Pregnancy

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy

What to look out for if you are concerned about your mental health, with practical tips on how to support your mental wellbeing.

Can You Predict Your Baby’s Sex?

There are lots of theories that profess to predict your baby’s sex in the womb, but can you really trust anything other than science? Read on to find out. 

15 Deliciously Healthy Recipes To Try During Pregnancy

Here are some brilliantly healthy recipes to try during your first, second and third trimesters.

Parental Control, Ep 96: All Things Pelvic Floor With Expert Clare Bourne

Founder of My Baba Leo Bamford welcomes pelvic health physiotherapist and author Clare Bourne to the show to learn about the importance of the pelvic floor.

How To Cope With Pregnancy After Baby Loss: Advice From Tommy’s Midwives

Coping with pregnancy after baby loss. Will baby loss happen again? Are you entitled to extra scans? And advice on how to look after your mental health.

The Benefits Of Collagen During Pregnancy: Is It Really Good For You?

Are collagen supplements safe to take during pregnancy? We talk to the experts at Absolute Collagen to find out.

6 Fun Baby Shower Games Everyone Will Love

If you’re organising, attending or having a baby shower, here are our top six games to play!

8 Ways To Look Stylish During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in your life, but for many it throws our sense of style in to utter chaos.

What The Experts WISH You Knew About Having A New Baby 

We’ve joined forces with some of the most respected voices in the UK parenting community to bring you the wisdom that exactly what the More

Notice Your Hair Changing During Pregnancy And Postpartum? Here’s Why

Dr Albena Kovacheva’s insights into what you can potentially expect to happen to your hair during pregnancy and after giving birth.

18 Alcohol-Free Summer Sips

Check out this collection of non-alcoholic tipples and beverages, so you can embrace the summer sun with a special glass in hand!

Baby Positions In The Womb Before Birth

From about 32 weeks gestation, you can expect your baby to begin to settle into their pre-birth position.

The Organic Summer Baby Collection We Love

Babycare brand aden + anais have launched a new organic collection for summer in the dreamiest hand-painted prints and patterns.

Pregnancy Grief Looks Different On Everyone – Here’s What You Need To Know

Losing a baby in the womb steals a huge chunk of our past, our present and our future and no matter how early or late in the pregnancy the loss occurs, it does not change the intensity of the pain.

Delivering The Placenta: What To Expect

Often referred to as the third stage of labour, after delivering the baby, the final stage is to deliver the placenta, commonly known as the ‘afterbirth.’

How To Manage Stretch Marks And The Best Products To Treat Your Growing Bump

Stretch marks are a common worry and according to the NHS website, 8 out of 10 women get them during pregnancy. Here are some fabulous products you can use to help your skin during that stretching process.

7 Things You Wouldn’t Think To Put In Your Hospital Bag But 100% Need

The things you haven’t thought about packing that you will 100% need.

What Is A Birth Debrief? And How To Deal With Maternal Burnout

Midwife Illiyin Morrison shares her advice on the importance of a birth debrief and how to deal with maternal burnout. 

Maternity Fashion: 24 Picks From Isabella Oliver’s Spring Collection

Our favourite go-to maternity fashion label Isabella Oliver has launched its new spring collection, bursting with easy-wear pieces full of colour.

How To Manage Rosacea During Pregnancy + Recommended Products

Skincare expert Cherry Woods shares her advice for mums and mums-to-be suffering with rosacea, and My Baba editor Ellie Thompson reveals her skincare secret weapons to combat the skin condition.

24 Winter Wonderland Pieces For Your Maternity Wardrobe

If you’re sporting a growing bump this season and are looking to update your wardrobe with stylish winter maternity fashion, check out our guide More

Homelessness And Pregnancy: Why We Need To Take Action Now

Understanding the impact homelessness can have on women and their pregnancies is vital to provide good care.

What Are The Warning Signs And Risk Factors Of Premature Birth?

A birth is considered premature if it occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. There are three different categories of premature birth based on gestational age which each carry their own risks and individual needs for specific care.

How To Overcome The Fear Of Childbirth Or ‘Tokophobia’

Tokophobia is the extreme fear of childbirth. This fear can become so significant that women might choose to avoid pregnancy altogether.

12 Things You Can Start Doing to Improve Your Fertility

Research shows that fertility rates in the UK are dropping and it is estimated that one in six couples in Western countries experience fertility problems and this number is growing.

TTC: What Supplements Should I Take? Expert Advice For Men And Women

“Knowing which nutrients you need to support pre-conception and pregnancy can help support you on your journey to trying to conceive.” Lesley Gilchrist.

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The 20-Week Ultrasound: What To Expect From The Anomaly Scan

We get many questions on the 20-week scan (especially from first-time parents), and what exactly this entails, so we wanted to offer you more information on this important mum-to-be milestone.

