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Three Things You Need to Know About Weaning in a Low Sugar Family

At the start of 2015, my husband and I decided to give the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program a try. After reading Sarah Wilson's book, I felt that it couldn't hurt to attempt the detox, and experiment with the idea of giving up sugar. 8 weeks later, I felt amazing.

Posted on 15/06/2017 by Antenatal Online

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Let's not talk about sex

My parents did not mention either a bird or a bee to me. They decided to stay quiet on the issue of periods, puberty and the like, but this was the North in the 70's. I'm sure I wasn't alone in my ignorance. Everything I knew about sex was gleaned from reading a Judy Blume book. It was a confusing time. But then growing up is confusing generally. My husband still guffaws at his dad's birds and bees chat but at least he got one...

Posted on 23/02/2017 by Antenatal Online

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Top Tips for a Great Labour

Pregnancy is an exciting time but even if you are overjoyed about your impending new arrival there may still be that niggling worry at the back of your mind about how you will cope with labour when the baby decides to make its exit.

Posted on 28/12/2016 by Antenatal Online

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Ouch! is it possible to avoid tearing in labour?

When I was 12 I silently vowed that I would NEVER have children following a particularly shocking childbirth video shown to us in Religious Education. My concern was that having a baby would in fact split my difference and I couldn't be having that. I fainted in the middle of the class. Humiliation ensued. As an adult this fear of tearing and what it would feel like stayed with me until one day I found I was pregnant - eek.

Posted on 12/10/2016 by Antenatal Online

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Have I got news for you?

Walking home from school yesterday I was surprised to learn that a friend doesn't allow her 8 year old girls to watch TV during the week, apart from the news while they eat their breakfast. Now I applaud the fact that TV is limited and I am impressed that they are expanding their horizons over their Cocopops while my two sit transfixed, slack jawed, by various kinds of crap...

Posted on 13/07/2016 by Antenatal Online

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8 things I know about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an emotive subject and a difficult journey for many. For some of those who want to breastfeed but fall along the wayside, the stress and guilt can be immense. It is true that parenting can be stressful and guilt inducing full stop. Will my child ever realise he has a bed in his own room? Is it acceptable to feed him peanut butter sandwiches twice a day every day for 3 years?

Posted on 21/06/2016 by Antenatal Online

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Happy Father's Day

It is true to say that my beloved husband sometimes drives me crazy. He is incapable of spotting crumbs, he seems to feel that we have a self-cleaning bathroom and he mistakenly believes that our bedroom floor is some kind of wardrobe. Our 92 year old neighbour can often be found teetering down the drive, heaving our overflowing dustbins behind her as he has forgotten that this is the one household task that he does manage with (some) regularity.

Posted on 19/06/2016 by Antenatal Online

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Dear Mummies: Mind your Own Business!

My little boy who turns 4 in July appears to be going to school in September and I am not particularly happy about it. Many people look at me pityingly when I say this. I think they believe that I cannot bear to let him go, that I will be sitting here on the first day of term, staring at his abandoned trains and sobbing into his paw patrol T-shirt.

Posted on 13/05/2016 by Antenatal Online

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My 8 best parenting u-turns

Last week my little girl turned 8 which led me to reflect on the usual a) how quickly it has gone and b) how unfeasibly long her legs and arms have become. What also occurred to me as I practically dressed her and squeezed her toothpaste on her toothbrush for her was "what the hell am I doing? She is 8"...

Posted on 09/03/2016 by Antenatal Online

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6 things you need to know about sex when you're pregnant

You're pregnant, tired and it is entirely likely that you feel significantly heftier and less nimble than you did in your pre-pregnancy state. In fact, you may feel about as much like having sex as you do eating a lamb roast for breakfast...

Posted on 10/01/2016 by Antenatal Online

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Obstetric Cholestasis

Pregnant? Read our ten things you need to know about OC.

Posted on 15/11/2015 by Antenatal Online

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Do I really need a birth plan?

Even if I don't rigidly stick to it (and let's be honest, I rarely do) I always feel slightly more in control of life if I have a plan. I'm just not very good at simply seeing where the day will take me. To be honest in the absence of a plan, the day generally doesn't take me much further than the living room. And the cake tin. It will therefore come as no real surprise to learn that when it came to my labour and birth, my joy at finding that there was such a thing as an actual 'birth plan' was immense.

