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#1 Freckles

Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:34 PM

Time for a new thread ladies. Old thread is here.

Emma


This is a support thread for couples who have been TTC for over 12+ months and have secondary infertility TTC #2 onwards. It doesn't matter if your trying for your 2nd or your 10th - or if your using AC or trying naturally - everyone is welcome.

Please feel free to join us and hopefully like past members, not be part of this group for to long - for good reasons  biggrin.gif



Beep - TTC#2 - 23+ Years - 14 x Clomid BFNs, still going on Clomid - M/C 2010
Chucklebury - TTC#2 - 1 M/C
Golden Belle - TTC #her 3rd his 2nd - both 1st, 1+ year
Izy Bee - TTC#2 - 2+ Years - Starting IVF March '12
Kezball - TTC#3 - 2+ Years - M/C June '11
Lachlans_Mummy - TTC#2 - 12+ Months - 5 M/C
LiMa - TTC#2 - 3+ Years - M/C Sept '10 - Planning IVF
Number4please - TTC#4 - 21+ Months - 2 M/C June '11 & July '11 - 3 x Clomid BFNs
Raffi06 - TTC#2 - 3+ Years - Feb '12 moving onto IVF
Shellby - TTC#3 - 4 Years - 3 M/Cs March '08, Feb '11 & August '11 - 6 x Clomid all BFN, Progesterone Trial - BFP but early loss. Has now finished TTC after 4 years.
Silver-rain - TTC#2 - 20+ Months - 2 M/Cs Dec '10 & Dec '11
Studymuffin - TTC#2 - 14+ Months



Alice79 - TTC #2 - 18+ Months - BFP June '11 Natural cycle before IVF - EDD 22nd February 2012
Beautiful Disaster - TTC#4 - 15+ Months - 1 M/C '09 - BFP August '11 1st Clomid Cycle - EDD April '12
HaleyW - TTC#2 - 2+ Years - BFP January '12 IVF#2 - EDD October '12, 5 x IUI BFN's moving onto IVF - MFI, IVF #1 Oct '11 BFP but M/C Nov '11
hmd - TTC #2 - 18+ Months - 1 M/C, BFP May '11 Natural
Kodie - TTC #2 - 14+ Months - 4 x Clomid BFN - BFP August '11 Natural - EDD April 2012
*littlemircles* - TTC#2 - 3+ Years - BFP January '12 Natural - EDD Sept '12
Maximan - TTC#2 - 21+ Months - Planning IVF Dec '11 - BFP August '11 Natural Cycle with Vit B shot - EDD April 2012
Mumalbi - TTC #2 - 2+ Years - 1 EP & 1 M/C - BFP June '11 Natural cycle before IVF - Beautiful Baby Girl Alice Feb '12
Mum_Megan - TTC#2 - 3+ Years - 3 M/C - BFP April '11 Natural using Aspirin and SMEP - Bouncy Baby Boy Saxon Oct '11, Early But Prefect
Red Cabbage - TTC #7 - 2+ Years - BFP April '11 Natural - Bubbly Baby Boy L Jan '12


#2 HaleyW

Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:21 PM

Hi all,

Well, it's good news. On Valentine's Day we saw our tiny little baby's heart beating! I'm only 6 weeks so I'm still terrified because I lost the last one at almost 8 weeks. But I'm trying to let myself feel happy about this news now. It seems IVF was the right choice for us in the end. Hope you're all okay and had a nice Valentines Day. I'll stop in on the look out for good news from all of you. Take care. xox

#3 Shellby

Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:37 PM

Glad to hear your U/S went well, hope that its a nice sticky one for you.

Seems my body held off a couple of days before it ovulated, around CD18-20, since I'm not tracking and charting anymore I don't know the actual day, just going off body signs and CM. Nothing much to really report.

How is everyone else going?


#4 bokbok

Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:17 PM

HaleyW - that is great news and how lovely that you got to hear your little bub's heartbeat!! I am sure that all will be fine for you and will keep my fingers crossed so hard for you!!

Shelby -  you never know - when you least expect it and all that!!

How is everyone else going??

