Alice In Pregnancyland #week24-28

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Style. 

Pregnancy Emotions.

My emotions in the past 4 weeks have recently been pretty stable. David and I have been really good and although I am feeling really tired, my body is just getting on with it and handling it. There is one thing that is pulling on my heart strings a little though, is that I am going to have to share my time between Cruzie and this new Bub. I hope I don’t hurt his feelings to much, when I have a screaming baby and I can’t put him to bed like I normally do. I am truly treasuring those cuddles to sleep in his room every night at the moment. Sometimes laying there a little longer to just enjoy my one on one time with him. I also get emotional thinking about having to leave Cruz at home while I go and stay in hospital to have the Bub as well. My heart does feel completely full thinking about the first time Cruz gets to meet his baby brother or sister though. He is so sweet with his baby cousin Arliah, always blowing her kisses and patting her gently and smiling. Makes me smile so much. 

Pregnancy Exercise.

So the last 4 weeks I have just been walking for 30-45minutes everyday. I feel it’s getting harder and harder to push the pram up and down the hills with a growing bump.

I have been doing yoga a little but not as much. Maybe once or twice a week. I do love the feeling after yoga, it’s just the motivation to get the mat out and do it at home while Cruzie sleeps. 

I have also been doing some lite weights from the @grace_powerfit POWERFIT E BOOK. I am currently using the MY POWERFUL PREGNANCY PROGRAM ebook to help guide me, depending on my strength and energy everyday I tailor it to suit me. My veins in my leg and pelvis can feel more heavier on some days than others, so I just take each day as it comes with my workouts. 

I love doing squats, so I make sure I do 20-25 a day in the shower and I do 20 push ups on the kitchen bench too. 

XO THREE ACTIVE WEAR

@xothreeactive for more details on the maternity and breastfeeding active wear pictured above. 
My little arm candy I use as daily motivation, to move my body in some way each day. Bracelet by Fit & Style

@fitandstyle_ for the motivational #fitnessbracelets
Pregnancy Eating.

Okay, so eating. Well I think I am doing okay! I haven’t been eating as much as I usually do as I get that full feeling super fast with my bump growing. I have been having my Bulletproof coffee smoothie (filled with lots of good fats and frozen banana) every morning with my @ponoprobiotics in them. The recipe is on my Instagram if you would like it. 

PONO PROBIOTICS – Coconut and Manuka Honey

For snacks I usually just eat rice cakes and peanut butter or just a apple or a quest protein bar (maybe once a week), or rumbles paleo bars are good too. 

Lunch is either a organic salad + tuna quinoa wrap OR tuna + sweet potato + broccoli OR EGGS + sauerkraut + sourdough + spinach.

Dinner has either been salmon or white fish with steam veggies or homemade sweet potato chips. I have also been digging homemade spaghetti bowl. 



We just finished Easter so I totally smashed an Easter bunny over Easter too. I normally eat my raw chocolate most nights, but on Easter Saturday and Sunday I totally ate Easter choccie. #noregrets

My healthy chocolate bunny 🐰🍫😋

I had all of my glucose tolerance tests finally competed and all came back negative so I am completely over the moon with that too. 

Pregnancy Style. 

So my style during these four weeks is all about maternity clothing and Kmart stretching skirts with a t shirt knotted on top. The pre pregnancy wardrobe is getting used less and less. I have been loving the simplicity of my wardrobe as I have to think less about it as I wear the same clothes often now. Unless I have an event or something on. 

With my work uniform I have been using the mini bump belt to add a bit of stretch to my work pants. It’s by Fertile Mind. It is amazing, stops the restrictiveness across your belly. I love it. They have different sizes for different stages of your pregnancy! #lifesaver

Belly Belt by @fertilemind
Without the belly belt! Ouch!
I had my gorgeous friends hens during this thing so I brought a nice boho flowing dress from The Self Styler for that occasion which I felt great in.

