I’m Pregnant!

I’m Pregnant!

I can’t believe I am saying this, it’s been such a hard secret to keep! I’m not going to lie, the last 3 months have been super hard.

Morning/ all day sickness

I have thrown up every other day and it always seems to be in strange places. I’ve thrown up on trains, in taxis, outside Kings Cross station and in my boyfriend’s mother’s living room. I mean it hasn’t been pretty. I always thought I had a strong stomach but pregnancy changes everything.

I’ve sniffed lemons (my assistant told me that it works), eaten ginger and plain foods, but to be honest nothing has really helped. I’ve learnt that fruit and travel set it off… Fruit is easy to avoid, travel is harder.

Acne

Another fun thing I’ve discovered was that my face broke out in acne, mainly around the chin area. I usually have pretty good skin so I found it really difficult to deal with. I went out a couple of weeks ago and felt quite self-conscious about my skin. I saw a specialist and she recommended I don’t put any moisturiser or oil on my chin and to put on 2 mud masks a week. It has really helped although I can feel another chin spot coming on.

Tiredness

This is probably something we all get even when we are not pregnant, but I’ve had to sleep 12 hours every night just to get through the day. The remedy? Early nights.

Burping

I know, gross. My boyfriend had never heard me burp before I got pregnant. I’m not burping as much now, but I did go through a stage of burping all the time. Being more mindful with my food and taking the time to chew has helped calm it down. I do think it may be because my stomach hasn’t been dealing with food recently so it kind of goes hand in hand with the burping.

Aside from all of this I am so excited! I do feel more confident in my body, even though its changing (my boobs have got massive). I think it’s because my focus on my body isn’t to look good, it’s to house this little angel which is a lovely place to be in.

Of course my blog will start to change and have more of a fertility and pregnancy focus. Don’t worry if you’re not at this stage, I’ll still be doing my usual recipes and videos. I can’t wait for you to meet Baby Glow :)

P.S If you have any great websites, books or advice for me please leave a comment below…

76 comments

  • Laura Bennett

    Congratulations!! Being currently pregnant I can completely sympathise will all the above. Hopefully you’re out of the sickness stage, mine has returned but I think more linked to heart burn. I’ve found apple cider vinegar helps with this! I’ve started pregnancy yoga and I love it so as a yogi I am sure you’ll enjoy this, I found it so relaxing and regenerating when you’re feeling tired. Looking forward to seeing some pregnancy related content! X

    • Gemma Ireland

      Hi Laura, Have you tried some Reflexology it is very powerful for the heart burn and all stages of pregnancy niggles? With best wishes, Bodyflow

  • Naomi Douglas

    Hi Maddie,

    Congratulations! I found Earl Grey tea with lemon really helped my nausea. I can’t stand the stuff when I’m not pregnant but I lived on it in the first 3 months.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I’ll try it, thanks babe xx

  • Margaret Buj

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.babytoddlerme.com Fatima Wesson

    Congratulations Madeleine! That’s amazing news! As a mama of three little ones, I can tell you that this sick phase “will pass”! And then you get to the fun part! Take care and God bless x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks beautiful xx

  • Jennifer Collins

    Congratulations <3 wishing you buckets of health and happiness on this journey … Enjoy this truly amazing time

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you beautiful! xx

  • Elizabeth

    Congratulations Madeleine! That first pregnancy is really lovely and hopefully by 14 weeks (ish) you should suddenly feel so much better and the nausea/sickness will disappear. The second trimester is great with lots of energy plus I loved dressing with the baby bump and I think being pregnant makes you try styles you wouldn’t normally have tried before (because basically everything looks fab with a bump!!!!). Enjoy this new phase!! Ps. watch out for the anemia as this makes you feel like poo and an iron tablet a day will sort it out! :)

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Great tips, thanks babe xx

  • Debbies21

    If you get sick in the mornings saltines on the nightstand helps so does ginger ale. They do have sea sick bands with a button that pushes on a pressure point helps too. Don’t let yourself get too hungry. And it frequently says if you breakout it’s a boy. Best wishes

  • Jos

    Congratulations, best wishes to you and your partner.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you lovely xx

  • Kate

    Beautiful xx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you xx

  • http://www.nomad-diaries.com NomaDiaries

    Wonderful news Madeleine! It’s such a great time, enjoy it if you can :) X Ags

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks beautiful xx

  • Karen Burchell

    Hi Madeleine,
    Congratulations again to you both. Please check out our etsy shop for handmade blankets, burp cloths and comforters. It is https://www.etsy.com/shop/bearcubsstore
    Thank you so much.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely, I’ll check it out xx

