Pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride of being super happy one minute, and then worrying about something the next.
I’ve found especially that when it’s your first baby and the pregnancy is classed as ok; you don’t get a lot of support outside of your usual midwife appointments when they test your wee, blood pressure and check you’re measuring on track in the later stages. You’ve got your green notes to carry about with you but the minute something doesn’t feel right or if you’re having a bit of a wobble, it’s hard to know where to turn and not feel as though you are pestering them or being a drama queen.
You should never feel as though you are being a burden, especially when this is their job at the end of the day and they are supposed to help guide you through your pregnancy in a way that is good for both you and baby. It is very easy to get sucked into the online world and start googling things which makes everything feel 100 times more magnified and you instantly think the worst case scenario. We have all been there! Upon looking for answers however, you might stumble across a site/app called Ask the Midwife.
Some Facts about Ask the Midwife:
Ask the Midwife is the UK’s first ever online health advice service, run by Registered Midwives.
For the first time ever you can get a fast response to any questions you have about pregnancy, birth and beyond. No more worrying about things you don’t understand, feeling like you don’t want to bother your midwife with lots of questions, or using Google as a source of information – all you have to do is Ask the Midwife!
You can contact us via our website using the chat box in the corner of the screen, or download our app. It is as simple as that! We are here for you 7 days a week to give you piece of mind on the most amazing journey you will ever make.
Ask the Midwife does cost as you would expect for expert advice at the touch of a button and works in the following way:
1 question – 1 detailed response = £0.99 (response within 4 hours)
A real-time messaging chat service = £9.99 (response within 1 hour)
A monthly subscription for unlimited access and questions = £24.99 per month
A 9 month package = £19.99 per month
So if you just had a question and really couldn’t function properly without knowing the answer, you could pay 0.99p to get the answer fairly quickly. On the other hand if you felt that you would like more support, you could choose a longer lasting option that would give you access whenever you required.
I accessed it on the one time question basis after struggling with stomach ache for several days and the response was extremely quick and helpful; putting my mind at ease that it was nothing to be concerned about.
Overall I found the service really useful and the responses very timely and helpful. It is so easy to panic especially when you know there’s a small human growing inside of you and other than you feeling kicks, you don’t know what’s going on really!
Hopefully If you ever feel as though you need some help, have a question, or have additional support then this site/app may come in useful.
*This has been a collaborative post with Ask The Midwife, all photos and content is my own*