What to Expect when you’re expecting

With pregnancy come many more surprises than just the baby’s sex and eye colour. Not only will your clothing sizes change, there are so many other possibilities the next nine months holds. Even with all the information available related to pregnancy, it can still be difficult to determine what your pregnancy will mean for you or if something you are experiencing is common or unique to you.

To help ease some of your possible concerns and help you navigate through the next three trimesters, we’ve put together this guide of pregnancy experiences to help you begin to figure out what to expect when you’re expecting.

Physical Changes

Physical changes are some of the most obvious signs of pregnancy, which makes keeping your bundle of joy a secret virtually impossible. One of the first indications of pregnancy is an increase in breast size due to increased levels of estrogen and progesterone at the onset of pregnancy.

Additionally, during pregnancy, there is an increase in blood volume to provide extra blood flow to the uterus and other organs and to meet the metabolic needs of the fetus. The greater volume brings more blood to the vessels and increases oil gland secretion causing the notorious “pregnancy glow.” The glowing skin that is commonly associated with pregnancy is only one of many skin changes you may experience due to hormonal changes and the stretching of your skin to accommodate a new housing arrangement.

As a result of pregnancy hormones, many women also experience skin pigment darkening. The body may not produce this increased pigment evenly, so the darkened skin may appear as splotches of color. However, these skin changes will likely disappear after you give birth.

Changes in hair texture and growth during pregnancy are quite common, as well. Hormones secreted by your body during pregnancy may cause your hair to grow faster and become stronger. Some women even find their hair changing color. Additionally, it is possible that your hair may start to grow in unwanted places, like on your face or belly.

While some of your body’s changes during pregnancy may be welcomed (hello long, thick hair!), there are a slew of others that are much less appealing. For example, varicose veins can occur when blood pools in veins that have been enlarged by pregnancy hormones. According to a vein specialist in Phoenix, varicose veins can appear at any point during pregnancy, but they tend to get bigger and more noticeable as you gain weight. Those leg bulges will fade after birth, and you’ll resemble your pre-pregnancy self once more. Pregnancy also often results in hemorrhoids, which are varicose veins in the rectum. A combination of increased blood volume and pressure from your uterus on your pelvis can cause the veins in your rectum to enlarge into grape-like clusters. To help prevent hemorrhoids, eat a fiber-rich diet, drink plenty of fluids daily, and exercise regularly to help keep bowel movements regular. Stool softeners (not laxatives) may also help, and your doctor can provide you with a cream or ointment that can shrink them and make pregnancy a little easier to handle.


Other Changes

At the beginning of your pregnancy, fatigue and morning sickness can make many women feel worn out and mentally fuzzy. Along with the main perpetrator of pregnancy woes (hormones), being preoccupied with the baby is one cause of this mental exhaustion. With the right to-do list, you can fight “pregnancy brain” and get through the next nine months in one piece.

Additionally, as your body transitions into your baby’s temporary home, you may start to experience the nesting instinct, a powerful urge to prepare for the baby by cleaning and decorating. When the due date begins to creep closer, you may find yourself regularly cleaning cupboards or washing walls out of nowhere! However, it is much easier to over-extend yourself during pregnancy, so be careful not to do too much too quickly.

After surviving varicose veins and endless fatigue for nine months, the day you give birth will probably hold the biggest surprises of all. Only 1 in 10 expectant mothers’ water breaks before labor contractions begin, which may feel like an intense urge to urinate that leads to a gush of fluid or only a mild trickling sensation. Once baby has given the all clear for labor, some women experience nausea and vomiting or have diarrhea and/or flatulence before or during labor. During the pushing phase of labor, it is also common to lose control of your bladder or bowels.

While there are too many possible pregnancy experiences to ever compile a complete list, know that, for the most part, you aren’t alone in your pregnancy experience. Although every pregnancy is unique, you can rest assured that fellow expectant moms around the world are cursing uncomfortably enlarged breasts along with you!


Guest Post

This post was written for Fashion-Mommy by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at MedCorp LLC, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on Google+.

Spotlight on JD Williams

One of the main problems with being a blogger based outside London is that you sometimes get invited to fabulous events that you just can@t attend. Such was the case last year when I received an invite to a special dinner with Lorraine Kelly from JD Williams. Lorraine was launching a fabulous collection with the online catalogue brand, but because of how late I would be arriving back to the Midlands, it was an invite I had to decline.

