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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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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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What to pack in your Hospital Bag
Pregnancy
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
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
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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It’s a Pomegranate!
My Pregnancy, Pregnancy
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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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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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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