Health and Symptoms

Healthy living and advice for common symptoms

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.

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.

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.

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.

What Causes Stretch Marks And How Can I Treat Them?

Although stretch marks are mostly genetic there are absolutely things that you can do to prepare your skin for pregnancy and reduce the chances of long term scar formation associated. 

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.

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.

When My Baby Dies by Julia Samuels

Dealing With Baby Loss: Advice From Psychotherapist And Author, Julia Samuel

Coming to terms with the death of a baby. Expert advice from Psychotherapist and Paediatric Counsellor, Julia Samuel.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Best Pregnancy And Nursing Pillows To Help You Sleep

If you are pregnant and struggling to sleep, check out these pregnancy pillows designed to help you get more comfortable at night to get the rest you need.

Best Online Exercises Classes (Plus Prenatal Options) To Get Fit This Year

If you’re still figuring out how to honour that all-important New Year’s resolution of getting fit, we’ve got just the solution for you: get 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. 

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?

Varicose Veins and pregnancy

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.

Recommended Products You’ll Want To Use After Having A Caesarean Section

I had to have a C-section with my last baby and having had two natural births, there was a lot to learn. Here’s a selection of recommended products you’ll want to stock up on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Mother’s Story: I Almost Lost My Newborn Baby To Group B Strep

After a straightforward pregnancy and extremely fast labour, Matilda was born in Scarborough Hospital on 24 April 2017, but Melissa, quickly sensed that all was not well.

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.

Help Reduce Still Birth Rates With The Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet

The Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet is an emotional and purposeful way to monitor your baby’s movement during pregnancy.

How to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor in 5 Easy Steps

How To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor In 5 Easy Steps

Recommended by over a thousand health professionals, the Elvie trainer is a wearable kegal trainer that works in tandem with its accompanying app.

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.

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?

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

7 Must-Book Treatments For London Mamas This Mother’s Day

To celebrate the London mama in your life this Mother’s Day, why not choose an at-home treatment from new London concierge service Motherly Needs?

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.

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.

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.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Blossoming Mamas-to-Be

If you’re looking for the perfect mum-to-be Christmas gift this year then look no further. Mama Mio have Christmas presents for pregnant women all More

Do You Need Vitamin D? If You’re A Mum, Mum-To-Be Or Baby, Here’s The Answer

Vitamin D is something we absorb when our skin is exposed to sunlight but during the winter months, most of us aren’t getting enough of it.

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.

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.

6 Surprising Things That Happen To Your Skin During Pregnancy

While the big bump and needing to pee all the time are obvious symptoms of pregnancy, there are a few skin changes that may surprise you.

Surviving A Pregnancy: A Personal Experience Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

From not being able to eat or drink anything without throwing up to becoming so ill she couldn’t stand up and having to be admitted to hospital, NW8 founder Karin Thyselius writes about her experience of hyperemesis gravidarum.

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.

What is Diastasis Recti

Abdominal Separation: Tips For Restoring Your Core Post Pregnancy

A tummy gap or Diastasis Recti is a gap of roughly 2.7cm or more between the 2 sides of the muscle that covers the front surface of the tummy area (Rectus Abdominis Muscle).

chicken pox vaccine

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.

piles during pregnancy

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.

pregnancy and teeth

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.

Pregnancy Chat Rooms Abbreviations Explained

222 Pregnancy and Parenting Chat Room Acronyms Explained

Online chat rooms can be a great source of information and support when you’re trying to conceive, if you’re a new mum, or just 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

cmv infections

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?

morning sickness

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.

pregnancy migraines

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

Dealing with Hernias and Haemorrhoids In and After Pregnancy

An expert article on hernias and haemorrhoids in and after pregnancy by Gordon Buchanan, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Lister Hospital.

James Duigan on Fertility and Stress

James Duigan’s Clean and Lean Pregnancy Guide on Fertility and Stress

For years studies have been showing that stress is linked to fertility – which can lead to a vicious cycle of feeling stressed that 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.

From Contractions to the Birthing Pool: A Day in the Life of a Midwife

To celebrate International Day of the Midwife our resident midwife and birth-trauma expert Lesley Gilchrist’s account of ‘A Day in the Life of a Midwife’ details a typical 24-hour shift.

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.

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.

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.

Flu jab during pregnancy

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

Piles

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.

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.

Post Natal Pilates

10 Ways Pilates Can Help You Through Your Pregnancy

Research shows that pregnant women who stay active feel better, have a better delivery and recover faster. We asked the experts at FittaMamma to More

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!

Hair Loss and Pregnancy with Tips for Keeping Luscious Locks

You rarely hear about the bad skin and hair loss that can happen during pregnancy; people are usually talking about that radiant glow. I More

Top Tips for Exercise During Pregnancy

If your pregnancy is normal and you feel fine and up to it, moderate exercise at this stage can help you feel better, but don’t feel pressured.

Top Tips for Managing Pregnancy Aches and Pains

How to Cope with Pregnancy Aches and Pains

Pregnancy can be a trying time for some, the body goes through much change, a lot of it completely unexpected. We asked Capital Physio’s thoughts More

Help with Polycystic Ovaries

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that our readers often write in about, and in some cases it can cause difficulties for couples trying to More

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

Nutritionist on Fertility

Britain’s Most Trusted Nutritionist on What You Should Be Eating When Trying to Conceive

How important is your diet when you’re trying to conceive? I think it’s incredibly

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.

5 Yoga Poses Perfect for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the perfect time to be practising yoga. Here’s Tara Lee’s quick guide to 5 yoga poses perfect for pregnancy.

Bouncing Back from Sleep Deprivation

Bouncing Back from Sleep Deprivation

An informative article in how to bounce back from sleep deprivation and what things might help.

Pregnancy and Sleep

Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Sleep

For sleep awareness week we’ve asked sleep expert Dave Gibson to share some invaluable advice on how to achieve a good night’s sleep during pregnancy.

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

Interview with Gestational Diabetes

Everything You Need To Know About Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is something that affects woman during pregnancy. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Gestational diabetes is More

Joanna Helcke Interview

Dr. Joanna Helckè on The Importance of Exercise During Pregnancy & How Easily The Body Bounces Back

This week, check out my On The Sofa inteview with Dr. Joanna Helckè on the importance of exercise is during pregnancy. Besides the questions every pregnant woman More

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

Post Pregnancy Nutrition

Important Advice on Post-Pregnancy Nutrition

In the weeks after welcoming your bundle of joy into the world, you may find yourself eager to lose your pregnancy weight and fit More

breathing

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