HI, I'm Natasha and I created this website Mumsknowbest.com for all of us to use as a community. I am passionate about cooking from scratch and since starting a family myself I want to cook delicious healthy food for all of us to enjoy. However I get bored of the recipes I make and want inspiration from other mumma's out there too! fffI have written 4 cook books Honestly Healthy, Honestly Healthy for Life, Honestly Healthy Cleanse and Honestly Healthy in a Hurry and when falling pregnant with my little boy Rudy i decided that I wanted to take a break which I did for a year and now this is my new baby! I hope you enjoy using the site as much as I do. test
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I am sure that any of you that have been pregnant will know that this pregnancy journey is one hell of a crazy time! I have to say I have been feeling pretty good until about the end of week 22 when exhaustion set in again.
There have been some rather unattractive traits that I just can’t control!!
Gas and more Gas!
The only thing I have found that works is to take a digestive enzyme just before I eat. It helps with the bloating and also feeling so over full after meals.
Eating Late just doesn’t work!
I found this month that I couldn’t eat after 7pm and I had to eat a tiny meal as the space in my stomach was getting smaller and pushed up. One night I got into bed and was lying down and couldn’t breath I started to panic and just kept on burping up sick. It was hideous. The tears started streaming and was just so uncomfortable, it was the first time I felt really ‘pregnant’ if that makes sense!
Acid reflux started this month too. The lack of space is an interesting experience…. I have found that a shot of apple cider vinegar, a strong hot water and lemon and some cucumber with Himalayan salt on it works for me. Also eating small meals (not what I am use to!)
Perfectly ripe mango…. Yup my baby is not very eco or carbon foot print friendly! The perfect mango’s I have found are at waitrose. Chopped up with yogurt and granola for breakfast… every morning without fail.
Exhaustion hits again
I am getting afternoon slumps at about 4pm and I just hit a wall. Bed calls and my brain productivity declines rapidly so I am reaching for hot chocolate or a matcha late and raw chocolate to perk me up… its been working a treat. I have been waking up at 3pm again and not being able to get back to sleep but that lasted about a week so wasn’t the end of the world.
I stopped doing my pilates as I was ‘busy’ and too tired which was the worst thing I could do as my back started to play up again. But not my lower back as it normally is but my upper back just under my bra strap. I went to see a physio and he taught me some upper back twists to help stretch me out again which seems to be working well. But my best advice is get a huge pregnancy pillow. I found a good one on a flash sale on facebook just like this which costs £41 HERE.
Getting up too quickly and being dehydrated is making feel faint so making sure I drink a lot of water is the only way to stop that and take my Spatone Iron supplements helps a huge amount. The apple flavour one is the best!
Apparently nose bleeds are normal when pregnant and for the whole of month 5 I had lots . They don’t last long but are so annoying when running around doing work. I found that tipping your head back and stick some tissue up your nose worked well and stopped them quickly.
Our 20 week scan
Wow we had the most amazing experience. We were so lucky the woman at the John Radcliff hospital in Oxford gave us so much time. The baby is really healthy and so am I which is great as that means I am low risk at the moment. Annoyingly though it means I don’t get my extra scan at 28 weeks so might book a private one to keep my mind at rest.
The Flue Jab and Whooping cough debate**
When I told the doctor I didn’t want the flue jab he read me the riot act. Scared my husband with some one sided facts and figures so he wanted me to have it. I have never had a flue jab and don’t believe in them and really stand by my decision. I found a piece of research that the medication in the injection is 25,000 times over the allowed mercury they allocate is deemed ‘ok’ in drinking water. Why would I want to put this into my body and my baby.
Regarding Whooping cough. I am still in two minds and haven’t decided if I am having yet. I have read a lot and spoken to doctors and private midwives that are not linked to the NHS and the general consensus is that it only is 50% effective and lasts 2 months after the baby is born, however this time is the most life threatening time for an infant to catch this. It has not been given for long enough to see what effect it has on an unborn foetus. I am still in two minds as have until 32 weeks to have if I decide to.
Baby shopping and starting nesting!
I went baby shopping with my mum which was just too much fun. We brought two little outfits from the Nursery Window on Walton street. It was all very real suddenly. We have been converting our shed in the garden for Simon’s office so I can turf him out of the spare room and start nesting and making it the baby’s room. I can’t wait to start looking for cribs and cute tiny things!!!
** DISCLAIMER: These are my personal decisions and must stress that I am NOT a medical professional please do your own research before making your mind up about such an important decision for you and your baby.