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How Dangerous is Group B Strep During Pregnancy?

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month, so I’m resharing this post about the subject. Towards the end of my second pregnancy, by fluke I discovered I was carrying group B streptococcus (also known as group B strep or GBS). It was only by chance that I was ever tested – I attended A&E about something unrelated which required a  ...

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Opinion, Pregnancy and Newborns

KateGate: Does She Look Too Good After Pregnancy?

Back in May 2015 I wrote a post following the birth of Princess Charlotte. I’m really disappointed that it remains completely relevant following the arrival of the newest Prince (as yet unnamed). So I’m re-sharing and you’re welcome to wade in with your opinions about Kate’s post-pregnancy body and whether it’s  ...

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Pregnancy and Newborns

Pregnancy Bump Size and Shape: What’s Normal?

During my first pregnancy I measured small repeatedly and was eventually induced early due to Pixie’s failure to thrive. However, after my first growth scan came back okay, I became a little complacent: whereas I’d previously found myself worrying about normal pregnancy bump size and whether I fit into those parameters, the concern  ...

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Opinion, Pregnancy and Newborns

Alcohol When Pregnant – How Much Is Too Much?

Consuming alcohol when pregnant – this might be the hardest post I’ve ever composed, and I’ve been trying to figure out why. Here’s my conclusion: because it’s a subject I feel very strongly about – but perhaps not in the way you may imagine. Having written the post in my usual way but finding myself entirely unhappy with it,  ...

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Pregnancy and Newborns

Weird Pregnancy Ailments

I recently wrote a post about an odd pregnancy complaint I experienced several months ago – possibly my most bizarre across all the months I’ve carried children. And it got me to thinking: there are plenty of symptoms of being with child – but what about those random ones nobody ever talks about because they’re so unusual? It’s  ...

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Pregnant and Can’t Pee?!

Constipation is an affliction which effects us all from time to time and though it’s a bit TMI, in general, we’re quite open about it, considering our other affliction: the stiff upper lip. But what about problems with the other? Going for a wee or taking a pee, making a dash or having a slash – we tend to take it for  ...

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