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Adoption, Fostering & Surrogacy
31/05/2023
LGBTQ+ Family Planning Terms You Should Know
The language surrounding LGBTQ+ family planning can seem overwhelming and complex. With numerous medical terms and acronyms, it's easy to feel uncertain about your options and next steps in building your family. While you may have encountered some of these terms before, their specific definitions can hold crucial details. Don’t forget to save this guide so you’ll always be ready for a quick brush-up when needed. Maybe even sneak a little peek on your phone in the waiting room before a doctor’s a
Surrogacy
05/06/2023
6 Common Questions About Surrogacy
Surrogacy can be an intimidating journey, and it's important to acknowledge that.  For soon-to-be parents who are starting their surrogacy journey, there are numerous considerations, such as selecting a surrogacy agency, egg donor, gestational carrier, and fertility practice. With so many factors to navigate, it can be challenging to know where to begin. So, we’ve rounded up 10 common questions about surrogacy to make your journey a little bit easier! What is Surrogacy?  In simple terms, surroga
Conception Tips and Advice
29/04/2024
Can You Get Pregnant on Your Period?
There is no such thing as a “safe” time during your cycle - if you’re having unprotected sex. Many people believe that a period works in the same way as contraception and that it is not possible to get pregnant while on your period. However, this is false. Although the chances are very slim, there is a chance that you can conceive during this phase of your cycle. What Are the Chances of Falling Pregnant on Your Period?Falling pregnant while on your period is very unlikely. However, If you are ha
Staying Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy
05/06/2024
Running During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
During your pregnancy, you’ll encounter various physical and emotional changes. For many mums-to-be, staying active is an essential part of maintaining physical and mental well-being. But what about running? Is it safe during pregnancy? If you've never run before, can you start now? What if you've been an avid runner for years? I’m here to run through (excuse another naff pun) what’s safe when it comes to running during pregnancy. New To Running?Pregnancy charity Tommy’s and NHS advice is that i
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Common Baby Health Concerns
21/06/2024
Does My Baby Have Eczema?
As a new parent, it’s difficult not to worry when your little one develops a rash. While dry skin is common in babies, eczema can also appear in the early months. Here, we will dive into baby eczema and help you understand the difference between the two, so you can take the best course of action for your baby's comfort. What is Baby Eczema? Baby eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects many little ones. It causes their skin to become dry, itchy, and inflam
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Pregnancy Symptoms and Challenges
20/06/2024
Will Fibroids or Endometriosis Affect My Pregnancy?
For some parents, the journey to parenthood can be complicated by health conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis. These conditions are more common than may of us might think. 1 in 10 women and those assigned female of birth of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis, and it is currently the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK. Fibroids are also common, with around 2 in 3 women developing at least 1 fibroid at some point in their life. They most often occur in
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Weaning Advice
17/06/2024
How Can I Help My Baby Develop Healthy Eating Habits?
As a parent, ensuring your baby develops healthy eating habits is one of the most important gifts you can give them through their weaning journey. Establishing these habits early sets the stage for a lifetime of good health and a positive relationship with food. But, it’s not always easy! Your weaning journey might come with plenty of challenges. Here’s a guide to help you navigate this exciting and sometimes challenging journey. The Importance of Healthy Eating Habits Developing healthy eating
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Third Trimester
08/06/2024
5 Truths about the Third Trimester
The third trimester is the home stretch, often filled with anticipation, nesting, and, yes, a bit of impatience. Especially when those aches and pains start to ramp up. At Wish I'd Known, we crowdsource real experiences – anonymously – from a large group of parents of 0–3-year-olds. Parents then see what the rest of the community is doing, feeling and experiencing. We cover a broad range of everyday topics, from toys to tantrums and milestones to mental health. And given the journey of parenthoo
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Second Trimester
06/06/2024
5 Truths about the Second Trimester
The second trimester often brings a sigh of relief and the buzz of growing excitement. You're hopefully feeling more yourself and yet, on the brink of significant change.  At Wish I'd Known, we crowdsource real experiences weekly – and anonymously – from a large group of parents of 0–3-year-olds. Parents then see what the rest of the community is doing, feeling and experiencing. We cover a broad range of everyday topics, from toys to tantrums and milestones to mental health. And given the journe
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First Trimester
04/06/2024
5 Truths about the First Trimester
Welcome to the rollercoaster of early pregnancy. This time is often packed with anticipation, a whirlwind of emotions, and, let's be honest, a fair share of discomfort. At Wish I'd Known, we crowdsource real experiences weekly – and anonymously – from a large group of parents of 0–3-year-olds. Parents then see what the rest of the community is doing, feeling and experiencing. We cover a broad range of everyday topics, from toys to tantrums and milestones to mental health. And given the journey o
Postnatal Mental Health and Wellbeing
18/06/2024
Tips for Looking After Your Partner's Mental Health After Giving Birth
Having a baby is a beautiful, life-affirming and life-changing experience, but it’s not without its challenges, especially when it comes to mental health. As the partner of somebody who has just given birth, your role is a pretty important one. Not only do you have to share the care of your newborn, you’ll also need to support your other half throughout what can be the trickiest trimester of them all – the fourth trimester. The process of becoming a mother is called matrescence and this refers t
Your Body After Birth
12/06/2024
Aunt Flo's Return: Navigating Post-Natal Periods
For new mums, the return of Aunt Flo/periods/menstruation after giving birth is a milestone. This blog post explores some FAQs surrounding the return of periods after childbirth and offers some tips on how to navigate this transition. How Long Does it Usually Take for Periods to Return?I canvassed a few of my girlfriends before writing this blog, and it really is true that the timeline for the return of menstruation is so different from woman to woman. According to the NHS, your first period cou
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