Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pregnancy + App – Review

People assume after your first pregnancy, you know how it works and that you’ll remember it for the subsequent pregnancies. I don’t know about anyone else, but in my experience you tend to forget things which happened and also each pregnancy is very different! I was offered the Pregnancy + app to try out, and I was delighted to try it out as it meant I could have a handy guide to pregnancy at my finger tips! I don’t have the most up to date version, as my little iphone 3gs can’t cope with all the many features the app has, however the version I have has impressed me and I find myself eagerly checking it daily to see what is happening with baby! 

The features, a daily and weekly section which tells you what baby might be up to. A section with images showing you roughly how big baby might be, e.g this week my baby is about the size of a mango! 

Each day the app greets with you with exactly how pregnant you are, which is handy especially if you end up having to pop to the Dr’s and then “about 20 weeks” means they sit and fiddle about with their chart trying to work out how many weeks plus days you are.. (or is that just my experience of Dr’s?!).
The organiser is great and gives you a section to store pregnancy appointments in, and a handy shopping list of suggested items plus a section you can complete yourself of things you may want. 

The section we are playing with the most at the moment has to be the baby names, with the top 500 or 100 of names. I have to confess to trying to avoid the top 10 baby names, when we named our eldest his name was unusual, it is now a name (in abbreviated form!) I’m hearing frequently and I sigh as I did like the fact it was a bit unusual! This time round choosing names seems even harder, so the app is helping with plenty of ideas! 

The “Me” section on the app, enables you to track weight gain (if you wish) foods you can and can’t eat and a great section on births (different types!) how to know if you’re in labour, and perhaps most importantly a section on when to call the Doctor – I learnt a few things from reading that which I wish I’d known in my first pregnancy! 

So, who would I recommend this app for? Any pregnant lady or their partner, I found it really helpful, it’s been like having a pregnancy book with me at all times! The basic app is free, but the full app is priced at £1.99 I think it is a bargain, it is available via Apple or Android! Check out the site for further information!

Disclaimer: I received the app free of charge for the purposes of an honest open review.

Bravado Body Silk seamless Nursing Bra – Review

In pregnancy, underwear is something which is vitally important, you want comfortable maternity bras, and pants which accommodate the baby bump, but you also want the wow factor – attractive maternity lingerie!
In my first pregnancy, my growing breasts were greeted with dread, how on earth would I contain them? Shopping for bras I was rather clueless and I bought functional bras which were, erm, ugly and I hated them. Pregnancy number two, I worked out I needed comfort and style and this time I’m opting for the same tack! 

Bravado sent me a Jungle Teal seamless silk nursing bra, it’s perfect for maternity and nursing with a handy kit included to convert it into a “normal” bra so you can carry on wearing it!  I put the bra on and it instantly felt comfortable, it’s supportive yet still ultra comfortable, attractively cut across the chest so it can be worn with lower cut tops without exposing the front of your bra (I problem I find with some maternity styles!) – so ideal for wearing with summer vests for example! There are 4 sets of hooks so you can loosen the bra off as your chest expands during pregnancy and to ensure it’ll still be comfy afterwards! It comes with moulded cups – these are removable, but I liked them as they cover my nipples which since becoming pregnant are larger and tend to be visible if I’m wearing a fitted top.

The moulded cup is removable and can be seen to the left of the image.

It’s a very attractively cut bra, a beautiful colour (it also comes in a rose pink colour to!) and the pattern is eye catching! It made me feel very feminine while still being ultra comfortable, and I am sure I will enjoy wearing this into my third trimester and beyond! Care, I am not going to lie, the fact I can pop this bra into a cool wash is a great positive! It retains it’s shape well and drys quickly – bonus if you’re like me and tend to be dashing around trying to find clean underwear from the hanging still drying laundry on a Monday morning!

Disclaimer: I received a bra for the purposes of an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own based on my experience using the bra.

19 weeks.. Colds, tiredness and emotions.

