Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

20 Week Pregnancy Update

Second trimester pregnancy update

I know it's been far too long since my last blog post and I suppose you could say that we've had a lot going on lately! If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen our little announcement during the week that our family of 3 is soon to become a family of 4 - in late September to be precise! We had kept it to ourselves for a while as we wanted to make sure everything is progressing as it should before breaking the news.

When I was pregnant with Little Man, I never really gave much thought to how lucky we actually were, and almost took as a given the fact that we were able to get pregnant and that the baby was growing and developing as it should. It never dawned on me really that not all pregnancies go to plan. On my second pregnancy which sadly only made it to 10 weeks, I realised just how much I had taken things for granted on my first pregnancy, and it has definitely changed my perspective this time around. All that being said, thankfully this baba seems to be progressing as it should and we are now halfway through our pregnancy journey so I thought I would share a little second trimester pregnancy update with you!

Food and Food Aversions.

Pregnancy diet and food aversions

The first trimester was the usual rollercoaster of bloating, extreme fatigue, nausea, food aversions and general feeling like I'd been dragged through a hedge. I went through so many bottles of Ginger Ale and packets of Tuc crackers that I'm turned off them for life now! The only foods that seemed to pacify my queasy tummy were carbs, carbs and more carbs! As a result, I was not the healthiest eater during the first 12 weeks and that's putting it mildly. I went through my share of McDonalds' fries and strawberry milkshakes (cos there's calcium in milk, right ;) ) - and toast. Lots of toast. In general, dry foods were my best friends. I also found towards the end of the first trimester and the beginning of the second too that I had to eat little and often i.e. every 2 hours almost  to avoid blood sugar drops and dizziness that resulted. My doctor recommended carrying some kids orange juice cartons in my handbag along with some snacks like nuts or protein bars in case I needed a sugar hit and this definitely helped. Smaller, more regular meals (with less refined carbs and sugar) will keep your blood sugar stable for longer too.

Thankfully my diet now has improved a little. Foods with a lot of sauces are still a no-no because now they lead to the dreaded heartburn as do soups - Rennies anyone? The McDonalds cravings have reduced - or at least I'm more able to listen to my conscience now than I used to be.  I've made a conscious effort to drink more water and more fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread, cereals etc as constipation is also one of the lovely complaints pregnant women have to put up with! In terms of cravings, I'm a walking pregnancy cliche I know but this time around I've been eating gherkins/pickles more than usual.. And I've also developed a taste for pink grapefruits, medjool dates and salted cashew nuts mixed together, and kiwis. And caramelised onion hummus! I haven't had any bizarre cravings really yet. I'm supplementing my diet with Pregnacare Plus vitamin supplements.  These contain the usual Pregnacare supplements and an additional Omega-3 capsule. I tend to take these throughout the whole pregnancy not just for the first trimester. They are best taken on a full stomach and especially during the first few weeks, I noticed that they tended to cause less nausea or tummy discomfort if I took them in the evenings after dinner. Now that I'm in the habit of this now, I still take them after my evening meal.

Beauty and Skincare.

Pregnancy skincare second trimester

My skin has always been on the drier side - with an oiler t-zone - but I never really suffered from a huge amount of acne in my teens or twenties. This pregnancy has been a whole other ball game! Hormonal acne has really been a challenge in the first trimester and even up to a few weeks ago. I also found that my skin was way more sensitive to products than usual. As a result, my skincare routine really got pared back to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Ultrapure Rosewater Toner and Soap and Glory's Speed Plump Moisturiser.

Ultrapure Rosewater Toner

Doing this routine twice a day for a few weeks seems to have really helped my skin - or it may be just pregnancy hormones settling down - and the breakouts have definitely reduced.

This time around, I realise that I already have enough stretch marks on my tummy thanks to my darling son so I'm making a conscious effort to keep the skin in this area as moisturised as possible as the bump grows. I picked up the Mama Bee Body and Belly Butter from Burts Bees before we went on holidays and I've been using it after showering in the mornings and also last thing at night.

Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

I'm not sure yet how effective these stretch mark creams are but I will report back as the weeks go on. Either way it's incredibly moisturising and soothing especially as the skin there can get itchy from time to time due to all the stretching. And I love the very light fragrance too as it's a lot more subtle than cocoa butter type creams. It contains Vitamin E, shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba butter and is 99% natural with no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil or SLS.

Burts Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil

I also picked up their Nourishing Body Oil which is a light, 100% natural body oil with almond oil, lemon oil and Vitamin E to intensively moisturise the skin. It is also paraben, phtalate, mineral oil and SLS free. And it has the most gorgeous delicate lemon fragrance without being sickly as especially during pregnancy, your nose can be extra sensitive! Applied directly after a bath or shower to damp skin, this has become my little daily luxury and I know I'll definitely repurchase it. I'm also really curious to try more of Burts Bees' products as I've been enjoying these two so far.

What I've been wearing.

There's no denying the bump now! A couple of weeks after hitting the second trimester, my belly stopped looking like I'd just eaten too many McDonalds (although that also may be a factor - see  above!) and a definite bump appeared. As a result I was no longer getting away with the hair bobbin trick on my work trousers and an Asos maternity order was placed!

I've been living in Asos over bump black trousers for the office (so much that I bought two pairs to allow for laundry days etc) and shirts or light sweaters from Penneys in a size or two larger for comfort. The style I bought are out of stock now but these ones here*are very similar. 

Asos Maternity Trousers

My nearest H&M store also has a maternity section so I picked up a few items from there including a pair of under the bump grey trousers, a navy jumper. and I recently picked up this floral print dress on sale too. 

Second trimester pregnancy update

We had our 20 week scan this week and thankfully baby is looking right on track size-wise and all looks good. We got a few pictures to take home too which is lovely but I won't be sharing these on here :)

I'd love to hear about your own pregnancy journeys too so if you have any comments or questions please feel free to add them below. And if you would like to read more of these kinds of posts from me let me know too! Sorry it was such a long post but I guess I had a lot to catch up on :) 

Bye for now,

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