Ways Pregnant And Postpartum Women Can Strengthen And Look After Their Backs

Chiropractor Dr. Stefaan Vossen shares his expert advice on strengthening and looking after your back through pregnancy and beyond.

Parental Control, Ep 68: Midwife & Influencer Illy Morrison On Pregnancy Woes, Sleep Struggles And More

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes midwife and influencer Illy Morrison to the show to discuss pregnancy woes and sleep. Getting a good night’s More

Why Pregnant Women Should Check They’ve Had The MMR Vaccine

It is important for women to get the MMR vaccine before they get pregnant, to reduce the risk of them becoming infected with measles, mumps, and rubella.

Parental Control, Ep 66: An Eye-Opening Conversation With The Naked Doula About Pregnancy & Birth

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Emma Armstrong aka The Naked Doula to the show

What Are The Benefits Of Reflexology For Fertility And Pregnancy?

London reflexologist Keah Lan shares her insights into how reflexology can help with fertility and pregnancy. 

What To Consider In The Fourth Trimester

No amount of planning, reading, note-taking, praying or hoping can guarantee you a smooth ride through the first 3 months of your baby’s life and your life as a new mother.

Mother Fit’s Top 5 Core Exercises During Pregnancy

My top 5 core exercises may promote proper posture, fending off lower back pain so common during pregnancy. 

5 Recipes For A Deliciously Healthy Pregnancy

For inspiration on what to eat, check out Rhiannon Lambert’s five mouth-watering recipes, taken from the book ‘Deliciously Healthy Pregnancy’.

Pregnant In A Heatwave? Here’s How To Cope

Pregnant women naturally have a slightly decreased tolerance to heat and humidity. Check out Becca Maberly’s top tips for keeping cool this summer.

Your Bowels After Birth: What You Need To Know If You Suffer From IBS

Are you amongst the approximately 1 in 6 women in the UK who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? It’s a common gut condition that affects the digestive system and is up to 2.5 times more common in women than it is in men.

Dressing Your Bump: The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe For Summer

We’re on hand to help you create a beautiful capsule summer wardrobe for pregnancy, in ten easy steps.

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A Guide To Male Infertility: Causes, Tests And Solutions

Let’s talk about male infertility. Dr James Hopkisson, Medical Director at TFP Fertility Group is on hand to answer our questions.

Everything You Need To Know About Sciatica In Pregnancy

Sciatica can happen at any time in our adult lives, but it can be more common to get lower back and leg pain symptoms during pregnancy.

Ten Things Nobody Tells You About Giving Birth

Milli Hill is the author of the bestselling The Positive Birth Book, and she drops by to celebrate the launch of her revised and More

Parental Control, Ep 60: Bestselling Author Milli Hill On The Realities Of Giving Birth

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes bestselling author Milli Hill to the show to celebrate the launch of the revised edition of The Positive Birth Book and to discuss the realities of giving birth.

WIN! A Bundle Of Products From WeTwo – Two Up For Grabs!

Enter this competition for your chance to win a bundle of products from WeTwo. We have two bundles to give away!

9 Pretty-Everywhere Maternity Dresses For Your Summer Wardrobe

Shop everything from maxi dresses to midi-length maternity dresses and wrap styles for a flattering look during pregnancy and beyond.

Kelly Simpkin-Clarke Introduces New Pregnancy Haircare Brand WeTwo

Kelly founded WeTwo, a natural hair, skin and feminine care brand on a mission to create clean and gentle beauty products for women.

INTERVIEW: A Walk In The Park With Model, Influencer And Mama-To-Be Laura Coleman

We join Laura for a walk around Victoria Park to test drive her pushchair of choice, the Stokke Xplory X Signature, and to talk about her pregnancy, nesting plans, and how she’s preparing for her June arrival.

Parental Control, Ep 58: Midwife Marley’s Nitty-Gritty Guide To Common Pregnancy Complaints

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Midwife Marley to the show to celebrate the launch of her new book: The modern bible for pregnancy, More

Leo Is Proud To Launch Her First Loungewear Collection

Zita and I are so excited to have launched these two lounge suits for pregnancy and postnatal. We first saw a version of the More

Best Babymoon Destinations Around The World 2022

Plan a once-in-a-lifetime babymoon with your loved one and choose from this round-up of truly blissful and luxurious destinations from around the world.

Parental Control, Ep 53: ‘Two New Mums’ Amy Voce And Jennie Longdon Talk Pregnancy, Birth And Baby Kit

Leo Bamford and Ellie Thompson team up with Virgin and Absolute Radio DJ’s Amy Voce and Jennie Longdon to chat pregnancy, birth and baby kit in this latest episode of Parental Control.

Parental Control, Ep 50: Pregnancy And What To Eat During Your First, Second And Third Trimester

A podcast with Leith’s trained chef Adam Shaw on foods to eat during pregnancy. Recipe inspiration for the first, second and third trimesters.

