In some cultures an elder whispers the name of the child in a newborn’s ear, in another the child is named after the paternal side of the family. Whatever the cultural or family tradition the naming of a child is one of the most significant gifts that we give to our children. There are a few points to consider when choosing a child’s name:
It is easy to be judgemental when seeing a pregnant woman smoke or to smoke secretly when pregnant so that you won’t be judged, but the NHS has acknowledged that this hidden problem needs to come out in the open with constructive help. The NHS has a special help line called Smoke Free especially for pregnant women who find it difficult to give up smoking. The reason for this helpline is to stop the negative effects of smoking on an unborn child.
Tote bags are all the rage at the minute – we all want to do our bit for the environment, and without carrying a boring supermarket tote that granny carries around.
A bag is for life, not just for pregnancy, and our tote bags are great to use during pregnancy and will see you through to your child’s baby and toddler phase, too.
The other day in a local restaurant, a couple were having a funny, but also serious debate. She was pregnant and they were approaching the time when they could, if they wanted to, find out the sex of the baby.
The woman was adamant that she didn’t want to know, while her other half was just as adamant that he did.
This is definitely not how you envisaged spending your pregnancy. Things have gone slightly wrong and due to various complications, you have been ordered to bed by your doctor.
Everyone around you keeps reminding you that you need to stay calm, which is easier said than done, when you have a lot of free time to think about what could happen to you or the baby. This is where it is vital that you try to take control of the situation and reduce your stress. There are several ways to do this:
Pregnancy is a time in a women’s life of great change and beauty. It is also an ideal opportunity to celebrate the life to come. With such a life-changing event, it would be a shame not to record this amazing journey. You might want to do this with one special event or at various stages along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
As your morning sickness subsides, you might be feeling the urge to exercise. Prenatal yoga is a great way for you to release the physical and emotional stresses of all that extra work your body and mind is undertaking during pregnancy.
Not only can it help you relax or aid with shortness of breath, it can relieve lower back pain, increase sleep and circulation and make you stronger and more flexible for birth. A prenatal yoga class also has the added benefits of meeting, and sharing your joys and concerns with other pregnant mothers.
Some Dos and Don’ts
Here are a few important points to remember when undertaking pregnancy yoga:
You have come through two trimesters of your pregnancy and you are now in the home straight. Apart from decorating and preparing the furniture for your new arrival, there are a few things you can do to make getting to the hospital and bringing the baby home for the first time, less stressful.
Preparing for the hospital
It’s a good idea to have your hospital bags packed for yourself and for the baby at the eight month mark. This way, if you go into labour earlier than expected, everything is ready. It is also advisable to have a practice run to the hospital, so that you and your driver know the route. This dress rehearsal can help iron out any potential problems, such as getting lost on the way.
Also make sure that you have the baby’s car seat fitted and adjusted, so you can just pop them into it on leaving the hospital. You can also announce your new arrival by proudly displaying your news through our baby on board car stickers.
Preparing your home
Bringing a new baby home will be exciting, but if this is your first child you will also be entering the uncharted waters of child care. Here are a few ways you can set up your home before giving birth, so that when you walk in the door you are ready to go:
You knew you were feeling tired and perhaps the increased appetite started to give it away, but nothing could have prepared you for the sight of those two embryos on the ultrasound.
While some of your relatives’ or friends’ singleton experiences will relate to yours, other aspects will not, such as the fact that you are growing twice as fast or having more acute pregnancy symptoms.
Building a community
With a twin pregnancy it’s important that you know what to expect as well as developing your twin community, which you will also need after the birth. The Twin and Multiple Birth Association is a charity to help you through the various stages involved with twins. Most women carrying twins have a slightly different timeline, giving birth in their 36th-38th week so it pays to be informed and prepared.
Twin Pregnancy Tricks
However, there are a few twin pregnancy tips to help you along the way:
Although you may think that summer is still far away, before you know it the holiday you have planned or are in the middle of planning will have arrived.
If you are pregnant this one will be extra-special as it’s the last one before your baby arrives. If you are spending time abroad during your pregnancy, then it is wise to take a few pointers into consideration: