I’ve been very lucky to have had two lovely, mostly problem free pregnancies. I’m fully aware of this, and I’m naturally pleased to have two healthy babies as well.
But I know that not all women can say the same. A close friend has recently had problems with preeclampsia in her latest pregnancy, and another has suffered several miscarriages.
I did suffer SPD when I was pregnant with Noah. I knew that was something my midwife would help me with quickly, and I mentioned it at a routine check-up, and by the end of the week I’d a referral appointment for physiotherapy for the next week. I remember when a friend was pregnant and she mentioned her pain to me, that she’d thought was normal, and so hadn’t told anyone, least of all her midwife. Lots of friends have wondered about things, especially with their first baby, and are too polite to ask their midwife in case they get laughed at for having first mum syndrome.
Knowing when to contact your midwife is really important, which what MAMA Academy help mothers to recognise. I first came across MAMA Academy while pregnant with James, because they have information about understanding your notes, which I found really helpful.
They are a UK registered charity helping babies arrive safely by promoting positive pregnancy. MAMA Academy educate expectant mums on how to keep healthy, and when they should call their midwife for advice. Not only that, they also support midwives by keeping them up to date with current guidelines and research to aid consistent maternity care. All the information is written by a team of medical professionals to help MAMAs know best! Their website can be found at www.mamaacademy.org.uk and is accredited by The Royal College of Midwives for professionals.
It’s a great resource of very important information. For example, you can read about symptoms you shouldn’t ignore, and when to call the midwife, as well as great information about delayed cord clamping, and so many other things.
If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, I recommend checking them out!