Log in  \/ 
or

Pregnancy Second Trimester - What should you expect?

Posted in Pregnancy Stages

Pregnancy Second Trimester - What should you expect? When the second trimester arrives, you will most likely experience relief from the morning sickness of the first trimester, and the tiredness should also be less of a problem. For some women, the sickness continues, but just because it extends into the second trimester doesn’t mean you are stuck with it as a permanent feature. Try to see things like this – with every passing day, the chances of your morning sickness fading or going away completely get better and…

Read more: Pregnancy Second Trimester - What should you expect?

Pregnancy First Trimester - What should you expect?

Posted in Pregnancy Stages

Pregnancy First Trimester - What should you expect? The first trimester of pregnancy can be a very anxious time. It is in these three months that the risk of miscarriage is highest, which can make any parent feel worried and nervous. The good news is that as each passes, the risk decreases steadily. Believe it or not, at the end of these three scary, happy, confusing three months, your baby will be fully formed – with fingers that open and close and the beginnings of teeth! All those changes and growth are bound to…

Read more: Pregnancy First Trimester - What should you expect?

Understanding Pregnancy Hormones

Posted in Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

Understanding Pregnancy Hormones When a pregnant woman eats something unusual, we blame hormones. When she is excited, we blame hormones. When she is grumpy, we blame hormones. Morning sickness? Hormones! For many things that happen during the 9 months of pregnancy, hormones get blamed for a lot. Let’s take a closer look at pregnancy hormones and how they affect the body, both physically and emotionally. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is the hormone that probably first alerted you to the fact…

Read more: Understanding Pregnancy Hormones

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Posted in Pregnancy Nutrition

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy You might be craving pickles and chips, or loving the smell of roast potatoes but unable to stomach them… you might have a secret desire for squeezy cheese or be sneaking downstairs to nibble an onion in the middle of the night…  pregnancy does very strange things to your appetite! Pregnancy is not the time to diet, but neither do you have to “eat for two”. Finding a healthy balance is the key to a healthy…

Read more: Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Eating for Two? by Sarah Keogh

Posted in Pregnancy Nutrition

Eating for Two? by Sarah Keogh As soon as most women become pregnant they begin to think about what they should and shouldn’t be eating to have a healthy pregnancy. Advice on this often comes in from all sides – and contradicts itself frequently - which can leave you very confused about what to eat. At its most basic, your baby is made out of the food you eat. The better you eat, the better start your baby has in life. Eating well doesn’t guarantee a healthy baby but it does help towards a…

Read more: Eating for Two? by Sarah Keogh

Finding out you are Pregnant - a Guide!

Posted in Finding Out

Finding out you are Pregnant - a Guide! It doesn’t matter if you have been praying for those two little lines having tried for years or if news that you are pregnant has come as a complete shock – everyone feels a stab of nervous anticipation when they first find out they are expecting. So whatever your first feeling, whether it is elation or terror, be prepared for these feelings to change fairly soon. This is the beginning of a journey, and as such, there are bound to be mixed feelings. So, stay calm,…

Read more: Finding out you are Pregnant - a Guide!

Finding out She is Pregnant - A Man's Guide

Posted in Finding Out

Finding out She is Pregnant - A Man's Guide Whether you have been expecting the news and hoping for it, or it completely blindsides you, finding out that you are going to be a Father can be overwhelming, to say the least. So, how do you cope with your own feelings and be supportive to the Mother of your child, whether you are together or not? Your Feelings are Valid Many men feel that their feelings don’t really come into it, after all, they are not the ones carrying the child and experiencing the symptoms……

Read more: Finding out She is Pregnant - A Man's Guide

Choosing a Name for your Baby

Posted in Naming Baby

Choosing a Name for your Baby Choosing a name for your child can be tricky at best. Sometimes it is an absolute minefield of possibilities; you might find yourself factoring in other people’s feelings, your own changes of heart and of course, the fashion of the day. Whether you have had your perfect names picked out since you were a child yourself, or whether names never crossed your mind until you fell pregnant,  it can still be a tough…

Read more: Choosing a Name for your Baby

Boy or Girl? Should you find out?

Posted in Finding out the Sex

Boy or Girl? Should you find out? It is one of the most tricky aspects of pregnancy. Some people are absolutely determined to find out the sex of their unborn baby and look forward to finding out, whereas other people detest the idea and look forward to the surprise when their baby finally arrives. There are advantages to both sides of the argument… let’s take a look at the ‘whys’ and ‘why-nots’ of finding out the sex of your unborn baby… The Argument For Those who want to find out the sex of their…

Read more: Boy or Girl? Should you find out?

What am I Going to Do on Maternity Leave?

