All posts tagged: Pregnancy Essentials

Birth Debrief

This is an informal, professional session to talk through and make sense of the birth of your baby If you have been left with questions or you have been left feeling shaken or upset after the birth of your baby, it can be helpful to talk it through with an experienced birth professional. There is no set time to have a birth debrief session, I see parents at different points after the birth of a baby… you might want to talk it through during the first weeks or months when it is fresh in your mind you could be thinking about having another baby but the birth is still weighing on your mind or you might be pregnant again and in need of a debrief before you can prepare properly for birth again. These are comfortable, private and confidential sessions to provide you with the opportunity and the time to talk about the birth of your baby, to ask questions and to be listened to. Birth Debrief Feedback “I can’t thank you enough. Having the time to …

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 possible*Rest and sleep*Talk to people – partner, friends, practitioner or therapist*Exercise: it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous – a walk can help to boost …

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 …