• Picture of The Growing Mum's bump around 30 weeks - third trimester

    Third Trimester Pregnancy Update (Week 30)- Has the Countdown Begun?

    Can’t quite believe I’m in the third trimester already. 30 weeks! The countdown should be well underway but that would highlight how unprepared I am – emotionally, mentally and physically. What’s changed since the halfway update? Wriggly Baby I started feeling baby move quite early on which was lovely. I was dreading the kicking and jumping on bladder phase but baby is more of a wriggler than a kicker. Movements appear gentler  (for now) or maybe my tolerance levels have increased since first baby. Heavier Bump OK, this may seem like a ‘duh’ observation but the weight issue only hit me at the 30 week mark. Turning in bed suddenly…

  • Pregnancy Update Week 20 - Halfway There

    Pregnancy Update Week 20 – We’re Halfway There

    If you’re not aware, Baby G2 is due this year. Eeeek! Woooo! Aaarrghh! Yaaaay! Crazy times with 2 under 2 lies ahead. So how has it been so far? First Trimester As with Baby G1, I haven’t had any debilitating symptoms just the usual list: Extreme tiredness – I wanted my bed by 8pm latest but this didn’t really affect my non-existent night life Nausea without vomiting – I know how bad this can be for some so I feel really blessed that the nausea didn’t follow-through Bloating – I was half convinced twins were in there as I looked really pregnant very early on. Even the other half agreed so it…

  • Survival tips for new mums and mums-to-be - The Growing Mum Blog

    General Survival Tips for New Mums and Mums-to-be

    I was completely thrown when a friend, who is expecting, asked for my ultimate tip for a new mum. I quickly scanned the memories of the last year in an effort to come up with one advice but there were just too many to choose from. I ended up rambling and saying something like: You’ll be given lots of advice on every aspect of parenting. If there’s anything you don’t agree with, listen, smile then follow your instincts in your own home. Back home, I replayed the conversation in my head and thought of different things I could have said as is always the case. Curious as to what other…