Did your pregnancy dreams include visions of a neat rounded belly, and little kicks that made your heart flutter? While it's true that pregnancy has its share of wonderful moments and experiences to cherish, it also has a raft of less than fabulous pregnancy symptoms - including many you'd rather not discuss in public and many you'd probably like to forget (which you will, by the way, since forgetfulness is another symptom).
There are pregnancy symptoms you expected (like morning sickness – which also arrives in the evening) and symptoms you almost definitely didn't (like constipation, nosebleeds and bleeding gums). It's probably reassuring to know that you're not alone suffering these ailments - you're actually joining millions of other expectant women who are also wading their way through a different selection of pregnancy complaints. But it also helps to have some tried and true remedies at your (swollen) fingertips that will allow you to navigate around the majority of pregnancy grumbles.
Parties & Celebrations
Special first outfits for baby In the excitement of the moment, your newborn baby looks as beautiful naked as they ever will with clothes on. However, choosing a first sleepsuit to take to hospital with you can mean a lot in those last calm days before the birth. Photographs of your new baby will be looked at again and again, so those first little outfits never get forgotten.
Parties & Celebrations
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Choosing a private obstetrician
In the course of a regular pregnancy via the NHS, a woman will usually be seen by one or a team of midwives during her check-ups. At some point during her pregnancy she might see the consultant obstetrician who is in charge of her case, but more often, if she has appointments to see the obstetrician during her pregnancy for any reason, she will attend a session where junior doctors are seeing the patients under the supervision of the main consultant.