pregnancy

Blogs about pregnancy and birth

Vitamin B3 found in Marmite linked with preventing miscarriages

1Nov

You may remember a few months ago the much hyped headline which stated that Marmite may be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects. Newspapers around the country jumped on the story branding it the new miracle cure. Results … Continue reading

  

What Is Endometriosis?

13Sep

Endometriosis   is a condition where the cells that line the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. The lining of the womb is what is shed during your period but the cells that are found in other parts of … Continue reading

  

Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017

6Mar

March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about chlamydia

21Feb

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin … Continue reading

  

Nutrients to support fertility in women and men

1Dec

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If you and your partner are thinking of trying for a baby, by consuming the right amount and type nutrients, both of you may enhance your chances of conception as well as carrying a healthy pregnancy[1]. Read on for more … Continue reading

  

Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight

29Sep

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You have just spent the last nine months getting ready for the life-changing birth of your new bundle of joy and we know, you are probably a little bit exhausted after the whole event. The birth of your baby will … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading

  

Recap of “DNA Blood tests”: An NPR story

15Oct

In January 2015, National Public Radio (NPR) released a story featuring the new options non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) brings to women in the U.S. The feature, presented by Nell Greenfieldboyce, examines the impact of NIPT on the way previous genetic … Continue reading

  

What Treatment is Available for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

3Sep

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes cysts to develop on one or both ovaries. The condition can cause irregularities with egg release and unusually high levels of androgens in the body – which are so-called ‘male’ hormones. But … Continue reading

  

Sudden Infant Death syndrome – Advice for Parents

1Jun

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I have not shaved today. Over 30 years ago I worked for a Paediatrician who had a special interest in what was then termed cot death.  I found it very distressing and emotional dealing with cases.  Little was known about … Continue reading

  

ICP (Obstetric Cholestasis) – My Story

20May

In 2012 I fell pregnant with my fourth son.  It wasn’t planned but I couldn’t have been happier.  It just felt like it was meant to be.  Things were different this time though.  Five months into the pregnancy I began … Continue reading

  

My journey with Flynn by Rosy

4Mar

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I wanted to write about our experience in the hope that I may be able to help others, to try to communicate to the world how it feels to lose a child and most importantly to keep my little boys … Continue reading

  

Can ‘Baby Blues’ Be Inherited?

29Nov

 We know women inherit many conditions from their mothers, some serious such as breast cancer or osteoporosis, others less life threatening such as bunions or a double chin, but we do owe a lot to our family health history. The … Continue reading

  

Pregnancy – Screening Tests: a quick guide

25Jul

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Prenatal screening tests are an important part of any woman’s pregnancy and can provide vital information about your baby’s health before he or she is born as well as that of your own. Screening tests are available to all pregnant … Continue reading

  

Postpartum Mood Disorders

25Apr

Postpartum depression itself is nothing new but the culture of support surrounding women who suffer from this disorder is. Until recently, many women didn’t feel comfortable opening up about their struggles with postpartum depression because it was often seen as … Continue reading

  

Water all the way!

25Apr

Water births are gaining in popularity, although some people still consider them to be rather unconventional! I personally believe water birthing gives the mother, baby and partner the best possible experience. Far from being an “unconventional birthing method” according to … Continue reading