20 Week Pregnancy Update (Scan Photo & Bump Shot)

Hey,

I can't believe I am sat here writing my 20 week update... It's strange because it feels like it has come around very quick although at the same time it feels like it hasn't'. For those of you who may not know, 20 weeks is considered the 'halfway' point in Pregnancy because full term is considered 40 weeks (seems a very long way away!)

I decided when I found out that I was Pregnant that I didn't want to do weekly updates so I thought it would be a good idea to do one now at 20 weeks to let you all catch up with what's been going on.

My Hyperemesis Gravidarum has now settled a lot more than it was, I am now not being sick every day and can eat more meals which is very good. Although I still have my 'off' days a majority of the time I feel reasonably ok, which is a dramatic change to a few weeks ago.

We have most of the baby's clothes now too which seems very strange but I have a very good reason for this... with Hyperemesis it is likely that around 30 weeks pregnant the sickness will return and I may become poorly again, so I have been buying clothes and other 'baby bits' since my gender scan at 16 weeks. Some people I have spoken to think that I may have done it all 'too early' but personally its allowed me to relax slightly now and know that I am prepared If the sickness does return (hopefully it doesn't!) Let me know below if you would like to see a blog post about my favourite baby items I have bought so far.

I am also feeling little kicks and movements now which is a very strange feeling, every time it still surprises me. She is kicking me quite low down which can be quite uncomfortable but i'm sure she will start moving a lot more soon. 

I also have had my 20 week anatomy scan which in the UK is the scan that checks that the baby is healthy and measuring at the right size. I was very nervous about having this scan (which is totally normal) because I was so sick at the beginning of the pregnancy I was worried that she may be measuring slightly small but she isn't, she is measuring totally normal.


My Baby Shower is being planned as we speak and I am so excited for it, I can't wait to see all my friends and family. There will definately be a whole blog post about the day! (It isn't for a few weeks yet)

That's enough chatter now what about the baby? 

At 20 weeks Pregnant she is about the size of a Banana, which seems pretty big! 


I have definitely got a bump now! 
(I use an app called 'Bumpies' to take my 'bump shots' every week)


I would just like to say a massive thank you again for all the support and lovely comments over on my Instagram from you all, it means a lot.
I love being able to share this journey with you all and bring on the next 20 (ish) weeks!

Until next time,
Stormydoos 

Soy Wax Melts From The Fragrant Faeries


Hey,

For those of you who follow my instagram you will know that recently I have been posting about collaborating and supporting small businesses. I want to share unique products with you all that I think you would all like too. This week I wanted to share with you all these beautiful, soy wax melts from The Fragrant Faeries. 


The Fragrant Faeries are a small independent business run by a mother and daughter, now I discovered them on Instagram (although they have other social media accounts) and I was immediately drawn to there colorful scented melts and I knew that  I had to collaborate with them. 



First of all I am a big sucker for cute packaging, so can we just appreciate this for a second?! PINK TISSUE PAPER hand wrapped sealed with a Fragrant Faeries sticker. 


Wax melts are a fairly new thing for me as I only got my wax burner at Christmas so in all honestly I didn't know what to expect scent wise. But I was very, very surprised at the amazing aroma that I discovered as soon as I unwrapped these products. 


'Pink Champagne' & 'La Vie Est Belle'.


For those of you who are not aware I am currently pregnant and suffer with a rare condition called 'Hyperemesis Gravidarum' (there is a whole blog post explaining it) so choosing scents was a large part of this collaboration as many scents makes me feel very poorly. I decided to go for quite 'sweet' smelling melts and my personal favourite is 'Snow Fairy' which smells very much like Lush Cosmetics Shower Gel.


Not only was the packaging beautifully done but the actual melts themselves are topped off with purple glitter, what's not to love?!



I would like to thank this wonderful company for sending me some of your unique brilliant products to try and review, so thank you.

If you would like to head over to The Fragrant Faeries social media's and there Etsy shop - You can find all the links below (UK based business)


Until next time,
Stormydoos



*I would like to say that I would never recommend a product that I did not personally find of good quality and safe. This is not a paid collaboration although the products were sent to me to be reviewed and possibly featured - If you have a small business and would like to collaborate please contact me via email*

Pregnancy Skincare Products (Dry, Dehydrated Skin)


Hey,

Since becoming Pregnant my skin has gone from oily combination to very, very dry. This has meant that I have had to find a whole new range of products to use.


