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Pregnancy 2nd trimester

Pregnancy 2nd trimester

Pregnancy 2nd trimester  

Welcome to a series of posts that will take you through the journey of pregnancy.  We will explore the changes your body will make during each trimester and how your baby is developing and growing.  If you are here I guess it is likely that your pregnancy journey has started and you want to be prepared for what lies ahead.  I hope that these features will go some way to preparing you for the next 9 months.

Next up is the pregnacy 2nd trimester.  This takes us from week 13 through to 27 weeks pregnant. 

What happens to you during the pregnancy 2nd trimester

 

During the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, symptoms that you may have experienced during the first trimester will begin to subside. Many women report that nausea and fatigue begin to reduce and they find they are more able to  enjoy their pregnancy.

The following changes and symptoms may occur:

Your uterus will expands and your abdomen will become larger.

You may experience dizziness or lightheadedness due to lower blood pressure

You will begin feeling the baby move

Your appetite will increase and consequently some weight gain.  You can expect to gain 1lb a week

The extra weight you’ve gained in the last few months is starting to put pressure on your back, making it achy and sore. Try to  ease the pressure, sit up straight and use a chair that provides good back support. Sleep on your side with a pillow tucked between your legs. Avoid picking up or carrying anything heavy and wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes with good arch support. 

You may start to develop stretch marks on the stomach, breast, thighs, or buttocks

You may develop varicose veins and hemorrhoids which, fortunately, should shrink or go away after pregnancy if you didn’t have them before you conceived.

Your skin begins to change, such as darkening of the skin around your nipples, or patches of darker skin

You may experienc swelling of the ankles or hands

Leg cramps usually start in the second trimester and last through the third.  These are  due not only to hormones and weight but also a possible shortage of calcium or magnesium.

Baby’s development during the 2nd trimester

 

By around week 16, baby’s first tiny hairs are starting to sprout, and by week 22 baby has got eyelashes and eyebrows, too. Baby’s skin is now covered in lanugo (a downy “fur coat” that keeps him warm until he builds up more fat in the third trimester) and, by week 19, vernix caseosa  (a greasy layer of oil and dead skin cells that shield his skin from acidic amniotic fluid) — both of which will shed before birth.

Baby’s digestive system was fully formed by the end of the first trimester. So now baby is starting to suck and swallow in preparation for life outside of the womb.  He can even taste the foods you eat via your amniotic fluid. Baby’s waste systems are working hard too: Although he still gets his nutrition via your placenta, all of that swallowing means he’ll be doing plenty of peeing.

Baby’s ears and eyes are moving into their correct positions. By week 22, baby’s developing senses mean he’s starting to smell, see and hear, and those little eyes are beginning to open.

By wwk 17, baby’s heart is no longer beating spontaneously, as his brain is now regulating his heartbeat.  In week 25, capillaries begin forming to carry oxygenated blood through his body.

By week 26 your baby’s brain will start blinking those little eyelids.

If you would like details regarding a maternity photoshoot then please follow the link below, alternatively you can contact me via the contact me form.

 

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Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016

Pregnancy 1st trimester

Pregnancy 1st trimester

Pregnancy 1st trimester  

Welcome to a series of posts that will take you through the journey of pregnancy.  We will explore the changes your body will make during each trimester and how your baby is developing and growing.  If you are here I guess it is likely that your pregnancy journey has started and you want to be prepared for what lies ahead.  I hope that these features will go some way to preparing you for the next 9 months.

First up we are going to look at the first 13 weeks, the pregnancy 1st trimester.  This takes us from conception through to your first scan and many of you won’t know you are pregnant until you are half way through this stage.

A lot happens for you during the pregnancy 1st trimester

 

Morning sickness – Unfortunately the name is missleading and it doesn’t just strike in the morning.  Morning sickness typically starts about week 6 of pregnancy. Ginger tea or biscuits might help, as can small but frequent meals. If it’s severe, you might want to consider talking to your doctor about medications to treat the symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea.

You might be wondering where your old boobs went by about week 6. As they become tender and tingly and begin to grow.

 You may feel up, then down, then up again by week around 7

Tirdness and fatigue is very common during the 1st trimester. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone rise. In high and this can make your sleepy. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production may team up to sap your energy during your pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself  craving or turning up your nose at certain foods.  Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, this can be explained by hormonal changes – especially in the first trimester, when hormonal changes are at their peak.

You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

Pregnancy hormones relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus can allow stomach acid to leak into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Eatting small, frequent meals and avoiding fried foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and spicy or fried foods should help to reduce heartburn symptoms.

High levels of the hormone progesterone can slow the movement of food through your digestive system, causing constipation. To relieve constipation, include plenty of fibre in your diet and drink lots of fluids, especially water and prune or other fruit juices. Regular physical activity can also helps.

 

Baby’s development during the 1st trimester

 

During the 1st trimester your baby changes from a single fertilized cell (a zygote), to the embryo that implants itself into the wall of your womb, to a  bundle of growing limbs and body systems the size of a peach.   Here is a list of the main things happening in the pregnancy 1st trimester.

