c-section · Exercise · Health

Exercising after a c-section 

It’s now nearly five months since I had my second c-section and I’m slowly re-introducing some exercise. I’ve found it quite tricky to know the best things to do after a caesarean – you don’t really get any advice after you’ve had one, you’re just left to get on with it. It’s a bit weird… Continue reading Exercising after a c-section 

Health · Mental Health

World Mental Health Day 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day today and a chance for us all to help break the stigma. Nearly all, if not all of us, will struggle at some point in our lives with a mental health issue. In fact, it really should be a given throughout our lives that we get the support and knowledge… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2017

Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy Loss

Babyloss Awareness Week 2017

I’m resharing a post from back in April last year on talking about early pregnancy as we head into Babyloss Awareness Week tomorrow. It’s important we break the silence.  For events to mark this special week, take a look at the Miscarriage Association website here. ———————————————— One of the many excellent points made when Tommy’s… Continue reading Babyloss Awareness Week 2017

birth · Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy after loss

Getting caught up in process, not progress

With Birth Trauma Awareness Week having taken place a few weeks ago and a bit of a hoo-ha about the pushing or not pushing (excuse the pun) of ‘normal’ births in the news recently (there is a great piece about it here), it seems apt that after another difficult birth experience for me second time… Continue reading Getting caught up in process, not progress

Health · infertility · Miscarriage · Research

Saying the right thing

Breaking the silence around miscarriage is a tough thing to do, and one of the problems is that many people feel awkward talking about the subject of loss with those that have experienced it, or are going through it, for fear of saying the wrong thing and feeling uncomfortable. It can also be hard for… Continue reading Saying the right thing

birth · family · Fourth Trimester · Health · Parenting · Perinatal Mental Health · Pregnancy after loss

It’s ok not to feel ok

I was debating posting this but in the end decided it helps to share, even if sometimes you feel you are shouting into an empty room.In the early days after having a baby, any mention of having down days immediately means people think you might have PND, and this discourages any talk of the times… Continue reading It’s ok not to feel ok

birth · Health · Pregnancy after loss

When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (Part 2)

Once I was transferred to the post natal ward, I was put into bay ‘B4’. That was what was written on my notes, and my name was not even noted down above my bed. The experience on the ward with my first son had been noisy and stressful so another request of mine had been… Continue reading When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (Part 2)

birth · Health · Pregnancy after loss

When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (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 When birth doesn’t go to plan…again (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

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