Avoiding some foods and alcohol are recommended during pregnancy as is cutting down on your caffeine intake . There’s more information here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ pregnancy-and-baby/pages/foods-to-avoid-pregnant.aspx
All pregnant employees are entitled to: paid time off for antenatal care maternity leave maternity pay benefits protection against losing your job or being treated unfairly because you’re pregnant http:// www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/953.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=138#close
Free prescription medicines during pregnancy and until your baby is 1 year old http:// www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/953.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=138#close
You are entitled to free dental care during pregnancy and until your baby is 1 year old. Make the most of this service as pregnancy hormones can cause gums to become inflamed and may cause discomfort or infections. Prevention is better than cure. Link here http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/953.aspx? CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=138#close
Pregnant and self employed, no job or a low income- Help! you may be entitled healthy start vouchers during pregnancy and after . heres the link http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
First trimester and feeling exhausted. Consider cutting out all be essential chores, maybe send out the ironing for a week or too, no one needs to know. Think about your iron intake and your diet as a whole. Good info here http://www.nct.org.uk/pregnancy/vitamins-and-supplements-pregnancy
Just found out your pregnant, whoopee. First few things to think about: Folic acid is recommended. Stop smoking and seek help from you GP and this APP from the NHS http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/iphonesmoking.aspx. Start to evaluate your diet and consider eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, apricots, dark green veg. It’s helpful to take orange juice with these foods which can aid absorption of iron.
Early pregnancy can be difficult while your body is making the necessary hormonal adjustments. You may be feeling a bit queasy or you may vomit. Whilst unpleasant these are positive signs that your hormones are doing their job in facilitating egg implantation. Ginger tea, using tea bags or grated ginger, ginger biscuits can help as can eating little and often which can help keep nausea at bay.
Ssh we can keep a secret, Your Pregnant! fantastic news.Exited but feeling wiped out and tired whilst your body is adjusting. Goes without saying but Get as much rest as possible. This tiredness will pass but not for quite a few weeks. If it all gets too much see your GP and maybe take a week or too off work. There is no need for your GP to mention your pregnancy if you don’t want anyone to know.
Many antenatal classes invite mum and partner, so if you can go, it’s a great idea. You can get a better feel of what to expect and you may even see a birth video or DVD to prepare you for the event. Ask your midwife for details of local NHS classes or perhaps explore NCT classes at http://www.nct.org.uk/courses/antenatal
Calling all birth partners listen well with open ears, an open heart and without judgement. This is her birth and as a birth support person you are there to support her choices – whether you would choose them or not is irrelevant. Encourage her to talk about her feelings as much as possible, because it’s only going to give you more information and tips on how you can be the best support person for her. Open ended questions are very useful, for example ‘Tell me about what you imagine your birth to be like…’
Does anything scare or frighten you about childbirth? What concerns does you have? What do you truly want? What are the most important things you’d like to happen at the birth? These are all really good questions to ask yourself when building a ‘birth intentions’ list. (sometimes called a birth plan)
During pregnancy it can help with the aches and discomfort of a rapidly changing body. Once your baby is born osteopaths can help to support a mums posture which may be strained due to feeding positions and recovery from the hormonal changes of pregnancy and labour
A great blog about resisting the temptation of opting for induction when you are fed up waiting for baby and 10 good reasons to wait and let nature take its course http://privatemidwife.co/natural-birth-2/avoiding-induction-of-labour/
Want to know more about having a home birth? Here is a lovely series of photos of one couples home birth to give you a flavour of what you can expect.http://www.viralnova.com/home-birth/#.UbJPFRYRnXQ.facebook
Surround yourself with the people who make you feel good. Don’t take anymore annoying calls pop the answer phone on with a message that says ‘nothing yet but you will be the first to know!’ Check out this great blog post for more positivity: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/surprising-lack-evidence-postdate-birth-induction?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.c
A great article that discusses the ‘surprising lack of evidence for post date birth induction http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/surprising-lack-evidence-postdate-birth-induction?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.c
The last little bit, called ‘Zwischen’ by the Germans which means ‘the time between,’ often brings discomfort and anxiety as mums wait for a sign that baby is finally on its way. Having a name for this time gives it a ‘dimension’ or purpose. This uncomfortable period is the beginning of ‘greeting’ your baby! Focus on the soon rather than the waiting.
The concept of a ‘due’ date is something that is very abstract in many cultures. If, like in Uganda, you count a pregnancy by the moons, you end up having a ‘due month’ and baby comes when she is perfectly ripe without causing mama lots of anxiety. (From Ten Month Mamas) Plan ahead for going overdue, think of some nice things to do to keep you busy x
Check out this link written by Cheryl MacDonald Yoga teacher at Yoga Bellies http://www.frostmagazine.com/2013/05/why-yoga-makes-mummies-happy-the-role-of-yoga-in-creating-the-love-hormone-oxytocin
Reasons to go the full distance! 1. End right by starting right—keeping all of your prenatal appointments helps ensure a healthier ending 2. Savour the journey—soon you will meet your baby 3. Let nature take over—there are fewer complications and risks for both you and baby through natural birth 4. Recover faster from a natural birth than caesarean, which is major abdominal surgery that causes more pain, requires a longer hospital stay and a longer recovery 5. Birth a brainier baby—at 35 weeks your baby’s brain is only 2/3rds the size it will be at term 6. Set her thermostat—baby will better regulate her temperature when born at term 7. Boost breastfeeding—term babies more effectively suck and swallow than babies born earlier 8. Delight in those kicks and flips—marvel at the miracle of the life inside 9. Enjoy your convenient excuse for every mood swing and crazy craving 10. Nourish your body—a healthy diet and breastfeeding will help you lose the baby weight reference: http://privatemidwife.co/natural-birth-2/avoiding-induction-of-labour/
Darkness + love hormone Oxytocin + Melatonin (sleepy hormone produced in the dark) = more effective surges/contractions http://t.co/AMFUZ2n3K3
Ask for help as soon as you develop pain and find a physiotherapist. Keep your knees together when getting in and out of the car Sleep with a pillow or cushion between your knees Use the birth ball to sit on and avoid hard chairs Try to do as many pelvic floor exercises as possible Sit down to get dressed and put your undies on ref: www.yogabirth.org.uk
Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction is the name given to pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. Caused by the hormone that soften the ligaments in pregnancy it can vary from mildly irritating to quite disabling pain. If you think this might be you speak to your midwife or GP and explore a referral to a Physiotherapist. Check out: www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk
Check out this link that outlines your rights: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/953.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=138#close
Check out this link that sends you to various up to date info about the benefits available http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2293.aspx?CategoryID=54#close
Did you know you could get an upgrade to first class on the trains in the last 8 weeks of pregnancy. Check out this link http://www.greateranglia.co.uk/travel-information/your-journey/mums-to-be
Chat with your partner about the type of birth you would like to have . Think about a birth preference or birth plan list. You could start by chatting over your hopes and concerns with your partner and discuss your ideas for your birth and immediately afterwards
Some women and their partners may want additional support for themselves during the birth. Maybe a trusted friend or relative can provide you with some additional emotional support. A doula, professional birth companion http://doula.org.uk/. There is a doula hardship fund available and also questions to ask a prospective doula to see if this is the right person for you
The time and date aren’t relevant, we’re blessed with days, not cursed. My baby can’t read dates as yet, because he/she’s very new. So there’s no cause to fuss and fret, if he/she don’t come on cue. So stop your worry, stop your asking, there’s no hurry we’re relaxing in this golden pregnant time, this pause, which is just his/hers and mine. You leave us be, we are just fine
Communicate with your baby, playing music, singing, massaging your belly. (babies are aware of touch from 7 weeks after conception). Chilling and relaxing are good for you and your baby –let those calming hormones flow
Think space and do you need it all? Do your homework before you spend. Ask yourself or other mum, how long will we actually need the item. Borrowing is the greatest space saver!
Even if you are planning a home birth you will be packing bags in case you take a visit to hospital. Sharing this project with your partner adds to the excitement and also familiarises them with the contents of each, so they know where to find things when the time comes.
Plan things to do for the days following your due date in case you are still waiting. Visit friends or baby groups you like the sound of, or maybe to a bit of batch cooking to stock up the freezer.
The big news! Why not create a text list before baby arrives and send everyone on it a message saying, ‘you are on the list and will be first to know.’ Maybe add your plans for visiting, like we plan to have a few quiet days first or bear with us if we have the ansa phone on. This way all you have to do is add your birth announcement to your txt conversation and hit send!
A lovely quote from an antenatal teacher ‘You have the power to influence your birth experience in a positive way. You and your baby are designed to work through the birth journey together – have faith in your ability! Seek out the info you need to make good decisions for you and your baby and don’t worry if they are different to others around you’ x
A tip mum to mum – Labour and birth can be described as a doorway from one life to another. It’s important you get through it but in the grand scheme of parenting it’s not really that big a deal. x
Before the big day, take time to chat with your partner about the ‘what if situations.’ If birth takes a different route to the one you envisaged, how will will both of you manage this?
