Body, Balance and Spinning Babies!

Pregnancy is tough. There’s no doubt about it. Physically demanding, mentally exhausting; about 280 days of being completely taken over by another entity so miraculous and incomprehensible, some days I don’t know whether to cry or laugh! It’s such a surreal experience that even when friends who’ve gone through the motions tell you all about…

My Pregnancy Essentials: Oils

Aside from my daily dose of Pregnacare, there are two products I’ve consistently been using of late and would highly recommend to anyone – pregnant or no! Living in a country with low sunlight levels most of the year, topped with cold, mizzly and windy days, it’s hard to get naturally glowing skin. Half of…

Third Trimester: Nearly there!!

I can’t believe how quickly time has gone! I’m already in my third trimester and the exciting yet scary ending into a new beginning is in sight. Not long to go! That’s all I hear. It’s mad that I only have at most nine or ten odd weeks left – if I go full term….

Raising a Child as Gender Neutral

Header Image Credit Love him or hate him (I personally love him!) first-time dad Russell Brand made a joke previously about not imposing a gender on his new child and how he’s going to ‘let it grow up to be whatever the hell it is.. and never tell it there’s such a concept!’ I chuckled…

A History of Depression…

Like millions of others on this planet I’ve a history of depression. It’s forever recorded in my medical notes; the dominant narrator of my past that has shaped the person I am today and for many years took over my life’s driving seat while I watched on somewhat numb and perpetually medicated. In a way…

Low lying Placenta – Cause for Concern?

While still riding high after my recent pregnancy scan, it wasn’t until several hours later at home that I remembered something the nurse had said twice during the procedure that promptly brought me down to earth with a ‘bump’. Considering this is my first pregnancy and I have no siblings with children or no mammy to…

It’s aaaaaaaaa…….FOOT!!

I had my second scan today and suffice to say neither myself nor my partner could wait to find out the baby’s sex. After all that!! As SOON as we entered the fetal assessment clinic the nurse asked if we had any questions before she began… ‘Can you tell the sex?’ I blurt out like an…

Sleeping on back dangerous when pregnant?!

I try to take everything I read on the Daily Schmail with a pinch of salt as it’s nought but an addictive, fear-mongering, women attacking rag. But when I saw this article I had to pay attention! The reason being, I’ve started to sleep on my back. I always slept and have only been comfortable…

To find out or Not to find out… that is the question!

I’ve got two weeks to wait until my next pregnancy scan… and I’m DYING to find out the baby’s sex. That was, until my partner let slip that he really doesn’t want to find out. Oh. We were at my cousin’s house for a curry night, and the topic of finding out the gender came up in…

Glucose Tolerance Test: What to expect!

I just received my second appointment *urgh* to get this test redone in a few weeks and suffice to say I’m not looking forward to it! Thanks to my dodgy bowels (Thank you coeliac disease!!), I’m at a higher risk of developing diabetes – and presumably gestational diabetes too, as I was called into the Obstetrics…

‘Skinny Shaming’ a pregnant chick…

This year – for the first time since I can remember – I didn’t spend my Halloween weekend fancy-dressed up and covered in fake blood, with back-combed hair and drink in hand while tottering around the pubs and clubs getting pissed as a fart. Nope, this weekend we decided to attend a Bump & Beyond!…

Honeymoon period – my ass!

So apparently the second trimester is when pregnant women are supposed to get relief from the hellish nausea, raging mood swings and general fatigue that ‘plagues’ the first few months of pregnancy – apparently. Did I miss the bus?! I’m lucky enough to have mostly avoided the fatigue thus far, but nausea and mood swings?…