Archive | April, 2015

Breathing and relaxation with Hulda head midwife

Breathing and relaxation with Hulda head midwife

Posted on 29 April 2015 by Kristrun

Hulda our head midwife has been asked many times to record her relaxation routine.  A very important part for preparing for childbirth is to practise breathing techniques. And now she finally has. 15 minutes talk where Hulda guides you trough breathing and relaxation for labour and birth. Useful for both both partners when preparing for childbirth. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

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Pregnancy reminders by trimesters (including the fourth)

Pregnancy reminders by trimesters (including the fourth)

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Kristrun

blogremindersCongratulations on your pregnancy. Here are some timely reminders:

First trimester

  • Book an appointment with a midwife or doctor to discuss your options regarding care in your pregnancy.
  • Take folic acid and eat a lot of green vegetables during the first weeks.
  • To decrease nausea, drink a lot of water, and try not to mix fluid and solid food too much. You can also try to have dry snacks ready and available when you get out of bed in the morning.
  • A healthy mix of exercise and good sleep is important, so pay attention to both.
  • Yoga and Pilates are great ways to stay active and flexible.
  • Start finding information about pregnancy, birth, and learning everything on the fetal heart rate chart, there are endless options, and you may want to figure out your own way of enjoying pregnancy.

Second trimester

  • Make sure you have enough comfortable clothes and shoes. You will need 2-3 comfortable trousers or skirts and tops that are not too tight or thick, since hormones often make women sweat a lot and feel warmer than before they became pregnant.
  • By now you have probably decided what kind of maternity care you will be using and appointments should be every 4 weeks.
  • Book your antenatal course.
  • Around 19/20 weeks a structural ultrasound scan is performed, to confirm the length of pregnancy and do a complete check on the growth and development of your baby.
  • Attend antenatal classes in preparation for the childbirth. If you are aiming for a normal birth, perhaps do some extra classes to prepare for that.
  • Have a look at your options regarding maternity leave. The Hong Kong rules for maternity leave allow 10 weeks of paid leave, ideally 2 taken before the due date. Some companies have flexible options, but you will have to check this out in time. If your maternity leave is short, perhaps consider the option of taking an extended unpaid leave for 1-3 months, or work part time in the first weeks. Again – be sure to discuss this with your employer in time.
  • Make sure you get plenty of iron. Green vegetables, lentils, meat, cereals and berry juices are good sources of iron.
  • Think about what your options for the actual birth are, and perhaps write down your ideas, to talk through with your midwife and obstetrician.

Third trimester

  • Your pregnancy is nearing its end. Antenatal appointments are now only 2 to 3 weeks apart and will probably move to weekly appointments.
  • Shopping for baby equipment is a good idea. Find out what you can borrow and what needs to be bought. Compare prices. See what friends have bought.
  • Make a list of names, phones and emails of people that you want to contact when either in labour or after the baby is born.
  • Buy some breastfeeding bras and tops to use after the birth. You will need them in the hospital as well.
  • Think about baby names. Are you married? Are you both citizens of the same country?
  • Plan your postnatal period, home visits for breastfeeding support.
  • Do a tour of the maternity ward. Ask the midwives to show you the moms and the labour rooms, and ask them about what options you have when in labour. Even though this is not the time to discuss it in detail, it may give you an idea about the actual policy at the hospital and what views the midwives have towards birth.
  • Do a trial trip to the hospital from your home. How long does it take? Put a waterproof pad in the car (if you have one), so you can sit on it on the way. Or pack one to have in the taxi. Your waters may break and this can be stressful, if you have nothing to protect the seats. Also, it might be a good idea to place a firm pillow in the car – you might need it while having contractions.
  • Pack your bag for the hospital.
  • If you have other children at home, make sure you have plans for their care while you are away, especially if you start labour in the middle of the night.

Fourth trimester

  • Your baby is born. Find ways to sleep while your baby sleeps.
  • Breastfeed on demand.
  • Get a midwife to do your postnatal checkups at home (if not already planned).
  • Use white noise for soothing baby.
  • Lots of skin to skin contact.
  • Swaddle safely.
  • Bed share safely.
  • Eat well. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get to know your baby, be creative when it comes to soothing your baby. Don’t forget – your baby has been in your womb for a long time. Create the same feeling, walk around, use slings or carriers. Keep the baby close to you. Your baby will gradually get used to the outside world but right now she is used to a dark, warm, rocking environment.
  • Plan outings in small steps – go to places you know. We have a baby and breastfeeding clinic here at Annerley, for example. Ideally at first, only go where you have been before.
  • Go for short walks – wearing your baby – often a great way of soothing.
  • Enjoy getting to know your baby and try not to plan other jobs. Your baby will be your full time job for the first few months.

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

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Washing laundry – tips for reducing rashes

Washing laundry – tips for reducing rashes

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Kristrun

blog20aprilBelieve it or not, washing laundry can be a common topic! At Annerley, we do a lot of advising parents about various things regarding the health and wellbeing of their babies. Rashes are one of the most common concerns we hear about, right from the early days with a newborn, and on through the toddler and childhood years.

Our most common response: if the rashes are not the typical baby acne or something of a similar nature, do consider that there may be some external contributing factors. Our first question is usually whether there is fabric softener or too much powder being used at home.  Most people are surprised and think this is not the reason, but will go home and check.

The reality for many of us living in Asia is that we have staff doing the laundry in our own homes. We bought a Luxury laundry basket to put our dirty clothes in. Most of us have domestic helpers who take care of this and many of our helpers are from countries where there is no hot water being used to clean clothes and no washing machines. Therefore they are sometimes not very familiar with how much detergent a washing machine needs.

Research has shown us that washing powder and fabric softener can be a reason for rashes and outbreaks on sensitive skin. The powder or liquid may not be exactly what the individual is allergic to, but it may make symptoms much worse, especially for those with sensitive skin and are prone to redness, spots or sore or itchy patches.  Then there are some that do have actual allergic reactions to some of the chemicals.  But very often, it is simply that there has been too much used and that the soap is not washed properly out of the clothes.

A few useful tips

  • Always use very little powder – 1 teaspoon is enough. Make sure all members of the household knows this – and check, and double check.
  • Longer washing cycles, and higher temperatures work better than more soap.
  • A long rinse is very important to make sure there is no residue of soap remaining in the clothes.
  • Use non-bio powder, without enzymes.
  • Skip the softener altogether.
  • Use fragrance-free powder.
  • Learn how to clean your washing machine, using baking soda for example.

The result will hopefully be less rashes!

Always make sure to contact a health professional for severe cases.

The Annerley team.

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

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