#AskTheMidwife Q&A with Louise Broadbridge - 14th April

by Louise Broadbridge

On Tuesday, I went LIVE on Instagram with Your Baby Club to answer all of your burning questions around conception, pregnancy and babies on their new weekly Live series #AskTheMidwife with me, Louise aka The Honest Midwife. So everyone can benefit from the answers, we've compiled all of the questions and answers from the live session for you. If you have a question that's not covered here, feel free to message me directly on my Instagram or visit my website - Let's Talk Birth and Baby.

Last week's Q&A can be found here.

What age should I introduce bottles when breastfeeding?

A lot of it depends on the reason why you’re wanting to introduce bottles, so it could be that you’re going back to work or you want to go on a night out I would say if you’re breastfeeding then it’s best to get breastfeeding really established before you start switching and giving either express breastmilk from bottle or formula. So, I think from about five weeks is a good time to start giving that expressed breast milk bottle if that’s what you’re going to do. But there is no fixed time I think the longer that you leave it the more opinionated our little people get and you may start to struggle for them to take it initially but I think definitely if you’re hoping to breastfeed in the long term get that going first and then switch. There’s no fixed rule, just don’t do it too soon.

[Read more: When Will I Wean My Breastfed Baby?]

Can I breastfeed successfully with inverted nipples?

Yes, and often people who have quite flat nipples or inverted nipples worry about this understandably, but what you often find is that as the baby latches on and sucks it will actually draw the nipple out. It might be a bit harder, to begin with, to get the baby to latch but if you’ve got some good support you should be fine.

[Read more: Breastfeeding 101]

If you have a low-lying placenta, can you still go for a walk?

Absolutely, you must go out and get exercise regularly, often low-lying placentas do move, but it's not a reason not to have exercise. Unless you've been advised not to by your doctor or midwife, but on the whole keep moving.

Is itching common in pregnancy?

It is really common in pregnancy, but it is important to keep an eye on it. As the baby grows, your skin stretches which can cause itching, but if you find you're getting itching on your hands and feet, especially at night and it's itchy, then you really must speak to your midwife because it could be a sign of a condition called obstetric cholestasis which is a liver condition and it's something that would need to be monitored. The vast majority of the time, itching is fine, but you do need to get it checked out if it's predominantly on your hands and feet as well.

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Due to current situations, any extra tips on what to pack in yours/baby’s hospital bag?

There’s nothing particularly that I would add as an extra per se, but there are some things that I always recommend that people don’t often think about:

  • Some straws are always quite good, just because you may want to drink throughout labour and it's not that easy if you've got things in your hands so your partner can maybe help you in having a drink.
  • Some energy sweets if you’ve not got Gestational Diabetes.
  • A fan is always a good one because you get hot and bothered in labour.
  • A pack of cards to occupy yourself and pass the time while you’re waiting for active labour
  • You may want to take in some extra nappies than you normally would, just in case your partner can’t pop home, but again you don’t need to take in a massive jumbo pack just two or three more than you maybe would have done.

Hospitals are all the stocked with antibacterial hand gel so you won’t need to bring any of that and are super on it with the cleaning so I wouldn’t bother taking that in.

[Read more: Hospital Bag Essentials and When to Pack]

When will the umbilical cord fall off? My understanding is that you shouldn’t touch it?

You're quite right, you shouldn't touch it, we need to leave it alone and it should fall off within about 7 to 10 days, just over a week. You don't need to do anything with it, just leave it alone, that's the best course of action and it will just fall off naturally, on its own accord. When bathing the baby, just towel dry around it, but overall try to be careful not to mess around with it while it's still feeding your baby inside. It has two arteries and a vein running through it, so you don't want to be picking this cord until it heals naturally.

Are there complications with having an anterior placenta? What’s the difference?

Isn’t any complications as such, but you may find that ladies that have an anterior placenta - which means the placenta is at the front, so the baby is tucked behind it, whereas if you’ve got a placenta that’s at the back, the baby is it in the front of it. So those who’ve got an anterior placenta may find that the baby is not as pronounced, and they think they can’t feel the baby but that’s because they have a nice spongy cushion in between themselves and you. Having said that, if you are worried about your baby’s movements, do you speak to your midwife just to get checked out.

What class would you recommend to find out more about water births?

I’m running some classes at the moment, where we do talk about water birth in, so I'm going to recommend mine because they are the best. But I don't know much at the moment about what else is around because obviously everything is either online or been cancelled, but certainly, my free online class talk about water births, so you’re more than welcome to sign up for that. You can sign up here.

