Expectant mothers encouraged to be healthy, active and upright

Expectant mothers in Staffordshire are being encouraged to stay healthy, active and upright during pregnancy.

The move follows the Better Births Initiative launched by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) which is being supported by Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Being upright and active during labour and childbirth can be beneficial. Strong evidence indicates that it can help the baby arrive more quickly and help mum deal with pain.

GPs urge patients to be aware of their blood pressure, a key health warning sign

GPs in Staffordshire are urging patients to be aware of their blood pressure and understand what high blood pressure means and the potential consequences.

They also want patients to be aware that there is usually a direct link between weight and high blood pressure, with people who are obese three times more likely to have high blood pressure. Losing weight can be an effective way of lowering blood pressure for many people.

Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies everywhere

World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are:

  • Cannock Chase CCG                                                           63%
  • Stafford and Surrounds CCG                                             70%
  • SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG                     62%

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