• first-time-mother-pregnancy-advice
    fertility,  pregnancy

    Debbie Garland: First Time Pregnancy Advice and Surprises

    I am SO happy to be able to introduce you to Debbie Garland, my oldest friend, from before I even knew what friends were! Unbelievably, we are nearing our 30th year of friendship, having been introduced as babies living opposite each other in a quiet English cul-de-sac. As our Mums bonded over their adorable first-borns, and then later second-borns, and finally third-borns, Debbie and I caught butterflies, played dress-up, picked our flower gardens to bits to make perfumes, and mostly argued about who got to be “The Mum” in our games. This year, we’ll hopefully be able to introduce our own babies, due just four months apart! I can’t believe…

  • found out I'm pregnant now what
    fertility,  pregnancy

    My Pregnancy Journal: I just found out I’m pregnant! Now what?

    I’m 29, I don’t use contraception, and I have regular sex with my husband… yet I just found out I’m pregnant and I’ve never felt so unprepared or surprised. To give you a little more perspective, I’ve had hypothalamic amenorrhea for around four years, rendering me infertile. I had my first period in February, and just a few irregular ones in the seven months since. We (mostly I) thought becoming pregnant was going to be a journey frought with difficulty and challenges. That’s not to say it still won’t be, but I have just found out I’m pregnant, I have no idea how many weeks I am (irregular periods, and all…