10 Ways for you to be Pampering your Pregnant partner

Pampering your Pregnant Partner

I think we can all agree that pregnancy can be a bit of a tough time for a woman. A lot of energy is consumed by our body preparing itself as an optimum habitat for our lovely bambinos. While the changes might happen invisibly for some time, it can definitely be telling in our attitudes and appearances. I can’t even begin trying to pick up the dark bags (that are so not Prada bags) under my eyes, or walking any type of distance with the sciatic pain that I am experiencing every day. The sleepless nights caused by my hatred of side-sleeping (being a flat chested non-pregnant lady, I traditionally sleep on my front without an ounce of discomfort because of my well… flat chest) cause me never-ending exhaustion.

When I say its “telling”, what I mean is that the people who are closest to us can easily see the toll that this special time takes on our bodies, mentality and faces. People like our partners.

Tama has been wonderful throughout my so far 32 weeks of pregnancy and it has certainly made my experience that much more special. I think what is even nicer about being treated like a Goddess during this time is that I know its not going to be forever… not saying that my wonderful boyfriend won’t treat me nicely after having had our little darling, but that after the birth, focus and concentration will be zoomed in on our little bambino and not so much on me.

Having a partner or friend pay so much attention to you so much can be a lovely feeling, and here are 10 ways for you to be pampering your Pregnant Partner

Pampering your pregnant partner with: 

Massages

Now, I don’t know about you lovely ladies, but this clueless Mama is blessed with seriously swollen feet and fingers after a full day of work all topped nicely with back, pelvic and hip aches that can make getting up from the sofa a tad difficult. Once I’m home from work, I tend to plonk myself down on the sofa to watch some Gilmore Girls, blog away, pinterest away and relax my aches and pains away. But when it comes to getting up to make some dinner, I struggle. Tama usually gets home from work quite late (he is a chef), but he will tend to come home, pick up my feet and rub away. Its. The. Best. 

Having my feet rubbed and massaged is quite frankly life-saving for me- I can’t even begin to explain the relief it offers not only just my feet, but my entire body. Seriously, even if your partner isn’t there, if you grab some moisturiser and rub the soles of your feet or if you are too big in the bump department at the moment, place a tennis ball on the floor and roll it under your feet; you will feel so much more relaxed and comfortable.

Painting her nails

I know, we might not be able to trust our partners to do a great job of painting nails… but with practise comes perfect and this can be proven in how Tama paints my nails. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than unpainted toe nails (on myself, so no judgement here for others), but with my ever increasing bump, I am finding it that little bit harder to reach my tootsies and it does feel like I put the brush down to where I think my feet are and just go ham. This results in painted ankles rather than toe nails and its not the greatest look in the world. 

So Tama took my nail polish and began painting my toe nails with grace and such a delicate hand. He had mastered the art of painting my toe nails and I was never going to complain about it. Just having one less worry for when you are heading out with your comfy sandals on and your toes out, makes the world a brighter place- especially in the hot summer months. 

Give in to her cravings

Lord knows, they might not always be the healthiest option on the nutrition cards. I would have struggled so much in my pregnancy if I didn’t get a chance to give in to my unhealthy cravings every now and then. Having a partner who didn’t judge the weird food combinations made it a wee bit easier to get some enjoyment out of it. Just keep in mind that she is eating for two and needs to get some fun out of it! So why not pick up a bar of that chocolate that she has been swearing off of for weeks? Or her favourite type of cereal? Its the little things that go a looooong way in pregnancy- I can attest to that!

Help out with chores

Nothing worse than coming home from a long day of work with swollen legs, a killer headache and an apetite that would Shrek would envy, and then seeing that there are dishes piled up high in the sink, or that the freshly washed laundry was sitting in a pile waiting to be hung up to dry. Make her life a wee bit easier by spending an additional 10 minutes a day on chores. I’m not saying you have to do everything around the house, but just by helping out with things like dishes means that she can come home from work and go about her business without having to stall to clean up. It makes a difference. 

