Mythbusting around Induction of Labour

This blog attempts to mythbust around induction of labour to empower women to make a decision about whether they want it and, if they do, to enable them to understand their choices during an induced labour. Is it true that I have to be induced if I go beyond my due date? Babies are only … Continue reading Mythbusting around Induction of Labour

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A mother and her birth partner’s story of their experience of a home waterbirth

At PregnaPouch we are really keen to support women to have the type of birth that they want and that suits them and their baby.  For low risk women, a homebirth can be a fantastic option and so we are thrilled that Ciaran, our technical director, has been able to share the story of his … Continue reading A mother and her birth partner’s story of their experience of a home waterbirth

Feel you want this pregnancy to be your last and wondering about what to do about contraception afterwards?

Many women get part way through a pregnancy and decide this will be their last one.  This gets them thinking about what contraception would work for them next.  They have many options and the option they choose will be very personal to them.  Certain factors they may need to take into account are age, relationship … Continue reading Feel you want this pregnancy to be your last and wondering about what to do about contraception afterwards?

Pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes – do I need a test for this?

Pregnancy-related diabetes occurs in fewer than 5 out of 100 pregnancies.  However, it is important to diagnose as can have implications not only for you but also your baby.  Issues for you range from symptoms like increased thirst, needing to pass urine more often and fatigue to pre-eclampsia and type 2 diabetes developing later in … Continue reading Pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes – do I need a test for this?

What to expect to happen “down there” after birth – and how to avoid any issues

When you’re pregnant, you’ll hear a lot said about changes to your body: “you’ll never be able to laugh without crossing your legs”, or “sex will never feel the same”, or how about (ever so helpfully) “it’ll destroy you down there”? You’ll feel like there’s a club of wounded veterans of motherhood, waiting for you … Continue reading What to expect to happen “down there” after birth – and how to avoid any issues

Anxiety between the 12- and 20-week ultrasound scan for pregnant women

For some, pregnancy can be anxiety provoking.  In particular, I have women who get anxious after the first trimester before their 20-week scan.  There is quite a long gap between the two scans and during that time the woman can feel completely well which can be disconcerting after the pregnancy symptoms she felt in the … Continue reading Anxiety between the 12- and 20-week ultrasound scan for pregnant women