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Urgent mental health: support and services

If you’re feeling very low, anxious, worried, lonely, or overwhelmed, there are urgent mental health services available and ready to help. If you feel like you might harm yourself or attempt suicide, you need to call 999 immediately. You can also go straight to A&E, if you can. If you are…

How to spot sleep cues and wake windows

We all know that babies need a lot of sleep. But this doesn’t just mean they’ll fall asleep whenever they need it. In fact, it’s really important to give babies the opportunity to sleep. Because if a baby is awake for a longer period of time than is age appropriate, they will get overtired and…

The benefits of a feed-play-sleep routine

Although babies that are under 12 weeks are usually too young to be on a steady clock-based schedule, giving your baby a loose sense of routine can help you bring some predictability to your day and nights and regulate your baby’s systems. This routine can be as simple as feed, play and…

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…

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…

10 pregnancy self-care tips

Pregnancy is a time to listen to your body and put yourself first! So here are a few tips on how to look after yourself during pregnancy. ### 1. Stay hydrated Grab a bottle of water and carry it with you. Try to drink around 8-12 glasses of water a day as this will increase your energy levels…

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…

What screening tests will you be offered during pregnancy?

Everyone is offered some screening tests during pregnancy to find 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 endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb (endometrial cells) is 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…

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 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…

'My baby is awake for hours at night’: what causes split nights

We’ve all been there, right? Our child wakes in the night and, instead of quickly drifting back off to sleep, they’re wide awake wanting to play for hours… or, worse still, they’re wide awake screaming for hours! This is what’s often referred to as a split night. I remember it well and I’ve…

5 tips for choosing and preparing for a VBAC

When I became pregnant with my second child, I had a heavy decision to make: another C-section or a VBAC? This decision was made even harder as my consultant was outwardly pushing for an elective C-section. It was an emotional and distressing decision as I just wanted to make the right decision…

Swaddling: why and when to stop

## Why is swaddling a useful sleep tool? Swaddling can be a great option because babies are born with a startle reflex (also known as the Moro reflex). You’ll probably have noticed this - your baby might randomly just throw their arms out, cry, and startle themselves awake. This can make it…

15 fun, healthy, and delicious snacks for kids

It can be tough to come up with nutritious and appealing snack ideas for children, so here are 15 ideas to keep you (and your kids!) going. From sweet to savoury, there’s something for everyone here. And the best part? They’re all really easy to make. So, what are you waiting for? Get…

How can you prepare for the clocks going back?

Looking forward to an extra hour in bed this weekend? Nope, us neither. 🤦‍♀️ Unfortunately, when it comes to the clocks going back an hour, babies seem to miss the memo. But don’t worry! We’re here with some nifty tips to help smooth the transition to Autumn bedtimes. Instead of waiting until…

7 tips for when your baby hates bath time

Baby bath time: love it or hate it? While some babies can’t get enough of splashing about in the tub, others are like cats in... well, water. So today we're sharing our top tips for bath time. ### 1. Build positive associations If there's some music that your little one loves, why not put on a…

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…

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 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.…