What Is The Best Pregnancy Supplement And When Should I Start Taking It?

Pregnancy or prenatal supplements are specially formulated to contain the vitamins and minerals you need to support you and your developing baby.

Why You Need A Pregnancy Pillow And Best Positions For Sleep

Having tried and tested a fair few products during each of our seven pregnancies, the My Baba team has one conclusion…

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The Best Fitness Classes For Pregnant Women In London

London has a wealth of prenatal and postnatal workout classes to guide you through pregnancy fitness safely, here are our recommendations.

Attention New Mums Returning To Work After Maternity Leave! Must-Read Support And Advice

Are you a new mum returning to work after maternity leave? Each person will feel differently about returning to work after having a baby. More

Stress During Pregnancy

5 Steps To Reduce Stress During Pregnancy

Stress affects us all, and although some of this is an alarming read there are some great easy steps to help you manage stress during pregnancy. 

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Routine In The Womb: How To Recognise What’s Normal For Your Baby

June marks the fourth national awareness month for the thought-provoking campaign, Routine in The Womb.

The Caesarean Scar: Everything You Need To Know

If you have had or are planning a caesarean, or know someone who is, then here is the commonest questions and answers covering everything you need to know about Caesarean Section scars.

Parental Control, Ep 39: Types Of Birth And How They Impact Future Pregnancies

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Ellie Rayner to the podcast to discuss how previous types of birth can have an impact on future pregnancy and subsequent births.

How To Dress Your Blossoming Bump For Autumn And Beyond

Shop AW21 maternity fashion with expert tips on how to dress during pregnancy.

Can I Drink During Pregnancy

Drinking During Pregnancy: What Is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

What effect can drinking alcohol whilst pregnant have on your baby? How is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosed?

Amy Neville On Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Becoming A Mother And Why She Loves Her New Stokke Xplory X

Model, fashion blogger and influencer Amy Neville chats openly about her pregnancy, and her subsequent diagnosis of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

REVIEW: How Useful Is The breathe ilo Fertility Tracker?

The breathe ilo is the world’s first breath analysis device that works to accurately predict your fertile days. All you have to do each day is take one minute to breathe into it.

Tummy Toning: Have I left It Too Late To Tone My Stomach After Having Kids?

Pregnancy is a long-term journey where your body is changing every day – it would be unnatural and unrealistic to expect things to simply return to ‘normal’ overnight.

What’s The Best Bra To Wear When Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?

If you’re looking to find the best bra to wear during pregnancy or breastfeeding, you’ve come to the right place. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy And Veins

Everything you need to know about varicose veins. Written by Professor Mark Whiteley, Consultant Venous Surgeon and Founder of The Whiteley Clinic.

What Is Obstetric Cholestasis And How Will It Affect My Pregnancy?

Obstetric Cholestasis is an uncommon liver disorder that can occur during pregnancy. In the UK around 7 in every 1000 women experience the condition, which is less than 1%.

Gestational Diabetes: What You Need To Know From Diagnosis To Birth And Beyond

Gestational diabetes is diabetes which occurs during pregnancy in non-diabetic women. ANY pregnant woman can be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but certain women are at a higher risk.

The Nitty Gritty Guide to Ovulation

I’ve pulled together advice from trusted sources so you’ll find everything you want to google about ovulation, all in one place.

Your Pelvic Floor Is For Life, Not Just For Pregnancy: Must-Have Tips To Avoid Weak Muscles

The reason we want you to do your pelvic floor exercises is to prevent bladder leaking problems during pregnancy and afterwards.

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Getting Pregnant: Everything You Need To Know About Implantation

Implantation is when a fertilised egg attaches to the lining of the uterus marking the beginning of pregnancy.

My Baba’s ‘Best In Boutique’ Brands At The Baby Show

My Baba Editor Ellie Thompson picks her top ten ‘best in boutique’ brands at The Baby Show Live. If you’d like free tickets to The Baby Show Live, click here and register now!

How Will My Baby Be Monitored In Labour?

Dr Ellie Rayner explains all you need to know about baby monitoring in labour. 

Parental Control, Ep 30: Tommy’s On Miscarriage: Why Women Are Being Let Down By A Lack Of Support

My Baba editor Ellie Thompson is joined by Tommy’s to discuss their new campaign to demand more support for women following a miscarriage and why that support is so badly needed.

How Can The COVID-19 Vaccine Impact My Period, Fertility Or Pregnancy?

Research by Yoppie, the pioneers of personalised period care, has found that some women are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it could impact their menstrual cycle, as well as their fertility. 

Growth Scans In Pregnancy: What Are They And Why Are They Performed?

A growth scan is an ultrasound scan that is normally performed in the third trimester of pregnancy and checks how well your baby is growing.

