All Things Baby Blog By SteriCare® 

  1. positive pregnancy test

    What To Expect When You're Expecting - 1st Trimester

    15th May 2022

    pregnancy test

    First of all, let us say congratulations! We are guessing that you may have just been informed by the trusty pregnancy pee sticks that you are expecting... and if it is your first, you may be wondering what happens now?! Well, let us enlighten you about those next steps.

    We can imagine that you will be going through all sorts of emotions right now… and every single one of those emotions is okay to feel. Excitement, worry, anxiety, happiness, confusion… and the rest, we get it. You wouldn’t be human If you weren’t flooding with emotions right now. Don’t forget that the changes happening to your hormone levels can also make you feel emotional.

    Weeks 4-6:

    Contact your GP or Midwife

    First things first, phone your GP and they will make a note and likely provide you with the telephone number of your local midwife team. You may also need to call your midwife team who will take your details including the date your last period started. They may even email you some useful information to read through for starters.    

    Your GP or Midwife should also advise you of the following:

    • Folic Acid - It is time to start taking folic acid supplements if you aren’t already doing so. This reduces the risk of major brain or spine defects and is very important.
    • Healthy diet, food hygiene and nutrition - There are some foods that aren’t recommended for you to eat during pregnancy as they pose risks, you can find out more about those here.
    • Lifestyle factors - Sad news for some but it is time to put down that glass of wine and give up the alcohol for the duration of your pregnancy. If you are a smoker or recreational drug taker, it really is time to quit, but don’t worry there is support available and your midwife team will be happy to help you with this.

    Should You Tell Anyone Your News?

    Now, this is completely your choice, if you want to share the news then do so. We expect many of our friends and family to be supportive, but this is not always the case and something you need to be prepared for. Many couples simply choose to wait until they have had their first ultrasound scan at 12-weeks. The first trimester is not always plain sailing, as we wish it was, and very sadly (according to Tommy’s) 1 in 4 pregnancies miscarry so you can understand why some choose to wait until they are out of the initial 12-week period.

    Support Networks

    There are many apps available these days where you can find support from those in a similar situation to you, and this is something that we found really handy. Here are our suggestions:

    • Peanut - We can only describe the Peanut app as Tinder but for friendships. You swipe right on women you want to connect with and the app is all about meeting women who are pregnant, or trying to conceive or even just looking for friendship. The idea is to offer each other support, have someone to chat to and so on. There are also various groups that you can join and ‘pods’ where you can voice chat in groups or listen to experts.
    • Baby Centre - The Baby Centre App is for tracking the progress of your pregnancy. You can see where you are in each trimester, visuals of how big your baby is and a countdown of how many days until the due day. Baby Centre is packed full of useful information and a Birth Club network where you can post for and read advice from others. We love this app.

    Weeks 6-8:

    Booking Appointment 

    Usually around the 6-8 weeks point your midwife team will have organised a booking appointment for you. This takes approximately one hour and can either be a telephone appointment which is most common post-covid or if you are lucky face-to-face. They will discuss with you a variety of factors including your health, any conditions that run in your family, the health of your partner, your lifestyle and so on. It’s nothing to worry about and the midwives are very friendly! Around the 8-10 week mark you will be required to visit the midwife team for blood and urine tests to make sure your health is okay and if you require any further support, they will also hand you your booking appointment notes to keep and take to all your appointments.

    Pregnancy Symptoms

    May we say welcome to the world of pregnancy symptoms at this point. Many women notice pregnancy symptoms around the 6-week mark. That being said though, there is no one size fits all, so you may not be having any symptoms at all or you may have been having symptoms since the moment you missed your period.

    Here are some of the most common symptoms and some potential remedies:

    • Morning sickness – Morning sickness can be tough and can occur any time of the day. It helps to have a pack of digestive biscuits by your bed when you wake up as eating little and often tends to ease the queasiness. There are also acupuncture wristbands and various sweets, check out Myrtle & Maude’s website where you can find all these items.
    • Tiredness – Tiredness is a super common pregnancy symptom, and it is important to let your body rest if you are feeling tired, remember your body is working overtime at the moment! There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting your feet up and having daytime naps, embrace it.
    • Heightened sense of smell – Another common symptom, the ability to smell absolutely everything, this doesn’t really help with the nausea symptoms, but you may find it helpful to stick to blander ‘beige’ foods for now.
    • Mood swings – Your body is being pumped full of extra hormones at the moment so you can be feeling tearful or easily irritated but as your body adapts to the higher levels of hormones this tends to ease off.

    Week 12:

    Ultrasound Scan

    This is where it starts getting exciting, the 12-week scan! This is when you will be given your official estimated due date and is known as your ‘dating scan’.  If you are anything like us, then we found that the first trimester weeks went by extra slow to get to this point. Add to that extra tiredness, morning sickness and sore (and possibly very large by this point) breasts and nipples (we have the perfect ointment for sore nipples, see here) It’s all worth it though right! Your ultrasound scan will usually be at your local hospital and is where you get to see that little growing baby for the first time. This is when the joy really begins for couples as you have successfully navigated through the first trimester, and many choose to announce their pregnancy to the world around this time. 

