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.
Self-care is easily banded around these days and often used to refer to a multitude of things you must be doing – making it all feel quite exhausting!
As a new mum – whilst the idea of self-care probably sounds incredible and like total bliss, you’re probably thinking ‘well when am I going to get the time to schedule that in?’.
Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy will make it easier for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It also helps with preparing you for labour and your recovery after you have had your baby.
Have you been thinking about where to have your baby? At home, in a birth centre or the delivery suite? It can feel daunting to make a choice about what kind of birth environment suits you best and what kind of birth you would like to prepare and plan for.
In our series of blogs on birth choices – which we cover in detail in our antenatal course and advise and support you in making the best choice for you, we are going to start with waterbirths.
When 1 in 4 births in the UK are via caesarean section operation, for many parents-to-be a vaginal birth after a caesarean is something to consider and plan for in their new pregnancy. What you decide to do may depend on several things. We outline some of the main considerations to take into account.
It doesn’t matter the amount of love you feel for your child, postpartum depression can affect you. The baby blues have no time of arrival but it all happens after you give birth. A lot of new mums find themselves feeling weepy and irritable and not knowing why. But if it happens to you, don’t worry, most new mums go through it.
Most babies arrive between 37 weeks and 41 weeks of pregnancy, usually within a week on either side of their expected due date. According to research, only about one in 25 (four per cent) of babies are born on their exact due date. Just under one in five babies are born at 41 weeks or after. Our midwife Amina advises ‘instead of a due date, think of it as a ‘due time’ of 5 weeks.
Finding out you are pregnant can be such an exciting and exhilarating time – but can also be quite confusing too. All parents-to-be want the best for their baby and often wonder if they need to take any extra vitamins or supplements to help their growing baby.
During your first visit with your midwife – often called the booking appointment, you will have a discussion about your health, your medical history and any family medical history that is relevant, alongside information about yourself and your well-being… It may feel like a lot of blood tests and the number of vials can feel daunting – don’t worry, it will only involve one needle being inserted into your arm once to fill them all.
Pregnancy or planning a pregnancy can naturally bring with a whole a range of questions and worries. Being pregnant during a pandemic that is affecting so many can understandably cause even more anxiety and worries during such an unprecedented time.