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REAL LIFE STORY – NATALIE AND ABDOMINAL SEPARATION

Today's story is about Natalie and abdominal separ...

RESEARCH REVIEW – IT’S A PAIN IN THE PELVIS

Did you know your exercise history affects your pe...
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.   Like type 2 diabetes it is on the rise. Therefore so is research into the factors that contribute to the onset of gestational diabetes. The hope is more knowledge can translate into better care, management and prevention. Not surprisingly numerous studies have shown that factors ...
It is a strange time with many aspects of our lives impacted. Gyms and social sport are non-existent or limited, for both kids and adults, lockdown means less structure to our days and extra time near the fridge and Netflix has released a whole heap of programs to keep us glued to the couch.  We need to find a way to keep ourselves motivated a...
In the fight against obesity, the last few decades have seen many replace sugary drinks with diet drinks and their spoonful of sugar in tea and coffee with artificial sweeteners. Whilst there has also been much criticism levied against the use of artificial sweeteners, ranging from increasing sugar cravings to causing cancer, all the research has f...
Show an image of an obviously pregnant woman consuming an alcoholic drink and most people will give a negative reaction – it may range from a concerned 'I'm not sure she should be doing that', to outright anger and disgust, but it will probably be negative. But, is this mum to be really doing damage to her unborn baby? And when was the last time yo...
The dilemma: you know it is recommended to stay active, fit and strong throughout pregnancy, but your gym or fitness class has either closed or doesn't fit with the social distancing guidelines of Covid 19. The answer: exercise in the privacy and safety of your own home with helpful hints from a pregnancy exercise specialist – and no worries about ...
'Abdominals' refers to your rectus abdominis often called the '6 pack', your obliques which are the muscles on the sides of your torso, and your transversus abdominis also known as 'the core'. During pregnancy it is important to choose abdominal exercises that focus on gentle activation of the core or deep abdominal muscles only. Traditional abdomi...
Pregnancy is a joyful time – and for many new mums to be, it can also be an anxious time. How many weeks should you wait until you tell people? What will work say and do you get maternity leave? How will you pay the extra medical bills? Will you and your partner agree on a baby name? Will you be a good parent?… … And right now there is a huge new b...
What is the magical community known as the vaginal microbiome all about? And how can you optimise this environment before you deliver? Let's talk about this with expert Stefanie Valakas! The community or residents of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other tiny things that live on your skin and in your gut also lives down there between yo...
What enables some women to sail through pregnancy, whilst others struggle?  The absence of some common and unpleasant conditions could certainly help mum to feel a whole lot healthier and happier. Constipation You may not hear it talked about before pregnancy, but you will probably experience it during pregnancy. The apparent baby bump in the ...
If your mind keeps coming up with reasons to skip your prenatal exercise workout, counteract your excuses with some Glowing Expectations logic. I'm too tired The first and third trimesters of pregnancy can leave you feeling weary. Whilst the idea of exercise is less than appealing some gentle exercise can actually increase your energy levels. Skipp...
Resolve your baby's feeding and sleeping issues with the help of a Mothercraft Nurse – it's good for the whole family! "My baby is 3 months old. I rock him for over an hour to get him to sleep and then he only sleeps for 30 minutes. I've read books and tried everything I see on Facebook forums and hear at Mother's Group. No one else seems to be hav...
Today's story is about Chloe and the jelly plug – also known as the cervical mucus plug and not to be confused with children's party food. Chloe often provided the rest of the prenatal exercise class with entertainment and this night was no exception. Before she had even put her bag down or changed into her workout clothes she announced – with a lo...
Research suggests a healthy diet and adequate sunlight during pregnancy could help reduce the likelihood of bub developing learning difficulties. Many parents worry about the possibility of ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other learning difficulties in their unborn child, especially with what appears to be a rise in the number of kids experiencing these...
Today we how talk with Dr. Erin Hawkins about when and how a Chiropractor can help mum to be and her growing bub – and it's not just about alleviating a sore back. Before pregnancy The Chiropractor's role in pregnancy care actually begins before conception. In fact, the ideal time to have your pelvis assessed for any imbalances and restriction...
The ultrasound; for Doctors it means vital medical feedback; for a mum to be like Alison it meant, "Wonder and excitement, little faces and little fingers, it was magic". Believe it or not ultrasound was first used for clinical purposes in Glasgow in 1956. Obstetrician Ian Donald and engineer Tom Brown developed the first prototype systems based on...
Today' story is about Sue and oedema – more commonly understood as fluid retention in the hands, ankles and feet. Sue was the mother of a more complicated pregnancy – twins at 42, and by 30 weeks she was also experiencing some extra special conditions – gestational diabetes and higher blood pressure. For the safety of her and the babies as she appr...
Research suggests reducing stress during pregnancy is important for baby's motor development. Have you ever thought about meditating and just never got around to it? You think it's a great idea and you are pretty sold on the health benefits but… week after week it gets added to your to do list and never actually gets done. Well, if you are pregnant...
Today we ask Naturopath and Nutritionist Sally Officer do coffee lovers need to give up their habit during pregnancy. The good and the bad in a cuppa There's no doubt that coffee is enjoyed by many of us and has become a daily ritual. Coffee's ability to improve concentration, mood and energy levels makes it a difficult habit to brea...
Today we are talking to Counsellor Ginette Lenham about perfect pregnant bodies, and that includes yours. Pregnancy comes in all different shapes and sizes!  Well, strictly speaking mostly just in the round shape variety, but the size varies from person to person. Just like we are all different to start off with, due to our genetics and t...
Today's story is about Natalie and abdominal separation - which is also known by the name of diastasis recti.  Natalie has always loved exercise and enjoys staying fit and lean. Most women have what they consider their best feature – it could be their eyes, legs, smile or booty. For Natalie it was her flat tummy. Once she was past the 'I just ...