If you’re stuck for ideas this Christmas, buy hypnobirthing vouchers

If you’re stuck for ideas this Christmas and you are pregnant (or know if someone who is) and you are able to travel to Romford, Essex, why not get Magical Baby Moments’ Hypnobirthing vouchers this year? It’s not a case of someone needing to buy you an entire course; we sell vouchers in various amounts, to suit everyone’s budget.

What is hypnobirthing?

It is a full antenatal course that teaches all aspects of late pregnancy, what to expect during labour, how to handle changes that may occur during labour in order to make the right decisions for you and your baby, as well as a host of tips and techniques to help keep you focused, calm and confident during labour and birth. Find out more about the course modules.

When should the couple do the hypnobirthing class?

Ideally any time after 20 weeks, but it will work for people in late pregnancy too. The course lasts approximately 10 hours and is usually done over 4 sessions, so it’s simply a question of scheduling it in.

Vouchers

It’s not a case of someone needing to buy you an entire course; we sell vouchers in various amounts, to suit everyone’s budget.

Vouchers are available in £5, £10, £20, £195 and £245 amounts. Email classes@magicalbabymoments.com to order yours!

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Class information, in more detail, can be found on the website.

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Magical Baby Moments offers group hypnobirthing courses in Romford and private courses across Essex and London. Check online at www.magicalbabymoments.com/classes to find out upcoming dates.

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How to do perineal massage

Perineal massage is a method performed to relax and soften the perineum, the area between the vagina and the rectum. This practice is most often undertaken during the final six weeks of pregnancy, in order to alleviate tears to the perineum during childbirth and help prepare for the sensations experienced during childbirth.

Perineal massage involves stretching the muscles between your vagina and your bottom (perineum) during pregnancy, to prepare for giving birth. This will help the opening of your vagina to stretch more easily as your baby is born.

If you’ve never given birth vaginally before, massaging your perineum towards the end of your pregnancy can reduce your risk of episiotomy. It may also reduce your risk of having a tear. Even if you have had a baby before, perineal massage can help to reduce discomfort after the birth.

Start perineal massage when you are 34 weeks pregnant and aim to do it at least once a week or twice a week.

Perineal massage should focus on the inside of your vagina, though you may still feel the skin on the outside stretching.

Here’s how to do a perineal massage:

  1. Choose a comfortable position. This could be sitting or lying down, or you could try standing with one foot on a chair. You could even try doing the massage in the bath or shower, where the warm water will help to soften your perineum.
  2. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are trimmed
  3. Use a lubricant such as olive oil/sweet almond oil to your hands and the perineal area.
  4. Place a thumb or two fingers 3cm into the vagina (half your thumb).
  5. Massage the area by gently rubbing the perineal tissues between your thumb and fingers.
  6. Press downwards and to the sides, gently stretching until you feel a tingling sensation. The feeling lessens after a few moments.
  7. Once this sensation is felt, hold the stretch for around one minute, until the feeling subsides and begin gently massaging the lower part of the vagina by moving your thumb back and forth. While massaging also hook your thumb onto the sides of the vagina and gently pull these tissues forward, as your baby’s head does, when they are being born.
  8. Continue to gently rub as you stretch for around 3-4 minutes.

Discontinue if you feel pain.

When you’re heavily pregnant, it can be difficult to do perineal massage yourself. If your partner is willing, he can do it for you. The process is the same, although he may find it easier to use his index fingers, rather than his thumbs.

The important thing is to find a routine that works for you and stick to it. Perineal massage shouldn’t hurt, though it may feel a bit uncomfortable, particularly at first. After you’ve been doing it for a few weeks, you may notice the skin and muscles around your vaginal opening becoming looser. This is a great sign that perineal massage is working.

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10 tips to having a good sleep when you’re pregnant

During pregnancy you will likely find yourself wriggling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. There are a number of reasons for this new discomfort:

  • Increased size of abdomen
  • Back pain
  • Heartburn

4 ways to sleep more comfortably

There are some sleeping positions that you can try that may help you get your much-needed rest.

  1. SOS” (sleep on side) – this is the best position to sleep in, and if you can try to lie on your left side, as it will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.
  2. Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs.
  3. As your bump gets bigger, you might want to prop it up with an extra pillow
  4. If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try sleeping with extra pillows behind your head and neck to raise your upper body.

