Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

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…

Everyone Should Know About Pre-Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome

Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome are life-threatening conditions that can happen in pregnancy. Thankfully they are rare, but they can and do kill women and babies. These illnesses nearly killed me, and they took the life of my much-loved baby son. I say this not to scare people, pregnant women especially. Pregnant women have enough to stress about. The […] Read more…

February: This Time Last Year…

February is here. February is a very significant month: it holds one of the two most difficult anniversaries of all: Hugo’s first birthday. The other one is an anniversary a few weeks later, the day Hugo died at the end of March. February is a month on the calendar, but I cannot but help think what I […] Read more…

This Girl Can, Too

For most of my life I avoided exercise, thinking I was too fat. With poor self-esteem and body image, I thought exercise was only for those with long, lithe legs and flat tummies. I still don’t have long, lithe legs, and nor do I have a flat tummy, but I am now voluntarily running 5 kilometres a couple of times […] Read more…

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