Pregnancy Advice and Information

Listening to your baby’s heartbeat at home: Should you?

Devices for listening to your baby’s heartbeat at home: False reassurance  What you should know about home dopplers and phone apps for listening to your baby's heartbeat.So what is a home doppler for pregnancy? It's...
Safe Sleep advice

12 Key Points for Safe Sleeping – Reducing the risk of SIDS

Safe Sleeping - Reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) SIDS is one of those subjects that sometimes we'd rather not talk about. We hope it never happens. It's painful to think about...

Screening Tests in Pregnancy – Sickle Cell Disease & Thalassaemia

Screening Tests in Pregnancy - Sickle Cell Disease & Thalassaemia What is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Thalassaemia? Both disorders are serious genetically inherited conditions that affect the way oxygen is carried around the body. Being...

Screening Tests in Pregnancy – 20 week scan

Screening Tests in Pregnancy - 20 week scan  Early in your pregnancy you will be asked if you want to have the 20 week scan. This may also be called the 'anomaly scan' or the 'mid...

Screening Tests in Pregnancy – Screening for Trisomies

Screening Tests in Pregnancy - Screening for Trisomies Down's Syndrome, Patau's Syndrome and Edward's Syndrome. Combined Screening, Quadruple Test and Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) These syndromes are also called trisomies. We have 23 pairs of chromosomes...

Screening Tests in Pregnancy – Infectious Diseases

Screening Tests in Pregnancy - Infectious Diseases Infectious diseases. The test for infectious diseases is one sample of blood taken at the booking appointment with consent.The results are usually given to you at your next antenatal...

What you need to know about: Screening Tests in Pregnancy

What you need to know about: Screening Tests in Pregnancy  So you've had the positive pregnancy test, you're over the moon/petrified/excited/scared. You've been to the doctor and they've given you loads of information to read. You...

7 Things NOT to say to a pregnant woman.

7 Things NOT to say to a pregnant woman. Being pregnant or a new mum is hard enough. In my opinion compliments rather than judgements go down a lot better. If they want your opinion or...

Essentials to pack in your hospital bag

Essentials to pack in your hospital bag So you've gone past 30 weeks or so and started thinking about packing your hospital bag (if you're on your 2nd or 3rd you've probably already reached 38 weeks...

Recognising Sepsis

SEPSIS Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury.In sepsis, the infection has entered the blood stream. The infection can now be carried around...

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