Free MAM anti-colic bottle with Amazon

Are you an expectant or new parent looking to add some items to your baby inventory.

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Well if you are an Amazon Prime customer with an Amazon baby wish list you can claim a free MAM Anti-Colic 130ml bottle

How to claim your free bottle:

  1. You need to have an Amazon prime account
  2. You need to create a baby wish list
  3. You need to add at least £5.00 worth of eligible baby products sold by Amazon (not fulfilled by) from your baby wish list to your basket. Products excluded include baby and infant formula, nappies, baby food and books.
  4. You need to add the MAM bottle to your basket and at the final checkout the price will be deducted.

Offer valid until 28th February 2018.

What does Amazon mean by sold by Amazon?

If you click on a product it will tell you the seller. If it says a sellers name other than Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon then it is not eligible for this offer. It must say Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.

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Top 5 breast pumps

If you are new to breastfeeding or looking for a recommendation for a new pump keep reading.

1. Lansinoh electric pump

From the makers of the most used nipple cream comes the single or double electric pump. It comes with two flange sizes, two storage bottles. A cost-effective double electric pump

Features

  • 3 pumping modes of expression
  • Adjustable suction speed and intensity
  • Specially designed tubes and motor prevent milk backup
  • LCD screen with timer
  • Pump into bottles—no transferring necessary
  • Battery or mains power operated
  • Available as single or double (double pump can be converted to single by adjusting the tubes.

The light and portable Lansinoh Single Electric Breast Pump has been designed for your comfort, and with six suction levels it will allow you to express easily.

For quick and easy expression, this breast pump is designed to mimic baby’s natural feeding pattern for an efficient pumping experience. The new ComfortFit soft silicone breast cushion makes for a secure seal and comfortable fit, and results in more efficient pumping. There are six adjustable suction levels with easy-to-use control buttons and an LED indicator, as well as two phase technology including a let down phase.

The let down phase includes rapid suction to stimulate and initiate milk flow, while the expression phase has slower, deeper suction to maximise milk flow. A NaturalWave Teat with cap is included allowing you to express, store and feed with ease.

This breast pump is mains or battery operated (requires 6 x AA batteries not included).

Please note: Tubing and tubing connectors do not need to be washed or sterilised due to the diaphragm that prevents them from coming into contact with breast milk. The breast cushion and containers may be cleaned in the upper compartment of your dishwasher or hand washed with dish soap in hot water. For best results, use a baby bottle brush to clean the container and a teat brush to clean the insides of the breast cushions. Rinse with hot water.

Prices:

£86.25 for single John Lewis

£100 for double John Lewis

2. Haakaa 150ml Silicone Breast Pump with Suction Base

This is a manual pump which you can use on one breast whilst feeding off the other. This works by using your natural let down. Perfect for releasing some pressure from engulfed breasts as well. I actually used this when in the bath or shower because it had a vacuum seal on the breast when attached properly. Therefore perfect for a busy mum looking to multi task.

The only downside is you have to purchase a lid and storage bag separately. It’s also not bet stable if you store it in the fridge but it does have a suction bottom which means when you pop it straight down on a table it’s not going to fall over.

Breast pumps don’t have to be loud, complicated, and costly – this eco-friendly breast pump will change the way you breastfeed.

Haakaa’s breast pumps are made using 100% medical grade silicone, free from toxic materials, so they’re kind to mum and baby, as well as the environment.

With an increased volume to 150ml and a suction base for support, the new and improved Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is the easiest and most simple way to express.

Key features:

• Perfect for travelling.

• Soft and comfortable – made from 100% medical-grade silicone.

• Compact – will fit into any handbag or baby bag.

• Dishwasher safe – can also be sterilised and left to sit in boiling water.

• Easy to use, easy to clean.

• Free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

• Compatible with all Haakaa wide neck bottles.

• No batteries or assembly required.

Instructions:

1. Sterilise your pump thoroughly – Haakaa  (caps are available online to purchase – caps keep the pump sterile after cleaning)

2. Place the top of the breast pump over your nipple – make sure your nipple is in the neck of the pump and comfortable.

3. Apply suction – you may need to adjust a couple of times. Once the pump is secure and comfortable you can squeeze the base of the pump (not interfering with the top/suction) to create some movement.