Get her some comfy maternity wear

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerTama was actually the reason I decided to buy some maternity clothes so early on. I was happy with making do with my pre-natal jeans and trousers until they couldn’t fit anymore, but he could see that my belly was struggling with strangulation of waist bands and in order to protect the baby (how cute is he!?) he kept hinting to me to go shopping for some maternity trousers. I eventually gave into his demands and purchased the comfiest maternity joggers I have ever come across (I know I mention these joggers in practically every single post, but if you had them, you would understand, ok?). 

It was the sweetest thing too when he came back from a day of shopping himself and confessed that he was looking for maternity dungarees for me as he thought I would look “cute” in them. Fella’s and ladies, I am not saying go out and spend a tonne of money on maternity clothes (lord knows they are expensive), but even if you are out and see something that you think looks comfy in the maternity section, perhaps purchase it and bring it home. It shows her you were thinking of her and her comfort.

Don’t judge her for the endless southern winds

We all do it, pregnant or not… everybody farts. Don’t like the word? Then everybody toots/panty whispers/ pumps etc. It is biologically necessary for us to release our southern winds throughout life and pregnancy is DEFINITELY NO EXCEPTION. pregnancy brings with it, the many delights of excess wind. I can’t even begin to explain my embarrassment but secret gloating when I was stuck in a train full of people who refused to give up their seat to a pregnant woman and a toot came from nowhere (well, it came from me, and I think EVERYBODY knew it). That’s what they all got for not offering their chairs to me. 

My point here is that the pregnancy wind is something that is sometimes involuntary, and not only catches you as a spectator as surprised, but the mother-to-be too. Accept it and move on, some women can be mortified when it happens- if that’s the case, don’t make a big deal out of it. Others (like myself) tend to giggle away at them, and if that’s the case then laugh along too- they are pretty funny afterall. Just don’t judge/turn your nose up/ look disgusted- ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Have some Frequent Date Nights

Sure, she might complain about feeling like a whale… and a bloated one at that, sometimes. She might not want to do anything but sit with her feet up, or maybe she just wants to eat some snacks and watch a movie. Lord knows we don’t need a lot, but knowing that you are thinking of us when we are feeling down-trodden is a lovely feeling. Especially if you are going to the effort of organising a date night. Take her to her favourite restaurant… if she isn’t up for leaving the house then order her favourite take away! Buy some candles and run her a bath- it doesn’t have to be fancy.

Plump up her Pillows

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerNO, I am not talking euphemistically here. I literally mean her bed/couch pillows. You need your woman to be comfortable before she plonks herself onto the bed at night for her much needed rest for two. Help her out, just plump them up once in a while to give her that extra bit of support!

Spend some time in the bathtub/shower together

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerMy aim here is to suggest that it will be more difficult than ever when the baby gets here, for one of you to take a bath or shower let alone having one to share. Enjoy it while you can before it gets interrupted by the soon to be screaming cries of your baby. Run a nice warm bath, pop in a Lush bath bomb or bubble bath, light some candles and dim the lighting, find some fluffy towels and help her into the bath of dreams. Either pop yourself in there next to her and enjoy massaging each other and washing each other, or you can wash her hair for her while not getting into the tub/shower- she might be taking up most of the room and there is nothing worse than being cramped up in a bath. Its romantic, its sensual and its relaxing. These are all things that your pregnant lady will be wanting (well, these are things that THIS pregnant lady is wanting, so hint, hint Tama!)

Make the dinner one night

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy… make her some pasta or her favourite home cooked meal! Or better yet, bake some dessert and surprise her with your chef skills. I am very much lucky as Tama is a chef and knows what he is doing! If your pregnant partner is anything like me, she probably cant be bothered coming home from a long day of work and getting to cooking the dinner straight away, even though she may be famished. A little effort goes a long way my friends, and its important to remember that!

You don’t have to move mountains for a pregnant lady to enjoy herself with you; just make the small efforts and she will definitely be feeling pampered. The above tips are just simply tips that I believe would help me feel pampered, but if you have your own idea, comment them below- I would love to read them!

The Most Gorgeous, Delicious, Magical parts of pregnancy *no sarcasm intended*

Positives of pregnancy

With pregnancy comes the trials and tribulations of an expecting Mother. The body changes so drastically and quickly and there isn’t much time for bounce-back for most new Mothers, but the time that we have with our beautiful little babies living and surviving within us is so fleeting, its so important to really take a moment to appreciate this exciting time!

