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Tuesday, May 18th 2010, 10:58am

Author: mrs_smiff

morning sickness easing at 9 weeks - normal??

Yep very very normal! I am sure it's designed just to worry you and send you slightly round the bend! You may find your MS comes back at around 16-17 weeks when you'll be growing rapidly and also from about 28 weeks onwards too. My worst morning sickness was in the 3rd trimester when I thought I was safe! Please don't worry yourself! Enjoy not feeling so icky for a while cos it sure as hell will come back at some point!

Tuesday, May 18th 2010, 10:56am

Author: mrs_smiff

Blocked ears - is this a pregnancy thing?

Any congestion in the nose, ears and sinus's is due to the increased blood flow while you are pregnant and in these early weeks it is very very common so do not fear! It may or may not pass. I have hearing loss anyway, but my hearing was much worse while I was pregnant. It can sometimes leave you feeling a bit nauseated (if you aren't anyway!) and headachey too. If it becomes problematic do get it checked at the docs though, as with any symptoms which cause pain or discomfort.

Thursday, April 29th 2010, 8:55pm

Author: mrs_smiff

Hello Everyone

Hi Gilly! Welcome back!

Thursday, April 29th 2010, 8:54pm

Author: mrs_smiff

anyone else feel guilty when they have ME time?

Trust me you aren't the only one who feels mummy guilt! I feel it all the time, even when I can't quite cope with cooking tea with a toddler hanging off my leg whilst trying to sort one child's homework and round up another one to wash his hands/pick stuff up and attempting to answer emails/texts phonecalls at the same time.Going out without Lochlan is just mahusive guilt! It never goes away though hun, you just learn to shove the guilt to the bak of your mind and be a but selfish, cos if you ar...

Thursday, March 11th 2010, 9:07am

Author: mrs_smiff

Help! In Feeding Hell - is it normal and can I fix it?

Hi chick, I just want to tell you that Harry and Hannah are perfectly normal! This is a phase that lots of tiddlers go through at about the same age. It's all about power I'm afraid and they are learning how to control situations. Unfortunately it is hard to take the control back without feeling like you are in some way doing them harm. (which you aren't!) At breakfast time, is it possible that you can give them their food before their milk? I usually give Lochlan his porridge first, and sometim...

Thursday, March 11th 2010, 8:56am

Author: mrs_smiff

10 Feeds a Day?

Just to say that I agree wholeheartedly with all of the above! Also, I used to find that increasing my protein intake used to help when Lochlan was going through 'piggy' phases. Red meat is great, but veggie foods such as lentils are good too if you don't do the carnivore thing.

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 8:28pm

Author: mrs_smiff

confused!! hpt neg but sac found on ultrasound

At 4 weeks and 1 day you are unlikely to get an accurate pg test hun. Give it another few days and try one again. (Don't forget 4 weeks would be the first expected day of your af and oftern you will get a negative test that early in spite of various companies claiming their tests show accurate responses). Hope this is the one for you!

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 9:22am

Author: mrs_smiff


Hi hun, there has been much debate over whether scans are harmful or not over the years and I think the general consensus is that they are safe. HOWEVER!! Like everything, you should err on the side of caution. I would say go for your 4D scan, as it's one of those magical moments which we all like to have (I certainly loved mine!) but unless scans are essential for the monitoring of you or your baby you are probably better off not having more than you need.

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 9:19am

Author: mrs_smiff

Durex Lubricants when pregnant?

Hi there, didn't want to read and run! I think the Durex lubricants are fine to use in pregnancy hun. It's just a water based product much like KY Jelly. Have fun!!

Sunday, February 14th 2010, 10:10am

Author: mrs_smiff

DH getting me down

Oh hun, I really feel for you because I feel like I have been through exactly the same over the last 10 months or so. (Without my dh pestering me for sex that is, as I was convinced he didn't fancy me any more as he didn't show any signs of any interest let alone any love or affection whatsoever!) It's great that you have managed to make your DH realise that there IS indeed a huge problem, that will help to pave the way for some way of repairing the damage before it gets too late. I don't agree ...

Friday, February 12th 2010, 2:47pm

Author: mrs_smiff

Leg Pain

Can you speak to the bods at work becaue they are legally obliged to ensure that your needs are being met. If you need a special seat to sit on then they need to provide it. You can get special chairs which ensure your posture is correct and if you need to take extra breaks to move around then they should allow you this too. I know you can get a chair whic is like kneeling down but sitting with your knees directly under your pelvis. They are dead comfy as you can lean forward slightly too which ...

