Pregnant woman

Everything you need to know about having a water birth

Dr Karen Joash, obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Portland Hospital, explains the benefits of opting for a water birth The decision to have a water birth is becoming increasingly popular amongst expectant mothers. Water labour...
labour

Signs you could be in labour

Dr Asma Khalil, consultant obstetrician and fetal medicine specialist at The Portland Hospital, reveals the signs of labour to look out for There are many questions I’m asked by first-time mothers, but one of the...

Your baby during the first trimester

Your pregnancy journey has just begun – here’s what is going on with your baby What's happening with your baby during the first trimester? By week four, the embryo (which is actually only two weeks old)...

What to expect in your first trimester

Your pregnancy journey has just begun – here’s what is going on with you What's happening with you during the first trimester? This trimester is when most of your baby’s development is happening so do be...

Your baby during the second trimester

Your pregnancy journey is well on its way – here’s what is going on with your baby What’s happening with your baby during the second trimester? During weeks 14 to 17, the fetus will start looking...

What to expect in your second trimester

You’re now into your second trimester – here’s what is going on with you What’s happening with you during the second trimester? This is generally when that lovely pregnancy glow kicks in. Any morning sickness you’ve...

What to expect in your third trimester

Your pregnancy journey is coming to an end – here’s what is going on with you What's happening with you during the third trimester? Hooray! It’s the final stretch. Some mothers are ready to see the...

Your baby during the third trimester

Your pregnancy journey is coming to an end – here’s what is going on with your baby What’s happening with your baby during the third trimester? A lot changes during this last trimester; by 27 weeks...

Blood pressure before pregnancy can determine sex of baby

A link has been found between a mother's blood pressure before conception and the gender of their baby Scientists in Canada have discovered that a mother’s blood pressure can predict the sex of a baby...