Pregnancy

 

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Our expert advice will guide you through your pregnancy, birth and beyond, including symptoms & what to expect. This is the first step to growing your family. Pregnancy is all about looking after yourself and your baby. Our guide covers all aspects of your journey, including what to expect, symptoms to look out for, nutrition advice, birthing guidance, how your partner can help and how best to prepare for the arrival of your newborn.

Recommended Products You’ll Want To Use After Having A Caesarean Section

I had to have a C-section with my last baby and having had two natural births, there was a lot to learn. Here’s a selection of recommended products you’ll want to stock up on.

What To Expect From A Planned Caesarean

Regardless of where a C-section sits on your original birth plan, knowing what to expect is really important to support for having a positive birth experience.

15 Deliciously Healthy Recipes To Try During Pregnancy

Here are some brilliantly healthy recipes to try during your first, second and third trimesters.

What Causes Stretch Marks And How Can I Treat Them?

Although stretch marks are mostly genetic there are absolutely things that you can do to prepare your skin for pregnancy and reduce the chances of long term scar formation associated. 

The Best Pregnancy And Nursing Pillows To Help You Sleep

If you are pregnant and struggling to sleep, check out these pregnancy pillows designed to help you get more comfortable at night to get the rest you need.

Must-Have Products For Your Gender Reveal Party

Gender reveal parties are becoming more and more popular so we thought we would share some of our favourite ideas for that big gender reveal!

Maternity Activewear: Staying Fit And Fashionable During Pregnancy

Regular exercise can significantly benefit expectant mothers. From stretchy leggings to breathable t-shirts tailored for pregnant women, maternity activewear makes staying active achievable and fashionable.

How To Cope With Pregnancy After Baby Loss: Advice From Tommy’s Midwives

Coping with pregnancy after baby loss. Will baby loss happen again? Are you entitled to extra scans? And advice on how to look after your mental health.

When My Baby Dies by Julia Samuels

Dealing With Baby Loss: Advice From Psychotherapist And Author, Julia Samuel

Coming to terms with the death of a baby. Expert advice from Psychotherapist and Paediatric Counsellor, Julia Samuel.

The Benefits Of Collagen During Pregnancy: Is It Really Good For You?

Are collagen supplements safe to take during pregnancy? We talk to the experts at Absolute Collagen to find out.

6 Fun Baby Shower Games Everyone Will Love

If you’re organising, attending or having a baby shower, here are our top six games to play!

What The Experts WISH You Knew About Having A New Baby 

We’ve joined forces with some of the most respected voices in the UK parenting community to bring you the wisdom that exactly what the More

5 Signs That Led Me To Seek An ADHD Assessment At 29

Alice Gendron, the author behind “The Mini ADHD Coach,” dives into the reasons behind her decision to undergo an adult ADHD assessment.

Starting Fertility Treatment? Professor Geeta Nargund Reveals All

Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility, shares an overview of what you can expect when starting fertility treatment. Staring fertility treatment Starting More

Baby Positions In The Womb Before Birth

From about 32 weeks gestation, you can expect your baby to begin to settle into their pre-birth position.

Pregnancy Grief Looks Different On Everyone – Here’s What You Need To Know

Losing a baby in the womb steals a huge chunk of our past, our present and our future and no matter how early or late in the pregnancy the loss occurs, it does not change the intensity of the pain.

Delivering The Placenta: What To Expect

Often referred to as the third stage of labour, after delivering the baby, the final stage is to deliver the placenta, commonly known as the ‘afterbirth.’

Best Books For New Mums: Birth, Babies, Sleep, Sex, Self-Care & Gin

We’ve created this list of best books for new mums to give you a little helping hand, trusted advice, expert tips, and a nappy load of humour to boot.

How To Manage Stretch Marks And The Best Products To Treat Your Growing Bump

Stretch marks are a common worry and according to the NHS website, 8 out of 10 women get them during pregnancy. Here are some fabulous products you can use to help your skin during that stretching process.

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy

What to look out for if you are concerned about your mental health, with practical tips on how to support your mental wellbeing.

7 Things You Wouldn’t Think To Put In Your Hospital Bag But 100% Need

The things you haven’t thought about packing that you will 100% need.

What Is A Birth Debrief? And How To Deal With Maternal Burnout

Midwife Illiyin Morrison shares her advice on the importance of a birth debrief and how to deal with maternal burnout. 

Maternity Fashion: 24 Picks From Isabella Oliver’s Spring Collection

Our favourite go-to maternity fashion label Isabella Oliver has launched its new spring collection, bursting with easy-wear pieces full of colour.

24 Winter Wonderland Pieces For Your Maternity Wardrobe

If you’re sporting a growing bump this season and are looking to update your wardrobe with stylish winter maternity fashion, check out our guide More

Is This The End Of The Tooth Fairy? Find Out How Storing Your Child’s Milk Teeth Could Save Their Life

Did you know that right now, parents are storing their children’s stem cells for use in potential therapies? It’s called private stem cell banking and helps families to protect the health of their little ones for years to come.

Homelessness And Pregnancy: Why We Need To Take Action Now

Understanding the impact homelessness can have on women and their pregnancies is vital to provide good care.

What Are The Warning Signs And Risk Factors Of Premature Birth?

A birth is considered premature if it occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. There are three different categories of premature birth based on gestational age which each carry their own risks and individual needs for specific care.

How To Overcome The Fear Of Childbirth Or ‘Tokophobia’

Tokophobia is the extreme fear of childbirth. This fear can become so significant that women might choose to avoid pregnancy altogether.

TTC: What Supplements Should I Take? Expert Advice For Men And Women

“Knowing which nutrients you need to support pre-conception and pregnancy can help support you on your journey to trying to conceive.” Lesley Gilchrist.

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The 20-Week Ultrasound: What To Expect From The Anomaly Scan

We get many questions on the 20-week scan (especially from first-time parents), and what exactly this entails, so we wanted to offer you more information on this important mum-to-be milestone.