Lorraine’s collection is just part of the great offering from JD Williams, a company that has a range that goes from sizes 12 – 32. JD Williams has tackled all those issues that women think about when buying clothing, so they do stock dresses with sleeves and skirts and dresses which are not pelmet length, but have knee length, midi and maxi lengths giving the choice to make your wardrobe both versatile and divergent. The brand also has a range of collections from the likes of Joanna Hope, Joe Browns, Together and Ava by Mark Heyes, as well as a dedicated holiday shop for all your beachy needs, and a selection dedicated to beautiful looks for the Mother of the Bride. Clearly, if you think of an occasion, or a particular piece of clothing that your wardrobe is lacking, you can probably find it, no problem, at JD Williams.

Here are some of my current favourite pieces from the collections. Let me know if there is anything that catches your eye, and whether you have ordered from the brand before.

LK printed Textured dress Product Code: WF492MY £49.00 click to visit JD Williams

LK printed Textured dress
Product Code: WF492MY

LK Shell Top £30 click to visit JD Williams

LK Shell Top £30

LK Zip Dress £59 click to visit JD Williams

LK Zip Dress £59

Stripe Jersey Dress 39in £26 click to visit JD Williams

Stripe Jersey Dress 39in £28

Maxi Dress £39 click to visit JD Williams

Maxi Dress

Crepe Shift Dress £38 click to visit JD Williams

Crepe Shift Dress

Jewel Skater dress Product Code: WF375MY £49.00 click to visit JD Williams

Jewel Skater dress
Product Code: WF375MY

Mac With Contrast Piping Product Code: JE816MY £60.00 click to visit JD Williams

Mac With Contrast Piping
Product Code: JE816MY

PU Biker Jacket £32.50 click to visit JD Williams

PU Biker Jacket

Animal Print Parka Product Code: WF212NE £16.50

Animal Print Parka
Product Code: WF212NE £16.50

To view the complete range from JD Williams, click here.

King & McGaw – Easyart gets a new name!

 The Great Gatsby Art Print | #431270

The Great Gatsby
Art Print | #431270

In February I did a post about the amazing range of images and art prints that are available at Easyart. (You can check out that post here.) Since then, Easyart has had a name change and is now known as King & McGaw, but the fabulous quality and range is still the same and comes highly recommended by Fashion-Mommy. I was recently sent a beautiful print that is now taking pride of place in my living room, and I have to say that the all round service by King McGaw makes them very easy to recommend.

For me personally, one of the main things I worry about when ordering a framed print is that the glass will somehow be damaged in transit. This happened to me before when I ordered an expensive Lowry framed canvas that was smashed before it got to me. But Kip McGaw have really thought about this, and the images are housed in a rather than box, with packaging that keeps the picture in place – there is no room for movement in the box and therefore little chance of it being smashed and therefore disappointing you.

The picture comes with fittings and is carefully encased.

The picture comes with fittings and is carefully packaged to ensure it gets to you in one piece.

The print that I chose is just perfect for a Art Deco fan. It is a Penguin classic cover of one of my favourite books from the Jazz Age, F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. This was first published in 1925 and is rightly acknowledged as Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. The Penguin Classic covers have become a design classic and are now being reproduced on everything from tote bags to tea towels, as well as used again as book covers for re-issued editions. The Gatsby cover is a deep orange shade, with no image other than the famous penguin – it is stark, simple and beautiful, and when framed in a stylish black frame, it makes a real statement on any wall.


Close up of the book cover

Close up of the book cover

The print looks great mounted on the wall.

The print looks great mounted on the wall.

If you are a fan of the Penguin covers, King &McGaw has a whole range, from George Orwell’s 1984 to issues from Virginia Woolf, PG Wodehouse and Jane Austen. There are also beautiful reproductions of children’s classics like ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ which would be lovely in a child’s bedroom. Prices start from £14.95 for a small art print unframed (paper size 40x30cm). A framed print in a box frame, with the image mounted and gallery grade glass costs £60.66.

*With thanks to King & McGaw for the opportunity to review a print.