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?


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.

Guided relaxation and mind-body techniques to help enhance chances of conception

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

In our busy lives often juggling home and work pressures we can spend more and more time in the ‘fight or flight’ mode of being.  This means our circulation and energy is being directed to our brain and muscles and away from our non-essential organs like reproduction.  Imagine that!  There is less blood flow and therefore less oxygen and essential nutrients to our reproductive organs.  For a woman this may translate to less than optimal development of endometrium, follicles and eggs and it may even hamper ovulation.  The effects of stress on the regulation of our hormones, blood sugar and adrenal functions are well established and this means that our reproduction is compromised.

A study of women who had been trying to conceive for 1 – 2 years showed that women who participated in mind-body therapy had a 42% incidence of spontaneous conception compared to only 11 – 20% without. (

Stress is so common and feels like such an everyday part of life that knowing its impacts can feel scary – especially when you are trying to conceive, and don’t know what to do about it.  Stress is something we can definitely have control over and we can implement tools to help us manage it more effectively.  The mind-body connection can be a key to unlocking fertility as well as improving mood, immune function and general wellbeing.

By guest author – Gina Fox, Naturopath

Gina foxGina Fox is a qualified as a Naturopath with over 11 years experience in practice and a personal interest in the area of fertility which led her to further studies where she gained an Advanced Certificate in Natural Fertility Management and she also completed the respected Natural Fertility course with midwife Kerry Hampton.   Gina is currently undertaking a post graduate Masters in Reproductive Medicine with UNSW and continues professional development through regular attendance at medical, nutritional and herbal seminars to keep up to date with the latest research available in women’s health and fertility.  She also supervises naturopathic students at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine and among other current writing projects, has contributed to the 3rd edition of a leading evidence based text book on herbs and supplements.  Gina is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Foresight Association & Fertility Society of Australia.

With her years of experience in fertility treatment, Gina has been instrumental in developing the ‘Be Fertile – Guided relaxations for your natural conception.’

‘Baby brain’ may not be a myth after all

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

According to a new study by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, there may be a scientific basis for why pregnant women complain of ‘baby brain’.  Researchers showed that pregnant women show increased activity in the right side of the brain, particularly when assessing emotions and facial expressions, in comparison to new mothers.  This is believed to provide a stronger sensitivity to emotions to better enable a mother to bond with her new baby.

“Our findings give us a significant insight into the ‘baby brain’ phenomenon that makes a woman more sensitive during the child bearing process”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway. “The results suggest that during pregnancy, there are changes in how the brain processes facial emotions that ensure that mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth.”

Dr Bourne said: “We know from previous research that pregnant women and new mothers are more sensitive to emotional expressions, particularly when looking at babies’ faces. We also know that new mothers who demonstrate symptoms of post-natal depression sometimes interpret their baby’s emotional expressions as more negative than they really are.”

“Discovering the neuropsychological processes that may underpin these changes is a key step towards understanding how they might influence a mother’s bonding with her baby.”

So the ‘baby brain’ myth, may not be a myth after all!


What you eat before you conceive can impact your child’s health

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

foetusNew research shows that what women eat before they conceive can impact the short and long term health of her child.  Consumption of important nutrients prior to conception appears to impact gene activation, affecting how and when certain genes become active.  Research has shown that this activation or deactivation may impact the long term health of the child and their pre disposition to certain diseases.  The nutrients found to be critical to this process are folate, B2, B6, B12 and choline (as found in Zycia Natal Nutrients).

This latest research forms part of a body or research which points to a child’s health being genetically programmed early in life, both in the womb and even prior to conception.  Researcher Andrew Prentice, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: ‘The key message is that a mother’s nutrition before she becomes pregnant is super-critical.”  

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10 Fertility Myths debunked

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

Do oyster really boost fertility? Does the position really matter? When it comes to fertility there’s a lot a myths and old wives tales.  So which ones can really help?  Tasha Jennings ND debunks the top 10 fertility myths this informative article on the Mouth of Mum’s website.

PBC Expo Melbourne

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

PBC Expo Melbourne

The Melbourne Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo is on again this year and we’ll be there!  Running from Friday 25th Oct to Sun 27th Oct.  Come and see us at stand G51 for heaps of FREE nutritious recipes, expert advice and super specials all weekend.

Want to know more about the most important nutrients for healthy growth and development of your precious baby?  Come and see expert speaker, Naturopath, Nutrtionist, Author and Zycia Managing Director Tasha Jennings in the education centre at 1:55pm each day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fertility Week 2nd – 8th September

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

The 2nd to the 8th of September is Fertility Week.  In support of the 1 in 6 Australians struggling with fertility, here are some of our top tips which we’ll be adding to each day over the week so keep checking in!

Fertility Tip 1:

Do the hula! Ensuring good blood flow to the ovaries can help support fertility. So grabbing your childhood hula hoop and doing some spins each day can support blood flow to your reproductive area. For those a little less ‘hula’ inclined, tummy massage can also be effective.

Fertility Tip 2:

Did you know, once released from your ovary at ovulation, your egg lasts only 24 hours. Sperm must be present during this window to achieve conception. Text books will tell you ovulation occurs on day 14, however for many women this is not the case. Charting your cycles and knowing when your unique fertile window is, will optimise your chances of a successful conception. Use our tools and resources, including our convenient iPhone App to help chart your cycle today!

Fertility Tip 3:

There’s a myth that ‘storing up’ sperm will help achieve conception. Millions of sperm are produced every day so there’s no reason why you can’t have sex every day when trying to conceive. In fact older, stored sperm may hinder the new fresh sperm reaching the egg.

Funny video

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

It’s always fascinating (and often funny!) to watch when babies start to react to the world around them. Even blowing your nose can be a scary thing as you’ll see in this little home movie.

Keeping Baby Safe

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

As well as keeping your baby well nourished, any parent’s number 1 priotiry is to keep their baby safe.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently updated it’s ‘Keeping Baby Safe – guide to infant and nursery products’ resource.  This informative guide provides information about purchasing infant products as well as tips and steps to take to make your baby’s environment a safe one and is a must read for all new and expectant parents.  The guide is available for free download as an eBook, videos or iPhone/iPad/iOS app or you can request a free booklet by following the link.