When I was pregnant with Toby I just knew he was a boy. We’d picked a girl’s name just in case (Martha) but I *knew* I was carrying a boy even though we didn’t find out at the scan. I saw myself as a mummy to boys and I was really comfortable with that. With Martha, I didn’t have that sixth sense of our unborn baby’s gender and with my stress levels rising over what to do with Toby’s newborn clothes, we decided to find out. But I didn’t think I wanted a daughter.
Postpartum hair loss is one of the less dreamy sides of having a new baby – somewhere up with extreme sleep deprivation and poosplosions. If you don’t know that it’s a ‘thing’ it can be quite terrifying to suddenly pull what seem like clumps of hair out every time you run a brush through. So is it normal to lose hair after having a baby and is there ever a point at which you should worry about the hair loss?
When I was pregnant – and when my SPD would allow it – I did some pregnancy pilates through an online course by pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert Dr Joanna Helcke. With the help of some fellow pregnant and new mamas, I’ve compiled some questions about pregnancy and postnatal fitness, which Dr Joanna has kindly answered.
You may remember that I was desperate to avoid an induction and after a failed sweep at 41+1, I managed to get in for another one at 41+4, which got things started! Our beautiful baby Martha is now 3 days old and here’s her birth story. Just as a side note, I have gone into detail here and there is a photo with the placenta, just in case that’s not something you want to see!