• 02 AUG 16
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    Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

    Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

    A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow.   You don’t need to go on a special diet, but it’s important to eat a variety of

    • 01 AUG 16
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    Backache in pregnancy

    Backache in pregnancy

    During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause backache.   Avoiding backache in pregnancy There are several things you can do to help prevent back pain from happening, and to help you cope with

    • 19 JUL 16
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    Which medications are safe during pregnancy?

    Which medications are safe during pregnancy?

    When you’re pregnant, treating a simple ailment can seem complicated. While you may be tempted to reach for the remedies you used before pregnancy, you’re probably concerned about their safety. The truth is, many medications are safe to take when you’re expecting, but there are some that can hurt your baby.   In general, it’s

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins

    Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins

    What are prenatal vitamins?   Eating a healthy diet is always a wise idea — especially during pregnancy. It’s also a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother’s diet.   Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals. Their folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Multiple pregnancy

    Multiple pregnancy

    Multiple pregnancy means carrying more than one baby, normally twins.   Multiple pregnancies are getting more common because they are linked to infertility treatments, which are becoming more available. The most common multiple is twins.   Twins can be monozygotic (one fertilised egg splits in two) or dizygotic (two eggs are fertilised). Monozygotic twins will normally

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage its own tissues or cells.   Normally the immune system makes antibodies to attack infections, but in APS antibodies are made against phospholipids – a type of fat found in many different cells and tissues. It

    • 04 JUL 16
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    All about exercise in pregnancy

    All about exercise in pregnancy

    People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to stay active during your pregnancy.   Now you’re pregnant, being active will boost your health – it’s good for your unborn baby, too. It

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Eating for two

    Eating for two

    Eating healthy foods is more important now than ever! You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. You also need more calories. But “eating for two” doesn’t mean eating twice as much. Rather, it means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby. Sensible,

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Antenatal exercise classes

    Antenatal exercise classes

    Exercising in pregnancy is important for lots of great reasons. It also offers the chance to meet up and get to know other pregnant mums. It’s fun seeing everyone else’s bump and helps you to feel more normal (rather than the fat one in the office), and everyone is usually very friendly as you are

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Signs of labour

    Signs of labour

    How will I know when I’m in labour?   Every woman’s experience of labour is different. You may only be able to work out when labour truly started after you’ve been through it! However, changes that take place in pre-labour and early labour may cause tell-tale signs and symptoms that labour is imminent.   In pre-labour or early labour

    • 04 JUL 16
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    10 pregnancy myths busted

    10 pregnancy myths busted

    So you don’t need to kick your caffeine habit completely. Flying is fine. And sex actually gets better (for some). We reveal the truth behind 10 of the most misunderstood pregnancy myths.   Rule 1: Though shalt not exercise   As tempting as it can be to declare a state of hibernation, it’s actually a

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Five ways to relax in pregnancy

    Five ways to relax in pregnancy

    We all dream of floating serenely through pregnancy, channelling a sense of calm for the growing baby inside us. But, often, the reality is somewhat different.   Pressures at work and home, or worries about the future, on top of coping with health issues, tiredness and sickness can be overwhelming. As many as one in 10 expectant

    • 24 JUN 16
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    Do’s	and	don’ts for exercising while pregnant

    Do’s and don’ts for exercising while pregnant

    Before embarking on any kind of exercise program, check with your doctor first. This ensures that he or she is aware of the kinds of activities you intend to do and he or she can provide guidance and even make suggestions. That said, let’s go over some basic rules for fitness during pregnancy.   DO