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As soon as I found out that I was pregnant for the first time in 2007 , I set about looking for some Folic acid as recommended by my Doctor. I went to my local Boots store , and was faced with a choice of different brands. The one that stood out to me the most was the Sanatogen Pro Natal brand. These are a supplement that contain 18 different vitamins and minerals ( including Folic acid ) which are specially designed for use during pregnancy and breast feeding. I took them for the first three months and they worked a treat. I am now pregnant again , expecting twins this time round. So back again to Boots to get stocked up on the Pro Natal. I got them on offer ( 3 for the price of 2 ) , and they cost £4.88 for a pack of 30. You take one a day, and they are easy to swallow, unlike some of the other multivitamins you can buy. I will be taking them through my entire pregnancy this time, as I am being drained twice as much I reckon. I would recommend these vitamins to any mum to be.
In todays hectic life style there are not many of us that manage to maintain a healthy balanced diet all the time. The pace of life takes its toll on people these days, especially me for one. I am not the type of person to take vitamins and minerals for the sake of it. I do try my best to have a varied diet and to be healthy, but there just isn't enough hours in the day sometimes to fit in cooking a nice healthy dinner for the family. I am pregnant at the moment, so I am trying extra hard to eat sensibly. I am carrying twins, and so am being drained twice as much (well thats how it feels to me). I have discovered a vitamin supplement called Pro natal by Sanatogen. It is great. Designed especially for pregnancy and breast feeding. It contains Folic acid as well as all the other vitamins and minerals you need to keep you healthy in pregnancy. These include vit D, E, C, B12, Iron, Zinc and many more making a total of 18 in all. They cost me £4.88 from Boots and were on offer for 3 for 2, bonus!! They are not ridiculously sized so are easy to swallow. They put my mind at ease that I am gettng all that I should be during my pregnancy. I would recommend these!!
Hands up who have bought socks for christmas presents. I think they are an easy stocking filler , as everyone loves socks , don't they? I definately love socks. I suffer from cold feet , especially at night in bed. My husband gets fed up with me trying to warm my stone cold tootsies on his lovely toastie warm feet. So I invested in some nice warm bed socks. They are fluffy white ankle socks from Matalan in a pack of 2 for about £2.99. They are wonderful for keeping my feet warm at night. I also love totes toasties slipper socks , which are a great alternative to slippers. I am currently pregnant , and I am going through the process of gathering bits and bobs together for my hospital bag. Top of my list are some nice warm socks. I remember during my first labour with my son , having freezing feet. So this time around I will definately be prepared!!
I am just the biggest fan of slippers ever !!!!! Infact I bought another pair of slippers at the weekend. I was in Marks and Spencers and I couldn't resist looking through their slipper section. There were the best pair I've seen for a long time ( a real must have purchase ). They are Per Una ones and are fluffy pink with embroidered polka dots on them. They are the style that you slip onto your foot rather than put your foot inside like a shoe. They cost £12 which is probably the most I would ever pay for a pair of slippers, but they are so lovely I do not regret getting them. I am currently sorting out my hospital bag for when I go in to have my twins , and slippers are a must have item when going in to hospital. Just another excuse to buy a new pair I thought!! The midwives give you a list of items you need to pack in your hospital bag, and slippers are one of them. It is important for health and safety reasons and also for cleanliness too. Slippers are useful to wear around the home, but beware of the large ones that are for children that look like footballs or monsters feet etc. They are quite dangerous when going up and down the stairs. Slippers come in many different styles and sizes. You can never go far wrong with buying someone a pair of slippers for a christmas present, I find they go down quite well. They make your feet feel all snuggley, just the ticket on a winters night!!
When I had my first baby in 2007 I found that I did not have an awful lot of support or after care from the midwives or the health visitors. I felt a bit left in the lurch , with no sources of support to turn to. This got worse over time and 6 monthslater I found myself suffering from post natal depression !! I did used to attend the baby weighing clinic , and in the waiting room there would always be somebody there from an organisation trying to get you to come along to their group. These included parent and toddler groups , baby cafes , and organised walks for parents and children. Also an organisation called FIZ which stands for Family information zone , who are a resourse for parents to use for getting information on everything children. If I hadn't have been suffering from post natal depression I think that I would have used these resourses alot more. So there are some sources of support out there, and I urge people to use them if you need them. I will definately be using them next time around.
