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.
When is good to travel during pregnancy? If you are planning to travel overseas when you are expecting, then you should always consider your method of travel and what vaccinations, if any, you will need. These may decide for you if the journey is possible at all. However, taking a break or visiting friends and family can be a lovely way to spend time with your partner when you are pregnant, so be smart about when the best time will be to get away.
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Choosing an independent midwife
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Labour & Birth
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A-list pregnancy at a fraction of the cost
Liz Hurley had someone to shop for her, Hally Berry had a personal trainer and nutritionist, and the Countess of Wessex has a housekeeper and nanny. Celebrity mums make use of a myriad of ante- and post-natal services, which make their lives simpler, less stressful and certainly more glamorous. Here’s what they do and how you can do it – for a fraction of the cost.
Finding out about local childminders
A childminders, unlike a nanny, often cares for more than one child at a time, usually in her own home rather than at the home of the children she looks after. With a nanny you can be expected to pay employers tax and national insurance, but with a childminder you are usually hiring services for which she, as a self-employed person, must pay tax and NI herself.