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October 30, 2017

They are normal.

Some women gain them, some women do not, yet we are all equally as beautiful as each other. We have all endured the same thing. Pregnancy. And for that I applaud all of you. If you have gained stretchmarks throughout your pregnancy, that’s ok. I love that women call these their ‘tiger stripes.’ Absolutely! You have earned those! Don’t ever be envious of the mothers who didn’t get a single one, because they have had changes in other ways, like hair loss or weight fluctuation. Pregnancy and motherhood bares challenges on our bodies....

October 26, 2017

I was convinced my daughter would be a substantial size due to my husband being 6ft 7in, so when she was born a teeny 5lb 4oz, 17 days before due date, we were both so surprised!!

There have been so many research projects into the size of babies. Some reports saying that it’s hereditary from the fathers’ side, which contradicts the reports stating that it’s the mothers’ genetics that determines the weight of their babies. Some research projects state that environmental factors play a strong part, whilst others suggest that the mothers diet is the...

October 18, 2017

The word ‘equilibrium’ is one that I remember from my childhood. It was on a poster in the town I grew up in. It had a purple background and white writing.  I always liked the way it sounded and I used to practice saying it over and over again trying to get it right… 

eeek-will-ib-reee-um. Eek-wil-ibrium. Equilibrium!!

It wasn’t until years later, after walking past this familiar poster maybe 1000 times, I realised the poster was advertising for a yoga class.

What does Equilibrium mean then, I thought to myself?

Balance.

Huh, I like that.

Still no...

October 18, 2017

It is very easy for us to solely focus on the expectant mother throughout her pregnancy, she is the one who is carrying her baby for many months after all. It eats what she eats, drinks what she chooses to, keeps her awake at night, and when she finally manages to get comfy…POW…a nice big kick in the ribs to say “mummy, I’m still here you know, why have you decided to sleep? I want to play!”

So, although all the physical elements of pregnancy are happening to the mother, it is so exciting for the rest of the family emotionally. They get to see you...

October 9, 2017

I remember every week throughout my pregnancy, looking at the ‘what fruit is your baby?’ print out that I had stuck to the calendar in our kitchen. I was so excited about our little ‘blueberry’ when it was NYE, and then feeling astonished at the impending arrival of my ‘watermelon’ in the height of summer. I definitely did feel like I was carrying around a watermelon, that’s for sure.

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October 6, 2017

Most women will experience some sort of nausea or vomiting in their first trimester, but the name ‘Morning sickness’ is actually very misleading. It can happen any time of day or night, and can feel very slight or can completely take over throughout the whole day, leaving you feeling hungry, thirsty, and exhausted.

Morning sickness is a great sign that your pregnancy hormones are present in the body, and for most women these symptoms pass by 16 weeks of pregnancy.

If, however, you feel you are experiencing severe morning sickness and cannot keep fl...

October 5, 2017

Have you found out the sex of your baby? Are you going to?

Some friends and colleagues of mine thought I was bonkers not finding out the sex of my baby.

“Don’t you want to prepare everything before they arrive?”

Yes, of course. But that doesn’t have to be colour specific. The nursery was still built, the blankets were placed neatly over the cot, the nappies were stacked next to the changing table. Everything was still prepared in advance, and I was still bonding with my baby every moment of every day. The excitement of not knowing kept us all involv...

October 3, 2017

Long, relaxing breaths during labour increase oxygen levels to your uterus and for your baby, keeping them relaxed and content throughout your surges.

October 3, 2017

If your baby has been diagnosed as laying in a breech position and you want to know your options, then get your hands on this book! I found it after I gave birth to my breech baby (undiagnosed) and it really is fantastic in providing you with all sorts of unbiased information.

October 3, 2017

Nutrition is important throughout pregnancy. Remember to have a great variety of fruit, veg, carbs, dairy and protein. Mix it up to however best suits your lifestyle, even it that includes some scrumptious cake! You may find that you like to eat little and often as there is just no room left in that tum of yours! Remember: what you eat, your baby eats. 👶🏻 happy vegging out!! 🍉🥒🍊🍰🌽🍌🥕 #pregnancynutrition #pregnancy #antenatal#fruit #veg #cake #drinkplentyofwater

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