THE PARENT TIMELINE
YOUR JOURNEY, STEP-BY-STEP

  • PLANNING

What to consider when thinking about starting a family

So, it’s time, congratulations, we’re really happy for you! The next steps will be an adventure and may well be challenging, exhausting and you have to adapt to so many things that you’re not used to. For example, a change in your body, your hormones, your identity.

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Planning to be pregnant.

To see and learn more about the process of getting pregnant- check out ‘The Great Sperm Race’ on You Tube for a human reproduction story. We want to make sure that you are as educated as possible for this journey.

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You and your partner's health.

The first thing to consider is yours and your partner’s health. You should think about the age factor (age plays a factor in getting pregnant), the weight factor (are you the right BMI?) and have you and your partner both been for sexual health screenings/check ups?

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Exercise & Healthy Diet

Exercise (but not extreme) & a healthy diet are key. Let’s focus on the latter initially. A healthy diet is a balanced one, pending your BMI, a healthy plate should be 50% protein (eggs, white meat & fish, watch out for mercury though!), 25% carbs 25% vegetables, fruit etc.

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Menstrual Monitoring

Do you monitor your cycle? How long is it? The average length is 26-35 days, counting from the first day of your period and ends when the next period begins. If you have an irregular cycle, speak to your doctor to see if there’s a way to moderate them.

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Fertility Checkups

Have you both had your fertility checkups? Again, this involves you speaking to your GP who will refer you to a specialist. For the men in the relationship, it’s important to check their sperm health.

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Financial Considerations

How are your finances looking? How are your finances looking? Alex is also a financial and investing coach so can help you save and figure out your finances ahead of having a baby and starting a family. If you are struggling to conceive the process tends to be easier if you go privately, we can work on this together, meaning make the relevant introductions to specialists, as well as help you manage your finances to make the process as seamless as possible.

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Career Coaching

Maybe you realise that the career you’re in is not conducive to your future with a family. We offer a selection of career coaching programmes and spotlight reports to help you assess your next steps.

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Detox your home

Remove all toxins from your house. Where you can, use organic products - including for your face creams, house products, deodorant, perfumes, etc.

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  • Struggling to Conceive?

Stress and Mindset

It's so much easier said than done, we completely understand but you have to find a way of managing your stress and getting into a good headspace. The B.A.M. Club has a number of skills and useful tips that we would love to share with you. We want you to be in your happy place.

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Health & Well-Being

If you’re not feeling strong physically, lacking energy, something just isn’t right or you believe that your GP and standard doctors are missing something then speak to a Functional Doctor. They are accessed privately unfortunately but definitely worth the money.

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Therapies

Alex has used acupuncture a number of times for stress relief and also help blood flow, she had issues with cold feet and hands, hereditary. Acupuncture has been known to treat infertility programmes and people have had a number of successes with it.

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IUI/IVF

These are when you have either diagnosed something which needs additional help (e.g., we have friends whose male partner have had problems with low sperm count or when a woman has very low egg count) or when you’ve been trying for more than two years with undiagnosed issues.

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  • Pregnancy

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

This is a very exciting and magical time for you. You can actually start to notice the symptoms of pregnancy as early as a week after the fertilised egg attaches to the uterus.

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Yay, I’m pregnant, now what?

Keeping on top of your schedule for the next stage of your baby journey is important as you have lots of antenatal appointments, ultrasound scans and development milestones. We are here to help you through this journey and answer any questions you may have along the way.

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What to expect during pregnancy and some top tips

You’ll probably start to show early in the second trimester, between 12 to 16 weeks. If this is your first baby you’ll likely show a bit later, but if you’ve had previous babies then you will likely show sooner.

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Diet during pregnancy

You certainly don’t need to be on a diet during pregnancy and you certainly don’t need to eat for two (despite the myth!) but it’s important to eat a variety of different foods that are high in vitamins and minerals to help support your baby’s growth and development.

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Exercise during pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy is safe and healthy and it’s actually good to stay fit to keep your energy levels up for the birth. It’s not recommended that you take on new exercise challenges (like suddenly decide to become a marathon runner!)

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What to pack in your hospital bag?

We are here to help make your life as easy as possible. We can organise and buy anything you need for your baby, whether it’s kitting out the baby’s nursery with furniture or even decorating it, ordering baby clothes, helping to choose the best buggy for you, buying your baby essentials.

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  • Birth

Natural ways to Induce Labour

If you’re either getting close to your due date or past your due date and can’t wait to meet your baby soon, there are a number of natural ways that can help to induce labour.

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Your Birth Plan

This is a written record of how you would like your labour and delivery to play out if it all goes to plan and what options you would be open to taking.

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I’m in labour, what should I do?

Once your contractions start, try and relax and have a bath. In the early stages of labour (the latent phase) it’s a good idea to try and eat something that is slow releasing such as some pasta or toast with peanut butter and jam

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  • Looking after your baby & Raising your child

I’m a Parent, now what!?

Congratulations on becoming a Parent! This is the most exciting, happy and challenging time of your life. We are here to make this journey into parenthood as easy as possible, so please feel free reach out to us.

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Routine for a 4-8 week old

> 7am wake and milk then play
> 9-10am sleep
> 10am milk then play
> 12-2pm sleep
> 2pm milk then play

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Baby Routine 8-12 weeks

> 7am wake and milk then play
> 9-10am sleep
> 10.30am milk then play
> 12-2pm sleep
> 2pm milk then play

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Baby Routine 12 weeks plus

> 7am wake and milk then play
> 9-10am sleep
> 10.30am milk then play
> 12-2pm sleep
> 2pm milk then play

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Baby schedule 5-6 months plus

> 7am wake and milk then play
> 9-10am sleep
> 10am- play
> 10.30am milk
> 12pm – lunch (if you have started weaning)

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