Throughout the pregnancy I’ve watched youtube vloggers talk about their experience, Channel Mum is a great weekly update. I also used these types of lifestyle led videos to write a birthing bag list (I’ve renamed my hospital bag) and what I would need at for baby at the very beginning.
Some have been useful, I mean I wouldn’t have known about nursing pads or water wipes otherwise. However, there’s an obvious trend – They promote the notion to buy more and are probably paid to do so!
I know we need to buy for our babies, or kindly have them given to us by family but sometimes we have all we need without the extra receipts.
Samples, we get them from Bounty, Emma’s Diary and there’s Baby Box too and mostly they’re full of leaflets. Except for a travel size Sudocream, Bepantham, Pregnacare, and nursing pads.
These are the goodies people!
Also, I’ve found, through luck or signal failure I’ve been able to get multiple packs of items and more vitamins the better, at £5 a buy usually it’s worth it.
Maternity wear, now this is something that people share a lot and it’s great if they are the most comfortable pair they’ve ever put on! Buy as your body grows, not out of fear that it will and you’ll have nothing to wear.
I bought two pairs of maternity leggings in Mothercare at 13 weeks (grey and blue) and yoga pants as they seemed comfortable but loose. Later at 33 weeks, I’m going to give in and say they don’t fit right. I bought a black pair and dark grey warmer leggings from H&M at 20 weeks, (seem better quality than before too) and they are my go to now.
The same goes for tops, I’ve kept the long stretchy vest tops as before and wear bigger tops, I’ve gone from S to M/L and you can find them anywhere. Anything with a maternity fit and the price goes up. Sure it is lovely to have maternity tops at times, I’ve got three. Maternity bras (either non-wired or nursing) update when needed or prepare a bit in advance. They can be pricey, I was in denial that I was growing so put it off for weeks until I went a back size bigger and it released a lot of upper back pain.
Another great buy is Maternity Pyjamas, one size up than your usual, you’re going to want to feel comfortable.
The list goes on and I could include a pregnancy U shaped pillow here too, I’ve used one since week 3! I wrote some hints and did a video for the first trimester here.
Daily food spending was chaotic through food aversions and cravings though has eased off now. I learned to buy things with a longer use by, asked myself if I really really needed it and for chocolate and crisps, I bought in multipacks rather than shops that overcharge for a single one. In the later stages of pregnancy you may feel like you eat a whole pizza to yourself (and hey sometimes you might) but as there’s less space for your stomach, you will naturally eat 6 meals a day rather than 3.
At 33 weeks I need foods that are water-based, watermelon, apples, salad, and dressing. I’ve even started having green juice again and I get why people like celery juice, so refreshing. I say that but I like chocolate pretzels too!!
Becoming more mindful about decisions comes easier throughout pregnancy, flow with it and make positive changes. Set a savings goal, open a joint account and most importantly listen to your body when it tells you to rest.
I couldn’t write this at 11 am my body was in overwhelm and exhaustion. I could do it at 4 pm, after a nap, a walk and fleeting conversation.
Lastly, if your a reader, have a hobby or a Netflix lover, use the resources you have to relax and entertain yourself. I’ve set myself up to read all the books I have currently, carry on a painting course and write new articles. I’ve set a shopping list to encourage slow spending instead of spontaneous buys.