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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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How to Make Travel A Learning Experience for Kids With 9 Easy To Follow Tips

How To Make Travel A Learning Experience.
After months of lockdown and travel restrictions, many of us are ready to start planning to explore again. Ready to plan what to when we can get out there and see what we’ve been missing. Plan to visit new destinations. And rediscover all the places we’ve been missing.

We know traveling is learning. Yet, how do you get the most out of every trip? These tips for before, during, and after your vacation will ensure your family is learning from every journey.

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Caesarean Awareness Month – Here Are My 2 caesarean Birth Stories

As a caesarean birth mum twice over, I have been meaning to write this up for a long, long time. The after effects of my first caesarean birth are still with me now (albeit they are slowly fading with every passing year) and I want to write everything down before I forget anything.

My experiences were unique, as is every birth regardless of how, when or which delivery was given and I believe that writing your thoughts, emotions, frustrations and facts allows you to empty that space from your head and keep them locked into your computer so that you can visit, if ever needed.

Here’s my story…

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Sexual Anatomy are Words to teach Your Children And Shouldn’t Be Viewed as Awkward

There are so many words used for the word vagina and penis nowadays that it’s become slightly embarrassing or awkward if we hear a child say these words rather than the cute nicknames many of us parents have introduced to our children.

But that is what most of the specialists and experts are urging us parents to do. There are many reasons why sexual anatomy should not be awkward and here I write about a few whilst also trying to understand the sexual words to teach your children to stop later confusion.

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3 Things New Mothers Don’t Expect Once They Bring Baby Home

If you’re anything like me, pregnancy changes your social interactions.
Friends start asking how you’re doing more often and complete strangers strike up conversations as though you are actually friends. This typically happens for months as you move through the second and third trimester.

Between freezer meal prepping with family, weekly OB appointments, a baby shower, and people asking “when are you due?” you may feel this is your new normal. Is it?

Today our guest post is Kelly, who will be discussing what new mothers don’t expect once they bring baby home