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Ten things that I absolutely will not miss about being pregnant.

Women are supposed to enjoy being pregnant.  When you think about how many people struggle to get pregnant or who lose babies, it becomes almost a moral imperative to enjoy being pregnant.  However, sometimes you have to acknowledge that gratitude and active enjoyment are not the same thing.  There are a number of things about pregnancy that are no fun.  This my list of things that I’ve enjoyed the least: 1) Puking.  At my antenatal...

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My child but not my person.

As much as a child can be yours,  in the sense that you are responsible for them,  they are not yours at all,  they are completely their own.  But how do you balance being an authority figure and a nurturer that encourages that individuality to flourish?  Should you worry about overwhelming your child?  Or by so doing do you risk allowing your child to overwhelm you? A few years ago I, and all my colleagues, took one of those psychological...

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Why is no one telling men that they need to hurry and reproduce?

At first glance this may seem like an easy one to answer.  Women have the menopause,  men keep on firing out sperm until they expire.  They can just keep going on and on until they drop.  But when you look more closely at this issue,  it’s rather more complicated than that. First of all, let’s take into account that in order to reproduce you need two partners.  If men don’t think they are in a hurry to reproduce and women...

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I’m starting to think I might be a bit wierd

On Friday, the midwife commented that I was doing really well.  She’s not said anything like that before.  I was pleased but it didn’t mean much to me.  Until I started to look on the Internet. I’ll be 38 weeks tomorrow, apparently that means that I should be feeling really uncomfortable.  Apparently I should be struggling to sleep.  I should have aches and pains and swellings and be desperate for all of this to be over....

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Pregnancy Limbo

Post 37 weeks is an odd stage of pregnancy.  Officially the baby is term, some studies even suggest that some potential problems can be avoided if labour is induced at 37 weeks.  Other studies are very clear on the fact that the baby’s intellectual development will greatly benefit from at least two more weeks, the baby may be term but it is early term, you won’t be full term until 39 weeks. This ambiguity continues through your...

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