A pregnancy story by Naomi

A pregnancy story by Naomi

Pregnancy story by Naomi

Welcome to the first in a series of  posts written for you by real Mum’s to be.  Each article will share the pregnancy story of one Mum to be, who will each share their labour and delievary experience when baby arrives.  I hope that these real life accounts of pregnacy will help other expectant Mum’s to feel secure in the knowledge that the things they experience and feel during their pregnancy are all normal events and emotions and part of the journey to motherhood.

Naomi’s Pregnancy story

First up we meet Naomi.  Naomi is a midwife and a first time Mummy to be. Naomi shares her pregnancy story with us at 37 weeks gestation. 

My experience of pregnancy has truly been a wonderful one. Being my first pregnancy and being a midwife myself I thought I knew all the answers about being pregnant and having a child. But being a midwife doesn’t give you that mother’s instinct – that is what has set my profession and being a mummy-to-be apart. Having this experience for myself has developed my knowledge and empathy further, making me a better midwife.

Finding out I was pregnant was a very wanted surprise, so when the £1 pregnancy test taken out of curiosity showed two lines, I screamed with excitement. My husband and I had been trying for a few months and after a few major melt downs by me, I thought we wouldn’t get pregnant. So that day I surprised my husband as soon as he got back from work with the baby grow I had gotten made months ago. As all men are, he was quite clueless as to what the “little” gift was for.

This was really happening! In the early weeks I did experience some bleeding and was sent for a scan but thankfully everything was happy and healthy. Being a midwife, I think in some respect, made me worry more. My Husband thought was and is very good in keeping me level headed. Everything from then on has been generally straightforward and an absolute joy. I have loved being pregnant.

My husband and I chose not to find out about the gender of the baby and for us that has been one of the most exciting parts about being pregnant. From planning the gender neutral nursery and the fun in choosing names for both. However, nothing quite prepares you for the wonderful feeling of your baby’s little movements inside you. I did have a moment of concern at 32 weeks of pregnancy when I experienced an episode of reduced movements. When all the guidance I would usually give a woman, went straight out the window. As a mother carrying her child and the overwhelming need to protect them completely takes over. It’s an incredible feeling. Its important to know that each pregnancy is unique and you’ll soon understand the instinct of “something’s not right”. One piece of advice I would like to share is to call your maternity unit/midwife if you have any concern.

Even though I have enjoyed my pregnancy and it has mainly been straightforward, I have suffered with pelvic girdle pain in the last trimester. I definitely experienced the ‘pregnancy waddle’.  I think my boss called me a weeble wobble at point! I was looked after by my midwifery team and was referred to a physiotherapy for a support belt and exercises which did help. I also have hypothyroidism so needed to be under consultant care. However, one consultation later, I was discharged from consultant care and I was happy to be told I can still have a water birth when I go into labour.

Being pregnant your life seems to become so busy! All the antenatal appointments with the midwife, relentless blood pressure taking and urinalysis testing, antenatal classes, ultrasound scans, birth plans and preparing the nursery have all been a whirlwind of excitement. It’s important to grasp hold of every moment, as it comes and goes by so quickly. I have been carrying out pregnancy yoga and listening to hypnobirthing audios to help equip me for the upcoming event – labour! I feel like all the support I have received through pregnancy has prepared me for motherhood as well as it can and we are very excited for our awaiting arrival!

Thank you Naomi for sharing your pregnancy story with us.  I hope your delivery goes to plan and look forward to hearing more when your little bundle arrives.

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

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Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

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07545 778016
5 reasons to take pregnancy photos

5 reasons to take pregnancy photos

5 reasons to take Pregnancy photos

One of my biggest regrets when pregnant with my 2 girls is the lack of photos of my baby bumps.  I don’t have any of my first pregnancy and maybe one photo the 2nd time around.  Why?  Because I felt like a whale and was really self concious.  With my eldest I put on a lot of weight, and I mean a lot and I hated the way I looked.  It was mainly water retention so my whole body was swollen, I even went up two shoe sizes!  When I told Elizabeth this tale she laughed and asked if I have a picture,  and it breaks my heart that I had to say No!   With Alyssa it was the complete opposite, I gained very little weight and had the tiniest neatest bump ever but I was so busy running around after a 1 year old that I never made the time to record my journey.

