Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pregnancy Update - Week 16

Sleep: I'm getting back into my pre-pregnant routine in the mornings and am getting up around 6.30am when husband is up. Except now I'm really only getting up because I need to wee and have some breakfast! I'm having an hour or so nap during the day though and haven't made it past 10pm in weeks but there's a lot of growing happening at the minute so I don't mind.

Eating: I've always had such a sweet tooth but since being pregnant all I want is savoury things. I would be quite content eating nothing but crisps and potato-y goodness at the minute. I cannot do the food shopping fast enough, I feel like the plant from The Little Shop of Horrors.

Clothes: My maternity leggings are still my favourite thing, along with these gross but impossibly comfortable yoga pants from Yours. Yoga pants are for inside the house, leggings are for outside!

Mood: I've had a few low days the last couple of weeks but there's a lot on my mind at the minute with university, family and some other bits so I think that's why. Husband is keeping a very close eye on me because of being on such a low dose of medication and being so high risk for antenatal depression but I don't feel depressed at all, just a bit blue. It sounds silly but it's nice to know the distinction!

Worries: A few but only one pregnancy related one; my blood pressure. I had my first consultant appointment last week and I had stupidly forgotten to take my Labetalol (medication for hypertension) at lunchtime so when they checked it, it was pretty high. Instead of the consultant giving me the pill, carrying on our appointment and checking it to make sure it had gone down they went through a big drama of sending me up to the fetal health unit so I could be monitored. The nurses up there had no idea why I was up there and as expected as soon as I took my medication, my blood pressure went down and I was fine. It was a bit of a waste of time and only made me panic but I am more aware of trying to keep my BP down now. And making sure I take my medication at the right time!

Appointments: My first consultant one last week which I'm going to write a separate post about because I've seen a few people nervous about what to expect. Aside from the BP fiasco it was perfectly fine and not scary at all.

Bump: It's definitely gotten bigger this week. I've had a couple of people notice which has been quite lovely! I never wear anything tight on my lower belly so it'll be a while before it's super noticeable to everyone but I'm very aware of it. Mr D is completely enthralled by it too which makes my heart hurt a little bit.

Plus size and pregnant
See, barely there but I know! Also, let's pretend you haven't seen my unmake-upped, tired face.

Best bit: It hasn't happened yet but my mum is whisking me off to a spa this weekend which I cannot wait for!

Worst bit: Realising how much it's going to cost to get the baby's room re-plastered because our house is ridiculous and old and as soon as we take the wallpaper and coving off the ceiling is going to fall down. *thumbs up*

Symptoms: Hardly any now! My nausea and sickness has almost completely gone which is bloody magical. I've been sick a couple of times in the last week but it's only when I've let myself get too hungry so the second I eat anything it just comes back up. Amusingly this means my handbag is full of food at all times.

Movement: I did feel some flutters last week but nothing since which makes me think it was probably just gas haha! It was pretty magical to think it was my little pea though.

Looking forward to: My lovely husband is taking me to Wales for my birthday next week for a fancy high tea and stay in a beautiful old inn!

Mrs D & Pea x

Friday, 20 March 2015

5 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week

1. Blossom! It is slowly starting to creep out and I could not love it more. Our next door neighbour has the most beautiful cherry blossom tree in her front garden and whenever I'm greeted with it coming home it puts the biggest smile on my face.

2. Having three vomit free days this week!

3. Browsing the gorgeous H&M baby clothes online and feeling very excited about finding out if soon(ish) if our baby will be needing the Mickey or Minnie Mouse sets!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse baby clothes

4. Marmite cheese.

5. Our new sofa and chairs arrive today including a snuggler chair which I have decided will be mine and only mine!

Mrs D & Pea x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Plus Size at House of Fraser

When House of Fraser got in touch to see if I'd like to review one of their plus size dresses I was expecting to be greeted with some classic but basic choices but I was very wrong! I had no idea but HoF stock all sorts of modern, gorgeous brands ranging from budget friendly Samya and Lovedrobe to luxury names like Carmakoma and Marina Rinaldi. 

I had to choose carefully to ensure the dress would fit my expanding waist and little bump but with a little help I picked this pretty Dickens & Jones number.

house of fraser plus size dress

plus size dress from House of Fraser

dickens and jones plus size

plus size and pregnant

I am completely in love with the dress. It's so comfortable and comfort is my primary objective at the minute! It's half price at £32.50 at the minute so if you like the look of it, grab it now!

