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The Next 9 Months

From pregnancy care tips to hospital essentials, we’ve got you covered for the whole nine months

Miscarriage: A Personal Story Miscarriage: A Personal Story

Written by Kate Harper on Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Family Life

Talking openly about the confusion and heartbreak of a miscarriage can help navigate the healing process. For many, it is a positive step forward.

I’ll never forget the joy when I found out that I was pregnant with my third baby. It was a sudden decision to have another child. A couple of years shy of forty, I had an overwhelming urge to complete my family. My two children were getting older and I felt convinced that we were missing a family member. I was determined we should be a family of five, not four.

Antenatal Care In Hong Kong Antenatal Care In Hong Kong

Written by Ólafia Aradottir on Thursday, 25 July 2013. Posted in The Next 9 Months

Antenatal care saves lives. Olafia Aradottir, a nurse and midwife from Iceland and the latest expert to join the Annerley team explains why.

In Hong Kong, as in much of the rest of the westernised world, when you learn you are pregnant, you take it for granted that you will follow a programme of antenatal visits. After the initial excitement it can feel that the checkups are a bit tedious and over-fussy, especially when all that the healthcare practitioner seems to do is check your weight, urine and blood pressure, but it is exactly these checks that provide the first indicators of a problem.

Maternity and Nursing Bra Fitting Guide Maternity and Nursing Bra Fitting Guide

on Saturday, 01 August 2015. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Practical Advice

Mayarya share their tips on how to find the perfect nursing bra to suit your size and style.

How do you choose the right maternity or nursing bra for you? Finding the right bra to suit your shape can be a headache. Let alone when your hormones are running wild during pregnancy and you are coping with a new baby.

Airlines Policies: for Pregnant Travellers & Infants Airlines Policies: for Pregnant Travellers & Infants

on Saturday, 01 November 2014. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Life With Baby, Practical Advice

Get the low-down on specific policies of major airlines for pregnant women and infants.

Let's say you're an expectant mum planning your last holiday before your wee one pops out? Or perhaps you've just had your baby, and you're heading back home to show off the new addition to the family? Whatever your situation might be, travelling is usually a little more tricky when you're pregnant, or if you've got a new-born to care for throughout the flight. Air-travel policies differ from airline to airline, so for easy reference, we've assembled a comprehensive list of all the major carriers and their individual policies.


Pregnancy and Weight Gain Pregnancy and Weight Gain

Written by MK Moore on Monday, 28 April 2014. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Health & Nutrition, Practical Advice

Keep healthy with our sensible guide to eating and exercising right during pregnancy.

The media has a tendency to place unrealistic expectations on a woman’s body image, particularly during and just after pregnancy. We’re constantly being bombarded with images of celebrity mums with waif-like figures, when in fact, the focus shouldn’t even be on a woman’s weight or dress size!


9 Food No-No's While Pregnant 9 Food No-No's While Pregnant

on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Health & Nutrition

Foods to avoid during pregnancy that can be dangerous for both you and baby.

Telling a pregnant woman that she can’t eat what she is craving is almost as dangerous as taking a large fish from the hands of a grizzly bear. When I was told that I couldn’t eat sushi when I got pregnant, I threw a temper tantrum like a two year old. Pregnancy can bring on intense food cravings, and while many foods are perfectly safe to eat, there are some that you should avoid like the plague for the sake of your unborn baby. Listeria, mercury, salmonella, and toxoplasmosis aren’t words that we use in our everyday language when we are considering what foods to choose, but these are all poisons that are found in food we consume every day that can be potentially life-threatening when pregnant. To keep you and baby safe, here are a few foods that you should steer clear from while you are pregnant. 

Acid Reflux During Pregnancy Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

Written by Helen Scott on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Health & Nutrition, Practical Advice

Acid reflux or Heartburn can be a nuisance during pregnancy, but here are some fantastic tips to overcome it.

It’s lucky our memories are selective as despite this being my third time round, I had plain forgotten about one of the less pleasurable side effects of pregnancy: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid indigestion or heartburn. In the first couple of trimesters, our hormones are the main culprit here, namely progesterone produced by the placenta, which relaxes the valve separating the stomach from the oesophagus thereby allowing gastric acids to come back up.

Holiday Stress Savers for Moms-to-Be Holiday Stress Savers for Moms-to-Be

Written by Reika/Mayarya on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. Posted in The Next 9 Months

Stop stressing and start having fun

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hen I was pregnant, I used to stress out when Christmas party invitations came rolling in. While all of my friends were happily planning for a night out, I’d be the only one worrying about falling asleep in the middle of the festivities (or committing some other pregnancy-related mistake). If you’re in the same place I was during my last two pregnancies, you have my sympathies. However, don’t let it stop you from going out and having fun. Follow these three simple tips to enjoy the holiday season... even with a baby bump!

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