Plus Size and Pregnant – Pregnancy Diary weeks 9 to 12

As the first post in my Plus Size and Pregnant series, I thought I would share my pregnancy diary from 9 -12 weeks to get you up to date with what’s been happening while we have been keeping the baby a secret 🙂

 

Week 9 

I’m so happy that I’m pregnant, another child in the family is something that James and I have wanted for a while, but I guess it just wasn’t the right time! Now definitely is and we were both really excited when we found out recently!

I’m not going to lie, since I found out that a few weeks ago I have been feeling really ill and vomiting every single day. Some days have been a real struggle. At the moment, I feel a little bit of a failure, my normal daily routine is a bit of a shambles. I’m not keeping up with the housework or spending as much quality time with my family mainly because once I get home from work I’m going to sleep.

I’ve been late to work on occasion due to needing to leave the house later, plus I’ve been going home early meaning I owe so much in flexi time! I made the decision to share my pregnancy at work with my bosses and HR because of the way I have been feeling. So far they have been really supportive even when I’ve had to take a few days off. I would advise that if you are struggling with pregnancy related sickness, that you share what’s going on with your boss. It will be a weight off your shoulders and if you do have to take time off it will not be treated or actioned the same way that other sickness is in the workplace.

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Week 10

I’ve seen the Midwife for my booking appointment. It went well and I was around 10 weeks pregnant at the time. It was at this appointment that I was informed that due to my BMI being high, my pregnancy was classed as high risk and I suddenly started to feel extremely guilty for getting pregnant at my size once I was hearing the risks associated with being overweight. My midwife was lovely, she was extremely supportive and stressed that she was not there to judge me, but that her job was to provide the best care she can for me and my unborn child.The midwife explained that I would most likely have to have consultant led care as well as seeing her and that I would need extra scans to check that everything was ok.

I felt so overwhelmed at this appointment as there is so much to discuss. We went through my medical history, talked about my mental health, migraines and how to cope with stress and anxiety during pregnancy. We also looked at any family history which could cause problems during pregnancy or after the birth. I had blood taken and sent off for testing. I haven’t heard anything back from the Midwife since, so I’m assuming those tests were all clear.  I was also pleased to learn that my blood pressure was normal, so no complications so far. After the appointment, I began to feel better about being plus size and pregnant. I told myself that plenty of women had healthy pregnancies and babies at my size so I just needed to relax.

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Week 11

It was after this appointment that the sickness came back with a vengeance. I had previously been given Cyclizine to control it, but this was no longer helping. After three days of constant nausea and vomiting, I went to see the doctor again and he prescribed me Metoclopromide and signed me off work for two weeks. I was physically and emotionally drained and just needed to rest.I felt like the doctor was not really that understanding, he wrote “Morning Sickness” on my fit note, which to me doesn’t accurately reflect the situation at all. I’ve been experiencing this at all times of the day no matter what I’m doing. It’s so debilitating, it makes me feel so low, like I’m a failure as a wife and mother because I’m struggling to keep it together. Above all I’m sick of being sick. Luckily, I haven’t been as bad as some and am able to keep some fluids down to keep myself hydrated.

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I’ve got some news ….

I’m pregnant!

Wow, it feels so great to finally type that! James and I have wanted to share the news for a few weeks it feels like we’ve known forever (even though we haven’t) but also wanted to wait until we had the first scan to make sure everything was ok!

It’s not my first baby, I already have a 6 year old daughter, but this pregnancy will be very different to my last. Mostly because of my weight, which I know puts me into a certain category as far as midwives and doctors are concerned but I’m not worried, I’m just looking forward to enjoying my pregnancy and meeting our new addition at the end of it.

I wasn’t blogging during my last pregnancy but I’ve got so many ideas to document my pregnancy! Most of my posts will come under “Plus Size and Pregnant” so keep your eyes open for them. Throughout May i’m focusing on the early stages of pregnancy, like when to tell people you’re expecting and how to cope with morning sickness.

I’m going to share my personal pregnancy experiences in a monthly diary, mainly because i’m struggling to find any relatable info online at the moment about what I may experience being plus size and pregnant, which sucks and I’d like others to be able to read my experiences if they need to. The first instalment of that is coming tomorrow so make sure you don’t miss it.

I’m also hoping to share my fashion hacks for us pregnant plus size babes, I’m going to share my beauty tips and my survival skills and of course all the cute things I’m buying!! My mind is full of great content ideas and I may also extend this into some YouTube videos and Instagram stories, so make sure you are following me on all my social media platforms! My links can be found in the sidebar.

I’m so excited for the future and I can’t wait to start sharing my experiences with you!

