Feeling reassured in pregnancy


Pregnancy can be a magical time of excitement, fulfillment and change but, for many women, it can also be a time of vulnerability and a million questions.

Reassurance and support can come from your community midwife but, due to demands on their skills, time with them can be short and you can often remember the questions you wanted to ask as you walk out the door!

What do pregnant women need reassurance about? Day to day it is often about being healthy and safe, adjusting to new sensations and body changes and, eventually, preparing for labour.

So where can you go for this reassurance and support?

There are obviously a huge selection of websites and books to choose from and, for some, this will be all they need but many women still want to talk to a person to gain a clearer picture rather than making their way through different advice and information.

Your midwife – if you need more of her time, ask for it!
Chances are she will be busy but if you request more of her time, she will give it to you.

Find yourself a pregnancy fitness specialist – your yoga teacherpilates teacher and / or fitness instructors

Treat yourself to a pregnancy massage with an experienced pregnancy practitioner – relax and let any stress fade away

Book some good antenatal classes – ideally small groups where you get to talk and to ask all the questions you need to gain information and reassurance

If you want to breastfeed your baby, it can be useful to find out more in pregnancy – your midwife will be able to tell you about the Breastfeeding Workshops at the local hospitals and Children’s Centres and it will be included in your antenatal classes.
There is also La Leche League Tyne & Wear for more information and support.

You can also book a consultation with me if you need any support with any fears, anxieties or concerns about your pregnancy or birth

There is nothing wrong with seeking out this extra support as your body, as well as your life, starts to experience significant change. Physical and emotional wellbeing are important in pregnancy, so look after yourself and put you and the bump first. And please just get in touch if you have any queries: janine@birthandbabyco.com

Janine x
A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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