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Questions to ask your Midwife
Health & Fitness, Pregnancy
Questions to ask your Midwife
April 4, 2015 at 9:07 am 0
When you find out your pregnant, your mind will be overrun with questions. I know mine was! But it's important to make sure you feel relaxed and knowledgable about what is happening to you and what is going to happen to you, through this amazing process. So don't be afraid to ask questions! Write them down if you need to, so you remember to ask your midwife or GP. (more…)
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Should I drink during pregnancy?
Health & Fitness, Pregnancy
Should I drink during pregnancy?
April 2, 2015 at 8:55 am 0
Should I drink during pregnancy, is probably one of the first questions many mums-to-be ask when they find out they're expecting. I know it's something I've thought about a lot, pre and during pregnancy. Information and advice out there is conflicting and it seems that everyone has their own opinion (and are happy to share it with you!). It's quite a taboo subject and I feel there's a lot of judgement out there too. If I'm honest (and if you read my other blog HollyGoesLightly) I love wine! I mean I really do. It relaxes me, I enjoy it after work to de-stress, I enjoy a bottle with hubby in front of a good film, I enjoy it while catching-up with friends and I love drinking good wine with good food. So when I used to think about falling pregnant and what I'd do, I always assumed that I would have the occasional glass here and there during pregnancy. And I certainly have never judged mums-to-be that do have the occasional glass. But then I fell pregnant and all the usual anxieties about having a healthy baby came flooding in. I therefore decided pretty quickly that I wouldn't drink at all through my pregnancy. Not for any particular reason at that point, other than I didn't want there to be any reason for our baby to not be 100% healthy. I also knew that if anything were to go wrong, I'd blame myself for having that drink. And in honesty, I don't really see the point in just drinking one glass! I've never really been able to just have one glass, so have found it easier to have none at all. Then I watched an interesting documentary on BBC about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which made me feel a bit more strongly about not drinking during pregnancy. To cut a long story short, it was a look into why England as a country don't recommend to refrain from drinking during pregnancy, like other European countries do and like the USA and Canada do. Instead, the NHS recommends that if you do drink, it's no more than 1-2 units per week. But with smoking, we're told 100% not to during pregnancy, so why is it different for drinking alcohol? It seems because medical studies are still fairly limited and I guess as a culture, we like a drink. But this documentary revealed evidence that says that a foetus can suffer adverse affects when the mother drinks and there were adults and children who had been diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which is a direct result of their mothers drinking during pregnancy. So I found it hard to ignore those facts and although not everyone that has the odd drink during pregnancy damages their baby, drinking does increase the risk of adverse affects on the developing foetus. Personally this is enough for me to avoid it but I think more needs to be done to educate expectant mothers as to the potential dangers of drinking while pregnant, rather than it being the sort of laissez faire approach we have in this country. If you'd like to know more about FAS, here's an interesting resource from Drink Aware.   
