Secondary infertility, it’s a rocky path.

Heck it’s been a hell of a ride just to jump back on the ivf rollercoaster, and sometimes your terrified your being judged for the decision. The most overused line I’ve heard whilst attempting number 2 “be grateful you have madden” god thanks Susan, I didn’t know how long it took me to conceive my first child but thanks for the reminder, it’s such an unnecessary comment. 

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Baby Blues vs. Postnatal Depression:

Day 3 hits and you feeling like absolutely everything is falling apart. Your body is aching, your boobs are killing, and who on earth thought you could handle the huge responsibility of raising a human being?! Welcome to baby blues, where raging hormones, leaking milk, a screaming baby and torturous exhaustion feel like a rather large bus has just hit you. 

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GBS or Group B Strep? What does it mean?

BS or Group B Strep is a very normal bacteria that lives in the body. It is transient flora, which means it comes and goes in cycles. Normally, we would have no idea when it decides to stop by for a visit, as you’re unlikely to experience any symptoms or negative side-effects! Fast forward to your current pregnancy, when suddenly every tiny thing seems important and you’re hearing lots about GBS

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An unplanned homebirth in Kenya

Olivia came 8 days late. I had 2 sweeps and was starting to dilate (2cm). My OBGYN said if I didn't go into labour within 24 hours of the 2nd sweep I should be induced, which I wanted to avoid as I knew this would derail any hopes of having a drug-free birth. Thankfully (after a trip to the cinema and an Indian take away - so cliche), I went into labour that evening. 

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Are you in labour?

Are you in labour?

It’s got to be the most exciting question you have ever asked yourself: Is this it?! The moment I have waited 10 months for?!

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Birthing was the most amazing experience of my life!

I was so grateful to my midwife for giving me that moment. I could hear my mother saying how beautiful she was. It was amazing. The room was dim, my husband told the hospital nurse not to wipe her down, and we just laid there skin-to-skin, enjoying our very first moments together as mom and baby. She was wide awake, with the cutest pouty face I've ever seen!

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Mama, it’s okay to struggle.

Mama, it’s okay to struggle

It’s okay if all you did today was tend to your child and manage to run to the toilet once while your child was screaming. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t get the laundry done, clean the bathroom or prep for dinner. It doesn’t matter because you are laying down a foundation for a functional, well-put-together adult. You are superhuman and you don’t even know it. 

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Breastfeeding in Egypt

As a first time mum, you get so insecure! Especially in the situation I was in, I tried to make my daughter as comfortable as possible in this completely new environment. It started at day 1, I was told I breastfeed too much and that my baby needs water because “breastmilk is not enough” and her “brain will be damaged if I don't get her to drink water” and that “she is taking all my nutrition away which is unhealthy”.

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Tips for pumping mamas!

Here is some more information to help pumping that bit easier:

Skin to skin when possible:

Having your baby skin to skin with you, promotes the hormone oxytocin which helps your milk supply to regulate and increase. It also promotes bonding, regulates bubs temperature and heart rate as well as soothes and calms baby (as they are used to hearing your heartbeat).

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“Mama” wasn’t my first name, but it’ll forever be my favorite! 

I had an amazing pregnancy experience to say the least. None of your typical symptoms such as morning sickness (yuck!). However, I was 100% convinced I was carrying a boy. I had that gut feeling, what I thought was a “mom instinct”, but boy was I wrong!! On August 25th,  2018 we found out we were having a baby GIRL! Saying we were shocked is an understatement. I was ecstatic! From that second on, we’ve been all about big bows, sparkles, glitter, and everything pink!! I finally got my “mini me”. 

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Benefits of breastfeeding:

Bonding between mum and bub

Each time you breastfeed, your body releases the hormone of love ‘oxytocin’. Its the same hormone that’s released when you fall in love, go into labour and orgasm! Handy hormone. Have your baby so close to you, creates a bonding environment for you and your baby.

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This is the birth story of Adelaide 

We were going to have a baby today!! I called my midwife and mom and dropped my eldest daughter off at my aunt and uncles place. When we arrived at the birth centre it was 4 pm, I was 3cm dilated and every time I contracted, more water came out (so much water!!) I tried different labour positions, all of them involved being on my feet or on my knees over the birth ball. I tried using the hypnobirthing technique and put myself into a meditative state while breathing threw the contractions, I felt everything! I felt her moving down and all the muscles working together.

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