27 Weeks Pregnant: 2nd trimester recap and style

Baby and Parenting

27 Weeks Pregnant: 2nd trimester recap and style

Baby and Parenting

27 weeks pregnant title

Almost on the final stretch now! Tomorrow I’ll be 28 weeks pregnant and into the 3rd trimester, woo hoo! I have to say I’m just loving being pregnant, I am just in constant amazement at my body. Little peanut is moving all the time now, it’s the most incredible feeling in the world. He seems to like kicking his legs out and pushing his bum up at one side and then he must be moving his arms about at the other side. I’ve had him hiccuping and he likes to kick against James’ hand in the morning. I talk to him all the time and have started playing him music, I think he’s a Michael Jackson fan ;-)

In myself I’m feeling pretty great with only a few minor complaints like a blocked up nose, crazy emotions and random bouts of morning sickness. Other than that I feel quite energised and have no stretch marks, varicose veins, haemorrhoids etc which I hope continues!

After what has felt like ages we are starting to get the flat sorted out and I’ve seen a compact cot that looks like it will work well for us in the bedroom. Once we have the storage organised I’ll probably go on more of a spending spree to get some other bits and pieces. I did order the fox cushion from the lovely Claire on Etsy:


So adorable! In other news we are getting booked up for our second hypnobirthing workshop and a couple of weeks ago I got in touch with a photographer to have a few maternity photos taken at a local park so I’m really excited about that! I’m also off to visit a nursery next week. It might seem a bit early to check these things out but I wanted to make sure there’s no waiting list and look at the financial side of it all and weigh up the pros and cons. It would not be full time, but I’m thinking 1 or 2 days could be good for both of us, plus I’m lucky to have my Mam for child care one day a week.

I’ve been reading a great book which my best friend recommended to me called What to expect when you’re breast feeding and what to do if you can’t which has really helped me get my head around it all. If I have any problems I’m hoping my bestie will be able to give me lots of advice as after her two girls I consider her a pro. 

2nd Trimester Style 

I talked about 1st trimester style in this post, and looking back on it’s been interesting to see the difference! It wasn’t long before I had to go into proper maternity clothing to feel comfortable as my bump has grown:

2nd tri style

1. Reversible maternity skinny jeans: New Look

2. Stripy fitted vest top: H&M

3. Polka dot maternity bra: Blooming Marvellous 

4. Floral tea dress: New Look

5. Over the bump leggings: New Look

6. Loose fitting stripy top: H&M

7. Stripy maternity t-shirt: New Look

8. Denim maternity dress: H&M

9. Statement necklace: H&M

I started off the trimester with a couple of pairs of under the bump maternity jeans but I’ve soon found that leggings are the way to go when the weather is warmer as even the skinny jeans feel quite thick and hot. I’ve loved to mix it up with either loose or tight fitting stripy tops along with a statement necklace, but I’m wondering how long the vertical stripes will look good on me! I love my denim maternity dress from H&M (not that exact one as I couldn’t find it on the website) as it’s so comfortable with leggings, and the tea dress I found in the Topshop sale which is similar to the New Look one pictured was a great buy. A good non wired bra has been a must have, and my Mam bought me that one from Mothercare Blooming Marvellous range.

I’ve just ordered a couple of dresses in the Mamas and Papas sale including a lovely green one I might wear for the photo shoot. I’m trying to start thinking about what things will work post birth and for breast feeding too.

Ha, I feel like I’ve just brain dumped a load of thoughts there! As I said in my monthly pledge I’m trying to just go with the flow and remind myself that we don’t need to be purchasing X,Y and Z for him just yet, but as time goes on some panic starts to creep in! I’m super happy to be into the last trimester now, I’m hoping I’ll still feel this good later on, although I can see the summer heat getting harder to handle the bigger I get.

If you’ve been pregnant, did you get that feeling of panic about being prepared? How do you stay cool in the summer?

P.S Happy 4th July to my US readers!

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  1. Jess

    Love that fox cushion – it’s gorgeous and now I want one too ;)

    Personally I think you’ll always suit stripes – they’re something you love and therefore you look good in them. I think people generally look great in clothes they are comfortable in rather than stuff they pick because it’s in fashion or they feel they ‘should’ wear.

    I think it’s cooling off a bit at the weekend, so hopefully the temperatures will stay a bit more moderate after that.


    • Laura

      It’s so cute isn’t it! Thanks Jess, I think half of my wardrobe is stripes now so I’ll just have to keep wearing them!

  2. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    I tell you what, I’m panicking about all the stuff and I’m not even pregnant or THINKING about getting pregnant. I think I need to read like five books before we even start thinking about kids. I just know I’m going to get so overwhelmed by it all. You are doing amazingly and coping (though coping is probably not the right word) really well.
    Love that cushion! So quirky and cute.

    • Laura

      Thanks Anna :-) You’ll be fine when the time comes, I’m sure. I keep reminding myself theres only so much preparation you can do anyway, really you just have to jump in at the deep end and swim!

  3. Caroline

    You look so well! I’m surprised you like being pregnant, some people do but not many I think. I wasn’t that keen on it really but you know it was a means to a great end! I was very tired all the time but I put that down to having quite a long commute from Suffolk to London every day. Your maternity style is lovely too.

    I hope you are not suffering too much with the heat. My eldest son was born in 2006 and it was a very hot summer, it was even hotter for me being pregnant.

    I don’t think it’s too early to look at nursery options and you are lucky it’s not full time. We have a similar set up I work from home one day, my Mum has the children on one day and they have three days with our childminder and my husband is at home in the afternoons on those three days. We are lucky as this way they get the best of everyone. Also when you do move house you can look at school options as well they grow up much faster than you think!

    • Laura

      Thanks Caroline! I have to say I think feeling so good about it is partly because I don’t have commutes and things like that, I can only imagine how tiring that must have been! I’m not doing too bad with the heat but I do feel so much more tired on warm days. That sounds like a great child care balance, oh and blimey I’m a bit freaked out with the school thing, I hope we can get settled somewhere in the next 2 years so we know what options we have with that!

  4. Zoe

    You look great Laura!

    • Laura

      Thanks Zoe!

  5. Maria @ runningcupcake

    Love that fox cushion!
    It has been baking here this past week- I feel sympathy for pregnant ladies everywhere as I hear from other people that the bumps keep them rather warm too!
    Iced tea is keeping me cool at the moment :)

    • Laura

      I need to get back into iced tea, I’ve almost completely stopped drinking any tea now and instead I’m drinking loads of water but I think iced tea would be a nice change.

  6. Lauren @PoweredbyPB

    That fox cushion is so cute! I’m really struggling with the heat/humidity this year, our house is ridiculously warm, and the kitchen with its glass ceiling, is like a greenhouse, having the oven on is just horrendous!

    • Laura

      Blimey that must be lovely to have such a light kitchen but I can see how it would be very tough with the heat!

  7. Claire @ Flake and Cake

    Love the fox cushion, so cute!
    The heat has been intense, I’ve been struggling with it at night as I like to sleep wrapped in a duvet – hope it’s not been too bad for you!

    • Laura

      That’s been one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed about pregnancy, I used to be cold at night (I think that was my suppressed metabolism and lack of hormones) but now I’m so hot I usually just have the duvet between my knees to help keep my pelvis aligned.

  8. Sarah

    I am constantly boiling in this weather and do the same as you- leggings and a variety of tops. I don’t remember panicking with Theo, I was so convinced I was going to be overdue that I always felt like I had tons of time (he was a week early). Love the new site! X

  9. Annie Luke

    Laura You look so fab, love the maternity cloths they are nice, good to know that you are doing well


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