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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…

How to safely store breastmilk

If you’re expressing, knowing how to safely store your breastmilk can be a little overwhelming. So here’s everything you need to know. You can store your breast milk in sterilised containers or special bags. Just remember to date all your milk and keep in small quantities so you don’t waste…

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…

What are the benefits of delayed cord clamping?

Cutting the umbilical cord immediately after birth was the medical standard for most of the 20th century. But more recently - despite what we still see in the movies - medical advice has shifted towards delayed cord clamping (DCC), which means that we normally wait so that all the blood, oxygen…

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…

Why normalising incontinence is dangerous

Normalising bodily dysfunction or pain is a really common practise 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…

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…

5 ways to help your fussy eater

Do you find meal times a constant struggle? Are you starting to dread them? And do you even, in a desperate attempt to get your child to eat something nutritious, resort to begging, bribing or bellowing for just one more mouthful? Yeah, got you. The first thing is to say that it’s okay, you’re…

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…

7 reasons your baby is having short naps (and how to lengthen them)

Short naps can be one of the most common struggles when it comes to baby sleep. Maybe your baby was napping great before, then suddenly started waking after only 40 minutes, or perhaps they’ve always had short naps. Either way, it can feel exhausting when you just need your hands free, need to get…

6 reasons why dark is best for your baby’s sleep

Did you know that babies aren’t afraid of the dark? Yep, this likely won’t be a concern until your baby is around two or two and a half, which is when that imagination goes into overdrive. So for the first part of your baby’s life, there’s no need to worry about your little one being afraid of the…

Do you need to adjust your baby’s wake windows?

Wake windows are the ideal amount of time your baby should be awake between naps and before bedtime. If babies have too much awake time, they will be overtired, and if a baby doesn’t have enough awake time for their age, they will be undertired. Both of these can result in short naps, but in…