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The Pregnancy Diaries Part Deux: The Second Trimester

The Pregnancy Diaries Part Deux: The Second Trimester

Hey hey friends! I’m finally in my third trimester and it truly feels as though I’m on the home strait. Except….I still have a potential three months to go. WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG?!

Seriously, I feel like the second trimester has absolutely dragged. And that is the total opposite of what everyone told me would happen; “Your pregnancy will fly by because you have a toddler to look after.”

WRONG. I should’ve guessed this though because everyone said the first pregnancy would be slow, and it whizzed by in a haze of smugness (I LOVED pregnancy the first time around. Loved it hard.)

So here goes, this is my diary of the second trimester for your reading pleasures.

13 – 17 WEEKS

After a tricky first trimester I expected to feel that energetic boost come week twelve along with a disappearance of the dreaded morning sickness.

But somehow, I feel more tired than I’ve ever felt in my life and I STILL feel sick. What the actual.

I struggled through my very, very slow runs and my bump started to get heavy and uncomfortable but mostly, I just felt too tired to do any exercise at all. But of a spiral into feeling crap!

That coupled with anxiety and a real low patch left me struggling through the first chunk of my second trimester.

Although HELLO I took a little mini break to Lisbon with hubs so that was nice.

18 – 22 WEEKS

This chunk of my second trimester was marked by sleeplessness. With a toddler who slept ‘well’ from about ten months I honestly have never had to deal with the sleepless nights some have to for years. Well, I’m paying for that now aren’t I? !

Along with the dreaded restless leg syndrome I have also been struck with some fun occasional insomnia which is SUCH a treat. And I find that extreme exhaustion coupled with looking after a toddler is just THE BEST. Agreed?

Okay enough moaning. Good things about being pregnant…. my hair, skin and nails are DREAMY this time around. Who knew? That’s a treat and a half. Especially as I wash my hair about once a year and manage to file my nails less than that 😉

I’ve also started thinking about the birth. Not a lot, because AGES to go but a little. My last birth was a planned home birth ending in an emergency c-section so I’m a bit mixed about it all. The NHS are very pro vbac (vaginal birth after caesarian) but that comes with some risks and the potential of a lot more medicalisation (unless i go against protocol) 

Anyway, as I write this I have a plan. But I’m not super keen to discuss it here just yet so let’s just say I’ve done a HEAP of research and feel a whole heap more prepared than last time on every count.

23-28 WEEKS

So as it goes, along with the news I am magnesium deficient, don’t have enough protein in my diet and a few other things (hello B12!) I am anaemic! Yay. So iron tablets are being dutifully knocked back and even my decaf coffee has been ditched. 

But excitingly, I’ve started to feel better! Yay! I can’t tell you how dreamy it is to get a good night’s sleep when you’ve had weeks of exhaustion. And my energy levels are up too so I’ve clawed back my yoga practice, adding in some workouts and dynamic sessions to add to the daily restorative stuff.

Lastly, I’ve started hypnobirthing! The lovely YesMum gifted me her online course which led me down a rabbit hole of teachers here in Brighton. I found Laura and so far she has basically changed my life. Well, my pregnancy anyway….

I regret not doing hypnobirthing SO much last time around so I’m throwing myself into it now and I have to say I am a TOTAL convert. I had an idea it was just breath work, which I already do through yoga so I dismissed it based on my own half-arsed pre conceptions. But it’s not at all! I finally understand what happened with my last birth, why it went ‘wrong’ and have put things in place to help me if the same thing repeats itself. That’s not to say I think hypnobirthing alone guarantees you to have a perfect birth (sidenote: what the fudge is a perfect birth anyway) but I already know I have tools to cope with the inevitable changes and fun surprises that tend to crop up throughout labour.

Lastly, I start my pregnancy yoga teacher training this month! This is something I’ve wanted to do FOREVER and had planned to do earlier this year but….yeah, surprise baby got in the way and plans had to change. But it all worked out for the best as I’ve had six months to think about what type of yoga teacher I want to be (one who doesn’t namaste or chant…..) and helping women during pregnancy in an accessible way is far more appealing to me than teaching £15 a class iyengar yoga to yuppies. (yuppies like me, admittedly…)

Watch this space for the next chapter of The Pregnancy Diaries or catch up with #bumpwatch on Instagram.