10 Summer Staples For Your Maternity Wardrobe

Lily & Ribbon is a specialist maternity and nursing boutique with a range of functional but fashionable clothes perfect to wear during pregnancy and beyond.

How To Look After Your Maternal Mental Health

Registered midwife and founder of My Expert Midwife shares her advice on maternal mental health to help new and expectant mums to understand this distinction and raise awareness of the support available to those who may be suffering with mental health issues.

The Hospital Bag: Leonora’s Guide On What To Pack

For my first baby, I must have taken three suitcases – half of which remained unopened – but for my second and third, I managed to pare it down to the essentials.

Optimising Your Health When Trying To Conceive

If you are thinking of conceiving, or are currently trying to conceive, here are a few important steps you should follow.

Should I Opt for a VBAC or Repeat Caesarean Section?

A Cesarean or a VBAC? Each woman is different and has the right to decide for herself how she wants to give birth.

10 Things You Need To Know About Rose And Rosie

We’re Rose and Rosie, and we’re married to each other and going to have a baby! Read on to find out 10 Things You Need To Know About Us.

Episiotomies, Forceps, Ventouse And Induction: The Low-Down On Birthing Interventions

What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is a procedure performed during labour, where a small cut is made to your perineum by your midwife More

False Labour Pains: What Are They? And How Do I Know If They’re Normal?

What are false labour pains? The difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and real labour contractions.

How To Approach Exercise During AND After Childbirth

There are many steps that you can take during and after pregnancy that will boost your physical and mental health. Prenatal and postnatal exercise tips by Elizabeth Frost, from Mama Baba Fit.

Pregnant In A Pandemic? Read The Latest Advice Here

The following article is provided in accordance with the latest advice by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Public Health England.

What Happens If I’m Diagnosed With Covid-19 During Pregnancy?

Should I take the Covid vaccine while pregnant? What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms? Your pregnancy and Covid-19 FAQs answered.

Preparing For Birth: The Best Stretches To Help With Labour

There’s no doubt labour is an extremely physical undertaking, so utilising some key stretches and strengthening moves prior and during, can really help take pressure off the body.

How To Use Superfoods To Increase Fertility And General Wellbeing

If you are serious about conceiving or wanting more energy, or you want to get your hormones back in check, because you feel like your emotions are out of control, the first thing I would suggest you do is start following an anti-inflammatory diet.

A Guide To Pregnancy Yoga: Everything You Need To Know

Can I carry on with yoga practice throughout my pregnancy? Should I practice different poses for different trimesters?

Expert Reveals Pregnancy Exercise Mistakes You’re Making

Pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert Dr. Joanna Helcké talks to us about the common mistakes we all make when exercising during pregnancy.

What To Expect From Pregnancy And Birth In Lockdown

Some important considerations for any expectant parent in light of the new lockdown restrictions to help you stay safe and stay well during your pregnancy and as you approach birth.

How Do I Treat Melasma When I’m Pregnant?

Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face.

Everything You Need To Know About Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain is a common condition affecting one in five pregnant women. It is important to note that symptoms vary in range and severity.

How To Lay The Foundations For A Healthy Pregnancy

Your baby relies on the right nutrients at the right time to enable different organs to mature, so it has to rely on the nutrient stores you have built in the preceding months leading up to pregnancy, not just what you are eating just at that moment.

Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby’s Birth Weight

To support the healthy development and birth weight of your baby, please be proactive and tackle the risks early with your GP and help reverse the lifelong consequences with an adequate diet and lifestyle.

Why We Love The New Natural & Organic Babycare Collection From Matchstick Monkey

An award-winning brand famous for its genius teething solutions, Matchstick Monkey has side-stepped effortlessly into skincare, with six genius new products for baby and you.

3, 2, 1 PUSH…! The Most Popular Songs To Give Birth To

Are you looking for a birthing playlist? Here’s a list ot the most popular songs to give birth to, including hits by Ed Sheeran and Adele.

New Parent Must-Read: Debunking Newborn Baby Myths

Dr. Sophie Niedermaier Patramani talks to us about newborn baby myths, and how to survive the first three months with your new baby.

7 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing A Stem Cell Bank

Have you thought about collecting your baby’s stem cells or cord blood?

Pregnancy and Teeth

How To Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Poor oral health, especially gum disease during pregnancy, has been associated with low birth weight, pre-eclampsia and pre-term birth in addition to general health issues related to heart and respiratory disease as well as gestational diaebetes.

The Modern Midwife On Understanding The Postnatal Period

In the postnatal series Marie Louise, The Modern Midwife runs through key things that will help you to plan for the first three months with your baby, which is commonly known as the fourth trimester.

The Modern Midwife On Navigating Pregnancy And Preparing For Birth 

Marie Louise, The Modern Midwife talks about her new online antenatal Pregnancy & Birth series with details on how you can sign up.

Abdominal Seperation

What Is Abdominal Separation and What Can I Do About it?

