Author: Janine Smith

1st trimester

Your 1st trimester…

Congratulations, you are pregnant! Here’s your guide to the first trimester…   How you might be feeling… Anything from sick, very tired and emotional to scared, happy and worried and that can all be in one day! If you are feeling emotional and worried, it can just be a case of riding it out but talking it through and sharing your news could be helpful. Morning sickness – this can be due to low blood sugar or tiredness. You may need to eat as soon as you wake up and it can be a case of eating little and often throughout the day to ease the nausea and/or vomiting. If your vomiting is severe, talk to your midwife about it. Fatigue – try to eat well, drink lots of water, rest and sleep when you can. It might feel like you just fall into bed at 8pm but, if that is what you need, then so be it! If you have an older child, don’t be surprised if you end up falling asleep during bedtime …

Reasons to book my antenatal classes…

The main aim of antenatal classes is to prepare you for the birth of your baby and there are a range of antenatal classes available – free NHS classes, hypnobirthing, NCT and a splattering of different franchises. I am NCT-trained practitioner and I work  as an independent antenatal teacher and postnatal group leader. I have worked with expectant and new parents for a number of years and my sessions have been designed to be effective and to provide good knowledge as well as practical skills and strategies for labour & birth. The benefits… I have about 16 years experience of teaching antenatal classes, I am professionally trained and I have attended births as a doula but what’s in it for you… practical & realistic information for labour, birth, staying calm, for movement and resting, for contractions and for managing energy classes with an experienced practitioner who knows birth and who is also trained to work with expectant parents to be able to focus on your unique needs for birth preparation and so you can ask questions small groups and 1:1 sessions …

For pregnancy & birth…

If you live in Newcastle and Tyneside, you can access a range of pregnancy & birth sessions which focus on your wellbeing as well we getting you better prepared for the birth of your baby. I am an experienced practitioner and you are in good hands… Pregnancy Support – if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed during your pregnancy or, if this is not your first baby, you may benefit from birth debrief session to focus on birth again. Antenatal Course – a 5 week course to focus on a combination of good knowledge and discussion with practical skills and strategies to better prepare you for the reality of birth Relax & Breathe – an effective workshop to focus on using and developing relaxation and breathing techniques for labour & birth and to stay calm 1:1 Birth Consultations – these sessions can be arrange to work around your schedule and they can focus on your need for information, support and reassurance   If you have any queries about which sessions are right for you, please …

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Pregnancy & Birth – how and why to use your breathing…

Breathing can be an effective way to stay calm, to have more energy, to have some more control, to work with your contractions and enable your body to work more effectively BUT what does that mean? We can all breathe, so why do we need to know how to breathe for labour and birth? I have focused on Relax & Breathe for the past 10 years and I have seen how relaxed breathing has made a difference to how women feel in pregnancy, as well as how it can affect how they feel and work with their contractions during labour. My practice is all about keeping it simple – you don’t need to learn a new way to breathe, it is all about slowing down your breathing and learning to switch off and to focus on just breathing. To be able to relax and focus on your breathing, it can also help to know what to expect: to know what your body needs to do in labour and birth and to know what is going on …

Mother Cuppa Workshops

MOTHER CUPPA WORKSHOPS These monthly sessions are for mums and babies from new to a year old and they will each focus on… Sleep How babies sleep, what they need, what’s normal, what you need, ideas & coping strategies February 7 | March 7 | May 9 | June 6 1-3pm   Managing Stress & Anxiety Causes, how it affects you & developing effective coping strategies February 21 | April 11 | June 13 1-3pm     Being a Mum and the changes that brings with it Your life as a mum, loss of identity, new priorities & challenges, changes in relationships & developing coping strategies March 14 | May 23 | July 25 1-3pm     These sessions have been developed to provide you with good information, support and reassurance, as well as the opportunity to chat, offload, ask questions and develop positive coping strategies. As an experienced postnatal group practitioner, I run small groups so you can benefit from supportive and informal sessions. £15 | 2 hour session | Thursdays | North Shields | with …