40 Weeks … (membrane sweep)

Yesterday we went for our 40 week appointment. I had convinced myself that all second babies come early so we wouldn’t need to attend this appointment so was a little annoyed / upset all morning. We got to the hospital and the receptionists echoed my sentiments with “I was convinced you’d have had the bubba…

Keeping active in pregnancy 

As mentioned in so many of my previous posts, it’s really important to keep as active as you can in your pregnancy. Physical activity early on will help you manage the weight you gain as well as support you in carrying it (think back and joint pains!). It will also help with labour, which is…

Life hacks for the third trimester! 

Pregnancy is wonderful. For most women, even with the sickness and nausea, it’s an amazing experience. Although every experience is individual I find that the first trimester is exciting but nerve wrecking, the second, my favourite, I’m full of energy and really enjoy the changes to my body. It’s also when most mums start to…

What’s in my hospital bag?

I’ve decided to do a short post every day this week, my 40th and hopefully last week of being pregnant. Instead of updates on how I’m feeling, which in reality is just all kinds of fed up, I thought I’d do something useful – like what to pack in your hospital bag. In the UK…

38 and 39 weeks 

I’ve not had much time to post anything in the last couple of weeks as I’ve been busy with Aasiya. She’s become super demanding in the past few weeks and because I know after the baby I won’t be able to give her anywhere near the attention she gets at the moment I’m trying my…

37 Weeks

Woohoo … I’m officially full-term meaning this baby could come at anytime and should be fully ready for life outside the womb. In reality however I could still be pregnant for another 5 weeks! Over the past month I’ve been so eager to get this baby out that every little thing that’s happened to my…

34 & 35 Weeks Update

It’s definitely different being in the late stage of pregnancy with a toddler in comparison to the first time, when all I had to think about was myself and my comfort. I can’t even begin to describe how tired I feel and also how bad I feel for my little girl, who is the opposite…

30 Weeks

This week started off much like last week. I felt unwell and dizzy at work on Monday so came home and rested. I was taking 2 iron tablets and a sachet of spatone, so the low energy and dizzy spells really threw me as I'd expected to be feeling much better after a week of…

29 Weeks – Pregnancy update.

This week has been especially hard. I had a midwife appointment on Monday morning where I found out my iron levels were really low. I've been worried about this for a while now as I haven't been taking iron supplements but trying to eat food with a high iron content. In my last pregnancy I…

Styling the Bump

One of the best things about retuning to work was the commute: leaving the house and getting on a bus without a baby felt so refreshing. No need for special seats or any assistance, just me, myself and I, merging in with the other early morning commuters felt so empowering. To be seen as a…

Almost 5 months postpartum

There is really nothing in life that can prepare you for motherhood. Not being an older sibling, working with children, or having an army of nephew and nieces you look after weekly. Having your own baby is a minefield. It’s sleepless nights, endless crying, googling “why does my baby…” far too regularly and in my…

My Labour

Baby A was born at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel at exactly 41 weeks. As this was my first pregnancy, I had no idea what to expect, although I thought I was completely prepared, I had my birth plan and had over discussed it with my husband in the months leading up to our…