4. Gently massage the top of your breast to encourage flow – you can also try placing a warm flannel on top of your breast.

5. Once milk begins to flow, simply leave the pump alone to do its thing.

6. Once the pump becomes full, empty into a glass storage bottle and reposition.

7. When you wish to stop pumping, you can simply suction the breast pump to a nearby flat surface using the suction base, while you continue feeding or re-dress – the pump is 100% secure.

Hazards and Cautions:

Clean your breast pump thoroughly after each use. Our breast pumps can be sterilised with any steam sterilising system or boiling water. Do NOT use any bleach-based agents.

Prices:

£18.99 – boots

3. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump

Voted number one on baby centre

A double electric breast pump with an integrated carrying case

Features

• Two-phase expression for more efficient and thorough pumping

• All parts that touch breast milk are BPA free

• Comes with a removable cooler bag and freezer pack

• Adjustable speed and vacuum knob

• Uses battery power or an AC adaptor

Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump

The Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump includes thoughtful features that provide true mobility, freedom and flexibility for mum’s everyday life. It’s ideal for daily and frequent use with a single or double pumping option. Easy interaction with digital display, memory, timer and backlight gives mum more flexibility.

It features a double pumping and 2-phase expression technology, that mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern, reduces pumping time and gives more freedom to mum. It combines both rapid stimulation and slower expression so pumping is gentle, comfortable, and efficient.

Lightweight and independent from sockets, the Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump allows mum to pump anywhere. Mum can personalise the breast pump and record preferred pumping patterns and select it anytime. Low noise so night time pumping is quiet and quick. BPA Free.

Key Features 

• Double pumping can help to increase and sustain milk supply

• SoftFit™ breastshields for massaging comfort.

• Simultaneous expression

• Small, lightweight and quiet, to make daily expression as comfortable as possible

• Individually adjustable vacuum settings, as well as memory function offers comfort

• Rechargeable battery provides 3 hours pumping time

• One touch let down button

• Timer function available

• Bright LCD easy to read display – can be read even at night without having to turn the lights on

• Stylish shoulder bag including cooler for on-the-go convenience

Prices:

£329.99 – boots or John Lewis

4. Medela Symphony Breastpump

This hospital grade pump is one of the most expensive on the market however it is good at effectively emptying your breasts.

Features:

• 2-phase expression pumping

• Faster let-down and milk flow reduces pumping time

• Mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern

• Accommodates multiple users

• Designed for moms who need to pump several times a day

• Allows for pumping from 1 or both breasts at a time

• Powered from wall outlet, rechargeable batteries, or car lighter

• Adjustable speed and vacuum combinations

• All parts that contact breast milk are BPA-free

• Hands free pumping option sold separately

The research-based Symphony breast pump has been developed specifically to support mums throughout their breastfeeding journey: to initiate, build and maintain an adequate milk supply. Symphony is ideal for long-term and frequent pumping. You can continue using the hospital-grade pump you used in the maternity unit and decide later which personal pump to buy With the Medela pump sets, you can express your breast milk from the comfort of your own home using your Medela Symphony rental breast pump. The pump sets provide you with everything you need as a breastfeeding mum.

Prices:

£2648 – amazon

Can be rented on manufacturers website

5. Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Economical and compact double breast pump used for expressing breast milk.

Features

• Small and portable design makes it ideal for home, on-the-go, or when going back to work

• 32 settings

• Three assorted flange sizes

• Hygienic, closed-pumping system

Evenflo’s Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is the perfect solution for all moms planning to pump frequently. Whether at home or at work, the Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump delivers all the premium features and benefits mom needs and deserves. This innovative pump’s PerfectlyPure™ design is a closed system that prevents milk back-up in tubing, which helps to keep tubing clean and dry, protecting mom’s breast milk from contamination and making pump cleaning more efficient. Each pumping session can be personalized with the AdvancedControl™ technology, which creates 32 unique setting combinations of speed and suction for optimal control.

