PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Miscarriage after 40

Today I’m featuring a guest post on the subject of miscarriage. It’s from a 40-year-old lady in the North East who wishes to remain anonymous, but would like to share her story with Saffron and Cyrus. As it’s a subject close to my heart, I have…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Will I still be able to breastfeed at 40?

As I sat in the antenatal class listening to a young mummy-to-be quiz the midwife on breastfeeding issues, I had only one question on my mind which hadn’t been answered. Will I still be able to breastfeed at 40? It was clear I was the mother…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: The Harmony Non-Invasive Prenatal Test

Mums-to-be can now have their unborn babies screened for Down’s Syndrome earlier than ever before thanks to a new test. The Harmony Non-Invasive Prenatal Test – which is offered to patients privately here in the North East – also screens for genetic conditions to give parents-to-be…

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: A story of birth

After a relatively complication-free pregnancy, I’d expected Cyrus’s birth to be no different. I’d had my meetings with consultants and midwives, I’d drawn up a birth plan and I had chosen to use the midwifery-led birthing centre at the city hospital. I was ready to have…

Obesity in pregnancy and how I tipped the scales

Obesity in pregnancy is a problem. However I want to explain how tipping the scales when your about to have a baby makes a lady feel. One in five pregnant women is overweight or facing obesity in pregnancy, according to the NHS Choices website. A UK report…

Ways to get free baby stuff when you’re pregnant

Free baby stuff can be a lifesaver if you’re pregnant as a new mum over 40. Babies need a lot of stuff and those things can really get expensive. I read that new parents face bills of around a quarter of a million pounds to raise…