a weekend at the coast combining relaxation with pilates to help my aches and pains sounds ideal. The Guesthouse East is a smart white townhouse just a two-minute walk from the seafront in Eastbourne, so it's the perfect location for a last mini
a better idea of what to expect. Read up as much as you can and get ideas about what you want, such as who to have as your birth partner and the pain relief you might like. It can also help to make a birth plan that your midwife can go through
When breastfeeding milk can build up in your breasts because its being made faster than its removed which then causes milk stasis. Because of this breast tissue can become swollen and inflamed. The inflammation can quickly progress to an infection, which is known as mastitis. Ma...
Midwife Nikki replies: This is common in the middle months and often gets worse as your pregnancy progresses, due to the extra weight you're carrying. The cramps tend to occur more at night and may be aggravated by the pressure your growing uterus puts on the blood vessels betwee...
An epidural is an effective form of pain relief, doesn't affect your baby and allows you to be awake throughout the birth - no wonder more and more women are choosing to have one.But earlier this year the Royal College of Midwives hit the headlines
Obstetrician Leonie says:Symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD is a condition caused by relaxation of ligaments in the pelvis, probably due to hormones causing the pelvis to loosen up in preparation for giving birth. SPD gets more common as a woman has more babies, but having a big ...
or back. Most consider labour to be painful, but the first stage of labour tends to start gradually and build up, with the contractions intensifying as the cervix becomes more dilated.Some mums-to-be feel the pain through every nerve ending, whereas others
by your growing baby in the womb.This reassurance will help you relax, which in turn should ease your back pain.Discuss the idea of early induction with your obstetrician, who can advise you on the impact of this on both your health and your baby's.
labour contractions are often more regular, lasting at least 30 seconds and getting progressively longer.Braxton Hicks can also stop or slow down if you move around, and this does not happen in real labour.If you have any concerns about pains, contact
and successful pregnancies. It's just 'one of those things'.Bleeding that follows on from severe lower abdominal or pelvic pain is a more urgent problem as it may be due to an ectopic pregnancy. This is a much more serious problem, so should be assessed by a