Here are the top ten most gorgeous, delicious and magical parts of pregnancy (for me anyway!):

Watching your body grow

what is the first trimester really like in pregnancy?Maternity comfort

Your body is your temple… and when you are pregnant, it becomes a temple for your baby too. Its actually awe-inspiring what a female body is capable of doing, and how amazing it can be to watch the visible changes taking place during your pregnancy. Sure, you may be experiencing aches, pains, swelling extremities, but looking at the bigger picture, enjoy your belly. Enjoy your bump and your chubby ankles because once the baby is here, your body will be working overtime to get back to somewhere familiar and it might be a time where you are less than enthused about everything too. 

For me, watching my belly expand as the weeks go on has been nothing shy of magical. It allows me to know that my baby is growing inside of me, getting the nutrients and life support needed for her to grow and to me, that is frigging awesome because it is confirmation that I am enough. 

Feeling and seeing your baby kick for the first time… 

I made another blog post all about what it feels like for when the baby first kicks and you can read this here. Feeling your baby kick is evidence that you are growing a healthy little baby within yourself. How amazing is that? Its even more amazing when you can begin to see her cast ripples across your belly with her movements, or see in your peripheral vision miniature explosion-like bumps in your stomach. I frequently have to stop what I am doing just to pull my shirt up and watch her dance sequence- it makes me giggle and I can’t help but feel that much more connected with her.

The attention

FOMO

Its no surprise that everyone loves a pregnant woman. My partner has been nothing shy of  amazing throughout my pregnancy; my friends have been even more amazing than usual and my family are so attentive and caring. I am definitely not saying that they are not usually like that, but its even more appreciated when going through a time such as pregnancy. When hormones are flying off the handles; the body is changing drastically and fear and anxiety could be playing a huge role in your everyday life, its nice to know that you aren’t alone and that your support group are there for you. Also, I can’t count how many times I have caught an older woman observing my stretched out bump in a grocery store and smiles lovingly at me- without her even knowing me. Its just nice to be admired for something so natural.

The Excitement

Positives of pregnancy

Its so easy to get excited for when the baby is brewing away within. What is she going to look like? What will be our favourite thing to do? What will be her favourite season? There are so many questions that are riddling my brain when it comes to my baby girl, and its not only about how the heck I am going to be squeezing out a baby from my very own little vagina in just 10ish weeks. I am so excited about that first moment when she exits my body and is placed into my arms. I am so excited for bringing her home and introducing her to our Obie. I am so excited to get to know her and her little quirks and I am so so so beyond excited that Tama and I are going to be doing this together. It really is true when they say that a baby brings people together- we haven’t felt closer before than we have since finding out about our little surprise. My point is, is that even though there is lots to be nervous for (and I am under no illusion that there is LOTS), I am basking in the excitement too.

Stretchy. Pants.

Positives of Pregnancy

Need I elaborate on this one? Need I elaborate on the fact that I have not only purchased  pairs of maternity joggers for the means of being pregnant, but for the means of something to wear after feasting out on Christmas dinner, or for a really REALLY good lazy day? No. I do not need to elaborate- I am sure you understand, but if not then you MUST purchase a pair of maternity joggers right now from H&M. 

People wanting to look after you

Positives of pregnancy

Yes, I picture this as a scene of me lounging about on a gorgeous sleigh-style chaise-longue, draped with Egyptian silks and linens suggestively with winged eye liner flicking up my temples and my hair cascading shiningly down as I prop myself up on one elbow being  fed grapes and fanned by palm tree leaves.  Some relaxing music going on in the background wouldn’t go amiss either. Being pregnant encourages the people around you to be nicer than usual and to want to do things for you to make your life easier. I’m talking offering much needed foot rubs, shoulder rubs, hip rubs; hair washing; dinner cooking; dog walking; cleaning; pillow fluffing… you name it, people tend to offer. Its a very lovely side order with pregnancy and I am so so grateful to all who have helped make this experience that much easier for me by being so lovely and helpful!