@theselfstyler Fawn wrap dress, available in other prints online. Hair by Emma @c_ba_hair

For this #bumpstyle photoshoot with the talented Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio we thought we would do something a little different. All I was wearing was white lace. 

We collaborated with @littlebairn a business that provides organic and all natural skin products for mother & baby, to bring you a milk bath maternity photoshoot. Boy did I love doing this. One and a half hours of pampering bliss. Although for Tahlia is was more challenging, watching our little babes and climbing the bath all the while shooting me in the bath. 

A special thank you to Amy from Daisy & Co Flowers for providing the stunning flower crown. 

Thank you again for tuning in to this weeks blog. I truly appreciate you reading and commenting on all the pieces. Plus you have all been so supportive and provided great advice during this pregnancy and my journey through motherhood. 

Big Love Alice xoxo

Photoshoot by @wyldefolkstudio_
Flower Crown by @daisyandcoflowers
Bath and Skin Products By @littlebairn

Lace, milk and blooms – maternity milk bath photography 🌿

Loving my Cruzie snuggles 🙏🏼👶🏼

Alice In Pregnancyland – #week20-24

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

So I made it to the 20 week mark, which means Morphology Scan Date! I always get so anxious, excited when I have hospital appointments and scans. I do about 3 nervous poos before and countless wees because I just want to know that Bub is healthy. I hadn’t really felt the baby move to much yet, just a few little fish bubbles randomly. So I was keen to see our little Bubbaroo.

The scan went well, it was about an hour and a half as the cheeky Bub kept on hiding their face. I cried again see the little one on screen, argh instant love. The Morphologist was surprised we wasn’t finding out the gender. It honestly does not bother me what we have, because as soon as I seen a dancing Bub on the screen I knew they looked healthy to me and i felt blessed. For David (my husband) it was a little harder. When the Morphologist told us to shut out eyes because she was going to scan the cheeky bits, David whispered to me “argh this is so hard I just want to peek’ hahaha! We both stayed strong though. It was also confirmed that I had an anterior placenta, hence why I hadn’t felt much movement. This all changed over the next four weeks though, I feel the baby doing jump flips and see their little feet kicking my ribs. Cheeky bubba. I think my bump looks very similar to my pregnancy with Cruz, maybe a little more wider.

I also met my Obstetrician at week 21. He was fantastic. We are going public, everyone has been amazing and so informative so far. He confirmed the scan all went well which was reassuring. I have really bad varicose veins in my legs and down below, so its compression stockings and sexy high knickers for me… Wootwooo isn’t pregnancy glam hahaha. I just have to monitor for DVTs as a few of my veins have erupted in my legs. I hope it doesn’t erupt down below because, hey that will not be pretty. He also stated it was time for me to stop training at HIIT Australia because of the force on my girly bits with the veins. I was pretty sad about this as I love the feeling of hitting the gym and the me time, but safety first always for the Bub.

I am super excited that I have a student midwife too. I had one with Cruzie and I just loved seeing the same familiar face at appointments and at the birth. So pleased. 

Pregnancy Emotions

During these weeks, was when I started to think about my labour, will it be the same as Cruz? Can I do this again? I knew what I was in for this time? I started to work myself up a little bit with fear. So I have been doing some meditation, to help ease those normal thoughts that most woman go through. The meditation has helped lot to keep my labour anxiety at bay and prepare my body for change. I have been using the Mind The Bump App which ideal for pregnancy. Plus I get to met my little bub at the end of the labour so its a huge positive.

We had lots of sleep troubles with our Cruzie, so there was a week there where I felt emotionally drained from the lack of sleep, I cried a lot, but I think even if I was not pregnant I would still of been upset, maybe just not as much.

