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Baby Bump

Stretch Mark Confidence

“I carried a child within my body. Slept with them on my chest. I’ve kissed little toes and wiped away tears.

I’ve been vomited on, wee’d on and spent sleepless nights cradling my child. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My body isn’t magazine perfect, but when I look in the mirror I see a mum….and there isn’t a greater honour, love or blessing.”

 

NHS Midwife Tracey, explains where your pregnancy weight comes from, she said;

“Gaining weight in pregnancy is natural. On average EACH boob puts on 1 kilo, which is the equivalent of a small bag of flour per boob.

Your placenta grows on average as big as your hand and will weigh roughly 70 grams, which is the weight of a box of cereal.

By the end of your pregnancy your uterus will probably weigh I kilo alone (bag of flour) and then put inside 1 litre of fluid, you will be carrying the equivalent of two bags of carrots.

Then thinking about the additional blood whizzing around your body, this can weigh as much as a couple of bags of sugar.

In the third trimester women generally put on 3 kilos of fat, which is the equivalent of a large chicken.”

All this weight gain happens for a reason – to feed your baby”. It is important that you don’t diet to lose weight when you are pregnant, but you should eat a healthy, balanced diet.

 

So the next time you are in the supermarket buying your weekly shop, put in a basket; 3x bags of flour, 1x box of cereal, 2x bags of carrots, 2x bags of sugar and 1x large chicken – heavy right?

Now put all this shopping in a flimsy carrier bag and see how far you get without one of the handles breaking. 

All this food is the equivalent of you carrying your baby full term and the carrier bag is the equivalent of your delicate skin.

We wouldn’t expect such a delicate bag to carry such a lot of weight, so maybe we should stop being so hard on our skin if we develop stretch marks?

Whatever marks are left behind after carrying your baby love your skin and body, it has done an incredible job of keeping your baby safe. Love yourself. xxx

 

Your body is not ruined

 

Why do I have backpain?

Why Is My Back Hurting?

Is there a way we can still wear beautiful shoes during our pregnancy – YES!!!!!!

Back pain during pregnancy is common. Approximately half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. The added weight of your baby bump can alter your centre of gravity and the softening of your ligament puts extra pressure on your back, joints and feet.
At some point in all our pregnancies we will look at our beloved four-inch stilettos and cringe at the idea of wearing them for any length of time.
If you are like me, the thought of wearing frumpy shoes is not an option (even if your back is throbbing), I have done some digging and I think I have found some simple tips in order to help you find the perfect shoes to get you through work, casual and special occasions.
The official line from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is that after the first trimester, pregnant women should avoid wearing high heels – and that means above two inches. Anything higher could put a strain on the lower back, knees, toes and balls of the feet.
Because your balance is affected, it is recommended you opt for supportive flats or a slightly wedged shoe. The optimum height for a shoe during pregnancy is around two inches – although the exact height depends on the structure of each person’s foot. 
Very flat shoes like ballet pumps or sandals generally off very little support to the foot and can cause achilles pain, calf strain and flattening of the arches – ouch!!!
If you must wear high heels, then supportive shoes that have straps and hug the foot are best.
Finally, inexpensive shock-absorbent insoles bought from chemists can be slipped into regular shoes to give padding and support. Maybe those seriously gorgeous shoes can stay after all!
For further advice on pregnancy backache I found this link helpful: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/backache-pregnant.aspx