The no-shaming naps

positives of pregnancy

You are building a human, which is thirsty, hungering and tiring work. You are entitled to your mid day naps. I know a few ladies who take naps during their lunch break at work. From being pregnant over the Christmas holidays, I had 2 solid weeks of being able to fit in an afternoon nap, but going back to work made me soooo tired. I think now, when I get home from work, I slide on the jammies, make some dinner, turn on Gilmore Girls to watch an episode or two and then promptly fall asleep on the couch until my other half gets home from work. I then go to bed about an hour later. The greatest thing about being able to freely take naps is that NOBODY JUDGES, making you feel less guilty about wasting away some of the day. You need the rest, girl… so take it when you can. Lord knows, it will be almost impossible when the baby arrives!

The trippy dreams

I have woken up feeling hyped for the day all because of the pregnancy dreams I am having, and I have woken up feeling great. Trust me when I say that you will never quite understand how trippy dreams can be until you begin building a human within your body. Dem pregnancy dreams be trippy.

NO PERIOD PARADE

Sure, with pregnancy comes its trials and tribulations too, but gals… NO PERIODS. Again, this is another fab feature of being with child. No stomach cramps from hell, no bleeding through to your trousers… NO MORE PERIODS.

Never Alone

Positives of pregnancy

The most beautiful thing about pregnancy for me is that no matter how low I may feel, or how much I might be experiencing FOMO when pregnant, I can never forget that I am truly never alone. I am with my child always, she is with me and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

 

Feeling your baby for the first time… What does it really feel like?

This is my first pregnancy, I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and I have felt my baby kick since about week 19. When I was waiting for the kicking to start, I was impatient! I couldn’t wait until I was able to feel the life of my baby moving around and exploring the untouched areas of my uterus. So, what is it really like to be feeling your baby for the first time??  

What does the Internet say about how it feels when the baby starts to kick?

Feeling your baby for the first time

I was researching when it is most likely that you can feel your baby move for the first time and I found out that it was supposed to be around week 18 and onwards usually.  

I was researching what it was supposed to feel like when feeling your baby for the first time and found that it was supposed to feel like butterflies, or a flutter  of little bubbles within your lower abdomen. 

I was researching how long it took until the baby kicks could be felt on the outside and be seen- and while I still don’t necessarily have a definitive answer for this yet as I haven’t yet experienced it, I read that it can occur within week 21 onwards so here is hoping! Update: I am now 22 weeks pregnant and I saw the beauty that is my baby moving about within me! Such an amazing feeling and feels so adorable as she tries to make herself more comfortable in there. While there are no feet or hands pushing out in an extra terrestrial fashion just yet, I can see little ripples and teeny tiny bumps when I can feel them now. Its awesome!

I am just so excited to feel every stage of my pregnancy, it is the most incredible journey that a body can go through and I am so beyond proud and happy to be experiencing it.

While I did a tonne of research, I felt like nothing that I read really indicated exactly what it would feel like the first time I felt the baby. Sure its true that in first time pregnancies, women can’t always feel the movements because they don’t know what to be on the look out for, but I was passionately convincing myself that any amount of “bubbly” sensations or fluttering was the baby kicking. 

My experience of feeling baby for the first time…

SO let me explain exactly what it feels like to me, and maybe this will help you to understand if what you are feeling is the baby moving (trust me, you will know when its your baby… you will just know). Remember, this is coming from a first time around Mama to be so if you are in the same boat, it may be a similar experience for you.

Diving on in

So at about 18 weeks, I began feeling a bubbly sensation in my lower tummy, but it admittedly felt a bit like a build of wind- you know the swirling and churning feeling in your stomach that you get right when you are about to release a toot? But the trouble was that no toots ever actually materialised. What I realise now, was that this was serious trapped wind which caused me a week of ultimate discomfort and my craving for sparkling water was not helping matters. Generally speaking, if you feel like you are bubbling away in your stomach, and it turns out to be a panty whisper, or a build up of them, you are probably not feeling the baby kicking.