Posted in Preparing for Birth

What am I Going to Do on Maternity Leave?  When you are pregnant and approaching maternity leave, you may be filled with excitement about having some free time to spend however you like or you may feel really daunted at the thought of having this time to fill. Stopping work can leave you with a sudden feeling of realisation that your baby is on its way, and this can cause unexpected anxiety. You are also hit with a seemingly endless list of things you need to do and buy… Don’t panic! Follow our handy…

Read more: What am I Going to Do on Maternity Leave?

Writing your Birth Plan

Posted in Preparing for Birth

Writing your Birth Plan  We all know that labour and delivery don’t always go to plan, but that doesn’t stop us all having hopes about how we would like it to go, and worries about it going wrong. Writing a birth plan won’t change how your labour progresses – it won’t make your baby turn around if he decides he is coming feet first, and it won’t make your pain relief work any faster! However, a birth plan does have a very important function. Firstly, it establishes what your wishes are,…

Read more: Writing your Birth Plan

What to Bring to Hospital

Posted in Preparing for Birth

What to Bring to Hospital Whether you have been excited about packing your hospital bag since you found out you were pregnant, or if the thought hasn’t occurred to you and you are at the stage where you really need to have that bag packed and ready to go, here is our handy guide to what to pack. When to Pack the Bag It’s up to you! Most women aim to have everything bought and packed and ready for action by about 36 weeks, but it is entirely up to you when you want to have it ready. Bag for…

Read more: What to Bring to Hospital

Preparing For Birth - Some Tips

Posted in Preparing for Birth

Preparing For Birth - Some Tips The last few months and weeks of pregnancy are likely to be the time when those pre-birth nerves start to creep up on you. Both prospective mothers and fathers get anxious about the birth, and good preparation, both mentally and physically, is important when it comes to preparing for the big event, and they will help you feel more in control and less anxious in the run up to your baby’s arrival. Read Up Forewarned is forearmed. Knowledge is the best way to prepare…

Read more: Preparing For Birth - Some Tips

Signs that Labour is Imminent

Posted in Signs of Labour

Signs that Labour is Imminent When you are nearing your due date, you will probably be looking out for signs that your baby is on the way, and whether you are having your first, or your tenth child, it is easy to wonder, debate and get worried about how you are feeling when you are not in labour, or to ignore signs that later turn out to be very valid! Knowing what to look for can be reassuring, so here are some common signs of labour;
  • Contractions – these may not be severe, but if they are…

Read more: Signs that Labour is Imminent

Complications During Labour

Posted in Labour

Complications During Labour We all know that things sometimes go wrong. Not thinking about complications during labour won’t make those complications less likely, but it might make labour a scarier prospect. Many women feel relieved to learn that the majority of births go ahead normally and naturally. Another reassuring fact, is that doctors, midwives and surgeons are all very well prepped to deal with the unexpected and will have dealt…

Read more: Complications During Labour

Pain Relief During Labour - What are the options?

Posted in Labour

Pain Relief During Labour - What are the options? It is one of the most important considerations for many women during labour; pain relief is always going to be top of the agenda whether you want a birth which is as natural as possible or are all for having as much help as possible. Whatever your feelings about pain relief, it helps to be armed with knowledge about the various options you have available so you can make informed decisions. Medications Gas and Air (entonox) is breathed in through a mouthpiece or…

Read more: Pain Relief During Labour - What are the options?

Gestational Diabetes

Posted in Common Pregnancy Complications

Gestational DiabetesAn estimated 2-5% of women suffer from gestational diabetes, and as a result women are screened throughout pregnancy for warning signs of diabetes. Diabetes occurs in pregnancy when the body has higher glucose levels and struggles to produce enough insulin to deal with it. It is very important that gestational diabetes is caught as early as possible so that it can be managed or treated. Gestational diabetes is a worrying condition because it can lead to problems…

Read more: Gestational Diabetes

Common Complications of Pregnancy

Posted in Common Pregnancy Complications

Common Complications of Pregnancy Without becoming an internet hypochondriac or scaring yourself into symptom spotting, it can be very useful to have a basic knowledge of some of the most common complications that can occur during pregnancy.  Hyperemesis Gravidarum The majority of women experience nausea and sickness during pregnancy. Commonly called morning sickness, many women find it isn’t limited to the early part of the day! Occasionally, this sickness is so severe that it causes dehydration…

Read more: Common Complications of Pregnancy

Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Posted in Pregnancy Concerns

