Five reasons to do your pelvic floor exercises

Did you know the average pregnancy bump weighs around 6 kg? Therefore the pressure is building on your pelvic floor muscles before your baby even arrives! Pushing your baby out further weakens these muscles. This isn't good news for later life, which is why it's important to do your pelvic floor exercises …

Reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia through nutrition

Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy disorder related to problems in the development of the placenta. Around 10% of pregnant women are affected and symptoms include protein in the urine, high blood pressure, swelling (oedema) and headaches. If you are overweight, over 35, carrying twins or have a family history of the …

6 coping strategies for early labour

Early labour is known as the latent phase and can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. You will start to experience contractions, but they won’t necessarily in a continuous pattern. Your cervix will be starting to change, dilating up to approximately 4cm. It is advisable to …

What can we do to reduce the number of stillborn babies?

Sadly, stillbirths are more common than you may realise. Data shows that 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, which is more than 3,600 each year.  Approximately one-third of these happen at term, in other words after 37 weeks of pregnancy. These statistics make stillbirth 15 times more …

Foods that help your body prepare for birth

There are a lots of different foods that will help your body prepare for birth.  For example, from 36 weeks you can begin drinking raspberry leaf tea, which has traditionally been used to help start labour. It ripens your cervix and starts toning the muscles in your uterus, in preparation …