Well I hope to follow in your foot steps Haleyw! We have our first FS appointment tomorrow!!! I am a little nervous but also excited that hopefully this will be the beginning of a new arrival for us too!!
I will let you know how it goes.

One of my good friends had her 3rd DD today - and while i am so thrilled for her and her family I am also feeling a little down - more jealous I guess and wishing so hard it was me too...is that awful of me? I wouldn't wish her situation to be any different I just wish I could share in the newborn joy of my own.
I can't even visit at the moment as I have a bit of a cold...I am hoping though her having her bub today and me going to the FS tomorrow is a good sign!!

I can only hope!!

Best wishes to all xx

#5 HaleyW

Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:09 AM

Thanks Shelby - Like Raffi said you just never know....fingers crossed.

Raffi - Thank you! I can empathise with you re: your friend- just about every one of my friends fell pregnant in the two years we were trying for a baby. It's heartbreaking. You feel so torn between wanting to feel happy for them but this overwhelming sadness and envy is always there. Don't feel bad about how you're feeling - it's totally natural and if the situation were reversed I guarantee your friend would be feeling exactly the same.
Good luck with the FS - yes, please keep me posted! I'm really looking forward to hearing you announce your good news soon!


#6 bokbok

Posted 17 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

Thanks HaleyW for understanding! Well we went to the FS today and she was so lovely and said that given our history over the past couple of years of trying clomid and it not working etc that we are best to go straight to IVF. She said we could try IUI or FSH injections first for a couple of months but if that didn't work then it would be on to IVF anyway so it was up to us what we wanted to do. We have opted to go straight to IVF as we feel that is going to be our best chance.

So HaleyW I will be asking a few questions of you!! The FS said she thinks we will be pregnant within 3 cycles and by mid this year we should be pregnant!! It is very exciting thought!!

I feel so much better having made this decision as I feel like we might actually have a chance of another bub!!!! It feels much more real than "stabbing in the dark" every month.

So I have to go back for some tests and for the full IVF rundown on drugs etc on the 2 March and DH has to have his sperm re-tested just to make sure that is all good!!

So hopefully a BFP from me very soon!! I never thought we would ever go down the IVF path but now that we are I am just trying to accept it and think it doesn't really matter if we end up with a precious bundle of joy!!



#7 HaleyW

Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:25 AM

Raffi - I'm so pleased for you! I'm sure your FS is right and you'll have your BFP really soon! It worked for us both times, but unfortunately m/s with the first transfer. So don't be disheartened if you have to use your frozen embryos - but hopefully your fresh one will work first go! - because sometimes they're the best ones.
I'm so pleased you decided not to go the IUI path first - in my experience it was wasted money and time and I actually found it more stressful than IVF. It's just so much more uncertainty with this procedure. Saying that, everyone is different and it can work for some - but form what I've learn't it doesn't work for most.
I'll be checking in regularly and feel free to PM me anytime with questions too! Take care and good luck! original.gif x

#8 kezball

Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:45 AM

Hi Guys,
Popping in to say congrats again to Haley! hands.gif  this bubba sticks for you.

Raffi - Good luck on the IVF road, hopefully your FS is right!

AFM - My last AF was a few days "late" (normally I run a 25-26 day cycle, it came around day 29), I was so relaxed prior to getting AF, I didn't even remember exactly which day I got my prev AF. Then the stress started again when my SIL rings me up (whom I am close to) and out of the blue asks me if I am pregnant (a hunch she had)..then I realised what was going on, started worrying again and tried to pinpoint the day I got my last AF, which I think I worked out. Ended up being 3-4 days late, whole thing got me thinking, maybe SIL was right...did 2 HPTs a few days apart but no BFP. Then AF arrived. sad.gif

Am so sick of my body stuffing me around. Just want to be normal and get on with things one way or another. ARGH!

Edited to add - Some of the ladies in the list up top must have had their bubbas by now...might go stalking...

Edited by kezball, 19 February 2012 - 07:48 AM.


