This last pregnancy I decided to invest a lot more in self-care. Fitness and ensuring I was comfortable were a huge priority for me. There were many amazing moments with my first pregnancy, I loved watching my body grow this tiny little human, but I also knew some of the downsides that I desperately wanted to avoid if I was able to. It took me so long to get even a little bit of my body back. My biggest concern was back pain. It was brutal and lasted for nearly a year after Max was born. It became so bad that some days after waking up it was almost impossible to pick up Max. And he was a tiny baby! So this time round I knew I had to change things. I knew I couldn’t sit around eating ice cream all day (unless it was halo top – and if you haven’t tried it get yourself to a supermarket! It is incredible!).
As I said in previous posts, fitness became a huge part of my second pregnancy. I primarily used Bumps & Burpees for all fitness inspo. Linking again in case any of you missed it in a previous post, or for anyone new coming to the blog. I cannot recommend them enough. It kept me active, stronger than ever and weight under control. I used their instagram page for ideas and workout routines I could do at home or at the gym. I would save them so it was super easy to hit the gym, open up the phone and do my work outs. Linking instagram page here: Instagram for Bumps and Burpees.
The next thing I wanted to do was really invest in recommended products that could either help through my pregnancy or post pregnancy.
From the minute I knew I was pregnant I immediately invested in the Secret Saviours stretch mark prevention band (linked here). A friend recommended it to me. She had found it really worked in preventing stretch marks, and again for anyone who has read my previous posts, I am not someone ready to embrace everything pregnancy throws at me. I hated the stretch marks and personally if there is something out there that can help me, I will take it. I honestly could not recommend this product more highly.
I saw no stretch marks (and sometimes they creep up after pregnancy!!) and with now 2 months post-natal I still have none! (Yep! it worked) – I also found it super supportive for my growing bump. I never left the house without it on. I genuinely believe it has prevented back issues as well as I still have not had this problem.
I reached out to thank them and ended up working with them on a competition and also have a discount code: AMOTHERREALITY20- Feel free to use this and get 20% off!!
Maternity wear was another area I was dreading. When pregnant with Max the bigger I got, the more nothing would fit. Even the maternity jeans I did buy were the worst. They were uncomfortable, unaccommodating to my horrendous (c)ankles and after walking down the street to catch the bus they would have fallen so far down I was having to hoist them up…in public, you know…the one where you stick your leg out to get maximum hoisting? That was me, every 5 minutes… It was awful. This time round I went for over the bump Topshop maternity jeans. Coupled with my pregnancy band they never fell down. I wore these jeans from around 25 weeks pregnant until – well I still wear them…They are so f*cking comfy. I am basically wearing sweatpants in public. THE.BEST. Topshop Maternity Jeans
I went for Joni – over the bump. I got them in every colour obviously.
And my final recommendation is the belly bandit. I have been using this since giving birth. I had a real problem with the separation of my stomach muscles the first time round. This time round, mainly due to exercise I have really prevented getting a larger gap. And once I can exercise I will slowly work on getting my core back. But until then, I have been using the belly bandit as a great way to encourage my stomach muscles to connect back.
p.s. check me out! From sitting on the couch eating mars bar ice creams to talking about encouraging my stomach muscles to reconnect…Do I sound like a complete and utter twat? Tell me if I do.
I realise I have done a complete 180 to how I was after my last pregnancy. I still firmly believe in all the values I was talking about back then…which was take your time, enjoy your pregnancy and being a mum vs. running back to the gym too soon. I think it is so important to relish the baby bubble. I certainly didn’t move from the couch for a couple of weeks when Josh was first born (apart from chasing Max of course).
Thanks for reading!! Xx