  • emily

    Congratulations, Madeleine! I am very happy for you. I am experiencing similar difficulties, sometimes I feel very sick and then for a couple of days I don’t feel sick at all…it’s a roller-coaster! However, the best products for me are by Sisley: I use the Restorative Night Creme, which is one of the best cremes I have ever (!!) had, then the grapefruit tonic lotion, the soft exfoliator ‘buff and wash’, phyto concealer. I love their products and can only recommend them.. As a washing lotion I use Bioderma, which did wonders on my skin. I can also suggest tea tree oil, Planet organic sells an amazing stick that you can use on specific areas of your skin – I can’t remember the name, but its basically the only tea tree stick they have :). Furthermore, I only use bare mineral powder and hourglass blush – my skin has changed a lot :)!
    I am looking forward to hearing more about your pregnancy! Its so hard to know what good and bad for you during pregnancy. I am also more of a anxious person when it comes to my current pregnancy…
    All the very best for you!!!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely xx

  • Niamh Vincent

    Congrats Madeline. Exciting times ahead. Will you be posting a prenatal Yoga post. There’s so much conflicting information out there I’d love a 20min routine that I know is safe when pregnant. All the best during the rest of your preganancy x N

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I’m in the process of making lots of pregnancy related posts. Watch this space beautiful xx

    • Niamh Vincent

      Great. Looking forward to it :)

  • Jo Townsend

    If I were to recommend one thing to you Madeleine it would be this book https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Nourishing-Traditions-Book-Baby-Child-Care/0982338317/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487699608&sr=8-2&keywords=nourishing+traditions+sally+fallon It is absolutely packed full of honest information on all aspects of fertility, pregnancy, labour and post natal care. I’d also recommend encapsulating your placenta post birth as the benefits of consuming it are vast. Huge congratulations to you both. Cherish the time. It goes so quickly. Mine are 9, 3 and 2 weeks :) xx

  • Evie Wilson

    Congratulations and blessings!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely xx

  • rebecca beesley

    Massive congratulations to you – what wonderful news! Just the best adventure to have xxx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks gorgeous xx

  • Laura-Jayne Allcorn

    Congratulations guys! So happy for you xx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks beautiful xx

  • http://www.chardonnayandsamphire.com/ Chardonnay & Samphire

    I’d forgotten about the burping!! A huge congratulations, you must be so excited apart from feeling like you have a permanent hangover. I ate my way through both my pregnancies, not sure it helped that much with the sickness, and cat napped whenever and wherever I could. Take care & all the best with this next chapter of your life xx

  • Karen Burchell

    Hi Madeleine,
    Congratulations to you both. Wonderful news. I had terrible sickness and so did my daughter. I think it just runs in families. Worth trying lots of things though. My daughter put a post on our Facebook page about her sickness and what worked for her. https://www.facebook.com/Bear-Cubs-Store-544475182305541/
    You might want to check it out.
    Thanks for all your recipes. We love them. ☺☺

  • Charlie Ward

    Congratulations! I heard that grating fresh ginger into ice cube trays with mineral water and freezing- and then having them in hot water with lots of fresh lime and lemon really helps…x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Great tip, thanks babe xx

  • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

    Thanks babe I’ll check it out! xx

  • Rajkumari

    Congratulations! A wonderful time ahead. But a warning on your masks and other acne treatments…many of them can be dangerous to a developing fetus. I’ve had to say goodbye to my tried and trusty retinol as well as my salicylic acid toner and face wash. Please be careful. And if you do find any good pregnancy safe acne treatments, do share them here! All the best.

  • Sophie Palmer

    Aww huge congrats Madeleine! I am currently 24 weeks pregnant with my first, exciting times ahead! My acne cleared up after the first trimester. And the only way to stop the sickness is I must eat within 20 mins of rising and then something very small every couple of hours. Unfortunately lots of biscuits!
    I’m reading The Gentle Birth Method by Gowri Motha. This is definitely the labour I want to work towards! Is self-hypnosis based. Good luck with it all!
    Sophie x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely xx

  • Sally Norman

    Congratulations!!! That’s wonderful news. I did think a while back that you looked like you had an “extra glow” Good Luck with the rest of your pregnancy x

  • Francesca Louise Jackson

    Congratulations and best of luck! I had a lot of the same just felt exhausted, threw up a lot and got acne on my chin and the side of my cheeks. Pregnancy is tough but people said to me that it’s when they arrive that the hard work begins and they were right! He’s 18 months old now and hyperactive! You have so much to look forward to, best of luck xo

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks gorgeous xx

  • Jess Simons

    Anything minty (gum, mints, peppermint tea) and ginger tablets or hard candy that are used for seasickness – give those a go, hope you feel better soon! And congratulations honey ❤️

