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marialev

marialev

Hi everyone. A quick question. Are you supposed to take folic acid when you're pregnant or is it just before you get pregnant?

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marialev

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Emma Sully

Emma Sully

How did you find out you were pregnant? Where were you and who were you with? How did you feel?

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Emma Sully

Emma Sully

Carselea
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Carselea

I was at my friend's house and we were chatting about me feeling like I might be pregnant. She had a test in her bathroom cabinet and I took it. So she was the first to know!.

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Claire McD
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I was home alone. I just couldn't wait until my hubby came home to take the test. I remember just staring at it for ages afterwards not quite believing it was positive.

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Sophie from Mas & Pas

Sophie from Mas & Pas

10 Easy Homemade Morning Sickness Remedies

 

Morning sickness is not fun. And whoever called it morning sickness was surely taking the mickey. It’s more like morning-noon-and-night sickness for many.

 

If you’re green around the gills here are 10 things to try that might ease the heave.

 

1. Make mine a flat Coke

 

Try sipping on flat cola. It’s what Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge did to fight her extreme morning sickness.

 

2. Suck lemons

 

Or at least something lemony. You can add a slice of lemon to hot water and sip throughout the day or grate the zest of a lemon to sniff and slice wedges to chew.

 

3. Go minty

 

Peppermint tea, chewing minty gum and sniffing peppermint essential oil can all settle your tummy.

 

1. Ginger rules

 

Try nibbling ginger biscuits or sipping ginger tea to ease your nausea.

 

5. Arm yourself

 

Ginger not your thing? Try wearing travel sickness bands. They might not be on trend but if they ease your nausea, you won’t mind a bit.

 

6. Join the B-Team

 

Vitamin B might be your best friend as it’s known to relieve the quease. Take Vitamin B supplements to see if they work for you.

 

7. Ice, ice, baby

 

Stay cool, Mama. Sucking on chilled fruit wedges or an ice lolly can bring instant relief.

 

8. Go crackers

 

Keep a steady supply of plain or salted crackers by your bedside and start your day by nibbling on a few.

 

9. Magnificent magnesium

 

Magnesium deficiency can make nausea worse. Make sure you’re getting enough by adding a generous scoop of magnesium flakes to your nightly bath. It helps anxiety too so it’s a win-win.

 

10. Get a move on

 

When you’re feeling as sick as a dog then going out for some exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing. But a gentle walk in the fresh air can make that queasiness go away. So head outdoors, mama.

What worked for your morning sickness? Was it any of these or did you have a different remedy that worked for you?

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Sophie from Mas & Pas

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Sophia N
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Lemon and sparkling water is what works best for me. I wish I'd thought of some of these others though!

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marialev
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marialev

Mine lasted 6 months...It was excruciating! I didn't try these but nothing at the time seemed to work

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heather
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heather

Flat Coke for me!

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Carselea
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Carselea

I had a constant supply of Fruit Gums. The ONLY thing that kept sickness at bay!

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Rowan

Rowan

When did your bump properly show?

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heather
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heather

With my first it was at 5 months. But my second pregnancy started showing from just 12 weeks!

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marialev
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marialev

I showed from 12 weeks even with my first!

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Emma Sully
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Emma Sully

At about 16 weeks.before then I just looked like I'd been eating too many doughnuts.I loved it when I had a proper bump.

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Sophia N
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Sophia N

10 weeks! I had huge bumps...

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Danielle

Danielle

Just chatting to everyone here has already helped the worrying and I'm so glad I have booked the early scan! Best wishes xx

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Danielle

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So glad Danielle, keep us posted! I hope you're feeling better x

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Rowan
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Rowan

Good luck with the scan. Glad you don't have to wait too long. Hopefully things will settle down a bit before then too so you worry less xx

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Lj12345

Lj12345

Hi everyone, just a quick question because I am really stressed. I’m about 2 weeks pregnant, the dad and I ain’t together but he doesn’t want this baby and wants me to have an abortion. I don’t really know what I want to do, I’m 18 as well. I know he’s going through a lot at the moment with his family which I totally understand but I don’t know what to do. I know no one can tell me what I should do I just want to know if any one has been through the same thing or is going through it, because I honestly don’t know what to feel, I’m so stressed because I agreed with him for an abortion because I wasn’t thinking but now the more I think of it, I don’t really know what to do. I don’t want to talk to him about it either because he’s got a lot going on, I just need someone else’s opinion :)

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marialev
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Hi Lj, it's a really difficult decision that as you say only you can make. It does sound like you're being pulled in a million directions and you're always thinking about everyone else. No matter how many things the dad has going on in his life, this is important!


Maybe take some time away from everyone and go somewhere alone to really think about it and decide for yourself? You should never feel pushed into something by the father or anyone else. It is a big decision and is lifechanging so you need to know you're making the right one for you. Then you'll be able to stick to it knowing that you've made the decision yourself.


That's what I think at least. I don't know if this helps at all? x

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Carselea
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Carselea

It's a big decision and I think you should take some time to talk and think it through so you know you're making a decision that feels right for you. Can you talk to your mum? Or is there anyone else you feel like you can open up to who will not judge and just listen and help you work out how you feel and what you want to do? I think you need to decide for you. You know how the dad feels but you can take this into account and still decide how YOU feel and what YOU want to do. Support will make a massive difference - whatever you decide.

