At 20 weeks pregnant, I have come across plenty of conundrums that I don’t have the answers for. Some that I haven’t been able to find answers to when I’ve asked at appointments and others that have crept up on me that I wouldn’t have thought to ask. Obviously, Google is only a couple of taps away but I’ve already lost several hours to Google and it can be an endless spiral of forums full of everybody’s opinion so it’s not always best to start looking. I’ve compiled a list of a few things that have left me stumped so far, the solutions I’ve found for myself and the answers I’m still searching for.
This Saturday was a full day of shopping with my sisters, I was excited at the prospect of shopping for maternity jeans, work trousers and also for finding a dress for an upcoming wedding. Imagine my disappointment at learning that a shopping centre full to the brim of shops had only one shop with a maternity section (Well done H&M). This is the first time in my life that I have absolutely no clue what size I need to buy so really need a good trying on session. I’m very disappointed in the high street!
Solution: I tried on every dress style we could find in regular clothes until we figured out which style worked best. The next solution was a trip to Mothercare today, where I was pleased to find a reasonable sized department and purchased a lovely dress.
Help Still Needed: I’m still no where in my hunt for trousers, neither H&M nor Mothercare had a full selection of sizes. H&M had my size which were too big and a size down that fitted around the waist but not in the leg. In Mothercare, the size down was tiny and my normal size was far too short in the leg so I couldn’t get a feel for the waist. So as I turn to Internet shopping, I’m still not sure if I should buy my size or the size down as it seems to vary between shop. Humph!
Pain Killer Solutions
Surely this must be everyone’s biggest bug bear?! I’m finding this to be the hardest thing. Due to an ongoing condition the hospital has had me signed up on a diet of strong ibuprofen and cocoldamol (one every two hours) for many years and although over the last couple of years I’ve worked hard to try not to take it every two hours, it’s really hard.
Solution: This is ongoing and I’m just trying to find ways to make life easier to help general pain. A maternity pillow has been a great purchase, mainly for sitting on the sofa with in the evening. I have actually just been prescribed cocoldamol by the hospital too, absolute life savers! Obviously you can’t go wrong with a bath either but whilst I’m thinking about it, baths cause controversy too…
Help Still Needed: Tiger Balm is something I usually swear by but I have had such mixed opinions. I think the opinion of doctors and midwives that I have asked has been pretty split down the middle… Half not being sure, half saying go ahead. So if anyone has advise on this one, it would be greatly appreciated!
A simple bath can unleash you into a whole world of complicated Google searching. My Epsom salts say ‘Check with your midwife’, Google says ‘Epsom Salts are fine’. My Radox Bubble bath says nothing, Google says ‘Stay away from the Radox’. Contradictions are everywhere!
Solution: Lush bath bombs! I’ve gone for the ones with the least amount of products in, my favourite being the Lush Butterball. (£2.75 each!) Another great bath idea for when you don’t have a Lush bath bomb is lavender oil, buy it in your pharmacy and then the bottle will last for ages so you can always count on it being in the bathroom. You need to mix it in a carrier oil, but you can use milk so you should be able to count on having that in too. 3-5 drops to half a mug of milk, mix it under running water and honestly you will feel great.
I have plenty of others conundrums I could add to this post and I’m sure I will come across more so expect a Part Two to come soon! For now, I will leave it there as I could really go on for ages!
Ps. I’ve included a few links to some of the products I’m using as I thought it may be of help to someone else out there! Also, all the photos were found on Google.