With a wonderful daughter, I can wholeheartedly admit that life changes when you become a parent. But the first time around, it can certainly be an emotional and overwhelming journey to embark on. You have no clue what to expect and how you are going to handle things, and often the best advice is just to take each day as it comes and follow that maternal instinct.
Living With Birth Trauma
It’s been a while now since I last wrote about Erin’s birth and the fact that I was dealing with the aftermath of birth trauma and post natal depression. It’s actually not something I write too much about now but last month there was a birth trauma awareness week and I thought it was important to post something then so I did on social media. It got me thinking a bit though so I thought it was time for a bit of an update. Erin will be turning 4 in January and her birth is
6 Fantastic Female Fertility Facts
AD | Collaborative post Having a baby isn’t always easy. Did you know that an estimated one in six couples in Britain are actually affected by infertility? Many of them turn to private IVF treatment to help them conceive. Although support is available, if you’re planning to have a baby one day (even if you are already a parent), it’s worth understanding as much as you can about your own fertility. This might help improve your chances of a successful pregnancy in the future. The following infographic includes six fascinating facts to get you started; some
Should Bounty reps be banned from maternity wards?
Over the last week or so there has been a lot of talk in the media about Bounty Reps and whether or not they should be allowed on maternity wards and I have heard quite a lot of opinions on either side. Erin was born at 7:56am on 1st January 2016 after what felt like a really long induction (admitted on 30th December). I ended up having an emergency section and I don’t remember most of it. I remember being half awake in my room and having a couple of family members there. I also
Pregnancy Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore
AD | Collaborative post You’ll notice drastic body changes within the first few weeks of getting pregnant. This is the body’s reaction as it tries to adjust to the new being growing inside you. With time, these symptoms should persist and you should get more comfortable into the pregnancy. While there are pregnancy symptoms like nausea, mood swings, weight gain and food aversion you should expect, you shouldn’t ignore some warning signs during your pregnancy that could lead to serious complications for yourself and the baby. Most of these if detected early, can be easily
2 Years Smoke Free: The Battle To Quit
AD | Collaborative post Being completely honest here, I never thought I would ever be able to say that I was 2 years smoke free. At one point, I wasn’t ever sure that I would be able to say 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months smoke free. I stupidly started smoking when I was about 14 or 15 and was forever getting caught by by my mum but somehow I carried on. I think I only ever really started because I wanted to see if I could get served somewhere. There’s no way I
Recovering From Birth Trauma: 2 Years Later
If you’ve been following either here or on Facebook for some time now, you’ll probably know that Erin’s birth was pretty shit. In fact, my whole pregnancy was less than perfect and I hated near enough every day of it. I think it’s really important to talk about birth trauma. I don’t think I did enough talking about it after it happened and I let some things fester for month and months before I finally broke down and admitted that I needed help. Erin had stopped growing so my doctor at the hospital thought it
I Don’t Want Another Baby But…
I have written a fair few posts about the fact that I don’t want any more children. That hasn’t changed. I still want to be sterilised even though that isn’t an option on the NHS at the moment. Just recently I have seen so many people having babies or getting pregnant, whether that be with their first, second or third etc. There are babies everywhere. It really makes me think about some things and I don’t want another baby but… I feel pretty cheated about my pregnancy with Erin. Although we were actually trying to