With my own expereince at the forefront of my mind I want to share 5 great reasons why you should make sure you don’t end up with the same regrets as me.

1.  Pregnancy is a thing of beauty, awe and amazement.    You might feel tired, nauseous, sore, aching and frumpy, but those on the outside don’t see  the things that may lead you to think that you look terrible! Instead, your loved ones see a beautiful woman bringing a new life into the world, with a gorgeous little baby inside of her.

2.  If you don’t have pregnancy photos, you’ll lose the chance to create once in a lifetime memories – you can’t get back.  Photos also trigger memories, feelings, emotions… they help you remember more vividly. Even if you don’t care for the memory for yourself, I can promise you that when your children are older, they will be delighted to see the photos of their pregnant mummy, while they were growing inside of you. They won’t care, or see that you felt tired or frumpy, all they will see is the magic of pregnancy and the love you had for them before they were even born.

3.  Whether it is just the two of you, and bump, or if you have older siblings to join in on the fun, I’m a firm believer that you cannot  have too many photos of your family. Plus, if you already have little ones it’s a beautiful opportunity for them to bond and interact with your belly, all while being captured on camera.

4.  For most woman pregnancy is full of ups and downs, I know both my pregnancies were.  At times you will feel worn out, achy and fed up, and at others time gorgeous, excited, and on top of the world   Although it may feel a long time while your  baby is growing inside you, it is actually such a short journey, and that in itself is a reason to have that time photographed.  I think that it is wonderful to be able to look back once your baby is here, and have some beautiful images to do that with. 

5.  I think, finally, I just simply believe that pregnancy needs to be celebrated. It is such a precious gift to be carrying your baby.   Just as families will choose to have a baby photoshoot of their newborn baby, to celebrate their little one’s arrival, pregnancy is amazing and should be celebrated too.  I adore pregnancy photos for that reason, they are always full of excitement, happiness, anticipation, and love.  You have made a new life, and are keeping your baby safe until they are ready to be born and meet you.  Seriously, that amazing!

So if you are pregnant, please do get in touch to talk to me about a pregnancy photoshoot, and celebrate the little miracle growing inside you.

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016
A baby Photoshoot collection

A baby Photoshoot collection

Baby Photoshoot – A full collection 

Are your pregnant or have a new little addition to your family?  Many congratulations on your little bundle.  Newborns grow and change at an phenomenal rate and before you know it your beautiful baby has become a smelly, moody, teenager.  My own little miracle is fast approaching the teenage years  and it’s hard to remember those tiny fingers and toes.   I didn’t know about booking a specialist Baby Photoshoot back then but I am so thankful for the wonderful baby photos I have of my tiny baby girl.

In those early days whilst you are wrapped up in your new family it is so easy for your little one to change and you not notice until it’s too late. Your newborn has become more alert and that sleepy curled up baby has gone forever.   If you make time for one thing in those first weeks  I would strongly recommend looking at baby photographers in Lincolnshire,  and booking  a baby photoshoot to capture those precious memories. 

My personal photography style has developed over the last few years and my baby photoshoots include a range of natural and posed images capturing your newborn both awake and asleep, using a range of props and blankets to compliment your home. My service incorporates discussions with you to ensure that the images captured during your baby photoshoot  suit your family and personal style.

 

As photographers we showcase our favourite images within the portfolio on our websites.  Whilst this is great for demonstrating our style and perfectly posed images, I thought that you as parents researching a photographer  may find it beneficial to view a full collection from a baby photoshoot.  The images displayed within this post are just that.  They showcase the full gallery shown (and purchased) during the viewing appointment of one of my recent clients.  This is a typical example of a baby photoshoot gallery from a session at Slice of Life Photography.

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Slice of Life Photography

Specialising in Baby Photoshoots, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fairy Photography.

The purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

Address

Whaplode
Spalding
Lincolnshire
United Kingdom

Telephone

07545 778016