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Pregnancy – Ultimate Guide For Mums To Be

Self Employed - Why I Won't Be Taking A Maternity Leave

Are You Pregnant? Congratulations!


Having a baby is the most amazing things in the world and honestly, I can’t quite believe I’m going to be a Mum for the second time.

I’ve written a lot of posts about pregnancy on this blog and I have made sure that they are really useful for any Mum to be (whether its your first baby, your second and so on). On this page you will find every single helpful post I have written on pregnancy, from how to stage a fun ‘gender reveal’ all the way up to ‘what you should pack in your hospital bag’. I wanted this page to be a really helpful resource for pregnant women everywhere and I hope that it is.

I’ve also created some really helpful resources to download, included a ‘Newborn Essentials Checklist’, a ‘Final Month Of Pregnancy Checklist’, a ‘What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag Checklist’ as well as a lovely little gift for dads to be, a ‘New Dad Survival Kit’.

I hope all of these posts are helpful for you and once again, congratulations on your pregnancy!

I’m also running a giveaway for a short amount of time to win a ‘Newborn Essentials Kit’. You can enter to win here:

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Pregnancy Announcement

Are You Newly Pregnant?

Have you recently found out you are pregnant? It’s such an exciting time and it can be so much fun telling all of your family and friends about your new little life. If you’re looking for a lovely creative way to announce either your pregnancy to your family and friends, or your ‘gender reveal’ then you are going to love these posts:

Pregnancy Announcement

Our pregnancy announcement was a little bit different. I wrote about it here and set up some images to put on social media so we could share it with our friends and family. Our pregnancy was actually a little miracle and very unexpected, so our little announcement was a big shock to everyone we know. Find out why in this post!

Gender Reveal

We did a really fun gender reveal and got a balloon, filled it with the specific colour ‘confetti’ and made a little video with my daughter of the actual reveal. Find out how we did it all in this post!

7 Pregnancy Must Haves

If you are a ‘Mum-to-be’, whether for the first time, the second time or more, you are going to love this post. It’s a list of all of those essentials that will ensure you will survive pregnancy and actually enjoy it! Especially in those first few months.

Pregnancy Gender Reveal -
Pregnancy: 32 Weeks Bump Watch

Helpful Pregnancy Posts

From working out during pregnancy, to things that you definitely need to get for your baby, the following posts should all be helpful in someway if you are expecting a baby.

I will constantly be adding to this page overtime, so do keep checking back for more helpful pregnancy related posts.

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What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

Everything you need for your hospital bag for when you go into labour…right down to the slippers! This post also comes with a really useful ‘free printable’ to help you make sure you don’t forget anything essential.

Final Month Of Pregnancy Checklist

Are you in your final month of pregnancy? This checklist will be so helpful for you, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed and if you’re not sure if you have everything organised yet for baby to be. Thee…right down to the slippers! This post also comes with a really useful ‘free printable’ to help you make sure you don’t forget anything essential

7 New Baby Essentials

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with everything you need to get for baby? As long as you have the follow 7 ‘New Baby Essentials’. you will be absolutely fine. I hope this post is helpful!

New Dad Survival Kit

I made a ‘New Dad Survival Kit’ for my fiance. It was a bit of a joke gift at first, but its ended up being something that’s actually really practical as well as really sweet. If you have a dad-to-be in your life, they will honestly love this little kit!

5 Pregnancy Workouts You Can Do At Home

Staying fit throughout pregnancy can really help you, to not only feel better throughout pregnancy, but it will help you with labour and beyond. Here’s 5 of my favourite pregnancy workouts you can do at home!

5 Stylish Maternity Wear Essentials

Struggling to find a good maternity wardrobe? If you don’t want to overspend, here’s a few maternity essentials that won’t break the bank, but that will be helpful.

Pregnancy Spa At The Scarlet Hotel

Not an essential, but I thought I’d throw this post in here to encourage you to treat yourself a little bit during pregnancy. I went for a pregnancy spa journey and it was honestly the best thing that I did. My sore, pregnant body came away feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. A worthy investment!

Self-Employed: Why I Won’t Be Taking A Maternity Leave

If you are self-employed, here are some tips to ensure you ‘can take a maternity leave’. Don’t make the same mistakes I did!

10 Tips For New Parents

I wrote a few posts for ‘Emma’s Diary’ including 10 tips for new parents. This post includes tips for breastfeeding, couple time post pregnancy and dealing with those postnatal blues.
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Pregnancy - 24 Week Bump Watch

The Second Trimester


If you are in the second trimester, these posts are for you. A fortnightly guide to what you can expect during each stage of the second trimester. From different pregnancy symptoms, to emotional hurdles and how much your bump will be growing! The second trimester is by far the nicest. By now you should be out the other side of morning sickness and you should be finding yourself feeling a lot more energetic! Hooray!



19 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 19 weeks of pregnancy.

20 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

22 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 22 weeks of pregnancy.

24 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 24 weeks of pregnancy.

26 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 26 weeks of pregnancy.
Second Trimester
Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks Bump Watch

The Third Trimester


Welcome to the third trimester. If you’ve just entered this stage, then these posts are for you.

Find out what symptoms to expect during the third trimester, including the return of that dreaded fatigue and unwanted extras such as ‘acid reflux’, ‘PUPP’ and ‘leaky boobs’.

Pregnancy is not the most glamorous of things, but hopefully these posts will make you feel less alone. I’ve also included some top tips of how to get rid of or at least alleviate some of those pesky pregnancy symptoms that might be making you feel a little bit down.
Third Trimester


28 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 28 weeks of pregnancy.

30 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 30 weeks of pregnancy.

32 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 32 weeks of pregnancy.

34 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 34 weeks of pregnancy.

36 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 36 weeks of pregnancy.

38 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 38 weeks of pregnancy.

40 Weeks Bump Watch

The size of baby and potential symptoms at 40 weeks of pregnancy.

I hope all of these posts were helpful. There are a lot more great posts featured on Life Unexpected including real life posts on motherhood, fun kids activity ideas, family travel tips and so much more! I hope you have fun exploring.

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