How to register for the NHS

The NHS is a wonderful thing. Providing free healthcare at local doctors surgeries and hospitals. It’s fair to say that it’s been a vital part of my life since I was born! Throughout my childhood I’ve had many Accident and Emergency (A&E) trips for various breaks, trips, falls and allergies. Much like my doctors surgery too, where I’ve been for advice as well as treatment. When my children and I fell ill at home last year the doctor came to our home to treat us. It’s an invaluable resource and makes such a huge difference to our lives. When my… [Read More]

Weight Loss Update: Week 8

I hoped that I would be starting this post in a better frame of my mind.   I’ve only got myself to blame and I should have seen it coming really.     I haven’t exercised again this week. Yes, I still have a cough, but my cold has gone now.   The first week of my cold I genuinely couldn’t have exercised because my chest was so tight.    The week after I still had a cold, but I was well enough to exercise. I just used my cold as an excuse not to.   Food wise this week…. [Read More]

Weight Loss Update Week 6

To read last weeks post please click here.   This week has been a much better week compared with last week. Although I still have a cold which has meant I haven’t been able to exercise again this week as I’m quite wheezy, I have been pretty much on track food wise.    Last week I gained 1lb, but I’m pleased to say that this week I have lost 1lb! My new current weight is 10st6.    I’m definitely feeling better than last week, so this week I hope to be back on track with my exercise. I’ve been really enjoying… [Read More]

Weight Loss Update: Week One

In this post I will detail my progress daily, but my next updates probably won’t include daily updates, more of a general update. I started on the NHS 12 week plan on  Saturday, December 28th, weighing 11st1.   Today is day seven and I now weigh 10st7. I’m quite surprised by my weight loss because I’ve been eating well and I feel full, not hungry.    But…   I have made a number of changes that I genuinly believe has helped. The first change is not eating after 7pm and the second change is only eating when I am genuinly hungry.   … [Read More]

On a mission to lose weight

One of my new years resolutions is to loose weight. After doing some research online and looking at various types of diets I have decided that the one I’ll be following is the NHS Live Well 12 week plan. I used the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to check my BMI and it came back as 25.64. This means I am overweight, although only just. I thought I would add the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to this post because chances are if you’re reading this post you may be thinking about loosing weight too so you may find it useful.   BMI… [Read More]


I am extremely grateful to forgiving me the opportunity to write this blog post. The IVFyescampaign has just launched and we are hoping to build a cohort of champions who can help us put an end  to the IVF postcode lottery. We doubt that many people start out on their quest for children expecting to have IVF. I know that I didn’t. However after months of investigation, consultations, surgery, and observation, I know that my 2 1/2 year attempt to have a family will continue in earnest well into 2014. I am looking at many more months of needles, fertility drugs, trips to the clinic, and, fingers crossed, a positive result at the end of it all.Unfortunately this will not be through the… [Read More]


Mum This post needs no other title than that of ‘Cancer’. No description or sub-heading is needed. Nothing more than that one word. That one upsetting, devasting word. Cancer When I was 12 years old, I remember my mum and dad sitting me and twin sister down. They wanted to talk to us about something. Was I in trouble? What had done? I wracked my brain. Had I forgotten to hang my clothes up? Did I leave my plate on the sofa or my rubbish on the table? As 12 years old I didn’t really have any other worries than… [Read More]

C-section Aftercare: Is it all that it should be?

Image courtesy of arztsamui/ A C-section is classed as a major operation and quite rightly so. During a C-section, the baby (or babies) is taken out through the mothers abdomen. Like any operation a C-section carries risks. Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 women have babies by C-section in this country compared to 1 in 5 in 1995. That’s quite an increase in the amount of C-sections that are carried out. In 2011, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines on cesarean sections with the aim to avoid unnecessary operations. One of the… [Read More]

Mary's Donor Egg Journey: Part 1

Sat in a gloomy office in London, its grey outside and drizzling, the weather is matching my very melancholy mood today.  So it’s probably a good day to reflect back on my TTC journey of the last 3 years.  We initially went to our fantastic doctor, who referred us to the NHS sub-fertility unit in Leatherhead, this was in Jan 2012.  All they could offer me (due to age reasons) was 3 months of the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, this apparently has a side effect of increased fertility.  This took me through three months of hell!  I was incredibly fatigued,… [Read More]

Women over 40 to get NHS IVF

I wrote this post back in February, but somehow it got lost in cyberspace so it is a little late in the news world! The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have updated their fertility treatment guidelines. The updated guidelines confirm that women aged 40-42 years who have not conceived after two years of regular unprotected intercourse or 12 cycles of artificial insemination (where six or more are by intrauterine insemination), should now be offered one full cycle of IVF, with or without Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Previously the guidelines didn’t recommend IVF for women over the age of 39…. [Read More]