Posted on 23/01/2015 by Antenatal Online

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Top Ten Postnatal Tips

A recent survey by the RCM claims that many new mums are made to leave hospital before they are ready and that postnatal support is inadequate. There is no doubt that becoming a mum, joyful as it is, can also be nerve wracking. As a two time survivor of the post-natal period, I share with you here my top tips for getting through it unscathed:

Posted on 06/09/2014 by Antenatal Online

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Returning to work after having a baby: Is it financially viable?

Bringing a new life into the world can be a daunting prospect and when combined with financial pressures and trying to balance your personal life with being a parent, things can get stressful.

Posted on 30/07/2014 by Antenatal Online

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A more gentle approach to sleep training

After 21 months of breastfeeding my youngest, Harry, on demand throughout the night I have had to admit defeat. Bedtime had gradually gone from bearable to horrendous, with Harry spending most of the night in our bed, waking frequently and feeding himself back to sleep.

Posted on 19/05/2014 by Antenatal Online

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All about Tongue-Tie UK

Studies suggest that around 3-4% of babies have tongue-tie yet many new parents have never heard of it. This month's blog post, written by Tongue-tie UK, outlines its symptoms, treatment and what help and support is available.

Posted on 07/04/2014 by Antenatal Online

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The complete guide to Chorion Villus Sampling (CVS)

No amount of preparation and planning can ever fully prepare you motherhood; that's the beauty of it - parenthood is full of wonderful surprises.

Posted on 21/01/2014 by Antenatal Online

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On the first day of Christmas...

As Christmas approaches the Morrison household has succumbed to the sickness bug, just in time for a visit by my mother who has an uncanny knack of arriving just as something hideous is going down.

Posted on 04/12/2013 by Antenatal Online

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Surviving Sibling Rivalry

Yesterday I found myself sitting on the kitchen floor with a near hysterical 5 year old and a screaming 1 year old. The 5 year old was trying to push the 1 year old onto the floor while simultaneously trying to maintain her position on one of my knees.

Posted on 14/06/2013 by Antenatal Online

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How not to parent an introvert

This weekend saw the advent of Mollys princess birthday party. Evie was very excited about attending and spent much time deciding which of the Disney princesses to go as.

Posted on 03/05/2013 by Antenatal Online

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How to escape a mummy rut

It’s now nearly 9 months since I gave birth to Harry and while I will be forever grateful that we finally got our much wanted second child, I find myself feeling less than overjoyed with my lot. After months of being woken up several times a night and with no end in sight I am feeling decidedly... grumpy!

Posted on 25/03/2013 by Antenatal Online

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Review of the New Stork Times Online Baby Massage Class

As a first time mum, keen to meet other mums and to ensure my precious newborn was as stimulated as possible, I did the usual circuit of baby groups including the obligatory baby massage course! Second time round it is a different story.

Posted on 13/02/2013 by Antenatal Online

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A Letter to my Mummy: Navigating the Labyrinth of Sleep Advice

I can report that I am a physical wreck. Were it possible I would say I have aged 10 years in the last 7 months. My husband strenuously denies this but, really, what is the man going to say? The reason for my haggard appearance is of course my seven month old, Harry and his nocturnal activities.

Posted on 08/02/2013 by Antenatal Online

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Safe And Proper Exercise In Pregnancy

Women who are active though pregnancy are more likely to avoid common postnatal health problems like pelvic floor damage, back-pain and incontinence. But doing the right kind of exercise is vital. And sadly many pregnant women are so confused about what they can and should do to get active that they do nothing.

Posted on 08/01/2013 by Antenatal Online

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Review of the Gownie – the maternity hospital gown

My review of the maternity hospital gown, Gownie.

Posted on 13/12/2012 by Antenatal Online

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My birth story

It begun on the way out for a curry one Saturday evening. Firmly believing in all the methods of encouraging the baby out from its cosy bubble I had been working through the various steps over the day and by 5.30pm I was at the hot curry stage.

Posted on 06/12/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Do you want to go back to work after Maternity Leave?

Do you want to go back to work after Maternity Leave? In this weeks Blog, Helen Letchfield, co-founder of Parenting for Professionals, explains that if you do it is vital to make sure you take steps to protect your relationships and your professional image.

