Friday 14 September 2012

Have I got news for you......

Normally, it’s the little things I like to babble about. As regular readers of this blog will know, anecdotes about inconsequential episodes are usually the order of the day here at Book Club Mum. And of course book reviews.....although I’ve been woefully slack in that department recently and need to pull my socks up – new term, new start!

Anyway, it is something of a departure to have two rather serious things to tell you.

The first, and I think the accompanying photograph may have given this away somewhat, is that I’m pregnant, expecting my second child on December 4.

We’re absolutely over the moon here at Book Club Mum Towers, but I’ve been a little bit shy about blogging the news as, all things considered, I’m on the superstitious side of paranoid at the best of times. And we were certainly given cause to worry earlier this summer. Which brings me on to the second piece of pretty serious news I want to share with you.....

Back when I wasn’t even telling anyone I was pregnant, a sign went up at my son’s nursery; there was a case of Slapped Cheek Syndrome. Little did I know just how dramatically this would affect us. We were extremely lucky to receive the right monitoring and medical care at the right time, and I am now really keen to raise awareness of the dangers of this very common, mild childhood bug and the serious threat it poses to unborn babies.

You can read a full account of what happened in these articles:

Families Leeds
Daily Express

As well as writing about it in the press, I’ve created a new section of the blog here and would welcome comments from anyone who has had experience of coming into contact with the disease while pregnant. When we were going through it, I was constantly trawling the internet for information and advice, but also to try and find out about other people’s experiences.

More than anything, I’d really like to ask, if you are reading this, please spread the word and help make sure more pregnant women are aware of the dangers of Slapped Cheek Disease.

And while you do that, I’d better pull my metaphorical socks up (thankfully, as I can’t see me feet) and get down to some reading for next month’s book club....


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