Dealing With Baby Loss: A Reader’s Story

From the outside looking in you would think I had everything a girl could want: a happy marriage, an amazing son, a beautiful home and a dog. Appearances can be deceiving, I do have it all, but what I don’t have is all my children at home.

Ways Pregnant And Postpartum Women Can Strengthen And Look After Their Backs

Chiropractor Dr. Stefaan Vossen shares his expert advice on strengthening and looking after your back through pregnancy and beyond.

Parental Control, Ep 68: Midwife & Influencer Illy Morrison On Pregnancy Woes, Sleep Struggles And More

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes midwife and influencer Illy Morrison to the show to discuss pregnancy woes and sleep. Getting a good night’s More

Why Pregnant Women Should Check They’ve Had The MMR Vaccine

It is important for women to get the MMR vaccine before they get pregnant, to reduce the risk of them becoming infected with measles, mumps, and rubella.

Parental Control, Ep 66: An Eye-Opening Conversation With The Naked Doula About Pregnancy & Birth

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Emma Armstrong aka The Naked Doula to the show

What Are The Benefits Of Reflexology For Fertility And Pregnancy?

London reflexologist Keah Lan shares her insights into how reflexology can help with fertility and pregnancy. 

Mother Fit’s Top 5 Core Exercises During Pregnancy

My top 5 core exercises may promote proper posture, fending off lower back pain so common during pregnancy. 

C-Section Pain: What Normal, What’s Not And How To Cope

Dr Deepak Ravindran on c-section pain, what to expect, what’s normal, and how to cope with Caesarean pain and complications after birth.

Can You Predict Your Baby’s Sex?

There are lots of theories that profess to predict your baby’s sex in the womb, but can you really trust anything other than science? Read on to find out. 

Pregnant In A Heatwave? Here’s How To Cope

Pregnant women naturally have a slightly decreased tolerance to heat and humidity. Check out Becca Maberly’s top tips for keeping cool this summer.

Dressing Your Bump: The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe For Summer

We’re on hand to help you create a beautiful capsule summer wardrobe for pregnancy, in ten easy steps.

Everything You Need To Know About Sciatica In Pregnancy

Sciatica can happen at any time in our adult lives, but it can be more common to get lower back and leg pain symptoms during pregnancy.

Ten Things Nobody Tells You About Giving Birth

Milli Hill is the author of the bestselling The Positive Birth Book, and she drops by to celebrate the launch of her revised and More

Parental Control, Ep 60: Bestselling Author Milli Hill On The Realities Of Giving Birth

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes bestselling author Milli Hill to the show to celebrate the launch of the revised edition of The Positive Birth Book and to discuss the realities of giving birth.

9 Pretty-Everywhere Maternity Dresses For Your Summer Wardrobe

Shop everything from maxi dresses to midi-length maternity dresses and wrap styles for a flattering look during pregnancy and beyond.

Kelly Simpkin-Clarke Introduces New Pregnancy Haircare Brand WeTwo

Kelly founded WeTwo, a natural hair, skin and feminine care brand on a mission to create clean and gentle beauty products for women.

INTERVIEW: A Walk In The Park With Model, Influencer And Mama-To-Be Laura Coleman

We join Laura for a walk around Victoria Park to test drive her pushchair of choice, the Stokke Xplory X Signature, and to talk about her pregnancy, nesting plans, and how she’s preparing for her June arrival.

Parental Control, Ep 58: Midwife Marley’s Nitty-Gritty Guide To Common Pregnancy Complaints

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Midwife Marley to the show to celebrate the launch of her new book: The modern bible for pregnancy, More

C-section Recovery: Everything You Need To Know

This Caesarean section Awareness Month, Lesley Gilchrist, registered midwife and co-founder of My Expert Midwife talks to My Baba about how women can plan and prioritise their recovery after a C-section.

Parental Control, Ep 50: Pregnancy And What To Eat During Your First, Second And Third Trimester

A podcast with Leith’s trained chef Adam Shaw on foods to eat during pregnancy. Recipe inspiration for the first, second and third trimesters.

What Is The Best Pregnancy Supplement And When Should I Start Taking It?

Pregnancy or prenatal supplements are specially formulated to contain the vitamins and minerals you need to support you and your developing baby.

Why You Need A Pregnancy Pillow And Best Positions For Sleep

Having tried and tested a fair few products during each of our seven pregnancies, the My Baba team has one conclusion…

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The Best Fitness Classes For Pregnant Women In London

London has a wealth of prenatal and postnatal workout classes to guide you through pregnancy fitness safely, here are our recommendations.

Best Online Exercises Classes (Plus Prenatal Options) To Get Fit This Year

If you’re still figuring out how to honour that all-important New Year’s resolution of getting fit, we’ve got just the solution for you: get More

Top Tips on Throwing The Perfect Baby Shower

How To Throw The Perfect Baby Shower

All expectant mamas deserve to be made a fuss off. If you’ve been tasked with organising your best friend’s baby shower, there are lots of things to consider.

Stress During Pregnancy

5 Steps To Reduce Stress During Pregnancy

Stress affects us all, and although some of this is an alarming read there are some great easy steps to help you manage stress during pregnancy. 

Can Stress Make It Harder To Conceive?

World-renowned wellness guru James Duigan, author of The Clean and Lean Pregnancy Guide shares his advice on fertility and stress. 

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Routine In The Womb: How To Recognise What’s Normal For Your Baby

June marks the fourth national awareness month for the thought-provoking campaign, Routine in The Womb.

The Caesarean Scar: Everything You Need To Know

If you have had or are planning a caesarean, or know someone who is, then here is the commonest questions and answers covering everything you need to know about Caesarean Section scars.

Parental Control, Ep 39: Types Of Birth And How They Impact Future Pregnancies

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Ellie Rayner to the podcast to discuss how previous types of birth can have an impact on future pregnancy and subsequent births.