Posted on 12/11/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Top ten reasons to love being pregnant

Regular readers will know that technically I am no longer pregnant (though on a bad day I do look it) and my friends will testify that frankly when I was, I prayed daily for the end to arrive. So why, I hear you cry, am I still banging on about it? The reason is this - Harry is only 16 weeks old and yet disconcertingly I have noticed myself gazing wistfully at pregnant ladies and feeling something akin to envy.

Posted on 26/10/2012 by Antenatal Online

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When three become four.

"A smooth sea never a skilled mariner made" apparently and based on that philosophy I must by now be a bloody good sailor. I refer of course to the arrival of my second child, Harry, who is nearly 4 months old. I was completely wrong about not being able to love another as much as my first. Of course I adore my baby boy. What I did not expect was that I would feel such conflicting emotions towards my big girl.

Posted on 17/10/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Reusable Baby Wipes: A Good Investment?

You know that your life could be slightly more interesting when you get excited about a delivery of what is essentially stuff to clean your childs bottom. That is however the position I found myself in last week whilst waiting for my Cheeky Wipes. I clearly need to get out more.

Posted on 19/09/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Are antenatal classes important? A student midwifes view...

During my first year training to be a student midwife I have had the privilege of caring for a diverse range of women and their families, some of whom have been to antenatal classes, others that have not.

Posted on 11/09/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Read all about it - why knowledge is power for birth and breastfeeding

When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I read everything I could get my hands on about pregnancy, labour and birth, right from the start.

Posted on 03/09/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Having the birth you want.

I would like to officially confirm that what I have always secretly believed is actually true. I apologise to the pineapple marketing board but it is a sad fact that no amount of curry, fruit or frankly not that enjoyable sex will force your baby out of you if the baby has other ideas. I had much time to test out these suggestions while waiting for the arrival of my second baby but in spite of this my due date came and went and I found myself inching towards induction.

Posted on 23/08/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Top Tips On How To Stop Sibling Rivalry After Baby

In 2000, my youngest daughter Chloe, was born. I already had a 2 year old girl, Amy, who seemed thrilled at having a baby sister when we first told her I was pregnant. And then as the day came, she seemed less and less delighted that someone else would be sharing her Mummy and Daddy.

Posted on 06/08/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Fitting a bra for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Fitting a bra is often frustrating and confusing as all bras fit differently and you are likely to be different sizes in different makes, and sometimes styles as well. It is even more challenging when your body and breasts are changing all the time during pregnancy and breastfeeding baby.

Posted on 09/07/2012 by Antenatal Online

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The first few days with baby, a Mums view.

As our founder here at Antenatal Online, Louise, has just given birth, it has got me thinking on how I felt when I had my children.

Posted on 03/07/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Almost There - 39 Weeks Pregnant

I was lucky enough to have had a home birth with my first child four years ago and was planning to do the same this time round. But sometimes things don’t go to plan and it would now appear that I am destined for the hospital. I am no longer considered low risk.

Posted on 18/06/2012 by Antenatal Online

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What is a Maternity Consultant?

Our guest blog post this week comes from Hattie Weeks who works as an independent Maternity Consultant in London.

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Breastfeeding Premature Twins - Part 2

Once we were home the madness of feeding frenzies really began. I felt so alone for a long time without the constant company and support of the nurses from the ward. But at the same time it was a complete team effort between David and I as we adjusted to our new life at home.

Posted on 01/06/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Breastfeeding Premature Twins - Part 1

In January 2010 my fiancé, David, and I started our fifth cycle of ICSI in the hope of getting pregnant and having a baby of our own. We were starting to wonder if IVF was ever going to work for us. But it did and by the end of February 2010 we knew that we were pregnant, and not just with one baby but with two.

Posted on 29/05/2012 by Antenatal Online

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The Home Straight - 36 weeks pregnant

And so you join me at 36 weeks...and suddenly it would appear that I don't have that long to go!

Posted on 22/05/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Thinking about taking your newborn swimming? Yes you can!

Thinking about taking your newborn swimming? Then have a read of our latest blog post by Ali Beckman, Technical Director with swimming experts Puddle Ducks!

Posted on 16/05/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Life as a first year Midwifery student

In our latest blog post, Kent-based first year student midwife Shadae Mullard tells us why she chose to embark on a career in midwifery and how she is finding her journey so far.

Posted on 10/05/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Pain relief during labour or not? It is your choice!

