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One Born Every Second

I watched an episode of channel 4 series, One Born Every Minute the other night, it’s a programme I try to avoid as I tend to twist myself into knots watching the labour and then cry like an idiot when the little wrinkly babies are born. It’s not good for my nerves.

Everyone has their child-birth stories to tell (mostly those with kids) some scare the living daylights out of you enough to pass on the whole idea of procreation, but amid the blood, sweat, tears and god knows what else there are some funny tales that wont put you of eating you dinner. Sadly mine is one of those gross but funny mash-ups…sorry.DSCF2406

I was pregnant with my second child and at the 22 week scan hoping to discover the sex of our baby so I could literally go to town shopping. I was a little nervous as I knew Geordie really wanted a boy and he’d sulk for a while if the result was pink, but luckily I had other more pressing issues on my mind when meeting the Sonographer. As our unborn baby was making the most of my eating-for-two diet (far too much burger king and Kellogg cereal at 4am) I had been unable to go to the toilet for a while, and on the day of the scan it had been 14 days since I’d erm…..had a number 2.(Sorry I’m really trying to put it mildly, you can’t begin to imagine the stick I got off Geordie who thought it was hilarious) Here’s the science bit….an ultra sound scan involves using sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb, I know this, I’ve had them done before and I know it’s not like a xray of your whole lower body. So why I thought it necessary to tell the lovely, well-mannered, quiet sonographer in much detail all about my terrible constipation and warn him that he might get my baby confused with a rather large mass somewhere around my lower body, I don’t really know??

Thankfully he was obviously used to dealing with complete idiots and told me not to worry as he wasn’t going to scan my bowel which for future reference  is a totally different area of the body. There was no need for lights in the scan room during the ultra sound because my face was burning as bright as the sun with embarrassment, and Geordie got his comeuppance for laughing at me as we were told we were expecting a girl. He found it very hard to hide his disappointment and sloped off down the corridor while I went in search of some industrial strength Senakot. Now look who’s the Daddy’s Girl!

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The Maternity Section

I recently discovered that I am pregnant and seeing as I am having an autumn baby I am going to be heavily pregnant during what little summer mother nature is going to bless my poor, pasty skin with this year.  I love a bit of online shopping as much as the next girl, and am a regular at ASOS, Conde Nast, YOOX and Topshop, however, when you simply do not know what size you are due to an ever-expanding waist line surely it’s better to hit the high street?

I spent some time trawling through the various maternity sections of my favourite sites, as well as some of the specialist independent retailers such as Isabella Oliver and Lulu Arver and whilst the clothes are beautifully designed there isn’t much choice and can be very pricey. My quandary is this, if I’m definitely only going to be pregnant for 9-ish months, and of that I will only be rather large for approximately 5 months, can I justify spending £70 on one top or £50 on a maternity Tankini?

On further investigation it would seem that the high street has a better array of fashionable items on offer. Next have put together a maternity capsule work wardrobe plus denim and leisure wear which I could easily use throughout my pregnancy. Plus being able to stay on trend with cropped slim leg trousers and woven jump suits throughout the summer is a definite advantage.

Marks & Spencer and John Lewis appear to appeal more to a slightly older market with their maternity collections. Basic T-shirts and jeans are likely to be good quality and would no doubt last multiple pregnancies, however on the trend front, they have missed the mark for my 20 something taste.

New Look surprised me with their varied range of pretty tops in light cotton and a vast array of formal trousers which are ideal separates for work. However, they are somewhat over shadowed by the comedy t-shirts with slogans such as ‘One in the Oven’ printed on them, hmm not really my cup of tea!

Without a doubt my favourite high street maternity range is by H&M. The saviour of ‘Oh my God I have nothing to wear’ moments in my former partying years, never a weekend went by without scoring a hot little black dress for less than £25! So I guess it’s natural that I turn to this high street legend during my time of bigger needs

The current maternity collection features soft pink, white, khaki and black key pieces to see me through a (hopefully) warm summer. Jumpsuits, cotton vests, light knit cardigans and tribal accessories make for an exciting assembly that is versatile enough for work and play.

Well done H&M,  bump and I salute you!

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