Pin pointing your most fertile days

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Most of us are aware of the ‘normal’ menstrual cycle,  28 – 30 days with ovulation occurring around day 14. What you may or may not know is that most of us don’t run like clockwork! You can ovulate anywhere from day 9 to day 28. You can even have a regular menstrual cycle yet not ovulate at all. Once released at ovulation, an egg will be viable for 24 hours so knowing when this is greatly increases your chances of conception. Sperm need to be present within your reproductive system during this tiny 24-hour window for conception to occur.  Sperm live a little longer than our eggs and can stay viable in our system for between 3 – 5 days so your most fertile days fall 3 days before and on the day of ovulation. So how do you know when or even if you are ovulating? Find out more in my article on the Mouth of Mum’s website...

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Kate Richie announces her daughters name

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

Kate Richie and husband Stuart Webb, welcomed the arrival of their first child, a baby girl, on Sunday 17th August.  Now they have shared their beautiful daughters name with the world, Mae.  Best wishes to little Mae and her parents and they enjoy this precious time...

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Choline rich foods

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

Hailed as the new ‘rockstar’ pregnancy nutrient in the US, choline is essential for healthy brain development during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Unfortunately up to 90% of us aren’t reaching the recommended adequate intake.  “Our preliminary dietary studies clearly show an insufficient choline intake compared to the recommended levels,” said Curtis, an analytical chemist and project leader for ongoing choline research at the University of Alberta.[i] I’m often asked about the best foods to boost your choline intake, so here they are Egg (yolks in particular) Lecithin granules Beef Salmon Chicken Kidney beans Lentils Brussel sprouts Broccoli Cauliflower Oats Wheatgerm Milk For some tasty recipes containing these choline superfoods head to our Recipes section and for more information on choline and all your other important nutrients grab a copy of The Vitamins Guide. [i] Andrea Hill. U of A researchers strive to increase awareness of forgotten essential nutrient. University of Alberta News August 5,...

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Important information for ‘soon to be’ parents……About baby sleep

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

It is so hard to imagine what life will be like, really like, when you finally have your baby to hold.  We are often overwhelmed by thoughts about the delivery, making it difficult to really consider things that may be helpful later on. Repeatedly, mothers say they wished they had thought about this before the baby was born, when they had a little more clear thinking time. Pregnancy is the time to be idealistic about how you will parent, how your baby will be cared for and how they will sleep, but reality is yet to determine many things. Your natural instincts will surge once you have your baby, some quite quickly, some a little more steadily. At the same time, everyone will be kindly offering you advice. Once you are a parent you will realise how much you would like to help other parents when they start out, but for the moment though, you will be a recipient of the advice from well-wishers. Something I have gained from years of working with literally thousands of families is what works for one family MAY not work for another. Babies are all VERY different as are their parents, so not all advice will be appropriate for your family. Take hold of those gut feelings and embrace them. If someone tells you to do something and you think ‘that’s a bit harsh’ or ‘that can’t be right’, then believe in yourself. When it comes to baby sleep, everyone is an expert, so keep true to your gut. In the first months of life babies can be cuddled and fed to sleep, they are tiny and need comforting and care. They just do not have the developed brain capacity needed for self soothing and when distressed they rely on you to calm. It is from a calm state that babies can drift to sleep. You simply cannot spoil a baby; it is a myth and a cruel one at that. Love and cuddle your baby. When they are calm and comforted they will be more able to go to sleep in their bassinette or cot. When babies cry they are telling us something … we may not know what, but there will be something that drives their behaviour, so don’t ignore it. How you can help your baby to learn to drift off to sleep is not that difficult, but often when adults expect babies should just sleep without help is when the real trouble begins. Babies are not born with the ability to have a nice neat routine. If they do look like they have a regular sleep wake pattern, it changes, and often. That is completely normal. Little babies will grow to develop routines, but please don’t impose routines early thinking that will prevent problems later. Babies who are tired, need to sleep and that is not governed by a clock, therefore if you impose a routine, there will be great distress. Please talk with your nurse or health professional before thinking about any interventions that sound harsh or cruel, including words such as ‘tough love’, because practitioners informed by current research recommend you comfort young babies so they learn to drift to sleep.   Helen Stevens (BA Sc G D M) is a registered nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse. Helen is co-Founder and Director or Safe Sleep Space, Manager of Clinical Services and Education and Author of Safe Sleep Space (Rebus Press 2012 3 ed.) Helen has been supporting families with sleep struggles for almost 20 years and is the professional who professionals turn to for...

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Women prefer longer labour over more intense pain – New Study

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

In a recent study, pregnant women were asked, pre and post labour, whether they would prefer shorter labour with more intense pain or a longer labour with less pain. “Interestingly, intensity is the driver,” said lead study author Dr. Brendan Carvalho, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. Using an epidural “may prolong labor but reduces pain intensity, and it seems that would be preferable to most,” Both pre- and post-labor, women on average preferred less intense pain over a longer duration, according to results published online June 6 in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. “More medication makes legs heavy, may make labor longer and will more likely involve forceps or vacuum (to help deliver the baby), and less medication means more intense pain and also the ability to be more active,” said Dr Carvalho “Women would benefit from more conversation about this.” What are your thoughts? Would you, or did you prefer a longer labour with less pain or shorter labour with more intense pain? SOURCE:...

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Incredible bond between animals

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones running through me at the moment, but this clip made me cry.  Such a beautiful bond between creatures.  Not exactly pregnancy related but thought I’d share this lovely story for you to enjoy.

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