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To Induce or not to Induce

It’s the ninth month and quite frankly, you’ve had enough. The due date is so close yet so far. The back pains associated with the weight of your bump, the Restless Leg Syndrome that puts you through hell every night, the Sciatic pain (I mean, what even is that?) that lingers like a bad smell, and let’s not even get started on the bladder problems, are all truly sucking the life out of you. But don’t worry. I was in the same boat. Pretty much every woman is at this point. You just want the baby out. And of course, there is the underlying constant of not being able to contain the excitement of meeting your little one. But should...

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The Labour List

Lucky for me, when it came to packing for the labour I had a fabulous new mum (the lovely Hafsah Ahmed) give me the low down on what was needed. And believe you me, it’s more than the skimpy lists you see online. Forget labour bag, what you’re packing is essentially a suitcase. To make this a bit easier, I’ve split the list Hafsah gave me into Must Have Essentials (which will be in bold), and then Comfort Items that you and baby can do without. I advise mums to print this list out and tick off the items whilst going along! Mum Maternity pads Disposable briefs Breast pads Button down PJ shirt for breastfeeding Breastfeeding cover for when/if visitors...

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Do's & Dont's

I’m not really the writing type, but I’ll give it a go. What I’d like to touch on for this particular piece is etiquette – the rules and etiquette of visiting a new mother and her baby. People might question why I have chosen to address this topic in particular, and the answer is fairly simple – because it needs to be done. Its clear that new mums find it hard to voice how they feel for fear of offending, and I say that because I’ve seen it. I’ve seen my wife bite her tongue again and again (literally), so as to not say something that might be interpreted in the wrong way, so I’m going to do it for her. For...

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Surprises & Symptoms

So you find out you’re pregnant. You’re over the moon! You’re bursting at the seams with uncontainable joy, and you can’t wait to tell loved ones. But little do you know. Little do you know that this initial pregnancy ecstasy will evaporate momentarily, and you will embark on a journey that vaguely resembles a swirling vortex of terror. Now don’t get me wrong, I was elated when I found out I was expecting, but as soon as the first trimester hits its good bye to those rich, spicy meals, and hello to bland soups and sleepless nights. Here I’ll go through my experience of each trimester in order to give expectant mums a feel of what may come. But do...

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