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 …

3 reasons you need iron in pregnancy

You need iron in pregnancy because it's needed to make haemoglobin – the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body, and to your baby. 1.Your blood volume increases by almost 50% in pregnancy As your blood volume increases, so does the need for extra iron. The best way …

Managing gestational diabetes with a healthy diet

Gestational diabetes is caused by high blood sugar developing during pregnancy, which your insulin levels cannot control. It currently effects as many as 18 in 100 women in England and Wales, and puts you at higher risk of type 2 diabetes in later life. If you develop gestational diabetes your baby …

Why choose pregnancy-focused exercise classes?

There are a number of effective antenatal exercise programmes that are low impact and will cause no major stress to your joints and muscles - and they offer numerous physical and emotional benefits. Yoga or Pilates Opens the pelvis to enable a (hopefully!) shorter and more active labour Increases strength and …

Breast changes during and after pregnancy

Written by Breast Cancer Care, this booklet gives you valuable information about what happens to your breasts during pregnancy, bras, breast changes after birth and breastfeeding. It is really important to be breast aware during this time. It also looks at some of the breast problems you may experience, such as …