To help ensure a successful pumping session, it’s important to have a comfortable, correctly sized flange fit. The Advanced Double Electric Pump includes 3 different flange sizes from our AdvancedFit™ flange system to help ensure the best fit, with additional sizes sold separately. Evenflo’s PerfectPosition™ design includes a shorter nipple tunnel and higher bottle-to-flange angle that allows mom to relax in a slouch-free pumping position. The integrated bottle holders keep mom’s milk safe after pumping, providing an extra “hand” to protect her precious milk from spills. The Deluxe Model also comes with a timeless black shoulder bag, insulated cooler bag with ice packs, and additional Milk Collection Bottles.

Access to expert resources can help ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. Evenflo is excited to include the ultimate breastfeeding education with the purchase of your pump. Developed by our partner, Breastfeeding Expert Shari Criso (IBCLC, CNM, RN), mom receives digital access to two practical and proven programs she can access anywhere! Both Simply Breastfeeding™ and Breast Pumps & Briefcases™ have helped thousands of moms successfully breastfeed and continue breastfeeding while returning to work and are included with purchase.

Prices:

Unavailable. Last known £100 baby r us

Remember nothing is more effective at taking your milk than a babies suckling.

Katherine xo

Boosting your milk supply

Welcome if you are reading this you too are experiencing a possible low milk supply. This could be for a variety of reasons such as deciding not to continue exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), period of illness for either you or baby which has stopped you exclusively breastfeeding or you want to restart after weaning baby to the bottle and they are not taking to the bottle well.

If you were breastfeeding you probably felt like a dairy cow with your baby connected to your breast every 2-3 hours for up to an hour a time and wondering whether they were actually getting what they need from you. The answer was yes especially if baby was producing 6 or more wet nappies a day and roughly 3/4 lovely yellow coloured poo’s a day. Yes it’s true baby will lose some weight in their first couple of weeks but they will regain this. Remember baby was permanently connected to you from the minute the placenta and umbilical cord formed. There is no need to worry as baby’s can lose up to 10% of their birth weight any more and you midwife / health visitor will work with you to monitor babies progress against the percentile chart.

There are many “options” to increase your milk production but let me remind you none of them are 100% guaranteed. The one I’m commenting on is the one that I have decided to use after I had a period of illness and wasn’t able to breastfeed my baby for over a week.

I must admit I’m not in love with the idea of breastfeeding and wasn’t really wanting to do it until I gave birth. I had this sudden pang of guilt that I needed to give my baby the best and what’s more natural than ready made mother’s milk.

Now I’m going to let you in on a secret that not many share. Exclusive expressing is much more tiring and tying than exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive expressing is when you are purely expressing your milk and giving to your baby. Combination expressing is when you are supplementing either with the breast or bottle and expressing between. I opted for combination between formula and expressing.

One of the methods I tried was to do an hour of expressing split as follows:

  • 15 minutes expressing
  • 5 minute break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break

I did this twice a day for a week and it did help bring back the milk in my left breast which had significantly reduced. I also took the herbal supplement fenugreek which is suppose to help but I found it did nothing other than add another item to my daily to do list.

The best time to do your cluster expressing is after you’ve fed your little one. However, if your not breastfeeding and purely expressing try to do a cluster session in between your regular session. It is recommended to express on the same schedule as a feed on demand baby every 2-3 hours.

If you are having a down spell keep at it it will get better. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

RegarI ds

Katherine xo

Edit: I stopped expressing for a week because Christmas got in the way and I decided to have a couple of bottles of beer. Even though they say the amount of alcohol that passes is minimal I couldn’t face pumping and dumping again. I have slowly returned to expressing and my supply is quite low but considered my boobs still leak when the little one cries is probably s good thing. I’ll keep you posted on whether I regain my supply or not.

Birth announcement

For those eager eyes amongst you waiting patiently for news of our little miracle baby. Well today you are in luck. Yes it’s a little late (3 weeks late in fact), but we’ve been in such a rollercoaster since.

Our unicorn baby was born Sunday 26th November weighing 9lb 2oz – 2 whole pounds more than his estimate. Delivery was via caesarian section due to failed induction at 41 weeks gestation. Our little man was becoming quite stressed so the consultant wanted him born as soon as possible. The staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital were absolutely wonderful and looked after me and my husband during the whole process. They kept my spirits up and kept me informed of progress.

