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
Planning a baby shower Just like weddings, baby showers can be a major production if you set your heart on it. These days you can get matching baby shower party plates and cups, special flowers and cakes for the occasion plus personalised trinkets to mark the day.
Choosing a private obstetrician
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Planning to get pregnant
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Selecting a maternity nurse
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Finding a local nursery
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Making a will
If you have already made a will, it is important to make a new one once you have children. Should the worst happen and your children are left without a mother, father or God forbid, both of you, it will be important to know that any plans you can make now to ease their transition of care and financial security have been put in place.
What antenatal classes are right for you?
Depending on where you live and what kind of person you are will make a big difference to what antenatal classes will best prepare you for the birth. Think about what kind of ideal birth you hope for but also be practical about all the birth options you might have to opt for, and this will help you focus on what kinds of class will suit you and your partner.