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Kate Pregnant: A Couple's July Baby Journey
Sky News continues to chart the pregnancy of a Manchester couple due to have a baby at the same time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Chloe Renwick and Matthew Lee-Cook, both 27 years old, are expecting a baby boy on July 16.
Chloe, like the Duchess, is on the brink of her third trimester. She had her 20-week scan at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester six weeks ago when the couple decided to find out the sex.
Speaking to Sky News before her third midwife appointment, Chloe said knowing she is having a son has made a difference to the way she thinks about her pregnancy.
"Unlike Will and Kate we decided to find out what it was going to be. That was a really exciting moment for us," she said.
"And I think it's helped us to bond with the pregnancy, bond with the baby a little bit better. Rather than calling the baby 'it', it's 'him' now, I can really imagine what he'll be like."
Chloe, like many other pregnant women, has a community midwife. Overall she will see her midwife at least 10 times throughout the nine months.
Her community midwife, Elaine Waldron, says she follows women through their pregnancies up until a month after birth.
She explained: "Community midwives are all about normality, low risk, minimal intervention. We support families and can visit them at home.
"The first child is always the life changer, that's the one that really alters everything about your life. It's all completely new, it's a big learning curve, so we are there to support them through that."
At her third midwife appointment, at 26 weeks pregnant, Chloe has her blood pressure taken, her urine tested and is asked questions about her general wellbeing.
It is usually at this stage, or a little later, that a woman has her bump measured by the midwife. Chloe's is 26 cm.
The next visit to the community midwife will be at 28 weeks, and then every two weeks afterwards. Chloe, in the meantime, is trying to stay active and healthy. She is attending yoga sessions every week as well as aqua natal classes.
"Now that I'm getting a bit bigger I get achey joints, and my hips kill whenever I walk around so it's really nice to be in the water and take the weight off. After a long day at work it's nice to just think about myself for a little while."
Chloe has been attending Puddleducks Aqua Natal for three months. Suzanne Horton, who runs the classes, says they are becoming more and more popular with mums-to-be.
"Doing exercise in the water is a really safe way of doing it and doing exercise in general can help prepare you for labour and for birth," she said.
"The cooling effects of the water can really help, it's a really nice environment for them to be in, it helps release endorphins and it helps with circulation as well."
Sky News will be reporting on Chloe and Matthew's experiences in parallel with the royal couple.
what do you think?
And? This is news because?
I was thinking the same too. I didn't have my last pregnancy mentioned on the news and I had twins oh and had severe morning sickness!! Kate's pregnancy in the news fair enough but a random woman called Chloe?????
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Why?! There will be lots of births in July. Will I get a special mention too if the royal baby is born on my birthday?!
Totally agree.You'd think no one has ever had babies before.I just don't get the story in this Women due to give birth same month.It's not the the same date.Total non story.Most first babies are born late aswell.
Shes apparently due on my mum's bday.... does my mum get mention... nope
why would they want to do this.
Just plain ridiculous, c,mon now!
Amelia Princess Hall
My birthday 7th July and one of my sons birthday is on 18th July so I want a mention too if the royal baby arrives on those dates.......... NOT! midwives are normally suppose to see you 10 times in a pregnancy but with the shortage of midwives these days you're lucky if you see them more than 6 times unless you have complications in pregnancies. Also, a midwife stops visiting 10 days after babies are born and not a month after birth. When babies age 10 days old they are then passed to the health visitor.
Is Kate pregnant?! No-one's mentioned that at all!..
What's the point in this comparison with Kate. Absolutely pointless!
Pointless, boring news
Nice to.hear some uplifting news for a change instead of tragedy x
Dont mind hearing about royals but not other people-- boring boring
Pointless,pointless boring news I wish that people would stop banging on about the royal family they are nobodys god knows what it will be like when its here,more than likely more pointless boring news !
I see another bank holiday coming good times x
Yes early of May just like every year
Who cares about the Royal birth anyway?
The family ?