Baby Bump Weight Icebreaker

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends gaining 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy—but why? Here’s a pound-by-pound breakdown of how that weight is distributed across your body.

1.5 pounds: the placenta.

7 pounds: maternal stores of fat, protein, and other nutrients

7.5 pounds: your average full-term baby weighted doll? Or bean bag

2 pounds: breast tissue (we know it feels like so much more!) –

4 pounds: increased fluid volume –

4 pounds: increased blood volume –

2 pounds: the uterus –

2 pounds: amniotic fluid – Total Gain = 25/35 pounds approx!

Rucksack game:

Put rucksack on the partner: back to front!

Pre made items weighing the same – tins? Beanbags?

Have to hand items as above! Go through each item and drop them in the bag!

Shows the partner the weight their mum is carrying around! 

Epidural Interventions Demonstration 

Demonstration of being restricted

String – cut into 7 pieces

Post stick notes or sticky pads

Epidural interventions. Script for teaching

You will need: A straw

8 pieces of rope approx. 1 metre long each

Post stick notes, Masking tape or plasters

Stick the ropes to the straw with the plasters/masking tape – all 8 pieces

Offer each partner a straw with the ropes attached and ask them to listen and follow my instructions on where to place them on their partner.

Or if it is a mums only class you could offer each mum one individually or alternatively get two volunteers to demonstrate in front of the class.

First I would take time to explain what an epidural was and how it affects mum and baby before and after the birth. I would go into detail of where the needle goes and how it works.

I would then ask:

Holding up one of the strings…

1. One would be for the heart monitor - where do you think it would go? (heart)

2. One is to monitor the baby – where would we put it? ( the vagina – sticks to babies head)

3. One is attached to the IV bag, this keeps mums well hydrated during the labour and birth ( left hand)

4. One for the blood pressure cuff - ( right upper arm)

5. One also goes over the left shoulder blade and it hangs across the shoulder ( the drip connected to the spinal incision)

6. One sticks on the stomach to monitor the baby and contractions

7. One goes on your finger to represent the pulse oximeter which measures oxygen flow

8. The last one represents the catheter – This gives you a chance to discuss what and why a catheter is put in.

This is a great way of showing not only what happens during an epidural and just how many interventions there are, how restrictive they can be. Many first time mums its just a needle in your back – no pain and out pops baby – its important to let mums know the real story behind every birthing plan or interventions so they are fully equipped to make well informed decisions about their birth.

It’s a good idea to leave them stuck on the mums for a little while as you carry on with the class. Let them get used to the idea of being attached to a monitor.

This method of teaching could also be used on a class model or on a diagram – whichever your style of teaching.

I often use a life size mannequin so I can show on the spine where the needle is inserted.