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Heavy women and compromised childbearing

A young woman whom I have known since her babyhood is now preparing to become a mother. And she and her husband are taking this very seriously indeed. They are not yet ‘trying’ for a baby, but are reorganising their lives and lifestyles in anticipation of conceiving a baby later this year. Both have given up drinking. Both are now eating a healthy breakfast (yoghurt and fresh fruit with granola, fruit juice and wholemeal toast) and ensuring that their main meal of the day is appropriately balanced with vegetables, carbs and proteins. Both are exercising twice a week at the gym and taking long walks at the weekend. They’ve sold their house (on a dangerous road) and their beloved VW and have bought a sensible second-hand Volvo.

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Breastfeeding education – where angels fear to tread?

Just before Easter, I spent a pleasant hour talking to a young woman whose first baby was four weeks old. I was supposed to be talking to her about her experience of antenatal classes but we didn’t, in fact, do much of that. Her little boy lay on a pristine changing mat at her feet and she gazed at him endlessly, only occasionally making eye-contact with me.

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