  2. Baby at the beach

    What You Need To Know About Sun Safety For Children

    3rd May 2022
    How to keep the little ones safe in the sunshine.
  3. Try Carrot, Potato & Milk For Baby's First Puree

    Try Carrot, Potato & Milk For Baby's First Puree

    29th April 2022
    A super easy homemade puree recipe to treat your baby with.
  4. Rhubarb Tart

    A Delicious Rhubarb Custard Tart Recipe For Kids and Grown Ups

    29th April 2022
    Feed the family with this scrumptious rhubarb custard tart recipe!
  5. Back pain in pregnancy

    5 exercises to relieve back pain in pregnancy

    20th April 2022
    Alternatively, if you just fancy a little light exercise for you and your growing bump these could be perfect for you.
  6. Take A Moment, This Month is Stress Awareness Month

    Take A Moment, This Month is Stress Awareness Month

    4th April 2022
    Here are some ways to relax in the midst of your busy parenting lifestyle.
  7. Easter Egg Cheesecake

    Looking For Things To Do With The Kids Over Easter? Try Our Favourite Mini Egg Cheesecake Recipe!

    4th April 2022
    Have some tasty fun over the school break.
  8. The SteriCare® 2022 Product Catalogue is Now Available

    The SteriCare® 2022 Product Catalogue is Now Available

    21st February 2022
    The SteriCare® catalogue is full of quality baby products, hand chosen by us to ensure the best for our little ones. Complete with SteriCare®'s brand new range of baby bottles. Check it out today!
  9. Baby at Bedtime

    How To Create a Calming Bedtime Routine

    4th February 2022

    Sleep is a fraught topic for parents. “Sleep while you can!” gets thrown at you while you’re pregnant. “Is he good?” is asked when you’re pushing the buggy through Tesco. Give our our bedtime routine a go to help get night times off on the right foot

  10. Glass baby bottles

    Are Glass Baby Bottles The New Trend?

    27th January 2022
    We know you have questions. Are glass baby bottles really a thing? Are they safe? Which ones should you buy? Are they better than plastic?
  11. Bonding at bath time

    How To Bond With Your Baby At Bathtime

    7th January 2022
    We get it. At the end of a busy day of feed, change, sleep, repeat, bathtime can be just one more thing on your very long to-do list. Or you might already be beginning to dread a tricky bedtime routine with all its sleep struggles.
  12. christmas baby

    How To Survive Baby’s First Christmas

    3rd December 2021

    The first Christmas after you have a baby is weird.

  13. BPA Bottle

    What is BPA and Why is it Bad for Babies? (Video)

    12th November 2021

    Have you ever seen the label BPA Free and wondered what it means?

  14. Baby in Muslin

    Muslin Squares – The Essential ‘Must Haves’ For Babies!

    29th October 2021
    Muslin squares really are a great buy as they can be used in so many ways that they really are an essential ‘must have for babies!
  15. Baby questions

    You Asked, We Answered

    20th October 2021

    We've answered our most Frequently Asked Questions to make life easier for you. 

  16. Weaning baby

    7 Ways To Take The Headache Out Of Weaning

    8th October 2021
    Let us take the sting out of this parenting stage and answer the question hovering on your lips: How can I wean my baby without the stress?
  17. Cleaning baby bottles with a brush

    How to Clean Bottles and Teats (Video)

    10th September 2021
    Learn how to thoroughly clean and sterilise bottles and teats to keep your baby healthy with our short animated video.
  18. Your Ultimate Packing Guide for an Overnight Trip With Your Baby

    Your Ultimate Packing Guide for an Overnight Trip With Your Baby

    6th August 2021
    You know your baby best, but sometimes having a baby travel checklist can help you get started when you’re staring at the weekend bag on the bed and drawing a blank.
  19. The Essential List for First Time Parents

    The Essential List for First Time Parents

    15th June 2021

    Preparing for the arrival of your baby can seem a huge task and an expensive one too - but don't panic we are here to help!

  20. Donating Formula Milk To The Community

    Donating Formula Milk To The Community

    14th December 2020

    Just a quick note on a recent donation of formula milk to our local community. 

  21. Colostrum collection

    Collecting The Good Stuff, 'Liquid Gold' Colostrum

    8th December 2020

    Want to find out more about colostrum collection and how to express the nutritional goods? You are in the right place!

  22. breastfeeding mother

    Breastfeeding During the CO-VID19 Pandemic

    23rd October 2020

    The importance of breastfeeding even in cases of suspected or confirmed COVID-19

  23. Tips For Encouraging Children To Wash Their Hands

    Tips For Encouraging Children To Wash Their Hands

    12th March 2020

    Here are some tips on how to encourage our little ones to wash their hands more often.

  24. Our New Website Has Landed!

    Our New Website Has Landed!

    10th January 2020

    We are so excited to finally announce the launch of our new website. Over the past few months, we have been ferociously working away behind the scenes to develop a platform we think you will all love.

  25. National Baby Making Day. Yes, Really!

    National Baby Making Day. Yes, Really!

    2nd January 2020

    Did you know that January 2nd is national baby making day? Research suggests that 71% of parents hoping to conceive will be getting under the covers on the evening of January 2nd.

  26. The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

    The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

    30th December 2019

    We understand that not every mother is able to breastfeed and that's okay. But, we also wanted to highlight some of the main benefits of breastfeeding, according to UNICEF and their extensive research.