L x

S4E14: Being a Good Ally with Rabya // She Flourished

S4E14: Being a Good Ally with Rabya // She Flourished



And I ALSO wanted to thank my new Patrons! A HUGE thanks to Esra Alhamal and Emily Owen who join Lizzy Harley, Rabya Lomas, Julia Goodall, Amanda Jones, Carly, Natasha Fielden, Jenna Stobbs, Ingrid Marie Kielland and Jessica Phillips. THANKS SO MUCH! 

And thanks to all of you who download, listen and share this podcast. This is the very last episode of season 4 and right now, I’m not planning another. So…..there may be another #PODMAS this year but we’ll see. I love the podcast, and I’ve enjoyed creating it and cultivating a community around it. I’ve REALLY appreciated my guests and the honesty and wisdom they’ve brought to the table but I don’t feel it’s serving me right now and, quite honestly, it’s knackering to produce! 

Instead, I’ve decided to focus on Patreon, my newsletter & of course Instagram! I’m planning a new podcast and will be releasing episodes exclusively for Patreon. My weekly love letters to my newsletter are back every Sunday and that’ll just be my usual honest ramblings about low impact living, sustainability and musings on freelancing and creative life. 

Today’s episode is a JUICY one, as ever and it’s particularly brilliant because it’s with one of my very favourite IN REAL LIFE friends Rabya Lomas aka She Flourished. Rabya is a beautiful writer and photographer creating playful, whimsical and political content on her blog and Instagram. 

We chatted about Rabya’s experience of covert racism, how to be a good ally, white supremacy and *that* slow fashion takedown.

Show it some love over on Instagram if you enjoyed the episode – it’s potentially the last ever episode so I’d love to go out with a bang!
Hope you enjoy the episode! 

Listen on the player below or through your favourite podcatcher!

L x

WHERE TO FIND RABYA

Her website: https://www.sheflourished.com

Twitter | Instagram

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

Join the What She Said Facebook community

Get exclusive podcast access & bonus content via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

THANKS TO…

Artwork by Carissa Tanton

Music via Audio Jungle

Hosting by Libsyn

Thanks to my Patreon supporters for helping to fund the podcast.

L x

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

It's the PENULTIMATE episode! Sad face? Happy face?! Todays solo episode is all about EMAIL LISTS! Why you should have one, how to get started and my best tips from building my own over the past five years.  Enjoy!  L xREFERENCED IN THE EPISODE Elizabeth Goddard...

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S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists



It’s the PENULTIMATE episode! Sad face? Happy face?!

Todays solo episode is all about EMAIL LISTS! Why you should have one, how to get started and my best tips from building my own over the past five years. 

Enjoy! 

L x

REFERENCED IN THE EPISODE

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

Join the What She Said Facebook community

Get exclusive podcast access & bonus content via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

THANKS TO…

Artwork by Carissa Tanton

Music via Audio Jungle

Hosting by Libsyn

Thanks to my Patreon supporters for helping to fund the podcast.

L x

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

It's the PENULTIMATE episode! Sad face? Happy face?! Todays solo episode is all about EMAIL LISTS! Why you should have one, how to get started and my best tips from building my own over the past five years.  Enjoy!  L xREFERENCED IN THE EPISODE Elizabeth Goddard...

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S4E12: How to Become a VA with Sarah Starrs

S4E12: How to Become a VA with Sarah Starrs



IT IS STILL SO FREAKING HOT. 

Okay, back to the podcast. In this week’s episode I chat with Sarah Starrs about how she became such a kick-ass virtual assistant (VA), navigating childcare, beating the ups and downs of freelancer income. 

She started out blogging and creating courses/coaching before burning out and taking a meander into nannying (we talk about that more here) before she settled into VA life. 

Sarah is a truly incredible VA and I love how she gets over the feast to famine using client retainers. It’s my usual no-BS chat with some excellent and seriously practical advice thrown in for anyone who wants to hire a VA or become one. 

Hope you enjoy the episode! 

Listen on the player below or through your favourite podcatcher!

L x

REFERENCED IN THE EPISODE

  • The Insta Retreat
  • What She Said Podcast episode with Sarah from season three
  • What She Said Podcast episode with Sas about Coaching Ethics 
  • Boomerang for Gmail

WHERE TO FIND SARAH

Website: http://www.sarahstarrs.com/work

Blog: http://ofthemoon.co.uk

Instagram

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

Join the What She Said Facebook community

Get exclusive podcast access & bonus content via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

THANKS TO…

Artwork by Carissa Tanton

Music via Audio Jungle

Hosting by Libsyn

Thanks to my Patreon supporters for helping to fund the podcast.

