Sadly, stillbirths are more common than you may realise. Data shows that 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, which is more than 3,600 each year. Approximately one-third of these happen at term, in other words after 37 weeks of pregnancy. These statistics make stillbirth 15 times more common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death. Continue reading
What is the pelvic floor?
It consists of layers of muscles that stretch like a supportive hammock from your pubic bone to the end of your backbone. Continue reading
Your baby’s movements during pregnancy are a good indication of their health and wellbeing, with studies showing that a reduction or absence of fetal movements is linked with an increased risk of poorer health outcomes. Continue reading
Knowing your body mass index, or BMI, in pregnancy is important information for health professionals, as having a very low BMI (under 18.5) or a raised BMI in pregnancy (over 25) can increase the risk of complications for both you and your baby. If you are overweight these risks increase with your BMI measurement, particularly if you have a BMI of more than 40. Continue reading
What is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is the most common type of hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorder that can develop in pregnancy. The exact cause of pre-eclampsia isn’t really known; research suggests that genetics may play a role with the genetic make-up of some women making them more vulnerable to getting it. Pre-eclampsia is also thought to happen when the blood vessels in the placenta don’t develop properly, so the placenta doesn’t function as it should do. Continue reading
There are lots of things to organise when you are pregnant, this pregnancy checklist offers a gentle reminder of what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. Continue reading
Your baby is constantly growing. This chart should be used to give you a general idea of how big your baby is at different stages during your pregnancy. You will be given a more accurate measurement when you go for your 12 and 20 week scans. Continue reading
All women put weight on during pregnancy; it’s completely natural as your body is adapting and supporting your growing baby. However, it is important that you maintain a healthy weight gain in pregnancy for the health of both you and your baby.
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of getting serious complications from flu, compared with other healthy adults. It can also be serious for new-born babies, who catch the infection from their mothers. Continue reading