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Every contraction is one step closer

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Mind the Gap, lift the floor and stop pain

After many years of experience of seeing ladies within healthcare. The Mummy MOT feels that this is such an important time for mum and that there should be a great focus on advice and education to empower ladies so that they can make the best choices for their health and that of their family.

  • Around 25% of ladies experience pain throughout pregnancy, and they feel they have to put up with it
  • 17% of young ladies may suffer urine leak and will recall being given a leaflet about Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises, doing them for a short while after delivery and then stopping
  • 39% of ladies still have a tummy gap at 6 months post-natal. Many ladies will watch their tummies make a funny pointy shape when lifting their babies and caring for their toddlers without a thought to how their bodies are recovering from 9 months of pregnancy and possibly traumatic or prolonged labour.

Pain
During pregnancy, there are changes to your skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and endocrine system, which mean your body faces new challenges. Whether you are slim or stocky build, young or mature, this does not make a difference to how you cope in pregnancy and beyond. What is more important is getting the right advice and therapy straight away. Simple exercises and modifications to your daily routines can make a huge difference but also massage, manual therapy and acupuncture can have a great effect.

The Floor
The pelvic floor muscles are a ‘hammock’ of muscles underneath your pelvis. They attach at the front of the pelvis to the pubic bone and span backward and sideways to attach at the base of the spine and the borders of the pelvis. There are three main layers. The openings of the bladder, vagina and bowel all pass through this layer of muscle.

Stop the drop and keep it closed
The pelvic floor muscles are continually working to help support your pelvic organs and abdominal content from underneath and stop them dropping down. They help with bladder and bowel control, circling around the opening for the urethra, vagina and back passage and stop a leak of urine, wind or poo. The muscles need to work harder when you cough, sneeze or exercise to avoid leaking. They will be under extra stress during pregnancy due to the extra load. In addition, during pregnancy, our muscles and ligaments become more relaxed to all for the baby to grow and have space to come out. During childbirth, the pelvic floor needs to lengthen and relax but it is common for it to suffer some soft trauma. Bearing this in mind, it is really important to prepare your pelvic floor for delivery and then exercise it afterward. Also like other muscles in the body, ‘if you don’t use them, you lose them’. The pelvic floor can weaken and lose efficiency over time, especially with menopause, chronic constipation, regular lifting with poor technique and with other specific medical conditions.

Mind the gap
Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (tummy gap) is where two right and left sides of your ‘six pack’ muscles spreads apart at the body’s midline. This can occur at any time in the last half of pregnancy but it is most problematic after pregnancy when the tummy is weak.

This can take longer to improve and may worsen and cause future problems with incontinence, prolapse or back pain if you have poor posture or go back to your usual activities or exercise before you are strong enough.

Top Tips

  • Modify your activities while pregnant and maintain strong core and good posture with the advice of a physio
  • Always tighten your pelvic floor before lifting, coughing or sneezing
  • To relieve the load on your pelvic floor, aim towards and acceptable weight for your height and your build
  • Try to avoid constipation by eating sufficient dietary fibre and ensuring adequate fluid intake
  • Good nutrition will support your tummy and pelvic floor to heal
  • Graduated and safe return to exercise is imperative
  • Avoid activities that may over stress your tummy or pelvic floor until it is back to full strength

So without getting too graphic, you need to get to know your core and exercise it daily FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE otherwise, you are susceptible to pain, leakage or prolapse.

By addressing the factors mentioned and following a program before commencing pregnancy, tummy gap is reduced to a minimum, therefore increasing your recovery and helping you to get rid of your baby tummy quickly post birth. Post-natal should have your tummy and pelvic floor checked by a qualified professional. Your GP or midwife can do a basic check, or you could opt for a whole MOT with a specialist.

This article was kindly provided by The Mummy MOT who can individually set a program to promote recovery in optimal time. They have specialist clinics in Colchester, Manningtree and Chelmsford but are also happy to travel to your home.

Whether you want to prevent tummy gap or would like to recover post-natal they can gear a treatment to your needs.

Visit their website at: www.physiotherapyandpilates.com. Don’t forget to mention that Magical Baby Moments referred you! (Caring is sharing).

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

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9 natural techniques that can comfort you during labour

These 9 techniques can help you get through labour with less pain so you can truly enjoy the birth of your baby.

