Monthly Archives: November 2006

Win A Christmas Teddy Bear!

Well, here we go with round 2 of our Christmas Madness on, and this time, you can win this gorgeous Christmas Teddy Bear!



Massive thanks to Mum2Joshua and BHS in Bury for donating this fantastic prize!


All you need to do to go into the draw for this bear is post in this thread with the answer to this question:


What was the name of your first teddy bear?


So if I was entering, my answer would be Edward, although he underwent a sex change at some point and became Edwina!

The rules!

  • One entry per member on this thread. NO PM’S!
  • You may only post ONCE on this thread with your answer.
  • Genuine answers only!
  • The names of all the members who enter will be put into the draw, and the winner drawn out at random.
  • Deadline for entering is 7.30pm on Monday 4th December 2006. The winner will be announced later that day.

There is no right or wrong answer and the competition is open to everyone except for Mum2Joshua. Please see the Madmums Competitions Policy for further info (here)

Here he is without his snowscene!


Signs and Symptoms of Early Pregnancy

Signs and Symptoms of Early Pregnancy

Many women every day hope to discover they are pregnant.  Many try for months, even years to conceive a child.  There are many different signs that a woman may be pregnant.  All the symptoms occur at different stages of pregnancy depending on the woman and some are fortunate enough not to have any of the usual signs.  Below you will find a list and a small explanation of a few of the more common signs/symptoms of early pregnancy.  If you are in any doubt that you may be pregnant or you have just discovered your pregnant please go and see your GP as soon as possible to allow a healthy pregnancy for you and your unborn baby.

1) Implantation bleeding

You may experience implantation bleeding as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.  This usually occurs between 6-12 days after conception, when the embryo implants itself in the uterine wall.  You willll probably notice a small amount of spotting as well as a little cramping when this happens.

2) No Period

This is the most common sign of pregnancy.  You will be waiting for your regular period to arrive but it does not show.

3) Swollen or Tender Breasts

Swollen or tender breasts can occur any time from 1-2 weeks after conception.  You may notice small changes like them being tender to touch sore or slightly swollen.

4) Fatigue/Tiredness

This is also a symptom that can strike as early as the first week after conception.  Many women will notice occasional tiredness at the end of a long day; others will feel drowsy or withdrawn all day and require early nights or naps throughout the day.

5) Nausea/Morning Sickness

This is a very well known symptom of pregnancy that can occur from around two weeks after conception.  Morning sickness does not necessarily mean you just feel sick in the morning; you may experience this in the evenings or sometimes throughout the day.  This usually gets better at about 12 weeks into your pregnancy but some women experience it until they are full term.

6) Lower Backache

This is a common complaint in early pregnancy.  It is caused by the spine softening and adjusting to the extra weight that will be carried throughout pregnancy.  This can continue throughout your entire pregnancy.

7) Headaches

Some women experience headaches during the early stages of pregnancy.  This is due to a sudden rise in hormones after conception.

8) Frequent Urination

At around 6-8 weeks you may find yourself taking extra trips to the toilet.  During pregnancy the amount of blood and other fluids in your body increase which means extra fluids being processed by your kidneys and ending up in your bladder.  Also in early pregnancy the uterus presses on the bladder it eases off as the uterus pops out of the pubic bone and then comes back later on as the baby starts to tap dance on your bladder.

9) Darkening of the Areolas

If you are pregnant you may notice the skin around your nipples becomes darker and you have little bumps on your areola these are called Montgomery’s Tubercules.

10) Food Cravings

Food cravings for a particular taste can start early in pregnancy and continue throughout until full term.

11) Increased sensitivity to odours

In early pregnancy it is not uncommon to feel repelled by strong smells or odours such as coffee or cigarette smoke and particularly aromas that trigger your gag reflex.  You may also find that certain foods you used to enjoy suddenly start to repulse you.

12) Bloating of the waistline

The hormonal changes in early pregnancy may leave you feeling bloated.  It can feel similar to the feelings you may have just before a period arrives.  Your clothes may begin to feel a little more snug than usual from early on, even while your uterus is still small.

13) Temperature

If you have been charting your temperature whilst trying to conceive and it has stayed elevated for 18 days in a row there will be a high possibility that you are pregnant.

14) Metallic taste in your mouth

In early pregnancy some women experience a strange taste in their mouth.  This is usually described as a ‘metallic taste’.

15) Dizziness/Fainting

One of the more surprising symptoms of pregnancy is dizziness and/or fainting.  Going upstairs, standing up suddenly after sitting for a long time or simply having to stand in line at the supermarket can make you feel light headed.  You may even feel faint.  As the uterus swells it compresses arteries in your legs.  This can drop blood pressure and make you feel dizzy. This may also be a problem if you have not eaten for a while.  This is due to low blood sugar.

