HOW TO TALK ABOUT PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRHT AND BABIES IN ENGLISH 1.
My sister, Susan, got pregnant in October and her baby was born in July. She waited until the second trimester to tell people the good news, as by then there is less risk of having a miscarriage. During the pregnancy she had terrible morning sickness and she also had cravings for pickles and iced tea.
Susan and her husband, Brian, prepared their house before she went into hospital. They decorated the nursery, and also bought some baby equipment, such as a baby bath, a changing mat ababy carrier, a cot, a mobile and some soft toys. They got quite a lot of baby clothes from their friends and family, so they didn’t have to buy any.
The birth itself was uncomplicated. She went into labour at around midnight, and the baby was born shortly after at 7 a.m. She didn't feel too much pain, although she hadn’t asked for an epidural.
Instead, the doctor put her on oxytocin drips to make the contractions come a little quicker. Her midwife was with her during the birth, just to make sure that everything went well. Luckily, it was a normal delivery and she didn't need a Caesarean section. The doctor cut the cord and put the baby on her chest so that she can try to breastfeed the baby.
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k) maternity ward
The .......... (1) of a .......... (2) is a happy event. Of course, having children brings many challenges and rewards to the .......... (3) . After many visits to the .......... (4) the big day arrives. Parents usually rush to the .......... (5), often with some .......... (6) coming along to help. The soon-to-be-mother goes into .......... (7), which can last for a very long time – or go rather quickly. The fun has just begun! Many parents choose .......... (8) from among their family or friends. These however, don’t usually have to do some of the more difficult tasks. For the first few years changing the .......... (9) can be a challenge – even though the use of .......... (10) has made their task easier. A baby will often cry until the .......... (11) or .......... (12) is firmly in its mouth. One of the most important things to buy is the .......... (13), which allows parents to continue to go about daily tasks. Soon the child begins to ......... (14), and, before you know it, the child is walking! After a few years, parents begin to think about school. Before grade school begins, children sometimes first go to ........(15), but usually go to ......... (16) before their first day in “real” school.
answers: 1-a, 2-b, 3-j, 4-m, 5-k, 6-p, 7-l,8-n, 9-g, 10-o, 11-e, 12-h, 13-f, 14-i, 15-d, 16-c