For some lucky women, labour is a breeze. For others, it can be uncomfortable and painful – but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways to make yourself more comfortable during labour. Try these natural pain-relief techniques prior to labour, and you can try others as your labour progresses.

  1. Hypnobirthing
    Women who have hypnobirthed agree that this is a non-invasive way to reduce muscle tension and pain in childbirth. Hypnobirthing is something you can learn and practice ahead of time so you’ll be comfortable using it in labour.

    Breathing techniques help keep you relaxed and focus your attention and visualizing a beautiful scene in your mind, one that makes you feel safe and relaxed is also taught, so that you can focus your mind on this place when you have contractions.

    Also saying your birth affirmations to yourself during this breathing will help maintain a positive mind.

  2. Massage
    Have your partner massage your arms, legs, or back during labour to help you relax and to decrease tension and pain.
  3. Rocking/Birthing Ball
    Time spent in a rocking chair, gently moving back and forth as you breathe and relax can help you relax during labour, or try bouncing gently on a birthing ball.
  4. Walking or Rocking
    Walking, or even just pacing right by your bed, decreases discomfort while helping your contractions become stronger and more regular. Or you could try rocking back and forth with your partner while leaning on him.
  5. Changing Positions
    Don’t stay in the same position for too long, and don’t lie flat on your back. Instead, try sitting up in your bed or a chair, lying on your side, squatting and rocking on a birthing ball, or leaning forward over the back of a chair or your birthing bed. If possible being mobile during labour helps your contractions progress.
  6. Being in or under water
    Try sitting in a shower with a jet spray against your back, or lying in a whirlpool bath. Not all birthing centres or hospitals have a tub or shower in the room, so this is not always possible.
  7. TENS machine
    A TENS machine sends electrical pulses (on your back) which are believed to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain and stimulate your body to release natural, feel-good substances (endorphins).
  8. Music
    Make sure you have your favourite, relaxing songs on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Don’t forget your headphones or earbuds!
  9. Aromatherapy
    Wonderful smells help you relax and feel better, so take fragrant lotion or potpourri for your room to give yourself a lift.

The important thing for now, is to do your homework. Find out all you can about your options, talk to your health care provider, and trust yourself to make the decisions that will work best for you and your baby.

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Last spaces available for the February hypnobirthing course on Tuesday evenings

If you are looking for a February evening course, there are only a couple of spaces left for the hypnobirthing course on Tuesday evenings. Whilst Magical Baby Moments courses run both on weekends and evenings, to suit parents’ busy lives, in February, there are no weekend courses, so be sure to not miss out on this valuable learning for you and your partner, as you prepare for the birth of your baby.

The evening hypnobirthing course takes place on 7, 15, 21 and 28 February. (15th is a Wednesday evening, to avoid clashing with Valentine’s Day)

 What does Magical Baby Moments hypnobirthing course teach?

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.

The course includes approximately 10 hours teaching time, plus the Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing Book, the Colour & Calmness relaxation CD/MP3, handouts that support the lesson plans and my support by phone/email up until the birth of your baby.

Learn what the hypnobirthing course modules are.

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.

February dates

The dates for the February course are 7, 15, 21, 28 and start at 8pm, allowing you time to get back from work and have dinner before joining the hypnobirthing class. (We finish around 10:15pm).

Other upcoming courses

If you can’t make theses dates, or you would prefer a later course here are the upcoming weekends:

For beyond these dates visit the Classes section on our website.

Struggling for Baby Shower or Valentine’s Day present ideas? Buy Hypnobirthing Course Vouchers

It’s not a case of 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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The role of the birthing partner

Your birthing partner is one of the most important people involved in your birth. It’s so important to have someone there who you are confident that they will support you. It’s vital that your birthing partner is very clear about your hopes, feelings and preferences for the birth so that they are able to speak up for you if needed.

In most cases, the baby’s father will be the lucky one who gets to share this extraordinary moment, but you may also opt for your closest friend, your own mother or another member of the family. The important thing is that you choose someone you completely trust and with whom you are at ease with. They must also be a rock for you, should the going get tough. You may feel that you would like more than one person with you at the hospital. If so, explain the benefits of having someone there to give them support too, especially if the labour is long and he needs a break. It is also a good idea to organise a back-up in case for some reason your first choice is unavailable. Most close friends and relatives will jump at the chance of witnessing a new little miracle!

