Third trimester update

Hi Cherubs!

I can not believe the time has come to update you all on my third trimester. It has felt like a seriously long journey to this point after my first twin pregnancy ending in a miscarriage at 12 weeks and then conceiving again taking a little longer but we are here! Baby girl is healthy and moving so much, I can't believe we will be meeting her in 2 weeks time! (hopefully she's not late!)

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Self care, fitness and diet

Before I go into all my fitness and diet updates I wanted to mention a little scare I had during my second trimester which I totally forgot to write about. I wanted to mention it because if anyone else is currently experiencing the same thing then I want to reassure them that you'll be alright!
At my 20 week scan where the ultrasound technician goes into immense detail to make sure baby is developing properly she flagged up an issue with my placenta. I actually think she was having a bit of a bad day because she wasn't very reassuring or enthusiastic at all throughout my whole scan which is annoying when you're super excited about your first baby, but whatever! She spent a lot of time looking at my placenta and not really saying much and at the end of the scan she said I had to come back in 4 weeks for another scan to check up on my placenta and that was that. I was booked in at the high risk pregnancy department for 4 weeks time and I spent those weeks researching and stressing out.

When my next appointment finally came round I had a totally different experience, the technician was so bubbly and reassuring from the start and talked throughout the whole scan telling us what she was looking for and why my placenta was flagged up in the first place. It turns out that in my 20 week appointment the tech spotted a blood clot in my placenta, but at 24 weeks there was no blood clot but a weird growth on my placenta. I had already looked at images of healthy placentas and what abnormalities looked like, so I spotted exactly where the problem was. My technician said she sees this sort of thing a lot and doctors always freak out about it because no one really knows what causes these weird growths, however she said it doesn't affect the health of growing babies, and in a few years time they probably won't even flag up those sorts of abnormalities. 
After that appointment I felt so relieved and positive about my pregnancy. My OB wants to send my placenta off for testing which I'm fine with because I'm intrigued by what it could be and it might be helpful for any future pregnancies of mine!

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My fitness has been important to me from the very start but by the third trimester I had so much energy that I probably went a little overboard working out every single day in the morning and then doing yoga in the afternoons 3 times a week as well. By the time I hit 30 weeks pregnant I developed sciatica and could barely walk, sleep, sit basically do anything without being in agony. It was so infuriating because I got into such an amazing routine and I was feeling great. I couldn't work out for 3 weeks and I had weekly physio appointments which were a life saver! Since my back has been better and the sciatica has gone I have been working out again but less intense. I just listen to my body more now and if my ligament pain is bad that morning then I will miss my workout and just do my physio exercises instead. At yoga I have scaled down a lot of moves and if I need to take a rest I'll get into child's pose more frequently. I am still working out at 38 weeks and I hope to keep on doing just that until I go into labour, I've been told so many times how good it is to be active right up until D day and you're more likely to have a better and quicker labour....we will see!

After I had recovered from my bad back problems I decided to book myself in for a luxury pregnancy massage at The Four Seasons hotel in Palo Alto. It is definitely more on the pricey side but I thought I deserved it! The whole experience was pure luxury and I felt completely comfortable the whole time. I was surrounded by fluffy pillows so I could get into the perfect position, the bed was heated and the lights were dim, dreamy! I had told the therapist about my sciatica and she knew exactly what points to work her magic on and after I felt so good. I would highly recommend treating your pregnant self to a luxury massage! 

My diet has been pretty good this trimester, again I've had no cravings apart from really enjoying Nutri Grain bars, strawberry flavor! But I limit myself to two a day, trust me I could eat a lot more. I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch especially on week days. I tend to have a chia seed pudding with almonds, cacao nibs and maple syrup for breakfast and for lunch I always make a kale salad with cranberries, almonds, pine nuts and for the dressing I usually just whisk up olive oil, mustard, lemon juice and garlic! I will have a couple of rice cakes smothered in humous and hot sauce too. Dinners vary but usually I'll make soup or a tofu noodle dish but sometimes I eat cereal for dinner with almond milk because I'm not always that hungry in the evening! Third trimester I have definitely been cooking more and I have been enjoying it too. Hopefully this continues when baby arrives!

