My Pregnancy @ 21 Weeks

Another week has passed, baby is much more active and my skin is really oily.

Weight gain: -2lbs I think the lost is due to being sick a lot again

Physically: I’ve noticed I get worn out really quickly compared to before getting pregnancy. I went on my daily one hour walk I felt like I had run a marathon. My body was aching, my pulse was beating really fast I found it really hard to catch my breath. Another thing I have noticed is bending over is uncomfortable. I can really feel my belly, hard and round for sure.

Food Cravings: Malteasers

Emotionally: I’m feeling much more positive and happy

Movement: I can definitely feel the baby move now. It comes as totally shock only because happens when I least expect it. It is hard to describe but it feels like spasms. The baby kicks in the most random places, sometimes in the belly button or down towards my vagina. It doesn’t hurt however.

Gender: Unknown

Miss anything? Nothing

Best Moment This Week: Spending the day with your mum. It’s true what they say, no one can ever look after you like your mum does <3

Worst moment this week: Breaking one of my favourite necklaces

I'd love to read your updates too!

Leighanne x

I Can't Get Any Sleep

I’ve been suffering from lack of sleep for weeks; this is due to not being able to get comfortable. As my bump grows I have to wake up 5 or 6 times a night to change positions, Roll on to my to a different side, move pillows around or having to hold my belly for support. All this moving around gave me back ache.

I’ve been playing with the idea of getting a pregnancy pillow for a few weeks, I’m trying to save money and spend it only on the necessities. But one night at 3am after waking up countless times, I was getting fed up and couldn't face another few nights of sleepless nights so I got my laptop out and searched for the cheapest pillow I could find.

My first impression on the pillow was how big it was, it is almost as tall as me (I’m 5’10). It takes up half of my double size bed.

It supports your head, knees and belly very well. I've found I am sleeping more soundly and my back hasn't been nearly as painful in bed or during the day.  It is also good to use behind you when you are sitting up in bed reading, or having a cuppa.

  • ·         Very supportive
  • ·         Can be used in different positions
  • ·         Can be used whilst breast feeding
  • ·         Cover is removable and can be washed 
  •           Firm and extremely comfy

  • ·         The pillow takes up a lot of space
  • ·         Pillow case is hard to put on
I’ve walked in to find my partner wrapped around it, but of course he denies this.

This pillow is heavenly I recommend it to anyone who is having problems sleeping!

I brought my pillow from profile_1025 on ebay for £28.99

What have you used to help you sleep?

Leighanne xx

My Pregnancy @ 20 Weeks

I can’t believe I am half way through my pregnancy already; the time has flown by, it is strange to think my little bump is now the size of a carrot.

Weight gain: 3lbs, my clothes are officially too tight. Everyone has commented that I am finally showing
Physically: I’m still rather tired; this is due to not being able to have a decent night sleep. I’m even up to use the toilet or I just can’t get comfortable. The nausea and vomiting has reduced a little. I’m suffering from acne on my forehead and chin.
Food Cravings: Fruit especially Black cherries
Emotionally: I’m feeling much more positive and happy
Movement: I can slight movements which I can only describe has butterflies. I can notice which side the baby is lying on as my stomach feels firmer.
Gender: We had our 20 weeks scan this week and they couldn’t confirm the sex 100% as the baby wasn’t moving much. So we are keeping the sex to ourselves till our 23 weeks scan
Miss anything? Rose wine and Sushi
Best Moment This Week: Receiving my baby shower invites in the post. (blog post to come soon)
Worst moment this week: Being sick on my bed

I'd love to read your updates too!

Leighanne x

Plus Size Maternity Wear

The day has finally come… I’m unable to fit into my work trousers yikes!!
I went on the hunt for some maternity wear and came up short. Once again us plus size women come last in the fashion states.
My first place I thought of was Evans, I was surprised that they didn’t have any maternity wear at all. ASOS goes up to a size 18 and Next a size 22 which almost all their stock was out of stock.

I was really shocked by this, because in general plus size clothing has improved so much over recent years. I can remember when Evans was one of the only choices for clothing for curvy ladies but now we have the likes of New Look Inspire, Simply Be, ASOS, Very and more! I've even heard of new sites starting up such as Excite Clothing, Lovedrobe and Pink Clove though I have yet to try these out!

Feeling deflated and wondering what I was possibly going to wear throughout the rest of my pregnancy I turned to plus size bloggers for help! What you will see through plus size blogs is that they all dress amazing, no matter their size - no frumpy dresses for these curvy ladies! I see no reason why I should have to dress differently just because I am pregnant!

One of the reoccurring themes through plus size blogs is that you should ignore clothes sizes. I didn't realise that clothes sizes varied so much but they really do! I learned that ASOS Curve for example run very generously on their clothing sizes! What I am looking to do is buy clothes in a size (or two if needed) bigger than I need at the moment, to accommodate my amazing bump. I feel it is a shame that there is not more plus size maternity choices out there, but thankfully with the range of plus size options out there I can easily dress the way I want without too many problems.