Mrs D x

ps. The gorgeous Naomi from Diamonds and Pearls and Becky from Mrs BeBe Blog have also reviewed some House of Fraser plus size bits so have a look.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Pregnancy Update - Week 14

It feels very good officially being in my second trimester. All the worry has gone, most of the horrible symptoms are gone and I'm starting to enjoy being pregnant.

Sleep: I'm starting to get back to my old sleeping routine now rather than the ALL THE SLEEP ALL THE TIME one I was in a few weeks ago.

Eating: I made the mistake of letting myself get too hungry this week and when I finally did eat I threw it back up again which was pretty unpleasant. It's a bit of a pain having to eat every hour or so to make sure I don't feel like I'm going to faint and be sick and having to make sure I've got healthier options rather than usual snacky, quick food but I'm getting used to it now!

Clothes: Last week I went through my wardrobe and tried on everything I own to see if it still fits and more than half of my wardrobe was retired to the spare room as a result! The majority of my clothes have fitted waists but my once much smaller waist is now creeping out to meet my hips so the only dresses that fit are jersey ones or ones with waists I can pull up over my little bump. I have however discovered the joys of maternity leggings which are possibly the greatest invention ever.

Mood: Really good! I'm going to be writing a lengthy post on this but I'm currently on the lowest dose of medication for my mental health than I've been on in around five years. It's a bit scary but I have honestly never felt so content. My brain definitely likes being pregnant!

Worries: None really! (Bloody hell...pregnancy has changed me.)

Bump: It's small but it's there. My belly is getting quite hard and I'm noticing it if I bump into anything or try and bend forwards because it's no longer pliable and squishy!

Best bit: Seeing our little Pea at the scan this week and him jumping around and wriggling whenever I spoke! It was such an indescribable feeling!

My little jumping pea touching his face!

Worst bit: I was feeling a bit glum about the fact that I'm not allowed to have a water birth due to my high BMI earlier in the week. I've done a lot of research and the only reason hospitals have the cut off is if I need to get out of the water quickly and I'm not able to do it myself, they won't be able to lift me. It feels a little unfair but at the same time I want them to be able to do everything they can and quick should anything go wrong.

Symptoms: Nausea is slowly getting easier but it's still here, especially during and after I've eaten (which is basically all the time anyway!) but it's not as bad as it was. My nausea has been upgraded to vomiting for the first time though which is pretty unpleasant. It usually happens if I wait until I'm super hungry to eat and for some reason my body can't cope with that so it rejects what I eat. Not fun!

Movement: None yet.

Looking forward to: My next scan in 6 weeks!

Mrs D & Pea x

Maternity And Nursing Bras For Bigger Busts

The clothing options when you're pregnant and plus size are incredibly limited, including maternity and nursing bras in G+. At 12 weeks my usual size 38J bras were too tight round the band which is hurting my ribs and oddly makes my belly push out further which can be uncomfortable, and my boobs are starting to bulge out of the top slightly.

It's recommended that you get refitted regularly during pregnancy because your boobs will change enormously and very quickly. Wearing the right bra is important for so many reasons but especially during pregnancy, not only because wires poking everywhere can be very uncomfortable but also because a poorly fitting bra can affect milk production and block milk ducts. If you're big busted it's important to find somewhere experienced in fitting larger busts such as Bravissimo and my biggest piece of advice when you get fitted is if they bring out a tape measure and talk about adding numbers, leave quickly! 

I'm quite confident in fitting myself now after having done a Learn the Fit course with Panache a couple of years ago and having spent many an hour fondling boobs with Curvy Kate so not having access to a shop doesn't bother me too much. Knowing how tight the band is on my 38Js I would say I need at least a 40, if not a 42 for comfort but I may only need to go up to a JJ for now. I ordered a Charlotte Soft Cup Bra by Royce in a 38J early on in my pregnancy but I couldn't do it up so I definitely need to go up a back size or two.

I thought working out what size I need would be half the battle but actually finding anything in my size is proving to be tough! With this in mind I thought I'd make a little collection of D+ maternity and nursing bras for anyone else struggling.

D+ Maternity and Nursing Bras

Some links you may find helpful:

Mrs D & Pea x
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