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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

I just wanted to let you all know that I have now updated the page on Hyperemesis Gravidaum here on the blog.

I have been struggling a lot with this over the past few days and have plenty I’d like to write about, but also have very limited time to blog right now because I want to spend as much time with Little Man as possible. Read more

Amanda heavily pregnant

Welcome Little Man!

Amanda smiling heavily pregnant not long before birth

Tomorrow (25th) should have been my due date. But due to the cholestasis, I was induced a week early.

The above photo was taken on 17th, the day before my induction. TJ and I were on a last-chance attempt to kick things off naturally by going on a ridiculously long walk and bouncing up and down on the see-saw at the park. Not an easy feat with a massive bump, I can tell you! Read more

Baby clothes drying on a washing line

Life At The Patch – 32 Weeks

Amanda and Tim on their way to a wedding - 30 weeks pregnant

photo taken at 30 weeks, about to head to a wedding

According to the “ticker” I have on the Mums Due forum I visit, I have 55 days left until my due date… 55 days!! In some ways that feels so small and in other ways it still feels like such a long way away. The ladies on my forum all keep saying how fast the past few months have gone and that they cannot believe we are all due so soon, and yet because of how horrendously difficult my pregnancy has been I feel the exact opposite. It feels like a lifetime since January and I’m looking forward to days feeling that little bit shorter again once my body is back to just trying to keep me safe and well. Read more

I loved you before I met you

As you know, poetry is something that I love to both read and write. I just love the way it can express your innermost feelings in such a beautiful way. There was a time when I wrote a new poem regularly, but in recent years other creative projects have taken the lead role in my free time and sitting down to write something new, whether poetry or a story, has become something of the past. Read more

Life at the Patch – 30 weeks

Phew! I’m finally in what feels like the final countdown now we have reached 30 weeks. I don’t know why, but reaching the 30s just seems so much more in terms of “getting there” than hitting the third trimester did. I guess some of it is because I didn’t know exactly when the third trimester began and being able to say I only have 10 weeks left until my due date feels so good! Read more

Who you are and who you want to be

When considering what to write for my iVillage UK article this week I decided to focus on the emotional aspect of pregnancy as this weekend saw me really struggling to keep certain things in perspective. The main trigger for me this time round was that as this pregnancy has been so physically difficult for me I have had to rely a lot more on other people to do even the simplest things, and have become highly frustrated when the nausea, instable pelvis or sheer exhaustion have scuppered my plans to get things sorted ready for when the baby arrives. Read more

Amanda pregnant in a poppy field

Life at the Patch – 28 weeks

Before I begin today’s post I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who took the time to read and leave your comments on my previous post. They were all very much appreciated and I have read over them several times this weekend and will surely return to them again in future. One of the true blessings of blogging is that of reading the responses of your readers and gaining an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others. So thank you all. Read more

Pregnancy: Your Thoughts…

Today I am going to ask something that has the potential to be rather controversial, and very painful for some. And I’d like to apologise in advance if this upsets any of you because of your own personal experiences, but it is something that I have been thinking about a lot and that I feel is worth discussing even if it is difficult.

So before I begin, I’ll just leave this quick warning that if, for whatever reason, you find the discussion of pregnancy difficult right now, then you might want to skip this post. Read more

Blue sky and beautiful tree

Woodland Nursery

Sky shot through the branches of a beautiful tree

As time moves on and we get closer and closer to the arrival of our baby, my thoughts have become increasingly connected to preparing the house for bringing him home. I spent a lot of time over the weekend rearranging the bookcases, and (as you will find out tomorrow) have made a start on clearing the room that will be his as it currently acts as a storage space for my craft supplies. Read more

Second hand baby equiptment

Buying for Baby

Last week I went to visit my parents in Lincoln for the first time since the beginning of the pregnancy in January. It was truly wonderful to go and see them and both my grandmothers as it has been such a long time, and even when my mum and dad had come to visit me here at home I had been too ill to really enjoy their company. Read more

Amanda at 24 weeks pregnant

Life at the Patch – 24 weeks!!

Before I begin today’s post, can we all take a moment to do a happy celebratory dance around the room? Yesterday I reached 24 weeks in my pregnancy, which means that finally the pregnancy is classed as “viable” meaning that were something drastic to happen (God forbid) and labour began prematurely, the baby would have a good chance of survival with today’s medical care and the medical team would be legally obliged to give baby the best chance of survival possible. Read more