The Happy Baby Project

A happy baby needs a happy mum

About Me

This is a personal blog by a soon-to-be London mum about the joys and – quite frankly – bloody awful bits of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. It is based on the premise that a happy baby needs a happy mum and explores what makes me and baby happy leading up to the birth and beyond

At the start of July 2012 my life changed courtesy of Clearblue as I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. I was overwhelmed with a series of emotions ranging from sheer panic, happiness, excitement, worry, fear and a feeling of loss for the life I once had.

I’m Sasha Kerr and I write The Happiness Project London in my other guise as curious happiness-seeking Londoner but I felt that this forum wasn’t the place to deal with all the stuff pregnancy has thrown at me.

Because for me, it’s been a pretty hard slog. And I really need to have a moan about it.

Pregnancy has given me hives, nipple thrush, a pelvis that doesn’t quite fit properly and a belly that sticks out in all the wrong places. It’s made me itch all over, hunched on all fours like a dog. It’s made me feel ugly, undignified and humilated.  I’ve been bursting into tears and shouting at my husband for filling the dishwasher wrongly. I’ve been pining wine. I’ve been on antibiotics, antihistimines, steroid cream and I’ve been allergic to pregnancy vitamins.

But of course there is a gorgeous little baby at the end of all this and it’s not been all bad. I have at times, fleetingly, felt beautiful and glowing and swelling in a very womanly way. I like my changing body and settling down to cosy nights in and nesting. I’m positive about our future, me and this wee thing, and how much fun we’re going to have.

So as well as using this as a forum to have a moan and to share my indignities with other mums, I also want to explore how to be happy during this pregnancy and how to have a happy baby at the end of it all. I want to use this blog to:

– work out the best way to have a stress free pregnancy, and to see if this makes for a stress-free baby

– be honest about the downsides and negatives (physical and emotional) and work out ways to overcome them

– try out all the tricks possible to make birth an easy and pleasant experience – hyno-birthing, active birth yoga, and relaxation

– debunk all the myths and make my own rules about motherhood

It will be quite a journey but I’m looking forward to it. I started here in my first HPL post about my impending pregnancy: http://thehappinessprojectlondon.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/the-happy-baby-project/. I wonder where we shall go next?

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4 thoughts on “About Me

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  2. Hi sasha I just read your article on living with miscarriage, I am a midwife and do early scans, I tell girls with recurrent miscarriage to take 75mg of enteric coated aspirin daily and we have had a lot of success. Start before you conceive and continue it. Good luck x

  3. Hi Sasha,
    I was a midwife and am back working in a women’s hospital. I wrote a blogpost about miscarriage on my blog; check it out if you are interested. All the best with your little one 🙂

  4. Dear Sasha,

    My name is Ashlee. I’m co-founder of The Youshare Project, with the mission to connect people around the world through stories. I recently stumbled across your blog and read the post entitled “Losing a baby – things I’ve learned about miscarriage.” It’s beautifully written and incredibly compelling. I think it would make a wonderful youshare, because it offers a glimpse into a life event that not many people understand or have experience with – especially friends and family members of those who have miscarried. I especially like how you explain the best ways to comfort women who have endured a miscarriage and to show respect for the life that was lost and the grieving parents. If this sounds interesting to you, I would love to email you directly with more information and formally invite you to share your story with the project.

    You have my email address and website (although please note the site is still under development). I hope to hear from you soon.

    Best,
    Ashlee
    http://www.youshareproject.com
    ashlee@youshareproject.com

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