Is my pregnant wife a secret superhero?

I don’t believe in unicorns, ghosts or magic, but the signs that I’m living with a secret superhero are proving increasingly difficult to ignore. Now firmly into the third trimester of our first pregnancy, I’m convinced that my wife has super powers… My wife, the superhero First up, in the same way that all good superheroes start out, she’s been busy hand-stitching her own super-unique superhero costume. After bidding on, buying and borrowing piles of maternity clothes, she’s spent hours personally tailoring every item to fit over her… View Post

20 weeks pregnant – what to expect at your anomaly ultrasound scan

After an intense first 20 weeks of pregnancy, the time has finally arrived for your anomaly ultrasound scan – a pivotal appointment whose name strikes fear into the hearts of most first time parents. While the chances of miscarriage after this stage of pregnancy are much smaller, this anomaly scan at 20 weeks provides your midwife with full disclosure about your baby’s health and development, checking everything from bone and organ development to blood flow and the strength of your baby’s heart. If anything is out of place,… View Post

12 weeks pregnant – what to expect at your first ultrasound

After 12 weeks of waiting, the time has finally arrived for your first pregnancy ultrasound and with it, your first real glimpse of your new baby. This monumental moment brings with it a huge mix of emotions; from excitement and anticipation at finally having confirmation that all is well, to fear and anxiety at what the scan might reveal. Here’s what happened to us… As protocol dictates, we’d been instructed that in order for the scan to work properly, my pregnant other needed a full bladder and so had been ordered to… View Post

Week 11 of pregnancy – what to expect

With the pivotal 12 week scan finally within reaching distance, expect tensions to be high during week 11 of pregnancy, as the fear well and truly sets in. The combination of peaking morning sickness, severe and constant fatigue as well as growing concerns over whether the baby is healthy and developing as it should be, can result in major fluctuations in your other half’s temperament this week. Expect mood swings and emotions in week 11 to be more unexpected and unexplainable than ever as she, and you, struggle… View Post

Is it normal to sleep in separate beds during pregnancy?

My wife and I made a pact early on in our relationship that, no matter how big an argument we had before bedtime, we would never sleep in separate rooms. And yet, during the first trimester of our first pregnancy, we have now slept apart three times over the past month alone…not due to any argument, I must stress, but rather as a direct result of the pregnancy itself. So in today’s blog I ask, is this new change in our bedtime routine perfectly normal or are we… View Post

Does everyone already know that we’re pregnant?

We’re nearing the end of week 11 of our first pregnancy and, having not yet had our 12 week scan, our exciting news is still very much TOP SECRET. But have our white lies over the past few weeks been believed or has everyone already figured out that we’re expecting? Having been married for about nine months, the rumour mill is already in full swing, turning any outward irregularity or break from routine into a flashing red light, exclaiming “Hey, look over here! We’re having a baby!”  Every… View Post

Snappy Sundays – 20 reasons to follow YOUTHEDADDY on Instagram

As another lazy pre-baby Sunday draws to a close, I’m pleased to launch a new feature on the blog called Snappy Sundays, where I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite YOUTHEDADDY Instagram posts from the past month. If you like what you see from this dad-to-be blogger, why don’t you come follow me via @youthedaddy on Instagram too?! And if you can recommend any other great Dad and Mum bloggers on Instagram, do share their profiles names in the comments section below so we can all check them… View Post

Expect embarrassing questions when telling your parents that you’re pregnant

We’re nearing the end of week 10 of our pregnancy and, being the terrible secret keepers that we are, my wife and I decided that we couldn’t hold back our exciting news from our parents any longer. Unfortunately we were wholly unprepared for the barrage of embarrassing questions that would soon put us right off our lunch… Here’s what happened; After deciding to tell both sets of parents our baby news, we agreed to avoid any elaborate over-dramatic performance in favour of the more “quick and painless” approach,… View Post