Pregnancy. What a time for us ladies to go through – you experience the most amazing time of your life… you’re growing your own little human, feeling them move inside you (or as I have found out, literally beat you), getting to know them before anyone else does, being their main source of everything for 9 months…. It’s a pretty magical time. But GOD can it be tough on us too – I think I’ll post separately about that because that is something I can go on about for AGES. But nah – in this post I’m focusing on something else. I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant – wow – finally hitting my third trimester. The end is nigh – and pretty soon I will have a little teeny tiny baby. I STILL find that so hard to get my head around!
Now – there are certain things that I have introduced into my life since being with child that has not only made my pregnancy easier, but has helped me really embrace and enjoy it. They have helped me get through the tough times – and I honestly have been obsessed with them. There is a mixture of beauty, fashion & just some random bits too – nice little combo for ya. I also know there are quite a few other bloggers who are currently pregnant – so I thought maybe they could also benefit from this too (helping out all my future mama’s). And sure, I know every single pregnancy is different and what works for one person may not work for the other and blah blaaah… but I have found that I LOVED reading about other pregnancies and what worked for them, or if they had similar experiences to me…. so with that being said .. let’s crack on.
Eugh guys .. if there is something that you need to invest in early, make it maternity jeans. I think I picked up my first pair before I’d even hit 12 weeks because BLIMEY did I bloat. It was the Joni jeans from Topshop, and they were literally the best things I ever bought. I could have slept in them they were that comfy. I was lucky enough to get another pair from my sister which she’d barely worn when she was pregnant as she’d brought them towards the end of her pregnancy – which was handy. I then purchased a blue pair from Mothercare (again SO COMFY AND currently on sale) and some black maternity leggings, because I knew I would be LIVING in them.
Now, one thing I was so chuffed about was that I would be pregnant throughout winter, simply because I knew I would be able to literally live in leggings, oversized jumpers & cardigans. I’m not the biggest fan of dressing for summer, and knew I would have struggled if I was pregnant too, not to mention having to deal with any hot, sweaty days (no thanks hun). So.. I already had plenty of oversized jumpers which have fit me fine throughout my pregnancy. Now, I went through a stage where I tried to hide my bump too, but then over time I really started to embrace it, so wanted to buy some tops that would show it off. I hit up Mothercare again because I knew they had some basic tops on a 2 for £18 offer (some of these are on sale now too!) – so I picked a few up. I now wear these SO much, especially with layering because it’s still SO COLD outside. I know you can also get basics from Primark but just in bigger sizes, which I will probably do if I ever need some more. But yas – you can do SO MUCH with them: layer them, wear them on their own, with a big cardi over, under a jumper – whatever you fancy.
I HAD to mention this because it has probably been my most worn item EVER – and it is that ever so popular River Island cardigan (which I managed to pick up in the sale too .. YAS). It is SO comfy and it literally just goes with anything as well – and I am so tempted to pick up the grey version too. It’s STUNNING.
So – there really isn’t much to talk about makeup-wise because I’ve been pretty much wearing the same thing (mostly just because I’ve been lazy (ahem tired) and just stick to my normal products. In fact some weekends I don’t even bother with any makeup – however when I do go out somewhere, one thing I haven’t been able to live without is concealer. Of course, if you have read my previous blog post, you’ll know the one I’ve been OBSESSED WITH. It’s the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define concealer, and it is my holy grail for covering those pesky dark circles I have developed (thanks to not sleeping well during the night). It just does a cracking job at covering them, and also brightening up the rest of my face (on days I use just this). Love it.
Oh – I forgot there was another makeup bit. That fabulous priming/finishing spray from Rimmel – the Insta Fix & Go. I LOVE this because it not only sets your makeup nicely, it feels so refreshing when you spray it too. I’ve always been the type of person who gets VERY cold – but recently I’ve been feeling pretty warm, so a quick spritz of this really helps me feel refreshed!
Now – skincare bits are what I’ve been loving so much recently – and there are definitely some faves that I have been drawn to since being pregnant. I’m not sure if I ever got that natural pregnancy ‘glow’ that everyone goes on about, but I feel like certain products I’ve used have really helped.
I’ve been OBSESSED with using this overnight mask – in fact anything that refreshes my skin is what I’ve been loving. I tend to use this a few times a week, and just apply it (quite liberally) on a night after I have cleansed, and just let it soak into my skin. In the morning, I am left with glowing skin that feels refreshed & so soft. I love that the texture of this is ‘bouncy’ – and is more of a gel like serum than a moisturiser. You NEED to try it. I can do an proper in depth review of this if you guys would like too.
I do love me a good mask – and this is definitely no exception. During pregnancy, I have found my skin just looks a little bit dead, so I’ve been using anything that helps with brightening and softening. I managed to get this mask free in Lush after taking back 5 empty pots, and picked it up because it claimed to refresh, soothe and moisturise … which basically is what my skin is needing. I have been so chuffed with this too – it smells lovely (slightly sweet, slightly herbal, but not too overpowering), and isn’t harsh at all – compared to the ever so popular Mask of Magnaminty. I wasn’t prepared to but anything really harsh on my skin, so this works perfectly.
Ahhh .. this little angel. I actually wrote a whole blog post dedicated to it, so if you fancy checking it out – it’s here. But in short, it’s a gentle, yummy smelling scrub that leaves my skin feeling soft & with a beautiful glow. I have loved using it during pregnancy because of how gentle it is, and have stayed away from any of my other harsher scrubs (St Ives & Nip & Fab, I’m looking you!).
Now, I have no idea if it’s pregnancy or cold weather that has caused me to have really dry, chapped lips (attractive, I know).. but god have I been suffering. So of course, Carmex never leaves my side. I have one on my bedside table, one in my bag, and one on my desk. Apparently, lipbalm is a must when you’re in labour too, especially if you are hogging the gas and air. Guess this will find a home in my hospital bag then too.
You know something? I actually picked up a maternity pillow when I was around 12 weeks pregnant. Why? It was on offer in Mama’s & Papa’s, and I thought why not make the investment early. It was probably one of the best things I did too. I started to struggle to get comfortable in bed from very early on, so having a maternity pillow really helped me. I did try to just use a normal pillow at first, but I found it would just end up slipping off the bed. I am hoping it will come in handy for feeding too!
If you follow me on Twitter, you will know the struggle I have had with heartburn these past few weeks. It has been HORRENDOUS – and I don’t even know what sets it off sometimes. At night, it has been that bad I have actually woken up feeling like my chest is on fire. I sometimes even get it after breakfast. Bleugh. Probs gonna have a hairy baby ey? But yeah, Gaviscon has been my little desk/bedside table buddy.
Bit of a random one, but I felt like I had to include it. I managed to pick up one of the ever so popular letter boards from Primark at the bargain price of £3 (!!), and can honestly say I have become obsessed with it. Sure it makes a fab blog prop, but it is also being used as our countdown to when baby arrives! I have it on my drawers so I see it every single morning and am reminded each day of how long we have! It’s like a cuter, more instagrammable version of a calendar I guess, tehehe.
Right m’loves – I think that is it for me for this post. I feel like I have rambled on for AGES but hey, if it helps anyone then that makes me a happy bunny. Let me know what your fave things were whilst pregnant, or if you aren’t pregnant just what you are loving atm.
Ya gal is going to make herself some pancakes for breakfast and use her new 45mm lens (!!!!!!) – so I will catch you on all the flipside babes x
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