#9 HaleyW

Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

Thanks Kerry. original.gif I'm so sorry you didn't get your BFP this time. Ive been in your position when my AF was 5 days late! And I was so sure the HPTs were wrong & it just makes it that much more devastating! Thinking & praying your next bub in coming really soon. Take care. x

#10 Mumalbi

Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:43 PM

Hi All

It has been a long while since I came in here and posted. I am so glad to see that the group is still as supportive of each other as when I was here and I am thrilled to see some more pregnancies amongst the group - most recently Hayley - that is sooo exciting. I hope Raffi that IVF brings you some luck and quickly. I know my FS said that we would be increasing our chances from around 10% per cycle to 33% per cycle which is a massive increase.

You may not recall but I had been TTC #2 for 2 years exactly with one ectopic and one m/c. I was ready last june (2010) to commence IVF and discovered I was pregnant naturally and it stuck!  24 months TTC, 3 pregnancies and 1 sticky is about 10% chance per cycle. I gave birth last Saturday night to a beautiful, healthy little girl and we named her Alice.

I wish you all the very best and hope to see more sticky pregnancies amongst the group.

Mumalbi

#11 Shellby

Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

Congratulations Mumalbi on little Alice.

Raffi - Hope everything goes well with your start to IVF, hopefully it will be quick and not a long road.

Af should be due this week, anytime from about tomorrow to Friday as I didn't pinpoint the day I ovulated. I am thinking it will be earlier as I started spotting last night, and I can spot from sometimes a few days before AF to only the day before. Not really upset as every month I get more at peace with our decision to stop TTC actively. Of course if I got a BFP.gif I would be very happy, but I know my odds are basically nothing now.



#12 StudyMuffin

Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:04 PM

Hi ladies

I had a friend announce her pregnancy today, of course I am extremely happy for her but out of this group of about 7 ladies who all have had number #1 around the time my son was born, I'm the only one that hasn't had or in the process of having #2. So after disolving into a puddle of tears I have decided to seek out others who know the fustration.

I'm about to turn 29 and I have a son who's almost 2 and a half. We've been trying for #2 for 14 months and our FS appointment is at the end of March. From the blood tests the GP has done it doesn't appear that anything is 'wrong' with me or causing my 60 day cycles. Hopefully the FS will give some more answers.

There's a bit of history in my family of only children on both my mum and dads side so as much as I want #2 I just can't envisage myself ever getting another. I just feel like it's a family curse that I can do nothing about, I'm trying to change my attitude about this because it can't be helping.

So that's my story. Looking forward to getting to know some of you ladies.

Lauren

#13 bokbok

Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:21 PM

QUOTE (StudyMuffin @ 20/02/2012, 04:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi ladies

I had a friend announce her pregnancy today, of course I am extremely happy for her but out of this group of about 7 ladies who all have had number #1 around the time my son was born, I'm the only one that hasn't had or in the process of having #2. So after disolving into a puddle of tears I have decided to seek out others who know the fustration.

I'm about to turn 29 and I have a son who's almost 2 and a half. We've been trying for #2 for 14 months and our FS appointment is at the end of March. From the blood tests the GP has done it doesn't appear that anything is 'wrong' with me or causing my 60 day cycles. Hopefully the FS will give some more answers.

There's a bit of history in my family of only children on both my mum and dads side so as much as I want #2 I just can't envisage myself ever getting another. I just feel like it's a family curse that I can do nothing about, I'm trying to change my attitude about this because it can't be helping.

So that's my story. Looking forward to getting to know some of you ladies.

Lauren



Welcome to our very supportive group Lauren - but so sorry that you have to be here.

Thanks for sharing your story - it is strangely similar in some ways to mine as I too have history of only children on my Dad's side, plus I am an only child as my mum had problems - so I kind of feel like it is a curse too! However, I now have some hope after seeing a FS and we are about to do IVF which I have a feeling might work - it is the first time in ages that I have a feeling that I will actually have another child.

I know all too well the feeling of friends announcing their pregnancies....it happens all the time to me and while you are so happy for them, it just cuts like a knife doesn't it? So big *hugs* to you. I think seeing a FS is the best thing for you - look forward to hearing how you go.

