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The Story of our Son – a very personal journey through Infertility by Dina Honour

As soon as I read this beautiful post by Dina Honour, the ex-pat, Copenhagen-based blogger behind Wine & Cheese (Doodles), I knew that I wanted to share it. The road to motherhood can be a difficult, lonely and long one and as Dina says “I honestly believe it’s important for people who have been through the experience to know that the trauma of it does fade, but more importantly no one should feel shame about the way they chose to start or grow their family. Women (and men to a degree) shouldn’t feel lessened simply because they may have needed help conceiving or indeed, may not have been able to conceive at all.” Here she shares her experiences of medicated IUI (inuterine insemination), pregnancy and the story of her son……

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How I Make it Work: Tara Lee, yoga guru

I first went to one of Tara Lee‘s yoga classes five years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Something of a yoga legend, Tara is the go-to girl for pregnancy yoga (she also teaches Mother and Baby yoga and Vinyasa Flow) with everyone from Rosamund Pike to Laura Bailey having gone to her classes. Celebrity clients are all well and good, but, there’s so much more to Tara than famous names and starry clientele. Her classes were a revelation to me and one of the most enjoyable things I remember about pregnancy. Every time I went (twice a week with my eldest child – first timer alert, and then a little less than I would’ve liked with my subsequent pregnancies) I left on a high feeling stretched, rested and very, very peaceful. She was wonderful, the exercises amazing and the music just perfect –  I can’t listen to Massive Attack without thinking of her! And so, I for one, am thrilled that she has a new pregnancy video out. I may not be with bump, but I urge anyone who is to try it out. I am also thrilled that Tara (a mother of two, trained doula and…

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Dressing the Bump: Part 3

By the time you get to your third trimester you will be craving comfort, support and anything which fits. (And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be pretty keen to “get this baby OUT” as my daughter puts it.) But you still don’t need to go crazy shopping (unless of course you want to and have limitless funds to do so – in which case, be my guest). Here’s my final instalment of dressing the bump rules.…

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How do you feel about your pregnant body?

Pregnant? Been pregnant? Contemplating round one (two, three or four)? Well then, let me ask you: how do you feel about your pregnant body? And how does your partner feel about it?…

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Dressing the Bump for the Glamour Awards

This week I faced an unexpected pregnancy style challenge: party dressing. Now, lest you think parties are a regular fixture in my diary, allow me to disabuse you of the notion. The odd dinner – yes; a work event at which I have to look the right side of chic- uh-huh’ parties – not so much. But this week was different, because it featured the annual celebrity spectacular that is the GLAMOUR Women of the Year awards.  (Yeah, my job is rubbish, I know….) And therefore a suitable dress for a seven-month-bump had to be found.…

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Miscarriage: You are not alone

I have friends it has happened to. Dear friends, who are – and will be, I hope – wonderful parents. So do you, I bet. Miscarriage is all too common – perhaps we know more about it because we speak more of it (certainly more than in my mother’s and grandmother’s day). The loss of a child, even at the earliest of stages, is so hard to bear: miscarriage is, as our writer,  Kate, 32, from St Albans, tells us, “invisible”, but no less painful. In this very honest account, she shares her story with us – and with you. We are deeply touched that she has chosen to tell it here – and very much hope that it will help you, your sister, your friends – anyone who has gone through the pain of miscarriage.…

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Whose birth is it anyway?

I’ve um-ed and ah-ed (mostly to long-suffering Alex) about writing this post. Probably because I know several people who willl heartily disagree with what I’m about to write – and my modus operandi tends to be pro-diplomacy and anti-boat-rocking. But sometimes, I tell myself, it’s good to stick your head above the parapet; also, I’m fascinated to hear your views on the subject of birth; and then this morning I was listening to the Today programme (pretty much the only acceptable accompaniment to the morning), and heard about the revised NICE guidelines – which suggest that first-time mothers with low risk pregnancies have their babies in midwife-led units (rather than consultant-led obstetric units) and for second-time mothers with straightforward pregnancies, a home birth may be just as safe as a birth in the unit. Interesting. And to my ears: slightly alarming (the word ‘may’ rings bells for starters).…

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The Pregnancy Survival Guide

Now this is a good idea: a website dedicated to all things pregnancy-related – which tackles pretty much every issue and question you might ever think to ask – written by Consultant Obstetrician, Mr Roger Marwood, and his daughter, Rebecca Maberley – writer and mother of two boys, Wiflred and Gus. When Rebecca got in touch and told us about Doctor & Daughter, we leapt at the chance to have her write something for us. Head to Doctor & Daughter for more: birth stories, interviews, what to expect week-by-week, plus answers to all the big (and niggling) questions you might have.  To get you started, we have Rebecca’s 10 point guide to surviving pregnancy.…

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Dressing the bump: part 1

18 weeks and I am eeking out my “normal” clothes for as long as possible. But I know that I will have to concede defeat. I have had to discard anything too waisted (I am now at that Lego woman stage i.e. almost straight up and down), in favour of low-waisted jeans and trousers (I have three pairs in rotation). However, I am beginning to think that dressing a summer bump could possibly be more fun than a winter one. (But come back to me in July when I am a hot, sticky heffalump…)  …

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Object of Lust: The Dropped Waist Dress

It’s happened. After years of prevarication, we have thrown the dice and are in the game for round two. Yep, I am pregnant. Thus I have bookmarked Grace’s Pregnant Beauty Guide; stocked up on fruit (it’s all I crave) and Neom candles (totally organic, non-synthetic and the only scents I can bear at the moment. My Happiness candle is nearly at an end and am planning to try the Cocooning next, as rumour tells me it works wonder on morning (afternoon, evening, all night) sickness).…