Pregnant? Size 28-30? Would You Like a Free Pair of Jeans?

I’ve had a request from Just Maternity Jeans.

****UPDATE**** Thanks for your interest, this promotion is now closed.

They are looking for a pregnant lady who is a UK size 28-30 who would like to receive a free pair of maternity jeans in return for providing a review of them. Could this be you?

Just Maternity Jeans have been selling this range for a while in sizes from UK 22 to 30, but haven’t received much feedback on whether women like them. Although sales have been slow but steady, they’re unsure whether to reorder.

http://www.justmaternityjeans.co.uk/products/maternity-plus-size-jeans.

Free JeansHere’s what the website says: “with an over the bump supportive panel that sits around your growing bump from first appearance through to full term. Feature pockets at the back are stitched in brown trim. Leg Length is 33″.  Made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane. ”

They have just one pair left in size 30 to try to get a review!

If you’d like to be the lucky lady, or you already own a pair of these jeans and would like to leave your thoughts, please leave a reply below this blog post by clicking where it says ‘Leave a reply’.

In the comments box, leave a short message saying how far along in your pregnancy you are and why you’d like to review the jeans, and in the next box underneath that, leave an email address where you can be contacted (only Big Birtha admin can see it here) and your details will be passed on confidentially to Jules at Just Maternity Jeans.

If you’re reading this on Facebook or Twitter, please feel free to like and share, but don’t leave your reply and email address as a comment for security reasons, come through to the blog and reply there.

If you’re not a size 28-30, or don’t fancy writing a review, there’s lots of good deals to be found on the Big Birthas Bargains page! Or if you find your own Big Birthas Bargain, please help other ladies out and use the simple form to post the details!

Big Birtha x

Why you shouldn’t make assumptions based on size

It really frustrates me when I hear that a health professional, when faced with a larger patient, has said that they need to exercise ‘more’, without actually establishing what exercise the person does in the first place.

This interview is an excellent example that size is not an indicator of activity levels:

http://totalwomenscycling.com/lifestyle/interviews/interview-plus-sized-athlete-krista-henderson-on-focusing-on-fitness-not-weight-loss-53606/#73Hb9MOR2gU9FSHm.97

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How many medical personnel would take one look at Krista Henderson and assume (wrongly!) that she barely gets herself off the couch?

One of the arguments for not allowing bigger women access to a birth pool is ‘the difficulty in getting in and out’.

I can think of a better way of finding out whether I can get myself in and out of a pool, and it’s not by looking at me and making a snap judgement based on prejudice.

Similarly with blood pressure. Don’t assume that I’m going to have high blood pressure because I’m heavy – you can check my blood pressure easily enough, so let’s do that and then change my treatment if need be, not assume the worst case scenario and restrict my options based on assumptions rater than facts.

In the event, my blood pressure was always on the low side, and more than once it was commented on with surprise how’ sprightly’ I was getting in and out of the pool and up stairs etc. We, Krista Henderson included, should be judged on what we’re capable of, and not our clothes size!

URGENT – just one day to have your say on the NHS

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was asking you to contribute your views on maternity services in the maternity consultation.

Well now, it turns out that there’s another consultation about the NHS, but it has been very poorly promoted, so much so that almost no-one has even heard of it.

It concerns the NHS mandate. Never heard of it? Neither had I. But “The mandate to NHS England sets the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget.” It “sets direction for the NHS, and helps ensure the NHS is accountable to parliament and the public”. A fresh mandate has to be published every year “to ensure that NHS England’s objectives remain up to date”. So it sounds like something we should be concerned about!

For more information, here’s a Guardian article about it: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/19/nhs-mandate-england-consulation-deadline?CMP=fb_cif

Here’s the link to the mandate: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england/supporting_documents/final_consultation_doc.pdf

and here’s the link to give your views. But do it quickly! The consultation ends on the 23rd November! https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england

Have Your Say in the NHS England Maternity Review

Would you like the opportunity to have your views on maternity services heard?

Well, now (until the 15th November 2015) we have the option to do just that. NHS England is running a review “to make recommendations for the improvement of services for women and their families.”

So now is our chance to shout loud and proud about how we think maternity services should be!

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/nhs-maternity-review

NHS England says “We are very keen to hear from women, fathers, partners, their families and advocates, professionals, commissioners and people from representative organisations.”

“All your comments and answers will be treated anonymously and the information provided will directly contribute to the review.”

“We are committed to ensuring that anyone who wishes to share their opinion and experience can contribute. Every effort has been made to ensure that this survey is fully inclusive, however some of the questions or the language may not be relevant or may not reflect your experience. However we hope you will continue to tell us your thoughts and ideas to help the Review Team in this important piece of work.”

“The review team would like to thank you for taking the time to share your views. More information on the Maternity Review, including some regional events we are running can be found here.”

So, please, this is a very rare opportunity to potentially impact on the future treatment of millions of pregnancies. If you’ve ever been frustrated by your treatment, now is the time to stand up and shout about how we think services can change. It’s not about money, goodness knows the NHS is struggling right now. A lot of helpful suggestions can be cost neutral or even cost-saving to implement.

So, if you’ve had bad experiences, if you’ve fallen foul of BMI bureaucracy and been denied access to services, if you’ve been repeatedly told you’re ‘high risk’ despite not developing any additional risks, if you’ve had to fight for your voice to be heard, or and maybe especially, if you’ve had excellent care and think all women should have the opportunity to be treated as you were, then please, make sure you let the review team know.