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Recurrent miscarriage

An open letter to the woman who has just miscarried

A photograph of a park with a boating lake and lots of dappled sunshine and winter sun glares - An open letter to a woman who has just miscarried - Mrs H's favourite things

Dear friend It is traditional in these circumstances to say I am sorry for your loss. But those words seem empty and insulting. They imply that you have been careless and misplaced something valuable... a wallet, your keys, your phone. Those words don't convey that your world has come crashing down. They don't show that your heart is splintering into pieces. They don't speak of the shattering sobs that run through your whole body late at night. They don't tell of the emptiness that often manifests…

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Mental health Motherhood

Perinatal Mental Health #PNDAW16: It’s okay not to be okay

A faded photograph of a young woman looking wistful as the sun sets in a tropical setting behind her - Includes the title "Perinatal mental health #PNDAW16 - It's okay not to be okay" - Mrs H's favourite things

Today marks the end of the first ever Pre & Post Natal Depression Awareness Week #PNDAW16 run by PANDAS (the UK's leading pre and post natal depression charity). In light of this, I wanted to share my story of perinatal mental health. My experience of perinatal mental illnesses may be slightly unusual as I have suffered from depression for almost 17 year; most of my adult life. At times, my mental health has been terrible. At other times it has been…

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Mental health Pregnancy after baby loss

When pregnancy is a struggle

A blurry and black and white photograph of a pregnant lady _ including the title "when pregnancy is a struggle" _ Mrs H's favourite things

It is difficult to admit that something you have yearned for desperately has been a struggle. Ever since Little Miss H has been a few months old, I have wanted a second baby. The miscarriages that followed just made my desperation for that child more intense. Each loss took us further away from our longed for second child. But each loss made me more determined that we needed to become a family of four.…

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Health & welfare

The body confidence challenge

A pretty brunette lady sits in a restaurant with her head tilted to one side and smiling _ includes the title "The body confidence challenge" - Mrs H's favourite things

A few weeks ago, the lovely Jules who blogs at Pondering Parenthood tagged me to take part in the body confidence challenge. The challenge was originally created by Eilidh at Mummy and Monkeys. Elidih pointed out that we very rarely look in the mirror and see something we like. It is much easier to find the things that you dislike or want to change. But isn't it time we were kinder to ourselves? Isn't it time we take a moment to really…

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Mental health Motherhood Pregnancy after baby loss

Surviving Pregnancy After Baby Loss

Pregnancy after baby loss is a time of mixed emotions. There is happiness but also great worry. Emotions are heightened. This is how I survived the anxiety of my pregnancy after miscarriage. Photograph is of a rainbow after a dark storm. As my baby and the pregnancy after my recurrent miscarriages where like the rainbow after the storm - Surviving pregnancy after baby loss - Mrs H's favourite things

Pregnancy after baby loss is a time of mixed emotions. There is happiness and joy. But there is also anxiety and fear. Back in November 2015, I discovered that I was pregnant for the sixth time in 3 years. We were blessed to have a lovely little girl. But we had also experienced the pain and grief of four miscarriages. Three of the miscarriages had been while trying to have our second child. And only a few months before discovering I was…

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Charities

From a Mother to Another campaign with JoJo Maman Bébé

Two little girl outfits lie on a piece of paper which includes the logo for the From a Mother to Another campaign being run by JoJo Maman Bébé - also contains the title "From a Mother to Another - the JoJo Maman Bébé Charity Campaign"_Mrs H's favourite things

If you have read my blog for a while, then you will know that I passionately believe in the fundemental purpose that charities and charity campaigns play in society. They play an essential role in ensuring that the world becomes a better place. A place where the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society are given the chance at a better life. I realise that I am blessed to live as I do and I believe that I have a social right and…

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