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Rest with a newborn

The early days and weeks can be all about finding your feet with your new baby but it is also about looking after you. You have been pregnant, you have birthed and now you have a newborn baby so you need to rest as much as you can. You will be in doing mode soon enough, so take an opportunity to be looked after while you can. Plan in rest, plan in snoozes and a chance to just potter. The early weeks can be about giving yourself permission to take it easy, so you are not rushing around. One thing that mums often say is that they wish they had rested more in the early days. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002 Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right. For Pregnancy & Birth | For …

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Do you know how to use your breathing?

Knowing how to use your breathing can help to ease any aches and pain, it can give you more energy and it help you to stay calm. By developing simple and effective relaxation and breathing skills, you will also use these techniques in labour, for birth and when your baby is here. Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right. Relax & Breathe runs as a digital course, which can run with 1:1 sessions. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002

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It is important for new parents to rest

Rest is so important as a new parent – you could be tired/exhausted from birth, you are meeting the needs of a new baby, you will be having broken sleep and it all could be a bit emotional. Rest when you can, nap and snooze, take it in turns with your baby in the early days, ask for help in the later weeks and months when you are tired. There’s no extra reward for powering through and being totally drained – plan for some rest! Book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002 Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right.

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5 essentials to boost your baby preparation

Baby preparation is as important as birth preparation – to think about what you and your new baby might need, what to expect and how to prepare your home. 1) Baby Preparation – essentials for your new baby It’s really easy to buy loads in order to feel better prepared, it can certainly make some of the anxiety about looking after a newborn easier to handle. But new babies need very little. Clothing – sleepsuits, body suits, socks and a hat nappies, cotton wool, cleaning cloths, wipes (depending on how you are planning to do it) changing mat changing bag cellular blankets and sheets somewhere safe to sleep – moses basket, cot, your bed sling car seat/pram system large and small muslin squares bottles/formula/breastpump/silicon breastpump/sterilizing equipment – if you want an alternative to breastfeeding v pillows for feeding towels, baby sponge/cloth baby bath or a bath support (or you can use the sink or pop baby in the bath with you) You will add to this as you need it and as your baby grows …

What it’s like when you are meeting your baby for the first time

Meeting your baby can be emotional – you have waited for this moment for months. It can be a time filled with love for your baby and for your partner, relief and maybe some shock that you have done it, as well as pride in your ability to make and birth your baby. It can also be normal for you to be drained of emotion – you are happy that your baby is here but you have given everything to birth your baby and you may not have anything left. It doesn’t mean you are rejecting your baby, it just means you are tired! As soon as your baby is born, he can most probably be given straight to you so you can meet and get to know your baby. Your midwife will make her observational checks on your baby, to make sure he is in good health but that doesn’t need to interrupt your skin-to-skin cuddles. Meeting your baby – what does a new baby need? You – she will recognise and be soothed …