I came across a post this morning on FaceBook in a very large babies/kids group I am in. I was touched by her experience of the Maternal Child Health Nurse (MCHN) service in Victoria, as mine was similar. No chopping and changing of appointments, but the nurse that I had was focused on so many micro details, that she failed to see I had a happy healthy baby on my hands. I was given very poor advice on numerous occasions, and I ended up changing nurses. I too made a complaint but it was not even followed up with a phone call. But how many mums would actually take the time to complain when they are sleep deprived and juggling new motherhood The system needs an overhaul. We need support at times like this, more than ever.
If you have a baby with reflux your life can almost be a living hell. They scream, they are very unsettled and unhappy, and they don’t sleep. They also like to be held upright which (although cuddles are wonderful) is exhausting when it is 24/7.
I had one of these babies and It was very difficult until I figured out how to fix it. For my experience, within 24 hours I had a very different baby. No screaming, no crying, and more sleeping. Within a couple of months it was totally gone.
So… yesterday was my due date. Yes, that is right. My due date. But I am not pregnant… In February this year, I had a miscarriage. Equally the most devastating and distressing day of my life… Equal to when I found out 5 days earlier at my 10-week ultrasound, that there was no heartbeat.
When I was pregnant, people would ask me if I was planning on breastfeeding. “Of course” was always my reply. I had a notion of breastfeeding in my head that it was natural, and easy, and the baby would just know what to do. I even went to a seminar on breastfeeding at my chosen […]
The best thing I read while I was pregnant was shared on facebook. The actual post I can no longer find but it was written by a mum and was along the following lines. The baby has gone from the womb, which is warm and dark, and funnily enough, reasonably noisy (with the mothers breathing […]
Those of us who have had the privilege of being pregnant and having a new born baby, know that it is open house for advice on EVERYTHING pregnancy and child related. Most of it I listened to. I took on board what resonated with me, and what I didn’t like, I discarded (politely!). Of everything that I heard, read, and saw, there were two gems of info that stuck with me. It was something my husband said when we finally had our beautiful son, and something my sister shared on Facebook when I was pregnant. (And I do realise the irony of giving advice through this blog post, even though I have just said that EVERYONE loves to give unsolicited advice!)
Routine supplementation of specific nutrients throughout your pregnancy is essential, as it is impossible to get all the daily requirements you need from your diet alone. Unfortunately it is not just as simple as taking a pregnancy multivitamin and a bit of extra folate! You are the only source of nutrition for your growing baby. […]
Just a quick post to let you know I am taking a break from my blog while I am on maternity leave. I will resume writing later in the year. Take care everyone 🙂