When I was pregnant carrying my first baby in 2007 it wasn't long before I needed to get myself measured for a maternity bra. I didn't really know where to go to get maternity bras apart from Marks and Spencers. So off I went and came home with my first maternity bra. The lady doing the bra fitting told me that it is better to not wear bras that have under wires in them during pregnancy. Maternity bras do not contain under wires and are elasticated instead. Towards the end of the pregnancy I bought some more maternity bras from Mothercare which were quite nice. I am now pregnant again and I have lasted until 24 weeks without having to get measured again. At the weekend I went to Marks and Spencers to buy somemore maternity bras, and this time around the bras have improved alot in their design. Maternity bras are not the sexiest of items, but the ones I bought recently were not too bad. It cost me £25 for a pack of two bras , one white and one black. I got the nursing type which means that you can unclip the cup from the strap to have easy access for breastfeeding. I would definately recommend getting Marks and Spencers maternity bras. The Mothercare ones this time around are alot more expensive and not as nice looking.
I work in a doctors surgery and as part of my job I am responsible for entering the childrens vaccinations onto the computer. I am frequently amazed by the amount of parents who chose for there children to have no vaccinations at all. As a parent myself I cannot image leaving my child unprotected against all those nasty diseases that can cause so much damage or even death in the worst case. The whole MMR scare was proven to be false , but still so many children are not having the vaccine. For those who do not know the vaccination schedule , here it is ............... at the age of 2 months the first vaccines are - Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib, in one jab and a Prevenar jab also. then a month later they have - Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib, and a Men C jab. Then a month after that it is the Dip, Tet, Pert, Pol, Hib jab again and both a Prevenar and a Men C jab. Then aged 1 a Hib/Men C booster , and a month later the MMR. This is all your child needs until school age. My son has had all the jabs he was due, I have no problems in protecting my boy. The actual diseases they are protected from are a whole lot worse!!
Any parent will tell you what a real nightmare it is trying to apply sun cream to their child. It really is a struggle to get my son to keep still to have it put on , and it ends up going everywhere. My little boy is 14 months old, and I remember vividly last summer trying to apply the sun cream before I took him out, what a battle I had. He has fair hair and so I was extra careful to slap the cream on him everywhere. Infact I think that I got a bit obsessed by it. I went through several different types of sun cream, but the best one that I found was the Nivea once. It says that you only need to apply it every 8 hours. When I would send my son to nursery I would put it on him in the morning and it would last all day. It does not feel sticky or leave him looking like a ghost. It is priced quite high from what I remember, at around £8 a bottle, but quite often you can get it on offer for buy one get one free in Boots. I bought the 200ml size, and found that it lasted about 2 months. It is important to use sunsreen properly. It is best to apply it at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and if you use a regular sunscreen you need to remember to reapply it regularly. I understand that it is easy to forget to reapply it, but it is so important. I work in a doctors surgery and I see so many patients who come in with sun damaged skin which needs bandaging or older patients who have caused the damage years ago by not using sun screen, and needing to have cryotherapy to clear it. Protect yourself, get some sunscreen!!
I come from London , and grew up going to school there , but I now live on the Isle of Wight. The school stages are very differnent on the Isle of Wight to that in London. The way I am used to is ............. going to Primary school from the age of 4 , until the age of 11 , then moving up to secondary school until the age of 16. But the school stages on the island seem confusing to me. Here the children start Primary school aged from 4 until 8-9. Then they go to a middle school until the age of 12 , then up to High school until the age of 16. It seems like alot of change for changes sake to me. Alot of moving up through different schools losing friends along the way to other schools, and having to make new ones , plus lots of new uniform to buy. There is talk of changing the primary school stages to that of the main land, but that hasn't gone down to well. My son is only 14 months old, so I don't need to worry about it until a few more years yet, but I know that time does fly quickly. I just wonder which system will be in place when his time comes.