When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter (now 13) I remember thinking that I would be fine without pain relief. Surely it wouldn't hurt that much?

Posted on 03/05/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Treatment options for varicose veins during pregnancy

Our latest blog post looks at varicose veins, one of the less glamorous side effects of pregnancy! Eddie Chaloner, a London-based consultant vascular surgeon tells us what causes them and what you can do about them.

Posted on 30/04/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Why I will feel differently about breastfeeding second time around.

I feel very fortunate that I was able to breastfeed my first baby and I'm hoping to be able to breastfeed again when the next one arrives in June but I do think that second time round I may feel a little bit differently about my experience.

Posted on 16/04/2012 by Antenatal Online

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29 weeks pregnant and counting!

As I am now entering the 29th week of my pregnancy I thought I would pop in with an update. I think it's allowed. After all, I haven't really gone on about it. Well, not very much. So, here we go, stuff I know - 29 weeks and counting:

Posted on 27/03/2012 by Antenatal Online

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What is Green Parenting?

As a parent, we want our children to be happy and healthy. Most parents do, it is in the job description of being a parent, or indeed a carer. Green parenting uses nature to offer our children both of these ideals.

Posted on 20/03/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Don't feed the pregnancy head trolls...

When you are pregnant for the first time, it is par for the course that you will have some worries and concerns, but sometimes you just have to stop feeding your head trolls.

Posted on 12/03/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Back to work after having baby.

I have recently read a number of articles criticising a certain celebrity for going back to work so soon after having allegedly almost died giving birth to her second and much wanted child - the subtext being `how can she selfishly abandon her poor child for the sake of her own career, clearly she couldn't have wanted her that much'.

Posted on 05/03/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Introducing Emilia's Little Heart Foundation

Our life is a journey and we travel along many paths trying to find our way. We sometimes come to a path with no where to go, and when my daughter Emilia aged 3 and a half passed away I felt like my life had come to one of those paths, and I was unsure what path to take next.

Posted on 01/03/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Walkie Talkie

Our last guest blog post from the fabulous Farren Timoteo in his blog mini series with us, a fantastic read...

Posted on 21/02/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Days Out with Children: The Horniman Museum

Faced with yet another freezing cold day yesterday and having a coat that does not fasten over my rapidly expanding belly, we decided that some indoor entertainment was in order. Where to go however was proving tricky to decide. Having already endured soft play earlier in the week, swimming being out due to Evie having a toe that is in danger of falling off and the cinema being pricey, we decided to look for a free museum that a 4 year old would enjoy.

Posted on 13/02/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Using Flower Remedies during pregnancy and labour

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time but no matter how overjoyed you may be about your impending new arrival, there will probably be times when you feel tired, stressed and generally out of sorts! There are a wide range of complementary therapies that can help with the symptoms of pregnancy and indeed can help you cope during your labour. Here our complementary therapist Sally Walker tells us why she is a big fan of Bach Flower remedies.

Posted on 02/02/2012 by Antenatal Online

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There may be trouble ahead...

The first fundamental disagreement of our marriage is upon us. Well kind of the first, if you don't count our annual sport related arguments and the fact that in my opinion a vote for the Conservative party could never be considered a sensible use of ink.

Posted on 19/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Becoming MAMA

In May 2009 my life was about to change forever. I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby and had everything ready for his arrival. I was a healthy young Mum having a wonderful pregnancy.

Posted on 16/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Babynomics

We were at an outdoor art exhibition when we came upon an old friend of mine. She was accompanied by her husband and pushing along a sophisticated tri-wheeled vehicle with a baby seated inside.

Posted on 11/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Should I be worried about Group B Strep and my newborn?

What is GBS? It's a bacteria that lives harmlessly in about 30% of adults, along with lots of other bugs. Carrying GBS is normal and is not the same as being infected.

Posted on 09/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Meet the 1000 Miles Mummy!

My name's Heather, I'm 22 years old and I have a lovely 22 month old daughter, Lola. On 1st January 2012, I became the 1000 Miles Mummy!

Posted on 06/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Why should pregnant women exercise?

Posted on 04/01/2012 by Antenatal Online

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Ho Ho Ho!

Posted on 22/12/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Slight change of plan...I have an announcement!

Posted on 16/12/2011 by Antenatal Online

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What's In A Name?

Posted on 01/12/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Top tips for keeping comfortable when pregnant during the winter...