The mind/body issues have died down a lot, in fact I have found a new love for my bod. I feel good with this bump on show. I have been really practicing my self love skills, I have so much respect for my ever changing body. I am enjoying when people point out the bump too as I find this is a gentle reminder to my self, that I am pregnant. I get so busy looking after Cruzie that I forget that I am pregnant sometimes. The time is flying by so fast. Crazy to think I am well over half way now. Having the scan though has made me more emotionally aware that I have a little Bubba coming. I feel more emotionally connected to the little one now I have seen Bub. Especially when it reminds me that its in there with all those jump flips and sweet baby kicks.

I feel that I am building that emotional connection with David again, it makes me smile watching him with Cruz, hearing them both giggle while they play and hang out. I am so grateful that soon I will get to hear another little voice in the house that I can listen out for and smile about. David has been truly so helpful and supportive with all the hormontionals that have come with this pregnancy, I feel very lucky, my heart is full.

Pregnancy Eating

So I have my full appetite back. My cravings have been sauerkraut (by the jar), organic eggs, spinach leaves and white fish. David and I have been studying a lot about “gut health” so as for meals, we have all been eating the same in this house. Lots of veggies, good fats, white fish, salmon, fermented veggies, sweet potato and organic eggs. Due to my varicose veins I have also been taking Vitamin C Powder (lots of it) and drinking so much water. I haven’t really craved sugary things at all, since the first trimester so I guess thats a positive.

Peace Love & Vegetables Sauerkraut 🙌🏼

Pregnancy Exercise

Well as I stated earlier, I had to stop training at HIIT Australia. My back has been sore and so have my feet from my veins. I have been walking for 30-60minutes daily. I have one day off a week from that. I really love walking, I find that the walking really helps to kick start my day and its great for the circulation in my legs too.

I am continuing my prenatal yoga about 4 times a week which I LOVE. I am still loving the Energising Flow with Tammy on youtube. I wear my maternity yoga pants from Krew Active every time to feel like a right YOGI haha. The light workout really stretches out my achy body and I feel like it keeps some tone to my body with the holding of the stretches.

Krew Active Yoga Pants and Breastfeeding Friendly Crop

I also love to do push ups fro extra support on the bench, I try do this every night. I also do 10 squats in the shower morning and night. I do my pelvic exercises right before ved at night (I do forget these alot though ekkk).

Pregnancy Style

Well if I am not in my yoga pants or my underwear at home (because its so hot, QLD please cool down), I am loving Boho flowly dresses and I am also loving rocking a firmer dress/tube skirt to show off the bump. I have found some great maternity/breastfeeding styles for daily wear from Mamma Belle Maternity, The Self Styler, Amor + Grace, and also just fromTarget, Kmart. I love that you can buy styles now that can be worn post birth too.

This months #bumpstyle shoot with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ was such a laugh. Thank you again Tahlia for the collaboration every month, I am so grateful for your talent. If you would like to collaborate with Tahlia in the future, you can contact her on her email found in her bio on her Instagram page here.

We had such a fun time, styling this big ever growing bump of mine. We found a great location outside by the water, to do the shoot. I hope you enjoy the bump style photos. Will tag the labels I wore in the comments.

Amor + Grace  – Havana Scolloped Feed Dress.

Perfect LBD for your bump and post pregnancy for breastfeeding.

Buy Here – Amor + Grace Havana Scalloped Feed Dress

MammaBelle Maternity – Maternity & Breastfeeding Dress and Ruby Olive Teething Jewels.

Buy Here – MammaBelle Maternity and Ruby Olive

 

Oh hello there little one
Baby you make life oh so good.
Perfect for your growing bump and breastfeeding post birth.
 

MammaBelle Maternity

Dress by @theselfstyler – INDIANA in the golden temple print

So in love with this style.

Buy dress here – The Self Styler – Indiana dress in Golden Temple.

Thank you so much for tuning in and reading. I am forever grateful for your love, comments, support. Thanks a million to all involved in making this blog happen, I am truly enjoying sharing this journey with you.