How To Dress Your Blossoming Bump For Autumn And Beyond

Shop AW21 maternity fashion with expert tips on how to dress during pregnancy.

Do I Have The Baby Blues Or Postnatal Depression?

What’s the difference between the Baby Blues and postnatal depression? What makes somebody more vulnerable, and what can I do to manage PND?

Can I Drink During Pregnancy

Drinking During Pregnancy: What Is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

What effect can drinking alcohol whilst pregnant have on your baby? How is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosed?

Understanding Birth Trauma: The Signs, Symptoms And How To Get Help

Birth trauma can arise from many things, and not just the exact type of birth someone ended up with. Dr Ellie Rayner shares her expert advice.

What’s The Best Bra To Wear When Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?

If you’re looking to find the best bra to wear during pregnancy or breastfeeding, you’ve come to the right place. 

The JelliePod Ep #8: 5 IVF Cycles, SERC, Egg Donors, And A Devastating Miscarriage

The JelliePod is back with another guest episode. 30-year-old Natalie joins the show to talk about her IVF/TTC journey, involving five IVF cycles.

Varicose Veins and pregnancy

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy And Veins

Everything you need to know about varicose veins. Written by Professor Mark Whiteley, Consultant Venous Surgeon and Founder of The Whiteley Clinic.

What Is Obstetric Cholestasis And How Will It Affect My Pregnancy?

Obstetric Cholestasis is an uncommon liver disorder that can occur during pregnancy. In the UK around 7 in every 1000 women experience the condition, which is less than 1%.

Gestational Diabetes: What You Need To Know From Diagnosis To Birth And Beyond

Gestational diabetes is diabetes which occurs during pregnancy in non-diabetic women. ANY pregnant woman can be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but certain women are at a higher risk.

The Nitty Gritty Guide to Ovulation

I’ve pulled together advice from trusted sources so you’ll find everything you want to google about ovulation, all in one place.

Your Pelvic Floor Is For Life, Not Just For Pregnancy: Must-Have Tips To Avoid Weak Muscles

The reason we want you to do your pelvic floor exercises is to prevent bladder leaking problems during pregnancy and afterwards.

My Baba’s ‘Best In Boutique’ Brands At The Baby Show

My Baba Editor Ellie Thompson picks her top ten ‘best in boutique’ brands at The Baby Show Live. If you’d like free tickets to The Baby Show Live, click here and register now!

How Will My Baby Be Monitored In Labour?

Dr Ellie Rayner explains all you need to know about baby monitoring in labour. 

Parental Control, Ep 30: Tommy’s On Miscarriage: Why Women Are Being Let Down By A Lack Of Support

My Baba editor Ellie Thompson is joined by Tommy’s to discuss their new campaign to demand more support for women following a miscarriage and why that support is so badly needed.

Growth Scans In Pregnancy: What Are They And Why Are They Performed?

A growth scan is an ultrasound scan that is normally performed in the third trimester of pregnancy and checks how well your baby is growing.

Caesarean Birth: An Overview And What To Expect

What happens in a Caesarean section and how long will it take to recover? A complete guide to the C-section by obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Ellie Rayner.

The Hospital Bag: Leonora’s Guide On What To Pack

For my first baby, I must have taken three suitcases – half of which remained unopened – but for my second and third, I managed to pare it down to the essentials.

Worried About Weaning? Paediatric Dietitian Reveals Everything You Need to Know

When is the right time to start weaning? What is baby-led weaning? Paediatric Dietician Bianca Parau responds to questions about weaning.

Optimising Your Health When Trying To Conceive

If you are thinking of conceiving, or are currently trying to conceive, here are a few important steps you should follow.

Should I Opt for a VBAC or Repeat Caesarean Section?

A Cesarean or a VBAC? Each woman is different and has the right to decide for herself how she wants to give birth.

Episiotomies, Forceps, Ventouse And Induction: The Low-Down On Birthing Interventions

What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is a procedure performed during labour, where a small cut is made to your perineum by your midwife More

What Is Vaginal Seeding? Weighing Up The Risks V Benefits

You may have heard of the term ‘vaginal seeding’, but what actually is it? What are the risks, and what are the benefits?

Sore Perineum After Birth? 5 Tips To Reduce Pain And Help Healing

If you’re one of the many women suffering discomfort after giving birth, worry not, help is on hand in the form of expert advice from obs and gynae Dr. Ellie Rayner.

False Labour Pains: What Are They? And How Do I Know If They’re Normal?

What are false labour pains? The difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and real labour contractions.

Healthy Eggs Fertility

Trying To Conceive? Zita West’s Ten Tips For Healthy Eggs

Fertility expert and midwife to the stars, Zita West, advises on how to keep your eggs at their healthy best to improve chances of fertility and healthy pregnancy.

Pregnant In A Pandemic? Read The Latest Advice Here

The following article is provided in accordance with the latest advice by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Public Health England.

Is Your Partner’s Sperm Healthy? 5 Tips To Build And Boost Sperm Health

Whether you’re dealing with a low count, poor motility or morphology, there is always room for improvement when it comes to the intrinsic and genetic status of the sperm

What Happens If I’m Diagnosed With Covid-19 During Pregnancy?

Should I take the Covid vaccine while pregnant? What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms? Your pregnancy and Covid-19 FAQs answered.

Preparing For Birth: The Best Stretches To Help With Labour

There’s no doubt labour is an extremely physical undertaking, so utilising some key stretches and strengthening moves prior and during, can really help take pressure off the body.

How To Use Superfoods To Increase Fertility And General Wellbeing

If you are serious about conceiving or wanting more energy, or you want to get your hormones back in check, because you feel like your emotions are out of control, the first thing I would suggest you do is start following an anti-inflammatory diet.

A Guide To Pregnancy Yoga: Everything You Need To Know

Can I carry on with yoga practice throughout my pregnancy? Should I practice different poses for different trimesters?

