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Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:05 pm 
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hello everyone,
i`m a teenage pregnancy midwife and realise that there are many teens who are too nervous to ask for help. i just want to let them know that they can ask me anything they need to, i don`t judge anybody particularly teens as i know they can be as good parents as anybody else. Smile
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:13 pm 
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hiya
I just wanted to say its great you are offering this support to teenage mums, i was 16 when i had my daughter 11 yrs ago and there was no support like this, it was frowned upon by alot of people...
Im now expecting my 2nd after all this time and i know if i can make as good a job as i did as a teenager then we will be fine!
great support.
dawn x
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:35 pm 
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its true! so many teens get frowned upon but its surprising of how wise and mature they are... however young they get... i was 14 years old when i first fell pregnant (sadly miscarried though) and the experience really made me grow up quick! i find its really rewarding working with them because they try so hard to make things work with their own families and many of them go on to get good jobs too. its very cheering when i know that they appreciate it. thanks.
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Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:25 pm 
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hello i am not a teenager but thought i should ask u anyway i am pregnant dont no how far am i think 3 to 4 months i think. keep feeling faint is this normal?
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Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:15 pm 
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hiya im 18 and going to be a mum. but i do belive there is a age limit on sex for a reason when i was 14 i no i would of had no chance at begin a mum i was 2 imature. i do think 16 plus is fine but i would not say 14 and having a baby is healthy for the mum. but that just my view. i do think its good you surport teen mums tho. xx
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:11 am 
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puss2 wrote:
hello everyone,
i`m a teenage pregnancy midwife and realise that there are many teens who are too nervous to ask for help. i just want to let them know that they can ask me anything they need to, i don`t judge anybody particularly teens as i know they can be as good parents as anybody else. Smile


i LOVE it and what a fab idea to do it anon' through this site!!! shows how much ur role means to u .
i eventually want to specialise in teen pregnancy! but want more experience first! and i need a postioin to apply for Laughing Laughing
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:57 pm 
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hi there! staceyanne69, if your feeling faint, then you should definately notify your midwife as your iron levels may be low (anaemia). let her know she may do a blood test to check your haemoglobin (iron levels). you have alot of extra blood circulating round your body and you may get hot, making you abit dizzy/faint, so it could also be your body`s way of telling you to relax! if your iron levels are low, then your midwife will give you some iron tablets. mylillamb, i agree that there is an age limit on sex for a reason, however, many young girls don`t tend to take much notice to it. (i didn`t when i was 14, which was why i ended up pregnant!) one of my patients thought that the age limit was there just for the government to control kids more! so despite the circumstances, these young parents need the support when they do fall pregnant. and curlytots, i do feel that this is a good way to reach young mums to be as many are worried about turning to others for advice particularly intimate things. its great that you would like to specialise as there aren`t as many specialist midwives as i think there should be.
thanks for the lovely complements that i have recieved from posters i do love my job however exhausting it is!
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:07 pm 
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hi im not a teenager either, im 21 and 13 weeks pregnant, i was just wondering if it was normal to get headaches? ive been getting them quite often for the last 2 weeks - every other day, sometimes every day.

Im also abosolutly nackerd which i thought wore off at 12 weeks, but i assume this is still normal to go over abit x
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:32 pm 
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headahes can sometimes be a sgin of dehydration. are u drinking plenty of water???

i suffered awful headaches and cold of slept all day everyday. it went when i was about 25 weeks. its horrible isnt it.

hope u feel better soon

CT xx
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:06 am 
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Yeah might be, il start drinking more and see if it helps.

It just makes you feel like [*@!#%*] all the time.

Thanks for your reply xx
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:40 am 
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hi, im going to be a 17 year old mum and very excited about the whole experience however, i feel put off by people frowning upon teenagers. i do agree to a certain extent but still think they shouldnt feel ashamed as they probably need more support than other mums-to-be. i was careful and safe during sex but still got pregnant. i was unsure on how to feel at first but now going to do the best i can at being a good mum.
Ive been feeling very faint recently and have been making sure i am drinking plenty of water however in the last 2 weeks i have fainted 3 times. Is there any reason why this may be happening?
I also wanted to ask, i am 14 weeks pregnant and have my first midwife appointment this week at my local doctors, will i get an ultrasound at this appointment this week?
Thanks for this support, i think its great.
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:24 pm 
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hi rosalyn, i totally understand where your coming from. people do judge young mums because mainly the stereotypes about them (the old one about young mums benefits housing, etc). however, many young mums go on to university college and get good jobs. although we can`t change their views, we can prove them wrong. its your first time, so understandably, it can be a bit daunting. i can assure you that you will get into the swing of things and soon you`ll be expert. the first few weeks will be the most difficult but you`ll find at about 6 weeks that it will get easier as you find ways of doing things in your own way. unfortunately, contraception is not completely fail proof with about 1 in 300 women falling pregnant on the pill. you just happen to be that very one! at 14 weeks, yes, you should be due an ultrasound dating scan about now. the hospital/clinic that you have booked with will sent you a letter for it. headaches are fairly common in pregnancy, but watch out for dizzyness, fainting, visual disturbances like blurring or flashes of light before your eyes or if your headaches get severe. these are symptoms of pre eclampsia and although its not as common in earlier pregnancy, your can still get it. if you do get these signs, tell your midwife straight away and she may check your blood pressure and urine. Smile
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:47 pm 
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Rosalyn dont let anyone look down on u.
u sound like a ver sensble 17 year old and this is ur life. u'll be a fantastic mum. i was a young mumtoo and got the frowns and the disappointed looks. when my son was 10 months old i went back to college and he's now 5 and im in university. im with a mixed bunch of women who had their children and then went to uni or havent got any children at all.
good luck with ur future
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