All posts filed under: Pregnancy Essentials

Mental Health In Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a huge time of change and while it can be full of happiness, excitement and hope, it can also be a time of anxiety, stress, worries and low mood. Some of these issues can be very manageable but some pregnant women can struggle and they may need some additional support throughout pregnancy. Mental health in pregnancy can be affected by a number of issues which include: pre-existing mental health issues, lack of support, fear, stressful situations, pregnancy after loss, worries about pregnancy complications, health problems and having no-one to talk with about some of these issues. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues during pregnancy, affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant women. There are some things you can do which might ease anxiety/depression, or help you manage it better… Try to eat regularly and as healthily as possibleRest and sleepTalk to people – partner, friends, practitioner or therapistExercise: it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous – a walk can help to boost …

Exercise in Pregnancy

Pregnancy could turn you into a sloth if you are tired and achey but some exercise could help to boost your energy, your mood, ease your discomfort and just help you feel better. You may fancy a class – like pilates, yoga, pregnancy aerobics and aquanatal – or you might just get out for more walks. You might also continue with your usual fitness regime – just listen to your body and don’t over do it so take it gently as your body grows and changes and get advice from your midwife if you are unsure. Debbie Donaldson runs a range of pregnancy and postnatal exercise sessions in Newcastle and Tyneside. “If you are pregnant, you may be wondering if it safe to exercise in pregnancy. The simple answer is yes, although I would recommend that you get your midwife to agree it is ok for you to exercise. It may be important to modify your exercise, and attend classes specifically for pregnant women, where the teacher has specialist knowledge and an interest in pregnant …

Food In Pregnancy

During pregnancy your appetite may vary – from feeling sick and not really fancying anything to feeling starving and never full. Pregnancy can be a time when you feel like you can eat for two, when diets and healthy eating can go out the window especially when you feel tired. While pregnancy is not a time for a calorie controlled diet, it is a time to eat healthily – cutting down on processed foods, ready meals and sugary snacks can help you feel better and will help to keep your weight gain at a normal level. What you eat in pregnancy can become something you obsess over and it can also be the cause of confusion. The British Nutrition Foundation is all about keeping it simple – a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg; carbohydrates; some fish, lean meat, eggs and dairy – going with alternatives if you are vegetarian or vegan. Here’s a quick guide to making healthy choices with food… Fresh fruit & veg for meals and snack…Broccoli and cabbage are …

Antenatal Checks & Scans

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 your first trimester will probably be the longest one, where you will be given the information about your antenatal checks. ScansAbout 12-13 weeks: Dating Scan To work out when your baby is due, to check the development of your baby and it can be used to screen for Down’s Syndrome About 18-20 weeks: Anomaly ScanTo check the development of your baby and to look for any physical problems Blood TestsScreening for HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis, as well as sickle cell – you will most probably be offered this blood test during your booking appointment at about 10 weeks. Screening for Down’s, Edward’s and Pataus’ Syndrome is offered with a combined test: blood test and ultrasound scan with your dating scan or a …