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My pregnancy tips so far

Since I found out I was pregnant last summer, I’ve been on a bit of a rollercoaster. Now I’m 33 weeks pregnant and in my third trimester I feel much more settled and excited for what’s next. Being pregnant is a constant learning curve so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve found helpful during my journey so far.

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Relax at Edinburgh’s Soul Retreat

Back in Autumn of 2017 (remember 2017? Me neither!) Soul Retreat burst onto the spa and beauty scene in Edinburgh. Before I go any further, I must disclose that this awesomely fabulous spa was created by 2 of my sisters-in-law but honestly, if it was crap I just wouldn’t write about it! If you still don’t trust that my judgement is unbiased, go and visit and find out for yourself!

Edinburgh’s new urban spa offers a range of hair and beauty treatments, yoga classes and wellbeing workshops. Their opening day was a huge success last year and offered a range of sample treatments to get a flavour of what they were all about. Whenever I tell people about the spa’s location – at a very well-known junction at Fairmilehead – everyone who lives in Edinburgh knows where it is.

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Private chef in your own home

If you’ve ever watched MasterChef then you’ll be no stranger to the talents available in the world of private chefs. I always assumed this was only something for the rich and famous who owned their own yachts or mansions, but when I was contacted by the lovely people at La Belle Assiette I found out otherwise.

When offered the chance to host a dinner party at home with a private chef cooking for us and tidying up after, my reply was a no-brainer. The night I chose for our dinner party was the night before my husband’s birthday in January so it was the perfect opportunity. We invited 4 friends and asked them all to bring a bottle. After we set the date and invited our guests, all we needed to do was set the table and look forward to the feast!

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The best Christmas gift

This December the MS Society asked me ‘What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?’ as part of their Christmas campaign to raise funds for research, which is vital to help the thousands of people suffering from this awful disease in the UK.

So what is the best gift I’ve ever received? Well, that’s easy to answer…

As I’m lying in bed on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea writing this blog post, I can feel our feisty wee baby wriggling and kicking inside me. This is the most surreal yet comforting and exciting experience ever! I know how incredibly lucky we are to have even got pregnant as this isn’t an easy journey for many. I feel even more grateful to be where I am now considering how awful the MS relapse was that I had in my first trimester.

So even though we haven’t formally met our baby girl, I can safely say that she is the best Christmas gift that my husband and I could have ever wished for.

If you want to find out more about the MS Society Christmas campaign, or donate, visit them here.

So now I want to know, what’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

MS & pregnancy; my story so far

I’m currently 18 weeks pregnant and couldn’t be happier. Now I’m in my second trimester I feel better than I have in years!

However, I didn’t actually have the best start to my pregnancy due to quite a severe relapse of my MS. I wanted to share what happened as I felt quite alone during that time. After speaking to other women with MS and doing some Googling I found that most of them seemed to feel much better and/or stopped relapsing when they fell pregnant. This made me feel awful. I was obviously very happy for them but literally the day I fell pregnant, I relapsed.

If you have MS and you’re pregnant or thinking of starting a family, this blog post is here to give you hope, reassurance and comfort. I don’t want to scare you or make you have doubts. Even in the darkest times everything will be okay and you will come out the other side. I’m proof of that.

MS differs vastly from person to person, so it goes without saying that every pregnant woman with MS has a very different experience. So here is my experience during my first trimester…

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