[Read more: Why I'd Always Recommend a Water Birth]

In the news, they mentioned that giving your baby a BCG vaccination sooner rather than later is better for the baby and it’s recommended with coronavirus. is that true?

I have heard this. There is a suggestion that there is a positive connection between BCG vaccination and coronavirus however we don’t have enough research for me to sit here and say yes absolutely. Some areas of the UK, nothing to do with the coronavirus, the BCG vaccination is being offered a standard to all babies but I cannot hand on heart say we have solid research to support a link against coronavirus, but it is something that is being looked at.

Would you postpone trying to conceive at the moment with the COVID-19 situation?

That's another really interesting question and it's a difficult one because my gut would say probably say no, just because we just never know what’s around the corner. I think one thing that would put me off trying writing this month particularly because you're probably going to find yourself having a baby is a very, very busy time because a lot of people, back when there is was a recession or an FA Cup win, whenever we have something major that happens it does tend to spike the birth-rate, so in 9 months, we'll be seeing a load of Coronial babies. I would wait for things to settle down over the next couple of months, just to avoid that busy period. You also never know how long it’s going to take to conceive so if you feel you are ready and you want to start trying for a baby, then, by all means, carry on!

I have pain in my external genital muscles, especially when I get up of bed or do exercises

I'm assuming that you are still pregnant and not post-natal and given that assumption, I would suggest that what she's suffering from is something that we call Pelvic Girdle Pain. It's where there's all that pressure, all the growing, all those hormones and it can be uncomfortable. There isn't much relief I can give you, you can take some paracetamol and a nice warm bath, but I can suggest that make sure when you’re doing those exercises, or whatever exercises you're doing, that you're not opening your legs. By that I mean when you get out of the car, rather than swing your legs out one at a time, turn your pelvis in a very ladylike fashion and push both legs out together as not to separate your legs to keep your pelvis stable. If it was quite extreme, we would say to go up the stairs on your bottom rather than having that opening of your pelvis, you can also use a warm compress which may soothe it. Once the baby is here though, it should get better.

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When can I get a genetic test done? My next visit is due in 2 weeks. Do I need to call my midwife first?

The routine is at 13 weeks you have a scan and a blood test which looks for Downs Syndrome, Patau, Edwards and looking for genetic abnormalities but it’s different from region to region as I have heard some places are pushing those scans back. You would need to consult a midwife in your area as to whether they are still running them as normal.

I’ve been looking at my birth plan. What is vitamin K and would you recommend it be taken orally or by injection?

Vitamin K is a vitamin supplement that is recommended for all babies. The chief medical officer recommends that all babies have a dose of Vitamin K shortly after birth. What Vitamin K does is it helps our blood to clot, so if we fall over and scratch our knee, we don’t bleed profusely because we have Vitamin K. We don’t know which babies are or aren’t born Vitamin K deficient so there is that recommendation. Your baby can have it orally or have it by a little injection in their leg. My recommendation would be to have the injection as it’s then done and dusted and you don’t have to think about it. If you have the oral, you have to have a few trips backwards and forwards to the doctor and I think especially at this time, that may be a bit tricky. I would just get it done and the baby would cry for a second and gets over it quickly so that would be my recommendation.

[Read more: Tips on Choosing a Birthing Plan]

Are there any negatives to having a sweep?

Only that it's uncomfortable. I'm not sure there are any negatives as such. I can't say that it will always necessarily work and there is the possibility that your waters may break when you're having it, however, that's probably half of the aim to get things going. I think if you want to have a sweep, then there are no negatives, but I don't think you should feel that you have to have one.

I’m 6 weeks pregnant. Do you have any tips for breast pain?

No, I don't I'm afraid, it's all part of those hormones that are whizzing around which will make your boobs quite tender and your nipples feel quite sore. It will hopefully settle down, it won't last the whole of your pregnancy, but as the pregnancy is bedding in and more hormones are going around, you do get that discomfort. I would say it's worth having a really good supportive bra on and you can also get heat pads like you take skiing for your hands. I think something like that might be soothing, but I think the best thing you can do is make sure that your bra is the right size and supportive. Lansinoh also does some great cooling/heat pads for your breasts. Usually, they are for when your nipples are sore from breastfeeding, but they'll work great in this case too. Nipple creams could also work, so probably the same advice that we would give women with sore breast from breastfeeding but again, I think the bra is one of the biggest things that you can do.

