Tigerlilly Quinn: A little pregnancy post and some thoughts on maternity fashion

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A little pregnancy post and some thoughts on maternity fashion


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So I've been wondering how to cover this pregnancy on my blog. With Wilf everything was so new and all consuming, long (long!) time readers of this blog will know I wrote a weekly letter to him here on the blog, about what size he was and what I was doing that week. I've felt a bit guilty about not doing the same this time round but it doesn't feel right somehow and I didn't want to force it.

I think part of why is that when I was pregnant with Wilf no one really read my blog and although I'm in no way a 'big blogger' now I have a lot more readers than back then (when it was mainly Tom and my mum!). Sharing these letters seems a bit too personal now. I've decided that I'll be writing a few letters for him/her which I'll keep off the blog, I certainly won't be keeping up the weekly correspondence though (sorry second baby, I'm a lot busier this time round!).

I've also not written a huge amount about my pregnancy yet as for the most part I've not been enjoying it. Again I feel guilty mentioning this as I know I'm so lucky to be having a second child and moaning about it seems ungrateful. The truth is though I've been really struggling with sickness and there have been times when I've just felt utterly miserable. I thought I'd share a few thoughts on how it's been going apart from that though and hopefully this sickness will pass soon and I'll get my ' pregnancy glow' and positivity back ;)

Largely this pregnancy has felt very similar to Wilf's in that I've not escaped the symptoms I suffered with him. That being said they were a lot more intense the first time round and although I've been feeling rotten I've not been feeling AS rotten..so that's something..see positivity?

There are a few reasons I think I've not been suffering as badly and a large part of that has been that I've made sure I'm seeing an acupuncturist regularly. In fact the weeks when I've been my worst have been times I've not been able to make a session (like when we're traveling) so I certainly think it does help. I did see someone with my previous pregnancy but I found them so expensive I only paid for 3, I've realised now that my health is much more important and I'm totally happy to pay for anything that's going to help with that.

Like my previous pregnancy I've had a crazy addiction to fruit, it's fading a little now but for 4-12 weeks I've been eating about ten pieces of fruit a day and washing it down with orange juice too! I've completely gone off tea and coffee (even decaf) pretty much as soon as I realised I was pregnant the smell of either turned my stomach. I had this before too and thankfully as soon as I'd given birth I was able to drink a cup of tea again which was a relief (I love tea). I've also felt much better being outdoors than in so we've spent lots and lots of time sitting in parks eating fruit which isn't too bad a symptom as they go.

My tummy is a lot bigger a lot quicker which I assumed would happen and I'm quite glad of in a way as actually look pregnant and not just like I've got a bit tubby. It does make me wonder just how big I'll get though as I was so large at 20 weeks last time I had people asking if I was due any day. Wilf was quite a large baby (9,2) but I also had a fair bit of water and a huge placenta so giving birth I lost two stone straight away which is quite funny. I really enjoyed getting bigger in pregnancy and I'm not really worried about how much weight I put on this time round, I found that breastfeeding pretty much made my pregnancy weight fall off and I was back to my pre-weight about 9 months after having Wilf. Although when I stopped breastfeeding I put on half a stone in a month, clearly I didn't realise just how much it was still doing and I hadn't curbed my cake habit ;)

That being said I've been needing to wear maternity clothes since about ten weeks. I've found the selections from most high street stores really disappointing (and not sure why they are so sure pregnant women must wear stripes). I've actually just being buying clothes from brands I already like but in the size up. I know this won't work in later pregnancy but I think it's worth it as I can also wear them after I've given birth and I've made sure to buy ones that I can breastfeed it to so feel like a better investment.

The dress above is from good 'ol Boden. You probably can't see from the picture but it buttons down so I can nurse in it when the time comes. I also picked up this one which has a cross over front so I can do the same. It's only £29 at the moment so I'm actually thinking of picking up a few different patterns.


The only maternity clothes I've bought that I've liked so far have been from Verbaudet. I got this dress which is actually designed as a breastfeeding dress and also this one (pictured above)
which is super comfy and just a really classic piece.

I think that's it so far! How did you find your second pregnancy differed from your first?

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23 comments:

Wild & Grizzly said...

Love the polka dot dress and your bump is soo cute! Can't wait to see what other styles you'll rock later down the line. x

Alice said...

Ooh, glad you've written this as I am debating the whole maternity clothes thing atm. So far I have under the bump jeans and normal tops...I am at the same stage as you, and just getting out of the 'just look tubby' stage, so looking forward to having an actual bump soon! x

Lizzie Woodman said...

You have a lovely bump already :-) My second pregnancy was basically identical to my first - same cravings, similar bump - everything. I had two boys and I definitely think things might have felt a bit different if I'd been having a girl. I lived in H&M maternity jeans and their stretchy tunic tops (not maternity, just bigger) and big, baggy jumpers. I was never huge in the summer time, so I hid my (little) bump with empire line dresses and tunics with leggings. I really like that Boden dress!

Lyndsey J said...

What a beautiful bump and you are dressing it well, the polka dot dress is gorgeous.

xxx

Lyndsey

www.labeau.co.uk

a touch of domesticity said...