Posted on 28/11/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Wherefore art thou Monkey?

Posted on 13/11/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Should I try for a Water Birth?

Posted on 09/11/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Our first Baby Show

Posted on 03/11/2011 by Antenatal Online

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WIN 2 tickets (5 pairs available) to The Baby Show at Earls Court 28th-30th October 2011

Posted on 19/10/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Happy Holidays...

Posted on 18/10/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Babies and the Bayeux Tapestry

Posted on 05/10/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Time to face facts

Posted on 29/09/2011 by Antenatal Online

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How a birth plan and support can make a difference

Posted on 27/09/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Coping with Cot Death: Alexander’s Story

Posted on 19/09/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Induction- do you really have a choice?

Posted on 13/09/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Having the best birthing experience possible, no matter what happens

Posted on 05/09/2011 by Antenatal Online

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New #BabyTalk feature on Twitter, every Friday!

Posted on 31/08/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Elective C-Section: What to Expect

For a variety of reasons during pregnancy, consultants may feel it is necessary for your baby to be delivered via a Caesarean section (c-section).

Posted on 10/08/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Pregnant? Got A Baby? No Money? Don't Panic!

Today’s guest blog post comes from Sally Walker. Whilst not in her ‘day job’ guise of social media manager and SEO consultant, she also writes for various magazines on topics such as ‘green/eco parenting’ and ‘parenting on a budget.’

Posted on 01/08/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Pregnant, Paranoid and Feeling Past My "Use By" Date | Guest blog post by Angel LaLiberte

Today’s guest blog post is by By Angel LaLiberte, Founder of FlowerPowerMom.com—The Truth About Motherhood After 40

Posted on 29/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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A Neonatal Story | Guest blog post from Jenny Bond, organiser of the Neonatal Charity Ball

At 31 years of age I am mum to three lovely children, wife, friend, trainee teacher, event organiser, optimist, worn out and would build an empire in one day if it was something I was enthusiastic about! Oh, and my name is Jenny Bond.

Posted on 25/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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How To Keep Your Child-Minding Mum Happy | A guest blog post by Charlotte Lloyd Owen from Grannynet

Our latest guest blog post is by Charlotte Lloyd Owen, one of the founders of Grannynet, on the sometimes thorny issue of keeping your child-minding mum happy!

Posted on 19/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Coping with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

Before I had my daughter I had never heard of PGP but it is surprisingly common in pregnancy, affecting around 1 in 5 pregnant women.

Posted on 14/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Baby Led Weaning: The Best Start For Your Baby? | Guest blog post by Sally Underdown and Julie Clark

Posted on 11/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Top 10 Tips For A Homebirth | A guest blog post by Nicki Hook

Today’s guest blog post comes from Nicki Hook, who is the founder of Growing Together and new mum to baby Susannah Grace.

Posted on 01/07/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Top 10 Exercise Tips For Mums And Mums-To-Be

Today’s guest blog post is by Emma Goodman. Emma is a pre and postnatal exercise specialist working in Maidstone, Kent.

Posted on 28/06/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Apple Dumplings: Spreading the Breastfeeding Word. A guest blog post from Virginia Howes.

A fantastic guest blog post for you today from the amazing Virginia Howes who is an independent midwife and who founded the Kent Midwifery Practice and the ‘Sexy Sassy Breastfeeding Women’ Facebook page.

Posted on 22/06/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Give Online Antenatal Classes A Try

I wanted to share a message we received via Twitter this week about our video based online classes. The tweet read:

Posted on 21/06/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Should you Sign with your Baby? A guest blog post by Jo Williamson from TalkFirst Baby Signing - Wiltshire

We are very pleased to publish the below guest blog post by Jo Williamson from TalkFirst Baby Signing – Wiltshire

Posted on 17/06/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Hypnotherapy: your route to a better birth?

Ask any pregnant woman what it is about the forthcoming birth that scares her and the majority will probably answer ‘pain’.

Posted on 06/06/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Birth - a scary business?

For much of my life I managed to pretty much avoid thinking about children and so, by extension, childbirth.

Posted on 25/05/2011 by Antenatal Online

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Welcome to our new blog!

Hello! And welcome to our shiny new blog. By way of introduction, I am a mum of one gorgeous little

Posted on 19/05/2011 by Antenatal Online

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