A lot of women worry about how their bodies will change during pregnancy, and are concerned in particular with abdominal separation. We asked our fitness expert More

Everything You Need To Know About Group B Strep & Pregnancy

What is group B Strep infection? How do I know if I am a carrier?

Pregnant In A Pandemic: Three Techniques To Help You Stay Calm & In Control

Pregnant In A Pandemic: Three Techniques To Help You Stay Calm & In Control

Fertility and birth specialist Kristin Hayward talks us through ways we can reduce stress levels, step away from Covid-19 and keep our baby happy when pregnant in a pandemic.

COVID-19 And Fertility Treatment: What We Know So Far…

Struggling with subfertility no matter when, always brings pain and suffering but never has this pain been more pronounced than in this pandemic.

Epidural 101: Everything Expectant Mothers Need to Know

Lesley Gilchrist, a registered midwife and co-founder of My Expert Midwife, shares her expert advice on epidurals, including the advantages, risks and complexities involved.

Join The Free Online Birth School For Parents To Be

Join moKee’s FREE online Birth School, helping mothers-to-be get ready for birth during these unusual circumstances.

Pregnancy Heartburn: Why It’s Happening And How To Cope

Heartburn is probably one of the most common ailments women suffer during pregnancy. While it is not threatening to your pregnancy or your baby, it sure can be uncomfortable you.

Can I Enjoy Sex During Pregnancy?

The feeling about sex whilst pregnant depends very much on individual feelings about sex, the partner’s feelings about sex, and the physical and emotional changes during the pregnancy.

5 Tips To Protect Your Immunity During Pregnancy

Pregnant women have been placed in a vulnerable group for coronavirus by the UK Chief Medical Officer on 16th March 2020, why is that, and what can you do to boost immunity during pregnancy?

7 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing An Antenatal Class

Choosing the right antenatal class is an important decision. You’ll need to think about what you’re looking to gain from the course, and what type of class you think will suit you best.

Help Protect The Planet With Sustainable Skincare For Expectant Mamas

All formulations are vegan, smell gorgeous and are made from 100% natural fragrances. Every item in the range is packaged in all-new sustainable packaging.

Everything You Need To Know About Ectopic Pregnancies

What is ectopic pregnancy? This is a term used when a pregnancy is implanted outside the womb. The normal site of implantation is within More

Why Improving Your Gut Health Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Baby – Before, During And After Pregnancy

Whether you’re trying for a baby, currently pregnant or coping with a newborn, there’s one simple thing you can do to massively improve things for both you and your baby – improve your gut health.

Egg Donation Abroad: Here’s How to Keep a Lid on Costs

Ask any UK IVF patient why they went abroad for treatment and most will say to find a cheaper clinic. Of course, the right combination of price and quality of treatment is the ideal solution, but does this really exist?

Parental Control, Ep 9: Everything You Need To Know About Gut Health In Pregnancy & Babies

In this month’s episode, nutritionist Jane Clarke talks to Leonora about both gut health during pregnancy and in babies.

What Is A Gender Reveal? Warning: Includes Real Gender Reveal Video That Will Melt Hearts!

A gender reveal party is becoming a growing trend. It’s a celebration during which parents and their friends and family find out the sex of their baby.

Why Is A Birth Plan So Important?

When it comes to your pregnancy, your labour and giving birth, the focus should be on you, your choices and preferences.

Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles? Meet The Treatment Revolutionising Lives

We want to introduce you to the breakthrough treatment that works to tone and restore pelvic floor muscles. What’s more, it’s a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment which, let’s face it, sounds good, no? We think so.

Can I Have a Normal Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes?

If you have pre-existing diabetes, you may be wondering, “Can I have a healthy pregnancy?” While the simple answer to this question is a resounding “yes!” there are some special considerations for women with diabetes who wish to become pregnant.

9 Exercises to Relieve Back Tension Throughout Pregnancy (and How to Perform Them Safely)

Back pain is a common problem throughout pregnancy, and in this article I hope to give you some methods of mobilising your spine, to manage or even eradicate your aches and pains.

What is Pre-eclampsia and How Will it Affect My Pregnancy?

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women and is associated with having high blood pressure. It is a fairly common condition during pregnancy for women, affecting up to six per cent of pregnant women in the UK.

Pregnant? 10 Things You Need to Know About Iron

Most mums-to-be understand the importance of folate or folic acid for a healthy pregnancy. But did you know that iron is equally important, for both mother and baby? Too little iron during pregnancy has also been linked to low birth weight, premature delivery and an increased risk of bleeding after birth.

7 Ways to Take Charge and Give Birth Like A Feminist

It may take years or even generations to turn birth around and get it back onto a course that truly serves every woman as an individual. But you, you are where this change starts. The change starts with you. Here’s what you can do.

