Everything Else Maternity

We all love a bit of gossip so here’s  a little look at what’s new in the world of maternity!

Fun Friday Fact – You could be pregnant for over a year!

Scary but true. 

As we all know, most pregnancies last around nine months and if you go too far over your due date your doctor will induce labour. However, it is actually possible to be pregnant for a whole year!

The worlds longest pregnancy happened in 1945 when a young woman was pregnant for a total of 375 days. When the baby eventually arrived it was just under seven pounds and perfectly healthy. 

It certainly puts being a few days overdue into perspective, doesn’t it!

Breastfeeding Your Baby In The Local Pool – Would You? She Did!


I’ve just read an article about a woman in Manchester who chose to breastfeed her baby at a public pool and was asked to leave because it amounted to indecent exposure and was the same as someone urinating in the pool. Now, initially, I felt my feministic hackles rise to the limit but I did take a second to think – not from the perspective of the management of the pool but purely from the hygiene perspective of the mother.

Like anyone I know, I’ve been to the public pool and I know that as much as no one will ever admit it there have been people (and I really hope that I’m talking only about children here) who will have (accidentally or not) pee’d in the pool. Can you imagine standing breatsfeeding your child in the midst of that, bearing in mind that anyone could splash the child at any time. I don’t know, I could be wrong but there just seems to be so many more cons than pro’s – comfort for one, both mother and baby couldn’t possibly be in the best breastfeeding position in the world.

I freely admit that I am not speaking from experience. I unfortunately, wasn’t able to breastfeed  but I would love to hear the opinions of anyone who has……..

According to Daily Mail – ‘Finally, sexy maternity bras’ – Really?!


I applaud the fact that maternity bras have featured on the catwalk during New York lingerie fashion week, highlighting the fact that just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you stop wanting to look and feel fabulous, and I can only hope that more maternity fashion appears on catwalks from now on.

Still, I can’t believe the Daily Mail are highlighting this as a new thing and, worst of all, reading down to some of the comments added underneath shocked and saddened me. Comments such as:

Just wrong, on so many ways‘ and ‘Ugh, so wrong. Stop embarrassing yourselves and your husbands

There were many other but no point in giving them any more attention than they’ve already had. Needless to say that shows during all fashion weeks have included scantily clad young women, whether it be underwear or nearly there clothing without eliciting this type of response but some people are so small minded that they can’t bear to see women in one of their most natural and beautiful forms doing the same. It speaks volumes!

Looking Good For Labour – D-day Make-overs!


Is this a good thing? I suppose that depends who you ask! Would I have done it, or would I do it now? Dear god, no! Still, it’s now more the norm than not for women to have a bikini wax, spray tan, blow dry and even full manicure in preparation for that all important first photo with their new baby.

And the reason for these D-Day make-overs (d for delivery)? Once again we don’t need to look any further than the world of celebrities. It was only a couple of months ago that Coleen Rooney posted a picture of herself with her new baby boy, Klay, and there she was looking polished and preened to perfection.

I have to be honest, even though my going into labour wasn’t a rushed thing like so many women go through, still the last thing on my mind just before giving birth was how my hair and make-up looked and I love looking at the pictures taken just after the birth of my girls where I look haggard and done in because, till the end of days, these pictures will always remind me that a lot of hard work and effort went into bringing my two gorgeous girls into the world and, it goes without saying, that every second of it was absolutely worth it! 

If you’d like to read more about this then why not read this article in the Daily Mail, including two women’s personal stories:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2349111/Bikini-wax-spray-tan-blow-dry–The-women-makeovers-GIVE-BIRTH.html

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Seal Of Approval From Bounty

Bounty.com has listed our humble selves in their list of top money saving maternity companies, and I couldn’t be more chuffed! They love the fact that we are a one stop shop, offering customers the opportunity to compare like for like and that we take you, the customer, directly to the retailer at no additional cost.

Bounty love the fact that we can offer our customers exclusive discounts and our search facility allows you to shop to your exact price range.

Check out some of the other companies that Bounty are liking for best buys and bargains:http://www.bounty.com/letssavesomemoney/guide/maternity-clothes.php

You Must Read This, It’s Hilarious – 14 steps to follow before you have children!


Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy

1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.

2. Leave it there.

3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children

1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself

2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.


Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour.

Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:

1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 – 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.

2.  At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.

4. Set the alarm for 3am.

5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.

6. Go to bed at 2.45am.

7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.

9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.

10. Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.

Time Allowed: 5 minutes.


Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.

2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.

3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.

4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.

5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.


