Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Life After…Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Today’s Life After…guest post is from the lovely Jenni, who blogs at Odd Socks and Lollipops. Jenni suffered hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during her pregnancy. You may remember that Kate Middleton experienced it during her pregnancy with Prince George (although it was often described, wrongly, as ‘bad morning sickness’). As Jenni describes in her emotive post, […] Read more…

What Ifs and Wonders

Do you remember Sliding Doors, that Gwyneth Paltrow film from the 1990s? The film explored what happened to Gwynnie’s character – and her life – as a result of getting on the tube before the doors slid shut, or just missing the tube. Many of us have moments where we wonder ‘what if…’ for so […] Read more…

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Why It Matters to You

In February 2014, I was 23 weeks’ pregnant with my first baby. I had been feeling a bit unwell for a few days: indigestion, breathing was difficult, and I had suddenly weight. All normal pregnancy gripes I thought, but I checked Dr Google just in case, as you do. Dr Google suggested preeclampsia. “Don’t be so […] Read more…

Language Matters: Health Communication and Baby Loss

Being in a healthcare environment – whether that be a GP’s surgery or a hospital – can be a hugely disempowering experience. You are likely to feel especially disempowered when you receive bad news – your head spinning, struggling to take in usually complex information. Then, more than ever healthcare professionals of all disciplines need to […] Read more…

Before and After

I remember… Before. When all we had was hope. When we had everything to look forward to. I remember Martin cooking me my favourite meals and not minding when I could manage only a token mouthful, thanks to my all-day-and-all-night nausea. I remember spending hours reading about pregnancy. I remember feeling so excited about what every […] Read more…

Birth, Twitter, and Perception

Since Hugo died, I have been using Twitter to promote Hugo’s Legacy. I have been fortunate to engage and make friends with a range of people who share my passion for making a difference to other women’s maternity experience. Twitter has on many occasions been set alight with women talking openly about their own experiences, and healthcare professionals […] Read more…

Karma and Luck

Karma is something I used to believe in. “What goes around, comes around,” right? Karma is supposed to mean that bad things happen to people because they have done bad things. Getting their just desserts, if you like. This concept is something I have struggled with since Hugo was born, and even more since he […] Read more…

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I awoke from a fitful night’s sleep. For the past few days I had been suffering from what I thought was heartburn. It was worse at night, and I had been sleeping poorly since it started. Normal heartburn medicine had no effect. At 24 weeks’ pregnant, I thought heartburn was a normal part of […] Read more…

Hugo's Legacy and #MatExp

A significant part of Hugo’s legacy includes improving experiences of maternity services for women who have a traumatic birth, and/or whose baby is cared for in a neonatal unit. My particular focus is on making sure language, communication and information is clear and effective at this time, which can be bewildering and upsetting for mums […] Read more…

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