Category pregnancy

Mum World – Part One

Despite the fact that you are now pretty much ready to pop, that there are little elbows and knees tickling (make that breaking) your ribs, and you’ve even got a pile of nappies ready to be filled, you might be wondering how you’re ever going to b…

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The Blooming Blues

The prevalence of postnatal anxiety and depression is being increasingly recognised, and services set up to support women after birth (although there is still much improvement to be made). However, antenatal problems remain largely a silent afflic…

In It Together

We exist in a society where women are often presented in extreme contrasts – the Madonna vs whore, high-heeled boardroom dragon vs bedraggled hippy mum, pumped up Jordan vs minimalist Posh. As you begin to get your head around your changing shape,…

Without Walls

As your bump grows it can sometimes feel that it is creating a barrier between you and those around you. While some will watch in awe and excitement as the life within you becomes increasingly visible, you may notice that others become distant as …

Invasion of the Body Snatcher

From the time y ou become pregnant, your body undergoes many changes, both expected and otherwise (who knew about that incessant itching as your skin stretches?) You may begin to feel a little like someone else has taken charge, and you’ve become …

Loss

As pregnancy progresses, you also begin to face the prospect of the loss of a baby which is already developing an identity and personality in your mind. Miscarriage, defined as the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks, affects 15-20% of all p…

The Space Within

The workings of the female body have often been seen as somewhat of a mystery, and no more than during pregnancy when you’re left wondering what on earth is going on in there. The day of your first scan at around 12 weeks is not just a chance to c…