Increasingly, pregnant women themselves are being held accountable for a host of outcomes, not just in their own offspring, but in the children their children go on to have, through their apparently inadequate bodies.
I urge all pregnant to think before you making a purchase. Midwives and doctors are trained to use these devices. For a health professional, listening to a baby's heartbeat needs to be understood along with the physiology of pregnancy.
Imagine if everything in pregnancy was written in a way whereby you could equate all your baby's milestones as a massive, stonking, you're the bomb, preggo high five to yourself and your amazing body that has worked silently and unquestionably 24/7!
For any first time mum to be, currently being subjected to hours of unwanted advice and comments on how they should be handling their pregnancy, what they should or should not be doing and what type of mum they should be aiming to be, here is a list for you to pin up in your consciousness to remind you that when it comes to parenting no one is a God damn expert.
A controversial and thought provoking question was posed to me and I've since given it a great deal of thought. The question was: "As a disabled person suffering an incurable disease, is it a responsible decision to bring children into this world, knowing their lives will no doubt be affected by your disability?"
IVF is a big business. With infertility now affecting one in six couples, IVF is something that has become somewhat of a necessity for some couples wishing to conceive their own biological child. Often times, couples are so desperate for a baby, that they don't even consider the toll it can take on their physical and emotional well being.
This week saw the news that the world's first baby had been born following the use of a naturally occurring hormone called kisspeptin. This hormone helps to induce egg development allowing women to avoid using the traditional IVF drugs.
'Warning for mums to be - Don't paint the nursery' was the headline in the Daily Mail recently and I'm sure you saw it across TV screens and radio broadcasts. New advice to pregnant women says painting the nursery may put their unborn babies at risk from exposure to chemicals.
My fiancé and I have been busy preparing over the recent months for the arrival of our first child in June. We've had a lot to do - decorating the nursery, building new furniture... we also share our home with our dog and cat, so we've had to consider the impact the inevitable changes that our new arrival will have on them.
For most the symptoms will be nothing more than mild nausea, but for others it can be more severe, with an inability to hold down food throughout the day and often lasting for weeks if not months. The good news is that usually the symptoms pass quickly, and if you follow my simple practical tips, can be kept under control.