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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…

Pregnancy Full Body Workout – No Equipment Needed

In this quick pregnancy workout I’m going to show you 4 different exercises that you can do from home to work almost all the muscles in your body. This little routine is brilliant if you want a workout but aren’t feeling very motivated or don’t want to move away from your home environment but still want to get your heart pumping and your muscles strong. It will only take you around 7 minutes to complete but do take as many rests as you need to. ALSO…

GP Elise Dallas Answers All Your Questions About Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a scary time! We can feel completely out of control of our bodies and constantly worried that what we’re doing, or not doing, is hurting our babies. Consequently we have thousands of questions that we desperately want to know the answer to and will often turn to the internet for. So in this interview we take all the most asked questions to GP Elise Dallas so that you can get expert, factual, rational and honest answers to all your questions. We cover everything…

Sarah The Midwife Answers All Your Pregnancy Questions

When we’re pregnant we all have a million questions that we want to ask a friend or a midwife, but often end up turning to google and finding scary forums and opinion sites that aren’t necessarily helpful or truthful. I know that I did! In this interview with Sarah Das – registered midwife, I ask her all those questions that we want to know the answer to for some impartial, practical, expert answers and advice. If you’d like to see Sarah’s interview answering all those breast-feeding questions…

Pregnancy Full Body Workout with Resistance Bands

Staying strong and fit is so important, but sometimes finding the time and motivation to do so – particularly when you’re pregnant can be tough. So, in this short workout video – I take you through 6 great exercises that you can do from home (or anywhere) using resistance bands. Resistance bands can provide a really good musculoskeletal workout and by reducing the breaks between exercises you’ll also be working your heart and burning calories! Click the picture below to see the video. Thanks so much…

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 Breathing Techniques Will Help Me In Labour?

Learning how to utilise your breath to help you in labour is vital. And now is the perfect time to start practicing breathing techniques so that when your labour starts, you know exactly what to do and can calmly get into the flow! So, before we get into some specific techniques, let’s start with the ‘why’. Why is breathing so particularly important during labour? 1) Deep breathing helps to control pain. Whatever you may have heard, contractions and labour is painful! Learning how to use your…

How Should I Exercise in Pregnancy?

Exercise throughout pregnancy is incredibly important, for both you and your baby. Exercise in pregnancy has been found to reduce a number of pregnancy side-effects including the likelihood of birth complications, hypertension and depression as well as aiding placental growth, and fetal growth, Research has also shown that the rate of miscarriage is actually lower in runners and aerobic dancers than in non- exercisers (Baker, 2006). One study found that those who exercised during pregnancy had a 40% lower risk of miscarriage than those who were…

What Should I Eat In The Second Trimester?

In each trimester your nutritional needs vary. In this short video I go through the most important macro and micronutrients that you and your developing baby need. We also look at the exact foods that you can eat in order to get them in a tasty and healthy way. Check out the video below! Thanks so much for watching With Love Bex xx