Keeping Cool in Pregnancy

Great a heatwave

Said no pregnant woman ever!

The midwives at Tommy’s have some great advice about how to keep yourself cool during the heatwave.

It is very warm in the unit at the moment. If you do need to visit the hospital we recommend that you wear light layers, take a refillable water bottle and face flannel. A cooling face spray and/or battery powered personal fan would also be beneficial.

If you feel unwell in the heat don’t hesitate to contact the team, your GP or the pregnancy advice line 0300 123 5473

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Ask Us About…Bump Bonding and Responsive Parenting

Did you know that baby’s have needs before they are born and that Responsgive Parenting starts in pregnancy?

You can help your baby’s brain develop to in pregnancy by taking time out to relax and bond with them. This can be as simple as responding to your baby’s kicks with a gentle nudge of your own.

Talking, reading and/ or singing to your growing baby and stroking your bump are also wonderful ways to increase yours and your baby’s oxytocin and promote bonding and brain development.

You can invite your partner, children and other close family and friends to start to develop a relationship with your baby in the same way.

Learning your baby’s normal pattern of movements and responding to any changes helps to keep your baby safe.

Ask your midwife about Bump Bonding, Responsive Parenting and monitoring your baby’s movements in pregnancy.

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#AskUs about… Developing Sibling Relationship

Ask your midwife about how to involve your children and partner in bump bonding.

Encouraging other family members to feel the baby move and talk, sing and read to your bump encourages family bonding and promotes baby brain development.

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Ask Us about… Skin To Skin with Partners

Did you know that skin-to-skin is beneficial for parents and siblings as well as for your baby?

For the birthing mother skin to skin enhances the release of her oxytocin which in addition to aiding bonding and breastfeeding, helps to contract the uterus after birth, delivering the placenta and reducing maternal blood loss after birth. Because of theses benefits we recommend that birthing mother have at least one hour if uninterrupted skin to skin as soon as possible after birth, ideally with the first feed taking place skin to skin.

If circumstances don’t allow the birthing parent to have skin to skin or once it has taken place we support other care givers and family members ( i.e. The other parent/partner, older siblings) to have skin to skin. Study’s have found higher levels of oxytocin in fathers who had skin to skin with their baby’s shortly after birth compared to those who didn’t.

For your baby skin-to-skin is wonderful way to transition from the uterus in to the world. It had been shown to help your baby regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing and start to develop their immune system through the colonisation of their skin with friendly bacteria.

Being close to you helps your baby to feel safe, secure and loved. When they feel like this your baby will release the hormone Oxytocin which has a wonderful effect on brain development helping your baby to be happy and grow in to a confident child and later adult.

Ask your midwife about how you can incorporate skin-to-skin in to your birth preferences.

Ask Us About…Positioning and Attachment

Ask your midwife about how to tell if your baby is positioned and attached well and is getting enough milk.

Good positioning and attachment at the breast is extremely important. Effective attachment ensures that your baby gets enough milk at each feed and that your milk supply is stimulated. It also prevents sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts and mastitis.

While you can’t see how much milk your baby is drinking at each feed there are lots of signs that show that your baby is attached well and getting enough milk.

Talk to your midwife in pregnancy about effective breastfeeding or come along to one of our antenatal breastfeeding classes. If you’ve already had your baby talk to your midwife about a breastfeeding assessment.

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Ask Us About…Hand Expressing

Ask your midwife about hand expressing.

Did you know that being able to hand express is a really useful skill? Hand expressing can be used to help attachment, relieve engorgement and sort out a blocked duct. It is also the best way to express colostrum (the first milk)

However you are planning to feed your baby, they can really benefit from having colostrum as their first feeds.

Colostrum can be hand expressed in pregnancy and stored in small syringes ready for your baby’s arrival.

Ask your midwife about hand expressing or come along to the Colostrum Collection Drop In on a Thursday afternoon (14:00-16:00) the Parentcraft room at the back of antenatal clinic.

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#AskUs about… Responsive Parenting

Babies have Needs not Wants

It is impossible to spoil a baby. They are not capable of learning a routine or self soothing.

Responding to their cues for comfort and food helps them feel secure, even if they continue to cry while being held.

When a baby’s need for love and attention are met they feel safe, secure and happy. This results in the release of Oxytocin and enhances their brains.

Ask your midwife about responsive parenting and responsive feeding.

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