Healthy-living Mink and her scan (below)
After becoming pregnant at 38, our deputy editor, Mink, is taking nothing for granted. She radically re-organised her 'pizza, beer and ciggies every night' lifestyle and feels all the better for it. Mink finds it weird to think of a tiny human being growing inside her 'but heaps easier to grasp thanks to our How big is your baby now? feature. Mine's a large aubergine!' Get your head round your little one's progress on page 26
The Essentials Baby Care Kit from Summer Infant. 'It's a great idea to get prepared before the birth,' says PP's Ed, Mara Lee. 'This kit contains all the basics, such as a nasal aspirator, digital thermometer, medicine dropper and gum massager, all in a neat little carry case - for just £14.99.' For stockists, call 020 8420 4429.
Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Cow & Gate follow-on milks should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months.
The latest news and products for a better pregnancy and birth
National Breastfeeding Week is May 14-20, and while E most mums-to-be want to breastfeed, many experience problems. That's why you should read What To Expect When You're Breast-feeding... and What If You Can't? by Clare Byam-Cook (Vermilion, £7.99). The more you know, the easier it will be to overcome problems.
We welcome anything that relieves backache during pregnancy - and Mothersteps (£27 per pair) do just that. Taking the form of shoe insoles, they work by readjusting the body's alignment to cope with the extra strain of pregnancy. Just slip them into your shoes and they'll offeryoufast relief to pains in your back,feet and legs. Log on to mothersteps.com.
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for a world of products to make you and your bump feel like a million dollars? From sickness to stretch marks to postnatal pampering, it's definitely worth a look.
If you've had a caesarean, it will take a few weeks to heal. In the meantime, you've got a new baby to care for, so to support and protect your abdominal wall, try the Theraline Caesarean Belt (from £19.95). It comes with , four different inserts -a protective shield, a pillow that heats up in the microwave, a cold/ warm compress and a polyfibre pillow - to help ease discomfort For more info, call 0870 6060 276 or log on to bumpto3.com.
How do you feel about NHS hospitals offering a personal midwife service for a fee?
Some NHS hospitals are now offering a personal midwife service - for a cost of £4,000. Women who don't pay this are entitled to the same advice, scans and equipment and so on, but not from the same midwife throughout. Research suggests that one-to-one care reduces the chances of pregnancy complications. So, is it a good idea, or will it simply lead to pressure on mums-to-be to fork out to ensure they get the best? Email us your thoughts at [email protected]
High-street favourite New Look has launched its maternity collection, Bloom, From classic denim to feminine summer prints, you're bound to find something you love, whatever your shape. And with prices starting at £5 and going up to just £28, you can afford to spend your nine months looking fabulously stylish. In stores from April.
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For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.