First trimester pregnancy survival guide: Health, Beauty and Fashion

Oh, the irony, I am already on the second trimester of my second pregnancy and the blog (about maternity and breastfeeding friendly fashion) is dead. The thing is, I have some business projects I am working on, and this blog takes my spare time, which has been pretty much non existent in the last few months.

One of the reasons, apart from work, is that I have been sooo tired during the first trimester that doing the usual daily activities was more than enough for me. And during the second trimester I have been feeling “more normal” but I get incredibly sleepy by 22:00, which is the time I use to write posts for the blog.

I have been investing heavily in good nights sleep because I know how precious rest is when you have a new baby. In fact, I didn’t have a full night sleep in 3 years with my first. Mothers of high need babies know what I am talking about.

I have put together a little guide for surviving the first trimester, simple things that worked for me, enjoy!

First trimester survival guide

1.- Ginger in all forms: tea, cookies, pills… whatever works for you and your morning sickness!

2.- Rest! Invest in sleeping as much as you can, your body is demanding it (I know mine was). Also, exercise is not always safe in the first trimester (check your doctor) so I stopped my Ashtanga Yoga and hypopressive exercise sessions altogether, and I started doing gentle pregnancy yoga after the 14 weeks scan. (Cute sleep mask by Wildfox)

3.- Coconut oil and natural cosmetics: this time I am going for no parabens, all natural stuff for my skin, so I started using coconut oil mixed with pure aloe vera gel during the first few months.

4.- Hairband trick: no need to start shopping for new jeans, yet. Check for instructions here.

5.- Wireless bra: If you are like me, your nipples and boobs will be sore and tender. Get some soft fabric wireless bra for some stylish comfort. Find lots here.

 

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My favorites from New Look Maternity

Happy New Year people! Have you been keeping all those super ambitious resolutions? Erm, I didn’t get to finish writing them!

So New Year calls for a New Look right? Well, I think it’s a good excuse to get back to have a quick look at what’s at store in this shop, there are always tons and tons of great maternity basics and some cool finds too. Here is my selection, hope you like them:

My favorites from New Look Maternity

1 New Look Maternity Burgundy Tea Dress // 2 New Look Maternity Black Colour Block Crepe Tunic Dress // 3 New Look Maternity Monochrome Stripe Crepe T-Shirt // 4 New Look Maternity Grey Double Zip Front Jumper // 5 New Look Maternity Navy Broderie Panel Tea Dress // 6 New Look Maternity Black Tile Print Sleeveless Dress

Mama bites! 4 steps for healthy snacking

It´s a known fact: pregnant women get hungry, often. It is less known that some nursing mamas feel like they could it a horse in the first weeks or months of breastfeeding (in my case used to thirst).

With this simple snacking plan you will make sure that you don´t go straight after the pizza leftovers whenever you feel your stomach grumbling, and more importantly, that your baby’s nutritional needs will be easily fulfilled as well as yours, at least for the next hour!

So every time you want to eat a bite or two, follow these simple steps:

Start by drinking a glass of water. If it´s winter and you prefer something warm, you can have a cup of herbal tea (caffeine free) instead.

Have a piece of fruit (not juice) or a vegetable portion, like carrot or celery sticks. Best if seasonal and organic, but any fresh fruit or vegetable will do.

Here you have to make sure what you eat is really healthy, so keep the usual baddies to a minimum: white sugar, refined cereals, saturated fats, too much salt, additives…  Foods with a low glycemic index will make you feel full and strong for longer.

Some suggestions:

  • Low-fat yogurt (you can add fruits, nuts, seeds, honey…)
  • A glass of skimmed milk or veggie drink like soya, rice, oatmeal or almond milk. Delicious with Weetabix and honey.
  • Cereal bar
  • Rice or corn cakes
  • Popcorn (best with a sprinkle of sea salt)
  • Veggie sushi (raw fish is not recommended during pregnancy)
  • Wholemeal bread sandwich. Fillings suggestions: tuna and cucumber,  turkey, humus, avocado…

If by now you are full, leave step 4 for another time. Believe me, you will be rooting for a bite again.

If you are still hungry, now is the time to go for the brownies. You already have had some water, fruit and a healthy snack, so you will not feel as hungry as in the beginning. Enjoy!!

There is more: you can make sure your guilty snack is a bit more wholesome by switching to healthier and equally tasty alternative:

  • Cookies, biscuits –> wholemeal, brown sugar biscuits; oatmeal cakes
  • Mayonnaise –> light mayo, and better still, humus or guacamole
  • French fries –> oven baked potatoes
  • Brownies –> homemade wholemeal carrot cake, with olive oil instead of butter, yogurt instead of cream
  • Milkshake –> yogurt smoothie
  • Bacon, sausages, burger –> veggie sausages, veggie burger
  • Butter –> olive oil, tahini

Final tips:

A good diet begins when you are food shopping, so always make a list (and stick to it) and don´t go to the supermarket with an empty stomach.

Take some water. a piece of fruit and a healthy snack (steps 1,2 and 3, basically) when you are on the go or at work, so when temptation burns you are always ready.

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What do think about this little snacking plan? Would you follow it? To harsh, too indulging or just right in your view? 

Favorite pregnant film and TV characters

In my pre-baby times, seemingly ages ago, I was quite a movie and TV series junkie. I would go to the cinema twice a week, and watch entire TV box sets in a single sitting. Those times are over, and with still often night-nursing toddler it will be long before life resembles those days.

Anyway, I thought I would share some favorite film and TV characters who are pregnant in the story. I didn´t include the films or series where pregnancy itself plays a central part (Rosemary´s Baby, Away We Go, Juno, Up All Night, etc.), but rather the ones where the girl happens to be pregnant, with all that entails, and still have other things going on in her life.

– Cate Blanchet as Jane Winslett-Richardson in Life Aquatic.  She is a reporter chronicling a sea voyage in the quest of a murderous water creature, expecting a child of her married boss. She causes quite a stir on board by attracting the attention of Captain Zissou and his son.

– Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo: heavily pregnant local police chief investigates a false kidnapping gone horribly wrong.

– Rachel Griffiths as Brenda Chenowith in Six Feet Under: highly intelligent and equally messed up, she has a stormy on-off relationship with Nate and after some gut-wrenching drama has the baby she desired for so long.

– Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly in The Office: what I liked most about this character was the naturality of the way childbirth was portrayed. First, she tries to ignore the contractions staying at the office (of course) too scared to acknowledge the impending labour. After the birth the baby doesn´t latch well in the beginning, and she mistankenly breastfeeds the baby of her hospital roommate (LOL).

Some others that I left out:  Shelly from Northern Exposure, Nancy Botwin from Weeds.

What is your favorite pregnant film or TV character?