Thursday, 18 September 2014

37 Weeks of Bump

37 weeks pregnant

The baby is now the size of a pumpkin which is just crazy! It is roughly 18-20 inches long and weighs around 6.2-9.2lb. The baby is still head down and still 2/5 palpable, meaning 3/5 of the baby’s head is engaged. This baby is choosing to lie with its back on my right side and limbs all over to the left, which is the opposite of what Little N did. Being head down is the most important thing so it’s all positive news!

I still haven’t made any progress since I updated you all at 32 weeks, I’m just so busy with Little N! I do need to just sit down and write a list (or several lists) of what I still need to do. One of the main things is to sort my hospital bag out. I have been doing some batch cooking so the freezer is getting stocked up. That’s something! The iron tablets I was prescribed have really made a difference to how I feel; I no longer feel sluggish and exhausted all the time.

I had an appointment with the birth planning midwife last week so now have a birth plan in place. I’ll be giving birth at consultant-led unit at the hospital and will have use of the pool, if it’s free, and they have agreed to use the cordless monitors so that I won’t feel strapped to the bed like I was during Little N’s birth.

My community midwife has been brilliant and has got me an expressing kit so I can express and freeze colostrum ahead of baby’s due date. For those of you that read about my experiences when Little N was born we had some trouble feeding so this time I want to be prepared with a stash, just in case.

37 weeks down, 3 weeks to go!

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sanctuary Mum to Be Stretch Mark Oil

sanctuary mum to be stretch mark oil

I recently ran out of my beloved Clarins Tonic Body Oil which I had been massaging into my ever-growing bump on a daily basis in a bid to prevent stretch marks and to ease the itching that comes as the skin grows. Luckily I have some wonderful friends who got me a gift set from the Sanctuary Mum to Be range, so for the last couple of weeks I have been using Sanctuary Mum to Be Stretch Mark Oil.

This midwife approved oil contains lots of nourishing oils to hydrate and smooth the skin. It is free from parabens and SLS and, more importantly for me, free from methylisothiazolinone. Amongst the ingredients are tamaru oil to prevent stretch marks, borage oil and rosehip seed oil to maintain suppleness, and wheatgerm oil, coconut oil and sweet almond oil to provide a moisture boost. It has a subtle sweet natural scent which fades once the oil has sunk into the skin. It is easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling soft and replenished, and relieved! I’ve been using it daily after my morning shower, as I did with the Clarins oil, but unlike with the Clarins oil I am often finding the need to apply it again before bed. I’m not sure if this is because it isn’t as nourishing or because my skin is simply being stretched more with this pregnancy. Either way, I’m a still stretch mark free zone!

It’s a lovely oil and one I would recommend to others. I would buy it again but with only a few weeks left of this pregnancy I don’t think I am going to need to repurchase it! You can buy it at Boots where it costs £10.25 for 150ml, making it a brilliantly priced alternative to the Clarins oil or the less natural but hugely popular Bio-Oil.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Surcare Laundry Sachets

As a mum to a eczema-prone toddler and a new baby due in a matter of weeks, finding laundry products suitable for sensitive skin has been a bit of a minefield. I was delighted to be able to test out new Surcare Laundry Sachets, little pillows of non-biological laundry detergent which promise to get your clothes clean without irritating sensitive skin, even at temperatures as low as 30°C.

Surcare Laundry Sachets sensitive

Containing no dyes, enzymes or acids, Surcare products have nothing in to irritate skin – perfect for babies and people with sensitive skin. Surcare laundry products are non biological, completely fragrance free and dermatologically tested and approved. I’ve been using Surcare Laundry Sachets instead of my usual detergent for all of our household’s laundry over the last week and have been very impressed with the results. Even at 30°C and on a quick wash cycle our clothes have come out clean, stain-free, soft and smelling fresh.

Trying a new detergent does make me panic a little in case it causes Little N’s eczema to flare up however he has suffered no irritation at all whilst we’ve used these sachets and I have even felt confident enough to use them to wash the new baby’s things. I’ve tried them on clothes, towels, bedding, you name it! The sachets are also hugely convenient as they are simply placed in the drum before adding the clothes; no need for measuring or scooping, thus making my life a little easier.

Surcare Laundry Sachets

Surcare Laundry Sachets come in packs of 10 and are available at most supermarkets costing £3.99. For more information check out the Surcare website here: http://www.surcare.co.uk/

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Disclosure: I received this product for free for review, however all thoughts and opinion remain my own.

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