Win tickets to The Baby Show 2014 – NEC Birmingham

24 Apr 2014

Are you pregnant, or a new parent? If so, the next The Baby Show is taking place at NEC Birmingham in May. Want to go? Here’s how you can win tickets:

The Baby Show, NEC BirminghamThe Baby Show is an excellent event for any mum-to-be or new parent; there’s expert advice, lots of shopping opportunities, and bargains galore.

The next event takes place from the 16th-18th May at NEC Birmingham. If you’re going to the show, make sure you stop by the Pregnacare stand (D86), where you can have a chat with our friendly midwife and buy Pregnacare supplements and cream at special show prices. Make sure you read our recent review of The Baby Show to see what’s to come.

To celebrate the upcoming show, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets, valid for any of the three days. To enter: Read more

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How my midwives helped keep me breastfeeding

24 Apr 2014

What was the standard of your antenatal care like? We’ve heard from Marissa, who had a very mixed experience. For me, where my midwives became really valuable was after I gave birth, for a very specific reason:

BreastfeedingWhen I was pregnant with my daughter, I was under the care of a group of local community midwives at my doctor’s surgery. There were about six different midwives who I saw at various times during my pregnancy and in the run-up to the big day. I had a high risk pregnancy so also saw various consultants and specialists, but most of my appointments were with the midwives.

I was happy with the standard of my care; appointments were thorough, the midwives were kind, funny and helpful, and they even came out to my house to give me a sweep before my induction. Although one of the midwives was supposed to deliver my baby, due to my quick labour this wasn’t possible. However, she did come in as soon as she could and started us off with breastfeeding.

It was a good start, but as soon as we got home it quickly went downhill. Eliza wouldn’t latch on for longer than a few seconds, it was difficult to wake her up to feed. Exhausted and overwhelmed myself, I wasn’t really sure what to do. Read more

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Antenatal care: when you never see the same midwife twice…

23 Apr 2014

This month we’re looking at midwives, and the type of care you receive when you’re pregnant. Here’s Marissa on what happened when the antenatal care she received wasn’t what she was lead to believe she could expect:

Marissa's babyWhen I discovered I was pregnant for the first time I had idyllic visions of one-to-one care and forging a strong relationship with my midwife right from my first appointment to the point where he or she passed me my baby for the first time *think something along the lines of Call the Midwife*

Sadly, my reality couldn’t have been further from my quaint daydreams.

My prenatal appointments were all conducted by different staff, I’m not even sure I saw the same person twice during my entire pregnancy. All appointments were very factual and revolved around measurements and box ticking, rather than how I was feeling. It all felt rather depersonalised and medicalised.

Once labour started and I arrived at the hospital I saw a plethora of midwives (none of whom I’d met whilst pregnant) and due to changing shifts and a busy maternity ward, I was primarily cared for by four or five different midwives. Some of whom were friendly and caring, whilst others seemed to view me as an added annoyance to their overstretched schedule. I was particularly shocked when whilst in labour we called for someone to come (as hubby was given the rather daunting task of monitoring baby’s vitals and calling for assistance if anything went too high), only to be met a while later with a “Sorry for the delay but the lady next door’s baby just died”. This is not quite what I expected to be told whilst desperately trying to remain as calm as possible! I was later taken for an emergency c-section which then involved an entire team of surgeons, anaesthesiologists, etc. which obviously couldn’t be helped and I’m grateful they were all available when we needed them. However the whole experience was all a whirlwind and quite traumatic. Read more

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Ask our midwife: how do I become a midwife?

17 Apr 2014

So how do you train to become a midwife, and is there still a demand for the job?

What do I need to do to become a midwife?Programmes such as Call The Midwife, One Born Every Minute and BBC2′s The Midwives have really sparked an interest in people wanting to retrain in the profession. Any for many others it’s something they’ve always wanted to do. However there is still a national shortage of 2,300 midwives according to a recent report, so despite the renewed interest there is still a huge demand.

In our next instalment in Midwife Month, we ask our in-house midwife Summaya how you qualify to become a midwife, and the best – and worst – things about her job.

Hi again Summaya. So how do you qualify to be a midwife? Read more

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Ask our midwife: care and appointments during pregnancy

16 Apr 2014

It’s midwife month on TalkMum, and we’re looking at the men and women who deliver your babies, and the care you can expect to receive from them when you’re expecting.

How many appointments can I expect during pregnancy?Next up in our ‘Ask our midwife’ feature – with Pregnacare in-house midwife Summaya – is her guide to the amount of appointments and type of care you can expect to receive during pregnancy (you can also read her first post about a healthy diet in pregnancy).

So over to Summaya…How often will I see a midwife during my pregnancy?
The schedule of care and frequency of appointments you receive will vary dependent upon whether you have had children before, have pre-existing medical or pregnancy conditions deeming you ‘high-risk’ or you are under the care from a specialist team.

What about first time mums vs second-time mums?
First time mothers-to-be have a few more appointments than women that have had babies before simply to provide them with the extra support they require.

