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5 symptoms of antenatal depression

One in seven women will experience persistent symptoms of depression during pregnancy, which is known as antenatal depression. The symptoms of antenatal depression include: - Overwhelming feelings of hopelessness - Loss of interest in things that you used to enjoy - Excessive feelings of…

8 ways to know if your child is ready for potty training

Children are usually ready for potty training somewhere between 18 months and three years old. For most, it’s between two and two and a half years old. But every child is different, and there’s really no hard and fast rule. Because if your little one is not ready, even the best toilet trainer in…

Can you really not eat during labour?

You might have heard that it’s not a good idea to eat during labour. But is this really true? Simply put, not really. You probably can eat during labour, with just a couple of exceptions. Labour is like running a marathon, so staying energised is really important. In fact, some evidence suggests…

What is secondary infertility?

Second infertility is when you struggle to become pregnant or carry to term after having a baby previously. Unfortunately, secondary infertility often comes with its very own brand of shame. In particular, couples are often told to ‘just be grateful for the child you have’. But let’s make this…

What's normal when it comes to newborn poo?

You were probably expecting to have to change a fair few nappies when you became a parent. But if you're anything like us, you probably weren't expecting to be quite so fascinated (verging on obsessed) by the colour and texture of your little one's poo. 🙃 In fact, knowing what's normal when it…

Do you have to have a birth pool to have a home birth?

Nope, you certainly don’t have to have a water birth if you’d like a home birth. Not at all. Although many people do choose to buy or rent a birth pool for their home births, if water just is not your jam, that's absolutely fine. Some people just don't find the water relaxing, some people…

What is early menopause?

Early menopause means that your periods stop before the age of 45. To put that in context, for most people menopause happens between 45 and 55. Early menopause can be really distressing, and so sometimes it feels easier to turn a blind eye. But being aware of what might be going on beneath the…

Talking to children about war and conflict

War and conflict is something that we hope to never have to discuss with our children. But, when necessary, it is important to be open and honest while limiting the details where possible. ### 1. Take time to listen It is important to find out any anxieties your little one might be…

What is the bloody show?

First things first, the bloody show is absolutely not something you should be worried about. Despite the horrific sounding name, the bloody show is a very small amount of blood that'd released from your cervix near the end of your pregnancy. It actually means you might be meeting your baby soon -…

What does it mean for your baby to be in the posterior position?

Most babies are born in the occipito-anterior (OA) position. This anterior position means that they’re born headfirst, with their back against your stomach, with their chin tucked into their chest, and with their face looking down. In this position, the baby can move easily down through the…

Why you may have a low sex drive postpartum, and what you can do about it

All relationships go through a period of adjustment when we enter into parenthood. Physical intimacy can take a back seat when there are so many other more immediate needs to be met. And the first thing to say is that that is okay and completely normal. There are many reasons why you might not…

5 reasons you should drink more water when pregnant

Staying hydrated is a good idea whether you're growing a tiny human or not. But drinking plenty of water really should be a priority while pregnant... even when you feel like you're peeing every five minutes anyway.⁠ Why? Well, drinking lots of water during pregnancy will help: 1. Reduce…

Does breastfeeding really work as a contraceptive?

You might have heard that breastfeeding can be used as a natural contraceptive, which is known as the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). But what’s the science behind this? The theory is that if you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you probably won’t ovulate and won’t have a period. This…

An introduction to tummy time

After so much time sleeping on their backs, it’s important that babies spend some time on their fronts too. Tummy time doesn’t have to be complicated - it just means making sure your baby spends a little time lying on their tummy while they’re awake. Tummy time helps your little one strengthen…

When to call the hospital or midwife in early labour

As a midwife, I often get asked when the right time to call the hospital or your midwife is at the beginning of labour. And the answer is that there’s no perfect time. Bottom line: the right time to call is whenever you feel you need support. But there are some circumstances in which you should…

When can you introduce a bottle alongside breastfeeding?

If you’re wondering when you can introduce a bottle because you’re desperate for some sleep, firstly take comfort in the fact your baby is doing what is natural and normal. Regular wake-ups to feed help establish your milk supply, as well as helping to prevent engorgement and mastitis. On top of…

When do you need to start giving your baby water?

You can start introducing your baby to water at around six months, when they start to eat solid food. Before this point, your baby will get all the hydration they need from their milk. Weaning is a gradual process and adding water should be too. Your baby can start with just a sip or two from a…

Why I recommend a 7pm bedtime, and what that means for the last nap

Let's talk about... bedtime! Now, all families and cultures are different. I've worked with families all over the world and have helped them establish bedtime at a time that suits them, but my default preferred bedtime for little ones will always be 7pm. Here are the three reasons why: 1.…

Pelvic pain during pregnancy: causes and what to do about it

Many women develop pelvic pain during pregnancy, which is sometimes referred to as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). You might feel pain across one or both sides or at the back of your pelvis, around your vulva or over your pubic bone, and even spreading to your…

What is jaundice?

Neonatal jaundice is one of the most common conditions in newborn babies, affecting about 60%, but the condition is usually completely harmless (only about 1 in 20 need treatment). Jaundice causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Your midwife or doctor will check your baby for…