Whew! So you have made it through the first trimester, one third down, two thirds of your pregnancy to go. For many women, the second trimester is easier than the first, as nausea and vomiting usually stops, baby's movements begin to be noticed between 18 and 20 weeks and the risk of miscarriage is dropping.
Good information is available from sites such as raising children, pregnancy, birth & baby, RWH and MMH.
Pregnancy and exercise
Pregnancy and alcohol
Quit smoking support
Breastfeeding information from ABA (yes, start thinking about it now!)
COPE is doing terrific work talking about the emotional aspects of pregnancy. Mind the Bump is a useful app both during pregnancy and after baby is born.
Information on the pelvic floor
This is such an important topic!
Is it safe? Not always. BEFORE you book, please get advice.
Antenatal education — should I bother?
Exercise in pregnancy—is it safe?
Whooping cough is an annoying infection in adults, with a cough which can last for 10 weeks or more, but which is very dangerous in newborns. Vaccination of every woman in every pregnancy is recommended, ideally between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. It is safe and it helps to protect mum and baby, especially for the vulnerable first 6 months of life.
Influenza is a serious infection which is even more dangerous in pregnancy. Vaccination of every woman in every pregnancy is recommended, regardless of the time of year. It is safe and it helps to protect mum and baby both during the pregnancy and after baby is born.
This is my take on what to do when people keep giving you advice, most of which you did not ask for and most of which is not useful!
Being aware of the pattern of your baby’s movements is important as you enter into the last third of your pregnancy.
In the midst of all the excitement over a pregnancy, sometimes the news is sad. In this blog I talk a little about the impact of sad news and link to resources I hope you will find helpful.