Friday, 21 October 2016

Blogging/Planning Space - October 2016

I wanted to do a little updated look at my blogging and planning area. The last post I wrote on my updated bedroom/office makeover was back in June last year and a lot has changed since then.

My planner collection has grown... A LOT! As have my stationery items. I love the space even more than I first did. Its just for me. My happy place.

I must admit I don't really blog here a lot. I much prefer sitting on the sofa with my laptop, not the best thing to do but oh well. I mainly use the space to store my things, plan and put together my etsy orders for my shop. But if I ever need a desk its there!

I love having this space just for me. When you become a mum it can be easy to lose yourself and become so wrapped up in your children than you forget that sometimes it's good to do something you love doing, something that makes you happy and feel like yourself rather than like a mum. Of course I love my children more than anything in the world but it's important to look after yourself and do something for yourself every now and again.

Since these pictures were taken my space has actually changed again. I decided to move out of my ring planners and sell quite a few of them. I now use a travellers notebook and I am really enjoying it, more of that another day!
I still have my etsy shop Pink Planner Girl if you fancy a little look!
What do you do for mummy time?
Nicola Xx
PS: Did you spot my (normally) hidden chocolate bar? Hehe!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

This is What Women Can Do to Avoid Incontinence in Later Life

Worried about incontinence? Assume it is a fact of life as we age? Think again!

Incontinence is not inevitable with age

There are many things that come with age – wisdom, for example - but incontinence does not have to be one of them.

For a long time, the assumption about urinary incontinence was that it was irreversible, the signal of a slow decline. The use women’s incontinence pads was inevitable and also irreversible. 
And women were more susceptible it as a result of pregnancy and birth, as well as many other gynaecological issues. 

Incontinence can be managed, with the right treatment and help, it can also be reversed. What can be done to avoid incontinence later in life? Here are five great tips…

#1 Exercise the pelvic floor muscles

The muscle that helps us control when we urinate is the pelvic floor muscle. It is quite unique and different to other muscles in the body because it traverses across the body. It starts at the top of the pubic bone, crossing the body to the base of the spine. It acts like a floor to your bladder and bowel.

Because of its shapes and location, it is a muscle that is not is not always specifically targeted during workouts and fitness regimes. This is why as we get older, we need to make sure we do exercise this muscle, keeping it taut. 

A strong pelvic floor means we can control our bladders, and the urge to urinate much better. If you are incontinent, pelvic floors muscles will make a big difference to how well you can control your bladder, and could stop your incontinence completely. 

Pelvic floor exercises are easy ‘clench and release’ ones; they are done several times a day and there is no need to buy expensive equipment or take out a gym membership. 

And there is another upside to a strong pelvic floor muscle – it can make sex far more pleasurable too. 

#2 Watch your weight

There are many factors that affect urinary incontinence, and being overweight is one of them.
Carrying extra body fat places stress on the body and in some cases, when you carry weight on your abdomen, it places extra pressure and weight on the pelvic floor muscle too. 

Losing excess weight and keeping it off can make a difference to some types of urinary incontinence. 

#3 Eat well

You may notice that some days or nights, your incontinence is worse. There could be a simple explanation for this: it could be what you are eating or drinking. 

There are certain food and drink triggers and so keeping a diary of what you eat can help to detect if there is something making your incontinence worse. For example, acidic foods such as lemons or tomatoes can irritate the bladder, making incontinence worse. 

Fruit juice at breakfast you may think is healthy for you, after all a glass of fruit juice can be one portion of your ‘5 a day’ but it could also be the very thing irritating your bladder.

#4 Stay fit and active

Staying as fit as possible is also an important part of keeping incontinence at bay, along with a whole host of other complaints. 

Many people assume that when they reach a certain age, they should top exercising or that some exercise regimes are bad for them. Staying fit and healthy in older age is just as important as in our youth but if you plan on starting a new exercise regime, it may be wise to check with a health professional first. 