By about week 6, baby starts to grow arms, legs, hands and feet — and fingers and toes around week 10.

Skin begins forming between weeks 5 and 8, with hair follicles and nail beds starting to develop around week 11.

Around week 8, your baby’s intestines will begin forming, and your baby will have already gone through two sets of kidneys (with the third and final set on its way!).

Your baby will have touch receptors on his face around week 8. By week 12, he’ll have receptors on his genitals, palms and the soles of his feet.

The Optic nerves and lenses  within the eyes begin to form by week 4, with the retina beginning to form around week 8.

By week 5, the tube that will become your baby’s heart begins to beat. It will become stronger and more regular — and you’ll be able to hear it from around week 9 or 10.

By about week 8 of pregnancy, your baby’s brain will be wiggling his developing limbs.

Your baby will have developed taste buds that connect to his brain by about week 8 — but he won’t beable to taste anyting until his taste pores develop.  

Things you need to do during your 1st trimester

 

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, let your doctor know so that you can book your first appointment with the midwife.

Your first antenatal appointment, your booking appointment, may happen any time between 8 and 12 weeks.  Your booking appointment usually takes one to two hours.  Your midwife needs to get a clear idea of your health, your partner’s health and both of your families’ medical history. So be prepared for plenty of questions!

Start taking a daily folic acid supplement straight away. Folic acid is essential for  protecting  your baby against brain and spinal cord problems such as spina bifida.
You need a 400 microgram (mcg) supplement of folic acid (vitamin B9). You can buy these over the counter from pharmacies or supermarkets.

A healthy, balanced diet will make sure that you get all the nutrients you and your developing baby need.  You don’t need extra calories in your first trimester or second trimester. But you will need to avoid certain foods because they may contain bacteria, parasites or toxins that could harm your baby. This includes some cheeses and unpasteurised dairy products, raw or undercooked meat, liver and pate, and raw shellfish.

Your first scan, the dating scan will take place between 12 and 14 weeks.  The sonographer will check your baby’s heartbeat and tell you when your baby is due, based on measurements

But most importantly sit back, relax, get plenty of rest and enjoy this magical time.  

If you would like details regarding a maternity photoshoot then please follow the link below, alternatively you can contact me via the contact me form.

 

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016

Must have baby photos

Must have baby photos

10 must have baby Photos 

You’ve just had a baby!  That tiny tiny bundle will grow and change so fast yet you won’t even notice it happening and before too long they won’t be a curly little newborn anymore.  Weather you own a compact camera, camera phone or an all singing all dancing DSLR there are some key photos you really must capture whilst they are still super tiny!    So here are my top 10 must have photos for you to capture during those early weeks.

1. Fresh 48

Pictures of your newborn within the first few hours will be priceless.  You may choose to hire a birth photographer or book a professional fresh 48 session but if not pass your camera to dad or visitors and ask them to capture some very early pictures of your little one in the hospital whilst you rest. 

2. With Big Brother or Big sister 

Pictures with siblings will be so precious.  The look of wonder on your toddler’s face as they meet the baby for the first time, the love in their eyes as they place a gentle kiss on babies cheek!  Moments that you will treasure forever.

3. The details

Make sure you capture those ten little fingers and that cute button nose.  Tiny details like the fine hair on baby’s back won’t last long so grab your phone or camera and macro lens and record these details.  

4. The nursery

All those hours lovingly painting and carefully folding baby clothes.  Make sure you capture this beautiful space!  Before long it will become Peppa Pig, Unicorns or space ships instead!

5. With special Items

I’m sure you will have lots of wonderful gifts given to you but remember to photograph them too.  A special blanket knitted by great grandma, babies snuggle blanket or special bear!  They won’t love these items forever so record it now for prosperity. 

 6.  Windy smiles 

As a newborn photographer I am always delighted when I am able to capture a windy baby smile.  Be ready after baby has been fed and settled to sleep to capture that priceless moment.

 

7. Feeding

Weather your baby is having a bottle or your trying your hand at breastfeeding remember to record this precious time.  A photo of the closeness and bond that you will develop during the many hours of feeds is a wonderful keepsake to treasure.

 

8.  With Daddy  

That moment a man holds his newborn son or daughter in his arms for the first time and falls in love is priceless.  Capturing the love between father and baby is something that you will both treasure.

 

9. With Mummy

As busy Mums it is all to easy for us to be rushing around and doing things, generally we’re the one that grabs the camera or phone and snaps the pictures of the children.  It is important to be present in photos too so pass your camera or phone to Dad and make sure that the bond between you and baby is recorded too.

 

10. Family Photo 

And finally don’t forget to capture your first photo as a growing family .  Snuggle up on the sofa and capture everyone together.  

 

I hope these great suggestions of must have baby photos help you to capture some priceless memories of your newborn baby.  These natural precious family photos will be wonderful memories that you will look back on for years to come and are the perfect compliment to a newborn photography session.

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to learn how to get the best out of your camera and capture great family photos.