Parental Control, Episode 4: Are We Too Impatient About Getting Pregnant? How To Boost Your Odds Of Conception

How can you assess how fertile you are? Does mental health have an impact on fertility? And are you falling for the common fertility myths? Listen to the latest My Baba podcast episode here.

Fertility Treatments Explained: What Are My Options?

The most important thing you can do is make sure you and your partner have had a full medical evaluation beforehand to see if any cause can be found and if this treatment is necessary for you.

Common Sleep Problems & Advice on How to Sleep Well During Pregnancy

The Kally Pillow is perfect for use during pregnancy to enable you to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

8 Tips to Boost Your Fertility and Chances of Conceiving

Whether you’re looking to improve your chances of getting pregnant naturally, or need some help with treatment you may be having for fertility, here are Dr Larisa Corda’s top tips for boosting your chances of conceiving

How to Deal with Emotional & Physical Changes During Pregnancy

While having a new baby is a family matter and partners also experience change, women walk through several transitions along the path from pregnancy to motherhood.

Six Safe Exercises For a Strong, Active Pregnancy

These bodyweight and resistance-based exercises will specifically strengthen the muscles that are most compromised during pregnancy.

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Should I Vaccinate? Chicken Pox, Pregnancy & Toddlers

Vaccination of children is not currently advised in UK, even if mother is pregnant and in the midst of an outbreak. She is 98-99% likely to be immune.

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Five Different Baby Positions in The Womb & What They Mean

The position of your baby in the womb becomes more important during the third trimester of your pregnancy. The experts at Window to The Womb give us the low-down of each possible position, and what it might mean for birth.

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Everything Meghan Markle Needs to Know About Pregnancy Piles

The signs should Meghan (and other mums-to-be) should be aware of when it comes to haemorrhoids, and ways they can be treated during pregnancy.

Going Back On Contraception Post Pregnancy? Here’s What You Need To Know

You may start to ovulate very soon after your delivery, even if you’re breastfeeding, and therefore you are at risk of pregnancy if you return to sexual intercourse without protection.

How To Look After Your Stomach During Pregnancy

What is an abdominal diastasis? And is it normal? During pregnancy, as your baby grows, your abdominal muscles and fascia must stretch to allow More

How Omega 3 Can Improve Your Pregnancy

How Omega 3 Can Improve Your Pregnancy

A review of more than 70 clinical trials has found that increased intake of omega 3 essential fatty acids during pregnancy is linked to a lower risk of premature births.

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How to Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

It’s extremely important to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible both before and during pregnancy. Poor oral health, in particular, gum disease is linked to low birth weight, in addition to general health issues related to heart and respiratory disease in adults.

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12 Must-Have Maternity Products at 21 Weeks Pregnant

Here are the key maternity products I’m using at 21 weeks pregnant. The first trimester is over, the sickness bands and 4Head sticks have been put back in the drawer and I’m finding that there are really only a few key things I’m using right now. 

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Top 10 Common Pregnancy Pains & How to Prevent, Help and Treat Them

Although it can be a time of significant emotional, physical, hormonal and social change as the body adapts to and recovers from childbirth, pregnancy More

How to Deal with The “Nitty Gritty“ Parts of Pregnancy

Every woman is different and each pregnancy differs from one to another.  Some mothers get most symptoms, find pregnancy quite uncomfortable while others experience less discomforts and “bloom” throughout their pregnancy. Neither circumstance is an indication of the outcome of pregnancy.

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

As a women’s health physiotherapist, my goal is to make sure women are informed of the changes that can occur with their bodies in More

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What Are The Risks of Hugging and Kissing Your Child When Pregnant?

Should you also abstain from hugging and kissing your other children in order to prevent the spread of infection and CMV viruses?

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The Low-Down on Anti-Sickness Pills & How to Alleviate Morning Sickness

Everything you need to know about morning sickness pills, whether they are safe and what are the best ones to take – as well as offering alternate ways to prevent sickness.

Do I Really Need A Maternity Bra

Do I Really Need a Maternity Bra? What to Wear When Pregnant

Breasts are supported by ligaments as opposed to muscle, making them much more susceptible to hormonal changes. During the first trimester your breasts may More

Top Tips for the Labour Room

Worried About Giving Birth? Check Out This Top 10 Tips for the Labour Room

I have been in midwifery for seven years now and have had various experiences whilst supporting women and their partners throughout labour. Some have More

Best Parenting Books Autumn 2018

12 of The Best New Parenting Books This Autumn Winter

Navigating pregnancy and parenting is a minefield at best. Yes, there’s always Google to give you a quick answer to whatever it is you’re going through, but can you always trust the information you read online (unless you’re on My Baba of course!)?

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Pregnancy Migraines: The Facts You Need to Know

Tiredness, morning sickness and swollen ankles are all things that are expected during pregnancy, but what many women do not expect are migraines. The More

How To Combat Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

Lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. We find out what’s causing it and how to relieve it.

