Varicose veins (and haemorrhoids) in pregnancy are unfortunately very common due to the weight of the your growing baby, pushing down on the veins in your pelvis and major blood vessel called the inferior vena cava.
Haemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectal area.
Thankfully they generally cease to be a problem once your baby has been born.
There are a couple of things you can do to avoid or minimise the severity including eating a well balanced and fibrous diet, drinking plenty of fluids and engaging in some form of exercise every day. This will help avoid putting on too much weight too quickly, keep the circulation moving in your body and help you avoid constipation, which haemorrhoids are often a bi-product of.
Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time and don’t cross your legs or feet. Wherever possible, take a load off and elevate your feet.
You can also use compression stockings to help prevent blood from pooling in your legs.
If haemorrhoids become a real issue, you can try sitting in a warm sitz bath. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter preparation to help ease the pain and reduce the inflammation.
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.