The scariest packing that I have ever done – What to pack in your hospital bag

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With 2 weeks to go before Liberty is due to arrive, I have finally packed my hospital bag! (This meaning I have put things in the bag as I had already prepared it weeks ago #superorganised😊). I had read so many different sites, blogs and forums about what to pack and decided I would use a mixture of Baby Centre’s, Milli’s (from the Positive Birth Book) and the one I was provided from the Hospital.

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WE HAVE A COMPLETE PLAN: The missing pieces to the mental health birth plan have been finalised (only taken 4 months) – Aftercare and Breastfeeding Plans

Following on from creating my Visual Birth Plan, you may have noticed that there were two plans which needed to be referred to separately, these being:

  1. Special Requirements – After birth care plan
  2. Breastfeeding Plan

After the Perinatal mental health meeting, it was noted that a plan needed to be created for my aftercare once Liberty is here to ensure that if I am showing any signs of either postnatal depression or postpartum psychosis, then I can get the support I need quickly.  Also a plan would need to be created if I was to breastfeed following on from further research relating to the whole lamotrigine in breastmilk situation where I am able to still take my medication and how much transfer into my milk  is kept to a minimum.

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How am I going to get Liberty out? Planning for Labour using The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill – PART 1

With all the drama planning for the what ifs around my mental health when Liberty arrives  and whether my meds would cause issues when it came to breastfeeding, I haven’t actually  been asked what kind of birth I would like. Before I was pregnant I would joke saying that I was too posh to push and have my labour booked in and plan my labour around my life. I would want the baby to come ‘out of the sunroof’ if you know what I mean as no way I would want to it to come out of my V. The thought terrified me! So it was time to ask myself what kind of birth I actually wanted.

Having no clue, a colleague at work suggested a book which was the ‘NO BS’ book to pregnancy, birth and the early days which would cover everything I wanted to know and all the things I hadn’t even thought of! The book was called ‘The Positive Birth Book’ by Milli Hill.

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Before candlelit dinners and ‘do not disturb’ turns into Bottle feed and Bedtime stories – Introduction to the trend of babymoons

People have asked me many times whether we were going to take a break just the two of us before Liberty arrives.  Apparently there is a trend that expectant parents do before child birth which is referred to as a babymoon!  This means having one last relaxing/romantic holiday as a childless couple. It is almost bittersweet! You get a reason to go on holiday however it will never be the same again! As candlelit dinners and ‘do not disturb’ turns into Bottle feed and Bedtime stories at 7pm.

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You need to plan how to stay well before even thinking about how you want to give birth! – Intro to Perinatal Mental Health Services and other services

Sorry for the delay, had a week full of appointments from meeting with my psychiatrist to meeting a family outreach worker part of the prevention team, the health visitor meet and greet and then therapy, Aquanatal and then just to top it off, I had to have a root canal at the Dentist #FML

Due to my mental health issues, I was referred to the Perinatal Mental Health service in Leeds for an assessment. It understand why as the Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist input to women experiencing significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy and the first year following a child’s birth.

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Don’t be afraid to call the Maternity Assessment Clinic if you have any problems!

Naughty Liberty! Treating my insides like a pinball machine and kicking me in the back constantly for 4 hours! She literally would not stop moving (like her mother when she is trying to watch a film) Don’t worry I’m okay! Needed to be on the heart monitor machine for an hour as she wouldn’t stay still enough to get a consistent reading! Thank god for the amazing people at the Maternity Assessment Clinic for monitoring Liberty to ensure she is okay! So worried to call the clinic in case I was panicking for no reason but that is what the service is there for! So if in doubt, call!!! Here’s to more physio and stronger painkillers! 🤰🏻🤕🥊 #pregnancyproblems🖤

Wow your bump is so big?! You are only 6 month!? Dealing with Liberty’s growth spurts – Physiotherapy Advice

I am 6 months pregnant but I look about 8 months as Liberty seems to be growing at a super fast rate! With this, my body is feeling the pressure and have experienced cramping and tummy pain. So bad in fact that I had to go to the Maternity Assessment Clinic to demand that someone let me hear my baby to check she was still there!!! Reason for being so dramatic was that as my placenta is at the front cushioning all the movement and then feeling pain, panic takes over!

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UPDATED: I’m literally sweating from every part of my body – Surviving Summer pregnant

After the heat wave over the first May bank holiday weekend and the recent summer weather including today, I realised I am no way ready for the summer let alone being pregnant for nearly all of it! There are 6 areas that I have identified as issues that need some analysis to help me survive:

  1. How to cool down
  2. Dealing with sweating
  3. Dressing  properly
  4. Staying hydrated
  5. Managing being busy
  6. Dealing with Hayfever

I have asked around mums and on social media, joined online forums and researched the internet for solutions to how to deal with these and here is what I have tried and tested (majority of the product links for Boots as you get extra points for purchases especially as a member of the Boots parenting club):

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Literally I’m going to lose my S*#t! – Mental Health Awareness Week Guide to Stress Management

There is nothing that I crave more than a Duvet Day when I am feeling stressed! It is important to understand and know how to manage stress in day to day lives before it can become dangerous and you could become very ill. With this in mind, Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 theme is: ‘Stress: are we coping?’ Their aim is to ensure that people are aware of what is means,  what the signs are and provide some practical advice to manage and prevent it as they want to move towards a less stressed nation.

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Wearing my ‘Mental Health Awareness’ ribbon with pride!

BLOG UPDATE: Mental Health Awareness week is here and this time focusing on Stress – I am going to continue this next week dedicating my blog to mental health awareness and sharing my own experiences with stress and how I managed to control it! Just remember you are not Alone and it’s okay to feel like you can’t cope!

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