Even if social distancing measures are lifted soon – what is your advice for newborn babies and meeting relatives. Keeping the baby safe, but also not posing too much of a risk

So I think that people that are in the higher risk group like pregnant women at the moment, I think these groups will be the last for the social distancing rules will lift for, I suspect. With regards to newborn babies, they haven’t been put in a high-risk group, however, because the likelihood is that you've had your baby in the hospital, there is still the advice to self-isolate for 2 weeks once you go home. I think once they are lifted, as long as you are not placed in a higher risk category at that time, I think you can carry on with the rest of the population. At the moment when you go home, the advice is to go home and self isolate, no relatives at all. It’s horrible, we hate giving that advice, but that is the advice, and after that two weeks of self-isolation, that is not opening the doors to relatives, that’s then putting you back in with the rest of us, who are on lockdown. So you then go from self-isolation to social distancing. I think until the government give us guidance on how they want us to move forward from that, as we're in limbo a bit as what to advise. All we can do is follow the advice they're giving at the moment, as difficult as that is.

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When is best to circumcise a baby boy?

That's a difficult one because it depends what the reason is for doing it. I know some people do it for a religious reason, and then you would follow the guidance from your religious scriptures, so it's not something I can comment on, but other than that, I think you need to take the advice from your clinicians as to whether it's necessary. Most baby boys aren't circumcised unless there is a need, so I think it comes down to clinical need.

How often or how commonly does a bicornuate uterus cause early labour?

I honestly don't know the statistics on that to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure.

I'm 22 weeks pregnant, I sometimes have severe pelvic pain and joint pain. Is it common?

It is, it's really common. The image below is the reason why. You can see that the bit in the middle at the front of your pelvis - the pubic joint, which is a strong ligament that holds your pelvis together. What happens is, during pregnancy, you have hormones that make it a bit soft and a bit unstable, which causes friction in the pelvis right in the front and that's what causes a sort of burning sensation right in the pelvis and it is common. For some women, it can be quite severe, and they end up on crutches or in wheelchairs, hopefully, that's not going to happen to you. Going back to the advice I gave earlier, in terms of making sure that you're keeping your pelvis stable, so keeping your legs together when you get out the car, no cycling, when swimming, no breaststroke. You can also get pelvis support straps and look at the possibility of a women's specialist physio. There's some good online, that can assess you online, but when this all goes back to normal, there's a company called Mummy MOT, they are specialist women's physiotherapist that can help you with this sort of stuff.

[Read more: Pregnancy-Related Hip Pain and Ways to Ease It]

Will midwives still carry out routine appointments, as our 25-week got cancelled, do you think it will still be a face to face appointment?

I think it depends on what the appointment is for. We like to take blood at 28 weeks, just to make sure that you're not anaemic, but it could be that you have a telephone consultation for you to find out whether you've got any of the signs of being anaemic and then it may well be deferred, so I think it's about balancing the risks of not seeing you against the risks of seeing you and that then posing an infection risk of coronavirus. There is the possibility of appointments being cancelled which isn't great, but I think if you put it in a different light if your appointment is being cancelled, the chances are that you're in a very low-risk pregnancy and everybody is a bit more confident that you are well. If at any point you don't feel well, the doors are open for you to ring up and say I just don't feel right, I need to come in. It's not 'we will not see you', it's 'if we can avoid seeing you, and it's appropriate, then that will happen, if not, we will see you’.

Should we be having a 32-week midwife appointment? Our 31 was cancelled and the RC says all women to attend the 32-week.

I think if the Royal College is saying you should attend it, then every effort should be made to attend it, but I think if it is just for birth plan appointments, I don’t believe that the risk outweighs the benefit. I think it always comes back to, ‘is your baby moving normally, are you happy with the movements, do you feel well’. If any of the answers to those are no, then you must phone your unit to get checked, you don’t need to wait for that 32-week appointment to be able to see somebody.

I am 29 weeks pregnant and doing 30 mins HIIT training sessions a day, I was very active before my pregnancy, am I ok to continue?