First of all Bio - Oil is my new best friend, this isn't a 'face product' although I felt it was too important to miss off of this post. I tend to use this twice a day just to help prevent any stretch marks appearing in the next few months.


 Another thing I have noticed the last few months is that my lips are dry also, I have tried a few various lipbalms and other products although the Carmex 'Strawberry' flavoured balm does the job very well and also tastes incredible which is a big factor when you're pregnant.


 Who doesn't love a good face mask! I have always used 'moisturising' face masks so this isn't new to my routine. This new Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask makes my skin feel incredible and rejuvenated, sometimes after a paper mask I feel as so my skin is 'sticky' but that doesn't happen with this mask. This is a must-have in my skincare routine at the moment.


For those (rare) day when I do wear makeup I need something very easy on my skin to remove my makeup so I always use my trusty Garnier Micellar water. 



 Followed next by the incredible Garnier Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water this product makes your skin feel very clean and fresh, what you need when you're a hormonal mess!


 Sometimes you want something a little bit more cleansing than a paper mask so I have also included this Tea Tree Witch Hazel with active Charcoal mask from Boots. You may of seen this mask featured on my blog before because It has been in my favourites for a long time now. The active charcoal in this product also help draw out any impurities in your skin.


Saved the best till last! Recently I went into the Body Shop because I needed a new 'thick' moisturizer and a lovely girl recommended the HEMP 'Heavy Duty Face Protector' and I have used this every night for two weeks and I can honestly say its made a big difference to my skin and the condition of it. It is still dry but it isn't noticeable anymore under makeup. The only downside to this product is that it does have a 'earthy' smell to it but its worth it for the benefits.

I would just like to mention quickly that even if you have oily skin please still moisturise - many people think that because you have excess sebum (oil) that you don't need to moisturise, everyone should pamper their skin! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, until next time,
Stormydoos 

Gender Scan Experience - BOY OR GIRL?

Hey,

On the 3rd of January 2018 we went for our Gender Scan. Now neither of us really knew what this would actually involve apart from finding out the gender. We decided to go to Window To The Womb for our scan as this was the closest one to us and I can honestly say it was such a lovely experience that I would recommend to anyone. All the staff were so friendly and welcoming which is exactly what you need and want on such a big day.



The scan package that we had bought also included a 4D sneak peek at our little baby which we were so excited about and we were not disappointed. 

For this Scan you have to be at least 16 weeks pregnant in order to find out the Gender, I was exactly 16 weeks and 2 days pregnant for anyone wondering about the quality of the images. There are other scans that you can have before being 16 weeks to check the wellbeing of the baby also. (You can find all the different scan packages on the website)

Now for the question everyone keeps asking, why did you want to find out and why didn't you wait until the NHS 20 week scan? 
Myself and my partner were very lucky to receive the scan as a gift from one of our very good friends (Hi, Anna!) although we always said that we wanted to find out as soon as possible to enable us to start preparing for the babies arrival in June. To be quite honest, I was very bored of seeing white baby grows... I wanted to know if we were Team Pink or Blue! 

So...
On the 3rd of January 2018 we found out that we are expecting a little baby...

GIRL! 

And we couldn't be happier.

Did you guess right? Let me know below.





Once again another Thank you to all the staff at Window To The Womb for being so friendly.

Until next time,

Stormydoos 



All about Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Living Hell

Hey,

Now after reading the title you're probably wondering what on earth I am talking about, well let me explain. 

For the first 3 months of my Pregnancy I was extremely Ill and it took me many hours of  researching and me begging the doctors for medication to be diagnosed with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Hyperemesis - Severe or prolonged vomiting.
Gravidarum - Persistent severe vomiting leading to weight loss and dehydration, as a condition occurring during pregnancy.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness spectrum. It affects only 1% of women (lucky me!) with pregnancy sickness and is extremely unpleasant for sufferers. For some women they can be sick up to a total of 60 times a day, yes you read that right, 60. 

Now this condition is SO much more than constantly vomiting, along with this you also get extreme headaches, nausea, fatigue and usually it results in dehydration and even hospitalisation. Luckily for me I never became so poorly that I had to be admitted to hospital for fluids but I have been on anti-sickness medication since I was 9 weeks pregnant (currently 18 weeks) Unfortunately for me my medication has had to be changed numerous times due to it stopping working or not working at all but I can thankfully say the tablets I am taking now seem to be working!

