Pregnancy Tips

Baby's First Christmas

Baby's First Christmas

As we countdown to the joys and delights of the festive season, the stress naturally begins to build, however much organisation and planning has gone into your pre-Christmas preparations. How much harder then, if you have a new born baby or one due this month – after the initial euphoria and the thrill or that very first cuddle along with the overwhelming love you feel for your little miracle, the reality starts to set in.

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Are baby shower gifts a new idea?

Are baby shower gifts a new idea?

It’s raining babies! Showers and showers of them if you can believe what the statistics are telling us. There has apparently been a massive surge in the number of parties being thrown to celebrate the impending birth of babies in the UK.  But before we blame consumerism from across the pond - with multi-national retailers tapping into the great American dream – it appears that pregnancy celebrations have been around for a lot longer than we think...

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First Movement, First Kick, First Time You Hear Baby's Heartbeat...

First Movement, First Kick, First Time You Hear Baby's Heartbeat...

First you feel that momentous first movement and immediately question it – was it baby’s first kick and did I really feel something?  Then you reflect on how it felt because you may not feel that little kick again for a while. Some mums-to-be describe that first flutter variously as butterfly wings, flapping, gas bubbles, growling stomach, twitches or even little fishes swimming. You won’t feel it consistently until baby gets bigger packing a more powerful punch so it’s not until the third trimester that you have to keep a daily count of baby’s kicks.

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Baby Scans, Ultrasound Scans, Gender Scans, 3D & 4D Scans.. Oh My!

Baby Scans, Ultrasound Scans, Gender Scans, 3D & 4D Scans.. Oh My!

During the 280 days of your pregnancy, you'll be offered a range of tests as well as routine ultrasound baby scans. They include urine, blood pressure and blood tests as well as screening for infectious diseases and gestational diabetes and are designed to help make your pregnancy safer and assess the development and wellbeing of both you and your baby. You don't have to have any of the tests – it's your choice and you can discuss this with your maternity team.

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Choosing A Baby Name

Choosing A Baby Name

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." So says Romeo Montague when he falls in love with Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare's lyrical tale of "star-cross'd" lovers doomed from the start as members of two warring families. And we know exactly what he meant - the name of a certain something is far less important than the quality of that certain something.

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Designing A Nursery For Your Precious Bundle

Designing A Nursery For Your Precious Bundle

So it’s been confirmed – you’re pregnant and your dream is to become a reality, 40 weeks or so down the line! Exciting times ahead and the days will pass so quickly with so much to do but where to begin? Aside from all the appointments, dietary changes, and fitness regimes you are scheduling you will also want to start to think about designing a nursery for your precious bundle.

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Sally's Top Pregnancy Tips

Sally's Top Pregnancy Tips

Times change and with it advice – everyone from health visitors and midwives to pregnancy forum subscribers and influencers have a slightly different view on how to chart a successful course through the 40 weeks ahead and beyond! It can be daunting wading through all the do’s and don’ts out there, so with the help of my daughter-in-law Sally, now five and a half months into motherhood, we have put together some pregnancy tips which she found useful.

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