Plus size and pregnant

Being pregnant can be a scary and worrying time at the best of times, but when you’re plus size you’re often told you have much more to worry about. If you’re a curvy female than you probably know the risks of being overweight in general, but when you’re pregnant these can be heightened.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get pregnant or that you shouldn’t enjoy your pregnancy. However what you should do is be responsible and make sure you deal with the pregnancy in the best possible way.

When it comes to pain relief during pregnancy and child birth, TENS is a great choice. All natural and safe for you and your baby, you might wonder how exactly it works. With this in mind we have put together our guide to TENS, giving you all the information on how it works and what makes it such a good idea for pain relief during childbirth.

What is TENS?

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a mild electrical current which his used to give pain relief. It comes in the form of a small, electrical device (battery-powered) that has electrodes which stick to your skin and have leads that join to the device. Once the machine is switched on,small electrical impulses are sent through your body hitting those areas that are affected by pain and creating a tingling sensation. These electrical impulses block the pain signals that are headed for the spinal cord and brain, which in turn reduces the amount of pain felt. TENS can also relax muscles that are tense and stimulate the body into producing endorphins, which is a natural painkiller.

Water Birth

When it comes to giving birth to your child there seems to be plenty of things to think about and consider. Where you will have them? What you will take? Even the pain relief that you are going to opt for during delivery.

It seems that natural births are becoming more and more popular with expectant mothers which in turn has seen a rise in water births.

But why is this? What has made water births so popular? To understand more we have put together some of the biggest benefits to opting for a water birth. Whether it is in your local birthing centre, hospital or perhaps in the comfort of your own home, here is why many women swear by their own water birth experiences.

Birthing Plan

If you're due to have a baby in 2015 then the chances are you are starting to think about your birthing plan. You'll be encouraged by your midwife to put together a birthing plan. This means that when you go into labour doctors and midwives involved know what type of birth you want and what you would like to avoid. Of course this is never an exact science because it needs to be flexible in case things go wrong, but it is a fantastic starting place when it comes to having the type of birth you would like.

Kate Middleton pregant

If you read any celebrity magazine, there will always be stories about celebrity pregnancies, how they are dealing with it and much more. Although we can often read about their life as a pregnant woman we often don't find out too many of their personal details - and rightly so! So, we thought we'd put together a look what we think might be in their hospital bag, if we were allowed to have a peek inside!