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Prepping to Pop – 3 Top Essentials for Your Go-Bag

*Collaborative Post

Are you ready to welcome your new little bundle of joy? Preparing to give birth isn’t only about getting your nursery room dressed and Instagram-ready – the delivery itself can be a major event that calls for unique readiness. So aside from the cost and your doctor’s delivery plan, you also need to make sure you’re ready to respond when those contractions kick in. Continue reading “Prepping to Pop – 3 Top Essentials for Your Go-Bag”

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C-Section Versus VBAC

This is a post I have been meaning to write for so long now. Having had an emergency c-section with my first child and a VBAC with my second, I wanted to get down in the blog the differences and how I felt about them both and why.

Now, I have covered both stories in previous posts. Jake was born via an emergency c-section on Christmas Day and you can read all about that birth story here. William was born 8 weeks early Continue reading “C-Section Versus VBAC”

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Why I’ve Never Written A Birth Plan And Never Will

When I was pregnant the first time around I remember being asked quite early on to write out my birth plan. I recall looking at the midwife and telling her that whatever happens, happens. She replied with that I needed to at least write something down as a guide so I simply put ‘do what is needed‘. Thing is, I’m a realist. I know things in life don’t always go as expected, I know that setting up a huge plan can end in disappoint if something changes and I wanted to keep an open mind about the labour and birth. Continue reading “Why I’ve Never Written A Birth Plan And Never Will”

why there needs to be more awareness of group b strep

Why There Needs to be More Awareness of Group B Strep

Group B Strep.

It’s one of those words I remembered hearing during my first pregnancy but it wasn’t ever something I asked more about and it certainly wasn’t something that was ever explained to me. As that pregnancy was straightforward I had no concerns that the next would be any different… I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading “Why There Needs to be More Awareness of Group B Strep”

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How To Stay Healthy During Your Pregnancy

The way you take care of yourself while pregnant plays a vital role in determining if you will have complications in the course of the pregnancy and during delivery, and more importantly, the health of your baby.

Many myths abound about what’s good and bad for a pregnant woman, the foods you should eat and which ones you should avoid, but you the guiding principle should be what’s bad for you is worse for your baby. Also, remember that the baby’s immune system is weak and you should, therefore, watch what you feed them through your own foods. Continue reading “How To Stay Healthy During Your Pregnancy”

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How to Avoid Pelvic Floor Damage During Pregnancy

It brings unparallel excitement but for many women, it brings dread and fear too but the process of giving birth is a rewarding one, no matter how you do it.

In the western world, medical research and experience now mean pregnant women have access to much improved medical care when pregnant, during the birth and after.

But there are medical experts who believe that medical during and after pregnancy is lacking in one subject: pelvic floor health. Continue reading “How to Avoid Pelvic Floor Damage During Pregnancy”

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Ways to prepare for your baby’s arrival

Preparing for your new arrival can feel incredibly daunting (and expensive!) – especially if it is your first baby. The main thing is to not panic or stress yourself out. To help you prepare for your baby’s arrival, it is worth getting everything in check over the course of 9 months to help ease the transition into ‘Mum mode’, giving you more time at the end of your pregnancy to put your feet up. Continue reading “Ways to prepare for your baby’s arrival”