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    • becca0417
    • By becca0417 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
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    • 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
    MSE Pregnancy Club 28 10th Feb 14 at 7:07 PM
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    What's it about?

    Back in July 2006 Bailey started this thread to help all pregnant MoneySavers and their partners save on anything pregnancy-related plus give each other moral support. It's been hugely popular and now has a long list of pregnant mothers-to-be.

    Now it's not just for those that are pregnant but also those trying to conceive and MoneySavers that have probably already given birth and yet are probably too tired to let everyone know.

    What should you do?

    As well as being a great source of tips, baby-related bargains spotted, mutual support and help MoneySavers here have also gradually built up a list, adding themselves to one of these categories (the last one, people are moved to for obvious reasons!):

    EDD (Estimated due date if you're pregnant)
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    If you want to add yourself to the list follow these steps:

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    Plus, if you're thinking of how to cut down on nappy costs remember to have a read of the Nappy MoneySaving article too and for later down the line if you need childcare first read the Childcare Vouchers article.

    Also please don't forget that this is a public forum and anyone could be reading it. Don't let this put you off discussing anything personal, just please be aware that the people posting on the thread may not be the only ones reading (it may just be that these people, aka lurkers, are too shy to post).


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    This is a continuation of this thread which will be closed due to it's length.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 08-09-2014 at 11:47 AM.
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  • cllola
    9ja4life - congratulations, i hope you and Ethan are enjoying getting to know each other.

    Birdie - hope things get going for you soon!

    Had a bit of a stressful couple of days. I am full of cold which doesnt help things but basically we have been served notice to move out of our rented house by 9th April. We have been having ongoing problems with the boiler for 10 months now and we had no heating or hot water for two days over the weekend so sent a rather stern complaint to the letting agent regarding this and a couple of other issues that are not being sorted. Anyway we had a hand delivered letter through the door giving us our notice on Sunday. The letting agent has spit his dummy out because we have suggested that he has either been lying to the landlords or he has broken contractual law. He told the landlords that someone had been out to the house to fix the issues but when the landlords came round to us to enquire we told them no one had been round/contacted us to gain entry. so either the letting agent has lied or he has let someone in witout us knowing, which breaks the tenancy agreement. He has also said that basically if we go to his office and beg and take back the accusation of lying then he will 'make it all go away' and we can stay in our house!

    Needless to say we dont want to be dealing with this man anymore and it looks like we will be moving at 8 month pregnant! Such a shame because we were hoping to stay there until we are in a position to buy in about a years time. Also my son goes to school in the village and there are no rental properties available in the area :-(

    I'm trying to stay relaxed because my blood pressure has a tendancy to become high quite easily but i'm on the verge of tears everytime i think about it!

    Sorry for the rant...Just realised i have written a bit of an essay.

    Hope everyone is well!
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    • squ1rrel5
    • By squ1rrel5 11th Feb 14, 12:48 PM
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    What a nightmare!!! I can understand you not wanting to deal with the landlord anymore but can't the letting agent help you out. Surely if you've complained about him to them they have to look into it rather than just stand by while you're evicted. It's not very professional is it?

    Maybe it's worth speaking to citizens advice to see what your rights are? Otherwise I hope you find another property quickly so you can relax before baby arrives xx
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    • LannieDuck
    • By LannieDuck 11th Feb 14, 1:37 PM
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    It reads as if it's the LA that's given you notice, not the landlord... is that right?
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  • Eiteews
    Ohh new thread already, that was quick.

    Not had chance to read back as in office at the moment but thought I'd post this for anyone who was planning to take Raspberry Leaf in later pregnancy. Went in to H&B to scope them out and they were reduced from £7.49 to £2 and scanned at £1.95... bargain!

    http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=191&prodid=323
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    • claire16c
    • By claire16c 11th Feb 14, 1:59 PM
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    It it's the estate agent sneaking around could you contact the landlord directly? It seems very odd he's saying he can make it go away - that suggests he's lied to your landlord about why you are moving - maybe he's told them you are choosing to move?
    • claire16c
    • By claire16c 11th Feb 14, 2:03 PM
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    Ohh new thread already, that was quick.

    Not had chance to read back as in office at the moment but thought I'd post this for anyone who was planning to take Raspberry Leaf in later pregnancy. Went in to H&B to scope them out and they were reduced from £7.49 to £2 and scanned at £1.95... bargain!

    http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=191&prodid=323
    Originally posted by Eiteews
    Wow that's a good price. I was going to buy some but I read on a website yesterday you shouldn't take it under certain circumstances and one was if you had bleeding in the second half of pregnancy & I had it at 20 weeks so I've decided not to now.

    Just got back from shopping, got my free changing bag in boots, and bought some bigger non wire bras in Primark as I need bigger ones now but don't want to spend much as I expect I'll need nursing/bigger ones in a couple of months and these won't fit! The biggest back size I've bought in my life!