After spending the last few months in maternity wear you are probably ready for something different. Top tip – remember if you are buying new clothes whilst pregnant you will be smaller when you wear them. So aim to buy for the size you were at 5-6 months pregnant
Mary Cronk, expert midwife , talks about the birth dance of twins who are born in the time honoured way check out her guidelines written after 40 plus years of midwifery experience http://www.birthdance.co.uk/uploads/7/1/5/1/7151683/twins_guidlines.doc
Here are some activities that can help get your babies into the best position for birth. http://www.nct.org.uk/birth/good-positions-your-baby-birth
most babies are in a head up, bottom down position until 36 weeks pregnant , only after this is A baby considered breech. To help turn your baby check out: http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/breech-bottoms-up/flip-a-breech
Check out this lovely video clip from Best Beginnings that shows a mum holding her little one skin to skin for the first time. http://vimeo.com/16654816
Chances are before you have your baby you may have never seen anyone breastfeed. Whilst waiting for baby take the opportunity to visit a local breastfeeding support group. You can chat to other mums and observe them feeding, by chatting you will probably find they all have their own rhythm and patterns.
Did you know your baby can respond to sounds from 20 weeks pregnant! Chatting to your baby whilst they are in your belly, is the beginning of their language development. Playing your favourite tunes will tune them into what you find calming or uplifting when they are born. You will be amazed how quickly your little bundle knows your voice. Exciting times ahead! Check out http://www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/trainingandconsultancy/learningresources/socialbaby_wda47886.html
If you know your baby or babies might be born early, it can be a daunting thought wondering what to expect. Best Beginnings charity have done a collection of video clips that help parents prepare and understand their little ones care and needs. Check out the Small Wonders collection at vimeo.com/bestbeginnings/videos
Next on the list of essentials, the car seat. Check out the Which guide car seat review, which identifies the safest car seats on the market. http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/baby-transport/reviews/child-car-seats/
Why not do a bit of research on line before spending out. Check out the Which guide to ‘choosing a cot’ A cot for every budget and information about using a second hand cot. http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/nursery-and-feeding/guides/choosing-a-cot/
It’s normal to feel out of breath during the middle and end of your pregnancy. You are supposed to be breathing for two… yet your bump is restricting the movement of your diaphragm… If you feel breathless, lean your back against a wall (legs wide and knees bent). Pull your tummy in and reach your right arm towards the ceiling. Now breathe deep into your right side. Do the same on the other side. (link to http://www.pilatesod.com/bumps-and-mums/third-trimester/
Pregnant and buying all your baby stuff? Why not consider borrowing some bits or buying second hand. It’s lovely to have new, but some of the more bulky items like baby bath or bouncy chair are used only for a short while and are a pain to store when no longer needed
It can help to take a few minutes everyday to switch off and chill out. if you can Lie down relax and roll on to your left side, this may help get your baby into a good position for birth , particularly after 30 weeks .
Waiting for baby can feel like eternity. Here are a few subtle signs to look out for Feeling a bit strange, can’t put your finger on it. A bit more emotional Loose poo, (for want of a nicer way to put) Baby a bit quieter whilst they get ready for the big day Check out http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/labour-signs-what-happens.aspx#close
The mum and baby attachment relationship builds up gradually over about a six month period. Love grows! Grow with it! Check out www.simplypsychology.org/attachment.html
Some food is best avoided when pregnant as there may be adverse effects for the baby. The good news is this is for a limited time only. You can look forward to all the foods you have missed to celebrate your baby’s arrival http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/why-cant-I-eat-soft-cheeses-during-pregnancy.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=216
The jury’s still out, but think of all the money you’ll save and non alcoholic cocktails can be a good alternative with less Olly’s sham-pagne ( from the Hairy Biker’s) Ingredients 60ml lime cordial 60ml elderflower cordial 3 drops orange blossom water 250ml ice cold soda water Preparation method Pour all the ingredients into a jug and give it a stir. Serve in champagne flutes to blend in at a party ( more recipies http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/olys_sham-pagne_59307) The current guidance is here http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2270.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=130#close
Having a baby ? Eating well will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. There are loads of free recipes on line or you could borrow a recipe book or two from your local library www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/nutritionpreg.asp
What real mums consider essential, from conversations with lots of new mums: Muslins, baby’s Sling ergo, swaddle blanket, white noise machine, online community support. Postnatal groups of any sort are a great way to pick up more tips from real mums.