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new parent rest

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 …

make sure you rest in labour

Rest is an essential part of labour and birth

Rest is crucial during labour and birth – to allow you to conserve your energy, to recharge, to enable you to move as you need to. Good birth preparation is also about an awareness of how to manage and conserve your energy – this includes positions, using birth balls as well as the bed, using your breathing and pain management options. Labour can be brief and it can be long, no matter how your labour unfolds, listening to your body is really important. 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.

breathing skills in pregnancy

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

Are you using a birth ball in pregnancy?

A birth ball/pregnancy ball/gym ball in pregnancy is a really simple way of easing back and hip ache, especially in your third trimester. A common question that comes up is what size to get and I often see photos of pregnant women using a ball that is too small, which might not help with that back ache. If you are over 5ft 7in, you will most probably need a 75in ball, otherwise a 65in ball will be more suitable for you. Make sure it is fully blown so it is firm to sit on. How to know your birth ball is the right size for you… when you sit on the ball, it supports you rather than sinking into it your feet are comfortably flat on the floor your knees are lower than your hips your back is straight it feels stable to sit on it it feels comfortable Sitting securely on a ball means you can rock and sway, moving your hips to ease any stiffness and discomfort in your joints. Always seek medical …

are you eating enough in pregnancy?

Are you eating regularly during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is usually a time of trying to eat well, to boost your wellbeing as you grow your baby. Making healthier choices could boost your energy and ease any nausea. Some of the people I speak to are concerned about weight-gain during pregnancy – making healthy choices may help with that. Some weight gain is normal during pregnancy so it is not a time to calorie count and to go hungry. Try to be guided by your appetite, if you are hungry don’t deny yourself some good food – you will experience growth spurts throughout your pregnancy, when you need more food. It can also be helpful to have healthy snacks to hand for those moments when you need to eat NOW. 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. 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