Always value your feedback too, so feel free to share your thoughts on the blog or on my instagram page here @aliceinhealthyland.

Alice xoxo

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Want more from these gorgeous labels?

@theselfstyler – click here

@mammabelle_maternity – click here

@rubyoliveonline – click here

@amorandgrace – click here

@krewactive – click here

And of course my beautiful photographer – Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio_ – click here

Alice In Pregnancyland – #week16-20

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

Pregnancy Emotions

Week 16, wow this was where a lot of things changed for me. I had just learnt the news of some friends that were going through the pain of having a still born. She was nearly in her third trimester. Three days later I read that a Insta mum and her family I follow was going through the same heart ache. I  was heartbroken too truly grieved for both of them and then for all the other mums that go through this everyday. Being a nurse I had looked after a few mummas that had gone through this too in the past and remembering their heart ache too. So after hearing this news, so many things went through my head that week. I almost had this feeling of guilt that my baby was healthy and they had lost their little angels to heaven. It was a huge turn around for me. I practised gratefulness everyday for not just my baby but for my ever changing body and respected its changes its has to go through physically and mentally. Yes I still have times looking in the mirror where I think … geeze my but is flattening and widening, and negative talk starts to crepe in, but I do try and take a breathe and remember how lucky I am to have this pregnancy and that I have a healthy little toddler too.

To help keep my mindset at peace I have had beautiful friend that is also pregnant (yay I can now announce to the world) Lauren, to share this pregnancy journey with. Lauren from @hunterandrose_lifestyle also has a little boy around the same age as Cruz, Jack and is just 4 weeks behind me. So we can relate. I am also blessed to have my beautiful friend Tania @narurally_nourished87, she has been so supportive with this pregnancy and has been so great at helping my body feel good with the right supplementation and nutritional advice.I have learnt so much from her. I am grateful to have these girls and all my friends and family in my life. I love to surround myself with people that help support and lift you higher and hopefully give that back to them too.

I have been practising yoga for some for mindfulness and I have just added meditation to my daily routine instead of just breathing exercises. Wow this has opened up a whole new world for me. I’m loving it. I have been using Headspace The App and Mind The Bump The App to guide me. Thank you to all my Instagram followers for suggesting these apps,  I have been loving them. I feel I am a much happier person during this crazy hormontional journey we call preganacy and I am handling my wild emotions much better.

My sex drive is back in full swing (yay for David) (sorry to my family who are reading this hahaha) so I feel closer to Dave again and not so distant like in first few weeks of pregnancy.He reminds me all the time we are on this journey together. I guess all this sex  makes up for my grumpiness in the first trimester right babe?

Also little Cruzie makes me smile every single day and I feel thankful (maybe not in the at midnight wake ups) that I am having another little brother or sister for him to play with.

If you are going through emotional times in your pregnancy, talk to someone and then try breathe and let it go. You are not alone and others go through it to just some more that others. If you can’t just let it go try and speak to your midwife or gp for other support options.

Pregnancy Exercise

Walking, walking and more walking I love my walking. I have had lots of energy so I have been training weights at HIIT Australia 2-3 times a week. I am loving my PT with the gorgeous Miss Hannah Dales too, she is helping me keep that booty is the best shape it can be hahaha ( its still going down south but hey we are doing our best). Yoga has been my absolute love and go to though. I will share the youtube at home pregnancy yoga practices I have been doing with you because I LOVE them. They are around 30-40minutes and I fit them in when Cruz sleeps at night or nap time (or he ends up on my mat trying to copy me, it is cute though).

Pregnancy Yoga – Strength & Stability

This routine is great when I’m feeling like a workout, I get my heart rate up, but there are plenty of prompts to breathe and rest in between each exercise.

Pregnancy Yoga – Energising Flow

This is my absolute favourite practice so far. I do this one 2-3 times a week. I truly feel so energised after it and I try and do my meditation just after it. Highly recommend. It also made me get some relief for my varicose vein pain in my legs as this practice does lots of leg stretching and movements to enhance circulation.

