I am at that stage now where my pregnancy is going to start the final countdown. And it will eventually end. And while I’m so excited to meet my daughter, and I’m looking forward to getting my body back too, it’s making me want things to slow down a little bit too.
While we have plans for a third child, all being well, that could well change. Or it may not work out for us in that way. So I’m all too aware of this pregnancy potentially being my last.
At 28 weeks, I’m now able to show off my baby belly. Wear fitted clothes and stroke this tummy of mine affectionately. And it’s a lovely stage to be in as I feel pretty special. I can feel her move; her secret wiggles and twists and turns, and more recently her hiccups. And I feel like I’m at that golden stage before she gets so big that I get uncomfortable.
So I’m enjoying it. I’m taking the time to stop, slow down, and watch her move. I’m reading my pregnancy books and my pregnancy apps religiously. I’m finding other pregnancy and birth stories to read online, or watch on YouTube. And I’m completely indulging myself.
At the weekend just gone, for my 28th birthday (gulp!), I had a pregnancy massage. I was exfoliated, and all of my aches and pains were rubbed away, and there was a lovely butter applied to my belly to finish it all off.
And it’s made me even more certain that I want to keep looking after myself this pregnancy. And spoil myself. I’m making a human! I deserve a treat now and again.
I’ve been using my go-to products, that feel like, for me, a bit of a rite of passage of pregnancy. I remember the first time I bought them and the smell will forever remind me of being pregnant.
I’m pretty sure, if you’ve had a baby, you’ll be nodding your head in agreement. It was the first brand recommended to me when I mentioned the itchy belly to friends. And the brand I turned to, to soothe my stretch marks and help them to fade.
With this pregnancy, I’ve been using the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, and my personal favourite, the Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks. I use the lotion all over my body, to soothe, and keep my skin supple. And I alternate between the Massage Cream and the Tummy Butter. Both are thick and luxurious, but the Tummy Butter feels like it’s really protecting my skin and I love getting into bed at night smelling like Cocoa Butter and feeling all moisturised. I feel like I’m looking after myself and I don’t do that enough!
I’m much more confident this time in my pregnancy. Of course I know what to expect, as I grow closer to meeting my baby daughter, but I also feel proud of my body.
I know that pregnancy has changed me. Motherhood has changed me! But for the better. My body might not be what it once was, but it carried the most important person in my life, and I’m able to do that for a second time.
My stretchmarks are there, and my wobbly bits are there too, but they are beautiful all the same. Because not having them, would mean not having my babies, and it’s then I realise how special they are.
I’ve teamed up with Palmers to celebrate our #LovelyTummies and, if you’re pregnant, I’d love for you to do the same. Share your baby bump with Palmer’s UK on their Facebook page, or their Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LoveTummies and tagging @PalmersUK. You’ll be in with the chance of winning a lovely Palmer’s Mother & Baby Pamper Pack worth £65, and you’ll be helping lots of ladies feel a bit prouder of their bodies and what they have achieved, no matter what shape or size they are.
Palmer’s multi-award winning stretch marks range helps boost skin’s elasticity and moisture.
The 3 products of the range contain Bio C-Elaste®, a combination of natural ingredients including Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Collagen and Elastin blended to leave your skin beautifully soft, smooth and supple during pregnancy.
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*8 weeks home use study 2013 – 200 women
Disclosure: Compensation was provided Palmer’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Palmer’s.