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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 …

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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Do antenatal classes really make a difference?

I was asked this question the other day. And, as an antenatal teacher, my answer is yes – if I didn’t think they made a difference, I wouldn’t be doing this job. I love what I do and I honestly believe it makes a difference – this will be different for everyone because some parents need more information and support than others and it also depends on the antenatal classes. I can only talk about mine which I have designed to provide information, practical skills, discussion and the opportunity to ask questions – and they are based on 15 years experience working with expectant and new parents. Parents book on to my antenatal courses to get better prepared, to gather information, to feel less anxious and to have more control over the unknown they are faced with. My antenatal classes can make a difference because they give you the opportunity to think about labour & birth so you know… more about the physiology of labour and birth, so you are not scared of your contractions …

Labour & Birth: why does how you breathe matter?

We can all breathe right, 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. So many of the pregnant women I work with comment that they didn’t realise how much tension they were carrying – but having a session to slow their breathing and to relax their body makes them aware of their tense jaw and stiff shoulders. Stress and tension isn’t that great for us – it can make us ache and it can make us tired and carrying this tension into labour isn’t helpful …

Pregnancy: aches & pains

Pregnancy is so different for every woman – I have had three pregnancies and I had worked with hundreds of pregnant women and I have seen women blossom and I have seen women struggle. Our bodies grow, adapt and change throughout pregnancy so it is inevitable that there will be tiredness and a few aches. Pregnancy may not be a time of illness for many of us but it is a time of listening to our bodies, of taking it easy when it demands us to rest and when it hurts. Your back and your hips can ache as your body changes shape, your legs can become restless, your may develop carpal tunnel in your wrists and hands, your pubic bone can ache and hurt and you may experience headaches. This can start in your second trimester or you could be close to the end of your pregnancy – you still need to listen to your body. Rest is good and use as many pillows as it takes to be comfortable – under your bump, …