Yoga wear by @krewactive available online.

Pregnancy Eating

Yes well the Nutella cravings have completely gone thank god! Its all about the peanut butter and the sauerkraut now. I always love peanut butter though so maybe this is nothing new for me. My appetite has defiantly come  back though! Loving lots of brown rice, sweet potato chips, greens, sauerkraut and white fish for lunch. For breakie is just a mixture of oats, protein pancakes or eggs on rye with sauerkraut. Believe me though I am hunnnnnngry all the time hahaha #allthefood. I was tested for a early gestational diabetes as my fasting blood sugar was slightly higher than  normal but it all came back clear so I had to watch the carbs a little! Yippeeee now I can have all the carbs in the world haha! I do have to have one more test though when I am 28 weeks to make sure though!

Pregnancy Style

Styling this bump over these few weeks has been a little challenging as its growing at a much faster rate. My non maternity clothes are super tight and uncomfortable especially in the heat here in QLD. My pre pregnancy pyjamas are not even going to fit my leg and my underwear is riding up my bum. So its comfy maternity clothing and Boho smock styles from now on.

This month for my #bumpstyle collaboration shoot with the gorgeous Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio_ we have decided to work with @yummy_mummy_lingerie 

online boutique, @blossomandglow.com.au pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond online store and pieces from our own wardrobe. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as had fun shooting them.

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Always wanted to rock print on print. Loving this @spell_byronbay mix match print.

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@spell_byronbay two piece

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Drinking@mamabodytea

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Little tickles for Cruz’s pretend baby!

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Baby Bump

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Kisses

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@blossomandglow.com.au everyday slip dress

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@yummy_mummy_lingerie Cantaloop maternity knickers and nursing bra

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Tahlia’s Spell Kimino

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Love this photos of my two loves

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Cruz bloomers by @little.sea.luxe

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@yummy_mummy_lingerie pyjamas and Cotton On Dressing Gown

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Pillow Fight

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Thank you all for reading the post, if you have any feedback or thoughts on the blog, please don’t hesitate to comment or message me on my Instagram page @aliceinhealthyland

Big Love xoxo

Alice In Pregnancyland #week12-16

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

These four weeks I have seen my mood pick up dramatically. My energy has returned, and the tears have died down. David is a little relieved about that hahaha. I’m happy for cuddles again from Dave and the”don’t touch me” feelings have subsided for now.

I do however still get slightly offended with the “wow you’re so massive” comments. I mean come on people!! Could you maybe re word your terminology? Do you think that I don’t already know that my bump and ass is growing on the daily… I do look in the mirror! It’s silly that I take offence to it sometimes, but I think it’s due to all these new body changes that I am dealing with the underneath my clothes. I am not self conscious all the time it’s just when people make petty little comments like that. I am very grateful that I get to experience this as a woman and at the end of this journey I get to meet our tribes newest member.

This pregnancy feels like it is going so fast the second time round, working in emergency and recovery, running round after Cruz and running my blog. Life is crazy!  I am loving this journey so much but sometimes I have to stop and take a breath and remember I am pregnant and think about my new little one on the way.

I feel like I have a better handle on my emotions than I did 4 weeks ago and just letting it go has been alot easier. Thank you hormones for calming the eff down a littke so I can enjoy the ride or wait I am the ride for the baby really?

I have been using the Basik Organics pregnancy range to help relieve some pregnancy symptoms I have been having. Loving the bath soak to help relax my achey muscles and the essential oil blend to enhance my mood and nausea.
My varicose veins have been out on show and have even been asked a few times why the bruising is so bad on my legs. NOT BRUISES they are veins! I actually think that I have one “down below” because the pelvic pressure has started from 13 weeks not 27 weeks this time. I am trying my best to do pelvic exercises to help strengthen and relive the pressure. Yep I am doing them as I type haha. Are you? 

Okay so my cravings are plain corn chips and cashew cheese, to keep it healthier I buy the organic chips with only 4 ingredients in them as I still want to try my best to feed this bub the goods.

For breakfast I am still loving cold fruity smoothies. I add spinach to them too. Lunch I am addicted to tuna, brown rice and vegetables ohhh and peanut butter. I love salad rolls too. Snacks I am still loving the Franjos Kitchen Pregnancy Charcoal Crackers or Rice Cakes.. ooohh and apples I LOVE apples, especially red ones. Dinners I have been having Fish. Love it. I hated it when I was pregnant with Cruzie Poozie. Hmmm could this be a girl? 


I do have one confession though… NUTELLA seriously I cannot stop craving it at 2am! WHHHHHHYYYY? Haha my mother in law brought David and I a jar with our name on for Christmas. I do wish I could throw it out but David would kick my but if I did. I need it out the house! I only want it at 2am too.. Anyone else experience sugar cravings for midnight snacks?


Exercise, this is important to me as I feel so dayyyyam good after it. Plus I need to work off that dam Nutella too! I have been doing about 4 30minute walks a week. 2 Hiit Australia strength classes and still loving my youtube at home pregnancy yoga. I have also started to have a personal trainer once a week Miss Hannah Dales that is making sure I use correct technique when lifting weights too. Her sessions her a killer but I love them.

A funny thing happened the other day, I put on my maternity nursing work uniform and walked out of the room. David burst out laughing, I burst out laughing and then Cruz starting laughing. Why are my maternity work uniforms so old fashioned and unflattering? I wish I could style my own. I look like a great big balloon hiding under a large pair of pants and a smook dress that is meant to be a shirt, its hilarious! Lucky I only have to wear it a few days a week. haha! That is probably why the patients are commenting on how big I am?

I have been loving styling my bump this month, I have found some great maternity styles, ones that you can wear post pregnancy and breastfeeding too. Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ and I shoot some gorgeous pieces in this months bump style shoot. Thank you Tahlia, I am blessed to have these memories captured and my little man Cruz decided to join in too. The two labels we  have shot this month are Maive & Bo and Cabo Gypsy. Both brands have stunning boho or basic easy to wear pieces that are comfortable, feminine and so on trend right now. 

I love that I can still be myself in this photoshoot and wear clothing that I love. 

Thank you to the gorgeous Emma from @c_ba_hair for styling my hair for the feminine photoshoot. I love it. Wish you could live with me and do my hair on the daily!

Maive & Bo  Floral Harlow Dress

Connies are the ultimate comfort for my feet!
Cruz 15 months
I just love motherhood!

16 week bump

Cabo Gypsy Maxi

Thank you again for reading this blog piece I am truly blessed to have you all supporting me on this journey. Let me know if there is anything I can I can add or answer for you on future blogs! 
Big love, Alice x

Alice In Pregnancyland #week8to12

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

Lets get the emotional side of the blog over with first then on to the positives hahaha! These weeks were very emotional again for me. The thing I struggled with the most is the tiredness and again the vomiting which then led me to feeling overwhelmed. The vomiting wasn’t as bad as I had found a few things to help ease it. I was very overwhelmed though because I still had to adult and take care of a toddler and be pregnant.  I wanted to do everything that I could do just 4 weeks ago. I wanted to train like a machine everyday to release the emotions but my body so so wrecked I just wanted to sleep.  I wanted to be the best mummy I could be, but I felt I couldn’t because I felt I couldn’t even look after me. Okay poor me right? hahaha thats exactly what I thought at the time. But we got through it. With the help of Dave we did get through it as a family. You have too. I had to adult as I was a mother and I was also someone’s nurse when I was at work. Thank god week 11 came by and these cray cray emotions eased. I found it very helpful having the support from loved ones and friends. Someone I am close to is also pregnant and it helped having her to vent with and talk about pregnancy with. I also found it great to hang out with my gorgeous friends that didn’t have children as I could talk everything but pregnancy. Which was a lovely change.

