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Pregnancy

Extra Fluid in Pregnancy – Polyhydramnios
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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
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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
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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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A wee Cabbage
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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
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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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Antenatal Appointment – Weeks 25 & 28
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Antenatal Appointment – Weeks 25 & 28
May 28, 2015 at 9:37 am 0
Once you've had your initial antenatal appointments and the excitement of the 20-week scan, it seems a while until you get to meet your baby again. In fact, in the UK, most couples' next appointment with the midwife or GP will be at 25 weeks pregnant. (more…)
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What to pack in your Hospital Bag
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What to pack in your Hospital Bag
May 26, 2015 at 11:15 am 1
So at 29 weeks + 4, I'm starting to think about the whole labour part of pregnancy - kind of forgot that was a necessity to get the baby into this world (eek!). So naturally when thinking of labour, you naturally start to consider what to pack in your hospital bag. There's lots of lists online, which I've taken note from and have compiled my own here: (more…)
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The size of a Papaya
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The size of a Papaya
May 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm 0
Weeks 24 to 28 of pregnancy has been a mixed bag really. It's generally been fine but but I'm definitely starting to feel pregnant! I'm super excited now and can't wait to meet our little one and have about 3 months to go. My bump is growing, though I do seem to be smaller than some other mums-to-be and I've still only put on a few pounds, but I guess everyone is different. I just hope the little one is growing ok! I'll be sure to ask the midwife as I'll be measured this week for the first time so hopefully they'll give me some guidance. (more…)
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How do you like your eggplant in the morning?
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How do you like your eggplant in the morning?
April 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm 0
I was lucky enough to be on holiday during weeks 22-23 of my pregnancy, which turned out to be much needed rest and relaxation! My bump had a bit of a growth spurt and generally seems more rounded and full. People are definitely noticing now. It's a nice feeling to have a proper bump. The baby must be moving around a lot and my belly is fuller some days, so I guess this is due to the positioning of the little one.  (more…)
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It’s a Pomegranate!
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It’s a Pomegranate!
April 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm 0
Well this fortnight I've noticed that I'm energetic in the mornings, but struggling with long days and knackered in the afternoons. During weeks 20-21 of my pregnancy, I've also noticed that I'm tossing and turning more in my sleep, so presuming I'm not as comfortable. I occasionally get slight stiffness or cramp in my hips, so have to keep moving and my pregnancy pillow is really coming in useful. I also find that sometimes, subconsciously, I go to stretch out in my sleep and when I do, my tummy cramps a bit so I have to stop myself. I'm guessing this is because the muscles are stretching etc, but it's annoying when I'm half asleep and just fancy a good stretch! (more…)
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