Pregnancy Posts

Recruiting Pregnant Women for Research Study

Recruiting Pregnant Women for Research Study

Would you like to take part in a research study? I'm looking for UK based pregnant women to take part in a research study exploring the emotional journey of pregnancy. I'm working with the University of Nottingham Psychology Department to collaborate on a research...

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Anxiety in pregnancy

Anxiety in pregnancy

Anxiety in pregnancy is currently estimated to affect around 15% of women. Through my work in supporting women in preparing for birth and pregnancy, anxiety is something that I see a lot and, dare I say, I think the numbers are probably higher. When women are feeling...

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I’m scared of birth – what can I do?

I’m scared of birth – what can I do?

Feeling scared of birth is very common and is not necessarily something to worry about. It’s a time of massive change so it’s normal for us to feel fear on some level. Fear gets a bad rep, but actually it's a good thing. Our fear is alerting us to possible danger and...

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Post Natal Depression – can we guard against it?

Post Natal Depression – can we guard against it?

Do you want to know one the main things I was obsessed with when I was pregnant? Post Natal Depression or PND. When I think back to my darkest days, I could barely keep myself going. The thought of being in that state AND responsible for a little human being was...

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Are you setting yourself up to ‘fail’ at birth?

Are you setting yourself up to ‘fail’ at birth?

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in birth failure ... or that you can 'fail' at birth. But that doesn’t stop women everywhere saying that's how they FEEL. It’s tragic. Nurturing a new baby into the world with a sense of birth failure looming above you is...

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How to prepare for birth disappointment

How to prepare for birth disappointment

When preparing for an upcoming birth, I always recommend preparing for more than one birth outcome. Two of these will inevitably include your preferred birth and your birth nightmare. In between both of these is a HUGE space that we can label as birth disappointment....

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What happens if you DON’T prepare for birth #truestory

What happens if you DON’T prepare for birth #truestory

Let me start by just getting this out the way. I’m NOT about laying on the guilt. At all. And this post is not a let-me-beat-you-into-guilty-submission kinda post. It’s more along the vibes of… here’s how things *could* go…. please listen and try not to repeat someone...

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The 3 things it takes for a natural birth

The 3 things it takes for a natural birth

So you want a natural birth? This is the kind of birth that lots of women say they want. But often, they might not fully appreciate what it takes to be able to make it happen. Beware of planning for a natural birth Now before I go any further i need to share with you...

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Do I need to do pregnancy classes?

Do I need to do pregnancy classes?

Are you wondering if you need to do pregnancy classes? I’d love to be able to give you a a YES or NO answer to this, but I can’t. Only you can judge whether you do. We are all starting our pregnancy journeys from different places and what’s right for one person could...

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How fabulous do you want your birth to be?

How fabulous do you want your birth to be?

This might seem like an odd question, but it’s one worth thinking about. What do you want from your birth? Some have a very straightforward aim for childbirth: to make it out the other side with a healthy baby. But what if you want more than that? What if you want a...

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