I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to ask the wonderful Nat Kringoudis about the pill and the effects that it has on our body, trying to get pregnant and ovulating.
If you are thinking about getting pregnant and are currently on the pill or have just come off it, you are going to love this interview.
I was on the pill for 12 years before I went off it last February. My hubby and I then started trying for a baby 4 months later. It blew my mind how the pill had effected my body, I hadn't had period pain and acne issues ever but it hit me full on when I stopped taking the pill. It scared me and I decided to read up on what the pill actually does to your body. It is a worry and I won't ever be going back on it.
Over to Nat now with some great advice and information...
As a woman you think you can breastfeed because that is what we are made to do, right? We have a baby and then we breastfeed, but little do they tell you how hard it can be.
Over the past few weeks I have come across other first time mum's that have really been struggling with breastfeeding. My heart breaks for them because it is such a touchy and emotional subject.
You want it so bad, but then for whatever reason it just doesn't work for you.
I feel so blessed that I'm able to breastfeed my daughter but it didn't come easy. I can totally see why women give up.
And maybe you are one of them; know that it is okay, you're not alone. And most importantly, you're not a bad mother!
How crazy are baby shops? I know when I first entered a baby shop when I was about 12 weeks pregnant I freaked out and went into a state of complete overwhelm.
Where the hell do we start?
I was completely excited about being there and starting to buy cute little bits and pieces for our growing little plum (the approx size of a fetus at 12 weeks), but my goodness, what is some of the stuff that these shops sell?!
I wanted to try and take the overwhelm away from you and give you a list of what I ACTUALLY needed for my baby. You can also find your free downloadable list below so you can print it out and hit the shops with confidence and excitement. And that is how it should be when you are pregnant and preparing with your first child.
Over the past week I have been putting the final touches on my labour prep. I have been really thinking what I want to have on hand. I finished reading a really great book called Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch where I got some really great ideas from.
If you are wanting a natural birth with limited medical intervention as possible, then this book is going to be your go to. I have highlighted and dog eared so many pages it is a little ridiculous because I'm sure reading is the last thing I'm going to be wanting to do while I'm in labour. But isn't that why my hubby is with me? Lol.
Earlier this week I put up a photo on social media of the cue cards that I put together for myself and it got such a great response. Because of that I thought I would put together some cue cards for you to print out and have ready to go when your big day arrives (you can download your cue cards below).
The other things I have ready to go, whether I choose to use them or not are:
Packing for hospital can be a little daunting because you have no idea what to pack or where to begin. So this week I have taken the guess work out of it for you and put together a hospital packing list for you, baby and daddy/partner. You can print it out and cross off the items as you go. Easy!
I came across some great tips in the different pre-natal classes I did so I have added them in for you as well.
The one that stood out for me the most was to have the items I want to wear and use after labour in a separate plastic bag. This will make it a lot easier for the midwife or your partner to grab and pop it into the bathroom ready for you to use when shower time comes.
Please remember every hospital is different so I have based the list on what I have personally packed for me and my bub. My hubby is in charge of his own bag. I haven't put the number you should pack of each item on the list because it will completely depend on what you think you will need and how long your hospital is likely to keep you in for.
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