Whilst it is fairly common for a preterm baby to change positions in the uterus frequently, by the third trimester most babies prefer to move into a “head down” position. This is thought to be because the top part of the uterus is roomier and allows more space for the baby to move it’s legs (and therefore keep it’s mother up all night!)
Turning “head down” for vaginal delivery is advantageous for a couple of reasons. Firstly, coming out head first allows the cervix to open completely to let the largest part of the baby out first so that the rest generally follows easily. Also, the head fits neatly against the cervix during labour, similar to an egg in an egg cup, which prevent the umbilical cord from slipping out first and being compressed.
read more “Bottoms Up: Options for breech babies”
A midwife’s view of international women’s day.
Being a woman and being ‘with woman’ – the very definition of a midwife; I feel the importance to reflect on what this means today and be proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with all those women that have walked before me, besides me and in front of me. read more “Happy International Women’s Day 2018”
A healthy pregnancy needs a healthy body, and the best way to achieve this is by making sure you’re eating well. Ideally, you should start putting healthy habits into practice as soon as you start planning to become pregnant. read more “Eating for two? Your guide to nutrition in pregnancy”
Whether you were an exercise bunny before you got pregnant or you’re allergic to the gym, all pregnant women without complications are encouraged to keep up an active lifestyle throughout their pregnancy. read more “Exercise in pregnancy: what helps and what could hurt”