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group b strep

I am worried about Group B Strep, what do I need to know?

Group B Strep (GBS) is a common bacteria, with about 20-40% of women carrying it. It is usually harmless but it can carry a risk to a baby during birth. Routine testing for Group B Strep doesn’t take place in the UK for a number of reasons: Screening tests aren’t accurate. According to Tommy’s, 17-25% of women with a positive swab at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy would be negative by the time of giving birth. And 5-7% of women who are negative at 35-37 weeks would be positive at delivery. Premature babies are affected more by GBS, which is before the screening would take place. There is a concern about giving antibiotics unnecessarily to a higher number of women and babies. If you are worried about Group B Strep I speak to lots of women who are worried about the lack of routine testing for GBS. Testing isn’t routinely offered on the NHS but you may be tested if you had GBS in a previous pregnancy. Talk to your midwife about your concerns and find …

pregnancy maternity notes

Making sense of your pregnancy maternity notes

Your pregnancy maternity notes could be given to you at your booking appointment with your midwife. These are your handheld notes, to accompany your pregnancy – you will take them to every appointment and when you have your baby. Some NHS Trusts now provide digital notes, which can be accessed online. Your midwife will update it at every appointment, making a note of discussions and checks. Your pregnancy maternity notes will include: Your name, address and NHS number Your medical history and any relevant family medical history Details about any previous pregnancies and births Your antenatal appointments Results of blood tests Details of ultrasound scans Phone number for the maternity unit Information from midwife appointments: blood pressure, urine tests, baby’s movements and heart-rate. along with position in the womb and any engagement Measurement of baby’s growth Any issues during pregnancy Preferences for birth Your pregnancy maternity notes can include several abbreviations: Length of pregnancyEDD: estimated date of delivery or the date your baby is dueGA: gestational age, for example, 28+3 (28 weeks and three days pregnant)LMP: last menstrual period …

doing birth on purpose

10 simple ways to work towards a straightforward birth

There is so much you can to prioritise a straightforward birth during your pregnancy. This is about preparing well, thinking about your options and knowing what could make a difference to you during labour and birth. As a practitioner who has worked with expectant parents for many years, I know how essential it can be to enhance your knowledge with realistic birth preparation. Being better prepared for straightforward birth also means you are then better prepared if it becomes more complicated. Labour and birth can be unpredictable and straightforward can not be guaranteed but there is strength in being better prepared and not leaving it all to chance. And personalising your birth preparation so it is tailored to you. Don’t leave it to chance Everyone prepares for labour differently – some people read everything and attend every group, others just want to deal with it as it happens. There isn’t really a right way to do this but I have lost count of the number of new parents who have said “I wish I knew…” …

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