What IS Hypnobirthing? Everything You Need To Know

Sophie Fletcher is the author of ‘Mindful Hypnobirthing’ a clinical hypnotherapist and doula. She lectures at Universities across the UK on hypnosis and mindfulness More

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancy with Hypnobirthing

An expert article by Rosie Goode, one of the UK’s leading Hypnotherapists and founder of London’s renowned Hypnobirthing Works on how to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy with hypnobirthing.

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Dads: 10 Practical Ways to be Helpful During Pregnancy

A generation or two ago you were more likely to see a fully-grown llama attending a birth than the father of the child. Now something like 90% of deliveries have the dad-to-be in attendance. With this shift has also come a gradual increase in the involvement of the father in the pregnancy itself.

Top Tips for the Labour Room

How To Reduce The Risk Of Tearing During Labour

Unfortunately, 85% of first-time mums will have a vaginal tear during labour. Physiotherapist Jenny Constable advises how to lower your risk of tears.

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Emmerdale Star Samantha Giles on Pregnancy, Kids & Kitties

Cats Protection have just launched their latest campaign, Baby Love: Kids & Kitties. It’s a campaign that educates and encourages couples to keep their More

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Moving Home When Pregnant? The Do’s and Don’ts…

Don’t leave things to the last minute. We recommend people start preparing for their move a few months out and use a checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything.

How To Help Your Baby’s Gut Health Right From The Start

Breastfeeding and caesarean birth affects your baby’s gut health. Here’s how you can help their gut health from the very start.

Anna Williamson on pregnancy anxiety, supporting your partner, and taking the pressure off

TV presenter and author Anna Williamson talks to us about coping with anxiety, supporting your partner and taking the pressure off.

How To Combat Eczema During Pregnancy

Eczema is the most common skin condition during pregnancy. Here’s how to treat dry and eczema prone skin when pregnant.

Gut Health & Pregnancy: What To Eat And What To Avoid

Treating your gut right can alleviate discomfort during pregnancy. Here’s how to prepare your gut for pregnancy to support you and your baby’s health.

Beat the Bloat

What Causes Bloating During Pregnancy?

Leonora speaks to health expert Jane Clarke about why women feel bloated during pregnancy and the best ways to remedy it.

Would you and your baby have survived pregnancy and birth without medical help?

In the UK, we have the NHS to look after us when things go wrong. What might have happened if you hadn’t had antenatal checks, or medical support before, during or after the birth? Would you both have survived?

6 Ways To Beat Sleepless Nights During Pregnancy

78% of mums-to-be suffer from pregnancy insomnia. Here are simple things you can do to get a better night’s kip.

Debunking The Top Contraceptive Myths

Debunking The Top 10 Contraceptive Myths

I’ve met several sensible adults who believe myths about how to avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It’s time to set the record straight and separate the truth from the speculation.

What IS That Smell? Why Pregnancy Affects Your Sense Of Smell And How To Deal With It

One surprising quirk of pregnancy is a heightened sense of smell, we look at how pregnancy affects your nose and how to deal with its undesirable symptoms.

Should I Exercise During Pregnancy

Should I Be Exercising During The First Few Weeks of Pregnancy?

If you’ve just found out your pregnant, or perhaps have even found yourself in the two-week wait and want to take extra precaution, this More

8 Exercises You Should Never Do During Pregnancy

Exercise can be highly beneficial during pregnancy, but overexertion and risky workouts can put you and your baby at risk.

5 Reasons To Practise Pilates During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the most beautiful and empowering times in a woman’s life, but it can also be scary as More

9 Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups A Beauty Editor Swears By

Beauty Editor Grace Timothy dispels the ‘pregnant glow’ myth and gets real about health and beauty products that helped her through pregnancy.

Getting Pregnant: The Contraceptive Pill, Alcohol Intake & Supplements

I’ve been on the contraceptive pill for 15 years. Will this mean it will take me longer to get

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Choosing A Baby Name? Popular Trends for 2018

Choosing a baby name can be really exciting, but with lots of couples often disagreeing over names, t’s clear the task can be troublesome for many.

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The Secret to Enjoying Labour: 10 Benefits of Mindful Birthing

Being mindful can help you have a stress-free pregnancy and birth experience, and let’s face it – I think we all like the sound of that! 

Genetic Testing Pre Pregnancy

Home Genetic Testing Kits – Should We Be Getting Tested Pre Pregnancy?

We talk to Dr Ellie Cannon about a new home genetics testing kit, and whether testing for health problems should become part of a pre-pregnancy routine. 

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All You Need To Know About The Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

The lergy. It’s definitely that time of year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve already been struck down with two viruses back to More

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The Gruesome Truth About Haemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Pregnant with piles? Wondering what to do to treat them or prevent them? Look no further. Leading expert Mr Nick West is on hand to advise.