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Danielle
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Danielle

End of the day it's your body, you will know deep down what's the right thing to do but everyone is going through things in life never let anyone tell you what to do. Dont do anything drastic. A baby is for life a man isn't my mom raised me alone and done a great job. Listen to your heart xx

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Rowan
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Rowan

Huge hugs. Take your time and talk it all through. You don't have to make a decision right away. Whatever you decide though you'll have to talk to him again about it. Hard if he's got a lot going on just now. Once you're clearer and calmer though it will be easier to talk it through with him too.

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Lj12345
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Lj12345

Thankyou everyone!!! I really needed all your support and I can’t Thankyou enough. I’m going to speak to him again tonight now and go from there. Thankyou 🙂

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Danielle

Danielle

Thankyou for the comments! I had a condition when I was born with my bowels outside of my body so I feel extra on edge,I have ended up booking an early scan for almost 3 weeks time ans hopefully I get some reassurance!😁

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Danielle

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heather

🙌 So glad you managed to get that booked! Yes it will hopefully make you feel calmer afterwards. It can be so nerve-racking especially if you have worries like these. If the pain has calmed down a little try to take your mind off of it. Otherwise let us know how your first scan goes!

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Carselea
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Carselea

So glad you managed to book an early scan. Best of luck. Will be thinking of you

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Carselea

Carselea

Hi Danielle, It's so worrying in the first few weeks isn't it? I had cramps too at around this stage - they felt like period pains. Like you I was worried sick. I just phoned my maternity hospital where they had an early pregnancy unit and they were fab. They sounded so used to hearing from mums-to-be who were worried in early pregnancy. They told me to come in the next day and gave me a scan (it had to be done vaginally - sounds a bit sore - but it was honestly fine - Just telling you so you know what maybe to expect). It was so reassuring to know all was well. Is there an early pregnancy unit at your maternity hospital? If not (or you're not sure) go to your GP and ask what you can do to find out if everything's OK. The midwives at the early pregnancy unit told me that cramping in early is not usually a sign of miscarriage. Unless the pain gets severe and you get spotting/bleeding. They told me to always come in right away if the pain got bad or I felt faint or I had any bleeding. And they were more than happy to see me for mild cramping too. I'm not a doctor so this is all just from my experience. But I would say try your very best not to worry. Phone either your GP or early pregnancy unit in the morning and get an appointment. And stay away from Dr Google! Big hugs.

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Carselea

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Danielle
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Thankyou so much for your response. I'm glad to hear this as I seen a few posts about cramping but mine is very mild. I booked a private scan for 3 weeks time to have it done transvaginal they said they can detemian the size of the baby how far along etc and if eveything is ok which is exactly what I am looking for! March to to long to wait especially when I'm not sure how far I am I took the clear blue test and it says 3 weeks but then it says you should add two weeks onto that!? Got pregnant right after stopped the pill no period and had been getting none for a while as the mini pill stopped them! Feel so blessed this has happened fingers crossed the private scan goes ok xx

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Hi Danielle I found Clear Blue tests and the way they count a pregnancy 'age' so confusing!


I think you've got it right though, Clear Blue counts from conception. Pregnancy is from your last period so add 2 weeks to the Clear Blue weeks. I hope everything works out with the scans. Big congrats as well!

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Danielle

Danielle

Hey guys, I am currently 5 weeks pregnant and would like some advice. Currently getting mild cramps my lower abdomen sore breasts and no sickness. All tests say positive some tests even the test line is much darker than control! I am abit worried as my scan is not until the 25th of match so ages away and I want to know what's going on before then!!

Would it be good idea to get private scan around 10 weeks??

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Hi Danielle congratulations on being pregnant! The first few weeks can be so stressful. Yes if you're worried you can get a private scan earlier. I think I had to do one at 8 weeks because I had some bleeding and the baby was tiny but they could see it. Perhaps call in and see what the doctor suggests? I did have some cramps at the start too so it's hard to tell if it's something normal or to be worried about.


I pray that it all goes well for you!

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Holly B

It can be such an anxious time. You sound really worried. There can be all sorts of reasons for cramping in early pregnancy. Sometimes it's just because your uterus is growing and your body is preparing for your growing baby (even though it's teeny tiny right now). Early cramping in pregnancy can feel a bit like period pain. It's totally normal as your body changes. Sometimes urine infections or yeast infections can cause cramping - don't worry - they can be treated easily. Worry is really hard. Especially when you have a long wait until your scan. I imagine you're on red alert and aware of every twinge. Morning sickness might not begin this early - it usually starts from around 6 weeks. Some lucky mamas-to-be don't feel sick at all. So don't take that as a sign that anything's necessarily wrong. I worried a lot in my pregnancies and always just went to speak to my GP right away. I was also able to get a scan at the early pregnancy assessment unit at my hospital (I had one at 6 weeks and 9 weeks because I had some spotting and pain). For me lying awake worrying was the hardest thing. I would phone your GP tomorrow and see if you can get an early scan and some reassurance. Let us know how you get on. Thinking of you and sending you lots of positive vibes.




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Danielle
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I have seen many power suggesting a private scan so this is what I have done and I feel better already! I booked it for 3 weeks time just to make sure they will be able to see the baby! Xx

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Nicola

Nicola

Hi. I'm looking for inspiration for girls' names. I want something fairly traditional but not too common. So maybe a vintage name that's making a comeback or that is just a really lovely name. Anyone have any ideas?

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Holly B
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I love the name Iris. Also my Granny was called Violet. I think that's pretty too.

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heather
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heather

I know they're classic but I love the names Emma and Charlotte.

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Carselea
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Carselea

Anthea. Beatrix. Eva. Matilda. Some of my faves that were on my baby name shortlist. I went for Ruby in the end.

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