Blood Pressure During Pregnancy You will probably have your blood pressure checked frequently during your pregnancy; this is to ensure that it doesn’t rise too much over the course of the 9 months and in the later stages of pregnancy, you will be checked for signs of pre-eclampsia which can cause complications. Why does Blood Pressure change in pregnancy? Progesterone, the main player when it comes to pregnancy hormones, is to blame for changes…

Read more: Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Post Natal Depression - How to Recognise the Signs

Posted in Pregnancy Concerns

Post Natal Depression - How to Recognise the Signs Post Natal Depression can be a serious illness, and one of the best ways to deal with it is to recognise the signs and symptoms quickly so that you can seek help for yourself or your partner. Here are some common signs of PND that might be a sign that you should be seeking help.  Signs of PND
  • Low mood – feeling sad, low and down are some of the most obvious signs of depression of any kind. However, feeling down…

Read more: Post Natal Depression - How to Recognise the Signs

What is Post Natal Depression (PND)?

Posted in Pregnancy Concerns

What is Post Natal Depression (PND)? Depression occurring after a birth is known as Post Natal Depression, or PND. It occurs much more frequently than most people realise, and while it is commonly associated with post-natal mothers, it can also affect men. Why does it happen? There is no way of knowing which woman will be affected by Post Natal Depression and which will not. Some women may be more at risk than others and these include;
  • Those who…

Read more: What is Post Natal Depression (PND)?

Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy

Posted in Pregnancy Concerns

Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy If you smoke, heavily or occasionally, your doctor or midwife will talk to you about the importance of stopping during pregnancy. With all the excitement, stress, worry and upheaval that occur during this important time in your life, it might seem like one of the most difficult time to give up the habit, but it is also one of the best, and most rewarding times to quit. Why Stop Smoking during Pregnancy? Experts…

Read more: Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy

Prenatal Depression and Birth Anxiety

Posted in Pregnancy Concerns

Prenatal Depression and Birth Anxiety We read a lot about post-natal depression (PND), but what about depression during pregnancy? Prenatal depression can happen to any woman, but those who have suffered from depression in the past and those with high risk or unexpected pregnancies are more at risk. If there are difficult circumstances surrounding the pregnancy or if life in general is fraught, prenatal depression is more common. It can also be…

Read more: Prenatal Depression and Birth Anxiety

Understanding Pregnancy for Men - Morning Sickness

Posted in Male Concerns

Understanding Pregnancy for Men - Morning Sickness It’s one of the first signs of pregnancy and sometimes it is the earliest symptom of pregnancy a woman will experience; morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy when the biggest hormonal changes are taking place. Most women experience some degree of morning sickness but the effects vary greatly between different women.
Some women just feel nauseated while others spend half their time actually vomiting. Morning sickness is quite poorly…

Read more: Understanding Pregnancy for Men - Morning Sickness

Supporting your partner through Birth

Posted in Male Concerns

Supporting your partner through Birth As a man, it can be extremely difficult to support your partner through a pregnancy and the birth of your child. It is completely normal to feel helpless; after all, you don’t actually feel any of what your partner feels, so it is impossible for you to know exactly what she wants or needs. This is especially true when those needs are changing all the time! It is common for there to be friction at this time, but try to see past any petty arguments and think about…

Read more: Supporting your partner through Birth

Understanding pregnancy for men - Sex During Pregnancy

Posted in Male Concerns

Understanding pregnancy for men - Sex During Pregnancy Sex during pregnancy is a tricky issue for some couples. While many couples enjoy a full and healthy sexual relationship during pregnancy, for some couples sex can be completely off the cards, for some or all of the duration. There are a number of reasons why a couple’s sex life changes during pregnancy – here are some common concerns that men have about intimacy at this often difficult time; “What if I hurt her…

Read more: Understanding pregnancy for men - Sex During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Anxiety in Men

Posted in Male Concerns

Pregnancy Anxiety in Men
Pregnancy anxiety in a woman who is expecting is perfectly understandable – they are going through a lot of changes, physically, mentally and emotionally. When a man suffers from anxiety, stress or worry during his partner’s pregnancy, he naturally feels like he is being unreasonable. After all, he isn’t carrying the child. However, pregnancy anxiety is rarely about actually being physically pregnancy (although…

Read more: Pregnancy Anxiety in Men

Postnatal Depression in Dads

Posted in Male Concerns

Postnatal Depression in Dads Post Natal Depression is much more common than most people realise, with up to one in ten women experiencing signs of PND after having a baby. Increasingly, experts are researching these same feelings in men in order to identify if men suffer from the same condition. While there is some debate about this; with some arguing that PND is caused, at least in part, by chemicals and hormones in the woman’s body after the birth. Whatever the depression is caused by, it is…

Read more: Postnatal Depression in Dads

Facebook Followers..
Latest Tweets..