Hi Meema, I was 42 when I had my first baby - and easy pregnancy and a wonderful home waterbith (on the NHS too). What tests have you had if they are just by a GP then they may not be thorough enough. I was lucky enough to see a wonderful miscairrage specialist called Prof Justin Konje (based at the Leicester Royal) after my 2nd Miscarraige - he said that no woman should have more than one without thorough investigtion. It is too easy for GP's to tell you its because of your age. Mine was a very simple thing - I have autoantibody's for thyroidism but as there is no problem with my thyroid it didnt show up on the standard tests. I just had to take a small amount of Levelthyroxine while TTC and during pregnancy and hey presto I know have a lovely bouncy two year old and we are trying for another. You really do have to take control do research and not let the GPs decide everything. I'm sure you will be fine but insist on further tests for both of you.
Gemma, hiring a pool is expensive and the one's you hire are cumbersome and too large sometimes, I was going to buy a birth pool in a box (see my previous post for a link) as they work our about £60 (you dont need all the extras we just bought some hosing from B&Q and it worked a treat) but in the end our community midwife team took up the birth pool in a box offer to have a free one and just charge for the extra liners so it only cost us £25 for the liner. But it would have been worth paying the £60 as the blow up pool was fab and really comfy. I highly recommend the going with water it really helps.
I would only advise gentle excercise if you havent been doing much before you were pregnant. I used to to a lot of Yoga but couldnt due to a back problem a few months before I conceived and then lack of time and when I wanted to start again my yoga instructor said it would be best if I only came to her pregnancy Yoga classes - she said if I had been practicing all along it wouldnt have been a problem and from all the other mum's I've talked to its the same for other forms of excercise. Dont start anything new when you are pregnant but keep going if you already have been. swimming and pregnancy Yoga should be good though.
Louise, just on the sleep, - I'm the same as you and LOVED my sleep, would sleep all day if I could, it was always my stress buster. It was really hard in the beginning especially the first few weeks but that was party my fault as I'd prepered so much for the birth (loads of hypnobirthing excercises and yoga) but had done no preparation for afterward, in that I really didnt know what to expect. I was determined to breastfeed and didnt realise how hard it was going to be (they really do feed all the time in the beginning). But our local midwives were briliant and someone came round every day (more benefits of a home birth I guess)But the first few months go so quickly and now I hardly remember what the sleep deprivation was like and it was all worth it, I breastfed for 8 months and would have for longer if we hadnt wanted to try again (I hadnt had a period and breastfeeding can stop ovulation so wanted to give it all chances). Babies do take a while to work out their routine (please dont force them) but you MUST just sleep when they do, everyone tells you this but its actually really hard as as soon as they're asleep you want to do things but try not to for the first couple of months or until you're rested again. But that should be the least of your worries for now. Just relax, eat healthily, take some good vitamens (pregnacare are good as this has 400mg of folic acid in so you dont have to take them separately) - you'll have plenty of time once you are pregnant to read all the other things.
Ps just noticed you said you were taking the pill, I advise you to come off it NOW as it can take quite a few months for it to get out of your system. - Persona can be accruate even if you have irregular periods as it takes its reading from urine tests so tells you accurately when you ovulate. This was how I was able to get pregnant as we new when the time was right and didnt leave it to chance