Man oh man. If you thought I was already sharing TMI, then Monday’s episode had to have blown your mind! Monday we released Hello Bump Podcast Episode #6; Week 11, “The Cyst… From Hell.” If you don’t already know, I have suffered from endometriosis for over 10 years and you can read all about that journey in this blog post. Hearing that I have another cyst is probably not surprising. What is surprising is the location of this cyst. It was a periclitoral abscess. Huh? I’ve never heard of this before? I didn’t even know that you could get a cyst THERE?! Leave it to me to get a large (for the area) cyst in the most sensitive part of your body! It was the single most painful experience of my life. In this week’s podcast, I walk you through the entire process from discovering the problem to having it removed. If you have a weak stomach, maybe you should just skip ahead to the next episode, lol!
What was so surprising to me is how many women have reached out with similar stories. I didn’t expect that because of how rare this type of cyst is. When I tried to research this type of cyst, there was very little information available, especially about having it while pregnant.
Y’all I’m believing that the worst is behind me in this pregnancy and that the cyst never returns. Listen to the episode on iTunes or here:
This morning we released Hello Bump Podcast Episode #7; Week 12, “Take a Guess. Boy or Girl?” It’s a follow up to the cyst debacle and life at 12 weeks pregnant. I was so happy to be almost out of the first trimester that week after such a horrible medical experience. Looking back now, I’m halfway through my pregnancy and it’s INSANE to think about how fast the time has flown by since then. The first trimester moved so stinkin’ slow, which I’m sure had everything in the world to do with the fact that I felt so miserably sick. I’ve been feeling pretty darn good this trimester, with the exception of some nagging round ligament pain, so of course this time feels like it’s breezing on by. It’s so crazy how that happens!
Listen to episode #7:
I want to chat a bit about what I’m wearing lately. My belly has definitely popped, which means most pants and shorts feel so uncomfortable to me. I’ve received a bunch of new maternity clothes this past week and started to review them in detail on my Instagram Stories. Overall, the reception has been amazing from y’all. I’ve received so many comments and DMs asking me to continue posting these detailed fashion reviews because they help give a better look and understanding at what I’m wearing versus just a single photo, which makes perfect sense. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and check my stories daily to see what I’m wearing and in-depth reviews. Just a reminder, these stories only stay up for 24 hours, then they expire. Daily there’s new posts up to watch!
I’m planning on wearing non-maternity pieces throughout my pregnancy as well as maternity pieces, so there will be a little something for everyone. The outfit above is an older chambray dress from Forever 21 that of course is no longer available. It’s non-maternity, and you probably remember it from this blog post. If you’re an expectant mama or planning to be one in the near future, purchasing pieces like a shirtdress are perfect for before pregnancy, during and after. Those are exactly the pieces I love incorporating into my wardrobe.
I’ve rounded up some non-maternity shirt dresses below that are all under $100, but mostly under $50, that will work for anyone. Not all will work for all nine months of pregnancy, but all will work for before, during some stages and after pregnancy and are adorable for my non-mama readers out there too. These darling little dresses are perfect for Fall and would layer perfectly with tights, booties and a cardigan.