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 will my bump show? For many women, there is a certain excitement about the first obvious sign of a pregnancy bump, but for others this is a time of feeling self-conscious, either because they are not feeling confident about how they will look when they are heavily pregnant, or because they are worried about announcing their pregnancy too early. So what is the average time around when a bump might start to be visibly noticeable?
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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.
Returning to Work
If you take your full leave entitlement and the date you confirmed with your employer for returning has not changed, you do not need to give any further notice. However it is good practice to get in touch towards the last two months of your leave just to reconfirm your intention. If you decide you do not wish to return to work, your period of notice will be as stated in your regular contract (usually one or three months).