Vasectomy for Contraception This safe and simple operation is performed on the male partner, does not affect sexual performance and is usually done under a local anaesthetic. The vas deferens, the duct along which sperm travel to the penis, is cut and tied. Although the operation should be considered irreversible, it is sometimes possible to […] Read more
Quick Tips for Getting Back in Shape You may also be disappointed to find that your figure does not return to normal as quickly as you had hoped, but it will take months before you can expect to be really flat around the tummy again. You may be able to attend postnatal exercise classes but […] Read more
Will a bottle of water help a baby sleep through the night? Water will do nothing to help your baby sleep through – it will just give her a wet nappy. If she is awake and yelling for food you must give her a bottle or breast feed. She needs it and you will not […] Read more
Billings ovulation method for Contraception This method relies on recognising and interpreting changes in the cervical mucus during each menstrual cycle. During the fertile period couples abstain from intercourse. It can also be used to establish the fertile period when a woman wants to become pregnant. To work properly the woman must be taught to […] Read more
Piles for Contraception If you have developed piles (haemorrhoids) during pregnancy they should improve quickly after the birth. Lie on your back with your feet raised a little, cross your legs at the ankles and holding a tissue coated with petroleum jelly against the piles, draw in the muscles round the anus and vagina. Repeat […] Read more
Can I use frozen vegetables to make my baby’s food and can I pressure cook it? You can use frozen vegetables because the nutrients and vitamins are not affected by freezing. Do not overcook your baby’s food as the vitamins will be lost so a pressure cooker is not a good idea. When should I […] Read more
Condom for Contraception This is a rubber sheath which is used by the male partner and is effective when used correctly. It prevents the spread of infection but sensation is reduced and one or both partners may find it a little off-putting because it needs to be applied during love-making.
Foam and jelly for Contraception These chemical spermicides are introduced into the vagina before intercourse and kill the sperm before they penetrate up the cervical canal. Used on their own, spermicides have a high failure rate (between 14 and 24 per cent), but when used with a condom or diaphragm’they provide effective protection.
The diaphragm for Contraception This is a rubber cap used in conjunction with contraceptive jelly. Y our doctor will need to measure the cervix at your six-week check-up after the birth or, ideally, 12 weeks after the birth (even if you have had a Caesarean). He will then give you a prescription for the correct […] Read more
Additions to breast milk Full term baby Vitamins. Breast milk contains all the nutrients necessary for growth. And while the baby is having breast milk only, and the mother has a well-balanced diet, no additions are necessary. Vitamin A: Large quantities are available in a fat soluble base in breast milk. No supplement is needed […] Read more