L x



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S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

S4E13: Getting Started with Email Lists

It's the PENULTIMATE episode! Sad face? Happy face?! Todays solo episode is all about EMAIL LISTS! Why you should have one, how to get started and my best tips from building my own over the past five years.  Enjoy!  L xREFERENCED IN THE EPISODE Elizabeth Goddard...

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Five Ways Starting a Podcast Changed My Life

Five Ways Starting a Podcast Changed My Life

….and other hyberbolic claims.

No, to be totally honest (and very, very serious) starting my podcast was a flippant, heartfelt and totally deep-in-gut-creatively driven decision that I haven’t ever regretted for a second. It was one of those PERFECT timing, perfectly synced moments when what a kinda ‘lightbulb’ moment turned into some planning, a little self-doubt, and a whole heap of work.

And the most unexpected results.

You know when people say, ‘say yes, and more doors will open’? Sidenote: that isn’t an actual, comonly used phrase but humans have definitely said something similar to me before okay? So it’s a thing and we can all just go with it.

 So, yes, when people proffer that wisdom I often recoil in horror. I hate blogging rules, I hate networking, I hate doing the things people tell me I should be doing. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll already know this. If not, this is new and fun info for you.

But podcasting? Well, nobody (in my echo chamber) was telling people to start podcasts as an extension of their blogging strategy. Which meant I was hopelessly (and, admittedly subconsciously) drawn to it.

Having no blueprint is scary though. Starting out when you haven’t seen your peers making mistakes you can dutifully avoid means you are the one making them. And in public too.

That’s not always comfortable, but it is motivating. It is empowering. And it has been the making of me.

Here are the myriad (okay, five) ways podcasting has changed my career: 

My income increased

In an old episode of the podcast Kayte Ferris shared the importance of diversifying our income streams.

This is exactly what I’ve done through my podcast, attracting speaking engagements, creating courses and trainings*, podcast sponsors, Patreon and increasing my overall profile to the point where my audience flow through my blog, email list and Instagram too. 

I found ‘my people’

As an INTJ personality type I’m used to being a loner (I make up less than 0.8% of the population).

Through the What She Said Facebook group (another whim!) I found a group of people who thought a lot like me. It’s mostly women, and we all support each other. We hate bullshit and we feel fear, often. 

And most of all, we crave connection with people who aren’t annoying. This might seem like a small thing but to this introvert with no crew it’s been life-changing; a way to share my fears and hopes in a safe enviroment AND to serve. To serve in a non-icky way where the purpose isn’t leading to sales.

I learned my strengths

So, as it goes, I’m pretty good at interviewing people. That’s something that has come up a lot. From the people I interview to my listeners it’s a beautiful complimentary thread I didn’t expect to received.

 As a journalist, I guess it’s in my (admittedly minimal) training to smell a story and I’m naturally prone to dig, dig, dig deeper until my curiositty and intuition is satieted. That means I like to get an interesting angle, and it often means I show a different side to my guests.

Tooting my own horn there 😉

I became an ‘expert’ 

Somewhat accidentally I might add! Doing it yourself either means you do it badly, or you learn to do it well. And while the latter is subjective what isn’t in question is the amount of hours spent teaching myself, reading around my subject and learning, learning, LEARNING.

And, as it goes, I’m quite a good teacher. I enjoy teaching others how simple it can be to start podcasting. Whether that’s a conference room of charity press officers, or in my home at a podcast workshop. Whether it’s through an online course or simply chatting about it on my podcast I LOVE seeing that ‘lightbulb’ moment in others. It’s magical. 

Creating content became fun again

I never wanted to start a YouTube channel, and becoming an Instagram Queen wasn’t super accessible or appealing to me either. Writing’s my bag, always.

But sometimes it gets boring doesn’t it? The task of creating content for nobody but yourself (even when you have an audience) means you must be self motivated. You need to find inspiration when you cannot.be.arsed. And sometimes, that means you give up. Especially when creating content isn’t your main source of income. Especially when you can.

Starting the podcast gave me a whole new way to create content. A way that meant I connected with my audience more intimately, more personally and, although it’s a whole heap of work, in a more creatively fulfilling way.

I still love writing the mostest ever. Like, the absolute mostest. But now I have a creative outlet that I rarely get sick of, one which fuels my writing and serves my content creation needs when writing is being a pain in the ass 😉 

L x

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