Our son is doing perfectly well but I’m not 😢 I’ve been quite poorly on and off with my gallbladder since the birth. I cannot thank the NHS enough for their help the last few weeks and I have more care to come in the new year.

Therefore, I shall continue to take a mini break from blogging for a few more weeks whilst I get to grips with been a new mummy (and recovering).

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Christmas is about love, family and friends so treasure each moment and make memories that last a life time.

Katherine xo

My maternity wardrobe

Hello everyone, I’ve had a butt load of comments about how nice (and girly) my maternity clothes are so I thought I’d share with you a selection of items I purchased (and wear regularly). As I am pretty camera shy so stock images will have to do 🙂

When I was first looking at the maternity clothes back in Spring 2017, I was appalled at the options available. It was mainly trousers and tops that just make you look frumpy and figure less. Obviously, I had to purchase a couple of these ‘staple’ items for days when you just want to stop on the sofa with a film and cuppa of tea. For the staples I got one pair of jeggings from matalan and a couple of pairs of black leggings and vest top.

So below is a list of key items that will hopefully provide you some inspiration to move away from the ‘essential’ black trousers and shirt combo for work.

DressesMost of the time I’m swanning around in a maternity dress. Makes it feel like the olden days when all women really wore were dresses. Before pregnancy I rarely wore dresses – despite having a wardrobe full of gorgeous 1950 style frocks. During i pregnancy I have since found my girly roots and now a dress is my absolute favourite go to item – so much so I bought a few. These are the brands I purchased:

Next maternity:

Purchased in the clearance sale during April (£18) and was great for my holiday. I don’t often wear this maxi out and about in Britain mainly just round the house but it’s great for any day time occasion. To be honest add a nice necklace and bracelet combo and it’s good for an evening out with the other half.

4-piece maternity essential kit (£32) with black dress, vest top, skirt and leggings. The leggings and vest are fabulous fit. Well to be honest they all are however, they attract dog hair like it’s going out of fashion. I tend to wear these around the house when I can’t be bothered or having a ‘fat’ day.

Rochelle Humes Maternity

I absolutely love this grey dress (£35) it’s great for both work and during the weekend. At first I was sceptical because it’s clingy but it’s clingy in the right places and shows off your bump nicely. I’ve had my money’s worth out the dress because I started wearing it about 12 weeks (that in between stage where pants fit but don’t).

Well you’ve got to have a LBD in the wardrobe. This off the shoulder dress (£35) is great for evenings or parties. Does feel a little bare on the shoulders and the straps can dig in a little. It’s a good length and floaty so you don’t over heat. Team up with a pair of nude heels for instant glam.

Shirt dress in navy blue (£27). Quite long on my 5ft6 frame and definitely not for early pregnancy. Sleeves can feel a bit tight but good for casual and even work. Only downside it creases so easy! It’s not the most flattering of designs but as your bump gets bigger and fills out the extra material it does start to feel better. When wearing for work it’s great with a pair of black pumps and oversized bag.

Nice white crochet dress (£45). You do need a good white or nude bra underneath as can look a little bare. Good length (mid thigh) nice and floaty and very girly great for an event when teamed up with either wedges or nude heels. I actually wore this to an event at Buckingham Palace and worked really well with a statement fascinator and a pearl necklace.

One of my absolute favourite Rochelle Humes tea dresses (£45). I wear this for work on most days alternating between this and my grey one. It can feel a tad short when sitting down but it’s lovely and floaty and very girly. I tend to team up with a pair of black or neutral pumps and an oversize bag. When wearing in slightly breezy weather best to have a lace jacket or similar just to stop it blowing and you do the Marilyn Monroe scene.

Pink lacy top great for work or an evening. Best teamed up with a pair of black trousers but equally good with jeggings/jeans. Only downside is after a couple of washes the material starts to fray.

Nursing bras

The best bra I purchased is by Emma Jane Maternity available from kiddicare.com £12-£16.00 each black or white. I bought a couple of bras from Next but they dug in after a few hours leaving marks on my breasts. The Emma Jane ones feel nice and soft you purchase by band size not band and cup like some bras. Great feature is you can purchase non padded or padded options.