Expert Reveals Pregnancy Exercise Mistakes You’re Making

Pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert Dr. Joanna Helcké talks to us about the common mistakes we all make when exercising during pregnancy.

What To Expect From Pregnancy And Birth In Lockdown

Some important considerations for any expectant parent in light of the new lockdown restrictions to help you stay safe and stay well during your pregnancy and as you approach birth.

How Do I Treat Melasma When I’m Pregnant?

Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face.

Everything You Need To Know About Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain is a common condition affecting one in five pregnant women. It is important to note that symptoms vary in range and severity.

How To Lay The Foundations For A Healthy Pregnancy

Your baby relies on the right nutrients at the right time to enable different organs to mature, so it has to rely on the nutrient stores you have built in the preceding months leading up to pregnancy, not just what you are eating just at that moment.

Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby’s Birth Weight

To support the healthy development and birth weight of your baby, please be proactive and tackle the risks early with your GP and help reverse the lifelong consequences with an adequate diet and lifestyle.

13 Tips For Optimising Your Nutrition After Pregnancy

Dr Harriet Holme is a registered Nutritionist (AfN), and former experienced paediatrician and she shares her top tips on nutrition after pregnancy.

Is a Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer Better?

Do you go ahead with the fresh transfer of an embryo that has developed over several days, or do you wait and freeze the embryo?

3, 2, 1 PUSH…! The Most Popular Songs To Give Birth To

Are you looking for a birthing playlist? Here’s a list ot the most popular songs to give birth to, including hits by Ed Sheeran and Adele.

7 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing A Stem Cell Bank

Have you thought about collecting your baby’s stem cells or cord blood?

Pregnancy and Teeth

How To Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Poor oral health, especially gum disease during pregnancy, has been associated with low birth weight, pre-eclampsia and pre-term birth in addition to general health issues related to heart and respiratory disease as well as gestational diaebetes.

The Modern Midwife On Understanding The Postnatal Period

In the postnatal series Marie Louise, The Modern Midwife runs through key things that will help you to plan for the first three months with your baby, which is commonly known as the fourth trimester.

The Modern Midwife On Navigating Pregnancy And Preparing For Birth 

Marie Louise, The Modern Midwife talks about her new online antenatal Pregnancy & Birth series with details on how you can sign up.

A Mother’s Story: I Almost Lost My Newborn Baby To Group B Strep

After a straightforward pregnancy and extremely fast labour, Matilda was born in Scarborough Hospital on 24 April 2017, but Melissa, quickly sensed that all was not well.

Abdominal Seperation

What Is Abdominal Separation and What Can I Do About it?

A lot of women worry about how their bodies will change during pregnancy, and are concerned in particular with abdominal separation. We asked our fitness expert More

Everything You Need To Know About Group B Strep & Pregnancy

What is group B Strep infection? How do I know if I am a carrier?

Pregnant In A Pandemic: Three Techniques To Help You Stay Calm & In Control

Pregnant In A Pandemic: Three Techniques To Help You Stay Calm & In Control

Fertility and birth specialist Kristin Hayward talks us through ways we can reduce stress levels, step away from Covid-19 and keep our baby happy when pregnant in a pandemic.

The Benefits Of Hypnobirthing For You, Your Partner And Your Baby

What to expect from a hypnobirthing class, the benefits of hypnobirthing and the key ways hypnobirthing is different to the classic antenatal class.

Help Reduce Still Birth Rates With The Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet

The Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet is an emotional and purposeful way to monitor your baby’s movement during pregnancy.

How to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor in 5 Easy Steps

How To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor In 5 Easy Steps

Recommended by over a thousand health professionals, the Elvie trainer is a wearable kegal trainer that works in tandem with its accompanying app.

Epidural 101: Everything Expectant Mothers Need to Know

Lesley Gilchrist, a registered midwife and co-founder of My Expert Midwife, shares her expert advice on epidurals, including the advantages, risks and complexities involved.

Join The Free Online Birth School For Parents To Be

Join moKee’s FREE online Birth School, helping mothers-to-be get ready for birth during these unusual circumstances.

Pregnancy Heartburn: Why It’s Happening And How To Cope

Heartburn is probably one of the most common ailments women suffer during pregnancy. While it is not threatening to your pregnancy or your baby, it sure can be uncomfortable you.

Can I Enjoy Sex During Pregnancy?

The feeling about sex whilst pregnant depends very much on individual feelings about sex, the partner’s feelings about sex, and the physical and emotional changes during the pregnancy.

5 Tips To Protect Your Immunity During Pregnancy

Pregnant women have been placed in a vulnerable group for coronavirus by the UK Chief Medical Officer on 16th March 2020, why is that, and what can you do to boost immunity during pregnancy?

7 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing An Antenatal Class

Choosing the right antenatal class is an important decision. You’ll need to think about what you’re looking to gain from the course, and what type of class you think will suit you best.

Help Protect The Planet With Sustainable Skincare For Expectant Mamas

All formulations are vegan, smell gorgeous and are made from 100% natural fragrances. Every item in the range is packaged in all-new sustainable packaging.

Everything You Need To Know About Ectopic Pregnancies

What is ectopic pregnancy? This is a term used when a pregnancy is implanted outside the womb. The normal site of implantation is within More

7 Must-Book Treatments For London Mamas This Mother’s Day

To celebrate the London mama in your life this Mother’s Day, why not choose an at-home treatment from new London concierge service Motherly Needs?

Why Improving Your Gut Health Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Baby – Before, During And After Pregnancy

Whether you’re trying for a baby, currently pregnant or coping with a newborn, there’s one simple thing you can do to massively improve things for both you and your baby – improve your gut health.

What Is Newborn Screening And What Are The Benefits?

What are the reasons you should pursue newborn screening for your child?

