We Are All Worthy

I don’t know anything much about the company producing this video, so please don’t take this as any sort of recommendation, but I do appreciate the sentiments contained within it.

Lots of us have things that we’ve wanted to do, or that we’re passionate about, or that would make us happy, that we don’t do because we’ve told ourselves we couldn’t.

It’s this sort of thinking that holds us back. Not anyone else setting limits on us (and let’s be honest, there’s plenty of that) but us limiting ourselves. Sometimes we are our own biggest critics. 

Cut yourself some slack. You’re worthy too.

P. S.  I’ve been meaning to take up yoga again for a while, so thanks Dana for the reminder.

Dorothy Perkins Plus Size Maternity!

Well, what do you know?!

Dorothy Perkins have not only launched a plus-size range called Curve (about time too!), but I’ve just spotted that their maternity range now goes up to a size 22!

Splendid news!

I’ve spotted some great potential maternity options for work in the Curve range (which goes up to size 28):

Curve Grey Marl Knot Front Dress £30.00

Grey Marl Knot Front Dress
£30
Sizes 18-28

Dorothy Perkins Marine Blue Keyhole Detail Blouse Price: £28.00

Blue Keyhole Detail Blouse
£28
Sizes 18-28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maternity Navy/White Stripe Cap Sleeve Top Price: £16.00

Maternity Navy/White Stripe Cap Sleeve Top
£16
Up to size 22

 

 

 

 

 

And some really cute options in the maternity range (up to size 22):

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Perkins Maternity Indigo Authentic Over The Bump Jeans

Maternity Indigo Authentic Over The Bump Jeans
£26
Up to size 22

 

 

 

Even some options for the ever-elusive maternity jeans:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a very good value belly band at just £5:

Maternity Black Bump Band Price: £5.00

Maternity Black Bump Band
£5
Up to XL

 

 

If anyone gives the XL size a try, would they report back on likely sizing, please?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurrah! This is a step in the right direction, Dotty P! Welcome to the 21st century!

Big Birtha’s Good Morning Britain Update

Well, if you didn’t already know by now, Big Birtha (aka Amber Marshall) appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about obesity in pregnancy.

It had been set up as a debate/fight between CEO of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick and I as part of their #obesityfocus week, and I’d also been warned that Piers Morgan might be difficult!

Good Morning Britain Big Birthas Tweet

For anyone who missed the segment (understandable, it was at the crack of dawn!!) here’s the direct link:
http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/serious-consequences-of-obesity-in-pregnancy

And as if to prove a point, Good Morning Britain lead the segment with some scaremongering…

Autism misrepresentation by Good Morning Britain

The study they are referencing is here:

The Association of Maternal Obesity and Diabetes With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (94.7 KiB)

and surprise surprise, it does not say that children born to obese mothers are 3x more likely to develop Autism. The conclusion is quite clear – “Maternal prepregnancy obesity and maternal diabetes in combination were associated with increased risk for ASD” [emphasis added]

Unfortunately, I wasn’t familiar with the study, so couldn’t make this distinction on air. I also don’t know the base numbers, so again, if you are concerned because you have diabetes – either pre-exisiting or gestational, we don’t know if this is another one of those ‘3x a very small number is still a small number’ cases – it certainly seems to be.

Of course, all Twitter cared about was that my necklace looked like sweets…
GMB Twitter Skittles GMB Twitter M&MsBut all in all, a much less scary interview than I had been led to expect, and it was over in seemingly moments! Cathy Warwick was exactly what you’d hope for in a midwife – sensible, well informed, and supportive. It wasn’t a fight at all. We had a nice chat both beforehand and afterwards in the green room, and there was a lot of common ground between our points of view (seemingly to the disappointment of the production team!).

Big thanks to Piers Morgan (who would have thought I would ever have cause to write that!?!) for spelling out the name of this site, albeit without the ‘s’, and Hello! to the new visitors the exposure national television brought. Pull up a chair, get yourself comfy. You’re among friends here.

x

Big Birtha