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Coping with the summer heat during pregnancy

Coping with the summer heat during pregnancy

When you’re pregnant hot, sunny days can feel very uncomfortable. This is because your core body temperature is slightly raised, you have lots of pregnancy-related hormones and your blood volume is increased,... Read More

Vaginal thrush in pregnancy

What is thrush?  Thrush is caused by Candida albicans, a yeast like fungus, which can grow and thrive when there is a pH imbalance within the vagina.   Thrush is common, as 75% of women... Read More
Vaginal thrush in pregnancy
What is gestational diabetes?

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the development of diabetes in pregnancy, characterised by high blood glucose (sugar) levels during your pregnancy. GDM occurs during pregnancy when the hormone insulin is not being produced in the right amounts to match your... Read More

What is a Birth Centre?

A Birth Centre in the UK is a unit that is separate from Delivery Suite or Labour Ward and Midwifery-Led to promote an active, normal labour and birth. This means that they have a more... Read More
What is a Birth Centre?
36-40 weeks pregnant

36-40 weeks pregnant

You are on the home straight of your pregnancy now and your baby will be in your arms very soon. It’s time to put the finishing touches to your plans... Read More

How to make a Birth Plan

Birth plans mean exactly what they say and are a plan about how you would like your labour and birth to be. Often women say, “I won’t make a birth... Read More
How to make a Birth Plan
Your mental health in pregnancy

Your mental health in pregnancy

Perinatal mental health is the umbrella term for all mental health conditions around pregnancy, including the year after birth. You may also hear terms such as prenatal/antenatal depression and postnatal depression (PND) mentioned, which refer to... Read More

32-36 weeks pregnant

You are well into the third trimester of your pregnancy now. If your baby was to be born at 32 weeks gestation, and 7% of babies in the UK are... Read More
32-36 weeks pregnant
What is Hypnobirthing?

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a range of techniques taught via interactive classes, from audios and books, which enable those who have learnt about breathing, visualisation and how to make choices in maternity care, to achieve a more relaxing and empowering birth.   The key to... Read More

Why should I choose to have a waterbirth?

Most hospitals and birth centres are now equipped with water pools specifically designed for use by women in labour. Water has a strong research base behind it to suggest that... Read More
Why should I choose to have a waterbirth?