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Mind and body

I have definitely been quite hormonal this trimester maybe even more so than the second trimester,  I will cry over silly things and get quite stressed over things that normally wouldn't faze me. But I also feel a lot happier too and I'm always laughing, maybe thats down to exercise or just pregnancy hormones or just the fact that this pregnancy is nearly over, whatever it is, I like it!

I'm still getting some brutal ligament pain and I have been experiencing 'lightening crotch' its as pleasant as it sounds!!! I'm taking all these pains as good signs that my body is getting ready for labour. At my 36 week appointment my doctor told me she is already head down and once they're in that position they very rarely get out of it! I'm guessing the increased pain is due to her little head moving down!

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A few stretch marks  are starting to appear under my bump but they look very faint so I'm not too fussed. If anyone has any recommendations for scar/stretch mark cream for after that actually works let me know! I don't even mind splurging a little if it has great reviews.

I have totally given up on even trying to wear normal shoes or trainers now because I am quite swollen. Thankfully now the weather is cooler my swelling seems to have settled down slightly but there is still no chance of me putting my rings back on 😬

I am planning on wearing the Belly Bandit original belly wrap postpartum for at least the recommended 6 weeks. In the lead up to labour our bodies naturally produce a hormone called Relaxin which softens the pelvis to help deliver baby. This hormone stays in your body for a limited time after delivery so wearing the wrap will aid with shrinking the stomach and hips back to pre -pregnancy size or even smaller. I have read some great reviews on this, I know some people find it uncomfortable and I totally get that but I'm willing to persevere for a flat stomach!

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Preparing for baby

I am so prepared for baby right now, the nursery is complete, all her clothes are washed and sorted into size order in her drawers. We've made all the big purchases like pram, car seat which has been installed in the car ready! I have an abundance of diapers and wipes, my hospital bag is very nearly complete...I'm ready! I've even purchased a small tin of formula just in case and one bottle! I'm still deciding on a breast pump its a close call between the Medela or the Philips Avent, I'm hoping to get a good deal on Black Friday! I also want to buy the Ergobaby 360 carrier which has been recommended by my hospital as its the best carrier for proper hip alignment. I reckon the carrier will be a great investment because I know I'll use it a lot and my husband wants to use it too as its a great way for them to bond.

Everyone says you start nesting when its nearly D day but I'm not sure I've got there yet... I clean all the time anyway so maybe I'm immune? The only odd cleaning bits I've done is clean the kitchen cupboards out and arrange everything neatly and I vacuumed every inch of the sofa, is this nesting?
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I can't believe I get to meet my little lady in 2 weeks time, I'm so excited! I'm also excited to be able to move normally again, not peeing all the time and getting rid of my constant heartburn! Its gonna be so great!

I hope you've enjoyed reading these pregnancy updates, I'm planning on doing a labour and delivery story post along with general baby life adjustment posts in the future. My blog will still be all fashion and beauty but with a little addition of baby and mom life.
Thanks for sticking around!

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Top - Free People (old)
Cardigan - Mango (old)
Leggings - Seraphine Maternity

Catch up on last weeks outfit here

Love Sarah

37 weeks pregnant | clean and simple styling

Hi Cherubs!

3 weeks left and counting! My style is extremely simple now that I'm in the last little bit of my pregnancy, mainly due to nothing fitting and wanting to be comfortable. However I don't think you can ever go wrong with a simple tee, leggings and a blazer combo, I mean that has been my favorite look forever anyways and it works well whilst having a baby bump!

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Super simple look, but adding a blazer in the most perfect autumnal color really brings the look together and makes me feel like I've made an effort. 

Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks post as I'm going to be updating you all on my third trimester! Shits getting real 😜

Top - Zara (old)
Blazer - Zara (old)
Bag - Saint Laurent

Last weeks look here


36 weeks pregnant | Autumn layering

Hi Cherubs!

I hope you're having a lovely start to November, the temperature has finally dropped here so I feel much more comfortable in my 36th week of pregnancy. I actually don't have any knitted layers that fit me atm which would be ideal, but I am making do with what I've got. Todays outfit is a mix of maternity and non maternity and it's probably one of my most comfortable outfits yet!