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely! xx

  • Samantha Galea

    Congratulations, you lovely human being!! You look radiant as always. x We can’t wait to meet baby glow either!!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank lovely, I’m so excited! xx

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Congratulations, that’s so exciting. Wishing you the very best x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      thank you gorgeous xx

  • Ana O Dias

    Hi Madeleine! First and foremost, congratulations! 😉
    I would like to ask you a question about your acne, if that is ok. Although I am not pregnant, for the past six months my skin changed completely (from very clear and nice to dehydrated and acne-prone) due to hormonal problems. I would like to ask you if the mud masks your dermatologist recommended are from a specific brand or any mud mask will do? And do you apply it all over your face or solely on the affected areas? Thank you very much. Ana x

    • Kathryn McNerney

      Dermalogica clay mask is really good, i have very sensitive skin and acne flare ups but this has been great for me x

    • Ana O Dias

      thank you Kathryn 😉

  • Charlotte Hathaway-Bell

    Hi Maddie big congratulations! My skin broke out terrible too, when usually it it lovely. I went to lush of all places and they gave me a great consultation and products. My skin cleared up really quickly and was glowing again. Defo recommend the angels on bare skin and enzyimon moisturiser.

    I hope your sickness eases soon it can be so depressing. Enjoy every moment! Although a way off yet, keep all your clothes from the first year and have a patchwork blanket made from them. We snuggle in Elijah’s together every day. It’s a lovely keep sake.

    X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      What a gorgeous idea! Thanks babe xx

  • Noemi K

    Congrats! I’m pregnant too, in the 21st week now. My first trimester was completely different from yours, no morning sickness, no bad skin, just the sleepyness. But I bloated very often and looked more pregnant than I was. My belly started to really show at week 15. Hang on, it’s gonna be much better in the second trimester! Can’t wait for your pregnancy related posts!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks gorgeous xx

  • India Woof

    Very excited as I am at a very similar stage to you, and I am with you on the horrible acne front! Really useful to hear advice on no chin moisturiser (that’s where my problem area is as well), and would love to know your mud mask recommendations. Hope you are starting to feel a little more human now! xx

  • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

    Thanks lovely! Congratulations too! xx

  • Starflykiwi

    ‘Baby Glow’!!!!! That’s super cute ^.^ Congrats

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks babe! xx

  • Alicia Johnston

    I am so excited for you! What an amazing, little (HUGE) secret to keep!!!
    ps all your acne skin items in the natural skincare post had me thinking that maaaaaybe you were and I am so thrilled it’s true. Sending lots of love xx
    Alicia

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely xx

  • Shal

    I follow you regularly and am so glad to hear you are also pregnant. I am only 11 weeks but cannot wait for your advice. I was just thinking the other day that there isn’t enough advice from well known nutritionists out there. Wishing you all the best and many congratulations. X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Congratulations too gorgeous! xx

  • @myfoodchronicles_ (Insta)

    Awesome awesome awesome!! Your First Trimester experiences sound just like mine, it does get better and then the last section is heavy, slow and uncomfy. Your young and fit so the rest of the journey should be a breeze. I look forward to following your pregnancy journey. Congratulations!!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely! xx

  • http://www.lonerloverfriend.blogspot.co.uk/ Vicky

    Congratulations Madeleine! I have no pregnancy experience, but do have spots on my chin experience, after my skin not being problematic most of my life and I found the Pai perfect balance blemish serum to be really effective. Best of luck with your lovely news!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks beautiful! xx

  • Marija

    Congrats!! I am a mom of 3 and an herbalist and health coach. Try Sea-Band sea-band.com, it works with acupressure, helped me about 50%. In the herbal world here in North America, organic peach leaf tincture or tea can be amazing. I would get nauseous traveling as well but found that if I was the one driving, I never felt sick (I realize that you probably use the Tube in London though). Congrats again! You are going to be a wonderful mom!! Best, Marija – holistesque.com

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you lovely xx

  • Lauren T

    I’ve been following you for a while, and I’m pregnant too. 17 weeks. I’ve been really struggling to eat healthily with morning sickness which hasn’t stopped yet (although has lessened!) so looking forward to seeing your recommendations! I’ve also been following Clemmie Hooper of mother of daughters, mother pukka and this mama life. CONGRATS!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks gorgeous xx

  • Charles22

    Im so happy for you guys!!! such great news! lots of love from germany <3

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks lovely xx

  • Mrs.T

    Congratulations! I am also 15w+3D pregnant with twins and really look forward to your updates on here. I am currently looking into non toxic baby products such as prams, cots, car seats and all the other stuff we will need so a feature on healthy baby products would be great. X

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    Big congratulation Madeleine – I hope baby glow will have your smile !:) You will be the best mummy and keep strong! xx

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