Pregnancy

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How connecting with other mums online helped me get through the loneliness of a global pandemic

Connecting With Other Mums Online is something I never thought would impact my life so much, but here I am 15 months after setting up my The Swan Effect Mum Instagram account and writing about how these lovely online strangers, almost all mums themselves have helped me in more ways than I can explain.
If you’re a mum and feeling overwhelmed or alone, then please make the jump and set yourself a mum account and meet 100’s of likeminded women.

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My Experience of ICP (Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy aka Obstetric Cholestasis) and 5 Charities and Support Groups to Contact

You’d be forgiven if your first thought reading this was ‘what on earth is ICP, I’ve never heard of it.’ That was very much my reaction whilst sitting in the Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) early on a July Sunday morning.

So just to clarify, Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy aka Obstetric Cholestasis is a potentially serious but uncommon liver condition that affects 1 in 140 pregnant women. With ICP, the bile acids that usually flow from your liver don’t flow properly and start to build up in your body instead.

Here’s my story.

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my mum blog needs your Honest Parenting Stories

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all ok and if you are still in lockdown, that it’s not going too badly and you’re taking this time to spend quality time for yourself, your family and each other. I have an idea for my mum blog… But I need your help ladies! If you have been reading …

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To Baby Shower for the 2nd or Not? Would it be Special or odd?

It’s been a miserable year hasn’t it? Not many parties, events etc and the ones that were organised have been postponed. I’ve started going to some family events but all my bigger events, such as gigs, weddings and birthday parties are all now in 2021. But I really want to have a baby shower for my little girl!