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10 reasons to book antenatal classes Newcastle Tyneside

10 reasons to book antenatal classes

I truly love running antenatal classes, it is a privilege to work with expectant parents at this life-changing time and my role is to provide the information, support and reassurance that different parents need. I love birth, I love the uniqueness and unpredictability of birth and I love the strength and pure awesomeness of women and what we do to grow and birth our baby. I don’t believe that one type of birth is better than another although I would prefer it if births didn’t involve any distress for women, their partners and babies – but this is an issue I talk about and attempt to prepare you for. Birth, Baby & Family Antenatal Classes I have about 16 years experience of teaching antenatal classes, I have professional qualifications and I have attended births as a doula but what’s in it for you… 1. You will benefit from a range of practical, realistic information for labour, birth, staying calm, for movement and resting, for contractions and for managing your energy. 2. I provide a professional service and I am an experienced practitioner who …

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Pregnancy – babyproofing your relationship

Having a baby and going from a couple to a family has a huge impact on your relationship so it can be worth thinking about babyproofing your relationship. The balance can shift, there are more demands on your time and you may have different ideas on parenting.  And on top of this you can be shattered and lacking in confidence as you adjust to life with your new responsibilities – more bickering and competitive tiredness can become the norm. It can be worth thinking about how you may need to adapt to being parents and where and why any new pressures on your relationship can come from so I have asked Newcastle relationship counsellor Armele Philpotts to provide some ideas…   Babyproofing your relationship…before birth By Armele Philpotts, Relationship Counsellor and Coach, with thanks to Elizabeth Martyn ‘The greatest thing you can do for your children, is love your partner’ . Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families Imagine someone moved in with you, and your partner fell deeply in love …

Pregnancy – antenatal checks

Questions to ask your midwife When you are pregnant, you may need support and reassurance as your baby grows and your body changes. If it is your first baby, you may want to know that what you are experiencing is normal. Your community midwife is your first contact as you begin your pregnancy journey.  Your booking-in appointment will probably be the longest one, where you will be given the information about your antenatal checks. Your midwife will offer antenatal checks, which will include: Checking your blood pressure Checking your weight Checking your urine for protein, which can be an indicator of pre-eclampsia in later pregnancy Blood tests for your blood group and rhesus status as well as checking for anaemia, rubella, syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV Listening to your baby’s heartbeat – from about 16 weeks Measuring your bump – from about 24 weeks Arranging your scans and screening tests   During your antenatal checks your midwife can also provide you with information about: How often you will see her, what are the routine tests, when will …

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5 Tips for Pregnancy & Birth

Labour & birth can be raw, unpredictable, powerful, beautiful, brilliant, emotional, raw, tough going, painful, exhausting and exhilarating. It can be quick, it can be long, it can be brilliant, it can be calm. It’s a huge event, there’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of conflicting information so good birth preparation is worth investing it,  and you can only benefit from looking after yourself in pregnancy and preparing well. Tip 1: Relax & Breathe Focusing on your breathing can be a soothing activity – it can provide calm for you and your baby and it can help with the management of stress and anxiety. Practising and using your breathing can give you a boost, it can give you energy, it can help to clear your head. Focusing on your breathing can provide you with a positive focus – in pregnancy and in labour – and it can also reduce adrenaline and cortisol and boost your endorphins. This means it can be great for discomfort and pain, for back ache, for headaches as well as for contractions. …

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Pregnancy – 3rd trimester

Your 3rd trimester – From 28 weeks This could be the time when you well and truly feel like you are making a human being, as your bump gets bigger and your baby kicks and wriggles. It can be a great time to bond with your baby. How you might be feeling? You could be enjoying those wriggles and kicks from your baby There may be more aches and pains in your back and hips as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby Your tiredness could return as your body adapts to carrying the extra weight of your weight and amniotic fluid. You may also find that your sleep is being affected as you struggle to get comfortable and you may need frequent trips to the loo at night as well Some pregnant women start to feel sick again – this could be linked to your tiredness and/or any indigestion as your expanding womb means there’s less room in your stomach Your growing womb can also lead to heartburn You might feel breathless, as there can …