Work Wear

I am lucky that I don't have a strict office wear rule or have to wear a uniform, but I do have to look smart and presentable (obviously!). I had a quick look for plus size materinity wear but it proved pretty fruitless. Thankfully New Look Inspire have a few choices when it comes to pretty and affordable dresses, all available in sizes bigger than I normally wear so I can use them throughout my pregnancy.
Some of the New Look Inspire Dresses I Liked

Turquoise Geo Cap Sleeve Dress, Shell Pink Butterfly Flower Print Sleeveless Dress and the Red Rose Print Dress

Day Dresses

One of the nicest day to day dresses I have come across is actually a Pink Clove tartan skater dress. This dress caught my eye simply because of the sheer number of ladies on Twitter talking about it, this is most definitely going to be a popular dress this season. As the dress goes up to a size 30/32 they will do a size or two bigger than my normal wear so I can get away this as a choice for 'maternity' clothing. This dress is only £35 which makes it really affordable - I would team it up with black leggings, a biker jacket and boots for the perfect Autumn outfit. You can buy this dress here: http://www.pinkclove.co.uk/dresses-c2/tartan-skater-dress-with-belt-p53

Night Out Dresses

Although I am not exactly partying hard I still want to go out and enjoy myself. The ASOS Curve sale recently caught my eye and I couldn't resist treating myself to a couple of nice dresses to see me through the rest of my pregnancy. 

My New ASOS Curve Haul 
I have found (as do most) that the ASOS Curve clothes sizes are generous, which is great for me and my growing bump. I love the pattern on all of these dresses and they all look great! Once I have an excuse to wear them out and about I'll get some proper photos up!

What do you all wear for maternity clothes?

Leighanne x

First Trimester Blues

After suffering a miscarriage at the beginning of the year I was super excited and grateful to discover I was pregnant again. However I spent all of the first trimester battling nauseous and vomiting. I was so dehydrated because I couldn’t keep anything down that my flat mate had to call an ambulance for me. I’ve had far too much time off work, suffered with mood swings and just locked myself away in my bedroom. All my family and friends were all excited about the pregnancy, trying to guess what sex the bump was, what it would look like and talking about my baby shower. I couldn’t join in with them and felt really guilty. If I wasn’t excited now would that mean I was going to be a bad mum? Did that mean I wouldn’t be able to bond with baby when s/he was finally here?

This all changed after my first scan, when I got to hear the bump heart beat all my troubles melted away. Don’t get me wrong till this day I’m still being sick, feeling super drained and my breasts and back aches like they never have before but I know the bump is healthy and growing and that keeps me going.
I did discuss with my doctor that I was feeling down and he brushed it under the carpet. I’m lucky I had my partner, family and friends to talk to. They all reinsured me that I had nothing to feel ashamed of. We all have the blues at some point of our lives and we shouldn’t suffer in silence. Have you suffered with the first trimester blues? I would love to hear your experiences Leighanne xx

Why Do They Call It Morning Sickness?

I don't know about anyone else but I would have been quite pleased if my sickness was just in the morning! Anyway, finally (touch wood) it seems that my sickness seems to have calmed down! Now that I can actually eat food properly without having to worry, I want to try and experiment in the kitchen more and put the right things into my body for me and my baby.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll see that I started this the other day with a healthy breakfast the other day.

Toasted weight watchers wholemeal bread, almond butter and banana and an  apple and a little greek yoghurt - YUM!

Tonight was my turn to cook for the flat, so I decided to put together some chicken, salad and tortilla wrap.

I marinated the chicken all day and cooked it in the oven, I put this with some seasoned sweet potato fries, salad and a toasted tortilla wrap it. I loved spending some time in the kitchen on my own and putting this together for everyone. Everyone in the flat loved it which is always a good sign!

I wonder how much time I'll have to cook proper meals when the little one is here - Any hints and tips for quick recipes would be appreciated!

Leighanne x

Saying Hi.

So... My very first blog post! 

I have to admit that I ummed and ahhed for a while about whether to blog or not. I love reading blogs, whether they’re about fashion, pregnancy or pretty much anything else I think there is nothing nicer than sitting down to read a well written blog. 

Over recent years the quality of blogging has really improved and there are some fantastic blogs that I really look forward to reading! Now that I am well into my pregnancy I am reading more and more pregnancy related articles and blogs – especially on those long, boring nights when I just cannot get comfortable enough to sleep (but that’s another post!) and now I want to contribute and start my own! 

You’ll find that Bump and Beyond is a real mixed bag of stuff – I am going to be writing about being a first time mum, what it’s like to be plus size and pregnant, recommended products and even hints and tips that I have found useful – and hope you will too!

I’m on Twitter and Facebook (links on the side) so feel free to come over and say hi – I’d love to hear from you! I intend to get writing and blogging properly shortly, but for now I thought I would say hi!

I am off back to bed for an hour, sleeping at the moment is so hard because getting comfortable is near impossible. I have ordered a pregnancy pillow though so hopefully that will come soon - I’ll let you know how I got on! 

Thanks for reading

Leighanne x