For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy, Tom hated meÂ doing ANYTHING physical â€“ even walking. Iâ€™m pretty sure that, given half theÂ chance, heâ€™d have wrapped me in bubblewrap and left me safely in bed for theÂ whole nine months â€“ but letâ€™s face it, thatâ€™s unrealistic.Â Plus, the constantÂ popping of bubbles every time I rolled over would be thoroughly annoying afterÂ a whileâ€¦ Iâ€™d get terribly cranky.
In all seriousness, I was knackered for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy anyway. I may have had no morning sickness (yes,Â thatâ€™sÂ correct â€“ I didnâ€™t spew once), but I had an overwhelming need for dailyÂ afternoon napsâ€¦ itâ€™s not something I complained about! WhoÂ doesnâ€™t like curlingÂ up on the sofa at midday and dozing off whilst cuddling a cat? Thank goodnessÂ Iâ€™m an author and can work in my PJsÂ at home â€“ making up my working hours as IÂ go! If I worked in an office thereâ€™s no way Iâ€™d be able to stop myself dozingÂ off at my desk. IÂ found it impossible to stay awake!
But (eventually) I acquired a burst of energy andÂ suddenly felt ready to get out of the house and DO something. Plus, I knew itÂ was timeÂ to get active. Iâ€™ve read a lot of books and know that fitness is veryÂ important in pregnancy â€“ one book even compared it to running theÂ marathon. YouÂ couldnâ€™t do one of those without getting your body prepared first. Well, youÂ could, but it wouldnâ€™t be much fun. GivingÂ birth is hugely demanding on ourÂ bodies, and therefore I was thrilled that the foggy sleepiness had lifted andÂ that I was ready to getÂ going.
Most women are probably tempted to cancel their gymÂ memberships as soon as they discover theyâ€™re pregnant, but actually, I thinkÂ itâ€™sÂ worth keeping. You may not be training to get your butt into those tightÂ jeans anymore, but you are getting your body ready, andÂ hopefully making thingsÂ a lot easier for yourself in the long run.
Iâ€™ve heard a lot of ladies say that they lovedÂ swimming during their pregnancy, and that is why I found myself at my localÂ Virgin ActiveÂ Health Club (displaying my bump in all its glory in my one-pieceÂ costume from Topshop), splashing around and having a jolly good timeÂ in theÂ pool. Iâ€™m not the strongest swimmer in the world (in fact, if other swimmersÂ splash in my face I have to remind myself that Iâ€™m fineÂ and not about to chokeÂ on a few drops of water), but Iâ€™ve found it really calming. Iâ€™m the picture ofÂ serenity after Iâ€™ve had a float aroundâ€¦Â actually, thatâ€™s a total lie. Iâ€™mÂ usually a bloated red mess â€“ however, I FEEL great! Itâ€™s nice to have half anÂ hour or so without the weight ofÂ my bump controlling my body. Now Iâ€™m in myÂ third trimester (nine weeks until my due date â€“ AH!) Iâ€™ve been told I might getÂ tired again,Â but ideally Iâ€™d love to keep up my new fish-like-talents â€“ moveÂ out the way Ariel, thereâ€™s a new Mermaid in town.
Talking about time slipping away from us â€“ weâ€™veÂ finally started to get organised! This week Tom and I took ourselves off toÂ MothercareÂ to get a whole heap of essentials for Crumb (a huge thank you to theÂ staff at the Watford store who managed to answer all of our sillyÂ questions!).Â Tomâ€™s most important item to find was a baby car seat (we opted for a black Maxi-cosiÂ Pebble), and for me â€“ I just wanted toÂ get my hands on everything so that I couldÂ start nesting properly. Ha! Believe it or not, the item most recommended by youÂ mummies outÂ there was Sophie the Giraffe, so Iâ€™m happy to say Sophie isÂ settling into her new home very nicely! Whilst in the shop I also totally fellÂ inÂ love with Jools Oliverâ€™s Little Bird range â€“ itâ€™s just so beautiful andÂ perfect for a spring baby. Iâ€™ve ordered her moses basket and aÂ gorgeousÂ patchwork quilt.
Weâ€™re waiting for a few bits to be delivered, but Iâ€™llÂ keep you posted on how the nursery is coming together over the next few weeks â€“Â soÂ far weâ€™ve emptied it of everything that was in thereâ€¦ Like I said, weâ€™veÂ made a start.
The week came to a close with a lovely group meal atÂ The Judds, for which Izzy slaved away to make a gorgeous Thai Green ChickenÂ Curry (she really is becoming the model wife).
Great to see the boys as alwaysÂ â€“ but even better to have a girlie natter and hear all aboutÂ Georgiaâ€™s weddingÂ planning! Check out this weekâ€™s HELLO! mag for an exclusive photoshoot with theÂ gorgeous couple.
In other news, Iâ€™ve started to get those nightly leg crampsÂ that Iâ€™ve been warned about, but Iâ€™ve found a way to fight them off â€“ as soonÂ asÂ I sense one stirring I flex my foot. Thatâ€™s it. Simple, yet effective! I canÂ actually feel the oncoming pain huff as it scuttles awayÂ begrudgingly.
Iâ€™ve got a busy week next week â€“ Iâ€™m turning 29 on Wednesday (Eek!) AND my sister Giorgina is throwing me aÂ baby shower atÂ the weekendâ€¦ How exciting!
Have a good one!
P.S. A very important piece of equipment arrived thisÂ week â€“ my Medela Freestyle breastpump (described to me by one friend as â€˜theÂ bestâ€™ and also recommended by a few of you). On seeing the device Tom askedÂ what would happen if he tried using itâ€¦ Iâ€™ve no doubt thatÂ Iâ€™m going to comeÂ home one day and see him trying it out. Ha!