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32 weeks pregnant – Piriformis Syndrome and The Fear

A photograph of a 32 week pregnant lady with brunette hair, wearing a light green t-shirt and bright red lipstick - with the titile "32 week pregnant - Piriformis Syndrome and the Fear" - Mrs H's favourite things

First of all I have an admission to make I am not 32 weeks pregnant. I am now 33 weeks pregnant and this update is a week late. Sorry. There are only 7 weeks until I reach my due date. I am on the final stretch. How did that happen? The past few months seem to have passed in a blur. And now here I am thinking about my birth plan and what I need to pack in my hospital bag.…

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Looking after sensitive skin during pregnancy

A photograph of a brunette lady with minimal make-up, natural skin, a side ponytail and wearing a blue and white striped top - includes the title "Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin -tips, products and routines". _ Mrs H's favourite things

I have extremely sensitive skin and there have been many times when I have had an allergic reaction to a product that claimed to be hypoallergenic. As I have got older my skin has become even more sensitive and now, in my late 30's, I've developed rosacea. A skin condition that leads to a reddening of the face. It also often leads to my skin feeling sore and itchy, with nasty spots. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and I have been…

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My Monthly Bucket List – May 2016

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Where did April go? The past few months seem to have been flashing before my eyes. I'm in shock that we are now entering the fifth month of the year. I can't quite believe that in less than three months, we will hopefully get to meet Little Mister H and our second rainbow baby will complete our family. I know that the next few months will fly by. And yet we have so much that we need to do before baby boy…

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24 weeks pregnant – a huge milestone

A photograph of a pretty pregnant lady with long brown hair and wearing red lipstick, in a navy blue maternity dress, standing in front of a white wall and showing off her 24 week pregnancy bump _ 24 weeks pregnant - a huge milestone _ Mrs H's favourite things

Last Thursday, Thursday 31st March 2016, was quite a momentous day for me. It was the day I turned 24 weeks pregnant. It was the day that our baby became viable. A horrible term. But a milestone that means a huge amount to me and to Mr H. It was a day that I believed would never come. I know that we still have a long way to go until our baby boy is safely here. 16 weeks and counting. However, getting this far in…

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Pregnancy after miscarriage: Surviving the first trimester

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Now I am 20 weeks pregnant, I find it easier to look back at the first trimester of my pregnancy. It was a tough time. I was worried and anxious every second of every day. I had bad dreams, cried lots and generally didn't want to do much more than sit on the sofa or sleep. It is probably wrong to say that I survived the first trimester of this pregnancy. I somehow managed to drag my way through it. And although I…

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Our baby gender reveal

A black and white photograph of an iced vanilla cupcake sitting on a pretty floral plate _ with the title "Baking up a storm - our gender reveal video" _ Mrs H's favourite things

Having the 20 week scan on Thursday helped me relax. It was a great milestone to reach and it was wonderful to see our baby fidgeting away. I am always nervous before scans. I worry about the worst case scenario. And I sit in the waiting room sick from nerves and excitement. Thankfully, the scan went well. Baby is healthy and everything looks as it should do. And yes, we did find out the gender. Just as we did when I was pregnant…

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Pregnancy after miscarriage: Our first trimester

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I am now 18 weeks pregnant. This is my sixth pregnancy. And it is my fourth pregnancy after miscarriage. It is only now, at 18 weeks pregnant that I am beginning to relax a little and enjoy the pregnancy. I know that I will not be able to stop worrying until we have our baby at home. I wish that I could say that I breezed through the first trimester. That I was ecstatic when I saw that I was pregnant and…

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