Parental Control, Ep 9: Everything You Need To Know About Gut Health In Pregnancy & Babies

In this month’s episode, nutritionist Jane Clarke talks to Leonora about both gut health during pregnancy and in babies.

What Is A Gender Reveal? Warning: Includes Real Gender Reveal Video That Will Melt Hearts!

A gender reveal party is becoming a growing trend. It’s a celebration during which parents and their friends and family find out the sex of their baby.

Why Is A Birth Plan So Important?

When it comes to your pregnancy, your labour and giving birth, the focus should be on you, your choices and preferences.

Can I Have a Normal Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes?

If you have pre-existing diabetes, you may be wondering, “Can I have a healthy pregnancy?” While the simple answer to this question is a resounding “yes!” there are some special considerations for women with diabetes who wish to become pregnant.

What is the Best Age to Freeze My Eggs?

Women are now more aware of their own biological clock and want to give themselves the best chance to have a child later in life with their own biological eggs.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Blossoming Mamas-to-Be

If you’re looking for the perfect mum-to-be Christmas gift this year then look no further. Mama Mio have Christmas presents for pregnant women all More

Do You Need Vitamin D? If You’re A Mum, Mum-To-Be Or Baby, Here’s The Answer

Vitamin D is something we absorb when our skin is exposed to sunlight but during the winter months, most of us aren’t getting enough of it.

9 Exercises to Relieve Back Tension Throughout Pregnancy (and How to Perform Them Safely)

Back pain is a common problem throughout pregnancy, and in this article I hope to give you some methods of mobilising your spine, to manage or even eradicate your aches and pains.

Why Cord Blood Banking Should Be Part of Your Birth Plan

While writing your plan, you have probably thought about where and how you want to give birth, who you would like present and what pain relief to use. But have you considered cord blood banking?

Expectation v Experience: Do You Have A Birth Plan?

When I discuss anxieties surrounding interventions, they usually stem from fear of the unknown, loss of control or concerns about the reasons that these deliveries may be required. Women have often heard or read negative stories.

Recommended Top Five Birth Control Methods

Are you wondering which birth control method is best for you? We outline the top five options when it comes to contraception, and the pros and cons of each.

What is Pre-eclampsia and How Will it Affect My Pregnancy?

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women and is associated with having high blood pressure. It is a fairly common condition during pregnancy for women, affecting up to six per cent of pregnant women in the UK.

Pregnant? 10 Things You Need to Know About Iron

Most mums-to-be understand the importance of folate or folic acid for a healthy pregnancy. But did you know that iron is equally important, for both mother and baby? Too little iron during pregnancy has also been linked to low birth weight, premature delivery and an increased risk of bleeding after birth.

7 Ways to Take Charge and Give Birth Like A Feminist

It may take years or even generations to turn birth around and get it back onto a course that truly serves every woman as an individual. But you, you are where this change starts. The change starts with you. Here’s what you can do.

Common Sleep Problems & Advice on How to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

The Kally Pillow is perfect for use during pregnancy to enable you to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

How to Deal with Emotional & Physical Changes During Pregnancy

While having a new baby is a family matter and partners also experience change, women walk through several transitions along the path from pregnancy to motherhood.

6 Surprising Things That Happen To Your Skin During Pregnancy

While the big bump and needing to pee all the time are obvious symptoms of pregnancy, there are a few skin changes that may surprise you.

Surviving A Pregnancy: A Personal Experience Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

From not being able to eat or drink anything without throwing up to becoming so ill she couldn’t stand up and having to be admitted to hospital, NW8 founder Karin Thyselius writes about her experience of hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Review of Future Health Biobank: The Day of Stem Cell Collection

We’re back with an update following our first vlog on why we decided to collect our baby’s stem cells.

Does Age Impact Your Fertilty? Having A Baby In Your 20s, 30s, 40s And Beyond

There are plenty of pros and cons to trying for a baby at different ages but what is the optimum age for trying to conceive?

Six Safe Exercises For a Strong, Active Pregnancy

These bodyweight and resistance-based exercises will specifically strengthen the muscles that are most compromised during pregnancy.

What is Diastasis Recti

Abdominal Separation: Tips For Restoring Your Core Post Pregnancy

A tummy gap or Diastasis Recti is a gap of roughly 2.7cm or more between the 2 sides of the muscle that covers the front surface of the tummy area (Rectus Abdominis Muscle).

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Should I Vaccinate? Chicken Pox, Pregnancy & Toddlers

Vaccination of children is not currently advised in UK, even if mother is pregnant and in the midst of an outbreak. She is 98-99% likely to be immune.

What to pack in your hospital bag

Giving Birth: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

We explain what you should be packing in your hospital bag, so you can be totally organised ahead of the birth of your child.

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Five Different Baby Positions in The Womb & What They Mean

The position of your baby in the womb becomes more important during the third trimester of your pregnancy. The experts at Window to The Womb give us the low-down of each possible position, and what it might mean for birth.

piles during pregnancy

Everything Meghan Markle Needs to Know About Pregnancy Piles

The signs should Meghan (and other mums-to-be) should be aware of when it comes to haemorrhoids, and ways they can be treated during pregnancy.

Going Back On Contraception Post Pregnancy? Here’s What You Need To Know

You may start to ovulate very soon after your delivery, even if you’re breastfeeding, and therefore you are at risk of pregnancy if you return to sexual intercourse without protection.

How To Look After Your Stomach During Pregnancy

What is an abdominal diastasis? And is it normal? During pregnancy, as your baby grows, your abdominal muscles and fascia must stretch to allow More

How Omega 3 Can Improve Your Pregnancy

How Omega 3 Can Improve Your Pregnancy

A review of more than 70 clinical trials has found that increased intake of omega 3 essential fatty acids during pregnancy is linked to a lower risk of premature births.

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How to Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

It’s extremely important to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible both before and during pregnancy. Poor oral health, in particular, gum disease is linked to low birth weight, in addition to general health issues related to heart and respiratory disease in adults.

