Yesterday I posted about some of the things helping make the third trimester of this pregnancy that much easier. It turns out there are actually quite a few products and activities and the post was getting a bit out of hand, so here’s Part II of my epic third trimester saviour list…
I’ve managed to carve out some time for myself every day to slather on the creams and lotions and potions. I don’t have any stretch marks (yet) and, although I certainly can’t put this down to pampering (I think you either get them or you don’t) I don’t think it’s done me any harm.
Rubbing the Mustela stretch mark oil into my bump every morning and night is a chance to take a few moments to remember I’m pregnant and give the bump some love. The Barefoot SOS and Weleda body cream came in a beautiful Project B package I was sent for review. They’ve made it into my weekly pamper ritual too because they’re creamy without being greasy, smell lovely and leave my skin soft.
Moments to put my feet up
I’m all about taking five minutes to put my feet up when I can, at the moment. I don’t know if it’s the heat, bad luck or just a baby sitting in a weird position, but I’ve really suffered with puffy ankles and feet during this pregnancy. Putting my feet up helps, which means I’ve often taken to doing my work on my laptop sitting on the sofa rather than at my desk. Hooray for working from home.
Because I’m not a saint and I do miss alcohol, non-alcoholic beer has become a weekly Friday night treat. Just the one bottle is enough to make me feel like I’m not missing out – anything more just bloats me anyway. If I’m feeling really decadent I’ll have a small glass of tonic water with a slice of lemon and some ice, pretending it’s got gin in it. I’m such a rebel.
It’s fair to say the nesting has begun. We’ve bought paint, a cot, a cot bumper and wall decals. I’ve upcycled the rocking chair that will be my nursing chair and my dad’s revamped an old stool into a little side table, that I now need to give some love and make pretty. I love this stage of pregnancy as it makes it all seem very real (and exciting). Yep, I’m definitely in the baby zone.
I’m on the Netflix blogger stream team, meaning I get to enjoy Netflix and pretend it’s part of my “job”. It’s SO not a job though. Netflix has been a HUGE luxury throughout this pregnancy, helping to distract me from watching too many episodes of One Born Every Minute, as well as spend time with the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine watching amazing drama series that we both love.
We have such different taste in films it makes movie nights near impossible, so our current idea of a treat is to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and gorge on various TV series. The latest being American biker drama Sons of Anarchy (I’m forever indebted to Liz at Me and My Shadow for the recommendation). We’ve just finished the first series and are totally hooked – to the extent that I found myself Googling “Charlie Hunnam” at midnight last night. Turns out he’s actually a Geordie and was in Queer as Folk and Byker Grove back in the day – who knew?!
So that’s it, my essay on third trimester essentials is complete. I could have also mentioned my maternity pillow (a Dream Genii), Essie nail polish (vital for making my puffy toes look half normal) and Chia seeds (an addition to my morning porridge) – but that would need a third post.
Have you got any products or activities you’d add to my epic list?