birth · Health · Pregnancy after loss

Birth: Part 1

He’s finally here. Gus Neil Whittle born at 7.27am on Saturday 10th June.  After quite a traumatic birth with my first son, I had hoped that this birth experience could be more positive. Here’s what happened (it’s quite a long story so this is Part 1): LABOUR AND DELIVERY I had always planned to try… Continue reading Birth: Part 1

Health · Pregnancy after loss

A waiting game

This week, I’m on countdown to the birth and I’m hoping that baby has turned as he was slightly back to back at my last midwife appointment. My firstborn was back to back, and it’s safe to say labour was absolutely excruciating with him pressing on my spine, but no-one had really discussed that position… Continue reading A waiting game

80s · Films · Poetry · pregnancy

80s films you won’t believe I haven’t seen

So my husband has been mocking me recently because of the long list of really popular 80s films I’ve never seen. So to keep myself occupied whilst I wait for baby to arrive, I decided to write a little poem all about it. I’ve not seen: Die Hard or Halloween Rocky or Rambo Any of… Continue reading 80s films you won’t believe I haven’t seen

Books · Health · Pregnancy after loss

Good vibes

I’ve finished reading The Positive Birth Book this week by Milli Hill. I’ve found it very useful in getting to know what I can ask for during labour and birth, and how to plan for different scenarios. I feel much better prepared now and am learning to understand that whatever happens, it’s not what but… Continue reading Good vibes

Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy after loss · Research

Checks and keeping measured

I had a small bleed last week, which freaked me out a bit. This was at the same time as having a hacking cough that kept me awake all night and ended up with me coughing up blood as well as having a four-year-old with gastroenteritis. Yeah!  I rang the maternity unit and they asked… Continue reading Checks and keeping measured

Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy after loss

Considering birth

I had a second obstetrician appointment recently to decide whether to try for a VBAC or have another c-section. I decided that I would go for a vaginal birth unless I go very overdue as I’m really not keen to be induced. I had a very prolonged first labour that never really got going. I… Continue reading Considering birth

family · Health · Pregnancy after loss

Banging your head against a brick wall (or pavement)

First off, it’s nice to start with my positive news. I had my 28-week midwife appointment this week, which went well. Everything was good with the baby and me, and I left feeling not too anxious. I’ve been using the Kicks Count app to monitor the baby’s movements, which is a great resource to help… Continue reading Banging your head against a brick wall (or pavement)