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Preparing to Breastfeed!


breastfeedingWhilst it is certainly true that breastfeeding is a natural and instinctive skill it is not always true that it will come ‘naturally’.  Personal experience has highlighted breastfeeding as one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, but it has also taught me that support and knowledge are key to a successful breastfeeding relationship.  It is most likely that you will have an easy and straightforward breastfeeding experience but it is also very possible that you may stumble across a few hurdles on your way.  With only 10% of Irish mums continuing to breastfeed after four months it is clear that our support networks are somewhat lacking.  Continue reading

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WonderBaba – Miscarriage – Symptoms and Support.

Bleeding, severe pain and cramping, or the sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms can sometimes indicate a miscarriage.  I don’t even need to say it but a miscarriage causes a mother distress of the most harrowing nature. It is ironic that early pregnancy is often a ‘secret’ and so the time that you really need support and help is the one time you feel unable to reach out and ask for it.  I’m writing this article for those mums who need advice, for those who feel the may be suffering from a miscarriage, or those who have experienced one and are finding it hard to cope with or process.  I hope to provide some information about what is normal and what is not during early pregnancy and to highlight some of the amazing and supportive resources there are for women in this devastating situation in Ireland. It is important to know when to seek help and if you do find yourself in the heartbreaking position of grieving for your unborn baby its even more important to know that support is available.  A pregnancy can be planned, unplanned or unexpected but finding support during miscarriage, both physically and mentally, should not be overlooked.

What can be a sign of miscarriage?

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A WonderBaba Guide to Insect Bites, Repellents and the Zika Virus!


This is a difficult one as the studies completed in the area are few and far between however there is current guidance from ‘bumps’ – best use of medicines in pregnancy from the UK teratology information service which is recommended by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

mosquito biteDuring pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive women should follow the same recommendations as all other travellers.  If travelling to an area at risk of the Zika virus, Malaria, west nile virus, or Lyme disease it is worth postponing your trip if at all possible.  If this is not possible then every measure possible should be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten as discussed below.  I will also discuss the problems with contracting Zika during pregnancy and how it can put you and your baby at risk. Continue reading

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A WonderBaba Guide to Heartburn in Pregnancy!

A topic I’ve had plenty of experience with- as if expectant mums don’t have enough to contend with!

Heartburn is the name given to the feeling of burning in your chest which arises due to the stomach acid passing up from your stomach into your oesophagus.  It can occur on its own or with indigestion.  Indigestion (also referred to as dyspepsia) describes a collection of symptoms which include bloating, nausea, feeling full, burping a lot, or feeling sick.  Indigestion  and heartburn usually arrive just after meal time! In pregnancy though it may occur more frequently – especially in the last trimester. In fact up to 8 out of 10 women will suffer from indigestion at some part of their pregnancy according to the HSE. Continue reading

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Morning Sickness – WonderBaba Tips

Morning Sickness

Unfortunately vomiting and nausea, known as morning sickness, is very common during pregnancy.  What’s more unfortunate is that it often lasts all day and night or comes in waves throughout the day! It usually kicks in at about week six but can happen even earlier than this.  The good news is that for most people (approximately 90%) it will fade away and become a distant memory around week 12-14…hormones have a funny way of making us forget the bad stuff!! Continue reading

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Hospital bag check list!

WonderBaba Hospital bag kitExpectant mums should consider getting their hospital bag together at about 34 weeks. I’ve compiled a list of useful items and I hope it’s of some help! Space is so tight in hospitals that it’s a military operation trying to fit everything in! Feel free to contact me on the wonderbaba Facebook page if you think there is anything I have missed and I’ll be happy to add it on! I have also put together all of the ‘pharmacy items’ into one handy ‘WonderBaba Hospital Kit’ which is now available to be ordered online by clicking here!  It takes all of the hassle out of ‘hospital bag shopping’ and leaves you spare time to focus on the more appealing things like cute baby clothes and fancy slippers!

So here is my full list of everything you will need for your hospital visit! Continue reading