I see you are studying - what is it you are studying? I study part time too - I am doing teaching.

Hopefully you will be able to move on from this group soon! (not that you are not welcome but it would mean you have your BFP!!) Look forward to chatting more soon.

Mumalbi - Big congratulations of the birth of you little girl Alice!! That is such wonderful news!

Dark Passenger - Thanks - I hope it works too!! Not too long to go for you now - that seems to have gone quickly!

Kexball - oh that is just so cruel of AF to get your hopes up like that. I know that feeling too...it is such a crush when the witch arrives...be kind to yourself.

Shelby - I hope you get the surprise that you are after...it must be hard though.

Well AFM - I am just letting Friday's news sink in and can't help but feel excited about it all! I know there is no guarantee IVF will work but I just so hope it does!! I am biding my time to my next appt which is Fridya next week.



#14 Shellby

Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

Welcome Studymuffin, I hope your stay with us is short original.gif in a good way of course.

I know how you feel being lapped over with pregnancies and babies. In my time I had one friend (where we had our 1st 4 days apart and #2 3 months apart) have #3,#4 and #5 since we started, lots of people at work who I met not pregnant onto their 3rd pregnancies, and see it alot here - like the ones who got a BFP.gif at the same time as one of my 3 losses, and I have watched them have their babies while my arms stayed empty - and with my first loss, there are many who have had their 2nd and now coming back and talking about #3.

I know this sounds hard, but over time it passes. I reached my angry point around 18+ months TTC, really went off the deep end. I was so upset every time I heard someone else was pregnant, or hear about how easy it was, or how oops now they are having #4 and wished they weren't. Now it doesn't bother me as much. I still get a little sad inside when I hear someone is pregnant, or watch their belly grow - but I know they are not trying to do it on purpose and upset me. However its hard but is does dim over time.

I really hope you never have to reach that far and that your one of the lucky ones. However this group is good to be able to let out your honest feelings without upsetting anyone - trust me everything you feel we have or are currently having at the same time, so its nice to have people who understand.

BTW have you been trying to chart? I know you said you have 60 day cycles, but it will help tracking and getting an idea on when your about to ovulate so you don't miss the boat. Its also something to do while waiting for your FS appointment.


#15 HaleyW

Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:47 PM

Hi all,

Welcome Lauren. We also sought help at 14 months ttc our second. This is after falling immediately with DD so was very unexpected. Shelby gives such great advice and I agree it does get easier over time. I was also at my angriest from 12 - 18 months and then it starts to get a bit easier to cope with. I hope you find an answer and will be pregnant again very soon.  I hope you'll find comfort in getting the help you need. So many in this group have fallen pregnant naturally after 2 years trying - so you can never give up hope. It does happen sometimes with or without help.

Shelby - I'm praying that your time is near, even though you're no longer actively trying. I'm sorry it seems that this month might not bring good news. Thinking of you.

Beautiful D - Thank you - it was the best Valentines ever!

Raffi - so excited for you - good luck Friday week! Keep us posted.

Mumalbi - huge congratulations on your baby girl, Alice. What a gorgeous name!



#16 StudyMuffin

Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

Hi ladies, thank you for the warm welcome and for sharing your own journeys - sometimes it's comforting to know that you aren't the only one experiencing these emotions.

Raffi - Very similiar stories. Best of luck with the IVF, I really hope it gives you the ultimate result! When do you start? I'm majoring in PR minors in marketing and advertising. I go back to uni on Monday about to start my second year, have you started back yet? how far are you into your degree?

Shellby - You write beautifully, thank you for your insight. I've never been much of a jealous person before, I have fought and won over depression in my early 20's and with each subsequent pregnancy that was announced I told myself it didn't matter, that I would get there or that I had too much going on in my life for another anyway ... but there was something quite shattering about now being the last one and how easy it has been for everyone else. I suddenly feel quite heartbroken, it feels like someone has just broken a relationship off with me ... its the only way to describe it. Not sure how to get over that feeling, fingers crossed that maybe seeing the fertility specialist and doing something proactive about falling pregnant again might make me feel a little brighter. I'm not charting at the moment, I do find I get up at varying hours of the morning thanks to mister 2.5yr old that it's not consistent enough. I get wicked O pains and other clear signals around ovulation time so I just usually doing OPKs when I start getting them to pinpoint the day. Sorry to hear you have been waiting so long.