Underwear

To be honest I purchased some maternity knickers and hated them! I have stuck to my trusty Debenhams basic knickers. Nothing glamours about them but they still fit lovely under my growing bump. I found the over bump knickers very uncomfortable and made my stomach hurt after a couple of hours so I binned them. Also stay away from eBay if something looks a bargain it usually is.

Swimwear

I purchased an all in one swimsuit and a tankini set from Matalan. After comparing the types against various stores I settled on Matalan. I was not disappointed.

The all in one (£16) has enough room to accommodate a growing belly but doesn’t look too baggy in the first couple of months. I purchased when I was 18 weeks as I went on holiday at 19 weeks and it looked fab. Just a shame it can’t give you a peer bottom like the model has (ha-ha)

The tankini (£14 in total) was also a godsend. I love two piece swimsuits and was reluctant because some swimwear items advertised as tankini’s were actually one pieces. This wasn’t, it is a great length and has bands on both sides to make looser as your belly grows. This is easier to get in and out of against the one piece. The top gave good breast support although I haven’t grown as big as some women might.

I hope some of this inspires you to dress up a little more during pregnancy and not hide behind jeans and vests the entire 9 months.

Katherine xo

*prices correct March-June 2017

Does my beagle know I’m pregnant?

This is a question I have asked myself many many times over the last 6 months. My adoring 4-year old Beagle has always followed me around the house like the toddler I never had. He has been my furbaby since bringing him home at the age of 8 weeks old. I remember that cute puppy look and puppy smell, oh the memories.

Now I am pregnant I’m filled with constant worries including will my dog actually accept the new baby and does he know I’m pregnant.

The truth is dogs have a very good sense of smell and whilst pregnant your personal odour has slightly altered. Whether dogs actual know this is because you are pregnant is still up for debate. I have read up that some dogs may become either very clingy or start to ignore you (a bit like a toddler). The one piece of advice I was passed from my mother-in-law was to introduce your dog to your bump to instigate some sort of bond. So, I have spent many hours cuddled on the sofa with my beagle using my bump as his personal pillow. Now I’m 6 months pregnant he has been getting the odd kick but hasn’t actually reacted to it so probably just thinks it’s my grumbling tummy. This leads me to think that my beagle is aware of something but hasn’t the brain capacity to work out what that something actually is.

Why am I convinced, well he likes to put himself between me and my husband a lot as if to say leave my mammy alone. This might seem like protective behaviour to try and keep me safe or he’s just a jealous dog. We have also been having a good old clear out of unnecessary rubbish so he’s probably picked up on that.

We are treating him like he’s our first born and have planned to give him a new toy every month for the first few months so he doesn’t feel left out. It wouldn’t surprise my husband if I went onto eBay and purchased a doggy jumper that says ‘I’m gunna be a big brother’ 😂 (as I’m writing this I have the app open on my phone).

Either way our beagle hasn’t really changed towards us even with my growing belly. He’s still daft as a brush, clingy and loving. We love him and I suppose that’s all that matters so only time will tell if he will be baby’s protector or run away hiding with every piercing scream.

Katherine xo

PCOS: My story – our IVF journey

Since February 2016 we have been up and down the emotional roller-coaster that is life. We have slowly come to terms with infertility but that still doesn’t mean it hurts any less. I still feel utterly useless as a woman.

Between February and November 2016 we had to attend the hospital for multiple meetings and tests. Most of the meetings were pointless exercises of reviewing the paperwork which was posted to us for completion.  In the June we were given a start date for October but it was literally too short notice especially as they wanted us to attend an appointment 3 days after the letter was issued which was actually a date we were on holiday.

Finally, on Tuesday 25th November we attended what we thought was the start of the process hospital appointment. Unfortunately, for us our consultant was running an hour and a half behind schedule. The weather outside was dreadful so we were left with no option but to sit in the waiting room. Thankfully the TV was on just a shame it was something to do with buying rubbish from other people and trying to sell it for a profit at auction. Ah well I suppose one mans rubbish is another’s treasure…

Anyway after a long stressful wait that seemed like an eternity we finally met our consultant for the IVF. When you’ve had your first IVF clinic appointment you would have left feeling deflated and a bag full of more paperwork. Honestly after an hour a half wait to be told by the consultant you’ve been accepted for IVF was both happy and sad news. After that hour and a half we started inventing snippets of what we thought our meeting would go like. We thought we would leave with some dates to not on the calendar and know exactly what was happening.

