Category Archives: Pregnancy & Parenting

Book Review – Total Fertility by Emma Cannon

I was keen to review Emma Cannon’s new book Total Fertility, firstly I know several people who are struggling to get pregnant, and secondly as I have recently suffered an ectopic pregnancy and want to ensure I am doing everything right to preserve my fertility as best I can.

I have to say, I am very impressed with the book, it refers you to different relevant sections of the book so you can flick backwards and forwards to read up on the different things which may help you, I love being able to dip in and out of books like this it’s really helpful! There are sections on not being able to get pregnant, secondary infertility (that’s you have had one child and can’t get pregnant again) and also a really interesting, informative section about IVF.

There is also a section dedicated to thyroid problems, and as I have hypothyroidism this was very relevant to me, I read this section and nodded my head in agreement to many things and have already implemented some of the suggested tips. I’m finding the tips on dealing with stress especially helpful.

I think the most impressive part for me was the fertility kitchen, with a variety of recipes which aim to balance your body and help it recover from daily strains and hormonal changes. I can’t say that this book will increase my fertility, but what I can say is already after just a few days following simple changes I feel better in my self than I have for quite a while. It addresses physical and mental issues and gives practical advice and tips on how to deal with things. 

Whether you are already a Mum or don’t want children until later in life, I’d recommend this book as it is full of tips – some which are fairly straight forward and some which I wish I’d known earlier! It’s available at all good book stores now – Emma Cannon, Total Fertility.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book for the purposes of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A weekend to (not) remember..

I had an ectopic pregnancy, there I’ve said it. I have started to write this post about seven times this morning, but in honesty it’s all a bit raw in my mind to write any kind of coherent post. On Friday night I was taken into hospital for emergency surgery, when I should have been laughing and chatting to my friends at Britmums Live. On Saturday when I should have been learning new things about how to blog, I was recovering from surgery and drifting in and out of sleep.
I’m thankful it was caught in time, by the time they operated I was bleeding internally, things could have ended in an unthinkable way. I am thankful that  I’ve had the chance to correct all those things I lay thinking about just before I was taken to theatre, all those regrets of things I hadn’t done or said. It is early days, my tummy still hurts when I move or sit up, and I’m so tired that I find myself fighting the urge to sleep all afternoon. My stitches are a gentle reminder of how precious life is and how I have begun to take it for granted, there isn’t always a tomorrow – grab those chances now. 

When things have settled down and are clearer in my mind I will write about my experiences over the last few days, until then…

Ms G x 

Trying again..Miscarriage.

This should be a happy post, I should be writing it and holding onto it in anticipation of the 12week scan instead I’m writing with an air of numbness. On Tuesday, I took a pregnancy test, and to my amazement and delight it was positive. However the delight turned to apprehension, I’d only taken the test as I felt a bit strange and had some slight spotting. A phone call to the Doctors surgery later, I felt as though someone had popped my balloon, as he said those words I dreaded “it sounds like a miscarriage”. He then explained twice that we were going to have to adopt a wait and see approach, I just wanted to get him off the phone and to cry. It seemed wrong to cry on the phone to him, he was so blasé about it, he spoke as though I just needed to put a plaster on my scraped knee. I did cry, I cried shoulder shaking tears which left my eyes puffy and sore, then like clock-work I swept my hair back into a messy pony tail and set off on the school run.

I didn’t really know whether to write this post, as I’m not really sure what to write in it – I’m still in the “wait and see” stage, although judging from past experience I know what has happened – I think I’m writing this to make sense of what’s happened and to tell you all something which I can’t tell even my dearest friends, which is how I honestly feel. I feel numb, I don’t feel the profound grief that I felt last time which I handled so badly by pretending everything was fine – take my advice don’t pretend you are ok if you’re not, it’s ok to admit you were afraid, unhappy and felt isolated by a miscarriage there are images from last time which still haunt me. I don’t feel any pain, I feel like have to be the strong one this time, like if I’m the strong one it’ll all be ok as I’m in control. I suppose there is a part of me that is full of hope, that maybe next week I will have good news and everything will be ok, but I don’t feel pregnant, I just feel tired, very very tired. 

Starting School – Have I done enough?

I have fallen into a trap which I swore I never would. I have started to worry that I haven’t taught Boo enough, started to compare his abilities with other children. I’ve started to be anxious that all the other children will know more and he’ll start behind the others and immediately be labelled less-able.

Continue reading Starting School – Have I done enough?

My Winter Skin Must Haves from Green People!

