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Fourth Trimester Series | Anna Barlow

The fourth trimester. Where do I even start? I have always dreamed of being a mother, but had a feeling that falling pregnant wouldn’t be easy for me. Through my young adulthood I have suffered from recurring ovarian cysts that required multiple surgeries, and although I was reassured by my gynaecologist that I wouldn’t have any fertility issues, I still thought that I would. So, I convinced my husband that we should start trying for a family, based on the above, and of course fell pregnant straight away! Never for a second have we taken this for granted. I had friends going through fertility treatment at the time, and through my experience as a nurse have dealt with women having miscarriages and struggling to conceive a lot....

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4th Trimester Series | Ainsley Whitfield

My daughter was born in the last week of the full Level 4 Coronavirus lockdown. Her labour was long and arduous, a full day and night of regularish contractions which were too strong to sleep through but too weak to dilate my cervix. What I expected to be painful ended up breaking me mentally more than it did physically- I lost confidence in my body and its ability to do what it was supposed to be doing. After a second check at home, my midwife said I was completely effaced and that she could feel my waters bulging, but only 2cm dilated. The relief I felt hearing “I think we need to go to the hospital” was a far cry...

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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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