How To Have An Enjoyable Pregnancy

Let's face it, pregnancy can be tough! I'm not going to lie and say being pregnant is like being on holiday, however, I do have learnt a few tips on how to make my pregnancy easier and more pleasant.

Tip 1: Join a Prenatal Yoga Class

This is my top tip for getting an enjoyable pregnancy. I have never been a gym enthusiast, sweating myself out on the treadmill, but I have always enjoyed going to group classes. I feel that other people's presence can really give me that motivation I sometimes lack when working out.

Since I was 16 weeks pregnant, I signed up to a local prenatal yoga class and I can't recommend it more. A prenatal yoga class normally doesn't consists of any challenging poses, very suitable for any pregnant woman who are in their 2nd or 3rd trimester. Comparing to normal yoga classes, prenatal yoga focuses more on gentle stretching and relaxation,  much needed for any preggo! You'll meet lots of women who are just like you, making you feel that you're not alone, there are so many other women going through the same things as you. Try to get to the class early, so you'll have some extra time chatting to other girls, maybe make a friend or two, you'll never know. My yoga class is like a community, we have a Facebook group where people share their pregnancy experience and celebrate each new baby's arrival. So go on, start searching and get signed up!

Tip 2: Eat Healthy

Pregnancy brings lots of changes to your body. I have gradually learnt how to cope and adapt myself to these changes. During my first trimester, the toughest period so far, I found myself lost all interest of food while being pretty much constantly hungry. It was like my stomach tells me I need food, but my hormone makes any food seem so repulsing. After a few days of struggle, I discovered that cold soya milk with cereal and fruit could be my best friend!

My second trimester was a bliss, I was able to enjoy all kinds of delicious food and I was full of energy! This didn't last long though, since my late second trimester and on, my stomach really feels the strain. I get bloated all the time, especially after dinner. It takes longer to digest food and I often feel the heartburn when I go to bed. I realised that I had to make some changes to my eating. I started a food journal, writing down everything I eat in a day. I can always go back and see what food makes the indigestion better, what doesn't. It really helped! I have more of a routine now, I don't skip breakfast anymore, and I try to eat dinner no later than 7pm. My efforts seemed working fine. Even my midwife said how well I looked in my last check up.

Tip 3: Get Outdoor More Often

Because I work from home, I don't really go out that often as before. So I really have to make an effort to get myself out of the house at least once a day. Whether it is a short walk to the shop to get some milk, or walk to our local park, or simply take a walk around the block. Some fresh air and new scenery really can do your mental and physical health much good.

Tip 4: Learn to embrace it

Although we can't go horse riding or skiing, (not that I'm interested), we can still do a lot of things when pregnant. Being pregnant doesn't mean we can't travel anymore, maybe not flying, but we can still go on a mini road trip to a nearby town, take a walk on the sandy beach, or anything you fancy doing. If you find normal maternity clothes boring, you don't have to limit yourself on your wardrobe choice. Read my previous post here and get inspired what to wear during pregnancy.

Pregnancy should be a period when you embrace the changes and cherish every moment, you are after all, creating a miracle in your body!

What I Bought For Our Baby's Nursery

I have to admit that I've been itching to go shopping for our baby for ages! Well, since the beginning of my pregnancy actually. If it wasn't for my husband who's been holding my urges back, I would have already done and finished by now. This week I turned 30 weeks pregnant, another landmark, which also means that I can properly start my baby shopping now.

Every couple knows how costly it can be to buy for a new baby - we all want the best for our babies and the shopping list seems endless! I believe I'm pretty savvy about shopping, so shopping for our baby will have no exception. I have compared so many sites for the best prices, browsed so many products, determined to find the best deals. Now let's get down to business and let me start showing you what I've bought so far.

Nursery Shopping List (as on 19 Aug, 2016)

1. Moses Basket

We've decided to get a moses basket for our baby, although it's not essential, we do hope we can carry her to the downstairs living room so we can keep an eye on her all the time. If we only have a cot, we won't be able to do so. I searched Argos, Mothercare, and lots of other baby product websites but decided to buy from Amazon because of its price and convenience. Actually we bought most of the items from Amazon. The baby is only going to be sleeping in the moses basket for up to 6 months, so it makes no sense to splurge on an expensive one. We have found this affordable one from Kinder Valley our favourite.
Link: Kinder Valley Tiny Ted Moses Basket

Pregnancy Wardrobe Hero - Maxi Dress

Dressing can be challenging during pregnancy, as your body changes day by day, it's hard to find that balance between comfort and style. One thing I've found since pregnant is a good maxi dress is one of the hardest working clothing item in your pregnancy wardrobe.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts , I got this pink crochet maxi dress from New Look. Although it's not a maternity dress, it fits me perfectly. I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant, but there is still room for my growing bump to see me through the later stage of pregnancy as a result of the stretchy material. The straps are adjustable to suit different heights and there is slits on the side to keep you cool in the summer.

Skin And Hair Saviour - Jojoba Oil

I have always been keen on skincare and the I have heard so many good things about jojoba oils. When I received this Eden's Semilla jojoba oil, I couldn't wait to try it out, and I have been delighted with the product so far. The bottle comes with a normal cap as well as a nozzle, which is so handy for oil.

The oil has a golden yellow colour, with a subtle nutty smell. With plenty of benefits, it can be used on hair, face, body and nails.

For Hair
I use a couple of drops, rub it on my palms and apply it on the ends of my hair. It won't make your hair feel greasy, even for oily hair like mine, as long as you only apply it on the hair ends. It leaves your hair feeling nourished without weighing it down.