Asking my Mum

The wonderful thing about having such a wonderful mum is that I can ask her anything and everything, with no shame whatsoever… I can only hope that I have the same relationship with my daughter! So I asked my Mum. Afterall she has been through this 3 times before so theoretically she should know a thing or two about what it feels like and she gave me the most helpful advice ever “You will absolutely know when its your baby moving within you. Don’t quite know how else to explain it, but you will know when it happens”. Honestly? At first, I thought that this was not helpful at all- just a generic response. Seriously though, this woman is onto something. 

You will genuinely just know when you are feeling your baby for the first time- there is no mistaking it

Feeling your baby for the first time

As the old saying goes, Mother knows best. 

When I felt my baby move for the first time, it felt so unusual but nice at the same time. It was an odd sensation that felt a little bit like something within me was jumping about… but I don’t mean that to sound as gross or creepy as it probably did. I felt life within me, and not just my life, but hers. I felt like I was able to connect with her in such a way that was just too beautiful for words and it was like our own little secret since nobody else can feel her on the outside. Without a doubt I felt the baby move and I knew it right then and there. 

It is not a feeling that I have experienced before, but it didn’t feel extremely unfamiliar either because it is somewhat similar to the feeling of wind building up, without a pop.

Once it has started, it will not tend to stop, but it might lessen. I worried instantly 5 days after I initially felt lots of kicks and movement, as I felt a severe decrease in the baby moving, and I began to get round ligament pain which just made every single movement agonizing. I feared the worst so immediately got onto the phone to my midwife who explained that I should not worry about reduced movement until about 23-25 weeks  as long as it doesn’t stop entirely.  This is because at 18 weeks to 23 weeks, the movements can be erratic- the baby is still pretty tiny afterall.

To be honest, it feels a bit like you are developing tiny amounts of wind in your stomach, but it never leads to anything, just a smile upon your face as you realise that yes, you have just felt your first baby movement and you should dance about with her to celebrate!

What did you think it felt like for the first time you felt the baby move? Help other Mums to be to understand!

Feeling your baby for the first time

What is the First Trimester really like in pregnancy?

You’re pregnant! Its amazing, you are so uncontrollably happy and excited about what is to come! That was the case for me, or at least I thought it would have been when I would eventually see that positive sign on the pregnancy test. What came after the test was somewhat different from what I would have expected- and it got me to thinking… what is the first Trimester really like in pregnancy?

Before even Knowing for sure that I was pregnant

The realistic side of first trimester in pregnancy

I have to say that before I even found out I was pregnant, and before it was even an inkling of possibility in my head, I was going through a bit of a different and strange mental state. My emotions were quite literally flailing all over the place as if independent from my body. It was a bit of a worrying time filled with anxiety and dread when it came to my job and other personal problems. It baffles me now that the possibility of being pregnant never really popped into my head at that point, especially when I had a rather embarrassing breakdown in front of my boss about stress. 

Looking back now, it could have been SO obvious that I was pregnant just by looking at my behaviours and attitudes- it was so unlike me to be acting like this. It even got to the point where I was becoming so worried about my mental health that I booked a doctor’s appointment to talk over my anxiety and stress. The first trimester is all about the hormonal moodswings and emotions!

The initial shock of finding out

I always used  to imagine my immediate reaction to be super excited or super distraught… but what I didn’t expect was  the full on theme park of rollercoaster emotions that went on. You can read about how it all went by reading my Pregnancy Discovery post.

What was your reaction to finding the positive sign on the pregnancy test?

Baby bumps in the first trimester

what is the first trimester really like in pregnancy?
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It Might have been a bit pre-emptive when the day after finding out I was pregnant (1st December 2017) I was checking for a bump. Wishful thinking! I have always been obsessed with baby bumps and wished that when I was lucky enough to become pregnant I would have a cute little bump that I could balance a cup of tea upon (ah lets see if this happens) while munching on Jammy Dodgers and Rich Tea Biscuits, so when I found out I was pregnant I was already imagining a baby bump forming. It got even more ridiculous when I forced my sister to take a photo of me and my bump literally the day after finding out about being pregnant (this makes me cringe now, lol).

I knew that bumps were not an immediate thing to show, but being pregnant, I was just so excited to start seeing a change, afterall, how could I be feeling so significantly different within myself and not  show any change whatsoever on the outside? It was just bizarre to me!