Would you like to know more about my Newborn phtography sessions or the Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about services available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016
Camera Vs i phone

Camera Vs i phone

Camera vs i phone

How many of you own a real camera?  Not many people do these day becasue we all capture so much with our phones.  I’m as guilty of generally using my i phone to snap day to day pictures and I rarely pull out my real camera for a family photo.  But are i phone cameras as good as the real thing?  I thought it would be fun to find out and so set about a camera vs i phone challange.  

Camera vs i phone challange

To keep things simple and as fair as possible I have intentionally photographed things that are easily accessible and some things that  I would not neccessarily photography in my capacity as a professional photograher.  All images were taken from the same postion.  I haave used my photography knowledge to maniputae my camera to get the best image possible and I have  manipulated my i phone settings as much as possible to again achieve the best outcome.  I have not edited any of the images other than to convert 1 set to Black and White and to change to aspect ratio so they are all the same.

Are you ready to take on the camera vs i phone challange.  Below are 6 images in pairs.  Can you identify which of each pair are taken using my DSLR camera and which are taken using my i phone camera?  I have mixed the order up so it isn’t all on the left or all on the right? 

How do you think you got on?   I’ve added the correct answers at the bottom of the page and would love to hear in the comments section how many you got right and wrong or what made you make the choices you did.  Was the camera always the better image?

 

You can find details of other useful photography articles here:

Learn how to use your camera

10 great photography tips 

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to know more please follow the link below or get in touch via the contact me form.

Would you like to know more about Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about beginners photography training available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keywords: baby photographers boston, baby photographers spalding, boston photographers, photographers boston, photographers spalding, photography studios near me, photography studios spalding, spalding photographers

Answers to camera vs i phone challange

Apple – camera, i phone

Church – i phone, camera

Rose – Camera, i phone

Dog – i phone, camera

Flower – i phone. camera

Child – camera, i phone

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Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016
10 Great photography tips

10 Great photography tips

10 great Photography Tips

There are many elements to taking beautiful photographs and combining them together will help you learn to take great photos.  This article will focus on 10 photography tips that will help you to create images that you and others around you will love.

1. Get out there and take photographs

This may seem like a daft thing for me to say but the more your practice the better you will get.   When you find something you want to photograph take picutres from diffierent angles, heights and framed differently within your view finder.  Over time you will start to see which images are visually pleasing and which aren’t.

2. Take Landscape and Portrait images

It is all to easy to take every photo in landscape (horizontal) mode.  Turn your camera round and take a photo in Portrait (vertical) too.  Again trying both for the same scene will help you learn what creates good compostion.

3. Shoot at different times of day

Light is such a key element of photography that going out and shooting at different times of the day will help you learn about light.  It is a well known fact that golden hour (just before sunrise and sunset) is a great time to photograph, but working with tricky light situations like the mid day sun will help you grow as a photographer.

4. Practice taking photographs of differnt things

Go and photograph

  • Buildings
  • Dogs
  • Bus shelters
  • Wildlife
  • People
  • Cars
  • Food
  • Flowers
  • The ground
  • Graffiti

Trying diffierent things is a great way to grow as a photographer.

5. Don’t use your on camera Flash

This may sound like and odd thing to say as in-built flash must be there for a reason, but honestly forget you have an on camera flash.

On camera flash is extreamely harsh and unflattering.  Instead learn to use the light around you and when your ready invest in a speedlight and a set of triggers so you can control your flash light. 

6.  Get in Closer

Practice moving closer and further away from your subject.  This will again help you learn to see your subject differently and learn what works and doesn’t. 

7. Check the background

The background is just as important as the subject with in an image.  It is all to easy to have something distracting in the background or have a horizon line in the worng place or tree sprouting out of your subject’s head. Considering these key things and changing your position or angle just slightly can progress your image from a good one to a great photo. 

8. Think about your focus point

You need to ensure that your point of focus is correct, this is even ore important when using a shallow depth of field.  Using single point focus instead of multi points will help you learn to do this.  A basic rule is if you are shooting animals or people ensure the eye closest to the camera is in focus. 

9. Learn basic post-processing

Whilst getting everything right in camera is really important having some basic editing skills can really help develop your photography.  Knowing how to crop an image, add some contrast or lighten and darken (dodge and burn) parts of an image can change it’s appearance massively. 

10. Learn your camera settings

Knowing how to work your camera beyond auto is essential to capturing beautiful photographs.  If you can develop an understanding of apature, shutter speed and ISO and how to control each you will instantly see a dramatic improvement in your photography. 

I hope these great photography tips help you to grow and develop as a photographer.  Go out and have fun practicing and learning your new art.  

You can find details of other useful photography articles here: 

Learn how to use your camera

I will be holding a one day beginners photography training course in my Spalding photography studio on 15th Febuary 2020.  If you would like to know more please follow the link below or get in touch via the contact me form.

Would you like to know more about Beginners photography training?

If you would like further information about beginners photography training available at Slice of Life Photography please get in touch via the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keywords: baby photographers boston, baby photographers spalding, boston photographers, photographers boston, photographers spalding, photography studios near me, photography studios spalding, spalding photographers
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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016