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    • becca0417
    • By becca0417 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
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    MSE Pregnancy Club 28
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    • 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
    MSE Pregnancy Club 28 10th Feb 14 at 7:07 PM
    MSE Pregnancy Club 28

    Official MoneySavingExpert.com Insert:

    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)
    TTC (trying to conceive if you're not) we now have 2 seperate threads for people TTC - 'Trying for a Baby' and 'Trying for a baby (12+ M/not straightforward)'
    Birth List
    Probably given birth but too worn out to log on list

    If you want to add yourself to the list follow these steps:

    Click on the link at the top of this page that says "Last" (it'll take you to the last page of the discussion)
    Scroll down until you find the message with the very latest copy of the list in (if you use one further up the discussion other peoples' changes after that will be lost)
    Copy that (highlight it and click control+c)
    Click reply at the bottom of the thread to open a screen where you can past it (click control+p)
    Add yourself to the list then click save
    And don't feel shy. Introduce yourself, say hello and ask a question if you need to.

    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).


    If you're new to the Forum it can look scattergun but read down and remember it's a conversation, starting with first post, scrolling forward for the latest. To reply you'll need to join the Forum but it's free to do.


    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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    • Tinks05
    • By Tinks05 5th Oct 16, 3:56 PM
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    It's so annoying isn't it! If you love a name try not to let the popularity put you off though. I was chatting to a friend about this very subject and she was telling me somebody she knows was put off a particular name because it was so popular. She named her daughter something else but then 6 months down the line couldn't get used to it and they ended up going and changing the little girls name!
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 5th Oct 16, 6:31 PM
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    We had to go to the hospital overnight and through til now because his weight had dropped by over 15%. She tried expressing using a pump but was getting very little out of one side and practically none from the other.

    So he's obviously not been getting anywhere near enough milk. We had to bottle feed him formula - luckily his weight did increase and his blood results were ok so we were able to come home.

    But it was an awful experience - she's going to be visited by a breastfeeding consultant and in the hospital it was suggested that she just have several days of skin to skin and latching to stimulate her milk production...if she wants to try and continue with breastfeeding or do expressing.

    But she was so upset that he was in that state, after all the effort she's put in, feeding constantly around the clock. She feels like completely giving up and just doing bottle feeding.

    For now at least we've got some formula as he needs to have something - his weight would be dangerously low otherwise.

    I know the most important thing is that he feeds. Whatever that is. But I am upset about it. I'm hoping she will try to follow the suggestions for building her milk supply - with the safety net of topping up with formula. Even if it doesn't work out I hope we can try.

    I hope you're all well
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    • Beckyy
    • By Beckyy 5th Oct 16, 7:14 PM
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    Sorry to hear about your last couple of days Freddie, I'm glad baby Fred is putting some weight on now.

    It must be incredibly difficult when you're doing everything you can but feeling like you're not getting anywhere. If OH decides to stick with it I hope lots on skin on skin helps with the formula as a good safety net.

    Breast Compression was something I read about which can help to make sure baby gets as much as possible from the breast and build supply when feeding, I'm not sure if it's something appropriate or not which might help?
    http://breastfeeding.support/what-is-breast-compression/
    http://www.lowmilksupply.org/compression.shtml

    Hoping you're getting some sleep and keeping well yourself too.
    • pink petal
    • By pink petal 5th Oct 16, 8:09 PM
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    Hi all

    We've been away for a few days on a mini babymoon. It was brilliant and so relaxing. Think I'll need another one before the baby is actually born though! The builders have been in while we were away and our loft conversion is really taking shape, light at the end of the tunnel!

    Just trying to catch up on all the goings on...hope everyone is well?

    Beckyy, really hope something happens soon!

    Freddie, really, really hope things get better for Mrs Freddie soon. I'm really desperate to breast feed but hear these kinds of stories all the time. Keeping everything crossed that the breastfeeding person can help and the wee man starts to put on some weight.

    Kynthia - I spent ages looking for pastel colours for our nursery too. Clair de Lune do some and this site that a fried tagged in in on FB earlier http://www.me-baby.co.uk/52-one-size-bedding-sets I've also been looking on etsy for pastel cushions and cot mobiles - but the mobile I'm in love with is over £200 which is ridiculous. I fear OH would divorce me if I even considered it!
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 6th Oct 16, 7:54 AM
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    Kynthia
    Freddie I'm sorry you're having trouble at the moment. Please don't equate what your partner can express with what your baby is getting from the breast. Many women who have well fed babies struggle to express as it's not the same as how a baby does it. Breast feeding can be very hard in the early weeks as it's designed for a time when the woman would be at home, feed on demand and often during the night, sleep when the baby sleeps, and have female friends/family come each day to do everything else (cook, clean and care for the other children) so she can sleep, rest and do skin to skin. However on our modern culture we kind of expect to get up and carry on. It's also not uncommon fir breast fed babies to drop more than the 10% they mention nowadays. I hope it works out for the best whatever happens and that your partner gets really good support.
    Don't listen to me, I'm no expert!
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 6th Oct 16, 9:21 AM
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    Freddie, a few things:

    Pumping output is not a good reflection of milk supply. Even ladies with a big supply can have issues expressing milk.
    IF she wants to keep up with breastfeeding, it'll be best to start baby off on breast, finish with bottle and then try to pump. Even if nothing is expressed, she'll still be telling her body to produce more milk which us important.
    Lots of skin to skin is good advice
    As difficult as it is, staying upbeat is important too. Getting stressed has a big impact on milk production and letdown.
    Give her lots of reassurance. I was an emotional mess right after birth.
    You could try lactation cookies or porridge (anything with oats) to help with milk production. It's not proven, but lots swear by it and I always notice an increase.
    There is a Facebook group that us very supportive and has trained peer supporters on there. Has been a great help for me. It's called 'can I breastfeed in it? Breastfeeding support'.

