I’ve written a post for the Maternity Matters website I co-edit, to support our #MyBirthMyBody campaign, raising awareness of issues surrounding postnatal body image along with those of bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth. I’d urge you to check out the amazing video featuring some brave c-section mums showing off their scars, and to read my post about perceptions of body image and how mums can accept their new ‘normal’.
We’d love to hear your experiences of the issues raised in the post – Tweet us @MaternityMattrs and use the hashtag #MyBirthMyBody to join the conversation.
So last week a couple of things happened that made me a little sad. One was that Jake, at 15 weeks old, was now wearing 6-9 month size clothes, causing me to bag up all his smaller bits he would no longer need. The other was that my not so little bundle of joy was… Continue reading the last firsts
I don’t imagine there are many women who give birth to a 10lb+ baby and emerge completely unscathed. Despite having the birth experience I had wanted in the birthing pool, the quick progress of my labour and sheer size of Baby Jake at 10lb 2oz meant that I would have a much tougher time of… Continue reading a difficult postnatal recovery… and moving on
So, I’ve had an eventful couple of weeks! Those following my blog and copious Tweets will know I was expecting our second baby boy, due to arrive on the 11th July. Of course the 11th came and went without incident and in my late pregnancy fatigue I resigned myself to an extended wait to greet… Continue reading welcome baby jake
This week’s Baby size as fruit or vegetable: Bunch of Swiss chard (who has EVER bought Swiss chard?) Pregnancy symptom of the week: Most importantly, no pre-eclampsia So now I’ve hit a milestone I wondered if I’d ever reach – passing the point in my first pregnancy when I developed pre-eclampsia and had to be… Continue reading 37 weeks: into uncharted territory
So now I’m on maternity leave, things are getting scarily real. There’s actually a baby on the way pretty soon! In between daytime TV property makeover shows and ill-advisedly watching old episodes of One Born, I’ve started ‘getting organised’ as best I can – and job one was packing the hospital bag (or bags as… Continue reading 35 & 36 weeks: packing ‘that’ bag and getting prepared
I’m proud to be engaged in the #MatExp (Maternity Experience) community on Twitter – a group of like-minded health professionals and parents with a shared passion for creating and seeing change for the better in our UK maternity services. It’s a stimulating and enriching community to be involved in, from both a professional and personal… Continue reading p is for photos and precious moments