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On average, the first stage of labour lasts 10 to 14 hours...are you prepared for the long haul?

On average, the first stage of labour lasts 10 to 14 hours...are you prepared for the long haul?

Obviously every labour is different but here is a guide on what to expect during the first stage of labour, with hints and tips along the way. Even if you are planning a hospital birth, for the first stage of labour you're likely to be at home for a number of hours beforehand. For this time it's a good idea to get prepared with tools and techniques to help with contraction pain. A Labour TENS machine, heat pads, massage oil, music, combined with movement, breathing techniques and a bath/shower is a good start. Remember the longer you can labour at home the less your...

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Natural pain relief in early labour

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Natural pain relief in early labour

Recently a friend told me about his wife going into labour and the birth of his child. "We went up to the hospital, bags packed, ready to get the show on the road, but then we were told she hadn't dilated enough and we were sent back home," he told me. "She was so disappointed." It's a story that would be familiar for many first-time mums. Knowing when you've reached established labour is hard to gauge - and as the pain continues to get worse, you're not sure how much you can take before heading to hospital. But if your pregnancy is...

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What are the benefits of using a Labour TENS?

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What are the benefits of using a Labour TENS?

A combination of factors contribute to the potential benefits of using a TENS machine during labour. Women find that the use of a TENS unit helps them to feel in control of labour, be less anxious and offers a distraction from contractions.  Many women prefer or choose to use TENS during labour because it is a drug-free alternative and allows them to be present during their child’s birth.  Medical professionals and experts have advocated several advantages of using TENS, including: It is safe for you and your baby You don’t need an anaesthesiologist, doctor or midwife to use it You...

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Ten Top Tips to Cope with Morning Sickness

Ten Top Tips to Cope with Morning Sickness

“Why is it called morning sickness when I feel sick all of the time?” Well, apparently morning sickness is more likely to occur earlier in the day.  Some women find it occurs all day long! Never underestimate the changes your body is going through. Early on, you may not look pregnant but during early pregnancy hormones rush through your body like never before. That nauseas feeling can start as early as 6 weeks and tends to peak around the eighth and ninth weeks. Check out our top tips for dealing with morning sickness. Eat little and often. Always have on...

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8 things you may not know about Colostrum...

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8 things you may not know about Colostrum...

COLOSTRUM ... liquid GOLD! Here's 8 things you may not know about Colostrum... 1. Your breasts start to produce colostrum during pregnancy. 2. Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, high in protein, high in antibodies, and low in fat (as human newborns may find fat difficult to digest). 3. Newborns have very small digestive systems, and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. 4. Colostrum has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby's first stool, which is called meconium. 5. Colostrum contains large numbers of antibodies called "secretory immunoglobulin" (IgA) that help protect the mucous membranes...

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