The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23

Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules

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 is seemingly a prelude to all that sleep you’ll never have again. But you know what? I’ve never had much anyway #overthinker

A bath isn’t relaxing.

I could sit and watch my tummy bob about for hours. It seems to move whenever I sit quietly and will it to, but never when I try to film it or when anyone else tries to feel the movement because I say ‘it’s having a party in there!’. Typical. However, sitting and watching my tummy make ever stranger contortions is not a good enough excuse to put off doing any form of exercise. I’m even going off yoga at the moment, and it seems to be going off me, too, seeing as it keeps getting cancelled. I pretend to be disappointed then happily head home to eat, and get in the bath and sit on the sofa watching hours of TV. Although the idea of having a bath is almost always preferable to the actual act. Baby doesn’t, contrary to popular belief, move lots more when I am in the bath – maybe that’s just me. And thanks to the lack of movement, I become convinced that I am potentially boiling my baby on the bath, while pruning my skin, becoming agitated by thinking that I should be feeling more relaxed and wanting to check my phone but telling myself off for wanting to because I should be relaxing. So, all in all, not very relaxing.

Lazy or pregnant?

Though last week’s trip to Sri Lanka has rejuvenated me beyond belief, it only took a couple of days of three hour round commuting to get back into drudgery. I totally love my day job, but commuting is taking its toll. I can’t climb a regular amount set of stairs these days without holding, and even guarding, the handrail bar like a grumpy pensioner, and becoming unhealthily out of breath. I almost feel ready to go back to the gym for a small amount of working out but there’ a mental block, there. I know it will do me good, both mentally and physically, but it’s making that move to get myself and baby in there. I can’t quite work out if I am really that tired and pregnant, or whether I have actually crossed the line into lazy. Hope not. Watch this space.

When do you stop shaving?

…Because I am struggling to see anything very much below my belly button, and the contortions I have to get into just to reach my ankles are becoming harder to bend into. I have had to install a shelf in the shower for fear of bering over to get the soap and not being able to get back up. I am additionally now scared of slipping in the shower. Approximately the same amount scared that my mum always has been – and that’s a lot. She is always warning, forebodingly, ‘be careful you don’t slip’, and now I’m worried that it might happen. I’m even considering a *gulp* shower mat. Gross. Wait, am I turning into my mother? Is it happening already?

* 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

  • Charity shop baby buys – I like to visit wealthy areas, then raid the charity shops of those high streets. I’ve picked up nearly new Chloe, Little Marc Jacobs, and these Osh Kosh dungaree gems. At most, I pay £1.50/£2 for bits and bobs. Wonderful.

  • A gift box by @lotusandthelily – I’ve seen SO many of these ‘mum box’ type gift ideas and this one is such a stand out. Love all the bits inside, how nice are the natural colours? There’s a @hexandrose teething ring with clip, a hand cut soft cotton @mamaestablished tee, a Raw Earth @rolliepolliebox teething ring with beads, and (my favourite), an owl-shaped rattle by @whoopsie_daisie_ This box is totally ‘tat’ free! Great gift. £45,

Things I am loathing, this week

  • Chilli flakes – I’ve realised they only cause me pain and are to be avoided for the time being.
  • Lower abdominal cramps – These are apparently my ligaments stretching, but for the first few weeks around this time that they start happening, you may, like me, be tricked into thinking that the baby is in pain, or on its way. Everyone is different and always get any changes or pains checked out, should you be worried.

Read my column every week here on FashBaby (a whole new kind of adventure) at, to follow my pregnancy journey

Read more…

  1. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Introduction: Weeks 0-18
    Hello, my name is Catherine and I‘m pregnant!
  2. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 19
    Hearing the heartbeat and telling people
  3. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 20
    Sleeping, 20-week scan and nesting
  4. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 21
    Confidence, quiet time and trial runs
  5. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 22
    The one where we went on a babymoon to Sri Lanka
  6. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23
    Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules
  7. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 24
    We’re a team, baby – you, me and…
  8. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 25
    Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
  9. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 26
    Christmas, acid reflux and wondering who I am










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