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 9:14am

Author: mrs_smiff


Hi Michy, welcome to the site. I am so sorry that you have had not so great news at your scan. I know you will be worried out of your mind, but there is still the hope that with odds of 1:111, you have a high probability of being in the 110 end of the scale and your baby will be fine. Do you think it would be worth having an AFP test at 16 weeks? This may well give you much better results which will put your mind at rest for the remainder of your pregnancy. If the results are still bad then at l...

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 7:46am

Author: mrs_smiff

bad nights sleep :(

Meant to also say that if you didn't want to go straight into the controlled crying at this stage, it might be worth breaking her habits by putting her to bed an hour or two later for a couple of nights, but still get her up at the same time she normally gets up. It means a bit of discipline in setting your alarm and not grabbing the extra time in bed in the morning for yourself though! Trying to get her to miss her afternoon nap (if she has one) might work too, anything to break her sleeping cy...

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 4:31pm

Author: mrs_smiff


Hi Pam, I'm glad the prognosis for your little boy wasn't as bad as you previous thought. As I said earlier, My 12 year old was born with the same and I decided not to put him through an op. If and when he wants to do somethign when he's older then it is a quick and easy op to give him a partial of full circumcision. When they are small babies, the foreskin does look a lot worse, and much longer than it will when he is older too, so his defect may look worse now than it will be in the future. It...

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 4:22pm

Author: mrs_smiff

bad nights sleep :(

This is a frustrating point in your baby's life (for you, not her!) At around 8-9 months, babies often start wakign when they ahd previously been good sleepers. The first time they wake, mummy comes in, comforts and cuddles, often ends up taking baby into her own lovely warm cosy bed where bubs sleeps the rest of the night away peacefully. next night, she stirs in her sleep and hey presto, mummy is there again, cuddles, warm cosy mummy bed. Lovely. And so it begins. It's a tough one to get past ...

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 9:38pm

Author: mrs_smiff

Feel like a crap mum!

Everyone who has posted on here have said all the right things hun. You are NOT a crap mum, you are just 'a mum' I am sure there is a dictionary somewhere with the definition of a mum being 'totally knackered with hairy legs and greasy hair'. I have only just re-started shaving my legs after my little one's birth and he's now 10 months old. Even now I only get to do it once every couple of weeks if I'm lucky. A shower is something which is taken as quickly as possible with one foot out of the sh...

Friday, February 5th 2010, 5:09pm

Author: mrs_smiff

Toy Box/Chest

I was gonna suggest that too Jen! A plain pine wooden toy chest, pain it cream, (put a good few layers of paint on as it will withstand lots of knocks and bumps better). Stencil with patterns or a theme of your choice and in the colours you want, and even add LO's name to it to make it truly personalised. Total cost=a fraction of the 'designer' ones at mega bucks!

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 10:21am

Author: mrs_smiff

swine flu vaccine for children age 6 months - 5 have or not to have?

Lochlan had his Swine Flu jab a couple of weeks ago and was absolutely fine. No fever, no swelling and actually no tears either! Just to clarify, the swine flu vaccine is not a 'live' vaccine, so your child is not injected with a mild form of the illness like in some vaccines. It is the same vaccine as the seasonal flu one, just with the strain of the flu virus changed. Studies show that side effects, (or lack of in this case) do not change even when the type of flu virus is changed in the vacci...

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 3:27pm

Author: mrs_smiff

Out for the day without baby!!

Go go go!! Little Beany will be just fine and you are unlikely to leave too little milk. Figure out roughly how many feeds he will need while you are away, then add a couple more for safety just in case he wants an ounce or two extra in between feeds for comfort. Big dude will manage perfectly well on his own, his ma is just up the road and your ma is just up the road. It will do him the world of good, and will do you good too to be you instead of mummy you for a wee while. Take your manual brea...

Monday, January 25th 2010, 4:39pm

Author: mrs_smiff

What happened to your tattoos in pregnancy?

I think it depends on whether you are inclined to get stretchmarks or not to be honest. I have a large tatt on my lower back and it's fine after my pregnancy even though I gained a fair bit of weight. I think if it had been on my tum it would have been another matter though to be honest. I am a bit dubious as to whether creams and lotions and potions have any effect on the way your skin stretches. You get stretchmarks when you don't have a lot of collagen in your skin, and you can't really put c...