Are aromatherapy and essential oils really effective or is it just a load of superstitious nonsense? Here's all the evidence for and against to help you make the right decisions for your pregnancy, labour and baby. Safety guidelines, which essential oils to choose, how to treat nausea, colds, headaches, oedema & more.
You might have started to notice that your plughole is clogged with hair when you shower, or your hairbrush is filling up every single time you brush your hair. It's completely normal for new mums to suffer from hair loss after giving birth, but it can be quite dramatic and disconcerting!
Reflux, also referred to as indigestion or heartburn, is incredibly common in pregnancy. You may well end up struggling to eat in the day and struggling to sleep at night because of the discomfort. If you are having trouble, there are a number of dietary and lifestyle changes you can make before having to resort to medication.
The maximum amount of caffeine the NHS says you are allowed each day when you're pregnant is 200mg. That equates to two cups of instant coffee or just one filter coffee, or 3 small cups of tea. When you're breastfeeding, you might also like to continue to avoid caffeine. While some mums can't wait to get back to their regular coffee routine (and some may well pick up a habit when faced with very little sleep in the first few months!), other mums believe too much caffeine makes it harder for their baby to sleep, or you may also want to stay...
Do you know what you need to take to the birth centre or hospital for your labour, birth and postnatal stay? Most hospitals will have first time mums staying for a minimum of 2 days, so you need to be prepared to make things as smooth as possible. Benefit from the collective wisdom of countless NCT and baby forum mums with this comprehensive hospital birth bag checklist for you, baby and dad.