What happens in week 1? I had no idea that in week 1 of pregnancy, the baby hasn’t even been conceived yet? In fact, the baby isn’t actually conceived until about week 3 of your pregnancy. No wonder I didn’t notice anything change in my body until week 5. Week 1 is the egg maturity … Continue reading Week 1 of pregnancy
Geoff got back in the early hours and conked out. I found it pretty hard to sleep. I woke up at 2.30am and 4.30am and then couldn’t get back to sleep. I could feel the pregnancy tests burning a whole in my sock drawer. I went downstairs, made some tea and sat down to do … Continue reading Today we took our first pregnancy test.
Over the last few weeks, I had noticed that my boobs were growing. They felt unusually sensitive. On the usual rush hour run, I'm often myself pushing through the crowds of the underground. But recently, I had become acutely aware of more boob bashes than usual. Sometimes I’d even feel a boob bruise coming on. … Continue reading Today I bought my first pregnancy test.
Newborn babies have two main patterns of sleep. 50% is known as Active Sleep and 50% is known as Quiet Sleep. Active Sleep is characterised by muscle twitching, eye movements and fast irregular breathing. This is followed by Quiet Sleep where the heart rate and breathing is slow and regular. Each of these sleep cycles … Continue reading A Newborn Baby’s Sleep Pattern
I spent just five days with one mother and her new baby, just after they had got back home from hospital. This is what the Mum said on the last day: "Thank you for getting me through this first week. It has been the perfect time to have a maternity nurse there to help and … Continue reading Having a maternity nurse
It can be worrying if your newborn baby catches a cold. To ease his breathing, raise the end of the bed so that his head is slightly higher than his body. Get saline drops and put a few in his nose prior to each feed. Calpol should not be given until the baby is over … Continue reading Colds
The NHS recently advised that pregnant ladies shouldn't really drink at all. Many pregnant ladies go off the taste of alcohol anyway, but sometimes it can be hard to hold back. We would say that a rare drink is fine. Whatever you do just make sure you don't drink more than 6 units of alcohol … Continue reading Drinking while pregnant
Sleep is a much discussed subject when a new baby is brought home. Both parents are exhausted after the birth and both are denied a good nights sleep for weeks after the baby is born. So below are some basic principles which, if implemented from birth, should help a baby to develop a good sleep … Continue reading Sleep
Swaddling or wrapping a newborn baby can help settle him because he feels warm and secure. Also babies have a tendency to wave their hands about and sometimes to scratch their faces which can wake them up. A large muslin or a specially shaped swaddling blanket can be used. However, an orthopaedic surgeon at Southampton … Continue reading Swaddling
One of the most difficult things when feeding a newborn is knowing what sort of wind the baby is suffering from. Some hardly have any wind and can be put over your shoulder or sat upright on your lap with their back straight. The wind can come up easily, with a little burp or sometimes … Continue reading Wind