Getting out and about while I can. Sort of.
By Catherine Hudson, editor of FashTravels
FashBaby: A whole new kind of adventure hosted at FashTravels. Here, you’ll find a weekly diary of my pregnancy journey.
Pregnancy massage. Do it.
Here was my zen-like set up, a scene made possible thanks to some of my lovely friends who had clubbed together to buy me a baby shower gift of a massage voucher (gotta LOVE the gifts that are for me not baby!) I had been meaning to do something like this, and ironically, though it’s part of my job to write about spas, I hadn’t booked anything in. The fact that it was a gift meant I had to do it, because it would be rude not to, right? So, on the last week of working from home, off I waddled (and yes, I am waddling by now), to have a lie down and chill out. And it was marvellous. So much so I fell asleep. I hear there is no time for yourself once baby arrives, so I am so glad I was corralled into doing this. Pregnancy is hard work – I know lots of people who have had massages throughout theirs, and next time (HA!), so will I.
Post-massage, but actually standard get up this week
Nearing the end of my pregnancy (please Lord don’t let me go overdue), I;ve started to reflect back on what has been a long old nine months. Remembering when at Week 5 I became seriously emotional having just found out about the pregnancy and crying happy, but weird, all-consuming, snotty tears, at the thought of taking baby swimming. How cute?! Then there was the early cramping pains, the excruciating pains which meant I had to regularly dip into the bathroom at work, convinced the journey was over. No wonder your hormones are all over the place – the highs and lows are incredibly high and low. Week six brought changes in my sense of smell, onion and smoke were potent to me, and I stopped eating anything green and/or healthy – sorry, baby, but it’s kind of your own fault…
It’s been what has felt like a long road, and I know we were so very lucky to fall pregnant quickly and therefore our journey was relatively short. But I feel so ready to meet our baby, now. What will she be like? Or look like? Will we get on? And how will I feel, physically? Time will tell, and the clock is nearly up!
Out and about
Fearne Cotton, me and bump
Again, I realise that I will not be able to get out and about so easily when the baby arrives – even with the nippiest of prams. So I took the chance to dash about London, as fast as my heavy legs would carry me this week, and met up with lots of my favourite, brilliantly inspiring mums. Fearne was launching her second collection of fashion bits for children with Boots’ Mini Club.
Rachel Riley hosted a lovely evening in her Marylebone shop, where I chose some gorgeous swimwear for the baby (oh it’s beautiful, you really must take a look on Rachel Riley online).
And Susie Verrill hosted a fit-to-burst party at Soho House to launch her From Babies With Love Elephant Family collection. This brand sells all its wares as a non-profit, with all proceeds going directly to a charity to help abandoned children worldwide. Check out From Babies With Love, online.
* I must prelude anything I write in this blog series as totally my own experiences and opinions. I’ve already learned to prefix everything I say in general conversation about pregnancy and babies with, ‘everyone’s different, but…’
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INSIDE MY BABY BRAIN…
Things I am loving, this week
- Aside from all my lovely meetings, I have been enjoying the What to Expect When You’re Expecting exercise DVD. I started it quite late in my pregnancy, wish I’d discovered it sooner. Let’s be honest – wish I had unwrapped it sooner and not looked at it every now and then, gathering dust. It’s very cheesy American (‘reach for the baby stars!’), but it is a decent workout that you’ll most likely also enjoy.
READ MY COLUMN EVERY WEEK HERE ON FASHBABY (A WHOLE NEW KIND OF ADVENTURE) AT FASHTRAVELS.COM, TO FOLLOW MY PREGNANCY JOURNEY
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Introduction: Weeks 0-18
Hello, my name is Catherine and I‘m pregnant!
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 19
Hearing the heartbeat and telling people
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 20
Sleeping, 20-week scan and nesting
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 21
Confidence, quiet time and trial runs
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 22
The one where we went on a babymoon to Sri Lanka
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23
Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 24
We’re a team, baby – you, me and…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 25
Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 26
Christmas, acid reflux and wondering who I am
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 27
Being stuck in limbo and working 9am – 5pm/6pm/7pm…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 28
Injections and indifference
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 29
Oh right. I’m pregnant…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what? Week 30
Advice from friends about what to pack in a hospital bag
- The pregnancy diaries: When to start maternity leave
- The pregnancy diaries: What formula milk to use?
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what? Week 31
Get it checked out, washing days and the circle of life
- The pregnancy diaries: What to pack in a hospital bag
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 32
Considered movements, loving bathtime and starting NCT classes
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 33
Never-ending questions, and why you need to give your mum a break
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 34
Saying goodbye isn’t the end
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 35
Working from home AKA cabin fever