HaleyW - how did you find your FS appointment ... any pointers on what to expect?

Thanks again for making me feel so welcome. x





#17 bokbok

Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:28 PM

Hi Studymiffin - I am doing a Graduate Diploma in Education as I did a Media Studies and Journalism degree 10yrs ago - my teaching degree would be over and done with in 1.5yrs if I was doing it fulltime but with everything else going on I am just doing part time so it will take me at least 3yrs - if I fall pregnant in the next few months (fingers crossed!) then I will take next year off all together as I want to be able to fully devote myself to my DS/DD and my first DD in case I don't get the chance to have a third - I want to be able to cherish and spend as much time with my kids while they are very young as I can. Then I will go back to study! I started back at uni this week - only listened to one lecture so far though! Must find time to do the other unit!!

Your feelings are so very valid and alot of us here feel the same - we conceived my DD the second month off the pill and so never ever thought we would be doing IVF for our second - but here we are! Like you, at first I wasn't phased with everyone else having second child - we had lots of other stuff going on at the time and I thought it would happen eventually. But when months turned into years and my body clock is ticking very loudly then it got frustrating and upsetting. I now feel we have hope with IVF though and if that is what it takes!

Well gotta go pick DD up from school as early close today...hope everyone else is going oK!!

xx



#18 HaleyW

Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:52 PM

Hi all,

Study Muffin - I would look for a FS in your area with a long history as a Fertility Specialist. I made the mistake of seeing a Gyno/Ob who is wanting to move into that area, and while he was lovely and delivered my DD I didn't feel he had the experience/resources to fully understand and treat us. We ended up switching part way through treatment, and that was quite stressful in itself. What city are you in? If we're in the same city I can PM you with my doctor's details - she was amazing, caring and very professional.

Raffi - Looking forward to hearing what your FS suggests and how soon you can start! Good luck with your studies, it's great to have a distraction - fertility treatment can be so all-consumiing, it drove me mental. Only now do I look around and see how much of my life has been neglected over the past two years. I haven't worked (freelance journalism) for almost a year, I haven't exercised or really looked after myself, I haven't given my DD the 100% attention she deserves, my home isn't homely ... the list goes on and on, so it's fantastic to have another focus! original.gif

Beautiful D - Best of luck with impending arrival original.gif , wow - 10 weeks, that's gone fast! AFM: I'm starting to feel very tired .. but still not too many symptoms. Had another scan today, date says 7w4days and all is looking great. I'm stating to exhale. original.gif

#19 Shellby

Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

Well Af arrived, I spotted for quite alot of days so maybe my progesterone has gone back to its failing ways again as for about 3-4 cycles are my last loss it was no spotting but straight into AF. Again who knows when I did ovulate without charting etc and might have been getting AF very early.

Not upset, not expecting to get pregnant so helps not feel let down I guess.


#20 StudyMuffin

Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

Raffi - Know what you mean by taking time off study if you fall with subsequent children. I will be doing the same . One of my units this year doesn't have any lectures and doesn't have an exam...... I was a little bit  huh.gif I'm excited, I might get a chance of a HD with this one - I always just miss out and it's usually because I just have brain farts (mental blocks) when it comes to exam time! I can't structure an essay under pressure to save my life.

Haley - I'm in Perth original.gif I'm booked in to see a FS, from what I can see she is well experienced. I did originally ask for a referral to my ob but doctor persuaded me to see a specialist instead, she's probably right.

Congratulations Dark Passenger (a fellow Dexter fan I take it wink.gif )!

Shellby - sad.gif sorry to hear AF arrived. Even though you aren't expecting it, it's hard not to be disappointed when AF arrives. *hugs*

AFM - Traditionally AF should be making an appearance round this time, I haven't even had any o pains yet. So looks like it's going to be a longer then 2 month cycle this one. Sucks sad.gif Almost exactly one month til we see the FS.