    When I got home my left boob was wet! Can't see any yellow stuff though, glad it's winter incase it happens again wouldn't want to be in a skimpy vest top or something!
    • SmlSave
    • By SmlSave 11th Feb 14, 2:11 PM
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    smlsave is the weather bad near you? We've got snow coming down at the moment! mmmm love a bit of tapas, hope you feel up for it later.
    silou I'm still awake...somehow..yawn....
    Just wind and rain atm thankfully. We normally get missed by more extreme weather as it seems to go round us. Although I'm fully expecting snow to turn up on due date!
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  • TeamLowe
    Cllola if I was you I'd post on the house buying, renting and selling board for advice- they can tell you if the notice is valid and even if it is then you don't have to leave without a court order and personally I wonder if your landlord knows about the letter- I'd be wondering if the bullying LA is threatening you so you'll back down without the landlord knowing as the landlord will be furious with him for not doing what he's paid for

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    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 11th Feb 14, 2:36 PM
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    Cllola, is the hand delivered notice a Section 21 notice? It should be dated with the date it was 'served' and have an expiry date that is not less than 2 months and aligned to your tenancy period dates. If it expires 9th April i assume your last fixed term contract began on the 10th and ended before or on 9th April? Technically you don't have to be out by that date as it just means the landlord wants possession and can apply to the courts for it after the expiry date, so bear that in mind if you have trouble finding somewhere else. Also if you suspect the agent has sent it without the landlord's knowledge and is going to deceive the landlord by telling them you gave notice to leave then double check with the landlord.

    I'm so sluggish and sleepy today. I think I've a bit of a cold but I only feel it in the evening and when I first wake up. I'm still trying to be useful by doing some washing and ironing, plus sort out a few emails and order a new cooker. I feel bad doing nothing when hubbie is at work but I really don't think he'd mind as he just wants me well.
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  • mysecretalias
    Cllola so sorry you're having a stressful time. I would definitely contact your landlord directly, explain that the letting agent seems to have been mucking you both about, you're 6 months pregnant and would love to stay in the property but the letting agent has basically tried to blackmail you by making you withdraw a complaint so you can stay in the property. The landlord might be able to simply sack the letting agents and let it to you directly?
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    • smartcat04
    • By smartcat04 11th Feb 14, 3:46 PM
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    Birdie- Hope your little one makes an appearance soon. I'm only 2 behind you on the list!

    Saw MW today for an extra appointment after 2 midwives couldnt be sure of babys position last week. Well baby is definetly head down but head is still not engaged and I'm 38 weeks tomorrow. Go back in 2 weeks where she said they'll offer me a sweep but only if heads engaged by then. Not too keen on that- I'm not huge or fed up yet and by my own dates shes not due til a week after that so inclined to not rush things but start the natural methods we discussed at hypnobirthing.
    Hubby has his driving test again on thursday so got everything crossed he passes and can drive us to hospital when the time comes.

    I'm tired today- had MW, visit to elderly aunt who wanted to see my bump and lunch with a friend who's mum is in hospital and needed cheering up.
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    • BadlyWrittenPoem
    • By BadlyWrittenPoem 11th Feb 14, 3:57 PM
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    Had a bit of a stressful couple of days. I am full of cold which doesnt help things but basically we have been served notice to move out of our rented house by 9th April. We have been having ongoing problems with the boiler for 10 months now and we had no heating or hot water for two days over the weekend so sent a rather stern complaint to the letting agent regarding this and a couple of other issues that are not being sorted. Anyway we had a hand delivered letter through the door giving us our notice on Sunday. The letting agent has spit his dummy out because we have suggested that he has either been lying to the landlords or he has broken contractual law. He told the landlords that someone had been out to the house to fix the issues but when the landlords came round to us to enquire we told them no one had been round/contacted us to gain entry. so either the letting agent has lied or he has let someone in witout us knowing, which breaks the tenancy agreement. He has also said that basically if we go to his office and beg and take back the accusation of lying then he will 'make it all go away' and we can stay in our house!

    Needless to say we dont want to be dealing with this man anymore and it looks like we will be moving at 8 month pregnant! Such a shame because we were hoping to stay there until we are in a position to buy in about a years time. Also my son goes to school in the village and there are no rental properties available in the area :-(
    Originally posted by cllola
    It all sounds a bit suspicious as surely the landlord has to agree to giving you notice rather than the agent being able to just do it independently. If the agent is managing the property and is giving you notice behind the landlord's back then I should think the landlord would want to know and would likely change agent (or take over managing the proprty themselves) so I would suggest contacting the landlord direct if you want to stay there. If the agent kicks you out then the landlord has a period of time with no tenant and therefore no income from the property plus they will be paying the agent to find a new tenant so it is in the landlord's best interests to keep you.
    • Crabapple
    • By Crabapple 11th Feb 14, 3:58 PM
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    Cllola - as others have said, def try and speak to your landlord direct. I haven't rented for a while but had experience with letting agents that didn't pass info on and tried to make us look like bad tenants when we were doing everything right.

