When I was pregnant the first time around I remember being asked quite early on to write out my birth plan. I recall looking at the midwife and telling her that whatever happens, happens. She replied with that I needed to at least write something down as a guide so I simply put ‘do what is needed‘. Thing is, I’m a realist. I know things in life don’t always go as expected, I know that setting up a huge plan can end in disappoint if something changes and I wanted to keep an open mind about the labour and birth. Continue reading “Why I’ve Never Written A Birth Plan And Never Will”
Group B Strep.
It’s one of those words I remembered hearing during my first pregnancy but it wasn’t ever something I asked more about and it certainly wasn’t something that was ever explained to me. As that pregnancy was straightforward I had no concerns that the next would be any different… I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading “Why There Needs to be More Awareness of Group B Strep”
The way you take care of yourself while pregnant plays a vital role in determining if you will have complications in the course of the pregnancy and during delivery, and more importantly, the health of your baby.
Many myths abound about what’s good and bad for a pregnant woman, the foods you should eat and which ones you should avoid, but you the guiding principle should be what’s bad for you is worse for your baby. Also, remember that the baby’s immune system is weak and you should, therefore, watch what you feed them through your own foods. Continue reading “How To Stay Healthy During Your Pregnancy”
It brings unparallel excitement but for many women, it brings dread and fear too but the process of giving birth is a rewarding one, no matter how you do it.
In the western world, medical research and experience now mean pregnant women have access to much improved medical care when pregnant, during the birth and after.
But there are medical experts who believe that medical during and after pregnancy is lacking in one subject: pelvic floor health. Continue reading “How to Avoid Pelvic Floor Damage During Pregnancy”
Preparing for your new arrival can feel incredibly daunting (and expensive!) – especially if it is your first baby. The main thing is to not panic or stress yourself out. To help you prepare for your baby’s arrival, it is worth getting everything in check over the course of 9 months to help ease the transition into ‘Mum mode’, giving you more time at the end of your pregnancy to put your feet up. Continue reading “Ways to prepare for your baby’s arrival”
Being pregnant is a beautiful journey, and you want to be at your best to keep you and the baby healthy. There is so much to keep in mind when taking care of your body including how and when to exercise. Pregnancy causes nausea, headaches, back pain and swollen ankles, making movement in general extremely tough. However, staying active is the best way to ensure you are feeling your best and diminish unpleasant symptoms. Gentle exercises are key to ensure you’re getting your blood flowing and strengthening your muscles. Continue reading “5 Exercises To Do While Pregnant”
Having used a TENS machine during my first labour and getting great results from it, I knew I would need to use one for my second labour, especially as I was adamant that I was going to have a natural birth. So, when Babycare TENS got into contact with me to ask me to try out their new Elle TENS2 machine I jumped at the chance. Continue reading “Babycare Elle TENS2 Review”