The Ultrasound Scan You Can Do With Your iPhone

An ultrasound scanner that connects to your iPhone could soon allow you to see your baby without visiting the hospital.

how to increase breast milk supply

Breastfeeding Problems: How to Boost Breast Milk Supply & More

I’m planning ahead of time to boost breast milk supply before my baby is born – what key things should I be doing?

IVF Screening and Tests

Preparing For IVF: Screening & Tests

A fertility MOT or fertility assessment is a worthwhile investment for those individuals and couples who are looking to start a family or who are keen to assess their fertility status.

maternity must haves

12 Must-Have Maternity Products at 21 Weeks Pregnant

Here are the key maternity products I’m using at 21 weeks pregnant. The first trimester is over, the sickness bands and 4Head sticks have been put back in the drawer and I’m finding that there are really only a few key things I’m using right now. 

pregnancy pains

Top 10 Common Pregnancy Pains & How to Prevent, Help and Treat Them

Although it can be a time of significant emotional, physical, hormonal and social change as the body adapts to and recovers from childbirth, pregnancy More

Pregnancy Chat Rooms Abbreviations Explained

222 Pregnancy and Parenting Chat Room Acronyms Explained

Online chat rooms can be a great source of information and support when you’re trying to conceive, if you’re a new mum, or just More

Best Babymoon Destinations Around The World 2019

Plan an unforgettable pre-baby trip with your loved one and choose from our pick of the most blissful and luxurious babymoon destinations around the world.

How to Deal with The “Nitty Gritty“ Parts of Pregnancy

Every woman is different and each pregnancy differs from one to another.  Some mothers get most symptoms, find pregnancy quite uncomfortable while others experience less discomforts and “bloom” throughout their pregnancy. Neither circumstance is an indication of the outcome of pregnancy.

World Prematurity Day

Premature Birth – The Urgent Need for Answers

As November 17th is World Prematurity Day, Wellbeing of Women – the UK health charity investing in the future of women and their babies More

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

As a women’s health physiotherapist, my goal is to make sure women are informed of the changes that can occur with their bodies in More

10 Of The Best Gadgets & Gizmos To Help You Try To Conceive

We gave ourselves six months to try naturally, and during that time I was determined to try every single gadget that might help. Below is my review of everything I’ve come across this year.

cmv infections

What Are The Risks of Hugging and Kissing Your Child When Pregnant?

Should you also abstain from hugging and kissing your other children in order to prevent the spread of infection and CMV viruses?

morning sickness

The Low-Down on Anti-Sickness Pills & How to Alleviate Morning Sickness

Everything you need to know about morning sickness pills, whether they are safe and what are the best ones to take – as well as offering alternate ways to prevent sickness.

Do I Really Need A Maternity Bra

Do I Really Need a Maternity Bra? What to Wear When Pregnant

Breasts are supported by ligaments as opposed to muscle, making them much more susceptible to hormonal changes. During the first trimester your breasts may More

Top Tips for the Labour Room

Worried About Giving Birth? Check Out This Top 10 Tips for the Labour Room

I have been in midwifery for seven years now and have had various experiences whilst supporting women and their partners throughout labour. Some have More

pregnancy migraines

Pregnancy Migraines: The Facts You Need to Know

Tiredness, morning sickness and swollen ankles are all things that are expected during pregnancy, but what many women do not expect are migraines. The More

How To Combat Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

Lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. We find out what’s causing it and how to relieve it.

Could Vitamin D Prevent Complications During Pregnancy?

New research suggests vitamin D supplements could be a simple, inexpensive way to prevent and reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy.

Dealing with Hernias and Haemorrhoids In and After Pregnancy

An expert article on hernias and haemorrhoids in and after pregnancy by Gordon Buchanan, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Lister Hospital.

James Duigan on Fertility and Stress

James Duigan’s Clean and Lean Pregnancy Guide on Fertility and Stress

For years studies have been showing that stress is linked to fertility – which can lead to a vicious cycle of feeling stressed that More

What IS Hypnobirthing? Everything You Need To Know

Sophie Fletcher is the author of ‘Mindful Hypnobirthing’ a clinical hypnotherapist and doula. She lectures at Universities across the UK on hypnosis and mindfulness More

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancy with Hypnobirthing

An expert article by Rosie Goode, one of the UK’s leading Hypnotherapists and founder of London’s renowned Hypnobirthing Works on how to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy with hypnobirthing.

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When and How to Start Preparing for Birth Using Hypnobirthing Techniques

In over 35 years of being a midwife I have never lost the spark and curiosity on how to make pregnancy, birth and the time after, a beautiful and memorable experience.

Top Tips for the Labour Room

How To Reduce The Risk Of Tearing During Labour

Unfortunately, 85% of first-time mums will have a vaginal tear during labour. Physiotherapist Jenny Constable advises how to lower your risk of tears.

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Moving Home When Pregnant? The Do’s and Don’ts…

Don’t leave things to the last minute. We recommend people start preparing for their move a few months out and use a checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything.

Top 10 Tips for Creating a Positive Birth Experience through Hypnobirthing

Siobhan Miller is a hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company. She is also a mum to 3 boys and on a mission to make hypnobirthing more accessible for everyone.

From Contractions to the Birthing Pool: A Day in the Life of a Midwife

To celebrate International Day of the Midwife our resident midwife and birth-trauma expert Lesley Gilchrist’s account of ‘A Day in the Life of a Midwife’ details a typical 24-hour shift.

How To Combat Eczema During Pregnancy

Eczema is the most common skin condition during pregnancy. Here’s how to treat dry and eczema prone skin when pregnant.

CMPA and c-section babies

Are C-Section Babies More Likely to Have Milk Allergies? 

Are c-section babies more likely to have milk allergies? Leonora Bamford talks about her son’s experience following a caesarean section.

Gut Health & Pregnancy: What To Eat And What To Avoid

Treating your gut right can alleviate discomfort during pregnancy. Here’s how to prepare your gut for pregnancy to support you and your baby’s health.