I think if you were very active beforehand, then the guidance is that you can continue, it's just being a bit careful and listening to your body. When that bump gets a bit bigger, you might want to dull down the intensity a little bit. I don't think there's anything wrong with 30 minutes, I don't think that it's excessive, but I would be avoiding doing any really heavy lifting or anything like that, so maybe just reduce the intensity. If anybody can do a star jump without leaking fluid, I'm very impressed. It's just being sensible. Don't be jumping 3ft in the air and lolling about, we don't want you to hurt yourself, but some moderate exercise, if you're fit and used to doing high-intensity exercise, you should be able to cope with moderate exercise.

[Read more: Pelvic Floor Exercises You Must Try]

I have my first midwife appointment on Monday but due to the current situation would you advise to take my partner or not?

I would be surprised if their partner would be allowed to go with them, in all honesty. I think it’s worth checking before you go. As disappointing as it is, I would probably say no, I would advise that they didn’t.

20 weeks pregnant and tested positive for coronavirus, any updates on effects on an unborn child?

The good thing at the moment is that we’re not seeing lots of babies being impacted by this and there is no clear evidence that it crosses into the placenta either. So, they’re really good signs. At this stage in the pregnancy, it’s more about looking after yourself and staying hydrated. Look after yourself while you have got the virus and don't push yourself. Hopefully, you'll come out of it, like the vast majority of people, having had just a bit of a crappy time.

What can I do to relieve PGP?

So that’s the same as before, Pelvic Girdle Pain. Again, try a warm or cool compress, whichever you feel is comfortable, but keeping that pelvis stable and again, there are some articles on Your Baby Club about how to manage it. If it is really bad, you can get referred to physiotherapists, who may be able to give you some exercises to help.

Is it normal having baby's weight in 32 weeks by 3.12lbs? previously from blood screening result, I got low PAPPA (and might have pre-eclampsia)

Sometimes, pre-eclampsia is connected with low birth weight, but the scans you come back with will say whether there's a concern about the growth. At 32 weeks, a 3lb baby doesn't sound small and I would hope that if the baby stays inside for the next 9 weeks, we'll be looking at a 6.5lb baby, so I think that's a nice weight, but it is really difficult to predict. The scans are what we would go by for them to say it's normal growth.

I'm feeling anxious giving birth without a birth partner, I'm 39 weeks pregnant and it seems that I'll be alone at the hospital

This is a really common concern at the moment, and understandable. There are no guidelines that say partners cannot attend, we want birthing partners to be at the labour. So unless there is an individual circumstance that this lady can't have her birth partner, for everybody else in the country that is well and doesn't have any signs or symptoms of coronavirus, once you are in active labour (meaning your cervix is 4cm dilated and you're contracting regularly) and now on the labour ward, then birthing partners should be in with you.

Are you able to register your baby at the moment/register for birth certificates etc?

You are, but the normal time is 40 days and I know it’s been extended. Whether that’s been extended because the registry offices are closed at the moment, which is possible/probable, I don’t know, but that’s not something that you need to worry about, you’re not going to get into trouble, because the time frame has been extended.

For a natural birth, would you recommend using an epidural?

I think it depends on how well you're coping with the contractions. If you're coping well, it's ideal not to have an epidural because you then have got much more mobility, but I am a firm believer that if you need an epidural and want an epidural, then you should have one. I think everybody is very individual and people are going into it thinking I absolutely am not going to have an epidural but then find themselves actually needing one and then they feel annoyed or disappointed with themselves, and that's not how you should feel. How you labour and how you manage the whole experience, is entirely up to you. We'd rather you looked back on your labour and said it was an amazing experience with an epidural than you did it without an epidural and you're now traumatised. So I think it's very individual, but I think you should decide at the time.

[Read more: To Epidural or Not To Epidural... That is the Question]

Is there a risk of going into labour and then wanting an epidural and then realising it's too late?

I think there’s always a risk of that. It’s often reported that women are denied an epidural, but generally what happens is, if women get to the point where they don't have an epidural and they wanted one, usually what's happened is, the anaesthetist is either in theatre and couldn't attend in a timely fashion as we wanted, or the lady is that close to delivering that it just wouldn't have been possible to get the epidural in. I've never worked anywhere where people are purposely denying women epidurals, but circumstances mean sometimes that they just don't get one. On the whole, if women want an epidural, the anaesthetist arrives, and they will do it. With a straightforward epidural, by that what I mean is, the anaesthetist doesn't have any issues finding the right space, from the point of them walking into the room, to them leaving and you wanting to marry the anaesthetist, is generally about 40 minutes. It takes about 20 minutes to get it all in secured and taped down and about another 20 minutes while we administer the analgesia and it starts to work properly.

