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21/01/2015

Pregnancy update and Essentials for the Home

pregnancy update


Once again I can't believe I am already 35 weeks pregnant although I have to say physically I certainly feel it a bit more now. Keeping active and fit is still very important and we have a few outings planned over the next 2-3 weeks, I just hope we don't run out of time.

It's strange but certainly true that each and every pregnancy is different, this time round I don't have the sciatica that I suffered with Mr A but I do have really bad rib pain as well as leg cramps every now and then. Luckily as with the first time I have managed to stay stretch mark free (fingers crossed) although I do swear by using creams throughout the pregnancy - they certainly do seem to help.

Nesting has certainly set in and making sure we have everything ready. We kept pretty much all of Mr A's clothing and bedding so thats one less thing to worry about, although we did get rid of some things during the two house moves since having him, including a very useful but simple bouncer. The great thing about the second time round is you know what you are actually going to use, what is and is not useful and how little you can actually get away with having, so I thought I would put together a mini list of five useful things you need when expecting a newborn.



5 Must haves for a newborn

5 Must haves for a newborn by laura-sidestreet on Polyvore



1. Consider using reusable nappies - not only are they ethical but also very cost efficient. There are a few different brands although Totsbots is a place to start

2. Unless you live in a very small apartment having a Baby monitor is one of those things you cannot go without but at least by combining it with a nightlight and temperature gauge you are getting a little more for your money - which is why we picked up this Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature monitor  

3. Medela breast pump - you normally have a pretty good idea wether you are going to breast feed or not, although it's not always that straightforward, for me it was only ever the only option so investing in a decent breast pump is a must.

4. Nuna leaf luxx bouncer - I wish we had the budget for this bouncer as it has to be one of the most stylish and well designed ones on the market. Last time we had a very basic model but found it really useful.

5. Cosatto Travel System - I am all about the slings but John likes to use a stroller and Cosatto offer some super stylish and beautiful printed travel systems which grow with your child and have everything you need and we love this Duck Blue Ooba as well as the Giggle 2 which we have gone with.



bamboo breast pads
Reusable breast pads from Earth Conscious 


Another product that you will need in your hospital bag, wether you breastfeed or not is breastfeeding pads and I am so happy to have been sent a pair of these bamboo reusable pads from the lovely people at Earth Conscious to try out, they are incredibly soft and I love that they are so eco friendly.


13 comments:

  1. You look so beautiful! I'm really rather envious though you have my sympathies re. the rib pain - it's absolutely the worst.

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    1. Thanks so much Amber...hopefully the rib pain will ease soon

      Laura x

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  2. I've had 5 pregnancies and I'm very lucky that I never had any major problems, but different niggles with every single one! It's such an exciting time right now, I hope you are able to enjoy it. I loved reuseable breast pads - much more nipple friendly than the plastic backed cotton wool pads :)

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    1. Wow 5 thats amazing!! Yes really looking forward to using the reusables

      Laura x

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  3. Lovely bump, so high! I agree on the essentials, I used re-usable breast pads and they were so much more comfortable than the throw away ones :)

    Georgina
    Mummy Pixie

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    1. So good to hear the reusables have worked so well for you :)

      Laura x

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  4. You look so lovely - your bump is gorgeous! I love the look of the Nuna leaf bouncer x

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    1. Thanks so much Kaz, I also love the look of the Nuna leaf

      Laura x

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  5. Looks like you're all ready for baby to arrive. I'll bet he or she will be super cute x

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  6. I'm wishing you luck with the next few weeks!

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  7. I'm wishing you luck for the next few weeks!

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  8. Lovely photo! Good luck for the next few weeks.
    I am interested to know how you found the reusable breast pads. Were they any good? I had some that were rubbish and it has always bothered me how many disposable ones I have been through. What were these ones like?

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  9. You do look fab! I also second the Medela breast pump and Cosatto travel system - they're certainly on my list too! :)

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