween baby then I'll be extra excited - think of the halloween themed birthday parties of the future!

My last update was at 33 weeks and all of the symptoms I mentioned in that post are still here. I'm still suffering with heartburn and acid reflux every night - I don't know how my throat hasn't completely melted actually. The good news though, is that my pelvic pain has subsided a lot. Given how I felt at 28/29 weeks, I expected to be on crutches by now. Don't get me wrong, it's still agony at times especially during the night but it's nowhere near as bad as it was. The main problem when I'm walking now is the shooting pains when Oliver rolls his little head over my bladder. For a split second, it honestly feels like my bladder is about to pop!

Full term baby bump maternity photo pregnancy update

After smothering myself in bio oil and stretch mark cream for the last 9 months, I noticed some little faint lines next to my belly button at 34 weeks. Yep, stretch marks happened. It's a tiny area at the moment and barely noticeable but if I push my skin together, I can see there will be a few marks once I've deflated! I'm not as distraught as I thought I would be to be honest - I'm well aware it could be so much worse and I think I've gotten off quite lightly. 

I was told last week that I had anemia and prescribed iron tablets. No big deal - or so I thought. It turns out iron tablets are the worst thing ever invented and make me feel horrendous. I'm going back to the doctors to try and get an alternative, and have been making smoothies with kale and eating lots of red meat to try and up my intake that way too. 

In the last few weeks, we crossed our final items off the list: 

I've been shopping and picked up some little outfits for when he's here and also got some lovely outfits from my team in work. It's so difficult to shop before he's here - I've no idea what size he's going to be! My midwife thinks, judging by the size of my bump, he'll be around 7.5-8.5 pounds, but that's just a guess and could be way out. I've bought mostly first size and 0-3 months for now. 

Halloween new born baby haul update pregnancy update

So from 37 weeks onwards, the baby is considered 'term' and ready to be born whenever he decides. From now on, he's just getting fatter every week - just like his mum. He could come any time now - but I've not had any real signs of anything starting. I just need to keep bouncing on my birthing ball, eating pineapple and going for extra long walks and hopefully he'll start packing his bags pretty soon! I can't wait to finally meet him!

Are any of you expecting soon? 

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Maternity Styling tips

Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Considering I've spent most of my pregnancy stressing out at having nothing to wear (and actually meaning it this time), I would have thought I'd be the last person writing a post like this. How can I give maternity styling tips when I failed so miserably at dressing my bump? Well, the way I see it, you can learn from my mistakes. I'd say it's taken me until now, the last two months of pregnancy, to finally get the hang of this whole maternity clothes thing and if I have another baby in future, I think I'll do a lot better in terms of what to buy (and what not to buy) and how to do it in the most affordable way. 

So if you've just found out you're pregnant or you're far along and having the same morning meltdown situations that I was, hopefully this post will help...

how to dress baby bump maternity styling ootd
maternity t-shirt | jeans (top) | jeans (bottom) | bra extenders | striped shirt | suede jacket | boots | scarf

1. Buy the maternity basics
It's not until you have to shop there, that you realise how bad most maternity sections are. Most shops have one messy little rail, which has a definite aura of 'the stuff that no one wanted from the sale'. The sizes are minimal, and most of it's last season .. or the season before that. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to completely avoid maternity clothes. The bump won't fit into normal jeans or trousers forever. My tip is to just buy the basics from maternity - two/three pairs of jeans that you can dress up or down, white/grey basic tees and if you can, some plain dresses that you can style for different occasions. The best places for maternity jeans is H&M, ASOS and New Look although I'd strongly recommend ordering on line and avoiding the shop (and the disappointment) altogether.

2. Shop in the regular shops for everything else 
Once you have the basics sorted, you can still get away with shopping in the regular stores. Look out for cardigans or gilets that you can layer with, shirts that you can wear open over a t-shirt or a dress (these are perfect for when your bump takes a big growth spurt at the end) and jumpers that you can size up in and wear with skinny jeans. Look out for nice jackets, coats, shoes and accessories to pull your outfits together especially if you can find bold prints or colours to add something special to an outfit. You'll still be able to keep up with fashion trends and it means you can continue to wear them after you've had the baby too. 

Everyone knows that boobs get bigger in pregnancy but what I didn't realise, is that my back size would continue to grow with my bump. So although you'll go up a cup size or two in the first few months, your bra will feel tighter and tighter around the back as time goes on. I bought new bras at 15 weeks and then started using the bra extenders at about 20 weeks. You can buy them in either two or three hooks, so they'll fit most bras and will save you a fortune over your pregnancy.

Do you have any tips for maternity styling?

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