Beat the Bloat

What Causes Bloating During Pregnancy?

Leonora speaks to health expert Jane Clarke about why women feel bloated during pregnancy and the best ways to remedy it.

6 Ways To Beat Sleepless Nights During Pregnancy

78% of mums-to-be suffer from pregnancy insomnia. Here are simple things you can do to get a better night’s kip.

Skin to Skin Benefits

The Amazing Benefits and Importance of Skin to Skin: A Must-Watch Vid for New Mums

I discovered firsthand the importance of skin to skin from the lovely NICU nurses looking after my newborn son, and the results were transformative. Within two days of starting SSC, he had become responsive and was out of his incubator.

What IS That Smell? Why Pregnancy Affects Your Sense Of Smell And How To Deal With It

One surprising quirk of pregnancy is a heightened sense of smell, we look at how pregnancy affects your nose and how to deal with its undesirable symptoms.

8 Exercises You Should Never Do During Pregnancy

Exercise can be highly beneficial during pregnancy, but overexertion and risky workouts can put you and your baby at risk.

5 Reasons To Practise Pilates During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the most beautiful and empowering times in a woman’s life, but it can also be scary as More

9 Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups A Beauty Editor Swears By

Beauty Editor Grace Timothy dispels the ‘pregnant glow’ myth and gets real about health and beauty products that helped her through pregnancy.

Getting Pregnant: The Contraceptive Pill, Alcohol Intake & Supplements

I’ve been on the contraceptive pill for 15 years. Will this mean it will take me longer to get

baby names 2018

Choosing A Baby Name? Popular Trends for 2018

Choosing a baby name can be really exciting, but with lots of couples often disagreeing over names, t’s clear the task can be troublesome for many.

secret to enjoying labour

The Secret to Enjoying Labour: 10 Benefits of Mindful Birthing

Being mindful can help you have a stress-free pregnancy and birth experience, and let’s face it – I think we all like the sound of that! 

12 Things To Do To Prepare For Your Baby's Arrival

12 Things To Do To Prepare For Your Baby’s Arrival

We asked antenatal specialist Louisa van den Berg to give us a run-down on things you need to have ready for your baby’s arrival. 

The #TBT Repost: Will Perineal Massage Reduce The Risk Of Cuts And Tears?

This weeks #TBT post is from 2013, provided by Doctor and Daughter. We look at perineal massage and how it can affect the risk of cuts and tears.

Flu jab during pregnancy

All You Need To Know About The Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

The lergy. It’s definitely that time of year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve already been struck down with two viruses back to More

Piles

The Gruesome Truth About Haemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Pregnant with piles? Wondering what to do to treat them or prevent them? Look no further. Leading expert Mr Nick West is on hand to advise.

14 Steps To Follow Before You Decide To Have Children!

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

How To Sleep Safely During Pregnancy

We speak to Marina Fogle from The Bump Class on the #SleepOnSide campaign and the link between sleeping supine (on back) in late pregnancy and stillbirth.

The First Trimester Questions You Need Answering!

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Etienne Horner answers all things of your first trimester questions.

Post Natal Pilates

10 Ways Pilates Can Help You Through Your Pregnancy

Research shows that pregnant women who stay active feel better, have a better delivery and recover faster. We asked the experts at FittaMamma to More

The Importance of a Stress-Free Pregnancy

Registered osteopath Holly Siddall talks to My Baba about the effects of stress and how to reduce it during your pregnancy.

Etienne Horner on Hyperemesis Gravidarum

This condition is not just vomiting in pregnancy as many of us think; it is severe

The #TBT Debate: Exercising During Pregnancy With Diabetes?

Should you limit your exercise routine when diabetic and pregnant? We’d love to hear your experience with diabetes and exercise, particularly when pregnant!

How To Make The Most Of Your Midwife After Birth

It’s important to make the most of your time with your midwife so you’re properly prepared for your baby’s arrival. Building a good relationship More

The #TBT Debate: What Should You Expect During Your Second Trimester?

We look back on Gynaecologist Dr Etienne Horner’s 2014 piece on all things second trimester related. How did your body change during your second trimester?

Reflexology to Relieve Labour Pains

3 Reflexology Points to Help with Labour Pains

We all know that reflexology works on the basis that your feet represent a map of your body. There are pressure points located on More

The #TBT Debate: Can You Enjoy Sex When Pregnant?

This Thursday, we are reposting a 2012 expert piece from Dr Etienne Horner. We ask whether you can enjoy sex when pregnant and is it safe?  

Hair Loss and Pregnancy with Tips for Keeping Luscious Locks

You rarely hear about the bad skin and hair loss that can happen during pregnancy; people are usually talking about that radiant glow. I More

Top Tips for Exercise During Pregnancy

If your pregnancy is normal and you feel fine and up to it, moderate exercise at this stage can help you feel better, but don’t feel pressured.

Top Tips for Managing Pregnancy Aches and Pains

How to Cope with Pregnancy Aches and Pains

Pregnancy can be a trying time for some, the body goes through much change, a lot of it completely unexpected. We asked Capital Physio’s thoughts More

Help with Polycystic Ovaries

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that our readers often write in about, and in some cases it can cause difficulties for couples trying to More

Contraception post pregnancy

What Do I Do About Contraception Post Pregnancy?

I’m really confused with all the contraception options

AMH Result

Pelvic Assessments, AMH and the Ticking of The Clock…

I had my pelvic assessment scan this week, and by all accounts, I passed with flying colours. They found EIGHT healthy looking follicles on More

What is Pre-eclampsia

What IS Pre-eclampsia? A Guide to Everything You Need To Know

To mark National Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Day on Friday 22nd July, we asked Wellbeing of Women, the leading charity funding pioneering research into women’s reproductive More

Acupunture for Fertility

Diary Entry: Do You Believe in Acupuncture for Fertility?

