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your early labour

Can you describe your early labour in 3 words?

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents. I have three children and each labour started spontaneously before I reached my due date. I am someone who has long early labours – I can niggle on for days before my baby and my body is ready for labour and birth. All of my babies have been back to back and my early labour has been about moving them into a better position. During each early labour it felt right to just wander and rest, even though I just wanted my body to just get on with it! It is important to remember that there is no right length of labour – if it is long, it could be because your baby needs the time. Excited, unknown, frustrated Long, tired, impatient Longest, intermittent, breathe What 3 words would you use to describe your early labour? With a calm …

your 1st trimester

3 words to describe your 1st trimester

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents. All three of my three pregnancies have been very different: Excited, nervous, tired Happy, calm, excited Anxious, complete, concerned What 3 words would you use to describe your early pregnancy? With a calm and knowledgeable approach, my aim is informed and confident parents. Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

Otis Baby

Your Pregnancy, Birth & New Baby Guide

This guide is packed full of information, ideas and tips for you during pregnancy, for birth and as you adjust to life with your new baby. Your 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimesters Pregnancy Again Your Body Antenatal Checks Food, Exercise & Mental Health Your Birth Plan Your Birth Bag Relax & Breathe Positions For Labour & Birth Going Over Your Due Date Are You Ready For Labour & Birth? Preparing For Your New Baby Overview Of Labour & Birth Positions For Labour & Birth Relax & Breathe Birth Support Labour & Birth Checklist Essentials For Induction Essentials For Caesareans Birth Debrief Preparing For Your New Baby Meeting Your Baby Early Days Newborn Sleep Finding Your Feet As A Parent Your Body After Birth Reasons To Babywear Breastfeeding – The First 6 Weeks Breastfeeding Challenges Why Women Stop Breastfeeding Expressing Basics Sterilising Basics Bottle Feeding Combination Feeding Health Professionals Pregnancy & Birth Words Links To Useful Organisations Written by Janine SmithAs an experienced antenatal and postnatal practitioner, I wanted to write a useful guide, something full …

second trimester move

Second Trimester: Move

This could be a time when you feel pretty good although it is also possible to still feel pretty tired and nauseous. Moving could well give you a boost, you just need to work out what is best for you. If exercise is not your thing, just getting out for a walk is a brilliant way to move and get some fresh air. This can also be a time to start pregnancy yoga sessions. If exercise is your thing, you could still be doing your normal routine – just listen to your body and only do it if it feel ok for you. Don’t push it if you’re not sure.Why move? It boosts your endorphins, it’s better for your wellbeing and it eases the pressure on your joints, which are loosening as your body changes which can make you feel achey and stiff. Just don’t overdo it, the key is gentle. #pregnancyfitness #pregnancyyoga #secondtrimester #pregnancyseries Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

First Trimester: Move

I realise all this depends on how you are feeling and I am not suggesting anything strenuous but this is about focusing on you and what you need. Always listen to your body and don’t keep going if it doesn’t feel right but a swim or a walk could be just what you need to boost your energy and help with nausea. If you are fit and used to working out regularly, you might continue with your normal routine if that feels right for you or you might need to scale it back and work out what works for you. #pregnancyhealth#firsttrimester#pregnancy#pregnancyseries Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting