How many glasses of water have you had today? Did you know if you’re pregnant (or breastfeeding) you need even more water than the average woman? You should be trying to drink around 2-3 litres of fluid a day. Water is best but milk, juice, tea, coffee etc. all count towards your fluid intake.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of drinking less than we need to avoid frequent visits to the toilet and some people believe that drinking too much is the cause of their fluid retention. This is most definitely not the case! In fact inadequate water intake can be the cause of fluid retention – it's the body's way of holding on to the little water it is getting.
Nourishing your body during pregnancy is also very important. Good eating habits not only promotes overall general health but more importantly it gives you adequate stores of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support your pregnancy and your growing baby, which is particularly significant in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is also vital for normal organ development and function, growth and maintenance, energy and immunity.
Gestational diabetes mellitus – also known as GDM, is diabetes which can occur during pregnancy. Many women who’ve been diagnosed with GDM won’t have diabetes after their baby is born, though some continue to have high levels of blood glucose and need treatment. Most women who are diagnosed with GDM have a normal pregnancy, labour and baby. It’s important that GDM is monitored and controlled, because risk factors increase when blood sugar levels remain high.
Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee or two a day and would find it difficult to give up. The good news is that even breastfeeding mothers can continue to drink coffee, or tea in moderation.
With a newborn comes many new skills to learn – one of them being how to safely wrap a baby. Wrapping (also known as swaddling) is a great strategy for parents to help their baby settle. Yet, new parents may understandably feel worried about their baby’s safety and getting it right. Read on for step-by-step guidelines on how to safely wrap a baby, plus some additional tips for safe wrapping.
One small person in a family is a very different arrangement than two, or more children. When a new baby comes into the mix, dynamics change and everyone needs to shuffle around until new positions are found.
Many parents have heard of bottle propping, also known as prop feeding. And most of us have seen babies sucking quietly away on their own.
Bottle propping is when, instead of the baby being held to drink their bottle, they are on their own. The bottle is supported by a pillow or blanket, even a soft toy so that it’s angled with the milk filling the neck of the bottle and the teat. The baby lies in their cot/pram/on the floor sucking away on their own.