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Domestic abuse: support and resources

Domestic abuse can mean lots of things. It can mean that someone is being physically violent towards you, but it can also mean that you feel frightened or controlled by a partner, ex-partner, or family member. Remember, it is not your fault if this is the case and there is no shame in seeking…

Being gay doesn't turn off the biological desire to have children': our journey through IUI, miscarriage and IVF

I always knew that I was going to need some form of fertility treatment one day. I came out as gay when I was a teenager and so did my now wife, Lucie. It was around that time that the tide was turning when it came to both laws and social attitudes surrounding same-sex marriage, and by extension,…

How to sort through your baby's wardrobe

Anyone else feel like they spend their life holding up newborn outfits and crying, ‘BUT WHEN DID THEY GET SO BIG?’ 😪 Letting go of baby clothes can be tricky. But if you’ve got to the point where you can hardly open the drawer to find a pair of too-small socks, it’s probably time for a clear out.…

Postpartum sleep: how to get a bit more even if baby isn’t sleeping

Sleep is medicine for our brains. I think we forget this far too often, particularly as new parents. We focus so much on getting our babies and kids to sleep, but our sleep is just as important. I read a brilliant article in the scientific journal Biological Psychiatry recently that said, ‘just…

What you need to know about prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a scary word for any new mum. But as always, information is power, so here's what you really need to know about pelvic organ prolapse. A pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the organs in the pelvis drops from its normal position and pushes into the vaginal wall.…

How can you encourage your baby to sleep in their own sleep space?

I want to start by saying, if you're happily rocking, feeding, or cuddling your baby to sleep and it's working for you then that's great, there's no need to change anything at all. But if you're keen to start laying some gentle sleep foundations so that your little one starts to become an…

How to survive the four month sleep regression

Congratulations! You’ve survived the hazy newborn fourth trimester and things will get easier from here… right? Well, the answer to that in many respects is 'yes', but there are also many developmental changes that happen now which could potentially make things get a little worse before they get…

How quickly are you fertile after coming off the pill?

Does your body need time to adjust after coming off the pill before you're fertile again? 🧐 The pill is described (and marketed!) as an immediately reversible form of contraception, but it really depends on your own personal cycles. No two women are the same, and everyone reacts differently to…

Why normalising incontinence is dangerous

Normalising bodily dysfunction or pain is a really common practice when talking about the postpartum period. But saying that a prolapse or incontinence is normal is dangerous because it suggests that women should accept them as part of the package. Instead, we should say it’s very possible that…

How to talk to your child about blended families

Talking to our little ones about family can be difficult, especially if your family setup has recently changed and you’re still trying to process it too. But try to remember that you don’t have to have it all figured out either - the most important thing is that your child knows you’re there for…

What is tongue tie and what can you do about it?

Ankyloglossia – more commonly known as tongue tie – is where the strip of skin tethering the tongue to the bottom of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is shorter or tighter than usual. Your midwife might look for tongue tie in the newborn assessment, but it is sometimes hard to notice until feeding…

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 your child getting enough iron?

Iron is a critical nutrient for adults and children, but it’s also the most common nutritional deficiency. It can be difficult to tell if your child is getting enough iron, but there are some signs of deficiency. Is your child complaining about being tired? Do they look pale or feel short of…

How to manage frequent peeing during pregnancy

It’s no secret that pregnant women often feel like they need to pee every five minutes, all day (and all night!) long. This is usually completely normal and expected, but there are things you can do to help… and no, going on a one-woman water strike is not a good option. First of all, why do we…

Pregnancy headaches: what's normal and what you can do about them

Although headaches are common in pregnancy (especially in the first trimester), if you’ve ever had a major headache during pregnancy, you’ll know it can be scary! You might struggle to get through the day due to the pain, wonder how many headaches you’ll have before your baby is born, or even…

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…

Back pain in pregnancy: causes and what you can do about it

Show of hands - who didn’t have back pain in pregnancy?! Anyone? Anyone at all? No one? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I mean, it makes sense when you stop and look at how much a woman’s posture changes during pregnancy! We go from a nice straight line between ankles, hips, shoulders, and ears to…

Supplements to take during pregnancy

The only supplements that are recommended for every pregnant woman are folic acid and vitamin D. Ideally, 400 micrograms of folic acid should be taken before you become pregnant up until you’re about 12 weeks pregnant. This is to support your baby’s development and prevent neural tube defects,…

The 5 Ss to a calm baby

The five Ss are a group of techniques that calm and soothe your baby by mimicking the conditions they experienced in your uterus. Because in the first 12 weeks of your little one’s life, their needs are not all that different from the ones they had while in your belly. ### 1. Swaddling The idea…

Helping your baby distinguish between day and night

A baby can’t tell the difference between day and night until around 12 weeks, when their circadian rhythm develops. But as your baby approaches six weeks, you can start to help them differentiate between day and night by: 1. Exposing your baby to lots of natural light 2. Giving them lots of…