This feature is all about celebrating real mums. Mums are amazing and come in all shapes and sizes but sometimes we can feel alone, we can feel as though we are the only ones struggling to keep on top of things. I want to lift the lid on motherhood so we can all feel part of a sisterhood, to feel proud about our own achievements and know that we are doing the best we can!
Without further a do let me hand over to Frances!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I’m Frances, I’m 28 and I’m 26 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I live with my lovely partner Chris in Newcastle and I’m a freelance marketer and blogger.
Describe a typical day in your life
Mornings: Pregnancy has turned me into ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ so it starts with breakfast.
I keep pretty solid working hours, even though I work from home, though that’ll probably change once Baby gets here.
We bought an old house that needs doing up and I found out I was pregnant just before we moved in. In between writing I have to let builders in and take much needed detours to the kitchen for biscuits.
Evenings: It can get lonely working from home, so I’ll meet up with friends after work and we’ll go to the cinema or dinner. It’s brilliant to have some downtime though and Chris and I spend evenings cooking together and hanging out in the house.
Bedtime: I have to read before I go to bed, but for a bookworm I haven’t picked up one baby book (I not sure if this is advisable or not), but I have made my way through a bunch of best sellers.
What is the best thing about being a mum?
I love being able to feel Baby kick. I’m seriously ticklish, so flurries of kicks have me in fits of giggles. Chris can feel them now and it’s nice to share that together.
What have you found hardest about motherhood?
I had awful nausea up until 14 weeks, it would last all day, so there was no getting away from it. Being in the car (even if I was driving) or on the metro would set it off. Going to Glastonbury when I was 11 weeks pregnant was a bold choice. I wouldn’t recommend sleeping in a sweaty tent in your first trimester.
I’ve traded nausea for terrible rib pain. Yoga helps, however my fave position for getting rid of the rib pain involves putting my head on the floor and sticking my bum in the air, not so practical if you get ridiculous rib pain in Sainsbury’s …
How has your body changed?
My boobs got comically big at the start. I had major side boob issues and had to replace my pretty bras with practical maternity ones. My bump has caught up now and I look more in proportion.
Even though my body looks completely different, I love having a baby bump. I didn’t really appreciated what my body can do until I got pregnant. It’s pretty amazing if I’m honest.
Do you wear make-up? If so, what does your routine look like?
I love a matte red lipstick. That’s a must, plus mascara, BB cream and, if I can be bothered, blusher. I’m a fan of doing my makeup on the go and I’m a pro at applying mascara on the metro. This skill should come in handy with Baby. Can you breastfeed and apply lipstick?
What’s in your handbag?
I’m going to have to invest in a bigger bag once Baby gets here because mine’s fit to burst. It’s filled with pens, notepad, phone (obviously), perfume, makeup, ginger biscuits… I could go on but I’d be here all day.
What is your relationship with housework?
Housework and I have always had a casual relationship, but I’m using pregnancy as an excuse for not doing it at all. It’s working so far.
How do you relax?
My friends. It’s nice to be able to hang out with them and just chat.
What’s the best parenting advice you have ever been given?
Always have a stash of smashed up ginger biscuits with you in the first trimester. Sucking on them helps keep sickness at bay. (I kept a stash by the bed and one in my bag.)
For any new mums out there, what would you like to tell them?
Try not to feel overwhelmed with the amount of pregnancy advice people will give you. Find a few sites and friends who you trust with baby queries and you’ll be fine. Following your instincts will stand you in good stead. You know your body and your baby (even though they’re still inside you) best.
What makes you happy?
Chris makes me happy. We live ten minutes walk from the coast and it’s lovely to wander along the beach together. I can’t wait until it’s the three of us.
And finally, complete this sentence:
I am a great mum because….. I’m so in love with this baby and I haven’t even met them.
So lovely to hear from the perspective of a mum to be! Those exciting firsts are all to come- such an amazing journey ahead of you. You will indeed need to invest in a bigger bag!! x
You can find out more about Frances and her world over at her blog, Visibly Pregnant.
She is also on Twitter so go say hi!
I am not accepting any more submissions for this feature. xx