Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting

Little Pips Pre & Postnatal Wellbeing

'As a mummy of 4, I completely understand how overwhelming it can be when exploring your options for the journey ahead - I remember being pregnant, crying into a pile of lists I had made with absolutely no idea where to start! Rest assured that I am here to support you from that very first message, whether this is your first baby or your fifth! I am an award winning Antenatal Teacher, and am fully qualified and insured to support parents throughout pregnancy and beyond'

• Womens Only Antenatal classes, 6 week term, £70

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. 

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.
What is the problem?

Nevill Hall Hospital and Royal Gwent Telephone Numbers

Nevill Hall Hopsital:
Your baby is not moving as often as it normally does or you need emergency advice (over 20 weeks pregnant): 01873 732139 (9am - 8pm) or 01873 732120 / 01873 732119 (after 8pm and during weekends)
Need advice, non emergency number - Leave a message stating your name and telephone number clearly.  A community Midwife will ring back between 8:30am and 4:30pm - 01291 636660

Understanding Postnatal Depression

Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time.  As a new mother, however, you may not necessarily feel this straight away.
You may go through a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful – known as the 'baby blues'. It usually starts 3-10 days after giving birth and affects around 85 per cent of new mothers. It is so common that it is considered normal. New fathers may also feel it. And, although having the baby blues may be distressing, it's important to be aware that it doesn't last long – usually only a few days – and is generally quite manageable.