Wow.. 19weeks already the weeks are flying by! I have to confess the combination of a laptop breakdown (so this is written on the useless blogger app on my phone..) and a horrible cold have made this week a bit challenging. Colds in pregnancy are rubbish, hot ribena to drink and olbas oil dropped on a tissue by the bed has been so helpful, but I’m struggling with the lack of sleep adding to my “normal” pregnancy tiredness. I’m also struggling with a lack of appetite, nausea in part i’m sure brought on by the iron tablets.. However, it has encouraged me to tempt myself with fruit and vegetables with the odd handful of nuts thrown in. I’ve discovered cucumber sticks seem to go down well at the moment..I might start looking like a cucumber at the rate I’m eating them!

A big issue I’m struggling with is people who continually remind me of how unhappy I was after the ectopic, and talk about it as though those feelings were wrong. I was grieving, and those feelings of grief and desperation were normal! However, i am allowed to be happy, and move forward without that being questioned or reminded about one of the most horrific times in my life which by the way gets mentioned at every medical appointment anyway! On to happier things.. 

Baby is jumping about a lot! Which is wonderful, and it makes me smile each time I feel a wiggle! We have started thinking about names, but cannot agree on any of them.. Next week we could ask if baby is a boy or a girl, but I think we are going to keep it as a surprise, much to my dear friend T’s dismay! She thinks I’m crazy to want to wait to find out, and who knows I may well change my mind by next week! We have been looking into travel systems, while I will be doing a lot of baby wearing I still think I need a set of wheels! I think it’ll take us ages to decide as Mr G wants something sporty, while I want something modern but gorgeous! Who will win?! 

Ms G xx

Mother’s Day Chocolate Mice Cupcakes!

Boo made cupcakes last week, and they were so adorable he’s promised to make them for me on Mothering Sunday. This isn’t my usual recipe post as Boo did this one, but as he’s not great at typing, I’m doing that bit and sharing his lovely cake idea on his behalf!

It’s a really simple recipe, and I have to confess the cake was fabulous and spongy! The recipe (as written by Boo) is here:

Mix the ingredients, and pre-heat your oven (ours is a fan oven and we had it heated to 180c). The mix makes 12 cup cakes, and they cooked in 17 minutes in our oven.

When the cakes are cool, melt some chocolate (we used cadbury giant buttons) and then spread a bit on the top of each cake. Break a giant button in half, to make two mice ears, and you could use a piece of strawberry lace for the tale but Boo used a slither of chocolate button (and ate the rest..). Boo used silver sugar balls for the eyes and nose, but you could use smarties to keep up the chocolate theme!

So that’s what I’m hoping for on Mother’s Day, what are you hoping to receive for Mother’s Day? 

Ms G xx

18weeks Pregnant..

I have been tired for most of this pregnancy so far, and finally I was told it was OK that I felt so exhausted as I have low iron stores. I’ll be honest I almost leapt across the table and kissed the registrar when he told me this, as I had been thinking I was just becoming the laziest girl in the world! Anyway, he reassured Mr G and myself, that no I was definitely exhausted due to the lack of iron, apparently my levels would normally be around 30 and currently they’re 12, so I have a nice dose of iron tablets to take and instructions to drink plenty of orange juice to help iron absorption! I’m now worried I’m going to end up constipated (a known side effect of iron tablets!) so am eating all fibre rich foods I can find! We’re reassessing our food planning, shopping and diet generally to make it rich in iron and high in fibre! 

18 weeks pregnant

 I’ve had more blood tests relating to my rhesus negative blood type, as they have found an abnormality in my pregnancy booking bloods, which they’re investigating, but they’ve reassured me that the pregnancy should be OK. I get to see them again after my 20week scan, (which is two weeks today!! – yes I’m a little excited by the scan!!) to discuss what will happen next and whether I can just remain under midwife care. I’m far more chilled out with pregnancy this week than I was last, although I’m finding myself get quite agitated with people who can’t do simple jobs very frustrating, and I find myself biting my lip trying not to go “araggghhhhh! why do you have to make things difficult!”. Think I should start meditating or something?! Lots of flutterings which are baby wriggling about, which are lovely! Having to remind myself to sleep on my side which I will admit I am finding difficult as I want to roll onto my back, but all is good!

