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What's the difference between morning sickness and hyperemesis?

Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extreme type of nausea during pregnancy that can make it very difficult to keep food or drink down and continue with normal life.⁠ While morning sickness affects about eight in 10 pregnant women and only lasts until around weeks 16 to 20, hyperemesis is much less…

What is non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a simple blood test that analyses pieces of your baby’s DNA during pregnancy and is completely safe for you and your baby. The blood test looks at tiny pieces of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from the placenta that have made their way into your blood. It is used…

How to know if you've got breastfeeding thrush

Breast and nipple pain during breastfeeding is sometimes cause by thrush, which is a yeast infection of the nipples. Breastfed babies can also develop thrush in their mouths. The symptoms to look out for are: - Shooting pains - Pain that lasts for up to an hour after ever feed - Pain that…

5 tips on squeezing in exercise as a busy (and exhausted) mum

If your birth was relatively straightforward, you can start very gentle exercise whenever you feel ready. With that said, it’s always a good idea to wait until after your six week checkup to try anything more strenuous. But let’s be honest, even if you’re feeling like your body could physically…

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women (usually in the second half of pregnancy) or occasionally women who have just given birth. The main two signs of pre-eclampsia are having high blood pressure and protein in your urine. Your midwife will check for these signs during…

Should kids play with food?

Parents are, generally speaking, reluctant to let their children play with food. And I get it! I bet you feel like you spend your whole life picking up toys, food, and general mess. Plus you’d probably prefer it if your child actually got some nutritious goodness out of the food you spent ages…

10 ways to prepare for a positive birth experience

I hear so many expectant parents saying, ‘I’ll just go with the flow, what will be, will be…’ And to an extent, this is true. Yes, birth is unpredictable and yes, you won’t be able to completely control what happens. But in fact, there are lots of things you can do to prepare and get yourself in…

Night away with your baby? Here's how to manage their sleep

Going for a night away can come with a lot of disruption to sleep for mum and baby. In fact, just the idea of a night away can lead to lots of sleepless nights! If you’re planning to stay a night somewhere else, one technique you might like to try is habit stacking. If you’re planning to stay a…

How (and when) to baby proof

The key to baby proofing is to start a little earlier than you’d think. In fact, preparing your house for your little one during pregnancy is a good shout, as you’ll probably have a bit more spare time then! After that, you can tackle it step by step, as your baby grows. Before your baby is…

5 things NOT to do before your next gynaecology appointment

Going to a gynaecology appointment can be daunting. Can you remember when your last period was? Should you wear a dress or jeans? So we're here to reassure you... with five things NOT to do before your gynaecology appointment. ### 1. Don’t worry about shaving or waxing specially Let’s cut…

Is food jagging affecting your fussy eater?

If you find that your child is continuously wanting to eat the same food meal after meal, they may be experiencing a ‘food jag’. Food jagging is when a child is only interested in eating a certain type of food prepared in a certain type of way, day in and day out. This can happen at any age, even…

What are after pains?

Many women experience after pains after giving birth. They’re a symptom of involution, in fact, which is the process whereby your uterus contracts and shrinks back to its pre-pregnancy size. This process takes about six weeks. Wahoo! These sharp cramps can start immediately after you give birth…

What to do if you think your child might be autistic

If you think your child might be autistic, getting a diagnosis can help both you and your child’s nursery or school better understand how to meet their needs and be a very positive step. However, it is your personal choice whether to pursue a diagnosis for your child. If you’re unsure, it can be…

What are the stages of labour?

Labour is split into two overall stages, helpfully called the first stage and the second stage. The first stage takes you from 0cm dilated to 10cm, and is made up of the latent phase, the active phase and transition. The second stage takes you from 10cm to baby being born, and is split into the…

What is a precipitous birth?

Is there an ideal length of time to be in labour for? And to those shouting ‘zero time’ right now, we hear you. 😅 Well, precipitous births are births that last less than three hours after contractions begin. ⁠ Three hours!? That’s right. But while a precipitous labour might be what we all cross…

6 tips to ease your baby's cold

Did you know that it’s normal for children to have eight or more colds a year? Yeah, we know. 🤢 But with the common cold being so, well, common for children, we could all do with a few tips and tricks for dealing with them:⁠ 1. Make sure your baby drinks plenty of fluid. That might mean offering…

How does a TENS machine work?

A TENS machine can be a great drug-free form of pain relief during the early stages of labour. It can help you relax, distract you from your contractions, and up the endorphins flowing round your body. So how does it work?⁠ TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A TENS…

Does brand matter when it comes to supplements?

First and foremost, I would say if you have the extra money to spend, spend it on your diet first. This is going to be the best source of those vitamins and minerals. You will absorb them better from fruit and veg than you would do from a supplement. Then, if you can spend more on a supplement…

Double the magic: my experience with twins

‘Did you have sex after your embryo transfer?’ were the first words from the nurse who was carrying out our pregnancy ultrasound at six weeks. It was an IVF pregnancy, where we had had one single embryo put back in, around five weeks previously. ‘No!’ we responded. ‘Well, I’m certain we have two…

Endometriosis and adenomyosis 101

Endometriosis and adenomyosis are two very similar but different conditions that are a major cause of pelvic pain. With a stigma still surrounding reproductive and menstrual health, there is a lot of generalised and incorrect information out there, so let’s clear things up with a quick lesson on…