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Hello Third Trimester

Its been a whirlwind few months, but I have made it to my third trimester which ironically has flown by. I spent the whole of my second trimester in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, which we are now finally starting to come out of after 12 weeks of isolation at home. As I have began the third and final stage of my pregnancy, I have definitely noticed some major changes; little baby kicks turning into big rolls and somersaults, energetic days turning in lazier days with afternoon naps, a ravenous appetite turning into heartburn and grazing on small meals and that’s to name a few.

One thing about me is I love being pregnant, so with this being my last and final pregnancy I am enjoying every day growing this tiny human and not wishing the days away because it has gone so fast already. I managed to secure a modelling job in London with maternity modelling agency Beautiful Bumps for a prenatal fitness book published by Penguin Collins. There were strict safety measures applied for us all including the photographer, Director and make up artist, still abiding to the social distancing government guidelines so I felt super safe and had a fabulous day doing the photo shoot with some other lovely mummy-to-be’s. The book is out next year, which will be a great little keepsake.

 

I am now 10 weeks away from my due date and have been using my time in lockdown to renovate the nursery. I have chosen a Swan Princess theme, since I became obsessed with Swans when launching my travel company Swan Parties. Swan theme decor was not easy to find, so I ordered a lot of my pieces from one-off designers from Etsy and kept the colour scheme to dove grey, with a touch of pink and silver. I chose wall art instead of wallpaper so that the room didn’t look too ‘busy’. I like minimalistic decor with an influx of modern feature pieces.

It was only until my little interior project was finished and my app suggested to start planning my hospital bag that I thought it would not be a bad idea to start making a list and getting a few things organised. Paul seems to think this baby is going to come early because I’m so big, so better now than later! Here is the list that has helped me get prepared;

For Baby

  • 3 x sleepsuits
  • 3 x hats
  • 3 x vests
  • 2 x cardigans
  • 2 x scratch mittens
  • Nappies
  • Water wipes
  • Nappy bags
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Muslin cloths
  • Thick baby blanket

For Me

  • Nightdress/Dressing gown
  • Sliders/Flip flops
  • Socks
  • Bikini top for birthing pool
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity towels
  • Face flannels
  • Towel
  • Facial wash
  • Face wipes
  • Make up remover
  • Sanex soap & shower gel
  • Bio Oil
  • Nipple cream
  • Neom pillow spray
  • Neom sleep oil
  • Neom candle
  • Lighter
  • Rennie
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Nursing pillow
  • Sleeping pillow
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Phone charger
  • Comfortable loose clothing
  • Olbas oil
  • Maternity notes!

    

Some of the above may seem excessive but with me taking up a hypnobirthing course there are things on this list that will help with my pain relief, as I have chosen to have a water birth with no medicated pain relief. Things like my Neom candles, sleep oil, pillow spray is to scent my birthing suite for relaxation. The olbas oil (peppermint oil) is to pop on a muslin cloth if I feel nauseous from the gas and air, which I remembered from last time I gave birth! Relaxation and releasing my oxytocin levels is key to hypnobirthing.

My must-haves will certainly be my charger and speakers, as I have made my own birthing playlist to have in my birthing suite with some Ibiza chillout music, and some of mine and Paul’s favourite songs to relax to. I have decided to take a carry-on suitcase rather than a holdall to make sure I can fit everything in!

I am hoping to breastfeed again, just like I did with my other two boys, so I will only be taking a small baby bottle, a single bottle sterilizer and my breast pump just in case I need to express my milk. But I wont be leaving the hospital until baby is latched. I love breastfeeding so much, as it releases oxytocin (the happy hormone), helps pull your uterus back in and creates an unbelievable bond between mum and baby. Its demanding but I enjoy every second.

I have decided not to have my placenta encapsulated but I 100% want to see it and have it shown to me by my midwife. I am super curious about what it looks like. The fact that women grow another organ to keep their baby alive during pregnancy is remarkable. I will have assisted placenta delivery which is an injection in the thigh to release it, otherwise it can take up to an hour to release on its own. Your placenta leaves an internal scar the size of a plate inside your uterus so its super important to take time to heal after giving birth. Image if that scar was external and we could see it, that would slow us all down!

I will also have delayed cord clamping during skin-to-skin in the birthing pool. This allows all the blood and oxygen to naturally slow down between me and baby. There are lots of health benefits to cord banking (cord donation) which I will be making arrangements for it to be collected from the hospital. The stem cells can be used for a multitude of cancers, blood disorders and life threatening diseases, so rather than throw it away as human waste, I will be donating mine to help other people.

So with my nursery all ready, my birthing preferences researched and my hospital bag getting bigger, I can pretty much relax and enjoy the last leg of this pregnancy waiting for baby girl to make an appearance. Exciting times ahead!

 

 

 

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