Ms G x

I am 16 going on 17 weeks pregnant..

16 – 17 weeks pregnant, I’m still nauseous..and when I’m not nauseous I’m ravenous!! I feel very faint if I don’t eat when I get hungry, so trying to eat little and often, I also now have to get up from chairs slowly, I feel ancient!! I can’t sleep properly at all, pregnancy seems to have caused me to have very disturbed sleep, I can’t get comfortable and wake up in the early hours wondering what to do with myself. Pregnancy back ache is here, I have problems with my back anyway, but currently the aches are horrible, and after taking a couple of images for #bumpwatch on twitter I can see why my back is so sore.. photo one:

As you can see there’s a big curve in my back and that’s where the aching is, so I took another photo while trying my best to hold my tummy “in” and standing up straight..

The bump looks smaller, and while I find standing up properly more tiring, my back aches less. Mental note, when standing, stand up properly, otherwise sit down! 

The boys are both getting excited, E has started to pat my tummy and say “Hello baby!” which is rather cute, and then carries around his toy monkey like it’s a baby saying “look Mummy, I have a baby too!”. Boo is more reserved on the matters, but asks questions like where will he be when the baby arrives, something I can’t answer but have reassured him that we will make sure he knows what is happening nearer the time! He’s also keen to know what he can do to help baby when baby arrives?! We asked what he’d like to do and he replied “Feed it” to which Mr G had to explain that perhaps he’d be better being in charge of selecting the toys for the baby, which he seemed to think was a good idea!

Ms G x

FREE Downloadable Colour in Story Book for World Book Day from Eggnogg

If you want a great way to celebrate world book day with your child or children, download a copy of Under the Weather Wendy a colour in story book from Eggnogg, free for World Book day – 6th March 2014 only! 

5 yr old had fun colouring this picture!

Under the Weather Wendy is a fun book for children to enjoy reading and colouring in as they follow the adventures of Wendy since a cloud starts raining on her head after her brother made her mad! It’s a fabulous way to encourage little readers to either read on their own, or listen to the story! 

You can download the story here: FREE DOWNLOADABLE COLOUR-IN STORY BOOK (06/03/14 only)

Maternity Essentials: Cantaloop Pregnancy and Nursing Tank Top Review – Super Comfort!

When I became pregnant, I very rapidly realised that I wanted comfortable pregnancy underwear! I wanted maternity clothes which grew with me, supported me, and could be used for a few months after birth – especially if I decided to breastfeed. This pregnancy, I have so far suffered with very sore breasts, and so when I got the chance to try out Cantaloop’s pregnancy tank top, I was very excited as it promised to be supportive yet soft and comfortable. 

Designed to accommodate your bump throughout pregnancy, the top has plenty of room to accommodate your bump and yet looks great even with my 4 month bump due to the ruching under the bust line.The fabric is super soft, seamless, and while the design is quite plain it is extremely flattering!

Image used with permission from Cantaloop.

I have to confess, I already love this top and will continue to wear it throughout pregnancy and during breastfeeding! I have been wearing it underneath wrap over cardigans, it looks just like a vest, and I forget I’m wearing it yet it gives me ample support – which is impressive as I’m an E cup currently – and getting bigger! I haven’t been able to wear a vest bra-less comfortably in years so this is great! It washes really well, and retains it’s shape which is excellent as I’m terrible at just throwing everything in the machine at 40c! The straps have easy catches which unfasten to enable you to breastfeed easily, I already have the white Cantaloop pregnancy and nursing tank top on my wish list for this summer it really is exceptionally comfortable maternity wear!

Disclaimer: I was sent a Cantaloop Tank Top in Black for the purposes of an honest review, all thoughts are based on my own experiences using the product.