So what did our appointment go like I hear you ask. Well we were escorted into the consultants office where we took a seat. We were presented with lots of paperwork and told that we would be asked questions that we have already answered. The responses were typed into the computer. After half an hour of going through the same questions and answers about past medical procedures, periods etc we were told yes you are eligible for IVF. The consultant then went through more paperwork telling us the procedure we would go through (a very short summary) anti-sickness tablets, daily injections, scans, small operation procedures etc. Once again we left the hospital with a bag of paperwork and anxiety. The only difference this time was a prescription for the contraceptive pill.

January 2017, nearly a year after been told I couldn’t have children I was now sat at the IVF clinic upstairs in James Cook University Hospital. I had been taking the contraceptive pill for nearly 2 months (seems a bit weird taking anti-baby meds to have a baby). Apparently this is to help control your natural cycle or in my case control an artificial version of it.

I had seen a lovely nurse and been given quite a lot of information to absorb between now and February including a bag full of bizarre named medication and lots and lots of needles plus a sharps bin. It looks like I am finally starting the IVF journey.

 IVF: the journey so far (weeks one, two and three)

It was Wednesday 22nd February. I had officially been using Menopur for the past 18 nights and Cetrotide for 4 mornings. I was taking 2 powder vials of Menopur to one solution for the first 7 days and then onto 4 powders to one solution.

On Monday 20th I went for a scan to see how things were progressing and the follicles were still quite small. So I was asked to continue the Menopur and have another scan and blood tests on the Wednesday. Well Monday morning driving back from the hospital was a rather emotional affair. For some unknown reason the tears started to roll down my face stinging my eyes. I just felt utterly useless as a woman. I just kept repeating the nurses words over in my head and para-phrasing the bits my downside wanted to hear. What the nurse actually said;  “Looks like we’re a week behind. The follicles are not big enough yet so we need to keep you on the Menopur a bit longer. We will see how it goes on Wednesday and make a decision then” versus what my head heard “you’re useless and your body doesn’t work give up and go home stop wasting everyone’s time”.

I woke up  on the Wednesday feeling a little hopeful and in high spirits. I got to the hospital early for my bloods had a lovely chat with Alison about all things Beagle related. Popped down to the x-ray department for scan number 3, again all went well. Heard the numbers and thought oh these have grown a lot since Monday. 21, 17, 16 then there was a few 14, 12, 10. Feeling a little better than Monday I leapt through the corridor back to reproductive medicine. Sat my ass on the seat in the waiting room waiting to see the nurse. My name was called whoop lets put the game face on. So I sat waiting for the nurse to come back, which she does quite promptly carrying an A4 sheet and my scan. Inside I’m feeling happy as this looks promising. On the sheet of paper it says egg collection Friday. As you can imagine at this point my insides are swimming in a sea of nervous excitement. Even more so when the nurse goes through the next stage and when to stop eating etc.

Then bam she throws in the curve ball that pretty much shites all over my parade. “I’m not sure if we should call this plan A or B. Your follicles are still pretty small, but Mondays bloods were good so we will have to see how your bloods are today”. With that I’m out the hospital and on my way home via Sainsbury’s to get one of those hideous passport ID photos taken for my IVF file. Later that afternoon about 15:30 the mobile rings – the call. Bad news, no procedure on Friday the consultant wants me to continue the Menopur and Cetrotide for another two days.

Friday arrives; blood test number (no idea as I’ve lost count) and scan number (a lot). The nurse was happy with the follicle sizes and number so now the scary and exciting part of the process. The trigger shot! I  left the clinic with yet more medication and paperwork this time I did’t have to inject Menopur and Cetrotide on both days but I did have to inject the trigger shot (HCG) on Saturday evening which was approximately 36 hours before my procedure. Getting real now, only downfall is I wasn’t allowed to eat anything from midnight on Sunday but to be honest I was so nervous about what was to come that I probably wouldn’t have been able to eat anyway.