#21 bokbok

Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:51 PM

QUOTE (StudyMuffin @ 29/02/2012, 06:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Raffi - Know what you mean by taking time off study if you fall with subsequent children. I will be doing the same . One of my units this year doesn't have any lectures and doesn't have an exam...... I was a little bit  huh.gif I'm excited, I might get a chance of a HD with this one - I always just miss out and it's usually because I just have brain farts (mental blocks) when it comes to exam time! I can't structure an essay under pressure to save my life.

Haley - I'm in Perth original.gif I'm booked in to see a FS, from what I can see she is well experienced. I did originally ask for a referral to my ob but doctor persuaded me to see a specialist instead, she's probably right.

Congratulations Dark Passenger (a fellow Dexter fan I take it wink.gif )!

Shellby - sad.gif sorry to hear AF arrived. Even though you aren't expecting it, it's hard not to be disappointed when AF arrives. *hugs*

AFM - Traditionally AF should be making an appearance round this time, I haven't even had any o pains yet. So looks like it's going to be a longer then 2 month cycle this one. Sucks sad.gif Almost exactly one month til we see the FS.


Wow studymuffin we have lots in common!! I am in Perth too!! I am SOR towards the hills. Which FS are you seeing? I am going to Hollywood. I hope your appointment goes well - is it soon??

Shelby - so sorry to hear that AF arrived  - it would have been lovely for you have a surprise - you seem to be dealing with it so well - *hugs*

HaleyW - hope things are still going well!! When is your next scan? Hope you got a EDD yet? (sorry if asked already I am a bit tired tonight!)

AFM - well tomorrow I visit the FS again to go through all the drugs, cost etc for IVF. Although I am secretly hoping we have caught the egg this month as I am pretty sure I O'd on Tuesday as had bad O pains and then some EWCM (sorry TMI!). So even though DH and I went out to the Roxette concert (which was awesome!!) and didn't get home to midnight we BD that night!

Will let u know how I go tomorrow!!

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#22 bokbok

Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:22 AM

Went well at the FS yesterday - blood tests showed I did actually O this month so hopefully we are lucky this month! But if not I have started the nasal spray for IVf and collected all the injections I will need. It is a bit nerve wracking and I hope I remember how to use the needle pens when the time comes! So now just taking the spray and waiting to see if AF turns up this month. If she does then call FS day 1 and we go from there!

Also went through costs and while it is still expensive it is not quite as bad as I feared! I am just feeling so positive about this all that something good must happen soon! I have not felt so confident or positive about TTC for the past 2 yrs at least!! I just so hope it all works!!

Hope you all have a good weekend!!


#23 Shellby

Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:24 PM

Raffi - glad to hear your appointment went well and you have everything you need to start. Maybe you will be lucky like Alice last year who started her cycle for her first round of IVF only to find out she was pregnant.





#24 Goldie Belle

Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:48 PM

Hello Ladies,
I trawled through this group last night...Until about 2am! I was mesmerized by your stories! So many like my own and I felt a kinship with all of you.
I thought about all of you today, and myself.
We have been ttc for almost 12 months. I have 2 children from a previous relationship and my husband has 1.
We would more than anything love to have more together (he would love 3 more but I am seriously praying for just ONE right now!)
We have not yet consulted fs or even Drs but I am going to this month see my GP. My first 2 pregnancies were 1st time hit! Same with his! So finding your soul mate and having this much trouble...hurts...bites etc!
I'm due to see af in 5 days. I've had cramps the last few days, quite normal for me at this time.
I hope to chat to you lovely ladies, as I feel like I'm going to go mental if af keeps visiting! DH is wonderful to talk to, but he isn't a woman, feeling like a failure or constantly monitoring his body for signs.

Edited by Goldie Belle, 03 March 2012 - 09:56 PM.


#25 Goldie Belle

Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

Argh, sorry sad.gif 1st time here!

Edited by Goldie Belle, 03 March 2012 - 10:08 PM.



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What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
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