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Mother & Baby November 2017

Mother & Baby gives you practical, expert answers to all your parenting questions. In each issue, you’ll find everything you need to know as a mum – from essential pregnancy and newborn advice, to information on feeding, weaning and sleeping. And don’t miss the must-have shopping and product guides, produced with the help of our burgeoning army of real-mum testers. MOTHER & BABY gives you the confidence to be the best parent you can possibly be, by helping you make the right choices for you and your baby. With over 50 years of experience, mums & dads know they can trust our advice.

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From the moment my son blinked open his just-born eyes and looked into mine, I knew he was going to be a cheeky little bundle full of life. And don’t ask me why, but when I first held my daughter, I instantly felt she was a still-waters-run-deep kinda girl. No one knows their babies quite as well as mums do, I thought. So I was amazed when I tried out this month’s Great Big Baby Personality Quiz (page 45) and it was spot on for both of my kids. It’s made me appreciate just what unique little people my pair are and I’m seeing life through their eyes in a way I haven’t before. So I hope you enjoy taking the quiz too – let me know what it reveals…

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let’s talk about sleep!

In the first few months of your baby’s life, it can feel like you become obsessed with sleep, from how many hours your baby gets to whether your partner is stealing a few more minutes of snooze-time than you. But it seems that we should all be talking about it even more. A new study in the Journal Of Family Psychology has revealed that having regular conversations with your partner to plan how you’re going to soothe your baby beforeyou’re both up at 3am is hugely beneficial when it comes to reducing stress levels. So make the most of the extra hour when the clocks go back on 29 October to create a baby sleep approach that you’re both happy with – and make your night-times that little bit easier.…

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take it from me…

‘I was the first among my friends to have a baby, so when I had Aoife, now four, there wasn’t anyone around to let me know what those first few months would be like. My mum helped me a lot when my husband Ben was away. And while having a baby is exciting, it’s also overwhelming, from the intensity of lots of visitors, to feeling quite lonely and having the focus shift from yourself to your baby. I spent a lot of time living in my dressing gown and eventually reached out to my GP, as I was feeling numb. Once I started talking about it, I started to feel better and realised that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I pushed myself to go to Water Babies, and it…

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it’s ok, kate

‘If you had hyperemesis gravidarum (severe pregnancy sickness) in a previous pregnancy, there’s a 70 per cent chance you’ll get it in subsequent pregnancies. Once you start trying for another baby, or as soon as you think you might be pregnant, go to your doctor to request anti-emetic drugs to pre-empt the nausea. And get as much bed rest as possible. That’s no mean feat if you’ve got children, so ask for as much help as you can get. Make sure your employer is aware of your condition and avoid cooking and housework whenever you can. ‘Find out if there’s a pregnancy sickness specialist unit in your local hospital and ask for a referral from your doctor, as some hospitals offer IV-drip fluid replenishment, which can help you feel better if…

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giovanna fletcher

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a mum. I loved playing with my dolls and was always the mother figure in my friendship groups. My maternal instincts were strong. So you can imagine how I felt when I found out that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome, so it wasn’t going to be easy to get pregnant. And then, when I finally did, suffering a miscarriage. It was difficult to go through. I was so angry at my body for not giving me what I always wanted, and then for failing me when I was almost there. But fast forward to now and I have two wonderful little boys, and they really have made the pain of before dissipate. I often say that if those turns of events hadn’t…

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over to you...

Rupert, six months, was as shocked as we were that he managed to sleep through the night! Rachel Waine, Ashford My son Alessandro, four months, can’t stop giggling! Marinella Bettiol, London Meet my beautiful rainbow baby Elia Sophia at nine weeks old. Everyone we meet comments on her amazing hair! STEPHANIE WOODS, VIA EMAIL Say hello to my handsome three-month-old, Edward. No matter how little sleep I’ve had, once I look into that face all seems right in the world! KIRSTEEN AUSTIN, LONDON Picture of contentment Alfie at nine days old with windy smiles! Who could resist that look of sleepy satisfaction? JADE BARLOW, VIA EMAIL Rory, six months old, has his first two teeth coming through and is really enjoying chewing on everything he can get hold of, including Mummy’s magazine! Sophie Hastie, via email Sharing the love I just had to share…