Lucinda Hutton is pretty phenomenal. In between running Nurturing Mums postnatal courses, relaunching the Nurturing Mums Store at a meer 36 weeks pregnant, delivering regular parenting talks, AND having a toddler to run around after, Lucinda took some time out to tell us her pregnancy story.
Here’s her thoughts on pregnancy this time around:
Tell us a little bit about your family…
I have a husband called Alex and a two (almost 3 year old!) called Teddy.
How far along are you?
Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?
Yes – girl
How has this pregnancy been treating you?
My body hasn’t been coping as well as the first time round – much more tired and more frequent hospital visits!
Have you been experiencing any anxiety in this pregnancy?
A little – I try to keep relaxed, but as my son was born unexpectedly with immature lungs my biggest anxiety has been in relation to the new baby’s health and just praying it’ll all be ok.
How would you describe your pregnancy style?
Oooh – that probably depends on how much sleep I’ve had! I’ve put more effort into my pregnancy dress sense this time round as I’ve not had to be in formal office wear, so hopefully my style has been fun, bright and well accessorised!
Hide the bump or show off the bump?
I’m mainly a hider of the bump, but I like to show it off on occasion too!
In terms of clothes, what are your maternity essentials?
Over the bump leggings – my favourites are the Frame for Mamas and Papas ones. A comfy maternity bra (my boobs are the first thing to go), as well as some fun accessories and oversized shirts.
What’s your favourite maternity brand?
Are there any high street or independent brands which aren’t maternity but you feel work really well for pregnancy?
I’ve been able to get some nice shirts and oversized pieces from Anthropologie.
What beauty products do you swear by for pregnancy?
What can you not live without in pregnancy?
A snack on hand – I’m all about eating little and often!
Are there any style/ fashion lessons you’ve learnt along the way in your pregnancies?
You don’t need to buy everything in maternity fashion sections – buy one size bigger and a comfy fit and it’s often great postnatally as well.
Is there anything you feel is still really missing from the maternity fashion market in the UK?
Somewhere to actually try the clothes on! There are very few actual maternity wear shops, which I think is a real shame – as I often end up having to send bits back I’ve bought online.
Have you done a lot of reading / research about pregnancy and childbirth?
I pretty much have to say yes on this one – as running Nurturing Mums postnatal courses is my job!
What have you done to prepare for birth?
I know what I HAVEN’T done, which is take it easy on myself. It’s a real juggle with work and a toddler though! I have packed my hospital bag and have the lovely Nourish Mama providing me and my partner meals afterwards – I am having a planned c-section so the preparations have been a bit more practical I guess!
Sum up pregnancy in 3 words…
Tiring, mind-blowing, long!
Is there anything you miss being pregnant?
Wine, gin, cocktails – you name it!
What’s your favourite thing about being pregnant?
Knowing that you’re creating a mini human is pretty excellent.
What would you say is the worst thing about being pregnant?
The weightiness and discomfort, especially towards the end!
Do you feel different in this pregnancy to your first?
Yes – more tired, in some ways more prepared and in other ways just as nervous – I’m convinced this baby and my son will be like chalk and cheese.
If you could go back and give your pregnant first time around self one bit of advice what would it be?
Enjoy lie-ins – you won’t see them again for a VERY long time.
What would your one bit of advice for new mums be?
There’s not one ‘right’ way to parent, we are all just doing our best. If you figure it out… drop me an email!