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I hated being pregnant

I hated being pregnant – 5 different experiences

The feeling of “I hated being pregnant” could be more common than you think. Pregnancy can be a complicated and emotional rollercoaster and it’s just not a blissful or happy experience for some women. Not all pregnancies are wanted or expected and some come with the added issues of illness and decision-making. Or you could have a very wanted pregnancy, everything is going well but you hate it – not everyone has to enjoy those 9 months, even though that is probably the hope and expectation. Over the years I have spoken to hundreds of pregnant women and everyone’s experience is so individual but not many women feel comfortable about saying “I hated being pregnant.” I hated being pregnant – feeling ill “I just felt so ill – right from the beginning I felt really nauseous, day and night. I was never actually sick but I felt constantly sea sick. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never really did – it eased a bit during my second trimester but came back …

Pregnancy in your words: exhausted

There is something unique about the exhaustion of pregnancy, especially in those early weeks when everything can feel like an effort and you could cry with tiredness. Not everyone experiences it but some women can feel that every cell in their body is tired. Throughout pregnancy, tiredness can just hit and all you need to do is sleep, especially towards the end of pregnancy where you can truly feel like you are growing another human being. It can be one reason why some women decide to finish work earlier than planned because exhaustion just hits and the days can feel tough. If it is an option, giving yourself a little bit of time at the end of pregnancy to rest and nap as you need to – especially because night sleep can become so interrupted – can give you more energy for labour, birth and recovery. Learning to use your breathing can also be a simple way to boost your energy as it can also ease any aches and stress. It’s not always easy but …

pregnancy back pain

How can I ease pregnancy back pain?

Pregnancy back pain can be pretty common throughout all three trimesters and it can happen for a number of reasons. Even from early on in pregnancy, your body is changing which can cause pelvic, hip and back discomfort. As your baby gets bigger, you might notice more discomfort in your lower back, up your back, into your shoulders and maybe your hips as well. With pregnancy back pain, you might benefit from: a pregnancy pillow or a selection of pillows so you are more supported in bed or just when sitting in the day. using a pregnancy ball/birth ball – you can sit on one or kneel on the floor and lean into one. It is such a simple, effective tool for easing back pain and discomfort – just make sure it is the right size for you. using your breathing – this can help to ease discomfort and it’s great practice for birth. drinking plenty of water, just in case you are also getting dehydrated and that is causing discomfort. pregnancy yoga for gentle …

Are you resting enough during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time to listen to your body and to rest when you can. You might have work and other children to look after to rest isn’t always easy but find how you can fit it in – early nights, lie-ins at the weekend, along with daytime naps when possible. Sometimes you need to plan this in to make it happen. And it can also be a reason for women to change their work hours or go on maternity leave a bit earlier than expected. Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right. Book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002

pregnancy and coronavirus

Pregnancy and Covid Checklist

This pregnancy and covid checklist is for all pregnant women to help gather the right information for you. Maternity units have experienced tight restrictions as part of the Covid pandemic, which has meant that pregnant woman have been on their own for appointments, induction and on the postnatal ward. Policies are now very varied across the United Kingdom so it is important to ask questions, to find out what options are available to you in your local area. Your antenatal appointments & scans Can your partner come with you? If not, can they be on the phone with you? If you don’t have a partner or your partner isn’t available, find out who you can bring as there may be issues about social bubbles. If you need to use the pregnancy assessment unit during your pregnancy, can someone accompany you? Birth Options Is your maternity unit still offering a home-birth service? If not, what are your options if you want a home-birth? How many birth partners can you have with you? Can you use a …