Smoking in pregnancy and around your baby

We all know that smoking is bad for your health, especially during pregnancy when it affects your baby's health as the nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other toxins pass from our lungs through the placenta. But even after the birth, if you or your partner smoke (or people you socialise with …

Almonds: benefits in pregnancy and beyond

Not only are almonds a delicious snack, but they are also a super-food, packed full of nutrients that will help you and your baby in pregnancy and post-birth. From almond milk, to almond butter, or even by themselves as as a tasty treat, almonds are well worth including in your …

Prepare your toddler for the arrival of a second child

The arrival of a new baby can herald significant changes in family dynamics, particularly if it's the second child. This can be challenging enough for adults to cope with let alone a toddler, who has comfortably spent their first years of life as an only child. We asked Dr Maryhan …

The benefits and uses of aromatherapy in pregnancy and labour

Essential oils have been used for their therapeutic qualities through the ages. And, whilst there is little medical evidence to their benefits a growing number of midwives are trained to use aromatherapy oils during labour. So, we asked Tara Persson who is a qualified aromatherapist, specialising in pregnancy and postnatal …

Safe sleep for babies, reducing the risk of SIDS

I think it’s fair to say that these days’ health professionals are pretty good at giving out information about reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), or cot death, as it used to be known. Reducing the risk of SIDS It’s common knowledge that safe sleep for babies means as …