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What to Buy for Baby? The Ultimate List!

What to Buy and What not to Buy!   Some Tips We really recommend that you do not rush out and spend thousands on baby gear. So many mothers find themselves buying things that sound fantastic and end up never using. So we have compiled a list of essentials and a few extras that we recommend you buy. We have put a star * next to items we think are really important. Most these items are available for purchase from JohnLewis.com or other online retailers.  If you don’t have time to shop in store, or you do not live near […]

Pregnancy and Labour Tips

Here are some tips that we have collected from talking to first time mothers.   Maternity Tips Staying Comfortable You do not need to waddle when you are pregnant. If you actually think about it whilst you are walking, you will find that you can walk relatively normally. If you hold your stomach muscles in and concentrate whenever you are standing you find that this forces you to straighten up and will stop you from arching your back – this can stop it aching and can make you look about 1 month less pregnant! Continue doing everything as normal until […]

Examination of Newborn Baby

At birth most babies are born in a good condition and cry strongly within the first few minutes of life.  Healthy babies can usually be put straight onto mother’s stomach, “skin-to-skin” with minimal handling.   Your midwife or doctor will usually check with you that you are happy with this to be done, if not, the baby can be cleaned and dried before it is passed to you.  Parents can watch with amazement as baby’s colour changes from blue to pink.  During this time, direction of blood in baby’s heart is changing and lungs are filling for first time.  Do not […]

Caesarean Section – Elective and Emergency

Currently in this country more than 1 in 4 babies are delivered by caesarean section.  A majority of these are performed as emergency procedures rather than electively (before labour begins).  There are 4 grades or categories of Caesarean Section in this country. Grade 1 – where conditions are life- threatening to the mother or baby for example in the case of cord prolapse, uterine rupture, separation of the placenta or acute and severe fetal distress.  In this case the caesarean will be done within half an hour. This is sometimes called a “Crash Section”, and is unusual and quite dramatic. […]

Bottoms and Bowels during Pregnancy – Constipation and Piles,

Constipation Constipation during pregnancy is very common. Progesterone can relax the muscles in your body and thus affect the efficiency of your bowels.  As the smooth muscles in the bowel relax and are no longer contracting as much, gut motility is reduced, meaning transit times of food in your stomach are increased.  As a consequence, you will not be opening your bowels as often and stools may become harder.  You may also find you become constipated when breastfeeding, this could be due to being slightly dehydrated as water is taken from your body to manufacture breast milk for the baby. […]

What Medication can I take when Pregnant?

If you can, it is advisable to avoid medication in your first trimester unless the drugs are prescribed by doctor.  Do not worry about ones you took before you knew you were pregnant as the likelihood of any bad side effects is minimal.   It is safe to take Paracetamol during your pregnancy, but make sure you do not take more than the stated dose on the packet. It is important to stay away from Ibuprufen after 30 weeks of pregnancy. However it is now thought to be safe to take in the early stages of pregnancy Anti-biotics can be […]

24 – 28 Weeks Pregnant

By 25 weeks your baby will be starting to put on some fat and will be becoming less wrinkled. By 26 weeks your baby will be blinking and may be able to detect light through your tummy!  He or she may move in response to a bright light such as a torch or the sun shinning on your tummy. By 27 weeks she may recognise your voice or your partner’s, and wriggle to indicate this. By 28 weeks your baby will be about 35 cm long and may start to experience hiccups.  You will feel these in the form of […]

1 – 4 Weeks Pregnant

The length of your pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period, not from the day of ovulation or conception as many people might think.  Therefore, it can be confusing to find out you are pregnant, perhaps 14 days after ovulation, and then to discover you are already 4 weeks pregnant.  On a positive note, this means you will only have 8 months left of your pregnancy, and things are already further along than you thought! If your cycle is longer than 28 days then you will not be as advanced as you thought as, for […]