Egg Collection Day

It is Monday 08:30am, the weekend has been and gone and I am now sat in the IVF clinic with my husband. We were both so nervous about the coming hours. He had to pop off and do his business in a sample jar whilst I went into theatre and have some eggs extracted. I’m not going to lie it hurt like hell even with a double dose of sedative. That stuff is useless; its not pain relief it’s just designed to make you less aware but I was very very aware of everything and every needle.

Afterwards I returned to the cubicle to see an anxious husband waiting for me. I was left with him for an hour (I actually fell asleep during this time). We were then brought a cup of tea and some biscuits and once I had popped to the loo and collected some more medication we were able to go home. It was about 1pm by the time we got out of the hospital. I didn’t go back to work as I had booked the day off as annual leave and so glad I did because I just felt uncomfortably bloated and exhausted.

The day after the egg collection felt like weeks. 09:30 am I got a call from the embryologist 5 out of 13 of our lovely eggs had fertilised. Over the next couple of days I received daily calls to let me know the condition of my little eggs. Thursday’s call was to inform me that we were going to have embryo transfer first thing on the Friday.

Transfer Day

Doesn’t sound as exciting as football transfer day but when you’re at this stage in the IVF process it feels so much more exciting! This time there was no nil by mouth rule as there is no sedative given for this procedure. Hubby was allowed into the theatre with me. We got to see our little bean on the screen before it was artificially inseminated (another really uncomfortable and painful procedure). We once again had a duty cup of tea and biscuits and sent home with yep you guessed it more medication.

The two week wait

OMG what an horrendous and tortuousness period of time. That first week I was soooo uncomfortable, bloated and in pain. It felt like my ovaries were going to burst out of my abdomen at any minute. I tried to pre-occupy myself with work and TV and actually ended up watching the whole box set of call the midwife. Not a programme I would really recommend to anyone wanting a baby but it didn’t really affect me. Towards the end of the first week and beginning of the second week I started to feel really unwell. I developed a chest infection. I was coughing constantly and felt like an 80-odd year old woman when I tried to walk up the stairs.  My test date was for the Friday (17th March) but by Wednesday I felt so ill that I couldn’t resist I just needed to know if it worked or not. If it hadn’t I could take some night nurse or anything just to feel better.

Taking the test

EEEKKKKKKK it says positive! For the first time in over 5 year freaking years i have a pregnancy test in my hand that says positive. Shit! I can’t take any night nurse, or anything other than paracetomol. I was so happy but so sad at the same time. At least I was off work (on the sick) I just literally stayed in bed for the next 5 days. I did take the test again on my official test day and it was still positive so I phoned the parents to tell them the good news that the cycle had worked first time.

7-8 week Viability Scan

The first week of April was the longest week of our lives. I had developed a stomach bug over the previous weekend and beginning of the week (thanks to the husband for bringing home the germs). So far I had not experienced any morning sickness just this nasty bug. Unfortunately, on the Monday I started to bleed. I have never cried so much in my life and had a feeling of utter helpfulness. I rang the early pregnancy unit but because our viability scan was for the Thursday we weren’t offered an appointment any sooner. That three day wait was longer than the whole two week wait put together. 15:00 Thursday James cook ultrasound department we sat waiting desperately hoping our little miracle was still arrive.  We had a student sonographer in the room and I explained that I had had a bleed and we were worried so the fully trained technician did our scan. She popped the probe on my stomach moved it around a few times then exhaled and said oh can’t see much. Our hearts descended to the depths of no return. quickly she looked at us and said there’s something but hard to see could you pop to the loo and we will do an internal scan instead. Quick toilet trip and I’m back on the bed. Probe goes in and within seconds she says with a smile there’s a heartbeat. Joy sprung to my heart I looked over to my husband and he grabbed my hand. The sonographer started talking saying there was measurements and stuff that needed to be taken. By this point I was on cloud 9 she could have spent the next hour taking measurements we had a heartbeat!

Now we are classed as officially pregnant with our first child however, we held onto that news for another 3 weeks until our 12 week scan. We then told the parents again but with a scan photo and then also told our nearest and dearest.

 Katherine xo

Further reading: IVF: The real story about what it’s like to go through IVF