    Huge hugs for her xx
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 6th Oct 16, 9:28 AM
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    A helpful website: http://milkmatters.org.uk/
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 6th Oct 16, 9:45 AM
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    We have the chicco next 2 me crib and love it. Mia sleeps well in it at night, and it was perfect after a c section.

    She'll only nap in our arms during the day though. When we try to put her down she instantly wakes up! Drives me nuts but I've come to accept it for now. It's only temporary.
    • pink petal
    • By pink petal 6th Oct 16, 12:40 PM
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    Glad to hear everyone's positive experiences of the next to me cribs, I have that on my list to get as I'm not a fan of moses baskets. We're going to go for the Snuzpod though as it's a bit smaller and we have drawers under the bed so the feet of the chicco one wouldn't fit. It's a bit more expensive (typically!) but I think my brother is going to buy it for us as a gift...if he remembers!!
    • Beckyy
    • By Beckyy 6th Oct 16, 12:59 PM
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    The next to me cribs look fantastic, considering getting one if BFing works as I think it must make life much easier.

    MW wasn't able to do the sweep today, cervix is still closed and baby isn't engaged either, head is still free. 40+5 now! I have another booked for early next week and induction booked for the end of next week if all else fails. They would have liked it to be booked earlier but I wanted to leave it for as long as I could.
    • ThinkPink
    • By ThinkPink 6th Oct 16, 7:26 PM
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    Hope all is going well Freddie and hope that if Mrs Freddie decides to continue with bf that she
    • ThinkPink
    • By ThinkPink 6th Oct 16, 8:05 PM
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    Pressed post too quickly!

    I hope that Mrs Freddie is able to continue bf if she decides she still wants too. How are things today?
    • lulu 92
    • By lulu 92 6th Oct 16, 10:01 PM
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    Congrats all that have had their babies!

    My two are 24 weeks now and we begin weaning this week! Eek!

    We chose Isla as a middle name for Niamh. I've always loved the name but was aware that it was becoming very popular around here.
    Our Rainbow Twins born 17th April 2016
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    • psychopathbabble
    • By psychopathbabble 7th Oct 16, 6:59 AM
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    One of DH's oldest friends had their baby girl yesterday. Guess what they called her?

    Isla!

    It wouldn't be a huge issue calling our baby Isla too as we don't see each other much at all (they live up in Scotland) but it would look a bit strange!

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    • isla_red
    • By isla_red 7th Oct 16, 9:38 AM
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    PinkPetal, the next to me feet fold flat against the bed and then you have to secure it with a strap. We have a divan bed with a drawer underneath and ours fits fine
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    • pink petal
    • By pink petal 7th Oct 16, 10:28 AM
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    ooh thanks isla, from the pics the feet looked really long. I'll need to go and test one out in store then as they are much more reasonably priced than the snuzpod!
    • psychopathbabble
    • By psychopathbabble 10th Oct 16, 7:12 AM
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    Hello all how is everyone?

    We did a water birth workshop on Friday (not sure it was worth it) and an NHS parenting class on Saturday which was good as we got to have a look at one of the rooms with a birth pool in it other than that, we had a fairly lazy weekend. I finish work on Thursday and can't wait!

    Became Mrs Scotland 16.01.16 Became homeowners 26.02.16 Baby girl arrived 27.10.16


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    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 10th Oct 16, 7:26 AM
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    I am absolutely shattered. We went to a caravan park for the weekend and took my daughter to Peppa Pig World while in the area. I was actually allowed on some of the rides with her which was nice, but queuing and walking around all day was exhausting! The look on her face was worth it too.

    I'm sure baby has had another growth spurt as my bump seems really big now. I still find her movements painful though. I also feel sad as I finish work on Thursday and I'm probably never going back as my whole department is being made redundant in spring. So after more than 12 years I'll be out the door and job hunting on maternity leave next summer/autumn. I worry I'm going to miss out on the support they offer exiting employees too.
    Don't listen to me, I'm no expert!
    • psychopathbabble
    • By psychopathbabble 10th Oct 16, 11:02 AM
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    Kynthia can you have a chat with the HR department before you go and see if they can offer you the support that they will be giving the other employees? I don't see why you should miss out just because you are on maternity. Good luck.

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    • Beckyy
    • By Beckyy 10th Oct 16, 11:35 AM
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    Hi, I hope everyone is keeping well?

    Baby arrived! We're both doing good. I woke up to contractions, they got to about 4/5 minutes apart and lasting about a minute... had a bath, then another bath, then another... Managed to wait about 3 hours then went to the hospital expecting to be told to go back home but was 9cm! All the MWs were amazing and it was much better experience than all the stories I'd been told and was expecting! Feeding is going but having its challenges, I'm finding positioning quite difficult so seeing the MW that specialises in BF later to try and sort it out before I get too sore.

    The list it going down!!
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