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Your body during pregnancy & birth

There’s a lot going on in your body during pregnancy, as well as during labour and birth… Your body during pregnancy – hormones As soon as the placenta starts to form and the cells, which are fast becoming your baby, have implanted into the side of the uterus, your baby will produce human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) – these levels will double every couple of days, reaching its peak by about 10 weeks when the levels start to level out as the placenta starts to function. OestrogenThis hormone is needed to:*stimulate the placenta to ensure that it grows and works well*develop your baby’s lungs, liver and kidney *work with progesterone to grow your breast tissue for milk production*work with relaxin to loosen your ligaments and joints so your body can expand for your growing baby and to provide the space for your baby to be born The rapidly growing levels of oestrogen in early pregnancy may cause sickness and nausea. ProgesteroneThis is a very powerful hormone – levels are very high during pregnancy. In early pregnancy …

Essentials for Induction

Induction can be needed for a number of reasons: for conditions such as gestational diabetes or obstetric cholestasis or because a baby becomes ‘overdue’. Induction currently sits at about 32% so its a common intervention which can be controversial and which women do choose to decline depending on why it is suggested. I work with a lot of mums so conversation about birth is frequent – induction can work well for some women, their body just needs a little encouragement to get going but, for others, it is a slog, trying to convince their body to do something it just isn’t quite ready for. The reality is that induction can be tough but knowing what to expect and how to work with it could make a difference… RELAX & BREATHE: Just as with any labour, you need to be able to relax your body and use your breathing – this encourages hormone release and effective contractions. YOU NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE: You don’t need to be stuck on a bed where you can’t move, where …