Sleep was also my saviour. I found that even just 10minutes would help rejuvenate me and make me feel alive again. I had to remember there is always someone worse off and it was just a phase of the pregnancy. David though sex would help (typical male hahahahhaha) but I was like stay the hell away from me I don’t wanna be touched hahaha, until week 11 then I was like huggggggg me, cuddle me Dave hahaha! Poor Dave can’t keep up with me.

I also found reflexology very relaxing and would help me wine down. I mean what pregnant woman doesn’t love a foot rub right?

Even though I haven’t been myself the last 8 weeks, seeing bub on the screen at week 12 was an absoulte wonderful experience. It made me so grateful that we get to add a new addition to our little tribe that I already love so much. So many smiles between david and I.

Pregnancy Announcement

 

Exercise, to be honest it was the last thing I felt like doing feeling run down, but after it, it was like whoah!!!! Why didn’t I do it sooner? (maybe thats what Dave was on about with the sex thing tooo… haha we won’t tell him he is right to much). I continued to do at 30 minutes of walking about 5 -6 days a week with Evie and Cruz in the pram. I went to weights and Mauy Thai classes at HIIT AUSTRALIA about 2-3 times a week and felt AMAZING after, wish I could get to more. Continued to do at least 2 yoga and stretching  home workout by Katie Appleton on youtube in my lounge room. I also found a great little pilates workout I would randomly use from youtube as well, it was by BodyFit Amy.

With workout wear I am still able to wear most of my Lorna Jane activewear, loving my  @mummactiv nursing tank that also grows with my bump too.

Food well most of you thought I went vegan. Giving my posts it was all plant based foods as I could not stand meat, eggs, or dairy. I was also craving carbs all the time so I used Loni Jane – Feel the Lean book for inpso so I kept my body nourished

Banana Nice Cream

Banana and Strawberry Smoothie
Tofu Vietnamese Salad Bowl

Bump Style – I have been loving wearing basics for everyday wear, I found some great basics from Blossom and Glow. Great to pair with shorts, leggings, overalls and they are so comfy.

Blossom and Glow Lucy Tee Dress

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Blossom and Glow Tshirt

Trying to get a photo for the announcement hahaha

 

Thank you so much for reading.

Alice xoxo

Alice In Pregnancyland #week4to8

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

Thank you all for tuning into my second blog of my series “alice in pregnancyland” your support and love has been seriously overwhelming.

Like I said in my previous blog post, little did David know that falling pregnant was just the beginning of my crazy, hormonal emotional rollacoster that he was about to jump on with me. Over these weeks I remember crying a lot! Crying because there were tears of happiness, crying because I was bloated, crying because I couldn’t stop throwing up or feeling like I was on a boat sea sick,  crying because Dave didn’t put the garbage out (no joke) and crying because Cruz did something ultimately adorable! Who the efff am I? I started the NO SEX drout too. I didn’t want to be touched not even cuddled. I was on a total high at times too as I am so pleased that Cruzie Poozie is going to have a brother or sister.

Exercise, hmmm well honestly it dropped from 4 HIIT classes a week to just one or two. I felt like every opportunity I got to lay down and rest I did as I was so ill and nauseated. I did still push through the sickness and walk every day even if it was just 30minutes. I did this first thing in the morning as my nausea was the worst at night. I also did a floor pregnancy “booty and thigh’s” workout on youtube twice a week and I did Katy Appleton’s Pregnancy Yoga three times a week, which I just get off you tube and play through my Apple TV or laptop. I found the pregnancy yoga a huge help and the breathing really helped with the nausea and helped me to relax.