For Skin
Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-allergenic and can be safely used on face and body, even on the delicate skin around the eyes. It contains lots of beneficial natural minerals and vitamin E, and it doesn't clog pores. I use it as an eye cream as my eye area tends to be a bit dry and needs some extra care. You only need about half a drop to do the job.

For Nails
Dry cuticles and chipped nails have always been troubling me, no matter how often I use hand cream, it just never seems enough! When I did my nails yesterday, I added an extra step of massaging some jojoba oil to my fingers after removing my nail polish. My nails seem to be behaving after that - a good sign it seems!

I am pretty happy with the product so far and I'm sure I will be using it a lot in the future. If you would like to purchase this oil, you can get it from their website or buy directly from Amazon here.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Eden's Semilla and the product was gifted to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Sunset On The Seaside

We have come to a small seaside town for a little weekend away. After dinner, my hubby and I went for a walk on the pier. Although it was almost 9pm, it was still light - one of the best things of British summer. Bathing in the cool sea breeze in the sunset is simply enjoyable, and I took the opportunity to snap some lovely pictures! 

This maternity dress I wore is from ASOS. It comes with a red belt but I forgot to pack it for the trip. The dress is no longer available but here is one similar to it. 

Golden Summer Moment

Summer is the most beautiful season in the UK. Me and my hubby like to take a relaxing walk down the park and enjoy the long summer nights where it doesn't get dark till 10pm. This time we went to our local park for a stroll in the sunset hour. The sunset cast a soft golden lustre on the grass, trees and people - it was simply stunning!

I wore this flowy summer dress I got from New Look. If you read my previous post, you'll know it's actually not a maternity dress but it fits my pregnant bump perfectly. 

Pregnancy Update - 26 Weeks

You may already know from my previous post or if you follow me on Instagram, that I am pregnant! I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. I know I left it pretty late to do my first pregnancy update, but I didn't even tell my friends until after 3 months - just wanted to keep it private in the beginning.

Let's start from the beginning. I found out I was pregnant pretty early on, because my hubby and I have been trying for our first baby for some time. When I first did the pregnancy test and was anxiously waiting for that 3 minutes for the result to appear,  I didn't expect too much knowing that it may not that easy to get pregnant. Then I saw the vertical line, not too strong but definitely there. I was so excited, nervous and most of all, happy!

My first trimester was bad. I pretty much felt ill, nauseated and tired throughout the whole three months. The moment I woke up, I would be overwhelmed by the smell that makes me sick - that hand wash, burnt toast, cooked food... I hardly could eat anything without feeling ill -anything cooked with oil, meat, fish, eggs, etc. I was surviving on fruit, cereal with soya milk on a daily basis. They were not exactly filling so I had to eat frequently. I would lay down on the sofa sleeping for most of the time during the day, and go to bed very early. I didn't know how long that was going to last, it was pretty hard time.

When I reached my second trimester, as I am now, things got a lot better. I gradually gained a lot more energy and my appetite has increased dramatically. I still haven't got any particular cravings, except for food in general. I eat more than my husband and always want food. Since the past few weeks, I can totally see my body getting rounder and my bump is showing pretty obviously. I try to stay healthy by eating the right food and doing some gentle workout - I go to the antenatal yoga class once a week, and do pregnancy workout at home everyday.

That is pretty much it! In general, I am feeling pretty great. Happy, content and enjoying my pregnancy. I am very grateful for the fact that my pregnancy so far has been pleasant and relatively easy - I know people who go through their entire pregnancy feeling ill and sick, I guess I have been lucky that things have dramatically improved since month 3.

My next update will be some time in my third trimester, which is a couple of weeks away, so I will chat to you all then.

3 New Look Non-maternity Dresses You Can Wear When Pregnant

It seems that summer has finally arrived in the UK this week! While I've been enjoying this nice hot weather, I have suddenly found myself run out of summer clothes to fit my pregnant body. As a first time Mummy-to-be, I am totally new to the maternity wear market. I have been searching the web for maternity clothes but find that sometimes I find the styles of maternity clothes quite limited. I discovered that New Look was having a summer sale with up to 60% off, I couldn't help but making a sneaky purchase.

I ordered quite a few items, among which are three of my favourites. They are not maternity dresses, but after trying them all, they all fit me perfectly. A good tip for buying non-maternity dresses when you are pregnant is to go for those with an empire waist line or drop waist line. Swing dresses are also a good choice as they are quite loose fitted. If you are choosing a body-con dress, make sure the material is elasticated enough to fit your bump.

Enough being said, let's check out what I bought.

Dress Number 1: Green Abstract Print Peplum Hem Slip Dress

Sale price £12.00 (Originally £22.99)

A Good Read - #GIRLBOSS

Ordered this book on Amazon and it finally arrived on Friday. I am not a fast reader when it comes to reading books that are not in my first language, nor am I a big reader, not since leaving uni. This book, however, when first opened, I can hardly put it down. It fascinates me so much that I couldn't bare waiting to see what's next. 

Sophia Amoruso is a name I have been familiar with, and Nasty Gal is a brand I have been following for years. Sophia wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and she was a lost and confused girl in her younger years. It was inspiring to follow her story and see how she managed to build a multi-million-dollar business empire from selling vintage clothes on eBay. I was like a sponge trying to soak up everything from her book and in a way, enchanted by her way of story telling. I felt as if she was sitting right here talking to me heart to heart. 

I finished the book at midnight on the same day I got it - this has never happened to me before. Ever so often that a book is started and never finished reading. Highly recommend this book.