Thursday, 14 September 2017

Second Baby! First Trimester

I am very excited to say I am now 15 weeks pregnant with my second child! I already have a 4 year old son Michael. We are all over the moon to be adding to our family and Michael is thrilled he will be a big brother. Although he is adamant he wants a sister and only a sister so we will have to work on him if the baby is a boy.

I am feeling really well in myself at the moment and feeling energetic which is great as you can often feel very tired in the first trimester, your body after all is doing alot. I did also have some pregnancy symptoms in my first trimester.

Symptoms of first trimester:

Morning sickness- This is something I suffered from with Michael and this pregnancy has been no different. Although it has eased off greatly since going into my second trimester, I still get sick occasionally. I found it is worse in the evening and if I am hungry so I always carry a snack in my bag as well as eat little and often. I also have a low diary diet anyway due to being mildly lactose intolerant, which has helped. Ginger is really fantastic and is a natural way to help ease sickness and nausea and I would really recommend it!

Headaches- I have always suffered from hormonal headaches and this pregnancy has been rough with headaches. Many times it has felt like I have had a headache for days at a time. Paracetamol is safe to take during pregnancy but sometimes even taking some pain relief does not help. I tend to put a cold flannel on my forehead and to lie down for half an hour which seems to help. I also make sure I drink plenty of water because dehydration can make headaches worse.

Acne-I do not suffer from bad skin typically, the exception being when I am pregnant. My skin goes awful! I get red spots and blotchy patches particularly on my forehead and chest. I put it down to those pesky hormones. It is getting a little better now thankfully. I have a good skin care routine and make sure my skin is clean and use simple products and this has helped.

Now I am in the second trimester, everything seems to be a lot better and I am feeling the best I have felt since falling pregnant. I am however starting to experience some back pain from having a back condition and now putting on some weight. It is something my midwives are aware of and I have recently started to take up Pilates as a way to strengthen my back muscles in preparation for pregnancy and birth. I will also have to have a consultant meeting to support me in later pregnancy and to have a chat about the birth.

I have also started to read about hypnobirthing which is something that really interests me after a natural and calm birth with Michael with a labour mostly at home. Hypnobirthing uses a combination of mindfulness, hypnosis and relaxation techniques to feel calm and confident about labour and birth. It is something I will continue to look into and consider using. 

Next week I have a midwife appointment and a private scan booked which will hopefully tell us the sex of the baby so we are very excited for that. 

Look out for some more pregnancy blog posts! If anyone has tried hypnobirthing please let me know what you think of it!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Best Parenting Hacks-Tried and Tested!

1. A paintbrush and a bucket filled with water and painting a fence/pavement will keep your child entertained for ages.

2. An empty box and pens make a great activity. Michael recently played for over an hour with a big box and some pens. He had so much imagination and played happily. It was lovely to see!

3. Put stickers in your child's shoes to teach them left and right.

4. Glue the bottom of bath toys with a hot glue gun to stop them going mouldy and horrible inside.

5. Limit soap by tying a elastic band around the pump-Michael is a nightmare for using too much soap and mucking about in the bathroom so this is one of my favourite hacks!

6. If your child vomits on the carpet, cover it with baking soda and this will dry it up. After a couple of minutes it will be much easier to clean up.

7. Use puffy paint to create grips on babies/toddlers socks.

8. Try cartoon underwear when potty training. If your child picks their underwear of their favourite character, they are more likely to feel happy about wearing it.

9. Want your child to tidy their toys? Do a Mary Poppins and make it a game. We like to put a timer on and see if we can finish by the time the time is up.

10. When out for the day, write your number on your child's arm so if they are lost then you can be contacted quickly. On this note, we have made sure Michael can say his full name, where he is from and both mine and my partner's name. 

11. Stick a hook on the back of a highchair to hang bibs so they are always on hand.

12. Pop a cupcake case on a ice lolly stick to stop it dripping everywhere.

13. Wash socks together in a laundry bag to minimising the socks that always seem to disappear!

14. Keep track on your child's antibiotics doses by drawing a tick list on the side of the bottle.

15. To cut your child's nails without stress, wait until they have been asleep for half an hour and do it then.

16. Peel the negative space of a sticker sheet and it is much easier to take the stickers off the page.

17. Lift the sides of a juice carton to make it easier for your child to hold.

18. At the beach take a bottle of talc along with you, it will make the sand brush straight off.

19. If your child needs to take a tablet, crush it up and add a little sugar. Makes it easy to get your child to take it.

20. To minimise tantrums in a shop for a toy, suggest they take a picture to send to Santa. Your child is happy, the toy has stayed on the shelf and you have pictures of gift ideas.