Second Trimester

During the second trimester you may find you have a lot more energy. Make the most of it and start planning! In this section, find out how to make a birth plan, all about your 20 week scan and all the information you need on maternity leave. Plus lots more on this very enjoyable time in your pregnancy!


Latest Second Trimester Posts

C Sections: Common myths debunked!

A Caesarean section, or  C section, might be a scary prospect for some first-time mums, but the reality is that more and more of us are having C sections – a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), UCD and Trinity College Dublin, found that births by c section had increased to 30 per […]

All you need to know about hiring a doula

Numerous celebs have recently endorsed hiring a doula and have been delighted with the results. Indeed, in a recent Irish publication it was found that mothers who hired a doula had a better outcome in birth than mothers who didn’t. It also showed specifically that having a doula can reduce caesarean rates and length of […]

Can stretch marks be prevented?

Stretch marks are the most common pregnancy skin problem. They most commonly form on the belly and breast area, but can also appear on the thighs, hips, bum and back, and usually form in the last trimester of pregnancy when the skin expands at a more rapid pace. The good news is they fade into […]

Why EVERY woman should be taking folic acid

Ireland has a particularly high incidence of Spina Bifida and other Neural Tube Defects (NTDs), yet a simple folic acid supplement can help reduce the risks significantly – so why aren’t Irish women taking the advice? Speaking on behalf of safeFood, Prof Michael Turner, UCD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Coombe Women and […]

Whooping Cough: why this vaccine is essential in pregnancy

Nobody like to fill their body with medicine when pregnant, but when it comes to the whooping cough vaccine, it’s pretty much an essential. The reason is that a mother’s immunity to whooping cough (pertussis) diminishes as the nine months progresses. Babies under the age of six months are too young to be vaccinated against […]

Five foods to boost your pregnancy

Once we’re eating for two, it can be difficult to know what’s going to help or hinder our baby’s development. If you want to give your baby the best start in life – before they’ve even been born – try incorporating these five pregnancy super foods into your diet. Avocado This has been the year of the avocado […]

All you need to know about: smear tests & pregnancy

It’s not something you generally think about when trying for a baby, but what happens if your smear test letter arrives through the letterbox while expecting or breastfeeding? We take a look at what you should do… Why do I need a smear test? Cervical screening, or a smear test, looks for for changes in […]

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