My bump didn’t start showing til the usual 16 week mark, but even then I expected  it to be larger than it was!

Morning Sickness in the first trimester

As a bit of a pessimist, I expected my morning sickness to be one of hellish nature having heard all of the horror stories. I used to have a bit of a phobia of being sick and the thought of putting my body through something that would promote being sick on most days made me hate the idea of pregnant. 

My surprise reaction to finding out I was pregnant was partly due to the fact that I never once had a day of being sick or feeling sick- just mood swings and a lack of period. I always heard that being sick was one of the first symptoms of being pregnant and because of the lack of morning sickness for me, pregnancy never floated across my mind as a possibility.

Funnily enough though, I had my fair share of sickness the very next day after finding out I was pregnant and a few days after that it happened again. I wasn’t sure if my mind had just convinced itself to throw up, knowing I was pregnant and knowing that it was a side effect of pregnancy, or if it was actually a bout of morning sickness.

So I got away very lucky for morning sickness, but when it hit… oh boy it hit. I would walk around the city centre to work, covering my nose and mouth with a scarf, focusing so much on not throwing up, when all I wanted to do was barf up my guts. I have never exercised bodily control in such a successful way- and don’t even get me started on trying to control it when I was on one of the Glasgow First Buses to the city centre.

The good news was that the suggested methods to avoid or prevent morning sickness worked for me- ginger nuts before getting up and a cup of tea with some sugar, sparkling water, ready salted crisps and just remaining full at all times helped. 

Cravings

What is the first trimester really like in pregnancy?

I have heard of some of the wildest cravings EVER for women who have been pregnant. From a woman who craved lumps of coal, to a woman who woke up at 3am with the oddest craving of cheerios and milk, not in a normal china bowl, but in a carved out watermelon bowl… I was expecting to eat some of the weirdest stuff. My biggest fear being that I would start craving my most hated food ever… (and don’t judge me for this) cheese (seriously, this hatred of mine has ended friendships before because some people just can’t handle another me hating on their beloved cheese). Thankfully the only craving I have had including cheese, was pizza and oddly enough I love pizza so it wasn’t a problem.

I had cravings for Flaming Hot Monster Munch (I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THESE BAD BOYS), mangos, pineapples, vinegar, sparkling water (I used to hate sparkling water because it just tasted like spicy water without a flavour). Thankfully I haven’t desired a lump of coal or a watermelon bowl of cheerios and milk, so its reasonably easy to feed these cravings.

Aches and Pains

Sciatica, leg cramps, sore nips… these were just a handful of the aches and pains I have experienced during my first trimester and unfortunately these have all carried over to my second trimester so I am praying that they go away eventually!

One of the worst was when I had a solid 4 weeks of killer headaches that were so bad I couldn’t even sleep. The leg cramp I experienced a week ago was up there with one of the worst cramps I have ever experienced in my entire life.

Exhaustion

Ugh, this one was a killer during my first trimester, and it is extremely common. Its important to try and keep your iron levels up because feeling tired can be a common sign of being anaemic and being anaemic during pregnancy is a big thing to avoid if possible! Thankfully it has eased up a bit in the second trimester but for the first trimester, I was just a walking bag of snoozeville. The trouble was that I was on holiday for Christmas for 2 whole weeks which meant that I got into the habit of taking a mid-afternoon nap every day. Returning back to work in January felt a bit like a cruel joke. It was the most difficult thing ever to go through a solid 8 hours without being able to retreat to my bed half way through. Coming home from work,  I would be a crabbit mess and demand my bed before dinner but it wasn’t always like this thankfully. 

so… What is the realistic side of the first Trimester in pregnancy? Well…

The realistic side of pregnancy

What I have learned through my first trimester of pregnancy is that no two pregnancies are ever the same! Take it from the Mums who post on forum boards, blogs and even your midwife. Something that I experience could be entirely different from what you experience. Its quite to cool to think a pregnancy is such a unique experience.

There is no general side to pregnancy, so what might be realistic for me might be the dream of yours and vice versa!