The birthing partner’s job is a very important one. The main responsibility he or she will have is to offer you complete support and encouragement and keep you as comfortable as possible during the labour and birth. You need someone who is prepared to respond to your every whim on the big day, and not be annoyed when you change your mind. Someone who is happy to pace the room with you or get down on the floor and try out all the different positions you have learned. It should be someone who won’t be offended if you get irritable or suddenly ask to be left alone; someone who will remain strong during difficult moments and be your rock. Finally, it has to be someone who can be your voice: represent your thoughts and feelings, and stand up for what you want if, during your labour, you are unable to do so yourself.

Your birthing partner will experience the whole amazing process, be the first to see your baby’s head emerging into the world (if they choose to look), and get the chance to cut the umbilical cord. It will also be their job to remain with your baby if you need medical attention or feel groggy after the birth, or if, for any reason, the baby needs to be taken out of the delivery room. Your birthing partner may have to endure quite a lot during the labour and birth, but all will be forgotten the moment they cuddle the beautiful baby for the very first time.

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Group B Strep – know how it can harm your baby

On 23 January 2017, bereaved parents, Fiona Paddon and Scott Bramley, will deliver a Change.org petition of over 250,000 signatures to the Department of Health, Richmond House, Whitehall regarding screening of Group B Strep for all pregnant ladies.

Their petition calls on Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies and the Chief Executive of Public Health England, Dr Duncan Selbie to ensure sensitive testing* for group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) carriage is routinely and freely available for all pregnant women in the UK. Routinely offering these tests could prevent over 80% of GBS infections in newborn babies born to women carrying the bacteria, and would cost just £11 per test.

Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia. Carried normally by one in every four women, the group B Strep bacteria can pass from a pregnant woman to her baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby.

On average in the UK;

  • One baby a day develops group B Strep infection
  • One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection
  • One baby a fortnight survives group B Strep infection but is left with long-term disabilities

Yet, unlike most other developed countries, health professionals in the UK rarely tell pregnant women about GBS and only rarely offer sensitive testing.

 

The good news is that most GBS infections in newborn babies can be prevented with the careful use of antibiotics in labour.

So what happens in the UK at the moment?
In the UK, we don’t specifically test for GBS, although GBS may show up in tests that are done for other reasons, such as swabs taken to check out vaginal discharge. The NHS test done in this situation isn’t specifically looking for GBS and will often miss it even when it’s present.

There is a much better, more reliable test available called the ECM (Enriched Culture Medium) test which, although available privately for around £35, is rarely available in the NHS.

Some NHS trusts do use the ECM test, so it’s worth asking – and listed here are the places which offer the ECM test, both NHS and privately (including a home-testing pack).

Prevention better than cure
There are certain situations that increase the chance of a newborn baby developing GBS infection. These are known as ‘risk factors’, and include: GBS being detected during the current pregnancy, Mum having a raised temperature during labour, labour starting before 37 weeks of pregnancy and waters breaking 18 or more hours before your baby is born.

UK guidelines recommend that that a pregnant Mum should be offered antibiotics in labour if GBS has been detected during the current pregnancy, if she’s previously had a baby with GBS infection, and if she has a fever in labour. These antibiotics massively reduce the risk of the newborn baby developing a Group B Strep infection.

Most GBS infections in babies show within their first two days, though more rarely, these can develop up to around 3 months of age (after which, they are very rare indeed).

Researchers around the world are working on developing a vaccine that will one day prevent almost all GBS infection in babies, but it’s early days. The vaccine won’t be available for at least the next 10-15 years, if not longer.

While many pregnant Mums who have GBS detected during their pregnancies will want antibiotics in labour, not all will – others may decide not to have them unless there are additional risk factors. Whatever a Mum chooses, knowing about Group B Strep when you’re pregnant means you can, working with your health professionals, make an informed decision about what is right for you, and your baby.

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The Group B Strep Support website has a wealth of information and frequently asked questions for parents to be, as well as links to professional guidelines, research papers, and free informative leaflets/posters. Do email or call them with your questions and concerns info@gbss.org.uk | 01444 416176

*Sensitive testing refers to Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) testing, recognised as the international gold standard, and designed specifically to detect group B Strep carriage. This contrasts with the standard, non-specific test usually used within the NHS and which has a high false-negative rate, missing around half the women carrying group B Strep.

Hypnobirthing affirmation

Believe you can and you will

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About Magical Baby Moments

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

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