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10 tips on newborn sleep

It is exhausting having a newborn. So here are ten tips that will hopefully help make the first three months of your baby’s life, and your life as a parent, easier to manage. 1. Feed as much as possible during the day because when babies consume the majority of their calories during the day, they…

8 tips for handling toddler tantrums

Tantrums can be so tough for us parents and can feel completely overwhelming, exhausting and embarrassing. But, as a mum of three, I want you to know that you are not alone and you are not a bad parent if your child has tantrums. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have some techniques in your back…

5 different types of incontinence

If you think you might have incontinence - however mild or severe your symptoms are - it can be helpful to figure out what kind of incontinence you’re experiencing. There are many different types of incontinence, and each come with their own unique causes and treatments. There are five main…

Why you deserve better when it comes to incontinence

As a women’s and pelvic health Physical Therapist, I’d say I have this conversation about 17,896 times a month: Me: Do you experience any symptoms of incontinence? Patient: No. Me: Do you ever leak even just a few drops while running, jumping or laughing? Patient: Well, yeah, but that’s normal…

Are pelvic floor exercises enough?

Occasionally, a patient will ask me: ‘if I just do pelvic floor exercises, is that enough to fix my incontinence, prolapse, SI joint instability, or pelvic floor dysfunction?’ The short answer: no. Are pelvic floor exercises going to help? Yes absolutely, if they’re suitable for your specific…

How to prepare to push in labour

There are a lot of different strategies, exercises and analogies out there to help you prepare to push that baby out once and for all. But for me, it all starts with a knowledge of how your body will push (because it knows, don’t you worry) and how to work with those muscles as best you can. For…

How to put pregnancy weight in perspective

Our society talks a lot about baby weight, but does anyone ever mention baby plus boob plus placenta plus womb plus fluid plus stored fat weight? We don’t think so. The main thing to bear in mind is there isn’t a right amount of weight to gain during pregnancy - we’re all different. But if…

When is the right time to have sex after birth?

At your six week postpartum appointment, you might have been informed that you’re now ‘fine’ to have sex again. If you wanted to laugh, cry or punch the person telling you this, you’re not alone. For many, six weeks is way too early to be thinking about sex and doesn’t take into account your…

Has your baby got reflux?

Reflux is when a baby brings up milk or is sick during or after feeding, and it is very common in babies. They usually start to show symptoms anywhere from eight weeks old, and these symptoms can continue until the one year mark. That’s a big range, isn’t it? 😶 Of course, as with everything,…

When will your baby start crawling?

Most babies start to crawl sometime between seven and ten months. That’s most, but certainly not all. It’s hard to put an exact time on it, firstly because all our little ones are different and secondly because… well, what even counts as crawling? Lots of babies opt for the bottom shuffle (a…

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…

3 steps to reconnecting with your child after shouting

Lost your cool with your kid? Here are three steps to recovering and reconnecting. 1. Always start with a sorry Try, ‘I am sorry I shouted at you. It wasn’t your fault. I am tired so I got angry.’ Putting difficult emotions into clear language equips your child with a skill that many adults…

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…

3 stretches to ease pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is unfortunately very common during pregnancy. Whether you're looking to prevent pelvic pain or are already experiencing it and hoping to minimise the symptoms, here are three stretches to have in your back pocket: 1. Pelvic tilt Stand with your shoulders and bottom against a wall.…

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…

3 tips on introducing your child to your newborn

Introducing baby one to baby two can be really difficult. Not only has your oldest somehow transformed into an actual gigantic real child in the space of a day or two, but they may come out with delightful phrases such as ‘can we send him back now?’, which make it feel like you've just been…

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…

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 -…