A little while ago I spoke to the lovely ladies at Green People, about Boo suffering from red dry cheeks all of last winter and my concern that it might happen again. His skin is quite sensitive, and over the summer he’d had a nasty reaction to a ‘sensitive’ children’s face cream, so I’ve been cautious finding a new cream for him.

Green People suggested I tried their Mum & Baby Rescue Balm. The Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is fragrance free and suitable for use on dry skin, nipples and perineum so it is ideal for all stages of pregnancy and child!

It is a really rich balm, so even a tiny bit goes a long way. Containing loads of natural organic ingredients it really is like great food for your skin. I’ve been using it on Boo’s skin before bed and his face looks less red and certainly more moisturised! I have to confess, I have also been using the balm on my lips, hands, knees oh and on baby’s bum! While it might be too greasy for some to use as a multi-purpose balm, for anyone who suffers with very dry skin like me it is super!

I have always wanted to wear lipstick which would make a big statement,  shouting confidence, but every time I wear lipstick I end up looking more like a clown as my lips swell and become very uncomfortable. When you’re on your way out for a night out, believe me, this is not a good look! I have tried so many times to find a solution, but had never even considered an organic lipstick! I tried the Eco Lipstick in cherry, I was assured it wasn’t as red as it sounded and can confirm it is actually a superb colour, it is more burgundy than ‘red’ with quite a warm shimmer and it really suits my colouring! 

When I applied it, I instantly noticed my lips tingling and my heart sunk thinking that I was about to suffer the same problems as normal, however I was mistaken. The tingling came from the minty flavour in the lipstick, which I found really nice and subtle – much nicer than the ‘taste’ of other lipsticks. It was almost as though I was applying just a lip balm! My lips felt very moisturised, and the colour applied evenly and stayed put! I am definitely going to stick with Green Peoples organic lipstick!

I’d like to Congratulate Green People as their No Scent Baby Oil organic and fairly traded, has just been awarded ‘Best Organic’ Baby Oil and the prestigious Editiors choice in the TIPS awards

Disclaimer: I was sent the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm and Eco Lipstick to review, but all thoughts are my own unbiased opinions based on my experience using the products for the last few weeks. Many Thanks again to Green People for allowing me to try the products.

Miniscoff – Organic Meals for Children..

I stumbled upon Miniscoff rather by accident, their name made me investigate their twitter page further as I wondered whether I would be confronted with a page on eating teeny tiny portions of something obscure. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued enough about the company to not only investigate even further, but also contact them to see if I could let my readers in on possibly the best kept secret in feeding children!

Let’s face it, I have talked before about my inability to be a domestic goddess and about my general lack of time or organisation. So it is not really a surprise when I tell you that Boo’s meals are a long way from the healthy meals I was fed as a child – I think I’m doing well if he gets fish fingers, mashed potato and peas. Now, there is nothing wrong with feeding him that, but, I feel guilty, especially if Mr G and I sit down to dinner later and eat something considerably more healthy and appetising. This is where Miniscoff comes in!

Miniscoff are all about being able to feed your child healthy, organic food which is not only tasty but also easy! Their meals are frozen, so literally lift out of the freezer and either oven cook or microwave..what could be easier? Personally, I find it incredibly special that Miniscoff is actually run by parents, who started this business to feed their own children and therefore they really seem to understand what children (and parents!) want! You just have to look at the names of the meals to get a great impression ‘ChilliYum Yum’ and ‘Curly Wurly Chicken’ they do sound good don’t they? To top this they have also just introduced a range of chilled sauces which enable you to quickly make a tasty meal at home, knowing that you are still using the finest organic ingredients! They guarantee the vegetables are 100% organic, and where possible locally grown. They also guarantee absolutely no processed meats, additives or preservatives, it’s all fresh food which is fast frozen to keep the goodness in!

So it’s probably not a surprise when i tell you that they won Gold in the 2010/11 Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Awards in the category ‘Best Children’s Food Range’. The downside, currently Miniscoff are only available via Ocado or Abel & Cole, which means if you run out you can’t just nip to the local shop to top up..BUT….the good thing is they both deliver so no more dragging your toddler around the supermarket! So, having placed my order, I’m sat awaiting what tasty goodies will arrive for Boo and myself (as obviously I shall join his taste test!). While I wait I might make one of the recipes on their website, Chicken Bolognese now this looks very tasty and i think Mr G & I will probably end up squabbling for seconds!

This is NOT a sponsored post, I received no payment or product for writing the post, all thoughts are my own.