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Holly Wood

Breastfeeding Nutrition with Freida’s Pantry
Health & Fitness, Reviews
Breastfeeding Nutrition with Freida’s Pantry
October 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm 0
If you are breastfeeding your newborn, you will have been told numerous times that your diet and nutrition are as important as ever. You burn an additional 500 calories per day when you breastfeed, so it is important to keep your calorie intake up, but with the right foods. As a new mum, you need a nutritious and balanced diet, but we all know how hard it is in those first few months to fit in time to make breakfast, let alone think about exciting things to cook and snack on. The guys at Freida's Pantry make this a whole lot easier for you.  (more…)
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The Sweep during Pregnancy
Parenting
The Sweep during Pregnancy
August 10, 2015 at 9:05 am 0
What an expression?! "The Sweep". It's not exactly something that most women want to discuss in reference to their cervix and membranes surrounding their babies is it? But there may come a time during the latter stages of your pregnancy, where your midwife or obstetrician may suggest that you have the sweep, to help encourage the onset of labour. This happened to me, when during a scan, they spotted extra fluid round our baby, or Polydramnios. What is "the sweep"? The sweep or "membrane sweep" is carried out by an obstetrician and is usually the first step taken to induce labour. It is seen as the most natural method of induction and involves the obstetrician inserting their finger into the vagina, during an internal examination, in order to feel the opening of the cervix. He or she will then gently but firmly sweep the opening of the cervix with their finger, to try and separate the membranes of the amniotic sac from the opening of the cervix. This is done to release a hormone called prostaglandin and hopefully encourage the onset of labour. Why the sweep? Having a sweep may be recommended for many reasons, but essentially it increases the chances of labour starting within 48 hours. Your obstetrician may not wish for you to go overdue with your pregnancy or there may be circumstances in which an induction is deemed necessary and a sweep is the first step taken. A sweep has a higher chance of working if your cervix is already ripened, which is usually around your due date. This is because your body is already naturally getting ready for labour, so the sweep just acts as a trigger. Therefore not all sweeps are successful and you may be asked to go in again for another one, or your obstetrician may discuss other methods of induction if deemed necessary. How does it feel? If you've had an internal examination or a smear test, then you'll be familiar with that sort of discomfort which is felt during. It shouldn't be painful, but it is uncomfortable. You will likely be asked to lie back on the bed, put your feet together and let your knees drop open and outwards, so that your legs are far apart. You may be asked to make a ball with your fists and prop them under your bottom (which helps with the angle). The obstetrician will then insert their fingers and the whole process shouldn't last more than 30 seconds or so. It is important to try and relax and to concentrate on your breathing during a sweep, as this will help (think of it as practice for labour). What else? There is no increased risk of infection due to having the sweep (which is why you won't have it done after your waters have broken). You may find that you feel a bit hormonal or emotional after the sweep. This is due to not only the procedure itself, but the release of hormones and of course the psychological impact. So don't be surprised if you feel a little teary that day. It is likely that your obstetrician will discuss the sweep with you if you go over your due date. If you are offered a sweep, you can always decline. Here's a useful NHS resource on methods of induction. What were your experiences of the sweep?    
