This week I rediscovered my pregnancy series: photographs of my changing body throughout the course of my pregnancy. I was pleased to find that I'd recorded almost every week, from week 12 to the day I gave birth.
Inconceivable? Amenorrhoea, polycystic ovary syndrome and the question of fertility
I wanted to re-post this blog from 2015, which I wrote when I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to have children. Since then I’ve been through a miscarriage and childbirth and I now have my wonderful daughter. This is a reminder that if you are missing your period, don’t be afraid to go to your doctor to get checked out. So often we assume that pregnancy is something that happens easily, yet for so many of us it really isn’t. Every minute I get to spend with my little girl I am reminded how lucky I am that I have reached this point and I am so grateful.
I would like to caveat this post with the note that if you are a bit squeamish about over-sharing or uncomfortable with discussions of ‘womeny things’, then this probably isn’t for you.
I debated for a while about tackling this subject as it’s something that is quite close to home. After long deliberation however, I realised that one of the main things that helped me when I had my diagnosis was talking to people in the same boat and feeling less alone.
Firstly, some background: it wasn’t until I had a conversation with one of my oldest friends from home, over the Christmas break last year, that I finally voiced my concerns over the fact that for most of my adult life I’ve not had periods. In my mind I’d made excuses for why this was the case, writing it off as being ‘fine’ for a variety of reasons. In…
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A postpartum comeback?
I am acutely aware that for a blog ostensibly about exercise I haven’t written much on this subject in a little while. The various changes over the past ten months to my life, lifestyle and body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth have resulted in a shift in my fitness routine, with a significant [...]
Labour of love
A little word of warning before I start: this is a post about my experience of labour and childbirth and may not be for everyone. Please feel free to skip it if you’re squeamish or if this content just isn’t for you. For the morbidly curious, on the other hand, read on! It’s now just [...]
On switching paths: From publisher to parent
After a month or so of work getting busier and busier, last week I finally admitted to myself that it was time to take a step back.
Why I’m surprisingly comfortable taking my kit off…
One of the (many) great things about growing up as a swimmer is that I have developed a total lack inhibition when it comes to stripping off in a swimming pool changing room. When you've spent years trying to fit in training around school, and as an adult you find yourself squeezing a pool session [...]
Good run? Well that depends on your definition of good…and run.
Good run? It's amazing how two seemingly innocuous words can stir up such a array of emotions. I know when my husband poses this question he is just taking a casual interest in my daily activities, and yet when he asks, for some reason so many feelings - embarrassment, anger, upset and irritation - well [...]
To drink or not to drink? It’s not really a question…right?
Like telling yourself you're on a diet, or that you're giving up smoking, when you know that you can't have something it's amazing how that thing seems to gravitate to the forefront of your mind. In recent weeks that thing for me has been drinking. Whether it's a glass of red wine in front of [...]
On exercise during pregnancy, getting larger and the fear of leaving work
As my last few posts have been interview or podcast based I thought I'd write a quick post to update you on my fitness and pregnancy progress over the past couple of months. I'm now just over 24 weeks pregnant (or five and a half months for those working in normal time) with a little [...]
(image from netmums.com) With marathon training season in full swing, I've been enviously looking on as my friends on Strava and Instagram crank up their weekly mileage. While on the one hand the talk of their long runs makes me want to sign up for a marathon immediately, on the other, the reality of my running [...]