Welcome Chelle, a new Bras4mums ambassador

chelle bras ambassadorChelle is mama to a feisty red head called Fizz wife to Gav. Since 2009 Chelle has been on a massive career and life changing journey – first being a mama then returning to work all while blogging her journey. Chelle blogs at Unique and Chic – a website she says covers everything unique even when you don’t feel quite as chic – sharing her own and others parenting stories along the way. You can find her on twitter as @chellemccann.

I have known TJ since 2010 – I had just finished breastfeeding but I knew what a fabulous website and how helpful it could be for new mums to be both with products and the great advice. You may have seen me blogging on the site before!

After having my daughter it took quite a few years (nearly 4 in fact) to even consider having a second child in our house. After a few years of non existent and very irregular periods as well as scans to find out what was wrong we found out that we were pregnant 2 days before our daughters 4th birthday. Time wise I have a thing about how dates work out – 2 days before my 30th birthday I found out that we were expecting Fizz. A good omen perhaps?

Pregnancy this time around has been pretty different and since I am already in the third trimester I feel like I have some catching up to do with the Bras4Mums readers.

So what was so different in the first and second trimester….

Flutterings: When I was pregnant with Fizz I felt these for the first time around 18-19 weeks. I knew that often mums can feel these much earlier in subsequent pregnancies. I started to feel something around 12 weeks but convinced myself that it wasn’t possible so early. Turns out it is.

Appointments: This time I have less with the midwife and more with various other people. Level 11 is becoming pretty well known to me already for glucose testing, blood testing, scans and next up a consultant.

Bumpage: The bump is huge at 16 weeks. It has taken me by surprise!

Sickness: woahhh it was no where near this bad last time. This time I have actual vomiting. My head feels like it wants to explode afterwards.

Tiredness: Yes I know with a small person around it was bound to be more tiring this time. I am so lucky that I work freelance now. I have had to adapt both my working hours and Fizz’s nursery hours to ensure that tiredness does not have a knock on both areas. Fizz seems to love full nursery days so thats a win now as is the fact that daddy can do drop off and pick ups too.

What did you find surprising second time around?

Pregnancy Diary: Jo hits 31 weeks

How is Jo feeling in that final trimester? Here she is to tell us how her second pregnancy is progressing.Jo bump 30 weeks

I am now 31 weeks pregnant. I cannot believe where the time is going. The second trimester has gone by in a bit of blur and I cannot believe in less than three months I will be a mummy of two children! Anyone who has already started the Christmas countdown is in my bad books, as I do not need a daily update of how many days approximately I have left!

The second trimester has had it fair share of difficulties hence the lack of updates on my pregnancy diary. My husband has been in and out of hospital a few times with a kidney stone. It has been removed now but it gave us both stress that we did not need. He is on the mend now thankfully. I am finally seeing someone in the NHS about my knee problem. They think it is a leg alignment problem made worse by the extra weight added by the bump. I have some exercises to do and have been referred to orthopaedics to see if a heel support would help too. We found out at the 20 week scan that we are having another boy so Thomas will have a playmate and we do not need to get anything new which is an added bonus. I was convinced it was a girl before the scan as my pregnancy was so different to before. I am used to the idea of having two boys now!

The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though. I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother.Jo henna 30 weeks

I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.