Try not to sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back will decrease the circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava). Sleeping in this position can also cause problems with backache, breathing, the digestive system, hemorrhoids and low blood pressure.

Here are 6 tips that will make for a better night’s sleep during your pregnancy:

  1. Try to go for a short walk every day.
  2. Don’t get over-tired, nap if you need to (and can) during the day.
  3. Is your room the right temperature? It’s better to be a bit cooler than too warm.
  4. Keep your blood sugar levels up – have a healthy snack an hour before going to bed.
  5. Avoid drinking in the last hour before bedtime… It might save you one trip to the loo!
  6. If you haven’t done hypnobirthing classes to help teach you how to relax, download a sleep meditation app. This will help you relax on those nights when you’re tossing and turning (and infuriated by your partners snoring!)

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Join us for the last Positive Birth Meeting for 2016

REMINDER ALERT

This Sunday (27 November) is the last Positive Birth Movement (Havering) meeting for 2016. This month’s discussion is around caesarean sections, but no doubt we will talk about other things!

These meetings are free to attend and are a friendly and informal way to meet with other mums-to-be, mums and birth professionals to discuss things that are pregnancy and birth related.

The group is run by Lynn Zanatta from The Daisy Foundation Havering and Christine from Magical Baby Moments is always there to offer additional friendly tips from a hypnobirthing point of view.

Come and join us at Harris + Hoole inside Tesco at Roneo Corner, Romford. (10am-12pm).

No need to register, just show up.

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is not some hippy, tree-hugging cult thing whatsoever. It doesn’t put you in some altered state of reality, making you do things you wouldn’t normally do. So you can tell your birthing partners that they don’t need to run for the hills!

The ‘hypno’, of course, comes from hypnosis – and so it’s hypnosis for birthing… But even still that conjures up the wrong images.

So what is it?

It’s simply about having a deeper understanding of what your body is doing during labour. Realising that there are techniques and positions that can help optimise your labour, to make it comfortable and, in many cases, faster than those labours that don’t use these simple and effective tools.

Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Course is a full antenatal course that teaches what physically happens to the body during labour so that the mother and her birth partner have a deep understanding of the journey their baby will go through to make it into this world. By understanding how the baby, body and mind are interconnected helps the couple understand the techniques which will enable them to manage this transition smoothly and serenely.

Learn how to:
⭐️Release fear and tension – to avoid pain and intervention
⭐️⭐️ Learn self-hypnosis – to induce deep relaxation
⭐️⭐️⭐️Use visualisation exercises and affirmations – to keep you confident, serene and positive

Hundreds of women every day who give birth in a positive and calm environment. They feel confident and in control of their labour and the path that unfolds for her and her baby. This can be you too….

So if you’ve been put off by media, friends and family that labour is some horrific ritual that you have to pass through to hold your baby, it’s not true.

Hypnobirthing mothers often say that they had a calm, comfortable birth – usually without the need for medical intervention – where they welcomed their baby with ease, confidence and happiness.

And what about the birth partners?
Hypnobirthing courses give birth partners, tips, tricks and tools to help support mum and baby during labour and birth. Labour is a team effort, where the birth partner plays and essential role.

What else does the course cover?
Read on our hypnobirthing classes page the content that will be covered in each of the four sessions.

Read some birth stories from KG – the Home of Hypnobirthing

Let me help you to achieve this for your birth.

Email me at enquiries@magicalbabymoments.com

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This article was written by Magical Baby Moments. Magical Baby Moments offers group hypnobirthing classes in Romford, and one-to-one classes across Essex and London.

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How to know when you’re in labour…and what to do!

Many first-time mums are anxious that they will not know when labour has started. Well, let’s stop and think about this for a second. If that is the case, then you can dispel all the over-dramatised labours that you have seen in films and TV as they are not then a true reflection of what happens in real life. Phew!

There are three signs that can happen, to let a woman know when labour has started. To find out what they are and what to do, watch my video to learn the three signs to know when you’re in labour.

Magical Baby Moments is based in Romford, Essex and offers group and private Hypnobirthing courses. Visit www.magicalbabymoments.com/classes to find out more.

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