It will all be worth the exhaustion in the end (plus a couple of months lol) and I cannot wait to meet my little bumble bump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congested Nose during Pregnancy- is it normal? Pregnancy Rhinitis

This is a disclaimer that this post is not written by a medical professional and that the hints and tips are of my own personal experience. If you are at all concerned about your congestion or cold symptoms please get in touch with your midwife/GP as I cannot be held responsible for any health problems.

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Pregnancy Rhinitis

Since about week 14 (today marks week 16, woohoo!) of pregnancy I have developed a slight annoyance in my right nostril. The feeling of extra hard and sharp boogers has me blowing my nose constantly and it can lead to very very light nose bleeds. I’ve even been one to unashamedly have a feel around with a finger (please don’t judge me… I’m pregnant) and become disappointed at there appearing to be a lack of anything of substance within the endless nostril. It begs the question, how long is my nostril??

Well my pregnant friends, this is common and should not be something you are embarrassed about- it’s Pregnancy Rhinitis. While it may seem like I am calling you a large, beautiful and endangered animal with a portruding horn in the middle of your face, I am not. Pregnancy Rhinitis is a common side affect of pregnancy which can cause your nasal passages to become congested or runny and it goes hard on whichever option it is to be.

Personally, I have always had a runny nose, especially when its windy outside or I have been running, without being pregnant- so when the plus sign appeared on that test, it didn’t really phase me that the running of my nose could just be my normal nasal patterns and nothing to do with carrying a baby within.

But something changed for me during week 14 when I felt that my left nostril was congested and my right nostril was full to the brim of boogers. Ugh, is there a better word for them? *searches the Thesaurus and finds nothing nicer* Never mind then, boogers it is.

How do I know if its Pregnancy Rhinitis?

Pregnancy Rhinitis

  • You will feel like you have the beginning stages of a cold, but that it doesn’t turn into anything ever ie your throat isn’t sore, your voice isn’t hoarse and you avoid other cold-like symptoms
  • You might feel a slight popping in the top of your nose and then a sudden blockage appearing at random points during the day or night
  • Your nose is running slightly more than usual
  • You find yourself carrying lots of tissues and running out of clean ones frequently
  • Your nose might bleed slightly upon blowing too many times

Why why why is Pregnancy Rhinitis a thing?

I hate to say it, but it is the usual culprit… hormonal changes during pregnancy.

A higher level of Estrogen can lead to a swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses which can lead to an overractive production of boogers and mucus. The tiny explosion sounding pops that can happen in the top of your nose could be due to the small blood vessels swelling up inside your nostrils which then causes you to be congested.

Oh Clueless Mama, how can I stop Pregnancy Rhinitis?

Well, I am glad you asked. It can start super early in the pregnancy and unfortunately it can tend to get worse during the later stages (please don’t shoot the messenger). The good news is that it should reduce the annoyance factor post-birth and then it should be completely gone within about 2 weeks of your bambino gracing this earth with his/her presence.

In the meantime though, you might like to try the few tips I have been trying desperately to help the rather dire situation to make yourself more comfortable in the nasal department…

Pregnancy Rhinitis

  • Prop yourself more upright when first lying in bed with pillows. Of course, sleeping during pregnancy can be hard enough already but if you perhaps lay another pillow under your head, the more upright you are positioned, the bigger the chances are that gravity will help you out- just be prepared with tissues on standby
  • Use soft, aloe-vera or Olbas Oil tissues on your nose to keep the skin around your nostrils lacking in the obvious pink colour and to keep the discomfort of dried out skin at bay. Your little sniffer will be left feeling soft and less abused by the tougher, sandpaper-y tissues
  • Take as many outdoor walks as you can without doing yourself in- the fresh air will help your congestion in normal circumstances
  • Steam your head every night before bed with a bowl of boiled water, a teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub or Olbas Oil and a towel to place over your head when you are breathing in the hot, moist air
  • Sleep with air circulating through the bedroom- open a window, or if its too cold, open a window of another room in your house and leave your door ajar so that you are getting some fresh air into your body while you sleep. I always find congestion to be the biggest pain in the butt at night when you are stationery and lying down getting ready to kip away.
  • Keep a tissue with a smudge of either Vicks Vaporub or Olbas Oil within it, fold it up and hold it within your bra, you will get occasional wafts of the menthol and it will help to clear your airways too.
  • Rub Vicks Vaporub under your pillows at night
  • Keep a jar of Petroleum Jelly or Aloe Vera nearby so that you can top up the tip of your nose with moisture

Things to be aware of:

Its important to know that if your congestion develops into other symptoms of a cold, you are most likely not suffering from Pregnancy Rhinitis and instead, you have been caught with the common cold. If you have a cold but don’t want to take any medication to ease it, please check out this awesome article about how to naturally cure a cold!

