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Becoming mum

Ouch! Postpartum joint pain

I’m too young to creak! At 31 I think of myself as reasonably young (though apparently I’m only 4 years away from being considered a ‘geriatric mother’ – jeez!) Despite this perceived youth, since giving birth my knees have become creaky and painful. I needed answers for why my knees were playing up. Maybe it …

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Why Isaac? Choosing my baby’s name…

What’s in a name? “What’s their name?” is often the first sentence new parents hear when they introduce their baby to friends and family. A name is so very important. It stays with the baby as they grow into adulthood and (hopefully!) for the rest of their life. There are so many factors to consider …

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Shout out to the midwives!

In these incredibly difficult and dangerous Covid-19 times every front line worker deserves our applause and huge respect. This includes the unbelievable everyday heroes that are midwives! I had an easy pregnancy, a lovely pregnancy, and didn’t need much support from community midwives (though every one I saw at antenatal check-ups was lovely). My true …

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Perils of prodromal labour

Before becoming pregnant (in fact before I was 40 weeks pregnant!) I had never heard of prodromal or ‘false’ labour before. I just assumed you had your contractions, your water’s broke (in either order) and bam you’re in labour and will welcome your bundle of joy in the next few hours! How wrong I was… …

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The big gender question…

To find out or not to find out? When expecting a baby one of the most exciting parts can be finding out whether you’re having a little boy or a little girl. According to research from 2001 reviewed in 2015, 58% of both men and women choose to find out the gender of their unborn …

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From Pregnant to Parent

… what I know now that I didn’t know then During pregnancy I read all the ‘childbirth’ and ‘pregnancy’ books going and I knew far more about the labour and pushing a baby into the world than how to actually care for it for the next 18 years! When baby did arrive many of my …

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