Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting

The First 1000 days

The first 1000 days, during pregnancy and up to a child’s second birthday, represent a critical part of childhood when we form attachments to our caregivers, learn how to safely explore and trust the world around us, and start to communicate. It is when we see the most rapid phase of brain growth and development and where the foundations are laid down for our future health and wellbeing.


POW Pregnancy Fitness

Pregnancy Fitness Classes available in Monmouthshire.


Each classes offers lots of knowledge on how to keep strong in the core and to protect the back, pelvic floor etc.  Each exercise is personalised to the clients level and medical history and is very relaxed.


Free childcare available at the classes - The Baby Whisperer. although unqualified, has 42 years experience caring for children and has a full, recent DBS check.  She stays in the same room as the class, and Mums can care for their babies as much or as little as they need to.


Honeysuckle Cafe Breastfeeding Group

Local breastfeeding group, for mums, by mums.


Are you a breastfeeding mum or about to be?  Then why not drop in to the friendly group for a cuppa and a chat. 


Run by trained peer supporters/breastfeeding counsellor, the group takes place alongside Caldicot Methodist Church Toddler Group.  Siblings are welcome.  Whether you just want to get out of the house or would like some support with difficulties, you'd be more than welcome. 


Wednesday mornings 9:10am - 11am during term time only. 


Baby & Us - KG Hypnobirthing

Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to Baby & Us. 

I believe that every mum should look forward to the birth of her child, and it’s entirely possible to enjoy a pregnancy without fear and worry about giving birth. 

I'm Anna, a mum of two and a qualified KG Hypnobirthing Practitioner. 

NCT Yoga for Pregnancy

NCT Yoga for Pregnancy classes are run as a weekly drop-in at the Senior Citizen's Club, 33 Cromwell Road, Bulward, Chepstow, NP16 5AD. 

You can start coming to the classes any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Please contact award winning practitioner, Bronwen Rashad to check availability and register. The class runs on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Mama BabyBliss

MamaBabyBliss classes are available in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Designed to support you and your baby’s wellbeing the classes are nurturing, fun and designed to meet your child’s milestones.


Folic Acid

If you are having sex there's always a chance that you could become pregnant, even if you're not trying to. 
Take a vitamin table containing 400mcg of folic acid every day in case you get pregnant. 
Folic acid (vitamin B9) can help to protect your unborn baby from serious conditions like spina bifida.  But it needs to be in your body before you get pregnant. 
40% of pregnancies in the UK are unplanned. 
It's never too early, but it can be too late.   

Working Families Helpline - For New Parents

The charity Working Families helps parents, carers and their advisors with all of their questions on their rights at work.
Parents, carers and their advisors can contact the Working Families Helpline on 0300 012 0312 for free advice and support.
The Helpline Team is happy to answer queries on areas including maternity and paternity rights, maternity discrimination, parental leave, time off for dependants, and flexible working.


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Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

What you need to know and do to help protect your baby:
There is a lot of whooping cough around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk.
Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by getting themselves vaccinated against whooping cough from week 28 of their pregnancy.
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