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When I was expecting, I suffered a lot with foot and heel pain during pregnancy as well as swelling in my feet and legs.  If you are looking for heel pain relief or you are experiencing swollen ankles, then I’ve got some great tips for helping you manage foot pain during pregnancy. Firstly lets talk about why you might be experiencing foot and heel pain.  There are potentially a couple of factors here.  The weight gain caused by pregnancy can effect your centre of gravity and cause you to change how

Right guys, you gotta help me out here.  I’ve been having some really crazy thoughts recently.  Some of my friends have been showing off their gorgeous newborn babies, and oh my word, it’s making me feel broody.  It’s completely insane, as rationally the thought of going throw another pregnancy is just too much like hard work.  Having a 3 year old and a 1 year old is also hard work, but it is getting easier.  Throwing another baby into the mix would just be ludicrous. If you were reading this

Since I’ve been back on the Mummy circuit, I’ve heard a lot on first time Mum’s talk about their fear of labour and giving birth.  It’s completely natural to feel this way as you’ve not been through it before.  I’d even say it’s pretty common to feel a little nervous even if you have had children, because until you get to hold your baby in your arms, you still worry about everything going OK. There’s lots of things you can do to prepare for labour, and reduce your fears and anxieties

Every now and again, I get contacted about a product that gets me really excited.  It’s always something that strikes me as a little bit different, that would make a unique and special gift.  Those kind of products don’t come along everyday. The lovely Kerri got in touch to tell me about these wonderful journals and asked me if I’d like to take a look.  From the off I was really interested to find out more about From You To Me.

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent the Cantaloop Nursing and Pregnancy Tank Top to review for the blog.  I really like Cantaloop maternity lingerie and have already tried out their nursing bra which I love. The Cantaloop nursing tank top is suitable for both pregnant and nursing Mums and it’s definitely something I would have used when I had a bump. The first thing to say is that the breastfeeding top is super comfortable.  I literally did not know I was wearing it it fitted so well.  There

If you read my gratitude post last week you’ll already know I’m not very consistent. It’s a skill I long to possess but continues to elude me after a period of time.  I’m pleased to say those periods of time are getting longer, so that is progress, right?  I think we all have a trait we long to have that we think might make us a better person, or maybe there’s a few? I’ve not posted in Thinking Thin for a while, because I have been so busy losing weight

  So, this week saw our 3rd wedding anniversary.  Woohoo!  There was a time when I didn’t think I was ever going to be married, let alone enjoy 3 years of it.  It’s totally crept up on us as we have the baby to keep us busy who is only 3 weeks old.  As she is constantly attached to Mama Cow even getting out to get a card is a challenge, so here is my gift to you dear husband, a gushy blog post.  I’m sorry, it was the best I could

Heartburn has plagued me in all 3 of my pregnancies in varying degrees.  I don’t know about you but that annoying acid burning sensation creeps up from the back of the throat and always seems to be worse at night.  It must be something to do with lying down.   When Gaviscon contacted me about writing a post about their products, it seemed a good time to find out why heartburn is so common in pregnancy and it seems it’s another thing we can put down to all those hormones

This week I became 37 weeks pregnant.  Woohoo! Doing the Full Term Pregnancy Shuffle right now!  There have been times when I have really worried about getting this far.  I’ve had a tough time unfortunately, which has robbed me in part of being able to feel happy and relaxed about this pregnancy.  Physically, my body has struggled, suffering from pelvic girdle pain from 14 weeks and feeling like death in the early months.  I also experienced a great deal of stress that I was just too sensitive to cope with

Right!  It’s the home straight, as hard as this pregnancy has been the end is very much in sight.  I need to shake all this worry and anxiety off, as it won’t help for the task ahead and it’s not doing me any good anyway.  I need to have more faith, I’ve done this before and everything will be OK!   I saw the midwife last week, and there are still traces of sugar in my wee.  Great!  No Easter Eggs fro me then.  She mentioned going back to the

This is week 29 of a difficult pregnancy.  This week has been very a difficult week! I’m sure I’ve had more pins in me than a pin cushion!  My resilience is pretty low any way, so going through the mill lends itself for an unsettled time all round.   First it was the midwife, with that viscous Anti-D jab.  She assured me it had been out of the fridge for a while and wouldn’t sting quite so much.  It STUNG!  And she wanted blood!  Enough already I thought.  But what

This pregnancy has been pretty rubbish really.  Since 14 weeks I’ve suffered with pelvic girdle pain.  It’s been pretty uncomfortable, and even more immobilising.  I’ve also suffered from a significant amount of stress during this pregnancy.  With all this combined with the pitfalls of having my 3rd child at 38 I just do not feel as centred or relaxed as I have been with my previous pregnancies.  I have to admit I’ve started to worry about the effects this could have on labour and delivery, so I’ve decided I need

I’m sorry I didn’t tell you we were going to try for another baby.  I get that this hurt you, but to be honest I don’t think I knew how to tell you.  Our lives are so different, I wasn’t sure how you’d take it or that you’d be happy for me. I’ve really wanted to talk to you about it when you found out, but I know you’ve got a lot on right now. Ignoring me isn’t helping anyone though. It’s been really hard not having you around.  Having

I first experienced pelvic girdle pain in the 3rd trimester of my second pregnancy.  If you’ve experienced it I know you’ll get how painful it is, and how frustrating it can be!  A short walk to the shops is quite literally a step to far.  My husband refused to go to the supermarket with me as I couldn’t get past 2 aisles.  Needless to say we discovered online shopping!       I kind of expected some aches and pains, being 37 and not as fit as I could be. 

If you’ve read How I Prepared For Labour & Having My First Baby, you’ll probably already know  I left a bit of a gap between my first and second child.  I would definitely call myself an older Mum this time round at the age of 37.  My son is now 16 years old, 6’2”, size 12 shoe and a far cry from the 6lb 12oz squidge that arrived in December 1997.  Let’s just say that I didn’t want to rush into anything when deciding to have a second baby.  That’s

Now that I’m having my third child, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my first experience of labour and giving birth.  Being a parent really encourages reflection, and we learn from our first experience of giving birth in the hope our next labour will deliver a safe and happy baby too. I have been fortunate that neither of my previous experiences of giving birth were negative. The labours were very similar in some respects, but not all women experience similar deliveries. My son was born in 1997, I

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