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 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?
Feeling your baby move for the first time (usually between 16 and 20 weeks but can be up to 24 weeks) is just amazing. At first you might find you are not really sure if you felt it. The feelings can be different for each woman from a feeling of pops, bubbles, flutters, squirming, rolling, … Continue reading Feeling your baby move – what does it all mean and when should you worry?
Rose, from the company Adia, highlighted to me that many women have heard myths about hormonal contraception and she suggested I write a blog on this. She is just right, many of my patients come to me asking the sorts of questions I have tried to answer below with an evidence-base. Can taking hormonal contraception … Continue reading Mythbusting around hormonal contraception and fertility
Telling your employer that you are pregnant can be daunting for some women. Speaking to my friends who have been pregnant this seems an issue for a multitude of reasons and so I felt it was important to address this in a blog. At PregnaPouch we also care about women having low stress in their … Continue reading Telling your employer that you are pregnant
Pregnapouch wants to feature a blog written by Emily Tredget, founder of MummyLinks, here it is: Most mums struggle with mental health issues A recent report by Dr Louise Howard of King’s College London stated that 1 in 4 mums struggle with their mental health during pregnancy. Another found that more than 1 in 3 … Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Week 2018
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
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
There are so many choices when you find out you are pregnant. This can be really anxiety provoking particularly as the internet makes mounds of information available to us 24 hours a day. As a GP, I see the harmful effects of this – I have patients come to me paralysed by fear of making … Continue reading Yoga and Hypnobirthing during Pregnancy
I was upset this week to hear of a woman’s distress at her experience trying to switch hospitals partway through her antenatal care. Let’s face it, many people do move house during pregnancy for various reasons such as needing more space for when their baby arrives and so it isn’t unusual for them to have … Continue reading Transferring your antenatal care