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What To Put in Your Hospital Bag?

A hospital bag is a must-have for every pregnant woman (even if you’re having a home birth it’s a good idea to have all the things you’ll need for birth in an easily-findable place). And it can be really difficult to know what you’ll need to bring with you – particularly as it’s difficult to know how long you’ll be in. If things go really smoothly then you could be out and on your way home 6 hours after you’ve birthed your baby. If not, you…

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a practice that guides and prepares a pregnant woman for a healthy and beautiful birthing experience. We’ve all been subjected to hearing the horric birth stories of other women and from these stories we’ve been conditioned to believe that giving birth is one of the most traumatic events, associated with some of the greatest pain, we will ever experience. So, understandably, most of us are pretty terri ed of giving birth. Excited to meet our babies but scared rigid by the act of squeezing…

How To Create The Perfect Pregnancy Posture

If you’re suffering from pregnancy aches and pains it may be that, with the excess weight at the front that you’re carrying, your posture is out of alignment. In this short video I show you exactly how to create the perfect pregnancy posture so that you can help to avoid all those common pregnancy postural issues and back pains. Click the video link below to learn how: With love Bex xx

How Do I Get A Baby on Board Badge?

If you live in London you’ll be wanting to get yourself a ‘Baby on Board’ badge to attach to your clothing. By wearing one of these badges you’re much more likely to get a seat on public transport and will feel more confident asking for a seat if no one offers you one. It’s really easy to get one, all you need to do is go to a ticket office / or find someone who works for London Transport in one of the stations and ask…

What is NCT? And Should I Do The Ante Natal Course?

NCT stands for National Childbirth Trust and they are the UK’s largest charity for parents. NCT offers parents-to-be antenatal classes to help them to find out answers to all their questions around labour, birth and nurturing a new-born. Even though they are a charity these courses do cost money – but, in my opinion, they are worth every penny. And this is because the courses introduce you to, and connect you with, a group of other parents-to-be who live in your area. And, believe me, this…

What are the Best Breast Feeding Bras?

by Sarah Das Your breasts change in size and firmness during your life and it is particularly noticeable around pregnancy and after birth. Nursing bras like any other piece of lingerie (yes it is lingerie) are very personal to you and must suit your individual style and needs.  A well-fitted bra will make you feel and look better and give you some extra support at this time. Here are a few tips to help you make the best choice. Try and go for a professional fitting…

What Should I know for Flying and Travel Whilst Pregnant?

Flying in pregnancy is generally completely safe for you and your baby. Research has shown that the mothers’ respiratory system and heart rates, oxygen, blood pressure, uterine activity, and fetal beat-to-beat heart rate all remain normal whilst in the air. There may be a slight increase in the risk of blood clots if you are on a long-haul flight (flying for more than five hours) – however this may not be increased by pregnancy. You are more likely to get swollen feet and ankles and wearing…

What is Pregnancy Massage?

by Ruth Sutherland Massage is a wonderful tool to use both when preparing your body, and mind, for labour, and whilst actually in labour itself. Massage can help us to relax, connect with ourselves and another person and to feel loved and safe, particularly when it is enjoyed with a loved one. These emotions are all perfect for the labouring body because they stimulate the production of the labour hormones, oxytocin and endorphins. As well as helping to relax you, massage can also become a part…

How Can Reflexology be Useful in Pregnancy and Why?

by Sarah Das After the excitement of discovering that you’re pregnant, you’ll want start thinking about creating a healthy plan for yourself throughout your pregnancy. Reflexology is a great therapy to include in your plan as it is a safe and natural treatment that can achieve amazing results with some of the more tedious, but normal side effects, of being pregnant that most women experience. How does it work? Reflexology activates the healing powers of the body through manipulation of the feet. The theory is that…

What is a Sweep?

by Sarah Das A sweep refers to detaching the fetal membranes away from the lining of the uterus. There are prostaglandins (hormones) present in the lining of your uterus and in the fetal membranes and so by sweeping in this way the quantity of prostaglandin is increased and made available for good use – helping to initiate labour. Why might I be offered a sweep? Most women will go into labour spontaneously between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. At 38 weeks your NHS midwife will…