Pregnant ladies and new mums. Listen up - this is important.
You know that depression lies to you. You know it tells you untruths, half-truths and embellishes fear & worry.
It's funny that we spend so much time talking about the surges. ⠀
As if that is all that will be happening.
It is reported now that 1 in 10 adults has a fear of needles or blood. You do not need to be one of them.
This time is all about growth and you will marvel as your stomach swells..
Do you want to find out the sex of your baby? Because there is a fair chance that your sonographer will be able to tell you at this point. As one rather amusing sonographer said to me once...hamburger or snail?
The term Second Trimester describes the middle part of your pregnancy from months four to six.
Somewhere between 11-13 weeks you will be invited to have a scan of your baby.
The booking in appointment is when your maternity notes and care plan will be filled in and your notes then given to you to bring to further appointments.
Your first positive test. Such excitement. Perhaps you have been waiting for a long time to see this? Perhaps it happened so quickly you are feeling a little overwhelmed? Maybe you weren't even planning for this event so are staring at the stick in disbelief?
Where to give birth - Home, Midwife-led Unit, Obstetric Unit or Barn.
Here is the deal. You can give birth wherever you like…
Parenting is exhausting. And wonderful.
Worrying and uplifting.
The worst of you and equally the very best.
There is no one way to give birth. As you are individual so your labour will be individual.
Nobody talks about piles. Or would you rather call them haemorrhoids? I'm not really fussed either way. However, for many women they can become a real problem during pregnancy and post-birth.
The light from the street-lamps outside was lighting up her face and hair....and it hit me. It hit me so hard my breath caught. It is coming to an end. There is a point where this will stop.
I was talking about this with my oldest daughter the other day. The concept of just not engaging with people who only mean to rile you.
If you watch a labouring woman getting into a birth pool you can clearly see why water births are so popular. The whole body, from the head down, softens....relaxes...releases. There is a long sigh.
How did it happen? When did it happen?
The birth partner was resigned to being just a hand.
A hand that would be held hard. Very hard.