Oh Fritha you poor thing. I had horrendous morning sickness for all three of my pregnancies, to the point of nearly being hospitalised and having faintness too (not nice), but luckily it was just the first trimester. So I know how you've been feeling. Once you get out of it though you'll feel like you're sailing rather than drowning, as I'm sure you know. (PS H&M were the answer to all my pregnancy clothing woes, though I know it does vary season to season). x

Helen Lipinski said...

I'm so relieved to see this post! I'm a

Helen Lipinski said...

I'm so relieved to see this post! I'm also due no 2 in early December and can't believe how big I am already! Have felt self conscious but will stop hiding my bump and wear it with pride having read this! Thanks :) (my 1st is also called Wilf! Wonder if we will be on same wavelength with naming no 2 as well! :-)

fritha strickland said...

oh my gosh how funny, we clearly have great taste! Is your Wilf the same age too? Yay so glad it helped, wear that bump with pride lady! xx

fritha strickland said...

oh gawd I really feel for you, I know friends who have had the same and as bad as I have it it's certainly not that bad! It's funny how they say you're more likely to be sick with girls isn't it (I think you have all boys, am I right?). my mum was always sicker with boys so maybe it depends on genetics, either way I don't ever want to experience worse than this! I've been really disappointed with h&m and asos which I liked last time round, hopefully they'll get some new bits in! x

fritha strickland said...

haha yep! Tom said 'why do they think all pregnant women are off on a boating holiday? Everything's nautical!' I think buying a size up is defo the way to go but I don't know if i'll manage it by the end so will probably have to get a few bits to last me the last months. I've got some maternity leggings which are good actually! xx

fritha strickland said...

I'm pretty sure I'm having another boy for this reason! I don't mind the H&M maternity jeans but the dresses and tops are a bit..meh! ah thanks so much for the bump compliment! x

fritha strickland said...

haha yep I was so glad with Wilf when people could clearly see I was pregnant and didn't just have a beer belly or something! I need to look for some longer more flow-y tops I reckon! x

fritha strickland said...

thanks lady! towards the end it will probably be beached whale ;) x

Helen Lipinski said...

definitely! We are finding it very hard to find a name we love as much as Wilf though. My Wilf is 3 in August so I guess a bit younger but same school year as yours?

Only just discovered your blog but love it, you've got great taste in more than just names!! :) x

LauraCYMFT said...

Awww hope the sickness passes soon. It's the worst bit I think. Your little bump is so lovely. I found second time round I didn't have a lot of time to think about anything related to the baby because I was so busy with my toddler. I think I was more tired because of that though.

Molly @ Mother's Always Right said...

It's really lovely to read about your pregnancy Fritha, although I'm sorry you're not feeling too great. It takes me back to this time last year when I too had a bump. Seems like ages ago now! My main difference second time around was that I definitely spent more money on clothes. Plus, my feet swelled up way more as I was pregnant all the (hot hot) summer long! I really liked Asos and H&M for cheap and cheerful maternity clothes. Keungzai were also great and one of my favourite dresses from there I've worn loads as a breastfeeding dress too. I scoured eBay for some of my favourite brands and pretty much lived in a pair of ripped jeans I bought on eBay in the early weeks. Isabella Oliver was another favourite - really comfy but flattering t'shirts. I'm currently in the I'VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR I'M SICK OF HAVING TO WEAR BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY OUTFITS! stage. So I'm looking up your dress choices with a keen eye! xxx

Corinne said...

I've discovered Asos maternity wear this time round and it's wonderful, a real range of stuff. I've even managed to find a few vintage style bits on there. I hope the sickness is getting better for you, I feel for you getting that. Corinne x

Adele Clarke said...

I have just written a very similar blog post over at http://www.nestanddressed.co.uk/2015/06/my-pregnancy-first-trimester.html! I have been really struggling second time round and am the size of a house already. You look amazing though! I'm going to check out those dresses as I'm just living in tracky bottoms and maxi dresses at the mo. Hope you start to feel better soon.x

Heels and hooves said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear you have been suffering Fritha. Hopefully things will settle soon. Despite that though, you are looking fabulous!! xx

HonestMum said...

I hope you feel better soon, I had horrendous sickness with my first and it's debilitating. You look glowing and beautiful. I loved Topshop Tall (not the maternity range) and wore that a lot throughout my pregnancy and The Essential One who I work with have a stunning pregnancy collection x

Chloe said...

Ah, I remember your pregnancy letters, Fritha! Totally get what you are saying about not wanting to do something that feels forced second time round. I wrote monthly updates about Arlo as a baby, and have written just two or three for Rory in the last two years - just didn't feel like I needed to do exactly the same thing and knew if my heart wasn't in it I'd feel like I'd become a slave to the routine of writing regular updates.

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New Mum Online said...

Oh this pregnancy is entirely different to Aaron. Like you showing straight away. Also, I wasn't sick AT ALL with Aaron, but this time have all day morning sickness. I have to eat 6 times a day as it is the ONLY thing that helps. Yesterday I had a full on lunch at 10:30 LOL. Great to hear you are now feeling better. I have not bought any maternity wear yet, but having to wear loose things xx

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