HG may as appear as just a physical condition but it also takes a dramatic toll on sufferers mental health too. When I was very poorly I couldn't get out of bed without being sick or feeling like I was going to pass out, I didn't leave my flat for weeks because I couldn't drive and couldn't be away from the toilet (lovely, I know) this had a huge effect on my mental wellbeing but luckily I found support groups especially for women suffering and who had suffered and this helped me a huge amount. 

I will be posting a lot more about my Pregnancy and especially this condition in the upcoming months as I want to raise awareness of this silent but deadly condition.

(I just want to say that I am aware that there are many women who are unable to have children, I am in no way 'moaning' about being pregnant I simply want to raise awareness and I am grateful everyday for my little one)




When Two Become Three...


Hey,

So I have recently been MIA from this blog and I have a very, very good reason for that. Myself and my partner found out that we are expecting a little bundle of joy (Yes a Human baby, not a furry one) *sigh of relief* I have been wanting to announce this news for so long but we wanted to be 'traditional' and wait until the 12 week mark before we announced it publicly. So here goes that announcement! 

Now I want this post to be a positive one obviously because having a baby is one of the biggest things a women will ever do but I would like to talk to you all for a second about 'Hyperemesis Gravidarum' - Now you are probably wondering 'what the heck is that' and it's something that I have been suffering with for the last 12 weeks and has been honestly the toughest three months of my life. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is ultimately extreme sickness in Pregnancy but it is so much more than this, constant nausea, feeling so weak, being sick up to forty times a day (YES 40) and for me this resulted in nearly being admitted to hospital twice because my body was starving itself which was absolutely terrifying. I wanted to mention this condition because I didnt know what it was until my Doctor mentioned it and I did a lot of research. There isn't a 'cure' sadly, although I am now on medication and it is starting to ease slightly but I do definitely have good and bad days.

On the 6th December 2017 I had my 12 week scan and this was the day it would all suddenly become 'real'. For any of you who have been able to experience an ultrasound of an unborn baby you will know that 'terrifying, proud and life changing' moment you experience when the tiny little fetus appears on the screen wiggling away.

I know there will be many of you who know me personally who will be shocked at this news and those of you who know me via the internet who will also be surprised at this news, I just would like to say that I hope everyone will be thoughtful and mindful in the comments.

Until next time,
Storm





If I Knew Then What I Know Now.


Hey,

So I feel like this blog is becoming more and more personal, which is good right? So recently a lot of posts have been circulating by bloggers sharing their thoughts on the subject of 'If I Knew Then What I Know Now'.  I hope for those of you who are younger than myself that this will benefit you greatly and for those of you who simply need a little confidence boost, keep reading! 

1: Some people don't deserve you're attention.

Now this one took me years to realise and I am still releasing it to a certain point. Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of genuine lovely, caring people out there but there is also people on the other end of the spectrum who simply don't deserve your time. Some people only want your attention to prevent you from giving it to others.

2: It's ok not to be 'ok'.

Now I can not stress this point enough, it's ok to have 'down days'. Recently I lost a good friend due to mental health issues and I just wish that he would of believed everyone that it was ok to feel sad and had reached out for help. There is so much help out there for people, especially young people. Please if you feel like you need/want to speak to somebody, follow the link below.

3: Look how YOU want to look!

*Rant approaching* This point is so important to myself because when I was growing up I wasn't allowed to wear makeup until I was around 15 years old and nobody ever showed me the correct 'way' of wearing it, so I taught myself. Everyone has their own individual style and I love that. If you want to wear eyeliner that covers your whole eyelid, you do that. If you want to wear black lipstick, you do that. If you want to wear wigs, you rock that... you get the idea. Remember 'Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons'.

4: Whatever you're going through, it will make you stronger in the end (how cliche) 

Now this one is very difficult to believe, I remember getting told this and thinking 'pffft whatever' but honestly, it's true. Learn from your experiences whether they are good or bad and allow them to help you grow and develop as a person. 

5: Everything will work out eventually.

If someone would of told me a year ago that I would be living in my own place with my lovely partner, our two dogs and my career is going from strength to strength I would never of believed them. Even when things seem really tough and almost impossible there is always a way through it. I found the best way of achieving things was to set goals, whether it is to qualify in a subject, finish school, get promoted or even have a night out with friends, set yourself goals to achieve and it will all fall into place eventually. 

Until next time,
Stormydoos