Test 6: Going for a walk

a. Wait.

b. Go out the front door.

c. Come back in again.

d. Go out.

e. Come back in again.

f. Go out again.

g. Walk down the front path.

h. Walk back up it.

i. Walk down it again.

j. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.

k. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.

l. Retrace your steps.

m. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.

n. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child – a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.

2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.

3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.


Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

1. Hollow out a melon

2. Make a small hole in the side

3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side

4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.

5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.

6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10:TV

1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.

2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11:  Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains

2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?

4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.

5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room and leave them there.


Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

1. Make a recording of someone shouting ‘Mummy’ repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.

2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.

You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13:Conversations

1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.

2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.

You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14: Getting ready for work

1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.

2. Put on your finest work attire.

3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it

4. Stir

5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt

6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture

7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel

8. Do not change (you have no time).

9. Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!

A UK Man Is Thought To Be The First In The Country To Have Given Birth


The man is only one of five ‘male mothers’ to have given birth worldwide and this is believed to be the first case in Britain.

Details were revealed by Joanna Darrell of the Beaumont Society, which provides support to those have changed sex or would like to do so, a process also known as gender reassignment.

She said the man, in his thirties, inquired about the practicalities of having a baby after the surgery. He was referred to another charity but later got back in touch to thank the society for its help and say he had had a baby but it has not been disclosed whether the child is a boy or a girl.

The full circumstances of the British man are not known, but he is believed to have kept his womb in the sex change. 

There is a variety of ways in which he could have become pregnant.

The simplest involves producing and using his own eggs, having sex and conceiving and giving birth naturally.

At the other end of the scale are scenarios that involve donor eggs and sperm, hormone treatments, IVF and a caesarean section. 

It is thought by some that other babies may have already been born this way in Britain.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service Launch An Ad Campaign To Reduce Unwanted Pregnancies Over Xmas

BPAS Christmas CampaignThe campaign is trying to reduce the numbers of unwanted pregnancies that traditionally increase at this time of year.

Women will be encouraged to claim their free ‘on-standby’ morning-after pill, which they can store away in their medicine cabinet, by filling in an online form.

The campaign will be promoted by posters emblazoned with the word ‘sex’ spelled out in Christmas lights, above which is written ‘Getting “turned on” this Christmas?’

Critics have described the campaign as a ‘cynical marketing exercise’. They have accused BPAS of trying to promote its services at a time when the demand for terminations is likely to rise.

The posters will encourage women to fill in a form online providing their name, address and telephone number and they will then be called back by a nurse  who will carry out a 15-minute interview.

This will include questions to check women don’t have liver problems or other illnesses that may cause serious side-effects.

Nurses will also ask their age – although they will have no means to check. If a girl admits to being under 16 they will be encouraged to see their GP. If the woman is considered suitable the pills will be posted to her, in normal circumstances one at a time but some people may be able to request more.

However, the morning after pill was never meant to be used this way and, in fact, when it was introduced it was only to be given in exceptional circumstanes and given under the control of doctors.

BPAS said that last January the number of Women seeking advice about unwanted pregnancies was 15 per cent up on other months. Some 5,600 women contacted the charity during this month, although not all necessarily had abortions.

Stay At Home Dad

One In Seven Families Have A Stay-At-Home Dad


And the research also found a downside to the switch of childcare duties from women to men, with almost one in five stay-at-home fathers saying that their role makes them feel ‘less of a man’, while around one in eight admitted that looking after children is harder than holding down a job. The same number wish they could earn more so they could be the one to go out to work.

The collapse of the gender pay gap – women under 30 now earn more than men and older women are usually only paid less if they take time off to bring up families – means mothers are highly likely to have fatter pay packets than fathers.

And while women are now able to be the family breadwinner, a third of mothers feel guilty about going out to work and leaving the children.

A further one in five complain that they are really doing two jobs because they have to look after the home when they get back from work, and one in ten say the division of household chores causes marital discord.

Around two out of three mothers of young children have jobs, encouraged by family-friendly and flexible working laws and the need for many families to have two incomes in order to pay mortgages and meet the bills.

The survey of 2,000 families with children, carried out for insurer Aviva, said 14% of families with children have a father with the main responsibility for looking after the children.

Just over one in four fathers gave up work or cut their hours after their children were born. Some 44% look after their children regularly while their wife or partner is at work. There was strong evidence that many women would prefer to stay at home themselves if the family economics were different.

In the past surveys have repeatedly found that three quarters of working mothers would prefer to stay at home. This one showed just 15% per cent of mothers said they felt lucky to be able to go out to work while their husband looked after the children.