Back from Fort Boyard with my bump!

Hi All

So I’m back in the UK after a week away filming series ITV of Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge for ITV. It went really well and will be on your screens later in the year, by which time I will be looking somewhat round! If any of you haven’t seen the series, it is action-packed which lots of extreme dares. I can assure all of you that despite being the adrenalin junkie I am, I did not partake in ANY of the challenges.I present the show so I was perfectly safe and I wouldn’t do anything that would put the baby at risk.

I managed to film the series without any of the contestants knowing I was five months pregnant (even though I am sure you’ll be able to tell when the show is televised). laura-1I mentioned in my first post that I am going to be working throughout my pregnancy, right up until the last minute. I know everyone feels differently about this, but I have been extremely lucky to avoid any sickness, I’m feeling really well and therefore more than capable to work. Of course I am putting on weight and I realise the bigger I get, the harder it will be, but I also think that staying active can only benefit the baby and will also make it easier to lose the baby weight afterwards.

As this is my first pregnancy, I’m certainly no expert, so I am doing as much research as I can about everything you can possibly think of including: disposal nappies versus washable ones, breastfeeding, dressing for your shape as it changes over the months (including wearing the right underwear), diet, exercise, skincare and beauty, the nursery and everything you need, baby routines, baby showers and labour!

Each week as well as updating you on what I have been up to work wise, I’m hoping to be able to tell you what I’ve found out and what my opinion is on that particular topic of the week. I appreciate that some of you may not agree or might even have your own opinions and advice for me, which will be gratefully welcomed, so please be sure to leave your comments.

Next week, the first topic I will be tackling is “dressing your shape in pregnancy” with help from my fab stylist Zoe Lem. Zoe styled our recent photoshoot in HELLO! magazine and has worked with lots of different people of varying shapes and sizes. She says “Dressing for ones ever-changing body is hard in both pregnancy and post-baby. Your body changes but your shape beyond the bump remains the same. These days you don’t need to dress in smocks and feel like a big sofa. You can still look great and actually it can be so liberating not having to suck you tummy in for nine months. She will be speaking from experience with a three- and a four-year-old, helping me dress my bump and offering some top pregnancy fashion tips!

 

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In terms of my pregnancy progress, at the end of last week I reached a big milestone. Soon after returning from filming in France, Alex and I had our 20-week scan. So we are halfway. This scan is probably the most important scan you will have during your pregnancy. It’s at this point the sonographer is able to check the development of the baby. This includes the spine, the limbs, the heart and its chambers, the brain and all the other organs. The scan can’t check things like sight and hearing but it is as in depth as it possibly can be. I’m pleased to be able to report that the baby is currently growing nicely. It’s about 20cm head to bottom (or crown to rump as they say), and it has longer than average legs which is unsurprising since his or her daddy is 6’4. In the last week, I also felt the baby move for the first time. The best way to describe it is like a washing machine, it feels like the baby is doing somersaults. When it kicks it feels like a popcorn machine with a sudden pop! And I’m not describing my food cravings – as of yet I haven’t actually had any.

After our incredible scan experience, Alex and I went to Theo Randall’s restaurant with some very good friends. We also enjoyed a chilled weekend together in the sun. Even though things will change when the baby arrives, we will still make sure we have “us” time. However, we are most definitely going to be making the most of spontaneous nights out and weekends away over the coming months! Anyway that is it from me for now. I hope you all have a great week and the sun continues to shine. Don’t forget next week is all about pregnancy style so make sure you check back then. Until next time…

Laura x

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