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I bought these maternity leggings a while back from Seraphine Maternity and I've only just started wearing them now that the weather is cooler. They are so bloody comfortable! You can slightly see your underwear through them so I wouldn't wear them out and about without a longer tee and blazer combo like I have done here. But the comfort level out weights the slightly see-through bum area, I would definitely buy them again! They fit over the bump and unlike over the bump jeans you can't see where the band finishes through your top because the material is flush to the skin! 

I've styled them with my new Madewell shirt which I wasn't going to wear until after delivery but will power is pretty low at the minute,  I can't wait to be able to button the shirt up and wear it more oversized when I've lost the baby weight. Also my trusty Equipment blazer never lets me down and is the perfect throw on piece to finish a look! 

Of course I'm still in sandals! Never judge a pregnant women who wears sandals in winter because she probs can't fit into her normal shoes ok!! 

Top - Topshop
Shirt - Madewell
Sandals - Vince
Blazer - Equipment (old)

See last weeks outfit here

Love Sarah

35 weeks pregnant | Black & White OOTD

Hi Cherubs!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! If you follow me on Instagram (sarahsatongar) you may have seen what I got up to. We travelled to Half Moon bay which is only a short drive from us but there was major traffic because they have lots of halloween events going on along with endless pumpkin patches, it's pretty impressive! It was so nice going to the beach and it being cooler, I've been dying to wear a jacket for ages now, California problems! We also found a fish and chip shop not totally authentic but close! All in all a great weekend!

Now on to this weeks pregnancy outfit 💗

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This top has definitely been on my blog but very early on in my pregnancy and I'm just happy it still fits and looks good with my 35 week bump! Now the weather is finally getting cooler I can now get back into wearing some layers and I have missed my COS cardigan, its just one of those pieces that goes with everything and its merino so keeps you a little snug too. Even thought the weather is turning that didn't stop me buying my new sandals from Vince, I love how chic they are compared to my go to Birkenstocks. I will prob be wearing these all winter because of my swollen feet, pregnancy problems! 

Top - Topshop
Maternity Jeans - Topshop
Cardigan - COS (old)
Sandals - Vince

See last weeks post here

Happy Halloween 👻

Love Sarah

Look Fantastic x Omorovicza beauty box

Hi Cherubs!

I managed to find some motivation to whip up a beauty post for you guys this week, third trimester has really got me feeling so damn sleepy! However I got pretty excited when this luxury beauty box arrived on my doorstep and it instantly perked up my mood and sleepiness subsided for a while at least. 

Omorovicza is a luxury brand that has been on my radar for a while now and I have been desperate to try some of their beauty line, but that price tag held me back. This is one of the main reasons I think beauty box collaborations work so well because you get to try out a full range of products from a luxury brand for an amazing price, its a win win situation!

Look Fantastic have really out done themselves with this box as it contains 6 items, 3 of which are full size and 1 of them in particular is a make up product which I think is a great addition. Christmas is basically around the corner now too, I'm not even sorry about that! But if you have that one beauty obsessed friend/relative in your life then this would make a perfect gift, and bonus it already comes in a lovely box so it looks like you've made a tonne of effort 😉

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Budapest has been renowned for its healing waters since the Roman times, founders Stephen and Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza were amazed by how the mineral rich spa waters had such great effects on their skin that they enlisted a skilled Nobel Prize-winning dermatology lab to incorporate the ingredients into a skincare range. Omorovicza have acquired a cult following worldwide since for their anti-ageing products! 

Whats in the box?

