by Hannah



18 weeks…

I thought I would add another bump photo this week and as I have been doing this I have had a look at my previous shot. Well I think the way it was taken, I look bigger before! When is this baby bump going to pop out? Some days I feel bigger than others. Last week at work no one said anything about my tummy but the very next day I had several people asking if I was pregnant and the ones that knew commented on how it was really noticeable. Well I think it’s shrunk again, hmmm.

Although I feel like I am smaller than I should be, I am definitely feeling the difference in my clothes. I am now getting really uncomfortable and a little cranky with the way some of my clothes fit. Yes I know I need maternity clothes and I have dragged out some of the old faithfuls from last time and bought some new. I have even kicked myself for throwing out some knitted dresses from last time because I was sick of the sight of them, it was one of those days where I just had a massive clear out and they didn’t survive the cull. How very stupid of me.

Many a spare moment has been taken up browsing online for this elusive maternity gear, which I thought had improved in recent years. Now I need the clothes, all the fashionable items I spied when not pregnant (isn’t it always the way) have mysteriously vanished and returned to frumpsville. Why do you have to become uncool when pregnant? I expect all the cool stuff comes with a nice price tag though and quite frankly for only a few months wear, I find it very wasteful. Maybe if I was planning another four pregnancies then it would be good value for money! until one day I decide I detest them and chuck them out on a whim…only to regret it later.

I need lots more items for lounging around the flat, that won’t dig into my tummy and more importantly a comfortable bra for the oh so uncomfortable boobs. Oh what I wouldn’t give to find a decent bra. I have one really comfortable breastfeeding bra from my first pregnancy and if I could wear that all day and every day I would, however this is not practical for obvious reasons. Also whilst I am moaning I will tell you how irritating it is that my lovely maternity leggings now have a hole below the knee and can I find another decent pair? I plan to set some time aside tonight or tomorrow to find some new bits and bobs and I am resigned to the fact I am probably going to have to bulk order a few items just to try them on for size. This is the off putting part about bra shopping and if you read my post on boobs a while back then you will know my predicament. I have had some recommendations on twitter from some lovely ladies so I am very grateful for all the advice I have received.

Anyway if you have got this far and not got thoroughly fed up of my whinging then I appreciate you taking the time to read. I should feel blessed that I feel much brighter now and the sicky phase has thankfully passed. I know that it is not the case for every one and especially a lovely blogger friend of mine, Not Yet a Yummy Mummy, who is due any day and has endured relentless nausea throughout her pregnancy. I am looking forward to hearing the news very soon.


Katie @mummydaddyme 24th October 2011 - 10:19 pm

I think you looked noticeably pregnant when we went to the Baby Show but then if people didn’t know its that sort of awkward stage where they don’t want to say anything as you might have just had a few too many pies! 😉

I am completely with you on the maternity clothes. I refused to pay ridiculous amounts for something that I was not going to wear again and I stick by that for when I am pregnant again. The one place I found that was great was h and m as the clothes were quite reasonable, but again not hugely trendy- you would find a couple of odd pieces but for some reason as soon as you say maternity you seem to become non trendy!

If there are any companies out there who do affordable, fashionable maternity clothes I am yet to see them! Let Mummy and the Beastie review some please!


Siobhan Robertson 24th October 2011 - 11:10 pm

I’m 15 weeks pregnant and feel huuuggee!! I’m still in the sicky stage and am spending most of my time in jammies though I now have two lovely new pairs that I bought with my bday money lol I have found the same with the disappearance of the fashionable nice maternity clothes. I’m sure New Look had some lovely maternity tops when I last went shopping with a normal sized tum, I had a look online last week and couldn’t find anything!

I’ve recently started a blog and would love to know your thoughts on my last post, ‘Is the pregnancy bloom a myth?’


Mummybeastie 25th October 2011 - 10:10 am

I am sorry to hear you are feeling sicky still, I think mine really did pass at around 16 weeks too. Although when I am tired like today, the feel in returns a little! I remember New Look doing some nice stuff, with some celebrity like Holly Willoughy’s range? clearly not anymore. I shall pop on over to your blog now…x

Multiple Mummy 25th October 2011 - 1:27 pm

oh you have a cutie little bump! Maternity clothes are rubbish sometime – do you have a next outlet store near you, I managed to get a lot of my maternity gear from there! I have given a lot of my stuff away other wise I could have posted you some. xx

SAHMlovingit 25th October 2011 - 1:28 pm

I feel your pain with the clothes, I’m getting all my old maternity clothes down from the loft this weekend to wash. I’m still in my size 10 jeans – just about – but my bump is massive so tops are a problem. Lucky for us that we are having our babies at the same time as year as last time eh! Saying that, we have a ‘sun’ (ish) holiday planned for January and I’m panicking about where the hell I’m going to find spring/summer maternity clothes this time of year arrrgh!
So fab I am only a week behind you, it’s so great to have a proper bloggy bump buddy 🙂

Would like to be a yummy mummy 26th October 2011 - 4:18 pm

Glad you are feeling much better and think that you look fab. You just need a few bits to make you feel gorgeous xx

Emma @mummymummymum 29th October 2011 - 9:03 pm

You look FAB, and I’m so glad you are feeling better.xx


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