    Had mw today as well smartcat! Mine was the regular 38 wk, although that's technically tomorrow. Baby was moving loads, all my readings are good, and he's head down although two weeks ago he was 1/5 engaged and today just sitting low. Apparently 1st babies often engage for weeks before (my dd was) but subsequent ones can pop in and out.

    I made an appointment for 40 weeks when she wants to see me again, if not already popped by then. All approved for the birth unit as well so long as things keep progressing normally.

    It's probably not worth having a sweep unless baby is getting into position - it will be more uncomfortable for you and less likely to achieve anything. I had one at 41+2 last time but it didn't do anything, she just wasn't quite cooked then!

    Still got stuff to do to be ready for this baby. Must finish the hospital bags as a priority, I only have very basics in there and nowhere near all I will need even though I hope not to need to stay very long.
    • vseviour
    • By vseviour 11th Feb 14, 6:08 PM
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    Cllola, I also vote with going direct to landlord. We had similar troubles (unreasonable behaviour, unauthorised access, water coming out plug sockets that they refused to fix) and after explaining to him, he agreed to bypass the letting agent, and have a direct contract with him, fixed the probs and all at reduced rent.
    • samtoby
    • By samtoby 11th Feb 14, 6:09 PM
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    7. SmlSave - 3rd March 2014
    8. Faithhope - 3rd March 2014 - Section 26th Feb
    9. Sidney88 - 8th March 2014
    10. bellola - 9th March 2014 ?
    11. Squ1rrel5 - 14th March 2014
    12. blondy24 - 15th March 2014 ?
    13. LannieDuck - 17th March 2014
    14. CupofTea - 17th March 2014 ?
    15. Claire16c - 23rd March 2014
    16. Sjlou - 26th March 2014 ?
    17. LushLifesaver - 28th March 2014
    18. Lulu75 - 29th March 2014 ?
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    36. chelseablue - 21st May 2014
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    • squ1rrel5
    • By squ1rrel5 11th Feb 14, 6:12 PM
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    Sorry my baby brain read the message like it was the landlord messing you about but see now it's the letting agency! Definitely agree you should speak with landlord direct. Hope you can sort something out!! X
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  • cllola
    Thanks for the replies everyone, your advice is very much appreciated. We have managed to get the landlords details and have phoned them to set up a meeting so we will just have to see what comes of that. It's just so frustrating because we are looking to buy in the next year and the extra expenses of moving and also an extra address on the credit file isn't going to help that!

    The letting agent (v small company - just him I think) is just a nasty piece of work I think, the landlords are out of the country for most of the year so I would imagine he thinks he can get away with all sorts.

    Anyway thanks again for the replies, I just can't wait until we own our own property, I would anywhere right now as long as we knew we couldn't be kicked out with a couple of months notice lol!

    Nothing pregnancy related to add except I've managed to get an on site car parking space now I'm 25 weeks so no more driving half way and bussing the other half into the city to get to work! It's going to cost me a bit more in petrol though!!

    Hope everyone is well and the bumps are behaving themselves!
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    • claire16c
    • By claire16c 11th Feb 14, 6:55 PM
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    What happens at the 34 week midwife appt? The receptionist said it was a double one when I booked it, I know they do more bloods, from my notes it looks like they may discuss your plans about breast feeding, safe sleeping, support, that type of thing? And possibly birth plan?
    • BadlyWrittenPoem
    • By BadlyWrittenPoem 11th Feb 14, 6:58 PM
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    What happens at the 34 week midwife appt? The receptionist said it was a double one when I booked it, I know they do more bloods, from my notes it looks like they may discuss your plans about breast feeding, safe sleeping, support, that type of thing? And possibly birth plan?
    Originally posted by claire16c
    I had mine today and it was just BP and urine plus if I'd wanted they would've listened in to the heart and felt for position of the baby. I think it depends on your trust and on the MW.
    • claire16c
    • By claire16c 11th Feb 14, 7:02 PM
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    I had mine today and it was just BP and urine plus if I'd wanted they would've listened in to the heart and felt for position of the baby. I think it depends on your trust and on the MW.
    Originally posted by BadlyWrittenPoem
    Thanks.

    My midwife always listens to the heart beat, so do the drs but so far only drs have felt the position - and I think they've both been wrong..

    So will see if she does it tomorrow, I know before she didn't as she thought it was a bit pointless doing it any earlier but last time I saw her was 28 weeks as gp did 31 week one.
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