16) Heartburn/Constipation

This symptom is caused by the uterus starting to swell and pushing against the stomach and other organs as it grows.  Also, increasing levels of hormones such as Relaxin slow down digestion and bowel functions.

17) Mood swings

With all the other symptoms of pregnancy to deal with, along with raging hormones is there any wonder a newly pregnant woman may suffer with forever changing moods?

18) Positive Pregnancy Test

This is the most certain sign you will have that you are pregnant.  A false positive result is extremely rare.  If you get a positive result on a pregnancy test consult your GP as soon as possible to ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy for you and your unborn baby.

Sometimes it is hard to know whether you are pregnant before you get a positive pregnancy test as a lot of the symptoms are very similar to the symptoms you get before your period.  It can also be very tempting to buy early pregnancy tests from on line sites that can tell you up to 5 days before your period is due that you are pregnant it is still better to wait to at least when your period is due this can save a lot of heartache from false negatives and also extremely early miscarriages when the egg does not implant correctly.

[More Signs and Symptoms of Early Pregnancy]

This is a members article written by  Strawberry

Completed my first maternity round!

Tonight I went to my local maternity in my newly appointed capacity as a “community mum”.  Rhona and I have just gone through 8 weeks of training to become one, and what we do is help support women who want to breastfeed. 

It was lovely to see all those wee tiny babies (it fair makes you cluck like an auld hen!) I remember after the birth of my first wee one how lonely it could be in the maternity and how unsure of feeding I was when I was faced with my baby!  Hopefully I’ll be able to really help mums through the first difficult days.  I still have LOADS to learn, but I really want to give back some of the help I received through my bf group and amazing hv.  If it wasn’t for them I’d have given up bf in those first few days or weeks.  

We met a mum tonight from Germany, over here as she’s married a guy from Scotland and she was saying she has been astounded with the attitudes she has heard towards breastfeeding here.  In the continent most mums bf as it is seen as the normal way to feed their babies.  No one blinks an eye if a mum feeds her child in public.  What has gone so wrong in the UK that our bf rates are so low?  Most continental countries embrace family life, extended families are more common and children are made welcome in most places.  Our culture is far from child, and especially baby, friendly.   Breastfeeding mums are made uncomfortable in some places to feed in public, or avoid it as they are embarrassed and so they need to feed in some box of a “feeding” room: which is really a chair in a stinking nappy change facility (if you’re lucky you might find one with a curtain!)

woooohooooh I’m off on one again!  Sorry folks!

Win Madmums Merchandise!

To start our month of competition madness, here’s your chance to win some of our very own Madmums Merchandise! What more could you ask!!


  1st Prize  – ALL THIS!

  • Madmums 2007 Calendar, featuring the artwork of our very own Lynie!,
  • A Madmums Mug
  • A Madmums Mousemat
  • A Madmums fridge magnet
  • A limited edition (there are only 5 of them in the world and 1 is on my car!) Madmums Bumper Sticker!

If the winner has any of these items in their collection and doesn’t want a duplicate, they can pass that bit of the prize on to a madmum of their choice!)

  2nd Prize – A fridge magnet and a choice of EITHER a Madmums Calendar OR a Mug OR Mousemat

  3 runners up prizes - a bumper sticker and a magnet!

So a total of 5 winners! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

So what do you have to do, well its so easy its hard to believe its true! All you need to do is post on this thread answering this question:

How did you hear about

The rules!

  • One entry per member on this thread. NO PM’S!
  • You may only post ONCE on this thread with your answer.
  • Genuine answers only!
  • The names of all the members who enter will be put into the draw, and the winners drawn out at random.
  • Deadline for entering is 7.30pm on Monday 27th November 2006. The winner will be announced at approx 8.30pm on that day.

Don’t forget, if you don’t win, all of these items (except the stickers!) are available in the Madmums Store

There is no right or wrong answer and the competition is open to ALL (except me as that would be ridiculous!), even Flipflop and MumSam should they wish to enter! Please see the Madmums Competitions Policy for further info (here)


Reflux in babies and toddlers

Reflux in babies and toddlers

All three of my children had reflux, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease to give it its proper title, in varying degrees.  Basically, the sphincter at the top of the stomach is weak when babies are born, and sometimes it is not strong enough to hold the contents of the stomach in, so when they burp (and very often also when they do not burp) everything in the stomach (including all that stomach acid) comes up too.  If left untreated, this condition causes pain and discomfort, in some cases a failure to thrive.

These are some of the symptoms of reflux, though they are not always all present, and those that are present do not appear all the time: Competition Winner!

Well the answers are in and our winner has been drawn so who is the lucky lady?

Well, the question was – What materials are the Sloggi Little Hearts Shirt made from? and the answer is…

Polyamide and Elastane.

So well done if you got it right!

There can be only one winner, and I’m delighted to say that it is…..