Keep an eye on whether or not there is any discomfort in your sinuses under your eyes and at the top of your nose as it can be common for pregnant women to get sinus infections and if you are at all concerned about it, please get in touch with your midwife or GP for advice. Do not take any medication that your Doctors have not suggested to you as you don’t want to harm the bambino baking away, so please please take care of yourself.

Other tips of Pregnancy

Click here to read my tips on how to combat the annoyance that is Dysgeusia (that metallic taste in your mouth) during pregnancy and click here to read about my mistaken miscarriage experience.

 

 

 

 

I think I might be pregnant

I think I might be pregnant.

Everything is pointing me in the right direction of this being the truth of my current situation.

Sure, at first I thought my period was coming and that it was going to be the bane of my life with the strength of those cramps and the aches of my nips at the time.
I honestly must have gone through about 3 packets of period pads (sorry, environment!) waiting for my period to start, thinking that it would begin any day.

This went on for about 20 days and I was getting antsy. My period was never this late. How could it be this late this month?

There was only one question that I asked myself before I knew that my period was not coming (and sorry if this plays into the typical PMS-y female stereotype that we all know and love)… when did I last crave chocolate?

Chocolate was the stuff of Gods when I was due my period- I’m not that huge a fan of it any other time but this was usually a tell-tale sign that my period was just around the corner. Thinking back on this whole “where the crap is my period this month” ordeal, the craving for chocolate never paid me a visit. How rude…  I mean, my waist was loving it but I sure as hell wasn’t.

My sciatic nerve started acting up. It felt trapped, angry and genuinely upset with me and I could not get rid of the pain and discomfort.

My mood was erratic. I could hear myself becoming more and more ludicrous and tetchy as the days went on but I wouldn’t do anything to stop it.

My nips felt bruised and painful and my hair was just… eh.

Something was not normal.

I think I might be pregnant.

 

 

 

Who is this Clueless Mama-to-be?

 Clueless Mama-to-be

 

I am Emma, a 23 year old Scottish mama-to-be. I am currently pregnant at 7 months. I live with my wonderful Malawian partner (the father-to-be) and our ex Romanian street dog (the scaredy-cat-to-be) in a humble little  Scottish town called Rutherglen. We have been described as the most chilled out couple known and that we were meant for each other. Our dog thinks so too.

Our baby-to-be (little blip) is due in August 2018 which means a heavily pregnant woman during the Scottish summer months will be on the cards (and waddling through the streets of Glasgow with severe chub rub of the highs). Yas. Oh, and this is also our very first child. Yikes. 

I have always had the problem of perhaps sharing too much information with people, but I figured that for this reason, I should start a blog about being an expecting Mother and then continuing it on till after the bairn arrives because… isn’t that what people love? To get the dirty scoop on others?

I can already tell you will be an avid reader… reading about my er glamourous and totally not gross journey  from being pregnant through to Motherhood and I am excited to begin this relationship with you (please note, this blog will be honest and trustworthy so it will most definitely be gross in some parts).

I already built and ran a blog about ocean conservation over at Merrymaid.org, which you should also check out as I update this as often as I can, so you will know that I am not a newb to the blogging scene.

I will always gladly take advice from other Mothers, but please appreciate that we are taking this MASSIVE learning journey and am going to try my best but things will inadvertently go horribly horribly wrong. The happy medium of achieving great things but also maintaining a healthy mind is where I strive to be so lets just all get along nicely.

Without further ado, please subscribe to me and follow our crazy and clueless pregnant-lady journey to come!

(Pregnant 7 weeks)