I went along to my first acupuncture appointment last week, as I’ve read that acupuncture can be very beneficial for trying to conceive naturally, and More

My IVF Journey

One Egg Short of A Dozen – The Start of An IVF Journey

This is my first public diary entry of my IVF journey. WOW. I’ve said it out loud… I know IVF treatment is by far More

Reflexology for Labour

Can Reflexology Induce Labour?

1) How effective and exactly how does reflexology induce labour? The days leading to childbirth

Nutritionist on Fertility

Britain’s Most Trusted Nutritionist on What You Should Be Eating When Trying to Conceive

How important is your diet when you’re trying to conceive? I think it’s incredibly

Back pain during pregnancy

Do Chiropractic Techniques Help Back Pain During and After Pregnancy?

Back pain during and after pregnancy is a huge issue for many mothers;  the articles we’ve published on the subject over the years continue More

The Best Exercises To Do Throughout Your Pregnancy

Founder and owner of Transition Zone Claire Finlay advises which exercises to do during each trimester of your pregnancy.

What Are The Different Types Of Birthmarks?

What are the different types of birthmarks, and can you tell us a bit about strawberry birthmarks?

How To Choose Your Birth Tribe

Author of Feelosophy of Birth explains the importance of choosing your birth tribe to guide you through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

5 Yoga Poses Perfect for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the perfect time to be practising yoga. Here’s Tara Lee’s quick guide to 5 yoga poses perfect for pregnancy.

Bouncing Back from Sleep Deprivation

Bouncing Back from Sleep Deprivation

An informative article in how to bounce back from sleep deprivation and what things might help.

Pregnancy and Sleeping Positions

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep During Pregnancy: Best Sleeping Positions

Dave Gibson, founder of thesleepsite.co.uk and sleep expert for Warren Evans bed makers advises how to get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Sleep

Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Sleep

For sleep awareness week we’ve asked sleep expert Dave Gibson to share some invaluable advice on how to achieve a good night’s sleep during pregnancy.

Things Pregnant Women Should Know

A Quick Guide To Things Every Pregnant Woman Should Know 

Prepare yourself for a long list! But once that second line showed up on the test I realised there was a lot of things More

8 Beautiful Babymoon Destinations for a Luxurious UK Weekend Away

The Eden Hotel Collection offer parents to be everything they need in terms of luxury and relaxation on their UK babymoon weekend away.

15 Things I Hated About Pregnancy

15 Things I Hated About My Pregnancy

There’s that constant talk about the celebrated ‘glow’ women experience during pregnancy. Well, I have been pregnant twice and both times were equally as uncomfortable More

Skin to Skin Contact

How Important is Skin to Skin Contact with Your Newborn?

We asked Lesley Gilchrist from My Expert Midwife her thoughts on the importance of skin to skin contact with your newborn, and exactly how soon More

VBAC-v-Caesarean

Caesarean Awareness Month 2017: Should You Have A VBAC OR Caesarean?

Sometimes it’s a difficult choice between VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section) and caesarean, so we asked an expert.

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The Jellie Diaries Part 25: The 28 Week 4D Scan

Part 25 Jellie Diary: It’s 28 Week, and Ellie and Jamie head down to Window to The Womb in Chessington for a 4D scan to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Interview with Gestational Diabetes

Everything You Need To Know About Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is something that affects woman during pregnancy. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Gestational diabetes is More

Chromosome Testing

National Down’s Syndrome Day: Did You Test for Down’s Syndrome & Other Chromosomal Disorders? 

The aim of the SAFE test Panorama and Harmony tests are to find out whether your unborn baby has a chromosomal abnormality, such as down’s syndrome.

Interview with Marina Fogle

An Exclusive Chat with Marina Fogle

My very clever friends Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt have just launched their first book, which is literally a bible for pregnancy. Titled The Bump More

Joanna Helcke Interview

Dr. Joanna Helckè on The Importance of Exercise During Pregnancy & How Easily The Body Bounces Back

This week, check out my On The Sofa inteview with Dr. Joanna Helckè on the importance of exercise is during pregnancy. Besides the questions every pregnant woman More

Safe Exercising During Pregnancy

Pregnancy: Relaxin and Postural Change: Which Exercises Are Safe During Pregnancy?

I’ve been seeing the lovely guys from Opus throughout my pregnancy and not only has it made me feel great, it’s nice to have More

Post Pregnancy Nutrition

Important Advice on Post-Pregnancy Nutrition

In the weeks after welcoming your bundle of joy into the world, you may find yourself eager to lose your pregnancy weight and fit More

Mothercare

Spring into SS17 with These Gorgeous Maternity Dresses

I love that when along comes spring, along comes the nautical print, the navy and the whites. This year is no exception; it’s such More

Pregnancy Diary Part 21

The Jellie Diaries Part 21: Woah, We’re Half Way There… The 20 Week Scan

Check out this week’s Jellie diary, they’ve finally reached the half way point, at 20 weeks, and they head back to the Royal Surrey More

Marina Fogle: ‘I never saw my son open his eyes or smile, but at least I told him how much he was loved’

Last August, on the final day of what had been a blissful summer holiday, my world was rocked, suddenly and tragically. I awoke from a general anaesthetic to find that not only had I lost the little boy I was carrying but I had also very nearly died myself.

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Try These Breathing Retraining Exercises To Support Your Body During Pregnancy

In practice I find most people are upper rib breathers, over-using the muscles in their chest and neck rather than the diaphragm. This might More

Jellie IVF Video Diary

The Jellie Diaries Part 20: The Ailments of Pregnancy…!

Check out what Ellie and Jamie have been up to in part 20 of their IVF/pregnancy diary. Sanggol® Maternity and Body Pillow Aquaflex Weighted More

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Will Hormonal Changes Affect Your Beauty During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is the period when your whole life is turned upside down and everything you knew before becomes different, ranging from emotions to relationships. More