To do list for the final month of pregnancy

It’s the final countdown to your due date, at last! If you’re anything like me you’ll feel much better if you can get on and organise your life in these final weeks so that you…

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To the pregnant mum with a toddler

Right now you’re wondering what on earth you were thinking. Yes, you love your toddler more than words can describe, but every time you think about adding a newborn baby to the mix you need…

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20 things pregnant women need to know about the third trimester

The third trimester of pregnancy is an exciting but also totally exhausting time. You’re in the final countdown for the baby’s arrival and there’s so much to look forward to. But you’ve still got quite…

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20 things pregnant mums need to know about the second trimester

You’ve made it through the first three months of your pregnancy, but what do you need to know about the second trimester? It’s a time of more dramatic changes to your body as your bump…

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20 things pregnant mums need to know about the first trimester

Women have a lot to cope with during the first trimester of pregnancy. A lot is going on inside your body as it grows and nourishes the tiny life inside of you. It’s pretty amazing…

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50 things expectant mums need to know before having a baby

Having a baby is fun, beautiful and life-changing. But it’s also a huge upheaval. Nothing can really prepare you, but it’s good to have an idea of what to expect. These are the 50 things that…

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The real phases of labour

If we can blast human beings into space – where there is no oxygen or gravity – in a tin can and bring them back down again safely, why haven’t we made birth any easier?…

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NEWS: British mums-to-be among world’s worst for causing harm to baby by drinking

Pregnant mums in the UK are among the world’s worst for harming their unborn baby by boozing. A study found four times more British children suffer alcohol-related birth defects than the global average. The UK…

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Essential guide to staying in hospital after having a baby

Everyone always talks a lot about what labour is like and what to do once your baby is home. But there’s not much said about the 24 hours or more you may end up spending…

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NEWS: Baby boxes to be given to Scottish mums

Cardboard boxes that can be used as a crib for newborns are to be delivered to new mums in Scotland from today. The boxes also contain a mattress, clothes and books. The Scottish government says…

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The hospital bag: What you need & how to pack it

Have you started packing your hospital bag yet? Worried about how you’re going to fit everything in, and if you’ve got everything you need? Don’t  worry, I’ve got you covered! After having two babies I…

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Midwives to end campaign for “natural births”

A campaign pushing for more mums to have natural births is being axed because it made women feel like failures. The official midwifery body says midwives will change the way they talk about childbirth to…

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When early pregnancy isn’t ‘normal’

What is normal? Is there any such thing? Certainly when it comes to pregnancy I’m sure it’s a bit of a fine line. It’s a question that I asked constantly when I was seven weeks…

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Taking vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriage, claims study

Miscarriages and birth defects could be prevented if mums-to-be take Vitamin B3, according to researchers. The team behind the study has hailed it as a breakthrough, claiming the ramifications of the study are “likely to…

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Birth plans: Do we really need them?

The midwife looked at me with sheer horror as I repeated myself. “You don’t have a birth plan?” She replied aghast, as if I had just told her our soon-to-be newborn would be sleeping in…

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