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August 12, 2016

You are in the home stretch, and may be experiencing that pesky side effect from the first trimester of needing to go to the toilet all the time. This is because your uterus is taking up more and more space, or what feels like all available space in your body. Make sure you are keeping an eye on your diet, as your calcium requirements at this stage are more than double what non-pregnant women need, and with the increase in blood volume, iron is also hugely important. At this time baby has generally reached her birth height, and now will put her energy into getting fatter, and stronger.

Nappy rash is very common and can happen no matter how carefully you look after your baby’s bottom. However, there are measures you can take to do your best to prevent it occurring and simple remedies available to help treat it. 

Giving birth can be a daunting prospect for first-time mums. We answer your burning questions. 

 Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without. – Jodi Picoult

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