14 Steps To Follow Before You Decide To Have Children!

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

How To Sleep Safely During Pregnancy

We speak to Marina Fogle from The Bump Class on the #SleepOnSide campaign and the link between sleeping supine (on back) in late pregnancy and stillbirth.

The Importance of a Stress-Free Pregnancy

Registered osteopath Holly Siddall talks to My Baba about the effects of stress and how to reduce it during your pregnancy.

The #TBT Debate: Exercising During Pregnancy With Diabetes?

Should you limit your exercise routine when diabetic and pregnant? We’d love to hear your experience with diabetes and exercise, particularly when pregnant!

How To Make The Most Of Your Midwife After Birth

It’s important to make the most of your time with your midwife so you’re properly prepared for your baby’s arrival. Building a good relationship More

The #TBT Debate: What Should You Expect During Your Second Trimester?

We look back on Gynaecologist Dr Etienne Horner’s 2014 piece on all things second trimester related. How did your body change during your second trimester?

The #TBT Debate: Can You Enjoy Sex When Pregnant?

This Thursday, we are reposting a 2012 expert piece from Dr Etienne Horner. We ask whether you can enjoy sex when pregnant and is it safe?  

4 Myths About Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

We look into the myths behind pregnancy hair loss and reveal the truth behind the connection between pregnancy, breastfeeding and hair loss.

What is Pre-eclampsia

What IS Pre-eclampsia? A Guide to Everything You Need To Know

To mark National Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Day on Friday 22nd July, we asked Wellbeing of Women, the leading charity funding pioneering research into women’s reproductive More

Reflexology for Labour

Can Reflexology Induce Labour?

1) How effective and exactly how does reflexology induce labour? The days leading to childbirth

Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Ovulation

Fertility expert Zita West answers the most frequently asked questions on ovulation.

Back pain during pregnancy

Do Chiropractic Techniques Help Back Pain During and After Pregnancy?

Back pain during and after pregnancy is a huge issue for many mothers;  the articles we’ve published on the subject over the years continue More

The Best Exercises To Do Throughout Your Pregnancy

Founder and owner of Transition Zone Claire Finlay advises which exercises to do during each trimester of your pregnancy.

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The Jellie Diaries Part 30: 36 Weeks Today! Let’s Talk Taboos

Find out how Jamie and Ellie are getting on now week 36 of pregnancy. From taboo ailments to birth preferences, surely they’re now on the home run.

Things Pregnant Women Should Know

A Quick Guide To Things Every Pregnant Woman Should Know 

Prepare yourself for a long list! But once that second line showed up on the test I realised there was a lot of things More

15 Things I Hated About Pregnancy

15 Things I Hated About My Pregnancy

There’s that constant talk about the celebrated ‘glow’ women experience during pregnancy. Well, I have been pregnant twice and both times were equally as uncomfortable More

Chromosome Testing

National Down’s Syndrome Day: Did You Test for Down’s Syndrome & Other Chromosomal Disorders? 

The aim of the SAFE test Panorama and Harmony tests are to find out whether your unborn baby has a chromosomal abnormality, such as down’s syndrome.

Safe Exercising During Pregnancy

Pregnancy: Relaxin and Postural Change: Which Exercises Are Safe During Pregnancy?

I’ve been seeing the lovely guys from Opus throughout my pregnancy and not only has it made me feel great, it’s nice to have More

22 Week 4D Scan

The Jellie Diaries Part 23: Baby’s 4D Baby Scan at 22 Weeks

You can book a 4D scan appointment at any one of the branches of Window to the Womb, based all over the country.

Jellie Diary Part 22

The Jellie Diaries: Part 22: Black Eyes & Migraines at 22 Weeks

Check out part 22 of the Jellie Diary, as they hit 22 weeks of pregnancy. Products featured in the video are included below: My More

Clemmie Hooper on How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out!

We caught up with mummy blogger and community based midwife Clemmie Hooper this week to celebrate the launch of her new book, ‘How to More

Pregnancy Diary Part 21

The Jellie Diaries Part 21: Woah, We’re Half Way There… The 20 Week Scan

Check out this week’s Jellie diary, they’ve finally reached the half way point, at 20 weeks, and they head back to the Royal Surrey More

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Try These Breathing Retraining Exercises To Support Your Body During Pregnancy

In practice I find most people are upper rib breathers, over-using the muscles in their chest and neck rather than the diaphragm. This might More

Jellie IVF Video Diary

The Jellie Diaries Part 20: The Ailments of Pregnancy…!

Check out what Ellie and Jamie have been up to in part 20 of their IVF/pregnancy diary. Sanggol® Maternity and Body Pillow Aquaflex Weighted More

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Will Hormonal Changes Affect Your Beauty During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is the period when your whole life is turned upside down and everything you knew before becomes different, ranging from emotions to relationships. More