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The vintage touch feat JD Williams*

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted a dressing table in my bedroom. I’ve trawled the charity shops and Ebay and also asked friends to keep a look out for anything they thought would be suitable. I wasn’t really that fussy, but I knew that I wanted something that would add the vintage touch to my room.

I found a gorgeous vnitage dressing table on Ebay, with plenty of storage and a huge mirror! The seller was not too far from me and the listing was ending on new years eve so I knew I had a great chance of winning the auction for a great price. I sat there as it was ending and I put in a maximum bid of £11 and I WON!

Once I had the dressing table home, I began to upcycle it. I chose to go with a cream paint and a dark wood, the same as I have done with all of the furniture in our bedroom. It looked so flawless when I had finished I was so proud as it had taken me a whole weekend to perfect!

I was then contacted by JD Williams, who asked if I would like to try some new bedding and I thought it was a great opportunity to add something to my newly arranged bedroom. On going to their website, I was really surprised to see that they had such a wide range of different bedding sets, there was literally something for any type of theme or feel, and it took me a while to choose which one I really wanted. I knew I had to get something that added the vintage touch to the room along with my new dressing table.

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Beauty Bucket List – Part 1

So I thought for today’s post I’d try something a little bit different. Welcome to my Beauty Bucket list. There are 15 different things on my list and I’m going to split it up across a few months and reveal 5 things on my list in each post!

Have you ever thought “I’d love to try that” or “I wish I could apply that better”, that’s what this beauty bucket list is all about! It’s all the little things I wish I could do but just never get around to it. So here we go, the first part of my beauty bucket list counting down from 15:

15.  Master winged eyeliner

We’ve all seen the beauty gurus and makeup artists online who are so amazing at applying eyeliner they are just showing off. Why can’t mine be that easy, it literally takes me 5 minutes on each eye, I always have to have the wipes ready and the line never looks completely flawless. So I’m tired of just being able to apply a wing, I want to master it! I have a weird eye shape on the outer corner so i’d love to be able to find the right wing for my eye shape.  I’d love to venture into the world of gel liner too, which I only use on the lid if I want to do a dramatic smokey eye.

14. Try a fringe

Ok, so I have been growing my hair for years now and it is finally all the same length. I’d love to get a fringe cut in just to see what it is like. The problem is I am so scared to do it. What happens if I don’t like it

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Starting a new skincare routine with The Ordinary

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have no doubt heard about The Ordinary. A brand under the Deciem umbrella, that has quickly become a cult favourite for it’s amazing active skincare products at very affordable prices.

I’ve been wanting to revamp my skincare routine for a while, but had no idea where to start. I know that I have problematic skin. It’s extremely oily normally, I have redness, hyper pigmentation, blemishes and acne scarring. I have very acne prone skin and find that some of my regular skin care products can make this worse once spots appear. I also do not have much of a budget, so The Ordinary was an extremely affordable option for me.

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For someone who is so used to just cleansing, toning and moisturising with products from the drug store, I was well out of my comfort zone when I visited The Ordinary website. Although there is a small guide on there, I decided to research a little bit about the products and found some great advice in this post from Victoria Health amongst others.

One of the main things I was able to get my head around was the difference between AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) exfoliants and how these might benefit my skin. The biggest difference is that AHA’s work on the skin’s surface and that BHA’s work on the surface and in the pores.I was able to read the information and choose products which I thought would be best suited to my skin type and would help to improve the things I wanted to target.

I thought I would go through each of the products that I chose and then at the end I will share with you my new skin care routine. I will then update each month with how I think the new routine is going.

Direct Acids

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Looking forward in 2018!

So this isn’t going to be a new year’s resolution post, god knows I hate all that crap that’s floating around at this time of year.

I wanted to take this opportunity to just let you know that you should not let anyone make you feel like you need to change because it’s diet season, if you’re happy then just try your best to roll with it and be you. At the same time, if you want to diet and exercise that is also cool, you go for it and make sure you’re doing it for you. Also remember not to thrust your views on others, everyone has their own journey and you never know where someone is at. The best way to think about it is “I’m doing this for me” and keep opinions to yourself, that way you don’t upset anyone.

Anyway, I felt like I just had to get that out of the way, time to move onto what I really wanted to talk about in this post.

A huge thing for me this last year was that I’m definitely not where I wanted to be with my career at all. Towards the end of 2017, day to day work was becoming a MASSIVE chore for me. I’d wake up and not want to go at all (I don’t know why but I just wanted to cry at the thought of walking in) I think it’s various things, but mainly I suppose I just feel like I should be doing more. Now that I’ve had some time off and spent some quality time with my family I’ve realised that this is one major change I need to make.

 

I started to neglect blogging and social media quite a lot. I’m sort of getting back into it but I just need to stop making excuses and put the time in. It can be hard when you work full time and have a family but I know that I can do it, especially if I want it to be successful! My main goals for the blog will be to post regularly, interact on social media and become more active in the Plus Size community. I’m not fussed about creating goals around stats or numbers really as long as I’m doing what I love and people are loving my content I’m happy 🙂

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Party Season Makeup Tips – Get your glitter on!

Without a doubt, this is my all time favourite time of year. I just love the glitz and glamour of party season and it means I can wear glitter to my hearts content without having to justify myself. In the first post of my Party Season Makeup Tips, I’m going to be helping you to get your glitter on by sharing my favourite products to give you that extra sparkle! All are hopefully budget friendly, like nothing is over £10 so let’s get stuck in!

Collection – Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner

I’ve talked about this product before on the blog, but it is still an essential part of my makeup collection today! I love these Glam Grystals Gel Liner’s becuase they are so versatile and dry nicely without looking crusty on the eye. With them you can add glitter to your look by lining under your eyes or adding a full on cat eye and ditching traditional black liner. You can also use them on your lid for a more dramatic look, like in a cut crease look or just all over. They definitely are alot more subltle and easier to use than some other produtcs on the market. They are so precise so if you’re new to using glitter, then these are definitely for you! These are priced at just £2.99 each at Superdrug

Primark PS – Glitter Obsessed Palette

Ok, so this is definitely another one for you beginners. Beauty bloggers have raved about this and seemingly it is hard to find in Primary stores, but I’ve had mine for quite a while now and have seen it recently in my local store. The palette contains 28 different glitter creme shades that are soooo perfect for adding a bit of glam to any makeup look. There is every colour you could ever need in this palette, from golds and bronzes to blues and purples this palette will take you from party season to festival season so it is definitely worth investing in. I like to pat the creams onto the inner corner of my eye or all over a neutral smoky add to add some drama. Beware though, do not go CRAZY with application, these are creme formulas so if you apply too much it will crease up on the eye! For £4 can you really make an excuse not to try this?

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Plus Size Fashion and Beauty Black Friday Deals!

So, it’s that time of year again where we all go mental for a bargain before Christmas and with party season just around the corner, what better way to shop this black friday than for your favourite fashion and beauty essentials! All the deals I’m sharing are for either plus size fashion or beauty! Please not this post contains afilliate links, please check out my disclaimer for more info!

Black Friday Beauty Deals!

Tam Beauty – The home of Makeup Revolution amongst others has up to a massive 70% off across their site at the moment. This deal lasts until 27th November! Not only that but as a standard you get free delivery on all UK orders over £30! Shop here

Superdrug – If you’re in the market for some new makeup brushes,you can save up to HALF PRICE  on selected Real Techniques! It’s time to stock up on those Miracle Complexion Sponges I think!  This offer is running until the 02/12 so grab yourself a bargain by clicking here 

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Our time in Koh Phangan!

Hi loves! Another travel related post today! I suppose I’m really pining for a holiday and the trouble is when you want to get away you start thinking about the places you have visited that you will remember for the rest of your life. Today I wanted to talk about my time in Koh Phangan in Thailand!

There are lots of different types of Thailand holiday’s, so when my husband and I traveled to Thailand for a friend’s wedding, we planned our trip so we could visit as many places as possible and at the top of the list was to go to a full moon party. We however wanted a nice balance between relaxing and partying!

Now I think we all know that Koh Phangan is the place to experience the full moon party. So after a little bit of research, I booked us a hotel at the other side of the Island to the town where the full moon parties happen. Obviously before you go, you make assumptions about the type of place you are visiting. I presumed that this Island would be the place to be for nightlife and partying, James and I do love to party, but we are a little bit older so like to relax as well.

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How to prepare for travelling – if you’re a newbie

If you’re about to embark on your first travel experience, you’re in for something special. With so much around the world to see and do, it’s important you’re making the most of it and seizing every opportunity. With that being said, it’s equally as crucial to prepare adequately to ensure smooth sailing on your travels.

Here are just a few suggestions on how to prepare for travelling if you’re a newbie.

Pack the right things

One of the most important things to consider when preparing to go travelling is what to pack. If you’re used to bringing your entire life with you on your holidays, it’s a habit you’re going to have to shed – travelling doesn’t allow for masses of belongings to be hauled around with you.

Make sure you limit yourself to the bare essentials. Ideally you want to bring a backpack with you instead of an actual suitcase, as you won’t be staying still for long when travelling – and your bag won’t be forgiving should you want to bring too much. A few reliable outfits are enough to last you – leave the singlets and vests at home, though – and if you want to bring some gadgets, your phone and camera will do. And, of course, don’t forget the important paperwork.

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