When I first found out that I was pregnant with my first baby , I was keen to learn everything that I could about what to expect at the birth. After reading several books from the library , and talking to my community midwife , I decided that I would like to have a water birth. The down sides to having a water birth are that you are not allowed any pain relief other than gas and air ( which did absolutely nothing for me ). Also the fact that the water birth is increasing more in popularity these days and you might not be able to use the pool , if it is already in use. I did a tour of my local hospital labour ward to get myself familiar with the various options for the birth. The birthing pool looked great , it was very clean, and nice and deep. The midwife on duty did tell me that I would need to supply my own sieve if I wanted a water birth. Then she explained that they use it to sift the gunk form the surface of the water , yuk , too much information!! Anyway as it turned out I didn't manage to get a water birth as when the time came , my baby had done a poo inside of me , and that is one of the reasons they won't allow you in the pool. I was gutted. Especially as I had then gone past the point of being allowed an pain relief, I wasn't impressed. This is all worth thinking about when considering a water birth.
When packing my hospital bag ready for the big event of having my first baby , I wondered whether I would need to pack a towel or not. Did they supply them at the hospital or would you have to take your own I wondered. I asked my community midwife , and she said that I should take my own in with me. The hospital only supply the bearest minimum of bits and they are usually just for the baby. So I raided my towel cupboard and soon thought that I should buy some new towels for my hospital bag. The reason being that all the towels I have at home are white , and I imagined that I would need a darker colour with all the blood loss I had heard about. I bought some black towels from Argos and they worked a treat. You definately need to take a clean towel in with you , and I would recommend taking in 2. That way one can dry while you use the other. Just more for you to think about when trying to plan for such a big event!!
Stretch suits .... what are they? Well stretch suits are baby grows for those less old fashioned of us. It is the one item that you can guarantee that you will have loads of bought for you as a baby gift. With my first baby I received tons of them , which I was greatful for , but unfortunately they were all in a newborn size and my baby was born weighing 9lb 15 oz. So none of them fit him!! When it came to buying them in the correct size , I found that I was swayed by the ones that looked the cutest. It is not until you are faced with trying to dress your little bundle of joy in them that you realise that some are more practical than others. I had bought some that did up from the back , because they had the prettiest pattern on them. What a nightmare they were!! I soon learnt that plain is better, and tried to get the ones that popped up at the front. Mothers to be beware the back fastening baby grows.
I have a 14 month old little boy , and when we first found out that I was pregnant we set about gathering up all the baby catalogues we could find. There are so many gadgets and gizmos that claim to be essential items , but one of them that I believe really is a must have item is a baby rocker or bouncer seat. We were luck enough to be given a rocker seat from a friend. It was a mothercare one, that you could adjust from sitting up to laying flat. So we got so much use out of it , because baby could sleep in it safely , and could sit up and rock nicely too. As my son grew over the months , he came to love being in it , and I even would feed him in it ( as it has a wipeable cover ). It is so handy to have one of these seats as you can put them in it and you know that they are safe. I would definately recommend getting one
Oh the teen years !! Deep joy - not !! I have a step son that is aged 12 , and although he doesn't act his age ( he is immature for his age ) , he is unfortunately going through the teen years already. No one told his hormones that he is not mature enough to be going through the change yet. He comes to us every weekend , and feels settled at our house , but it does not take long for the tutting, under breath comments and sulking to take place. Also the attention seeking is something I have real trouble dealing with. I do try to sympathise as I remember how I felt going through that stage of my life. Luckily he has not turned into a hoody thug , as alot of the teenagers these days seem to. If only there were a manual for how to handle a teenager , it would be a best seller!!
When I had my first baby and I was still in the hospital , I could not fault the after care that I received. I was shown how to change nappies, and bath my baby. Also in the night the midwives would quite often take my baby away for a while so that I could get some sleep. However when I got home I felt a little left in the lurch. The community midwife visited me the next day, and said that I was coping very well and that they would come again in a few days time. That seemed like a life time. I had only three visits from them until they discharged me to the health visitors at 10 days. The health visitor came twice in a couple of months. It was left to me to take my baby to the clinics to be weighed. I felt a little let down by the system and had post natal depression which went un-noticed too. Next time around I will at least have some idea what to expect!!