Nearly 37 weeks now and starting to get pins and needles in my hands – should I be worried or mention to my midwife next week at the 38-week appointment?

You can mention it, I don't think you need to worry about it, what you're likely suffering from is called Carpal Tunnel. It's where the nerves get squished in your hand. It's quite uncomfortable. On my Instagram feed, there is a post about Carpal Tunnel, but it's not something that anyone's going to do anything about, but it will go once the baby arrives, but it's not pleasant.

What’s the best exercise for pregnant women with fibroids at 19 weeks?

Swimming, if you can, which is a bit difficult at the moment, unless you’re posh and have one in your back garden. Gentle walking, going on a nice long walk as at the moment we can still do our exercise. Someone asked me recently, because of the isolation for pregnant women being recommended, I think you do need to balance that with your mental health. So if you can go out for a walk and be mindful of that 2m distance between you and anybody else, I think it's important that you can have a little walk around.

I’m 22 weeks pregnant, when will I feel my baby if the placenta is at the front?

I would have thought that you would start feeling these little kicks in the next couple of weeks, I would hope to think you have felt something by the. I think if you haven't felt anything by halfway through your 24th week, it’s worth speaking to your midwife, but you really should be starting to feel some flutters by some time soon. I wouldn’t worry if you haven’t felt anything yet, but you will do in the next couple of weeks.

I’ve got my first midwife appointment on 20th April, should I take my partner?

Again, I’m not sure your partner will be able to attend, but my advice is, as difficult as it is, it is better to reduce both of your exposure as much as possible. Even if they are allowed in, I would probably get them to wait in the car. You can always have them up on Facetime or a video call while you’re in the appointment so they can be there virtually.

How to deal with anxiety in 2nd pregnancy after a traumatic 1st birth

I think a good thing to do is something like hypnobirthing, but not necessarily enrolling on a big long course, just finding some way to practice some relaxation techniques so that then you can recognise how you're becoming stressed. When I trained to do hypnobirthing, one thing it taught me is actually how uptight I am, and when I was being told to relax, I thought I was relaxed, but clearly, I wasn't. But I do now practice listening to some relaxation scripts and it does help you to relax. I think as well, getting to understanding what your body is doing, I think that does make a difference. I've just released a Labour, Birth and Hypnobirthing online module which may help, and it may even give you some background as to what happened in the first birth and why. I think half of the time, people experience a difficult first birth but it's because they don't have that understanding of what and why something may well have happened so something like that online learning package may help. For mindfulness, there's also an app called Headspace which is great for just taking a minute to yourself. These things don't always need to be baby and pregnancy-related to work, sometimes it's something as simple as listening to your favourite gentle music, just taking some time out, when you're breathing, being mindful of your muscles. If when you breathe in, make sure that your outward breath is longer than your inward breath, your body and your muscles naturally will relax. So it’s that sort of breathing technique you need.

I did my 28-week mini glucose test but never heard about my results, any suggestions?

I would suggest that you've not heard back because there's nothing to say, but if you are worried, just drop your midwife a quick text saying can you just chase up the results for me, but the likelihood is, people who haven't heard anything, it's because your results were fine.

Can I wear my contact lenses during labour?

Yes, not a problem. You may be asked to take them out if you need to go into theatre, so I would take your glasses with you, but during labour, that's fine.

I’m only comfortable lying on my front, I’m 14 weeks is this a problem?

No, it’s not a huge problem. Your body will tell you when you can’t lay on your front anymore because you’ll be able to feel that baby underneath you. What I would do is try to fall asleep on your side and see how you go, but there will be a point where you just won’t be able to sleep on your front.

I’m 20 weeks should I start sleeping on my left?

Yes. Just because you need to get used to sleeping on your left so I would move over if you can. The left is because the biggest blood vessel is our vena cava and basically when your baby is growing and you lay on your back your tummy kind of flops down, it’s kind of like putting your foot on a hosepipe so it’s not ideal to do that, so we want you to lay on your side so you don’t do that.

Do you have any advice about birthing a big baby? Mine’s predicted at 9.5lbs. We’re seeing the midwife next week to decide whether or not to have an induction or wait for the baby to come naturally. No GD or any other problems.