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Starter Kit
Parenting, Pregnancy, Reviews
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Starter Kit
March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am 0
Now I'm past the 5 month mark, I've started to shop for bits, picking up bargains as and when I see them. I don't want to get everything right away and have nothing to enjoy over the next 4 months, but I also don't want to be in a mad rush on maternity leave trying to get things.  (more…)
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The 20 Week Scan
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
The 20 Week Scan
March 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm 0
The 20 week scan, also called the anomaly scan, has been the single most magical moment of our pregnancy so far. It seemed like a lifetime since the 12 week scan (even though we had two!) and we were both so excited to meet our little foetus again. I didn't have the same anxieties as I did for the first scans, so it was altogether a more pleasurable experience. (more…)
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Grapefruit in the morning
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Grapefruit in the morning
March 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm 0
Yay! I finally have a bump worth writing home about and I'm so happy. Does that sound really silly? I should probably be glad that at Week 19, I still haven't put on a single lb, but I was starting to feel like Mother Nature was depriving me of that all important signature of pregnancy...the perfectly rounded bump. But, as if by magic, one has sprouted up almost overnight! (more…)
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My sweet baby is a sweet potato
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
My sweet baby is a sweet potato
March 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm 0
My pregnancy weeks 17 to 18 saw a bit more growth to my bump, but not quite as much as I expected. Although I'm not sure if this is just because I'm looking at it every day, so not really noticing the changes. Appetite is still there but I'm not eating loads like I know some mums-to-be are at this stage. Trying to be as balanced as possible, but do find I'm enjoying carbs and stodge most, so am trying to make a concerted effort to eat more fruit and veg. (more…)
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Fetal Doppler – Hear your baby’s heartbeat
Pregnancy, Reviews
Fetal Doppler – Hear your baby’s heartbeat
March 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm 0
I think all hospitals are different, but at our antenatal appointments, we weren't able to listen in to our little bean's heartbeat. Some of my friends were able to at their scans, so I presume it comes down to equipment at each hospital (and good ol' NHS budget). Me being me, a bit of a worrier, I felt like we were missing out on this important part of pregnancy. It also seemed a lifetime between the first scan and the 20-week scan. So we thought we'd go online to see if we could buy our own fetal doppler - ie a piece of equipment to listen to our baby's heartbeat.  (more…)
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Avocados are good for you
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Avocados are good for you
March 7, 2015 at 10:46 am 2
I've started to notice some significant growth in the little bump area this last 2 weeks - which I'm super happy and relieved about. I had started to feel like nothing much was happening or changing and was even a little bit envious of other mums-to-be at this stage who seemed to have bigger bumps then me (silly I know!).  (more…)
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That’s peachy!
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
That’s peachy!
February 16, 2015 at 9:15 am 0
This week has been a bit of a non-event really. I haven't really been feeling any different and there's not been much change in my body - in general, everything seems to have settled down. (more…)
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5 questions from expectant mothers
Pregnancy
5 questions from expectant mothers
February 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm 0
When we find out we're pregnant, so much runs through our heads...numerous questions! Here are 5 questions that seem to be asked by lots of expectant mothers: 1. What is safe to eat? This is probably one of the first and most important questions an expectant mother will ask. As a rule of thumb, a balanced and healthy diet is of course best. But there are a few things that pregnant women should avoid altogether, including:
  • unpasteurised cheese
  • uncooked or raw meats/fish and pates
  • raw eggs
  • alcohol and caffeine is also best avoided
Here's a useful resource of foods to avoid.   2. Can I drink coffee? According to current research, it is safe to drink up to 200mg of caffeine a day. That's about 2 of your average cups of coffee.   3. How much weight will I put on? Weight gain in pregnancy varies from person to person. On average, most expectant mums put on approx 12kg (or 27 lbs) during their pregnancy. Your midwife will keep a note of your pre-pregnancy weight and BMI and should monitor it throughout to make sure you're on track. This weight-gain estimator gives you a good indicator of what to expect.   Mother care ad - Pregnancy Blog | DribbleBlog   4. How many appointments will I have? This will vary on your condition and whether you're deemed a "low risk pregnancy" or not. On average in the UK, for your first pregnancy, you'll have approx 10 appointments. They key ones being your booking appointment, first scan, 16-week appointment and 20-week scan. They then happen monthly from thereon and fortnightly nearer to your due date. This resource from the NHS is really useful.   5. When should I tell work? Legally, you have to tell your employer that you're pregnant by the 15th week before your baby is due. It's a personal decision for all. Some find it helpful to tell work sooner rather than later, so that people understand why you might be out of sorts and so you can receive extra support. Some prefer to leave it until much later. Either way, make sure you are ready and that you approach the subject in a thought-out way. The majority of people wait until their first scan and then feel comfortable to make the announcement.   Of course these are just 5 out of 100s of questions and I'll be featuring lots of different Q&As on Dribbleblog. What did you ask when pregnant?
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