Who will the appointments be with?
Not all of your antenatal appointments have to be held with your midwife, on some occasions you can see your GP instead. Below is the basic schedule of care guide, the ones marked as such are the extra appointments provided to first time mothers.

What about high-risk pregnancies?
We’ll come on to these later on in the month.

Are there any other appointments I can expect?
This list also does not include the scans required in the different stages of your pregnancy.

So what appointments can I expect during pregnancy, when and who with? Read more

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Introducing midwife month on TalkMum

11 Apr 2014

What type of care did you recieve when you were pregnant? Did you have a midwife during pregnancy who really made a difference? Or someone who went above and beyond to help you?

How do I become a midwife?

This month we’ll be looking at midwives, and the type of pregnancy care you can expect when you’re expecting.

Our in-house midwife Summaya will be posting on the schedule of appointments that are typical during pregnancy.

Interested in becoming a midwife yourself? She’ll also be giving her tips on how to qualify, and talking about what drove her to the profession.

We’ll also look at what happens when your pregnancy is high risk, when you’re expecting more than one baby, or when it doesn’t quite go to plan. Read more

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Looking back at Friendship Month on TalkMum

10 Apr 2014

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at friendships as a new mum. Here’s a recap of all our posts:

NCT classesTo kick off the month, we introduced the theme of Friendship, inspired by the Bliss and Mother & Baby Big Heart Awards.

Thinking about taking NCT classes as a way to make friends? Here’s Chloe on how motherhood created an instant bond for her group, and Fran on how she made friends through avenues other than NCT.

Fozia had lots of ideas for ways and means to meet other mums.

The pregnancy friend, the one with the same age baby, and the one-way-street – Eleanor wrote about the five friends you’ll meet in your baby’s first year.

New blogger Rachel wrote her advice for the secretly shy SAHM, and Chloe discussed whether online friends can be considered as real friends.

Need some ideas for places to meet other mums? How about the park, the library, or even your local NCT sale?

We also looked at some of the posts our bloggers have written throughout the month on their own blogs, in our March blog round-up.

A big thank you to all our bloggers from this month. We’ll be revealing our new theme shortly, so stay tuned!

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Gill’s pregnancy diary: the differences between 1st and 2nd pregnancies

09 Apr 2014

Today we’re introducing our new brand new pregnancy blogger on TalkMum…

Bump shot at nine weeks pregnantHi everyone, I’m Gill and am going to be writing here over the next few months about my pregnancy. You may know me as the TalkMum editor, and I also blog over at A Baby on Board. I’m mum to a very lively and curious two-year-old girl, and the big news is that I’m expecting my second child in October.

Although I’m utterly thrilled to be pregnant again, I am finding it a lot different the second time round. As one of my friends recently told me, ‘you’re only a pampered pregnant princess once’ – and this is SO true. Tiredness and sickness play a big part in it; you can’t just go to bed when you have a toddler to supervise, no matter how much you’d love to.

But how can it be so different to experience the same thing? Here’s the major changes I’m finding this time round, and some words of wisdom from other second-time mums: Read more

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Blog post round-up – March

04 Apr 2014

Loved reading all the posts on Friendship month? Here’s some more from our March bloggers, on their own blogs:

Round-up of blog postsEleanor has launched her new blog, The Bristol Parent, all about family life in Bristol. Read her latest post, the ground beneath your feet.

Fran is looking for reasons to delay potty training (I’m sure most mums can sympathise) and looking at ideas for fuss-free food for children.

Make sure you check out Becky’s recipe for banana and chocolate tray bake, and her thoughts on happiness and appreciating the small things in life.

Rachel has written a letter to her children on Mother’s Day, and also a post called Outnumbered, about experiencing a longing for a daughter, despite loving being the mum of two boys.

Following her post on NCT, Chloe has written some more thoughts on motherhood, and her son’s recent ability to climb things, very quickly.

So spring has sprung, and isn’t the weather glorious? (kind of). Foz has been out and about in her garden, and also doing some messy play with water beads and bath Gelli.

And I’ve been writing about the problems with being a work-from-home parent (you have to take in parcels for the whole street when they’re at work) and also the five parenting truths I’ve recent learnt the hard way.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the final friendship posts over the next few days, and our new theme for April.

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What are good places to meet other mums?

03 Apr 2014

We’ve looked at how to make friends if you do – and don’t – take an NCT course, and advice on making friends for the secretly shy SAHM. So what are other good places to get out there and meet other mums?

Children's playgroundWe’ve recently moved house, and although we still live close to our old area, it’s difficult to get back so means we don’t see all our old local friends as often as we’d like.

I have to admit, I’ve found it harder than I thought to meet new mums. Even though children are the eternal icebreaker and I don’t mind talking to anyone, it’s much easier when you’re all sat down chatting with your newborns than when you’re running around after a toddler. And it’s difficult to make the leap from small talk to the sort of comfortable bond you have with your closest mum friends (you know, the ones who know all the gory details about your delivery).

So what are some good starting points for meeting other mums? Here’s a few ideas: Read more

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