Well done to you!

Thanks again to for their support and sponsorship. Don’t forget to visit their site and check out their fantastic range by clicking HERE

Keep your eyes peeled for a run of competitions in the run up to Christmas! It will all be happening on Madmums!




‘Baby boost’ for cancer patients


Ovarian cancer cells
Early detection is key.
Young women with ovarian cancer should not resign themselves to never being able to have children, a US study says.

A Stanford University team found survival rates were significantly lower for the over-60s than those aged 30-60.

Rates also remained relatively high among younger patients regardless of whether they had a hysterectomy or less invasive, fertility-sparing treatment.

The study of data on more than 28,000 women with epithelial ovarian cancer is in the British Journal of Cancer.

The Stanford team found 59% of those diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60 survived for at least five years, compared with just 35% of those diagnosed after 60.

The highest survival rate (79%) was found in the under 30s – but few get the disease that young.

And when the researchers focused on woman of childbearing age (16-40), they found survival rates remained relatively high if they had fertility-sparing treatment rather than a hysterectomy.

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it is difficult to detect at an early stage, and difficult to treat unless it is detected early.

Although treatment for the disease has advanced over the last 20 years, long-term survival rates have shown only moderate improvement.

The researchers hope their work will aid efforts to boost survival rates.

Biological differences

The results contrast sharply with survival rates for breast cancer, where younger patients often have a more aggressive form of the disease.

The researchers said it was possible that younger ovarian cancer patients have had their cancer detected at an earlier stage, which improved their chances.

However, they said the exact reason for the difference was unclear, and may be due to biological differences in the type of ovarian cancer.

Lead researcher Dr John Chan said: “Our results suggest that more pre-menopausal women diagnosed with ovarian cancer can be considered for fertility-sparing surgery.

“Also, given the overall encouraging survival rates in this age group, we can potentially make a significant impact on the outcomes of these young women with novel strategies.”

Professor John Toy, medical director of Cancer Research UK, said: “This is good news for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who want to have children.

“But surgery for ovarian cancer that does not involve removing the womb is only an option for those whose cancer is picked up at an early enough stage, underlining the importance of early diagnosis.”

In the UK, nearly 7,000 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed every year, with 85% of cases occurring in women over 50.

The disease causes more than 4,600 deaths in the UK each year.

Smoking ‘may block embryo’s path’

Blastocyst about to imbed in the wall of the uterus.
Smoking may make the uterus unreceptive.
Heavy smoking appears to cut the chances that an embryo will successfully imbed in the wall of the womb, research suggests.

Fertility experts examined pregnancy rates in women who underwent a cycle of IVF using donated eggs.

Researchers from Portugal and Spain, found 52.2% of light smokers became pregnant at the first time of asking, compared to 34.1% of heavy smokers.

They believe that suggests tobacco makes the uterus less receptive.

The study is published online by the journal Human Reproduction.

“Cigarette smoking negatively affects the receptiveness of the uterus independently of its effect on ovarian function”
Dr S


Its competition time again here on Madmums! This month, we have a truly fantastic prize to give away. Those generous people at are giving one lucky Madmum

Concerned he may become a Bully

Harrison (4) has always been boisterous and a little on the hyperactive side and we’ve always struggled with his behaviour to the point where we have had to get the GP involved.

Anyway we took him to join a football club last week and he ended up picking a fight with two boys, who were twice his size over who was first in the queue so tbh it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience for either of us.

Just lately though I’ve noticed at school in a morning’s and in the evenings he’s pushing some of the boys he plays with, and tries to trip them up and hits them with his reading folder etc…

One of the mum’s was talking to me this morning, about her son mentioning over the weekend that he doesn’t want to play with Harrison anymore as he’s too rough, then the next minute her son punches Harrison full force in the face.  Which then got me thinking that they must have told their son at some point to punch him back.  Harrison had only just got into the playground so I knew for definite he hadn’t done anything at this point. I wasn’t even aware that Harry played with her son.

It’s got me wondering now if the other kids see him as some sort of bully, but I know in all honesty he doesn’t mean any harm, he just wants to play and as he’s twice the size of most of the boys in his class, he doesn’t understand that he’s bigger than they are so has to be careful. I spoke to Harrison a few times over playing gently and to play with someone else if the person he wants to play with doesn’t necessarily want to play with him, but I don’t think he gets it.

I’ve tried talking to his teacher but she doesn’t seem to have the time of day to take any interest, she fobs me off with it’s just Harrison, he’s just excitable.

That maybe the case but I worried one day soon, either he’s going to get a hard punch or he’s going to give one out.

The one thing I dread is Harrison being a bully, as I’d hate the though of him being bullied and it would really break my heart if he was a bully. Tbh it’s starting to get me down.

Am I worrying over nothing or do you think I should go back into school and try and get a bit of support?