Twins are very special but on hearing the news that they are expecting two babies most parents will experience a range of very mixed emotions ranging from great excitement to apprehension and concerns about the pregnancy, delivery and the practical and emotional aspects of caring for two babies at the same time.
Jane Denton director of The Multiple Births Foundation, a national and international authority on multiple births knows all too well the issues surrounding multiple births. In this special preview to her book (co-authored with Professor Mark Kilby) Expecting Twins, in associationwith BAFTA award winning television programme One Born Every Minute, she is joined by Lisa Wildgoose, mother of 4 year old identical twins and blogger twinstiarasandtantrums.com They share their advice on how to alleviate concerns with delivery, discussing caesareans and what to expect from neonatal units as the different environment can be a shock to parents.
Lisa’s twins were placed in neonatal unit immediately after birth, so together with Jane she shares her personal experience on how to be prepared for unexpected. While Jane shares her advice on special antenatal classes for multiple births and practical advice for how to cope once home from hospital to make sure you don’t feel isolated.
As an expectant parent there are literally thousands of questions you’ll want to know the answers to, ranging from the pregnancy itself, to child birth and the first weeks and months of the baby’s life.
With everyone’s experience being different it can be hard to navigate through and pick which advice is most appropriate to you. Morning sickness and birthing plans are two such topics which bring a lot of concern for expectant mothers. As one of the UK’s leading Consultant Obstetricians, Dr Penelope Law has extensive experience of pregnancy and birth for women in both the public and private sectors. In her new book Expecting a Baby? In association with BAFTA award winning television programme One Born Every Minute, Dr Penelope imparts her down- to- earth complete guide to pregnancy, birth and your baby’s first six weeks
In our video Dr Penelope Law shares her essential advice with Helen Neale, editor of KiddyCharts, on how to cope with morning sickness to what to expect from birthing plans- namely don’t be rigid, keep an open mind and not too many absolutes of things you don’t want or do want.
Watch our video for some sound, realistic advice to make sure you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on the common concerns around trying to
There are numerous issues that countless couples face when they are trying for a baby, from how long it will take to get pregnant to ‘performance anxiety’ and the best age for conception.
One of the most common concerns is how long it takes to get pregnant. On average it takes around six months to a year but it’s not unusual for it to take longer. Keeping your stress levels in check, making sure you have a balanced diet and are not over or under weight can all help to ensure your baby making cells are healthy.
If you have any concerns about trying for a baby, from how long it will take to what nutrients are required for a healthy pregnancy, watch our video with Zita West, practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor who has teamed up with First Response to provide you with top tips and advice.
How to get to know your body when trying for a baby!
Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on pre conception planning as well as busting a few pregnancy myths
If you’ve decided to try for a baby you might feel ready emotionally, but is your body prepared for the task ahead? To boost your chances of a healthy pregnancy you need to fully understand your body and fulfil its needs with some preconception planning.
For most women your fertile time will be between day 10 and 18 of your cycle. This varies from month to month for each individual, but there are fertile signs you can look out for.
During a woman’s fertile time, regular sex is essential for conception. It is important for a woman to work out when her individual fertile time is, but if you choose not to do this then the more sex you have, the greater your chance of conception.
Contrary to common belief, the body has amazing ways to help sperm on its journey to the egg and there is no need to try gymnastic style sex positions to help sperm on its journey.
If you are trying to conceive or know someone who is, watch our video with Zita West who has teamed up with First Response to provide advice on how to get to know your body and work out when your most fertile time is.