The first thing that I would say, is that even though you’ve had the scan and you’ve been given the predicted weight, they’re very rarely completely accurate. So, I would try not to get too hung up on the 9lb thing because it may be that you have a 7lb 2oz baby and I think it always comes down to what your clinicians are advising based on your circumstances are. I don’t know how tall you are, it could be that you’re very short, but your partner is 6ft 5, and that would make me think maybe go sooner rather than later. It’s all down to being as relaxed as humanly possible when you’re trying to deliver the baby, that’s what’s the most important thing, staying calm.

My fundal height was 30cm at 28weeks and 4 days and 33cm at 31 weeks and 5 days, is my baby too big?

No, these measurements are quite subjective. Somebody else could measure and it could be a cm less and the midwife will say to you she thinks you need to go for a growth scan and quite often they come back and say growth is normal

At my last midwife appointment, my urine was +1 with sugar. My midwife said she will check again next week but I’m worried I might have sugar again, could I have GD?

It is a possibility, and the only way of knowing that is a glucose tolerance test, but yes, it is a possibility. I would try not to worry too much about it, really reduce your sugar intake but until you have that test, it’s really difficult to say but it is a possibility

I’m having my baby in a few weeks, I’m scared to take my baby out for her appointments and shots etc

I'm not 100% sure what's happening with vaccinations and those sorts of appointments but I think if you're having a baby in a few weeks, let's assume 5 or 6 weeks, the first lot of appointments won't be for another couple of months after that, I would think that things have started to calm down by then. But we will still be taking precautions, so I think that it is really important that we keep up with our babies' vaccination programme.

[Read more: CoronaVirus and Your Baby - Why You Shouldn't Worry]

I’m 24 weeks pregnant, can I sleep on my stomach?

No, I would advise that you sleep on your side

Can we request an induction?

I think it would depend on the reason, I don’t think you’ll get one because you want to have the baby sooner, but I think if there’s a clinical reason, yes you can request it and when you talk to the consultant, if they thought that it was appropriate, then yes, I do imagine that they would do it.

My wife is 34 weeks pregnant and she has had cloudy pee for 3 weeks on/off, should she be worried?

No, not necessarily. It's hard to know if you've seen your midwife or anything like that and whether there are any other symptoms, but no. We don't usually look at someone's urine and assess the colour of it, we would look at whether there was any protein in the urine, which we could only tell through an appointment, so I think if your wife is worried, then it's maybe worth speaking to the midwife, but it's not necessarily something I would worry about.

I am 27 weeks and I don’t have any eco scheduled for now, how will I know how big my baby is? Should I have another eco in the next few weeks?

We wouldn’t necessarily routinely rescan after 20 weeks across the country, so we take the measurements, so I wouldn’t necessarily dash out to have another scan unless you're advised that you need one and if it's felt you needed one, you'd have another on the NHS.

Can you have severe tiredness 4 days after conception?

It's possible. I knew that I was pregnant the day after and I knew that because I wasn't supposed to be trying to get pregnant and it was a bit of an accident and then I was pregnant. I knew immediately, I can't remember whether I felt tired immediately, so it is a possibility though it's very difficult to tell, everybody is very different. Time will tell, come back and let us know whether you are pregnant!

Is it ok if my wife drinks de-caffeinated drinks?

Yes. She can have caffeine too. Caffeine is fine in pregnancy; the guideline is around 200 mg per day

[Read more: 20 Things You Can and Can't Do Whilst Pregnant]

How likely is it that water births will be allowed again when I give birth in July?

I would hope we will be starting to see some of the restrictions we have seen lifted by July and that will include waterbirths.

Trying to get pregnant for 8-9 months and been unsuccessful, what do you suggest I do?

This is a tricky one, especially at the moment. I would say keep trying. Doctors are not likely to do anything until you have been trying for a year though unfortunately. You could try tracking your ovulation and trying the SME (Sperm Meets Egg method) or try reflexology as that can sometimes help.

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Louise Broadbridge

Blogger & Senior Midwife
My name is Louise, I am a Registered, Senior Midwife and a wife and Mum to my two children, Jack 16 and Isobelle 12. I have two fur canine babies too which also keep me busy! I am striving for much more honesty surrounding the transition from young, free and single to pregnant, early parenthood and beyond. Becoming a parent is one of lifespan's gifts but also one of life's biggest challenges. I set up @thehonestmidwife to offer honest and evidence-based information, support and advice minus all the fluff! I am a strong advocate for both breast and formula feeding and feel it important that whatever method is chosen by parents that it is well supported. Finally, I love Dads! Not in a weird way but I think they have a tough time and should be supported better!

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