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What screening tests will you be offered during pregnancy?

Everyone is offered some screening tests during pregnancy to try out about any health conditions that could affect you or your baby. This means that your healthcare team will know about any conditions early and can make better decisions about how to best look after you and your baby going…

What is lightning crotch?

Lightning crotch is unfortunately not quite as exciting as the name makes out. Instead, the phrase refers to the random, short, sharp shooting pains that some women experience during the third trimester of pregnancy in the vagina or anus area. Ouch. The pain might feel electric, burning or like…

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb (endometrial cells) are found outside of the uterus, such as in the ovaries, fallopian tubes or bowels. The symptoms of endometriosis and their severity vary person to person. Someone with endometriosis might also…

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…

Will you be offered a gestational diabetes screening during pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes is when your body cannot produce enough insulin to meet your needs during pregnancy, so you develop high blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes can cause problems if it is not managed properly but, for most people, it disappears after they have their baby. During your…

What actually is an epidural and how does it work?

An epidural injection is a very effective pain relief method that allows you to stay awake during childbirth while stopping the pain signals travelling from the spine to the brain. At least, that's the short (ish) answer. But let's dive a bit deeper. The epidural is actually the space in your…

How your vaginal discharge changes throughout your cycle

Vaginal discharge gets a bad rap. But in fact, discharge not only keeps your vagina clean (pretty cool) but can also tell you a lot about what’s going on in your cycle (very cool). Your vaginal discharge is made up of cervical mucus, vaginal fluid and bacteria. Here’s how it changes throughout…

Is vaginal seeding worth it?

Have you heard of vaginal seeding? 🤔 Increasingly popular, vaginal seeding is a hot and controversial topic. But before we get to that, what is vaginal seeding? Vaginal seeding is a method used by women who have caesarean births to transfer the vaginal bacteria to their babies that they would…

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…

What can you do about cradle cap?

Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is a harmless skin condition that’s very commonly found on babies’ heads as well as around their eyebrows, ears, nose or even nappy area. Cradle cap looks like little patches of greasy, yellow scales and is basically your baby's version of adult dandruff.…

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 straight…

Do you and your baby need to take vitamin D?

Okay, let’s start with you. The simple answer is yes; every adult should be taking 10mcg of vitamin D every single day, at least from October to March. This is particularly important if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. And what about your little one? Breastfed babies should be given a daily…

5 simple tips for a healthy body and mind

You don't need to run a marathon to have a healthy lifestyle. Particularly with a little one to look after, it’s more about finding simple ways to keep you feeling good. Happy mum happy baby, right? 1. Start each day with a glass of water No more downing coffee first thing in the morning. A big…

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…

How to do perineal massage (and why)

Wondering how to fill those hours of watching, waiting and ‘oh my gosh, was that a contraction?!’ Introducing the antenatal perineal massage…⁠ Your perineum is the area between your vagina and anus. It’s a good idea to do as much to prepare your perineum for birth as possible. Research has shown…

How to eat well while prepping, cooking and providing snacks for baby

After figuring out what your little one is going to eat all day, and of course actually preparing the food, it can be difficult to muster up the energy to create nutritious meals for yourself as well. But one of the best tips I can give is to make sure that you and your baby are eating the same…

Relaxin: what it is and why it's responsible for your pelvic pain

Relaxin is a hormone released by the ovaries and also, during pregnancy, the placenta. As the name suggests, relaxin relaxes the body to support various other processes. That means you can thank relaxin for those achy hips during pregnancy but also that extra space in your pelvis to push baby out.…

Why your newborn's skin is dry and what you can do about it

As smooth as a baby’s… hmm… Bit of a myth, isn’t it? At least at first, it’s actually perfectly normal for the top layer of your new baby’s skin to become dry and peel off over the first week or so. The amount that your baby’s skin peels depends on a few factors but is significantly affected by…

How to safely introduce allergens to your baby

Managing our children’s eating habits is hard enough, but add in allergens and it can feel overwhelming. Allergens include milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish and sesame. Some babies will have an immediate reaction, whereas some reactions are delayed and take up to a day…

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…