If you are worried about embarrassing accidents when you exercise, there are all kinds of incontinence products that help you manage any accidental leaks of urine. 

#5 Seek medical help

Did you know, that on average, women are incontinence for seven years before they seek medical help?

This is because many people are embarrassed to admit they are incontinent but they also assume that there is nothing that can be done. 

Your GP has many options, from keeping a food and drink diary, to referring to a continence advisor. There are also some medications that can help with incontinence. They will also encourage you to improve your pelvic floor muscle. 

Not something you have to accept!

Incontinence is not inevitable, it is not something you need to learn to live with and it is not something you should to be embarrassed to seek medical help about. 

Urinary incontinence can be the sign of a urinary tract infection or a short term result of another medical condition or medication – it doesn’t mean that incontinence is now a feature of your old age!

HARTMANN Direct have a growing range of incontinence pads and pants designed specifically for women. Available in a range of absorbencies, they offer discreet support for anyone managing incontinence. 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

34 Week Midwife Appointment - Baby #3

I recently had my 34 week midwife appointment and was very eager to find out if baby girl was now head down. The good news is that she is!!! I thought she was as I started to feel her hiccups in a different place. I am so glad she is no longer transverse and I hope she stays head down now.

Thankfully movements are good so we didn't have any worries there unlike last time. I still didn't get to listen to the heartbeat, I really wish she would listen :( I also found out that this will be the last time I see this midwife as she is having time off and won't be back until way after I deliver. This makes me a little bit sad as I think it's nice to build up that relationship with one midwife but I guess it doesn't matter as there was no way she would be delivering baby girl anyway.

My blood pressure, wee and everything else was fine. I'm still measuring 2 weeks behind but she said not to worry. She also predicted that baby girl will weigh around 7lb 10oz if she arrives on or close to her due date. I'm so excited to see how much she weighs and when she arrives!

My next appointment is at 37 weeks and then we will go through my birth plan.

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

34 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3

This week baby girl is measuring around 18 inches and weighing in at 5lbs. Her lung, brain and central nervous system are rapidly developing. Vernix is covering her body and she is weeing up to 1 pint a day.

I feel like my symptoms are pretty consistent now as I enter the final few weeks. I'm generally feeling ok, the HG is still there and I felt sick on occasion this week. The tiredness is starting to creep in at the end of the week. I feel myself wishing Fridays away so that I can rest a little on a weekend. I'm getting more and more Braxton hicks every week, I guess my body is starting to prepare itself for labour. I'm feeling more pressure so I knew baby girl moved from transverse to head down, more about that in my 34 week midwife appointment update. I'm also a lot more hungry this week. Kind of makes sense with how much weight baby girl is meant to be gaining, around half a pound a week. I still don't really fancy eating or have any cravings, thanks HG!

Waist - 31 inch, 1 and a half inches up from last week.. Wow she must be growing! Change in position could also be the reason as she is no longer transvers and is head down.
Belly - 37.5 inches, half an inch on last week.

Nicola Xx 

Monday, 17 October 2016

DIY Materniy Pictures - 33 Weeks

Yes, more maternity pictures. I'm quite enjoying taking some every few weeks and seeing how my bump is growing and changing. Check out my ones from week 29.  I really wanted to take some pictures wearing my Tiffany Rose dress as it is absolutely gorgeous. At 20 weeks I tried the silhouette pictures I'd seen all over Pinterest. I tried on my phone and thought they turned out ok but I knew I wanted to have another go when I was bigger and using my camera.

So that's what I did!

I took them by myself while the children were at nursery and school. I'd still love some professional ones taking but I honestly don't think that will happen. I'm hoping that Mark will offer to take some for me around 35/36 weeks but for now I love the ones I managed to capture.

Which is your favourite? I love the silhouette ones and Mark actually wants to get one printed and blown up a little!

Nicola Xx
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