Posts tagged motherhood
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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My beautiful birth story....

When I was having my first baby I was stuck at 6 cm and i got a fever, and this time i’m stuck at 3 or 4 cm and again 38C fever. The midwife told me this is how my body gives birth and its going to be alright. My husband helped me to go back into my Hypnobirthing flow and it worked. I let the contractions be and i did some positive thinking how my body would be open and soon I would cuddle my baby, at 9.00 I asked the midwife to check me again, still 4 cm…

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Ten tips from mama's on sleep!

Ten tips from mama’s on getting enough sleep in those early few weeks and months.

I recently put a post on Bumpnbub and asked mamas and papas for tips on how they get to sleep, stay asleep, prep for sleep and get enough rest. Here are the ten most popular answers for surviving those first few weeks/months with a newborn!

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Mumma Etc. swoon worthy Babywearing

What if we could simplify things a little bit. You know that feeling when your babe was tucked away in your tummy, safe from the world, it was just you and them? What if you could recreate that harmonious and simple feeling all over again? (Don’t worry, I am not suggesting another pregnancy or somehow getting your baby back into that belly)!

Let me introduce to a brand that does just that, and more: Mumma etc. This elegant, and minimalistic brand creates the most heavenly wraps that do just that. They create a cocoon of happiness and safety for you and your little one to enjoy this oh so precious time that is flying by!

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Ten tips Thursday #1

1) Listen to yourself more than others, there is such a thing as a natural instinct, so use it, You know best. 

2) Don’t compare your postpartum body to your pre-baby body. It's not the same no matter what, you grew a human!

3) Continue to show love for your husband, he helped create the baby too. 

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I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you... A story of miscarriage.

We cried….and I couldn’t believe this was happening to us. I went through every thought. I felt like my body failed you, I felt like I failed my husband, it was unfair. I waited this long to have you and in just an instant, that dream was taken from me. Will I ever be able to have you? Will this happen again? I don’t know if I can bear to go through trying to conceive again, feeling guilty that we lost you. I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you.

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Dear Anxious Mama ...

I know it is hard to get out of bed sometimes because sleep deprivation is pure torture and it has sucked out every ounce of energy you may have in you. I know this form of exhaustion all too well Mama, especially when my babies were first born. Sometimes it turns into a depression. I know you love being a Mama, but some days are just covered in clouds. It's okay Mama.

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Your picture perfect birth might not go as planned, & that is okay.

I walked in the NICU not long after, I remember feeling great after giving birth though. I entered room #5, surreal, this was the exact room our daughter was in. I walked up to his isolette & could barely see him, he was so covered. The doctor soon entered the room. She started in quite quickly and very matter of fact about the different "surprises" he was born with. He had many issues that were never once caught before birth, and because he had more than one issue she told me they would need to seek genetic's help and search for a syndrome.

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