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4th Trimester Series | Liv Gray

My whole life I have dreamed of being a nurse, having a home of my own and becoming a mum. I achieved the nurse dream fairly early, and have been lucky enough to look after everyone else’s babies and children for nearly ten years now. I then saved every dollar and purchased the happiest home, with the added addition of a gorgeous husband and a fairly temperamental but very loveable pup. Finally- I also achieved the Mum dream. I vomited my way through the pregnancy, but never took my eye off the end goal- lazy days at home with my placid baby whilst she smiled at me and we had delightful little chats. Obviously she was going to be placid...

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My Missed Miscarriage

Six years ago we did fertility treatment, Clomiphene to be precise. I tolerated the medication well but I become obsessive, that kind of thing consumes every thought that passes through your mind. On our sixth round we get pregnant & we’re elated because the odds seemed low & the public list is looooong if you already have a child!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Excitedly we take Eli along to the Nuchal USS but as soon as the probe pushes into my stomach I see nothing that resembles a 12 week baby & I immediately start to sob. Eli & Jeremy are still registering what is happening. The baby hasn’t grown past six weeks. A missed miscarriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I’m mad as hell at my body for deceiving...

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What exactly is the Fourth Trimester?

It's been FOUR months to the day since I last penned a blog - I apologise for the inconsistency but 2020 is zooming us by, did you know that there are only 14 weeks until Christmas? Digression! As a small business owner a lot of my brain space and thoughts are occupied with this narrative - what is my purpose here, what am I trying to do, am I on the right track, am I helping anyone, am I doing a good enough job??? It's on closed loop, repeating over and over again. So, I've come back to it's core and we're here to nourish your body and your mind [cue our lactation bars and fourth trimester education] but what exactly...

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How to choose the best cot for YOU!

When I was pregnant with our boys now ages 10, 4 & 3 (that's making me feel old) I'd spend ages trawling the worldwide web planning out a nursery space for them. I call it a 'nursery space' because they always start off in our bedroom, right beside me. Can I confess something though - the little snuffly noises they make when they sleep drive me bonkers. I don't find it very cute. I guess you're about to find out! I'm not a very patient person so I was always very pleased when the sonographer could tell me what gender the baby was because this meant I could get into planning aka SHOPPING!!! For transparency if you didn't know Jeremy (my...

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Five Instagram pages you should be following right now during COVID-19

We've just done two weeks of lockdown. Well done New Zealand. I am a VERY proud Kiwi. I haven't had the call up to work some midwifery hours just yet but I will go when they need me. New & expectant mothers are very much at the forefront of my thoughts right now. To help alleviate some anxiety here are five Instagram accounts I recommend you follow while we are at home saving lives! Morgan Edwards is a lead obstetric anaesthetist  whose fire you will feel as follow along. She's committed to women's health & daily she shares pertinent information relative to COVID. I can see she is tired as she relentlessly battles but I'm grateful The Baby Bag are an...

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