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Extra Fluid in Pregnancy – Polyhydramnios
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Extra Fluid in Pregnancy – Polyhydramnios
August 8, 2015 at 9:13 am 0
In the third trimester of my pregnancy, our midwife had a suspicion that baby was breech, which led to us keeping an eye on bubba more closely and scheduling a scan at around 37 weeks to see if it had managed to get itself into the right position (ie head down). During this scan, we found out that baby had turned and was definitely heading in the right direction, but they also picked up a slight increase in fluid levels around the baby. The scan was effectively a growth scan, to check the size of the baby, as well as the position and during these scans, they measure the fluid levels. (more…)
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I carried a Watermelon
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
I carried a Watermelon
August 7, 2015 at 9:10 am 0
At last! I can say those words, a la Baby from Dirty Dancing..."I carried a Watermelon". I don't think I'll be gyrating on the dance floor with a Patrick Swayze-type any day soon though, as I feel massive! (more…)
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NCT Antenatal Classes
Pregnancy, Reviews
NCT Antenatal Classes
July 30, 2015 at 9:15 am 0
During your pregnancy (particularly if it's your first), you will likely be encouraged by your midwife or obstetrician to attend antenatal classes. Generally your hospital or birthing centre will run these and you usually attend towards the end of your second trimester or beginning of your third. You just have to remember to ask your midwife about how you register onto these. However, we found out about the NCT antenatal classes through a friend of ours, who highly recommended them. The NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is a charitable organisation, so you do have to pay for these classes, but we found they were well worth the money. (more…)
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Gro Egg – Review
Reviews
Gro Egg – Review
July 29, 2015 at 8:46 am 0
Something that many parents kept telling us to buy when we'd discuss essentials for our new baby, was a room thermometer. With the horrible subject of SIDS (cot death) on peoples' minds and ensuring that baby is always at the optimum temperature, it definitely seemed like an essential purchase. So I spent much of my maternity leave shopping online (or "nesting", as I liked to call it), much to the horror of my husband, when all these parcels kept arriving each day. And a product that kept coming-up in search engines and twitter feeds, was the Gro Egg room thermometer. (more…)
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A wee Cabbage
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
A wee Cabbage
July 28, 2015 at 9:46 am 2
During weeks 29 to 35 of pregnancy, your little baby is roughly the size of a cabbage (give or take). And you'll likely notice another growth spurt as your baby puts on layers of fat and gets a tad chunkier. Lots went on for me during weeks 29 to 35 of my pregnancy, including having low iron levels, being told the baby was breech, going on maternity leave and extra fluid being found around the baby. All is well, but here's what happened... (more…)
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Antenatal Appointments – Third Trimester
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Antenatal Appointments – Third Trimester
July 28, 2015 at 8:57 am 0
Once you reach the third trimester, you'll have more frequent antenatal appointments (particularly if it's your first pregnancy), to monitor your bump's growth and listen in to your baby's heartbeat. These appointments may be with your midwife (like mine) or your obstetrician, depending on the care you've been receiving and whether your pregnancy is deemed "low risk" or not. After your 28 week antenatal appointment, you'll be likely to have an appointment at 31, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 41 weeks' pregnant (if you get that far). These appointments usually only last about 20 minutes and this is usually what happens: (more…)
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Maternity Photoshoot with Emmylou Kelly
Photo-shoots
Maternity Photoshoot with Emmylou Kelly
June 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm 0
Being pregnant is so precious and your body changes so much in such a short space of time, that I think a maternity photoshoot is the perfect way to capture that special journey. If you read my other blog HollyGoesLightly, then you'll know I'm into photography and when I fell pregnant, I knew that I'd want to have some photos to look back on. In steps Emmylou Kelly - an incredibly talented Lifestyle Photographer, based in Manchester. I met Emmylou about a year ago and we instantly hit it off. You know when you meet someone and you just click and are totally on the same wavelength? Being a mum herself, I knew instantly that she'd be the best person for the job of photographing me and my bump, in my home. I wanted to capture the special time of being pregnant, in a relaxed way, in the comfort of my own bedroom and Emmylou's style and approach made for a fun and comfortable shoot. We tried a few different outfits and I attempted to manoeuvre myself (and my bump) into a number of comfortable positions. We used natural light and soft fabrics and I'm so happy with the results. The soft focus makes for a dream-like feel and I know I'll look back on these photos fondly for years to come. At this stage, I'm 32 weeks pregnant. maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 14 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 12 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 3 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 2 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 15 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 13 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 4 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 11 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 9 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant window baby bump dribbleblog 6 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 5 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 8 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 8   maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 7 maternity photoshoot emmylou kelly pregnant baby bump dribbleblog 6   I'm planning another shoot soon with my hubby, as he's part of this special journey too of course! So keep your eyes peeled for maternity photoshoot round 2! I'd love to see your maternity photoshoots and feature them here on the blog. If you're interested, please leave a comment below or email me at holly@dribbleblog.com  
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This time next week I’ll be at BritMums Live
Parenting
This time next week I’ll be at BritMums Live
June 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm 0
So the hotly anticipated BritMums Live starts next Friday and I'm super excited to attend for the first time, representing 3 lovely brands too. My main sponsor is Baby Mori. My outfit is being provided by Tiffany Rose and I'll be wearing a stunning bracelet by Merci Maman Boutique...what a lucky blogger I am! I'm a bit apprehensive, particularly as I'll be 33 weeks' pregnant, but I'm sure I'll be in good hands. I thought I'd join in the linky so I can get to know some fellow bloggers before I arrive... Find Me @ BritMums (more…)
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