Happy Thursday you lovely lot!
It’s sunny outside, for a change. I’m sitting on a couch and looking through all the post ideas that I have for the blog and wondering which one should I go with first.
I met with one of my girlfriends the other day. She is expecting her first baby. We had a lovely chat about all-things-pregnancy so I guess it would make sense to do a quick pregnancy Q&A type of post on my blog today.
In general, I don’t like giving tips to moms-to-be unless I am asked. I think we are all different and so are ours pregnancies and then babies. I simply don’t believe in “one-fits-all” approach which can be very hurtful. So why Q&A? Well, they won’t be a “what did I do when…” type of questions but I will just provide a list of things that I did and things that I got and which worked for me during my pregnancy.
Ok, let’s do this;
- Hospital: National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin
- Maternity care option: semi-private
- Private health insurance: yes, with Laya Healthcare
- Extra cost: €900
- Consultant: Dr Laoise O’Brien but she sat on her hands while I was pushing Tilda out 🙂
- Private scans: yes, at Ultrasound Dimensions in Blackrock and Merrion Fetal Health
- Types of scans I had: early pregnancy scan, detailed anomaly scan, gender assessment scan, nuchal translucency scan, 3d baby scan
- Pregnancy yoga: yes at Elbow Room
- Vitamins: yes, Pregnacare Plus Omega-3
- Vaccines during pregnancy: yes, whooping cough
- Prenatal course: yes, at the hospital
- Hypnobirthing course: yes, with Aleanbh Cox
- Pregnancy pictures: yes with a very talented Dublin photographer, Vanessa
- Books that I read: see my post here
- Pregnancy clothes: I wore my usual clothes up to 7 moths (except for pants!).
I bought only 6 maternity clothes: black dress (massive yesss!), pair of jeans which I genuinely hated, black leggins (a massive yessss again!), blue linen shirt, white linen trousers and white cotton top
- Pelvic floor exercise (also known as Kegel exercise): yes
- Perineal massage: yes but I still had a second degree tear during giving birth
- GentleBirth app: yes, the best €12.99/ month spent before having Tillie
- Tens machine: yes, I used it right up pushing Matilda out.
I got mine on Adverts, secondhand and worked perfectly fine
- Birth preferences: yes. Feel free to contact me and I will happily email them to you
- Hospital bag: see my post here (please scroll down the page for the hospital bag checklist)
- Water: bring lots and lots of water with you to the hospital
- Maternity pads: I made a mistake and bought organic Natracare pads which were ok but not straight after the birth.
I was bleeding quite a lot afterwards and ended up asking nurses for the pads they had which were huuuuge but very good
- Nipple cream: I wouldn’t be able to continue breastfeeding if not the Multi-Mam balm nipple cream and their Compresses – they healed my poor nipples within hours of first use
- Breastfeeding pillow: yes and I can’t recommend it enough
Hope you find it useful my dear pregnant friends. Please feel free to ask any questions, in the comments below or just drop me a private message.
PS. You’ve got this! You are doing this! <3