Monthly Archives: July 2017

Why I choose to test for Group B Strep during pregnancy and think you should too

Have you heard of Strep B? It is not something I had ever heard of and I hadn’t been told anything about it by my midwife or doctors during my pregnancy either.

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What is Group B Strep?

Group B Strep is a common, natural bacteria carried by around 1 in 4 women, usually unknowingly and without any symptoms. It can also come and go rather than being present all the time, and can be passed to your baby during the birth. The consequences of contracting an infection can be quite serious; one in ten babies will die from this infection, and one in five babies infected will develop serious illnesses such as meningitis, septicaemia, or pneumonia. However, rest assured it can be easily tested for during late pregnancy and if a positive result is found, antibiotics can be administered during labour to treat any potential infection. It’s something which is entirely treatable, and a test that other European countries test for as routine during pregnancy, however in the UK the NHS do not currently offer antenatal testing for Group B Strep as standard.  I do feel this should change.

Doing the test at home

A few weeks back I tested for Group B Strep using a Strepelle home testing kit. The kit contains two swabs, instructions and a pre-paid envelope, and once received by the lab results are sent back as quickly as three working days by text, email, post, or all three if you choose that option. The kit is very simple to use; you just follow the instructions to take a vaginal swab and then a rectal swab, pop the swabs in the special tubes provided, put them in the pre-paid envelope along with your form, but keeping the top part for your reference and post it back. Then, you just have to wait.

The test only cost £39.99 and can be purchased from their website but it is a small price to pay either for reassurance or to get the treatment that might save your baby’s life. I was just over 37 weeks pregnant when I took the test, but you can take it from 35 weeks.  I am glad that I have and would advise others to do the same.

My Results

You are advised to send the samples back off between Monday-Thursday, to prevent the samples sitting in the postal system over the weekend as this may make your result inconclusive if left too long. I sent mine off on a Monday 19th June.

I have to admit that I was getting a bit anxious about my result when I’d still not heard anything by the Friday so I just dropped the women an email, but then first thing on the Monday Morning I received and email and on the Tuesday morning I received a text message with my result. I was really pleased to say that my result was negative, which means that I will be fine to deliver in the hospital as planned. But had my result come back positive, I’d still have been relieved to have found that out, so that I could get the treatment to prevent passing the infection to my baby. It’s such a small price to pay for a test that might make all the difference.

* I was sent this test for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you pregnant? Have you tested for Group B Strep? If not do it now it could make a big difference.

The Baby Box Review

This is a little on the late side as I received this product back in March, but I am due to have my first baby in July.  I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous baby box from the the baby box company.

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The box I received was the “ultimate baby box“. It contained everything I could possible need to get me started for when baby arrived.

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The box value was worth £250.00 and contained the below items:

1 x Baby Box
1 x Mattress
1 x Machine Washable Breathable Mattress Cover
1 x 100% Cotton Fitted Sheet
2 x 100% Cotton Extra Large Muslin Swaddles (120cm x 120cm)
1 x Soft Toy
3 x 100% Cotton Baby Vests
2 x 100% Cotton Baby Sleep Suit
2 x 100% Cotton Hat
2 x 100% Cotton Bib
1 x 100% Cotton Luxury Blanket
1 x Baby Health & Grooming Kit
1 x 100% Cotton Luxury Bath Robe
1 x 100% Cotton Hooded Towel
1 x Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo
1 x Burt’s Bees Baby Lotion
1 x Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil
1 x Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment
1 x Burt’s Bees Butter Milk Soap
1 x Changing Pad
2 x Soothers
1 x Pack of Nappies
1 x Jar of Nappy Cream
1 x Pack of Water Wipes
1 x Bag of Cotton Squares

There are different types of boxes avaliable to purchase just check out their website for futhur details on products.

I would say the boxes are a little on the expensive side and wouldn’t personally buy one out of choice but they are a lovely idea and great invention.

Once baby is here I will post a pictures of them in the box themselves and my views on the box itself.  Once baby has outgrown the box it will make a great storage box to put toys and accessories in.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Lifestyle For Tips For People Who Hate Health And Fitness

Let’s face it: we now live in a society that has gone pretty much fitness-mad. You can barely walk down the street without seeing a billboard for the latest celebrity workout DVD or fitness supplement – and you can forget about avoiding it on social media! Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are full of fitness bloggers and personal trainers offering hints, tips, and advice on how exactly you can get a body like theirs. If you’re a natural gym bunny and a fitness fanatic, this kind of stuff is probably great for your motivation. But if fitness as a whole just doesn’t typically interest you, it can feel a little tiresome. People who aren’t into fitness as an all-encompassing lifestyle can often get left behind in the industry. So, is there a way to be dedicated to your health and fitness, without having it take over your life entirely? Here are a few handy lifestyle tips for people who hate being healthy, so you can (quite literally) have your cake and eat it!

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Work fitness into your everyday routine
Setting aside specific time for exercise may not be something you want to do. You may want to spend your spare time hanging out with friends and family, or doing something fun and cultural like traveling or sightseeing. If you do want to keep tabs on your weight and health, however, you will need to make sure you are moving regularly – about thirty minutes of exercise a day is the recommended minimum for people wanting to maintain a healthy weight. Think about your current everyday routine and what you could do to make it a bit more active. For example, could you secure some cycle bike insurance and cycle to work every morning, rather than taking the subway or the bus? Or, if you end up waiting outside your child’s after-school class for fifteen minutes every day, could you use that time to walk around the car park a couple of times? It may sound silly, but these are easy ways to get your daily exercise with minimal effort.

Don’t deny yourself of treats

One common mistake people make when they are trying to be healthier is going cold turkey. You may have come across ‘food propaganda’ that demonizes certain foods – but if you give them up altogether, you could end up binging when the cravings set in. A little bit of cake every so often is not going to have a huge effect on your overall weight or health, so if you’ve always included it in your diet, don’t throw it away entirely just because other people do.

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Learn how to cook better meals

If your specialty dish is a creamy carbonara or a cheese-laden homemade pizza, you may be of the opinion that cooking healthy food is just not in your skill set. But healthy food isn’t that complex, any more than it is just made up of salads. There are plenty of light, but still filling pasta dishes, stir fries and curries that even the most novice of cooks can make. Consider expanding your palate and your skill set, and before you know it, you’ll be cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser with Tablets

As a soon to be first time mum, I didn’t have a clue of some of the products I may need for our baby with some of them been gadgets instead of necessities.  With baby’s been expensive I wanted to try and keep the cost down as much as possible.

When I was contacted and offered a Milton Mini Portable Soother steriliser to review I thought that would be a life saver especially while out and about. You don’t need a microwave or even hot water as it is all done using cold water and a tablet in just a few short minutes.

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It is so simple to use and put together.  Simple take out the box, you have the container plus 2 sponges.

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It is easy to use and set up.  Wash first, fill with cold water, add a milton tablet (Let dissolve), wash sponges, add washed sponge, then add 2nd sponge (With hole), then add dummy but pushing teat of dummy into the hole of the sponge, then screw the top on and leave to sterilise.

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The milton steriliser will fit any brand of dummy in.

It keeps the dummy’s sterilised for up to 24 hours and It is easy to attach to any pram, changing bag or chuck into a bag for when on the go.

They are available from many different shops such as: Boots, Mothercare, Asda, Wilkos, Babies r us, superdrug and many more.  RRP £6.99 which I feel is good value for this product.

It comes with full instructions including picture diagrams.

*I was sent this product free of charge.  However all thought, opinions ands pictures are my own.