Queen of Hungary Mist - 100ml | This mist was inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water, the worlds first recorded perfume, pretty fancy! The fine mist has a delicate scent of Neroli and Rose and is perfect for hydrating the skin throughout the day. I will probably use it more as a toner to purify and hydrate my skin after a morning and evening cleanse. I love the scent of this mist and I can't wait to incorporate it into my skincare routine. Buy here

Reviving Eye Cream - 15ml | Eye cream is the one step that I will not miss now that I'm in my late 20s and this silky-smooth formula absorbs quickly and reduces puffiness and dark circles. I have a feeling this is going to be a must have product for me as I'll be having a lot of sleepless nights with a newborn soon! I love the fresh cucumber scent and also the nozzle has a turn lock so no accidental wastage if you're traveling. Buy here

Mineral Touch Concealer in Beige - 7.5g | As I said before I was super happy to see some make up in this box. The shade actually works well for an under eye concealer on me, but if the color doesn't work for you it would make an excellent stocking filler don't you think? This concealer is silicone free and has a blendable creamy consistency. With added vitamin E and C it also helps to correct skin tone for a flawless base. Buy here

Thermal Cleansing Balm - 5ml | A gentle cleansing balm enriched with Hungarian Moor Mud which gives it a lovely earthy spa fragrance and also balances out the sebum in skin to prevent future breakouts. It removes all impurities and even waterproof mascara without stripping your skin. I have popped this in my shower already so I can use it for my next cleanse, the scent is so gorgeous! Buy here

Intensive Hydrating Cream - 5ml | Another gorgeous rose scented product, this is an everyday cream which helps to lift and plump face and keep skin hydrated all day. It has a lovely silky texture and blends into the skin well without leaving a tacky residue, so a perfect base for make up. Buy here

Firming Neck Cream 0 15ml | I am actually pretty heartbroken about this product because my delivery man is obviously a little heavy handed and most of this product has been wasted on the inside of the box! I do have a tiny bit left so I will enjoy using that and hopefully get some good firming results from a weeks worth of use! I've read some great reviews on this cream as it keeps skin taught and firm and even the jawline is more defined. Buy here

Which product has caught your eye the most? For me its the cleansing balm and the mist!

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Also Look Fantastic have some other great Omorovicza gift sets, take a look here

Love Sarah

34 weeks pregnant ootd

Hi Cherubs!

I have no clue on how many of these maternity looks I have left as I am slowly getting to the point where nothing fits and the delivery countdown is fast approaching so whats the point in buying new clothes? Saying that I did buy this shirt for my baby shower as I had nothing to wear but it isn't maternity, just a few sizes bigger than what I'd normally buy. I think it will be perfect for after baby for nursing and I like the oversized look with some skinny jeans. I pretty much only wear like 6 things from my wardrobe at the moment and thats ok, I'm gonna have so much fun indulging in all my favorite looks that I haven't been able to wear for the past 7 months. 

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I love this simple look, the shirt is lovely quality and the color is pretty gorgeous and looks great with my tiny rose gold bag from Free People. Of course I've styled the shirt with my maternity culottes which I have worn this entire pregnancy! Are you bored of them yet? I bought a few pairs so I could wear them all the time because they are extremely comfortable and flattering. My sandals are old so I probably won't be able to link them but I am still obsessed with them. I can just about fit my swollen feet in them and I do need help to do up the clasp now but still wearing them despite those issues 👏

Shirt - Uniqlo
Culottes - Topshop
Bag - Free People (old)
Sandals - Revolve (old)

See my previous outfit post here

Love Sarah

Pixi | Your lips but better

Hi Cherubs!

I have a rather quick post for you today with some lovely lip products from Pixi. They kindly sent me 3 Shea butter lip balms and 3 mattelustre lipsticks, and I thought they would be a great gift idea for dare I say the C word.... Christmas! I can't be the only one thinking about the fast approaching festive season? You can never have too many lipsticks/lip balms and theses would make lovely little stocking fillers. The balms are $8 and the lipsticks are $12!

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Shea butter lip balm* | A nourishing lip balm infused with Shea butter and vitamin E to give lips all day nourishment and protection. Perfect for everyday wear as there is just a hint of color, I find them perfect for after a workout session too so I can run to the store looking half decent, anyone else? 

Buy here

Mattelustre lipstick* | A long lasting full coverage lipstick that won't dry your lips out after a few hours of wear. Mattelustre so this product has a Demi matte finish which is perfect for long days of make up. Infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C + E of give lips a fuller smoother appearance. My fave shade is Peach Blossom FYI!

Buy here

Catch up on my previous post here

Love Sarah

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