With eating I didn’t like ANYTHING I normally like to eat so I had to find alternatives to make sure I was nourishing my body. I liked tuna and fish to begin with but then about week 7 I started to hate eating meat, eggs and fish. So I looked to vegan options for nourishment. I purchased some Franjos Kitchen Pregnancy Cookies and Crackers to give me something to munch on. I actually have become addicted to the crackers, they are made from charcoal and organic ingredients, I have these a lot for lunch with a little salad. I did LOVE salad and fresh juices that was made by others. Loved sweet potato chips. So I pretty much turned into a Sweet Potato.

I loved carbs too. So this spelt organic loaf was epic for breakie instead of my smoothie.
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Pregnancy Crackers and Cookies by Franjo’s Kitchen
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Cruz & Summer enjoying the cookies at the Week 4-6 Photoshoot

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I spoke to my good friend Tania from Naturally Nourished who is a naturopath and she put me on some Zinc and Activated B6  vitamins that really helped with the nausea and that cut it back to just the evening. Gave me more energy too. I loved to sip on Mama Body Tea too. The Mama Body Tea has a Soothing Tea which is great for bloating after eating and they also have a Morning Wellness Tea which is made especially for Pregnant Mamas to help ease the symptoms of Pregnancy.

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Mama Body Tea

BUMP STYLE -Well firstly I went and brought myself some overalls as my belly was super bloated so I hated wearing shorts. The overalls in the shoot are just from Kmart for $15 and the blouse is a Spell & The Collective I love Spell as you can wear their clothing not pregnant and pregnant as they just hang so beautifully. I had a wedding to and I also wore a Spell two piece.

Thank you to the gorgeous Tahlia from wyldefolkstudio and thefiedlerfolk for taking these beautiful images of my 4 to 8 week bump ( well mostly just a bloated belly hahaha ) we will be collaborating together a lot to share with you some stunning pieces you can wear to rock your bump during the 9 months of pregnancy.

Still cannot believe Cruz will be a big brother. Playsuit by Frankie Loves

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Spell & The Collective Gown.
Bump at 7 weeks, wearing Spell & The Collective to a wedding

Alice In Pregnancyland #week4 and falling pregnant

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

David and I decided it was time to expand our little tribe. For the first time in like my whole entire life my period was like a textbook one. I had a 28 day cycle and I knew thanks to an ovulation app when I was ovulating.

It took David and I ages to fall pregnant with Cruz as I had irregular or no periods at all. So to make baby Cruz it took a lot of sex, a lot of pregnancy tests, a lot of tears and cuddles.

So we thought hey lets just start trying and maybe it wont happen to the new year. so at the beginning of my period (October 4th) I marked the date in my ovulation app and sure enough when it prompted us we did the cheeky thing  for a few days and hoped for the best.

How I found out?

Well I went to work one morning was feeling really dizzy. The nurse I was working with said I looked flushed and exhausted. I told her i didn’t feel good. She took my blood pressure and it was really low. She asked it I could be pregnant and told me to take a test. I had spent the past week looking at failed pregnancy test and feeling gloom about it. But i thought what the heck. So I anxiously went to the bathroom and peed on the test. waiting those two minutes felt like hours!! It was horrible. I closed my eyes and when I looked at it it was POSITIVE!! Oh shit! Is this really happening? I seriously couldn’t  believe my eyes. I sat on the floor in the patient toilet crying my eyes out.

 

I told Dave by giving Cruz the test to give to him when he came home from work ( hoping the pee had all dried up and praying he wouldn’t put it in his mouth).

Dave smiled and said he secretly new because I had been so emotional and acting like a crazy lady the past week. hahaha poor Dave. Little did he know it was just the beginning of me being an emotional and hormonal wreck. But I’ll leave that story for another day hahaha.

This is the start of my pregnancy blog – Alice In Pregnancyland. I look forward to sharing with you all the exciting stuff but also the so so pretty stuff that comes with sharing my body with a human I am yet to meet.

Thanks for reading!

Big Love,

Alice xoxo

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