How to Cope with Morning Sickness

   How to Cope with Morning Sickness

We’ve all heard about morning sickness, it’s one of the common assumptions about pregnancy and the question most pregnant women get asked about when they share their pregnancy news.
However, whilst it is very common to feel sick during the first few months of pregnancy, it can have a real impact on your physical and emotional well-being if you aren’t well supported and advised on how to try and manage it.

Healthy Eating In Pregnancy

   Healthy Eating In Pregnancy

What you eat and drink is important at any time in your life but in pregnancy it affects your baby’s health as well, both when you’re pregnant and after the birth.
It can however, be hard to try eating well if you are struggling with early pregnancy sickness and tiredness, or even later symptoms such as heartburn. Try not to worry too much if this is the case and do your best to eat a range of healthy foods every day if you can. 

Maternal Mental Health Week

   Maternal Mental Health Week

Maternal mental health week aims to focus on the issues of mental health that affect pregnant and new parents, which are often not discussed openly and in 2021 have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Pregnancy and the birth of a baby is supposed to be a time of great happiness and excitement, but for many new parents-to-be, the reality can be far from this.

Using Aromatherapy in Labour

   Using Aromatherapy in Labour

We all have a smell or scent that can conjure up a smile or make you feel happy whenever or wherever you notice it. It maybe a perfume that reminds you of a happy time, or the smell of freshly cut grass that reminds you of a summer or even the smell of baking bread! Smell is incredibly evocative and can be used during labour to help you feel calm and manage the power of contractions… we explore how to use and which oils may be right for you!

Exploring Natural Pain Relief During Labour

   Exploring Natural Pain Relief During Labour

As part of our labour and birth series we explore all non medicinal pain relief options. As midwives we know that most pregnant women are aware of medical options of pain relief available to them in labour such as gas & air or epidural but are less aware of the range of other non-medicalised options. Knowledge is power and preparation is key.

Colostrum Harvesting

   Colostrum Harvesting

Colostrum is the first breast milk that your body makes. Its colour can range from almost see-through to yellow. Your breasts will start to produce colostrum from about 20 weeks pregnant. As colostrum is made during pregnancy, it is possible to begin to hand express, collect and freeze colostrum before the baby is born. This is often called colostrum harvesting.

Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

   Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

Yoga in pregnancy is a great way to stay active and is healthy for you and your baby. It’s not too strenuous and can help you to relax as well as staying fit and building core strength.  Read on for how Yoga in pregnancy can help you!

5 Myths About Ante Natal Classes

   5 Myths About Ante Natal Classes

Whilst there are many websites, forums, Instagram posts, YouTube videos, Facebook pages, books and magazines all sharing advice on labour and birth, it can all feel a little over-whelming to try and find the information and advice that works for you. And this is where antenatal classes can really help – by having that one qualified, experienced midwife on hand who you can talk to and ask questions to help prepare for your baby’s arrival.

UFO – Not an alien invasion but positions for birth!

   UFO – Not an alien invasion but positions for birth!

When you think of giving birth, most people tend to imagine a bed of some kind involved – with the birthing person lying on their back or maybe sitting up…..In reality, labour and birth involves a lot of moving around, dancing, swaying, squatting – and very little lying on a bed!

Perineal Massage

   Perineal Massage

So firstly – what is your perineum? – Good question! It’s the area between your vaginal opening and your rectum (back passage). It includes the skin and your pelvic floor muscles….Throughout most of your life, you probably will not give your perineum a second thought. However, during pregnancy, your perineum will take on a greater significance as you prepare for childbirth.

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