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MAY
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RESEARCH REVIEW – CONCEIVE IN SUMMER TO AVOID GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Conceive in summer to avoid gestational diabetes
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 ...
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MAY
02
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ARTICLE – KEEPING YOUR FAMILY MOTIVATED AND MOVING DURING CORONAVIRUS

Keeping-your-family-motivated-and-moving-during-the-Coronavirus-era
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...
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APR
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RESEARCH REVIEW – ARE DRINKS WITH SUGAR OR SWEETENER SAFER DURING PREGNANCY?

Are drinks with sugar or sweetener safer during pregnancyr
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...
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APR
05
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ARTICLE – PREGNANT AND ISOLATING DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS? SAFE, EASY EXERCISES FOR HOME

ARTICLE – PREGNANT AND ISOLATING DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS? SAFE, EASY EXERCISES FOR HOME
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 ...
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APR
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RESEARCH REVIEW – IS IT SAFE TO DRINK ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY?

Is it safe to drink alcohol during pregnancyl
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...
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APR
03
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ARTICLE – 5 REASONS TO AVOID TRADITIONAL ABDOMINAL EXERCISES DURING PREGNANCY

Avoid traditional abdominal exercises during pregnancy
'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...
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MAR
23
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ARTICLE – HOW TO MANAGE CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY DURING PREGNANCY

Pregnant woman with Corona Virus Anxiety
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...
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AUG
07
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GUEST EXPERT POST – THE VAGINAL MICROBIOME: A WHOLE NEW WORLD DOWN UNDER

Pregnancy, Birth and Vaginal Microbiome Photo
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...
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JUN
15
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ARTICLE – THIS WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY

Preventing constipation back pain and gestational diabetes in pregnancy photo
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 ...
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JUN
04
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ARTICLE – EXCUSES… DON’T LET THEM HOLD YOU BACK FROM KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING PREGNANCY

Don't let excuses hold you back from exercise during pregnancy photo
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...
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FEB
06
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ARTICLE – WHAT IS A MOTHERCRAFT NURSE? THE FAIRY GODMOTHER OF FEEDING AND SLEEPING

Resolves baby's feeding and sleeping issues with a mothercarft nurse
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...
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OCT
08
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GUEST EXPERT POST – IS IT SAFE TO DRINK COFFEE DURING PREGNANCY?

Is it safe to drink coffee during pregnancy and breastfeeding
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...
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JAN
23
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REAL LIFE STORY – CHLOE AND THE PREGNANCY JELLY PLUG

The cervical mucus plug is a protective jelly plug in pregnancy
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...
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NOV
05
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GUEST EXPERT POST – CHIROPRACTIC CARE, THE SECRET TO BEING WELL-ADJUSTED FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH AND MOTHERHOOD

Chiropractic care for pregnancy, birth and motherhood
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...
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JAN
21
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RESEARCH REVIEW – LESS SUGAR, MORE SUNLIGHT DURING PREGNANCY TO REDUCE ADHD, AUTISM AND DYSLEXIA

Reduce ADHD, autism and dyslexia with a healthy diet and sunlight in pregnancy
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...
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OCT
10
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RESEARCH REVIEW – WHY MEDITATE DURING PREGNANCY? REDUCING STRESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT

Reduce the effect of stress with meditation in pregnancy
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...
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MAR
04
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RESEARCH REVIEW – IT’S A PAIN IN THE PELVIS

Exercise reduces pelvic pain in pregnancy
Did you know your exercise history affects your pelvis during pregnancy? For months or years your motivation to set off on that morning run, walk into the aerobics studio, or bounce onto the netball court, might have been to feel fit, look good in a bikini, or for the joy of team sports. How would you feel if I told you all that sweat and burn...
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MAR
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REAL LIFE STORY – NATALIE AND ABDOMINAL SEPARATION

Diastasis Recti is abdominal separation during pregnancy
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 ...
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APR
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GUEST EXPERT POST – YOUR PREGNANT BODY, PERFECT JUST THE WAY IT IS

Weight gain and body image during pregnancy
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...
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OCT
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REAL LIFE STORY – SUE AND SWOLLEN FEET IN PREGNANCY

Swollen feet is a symptom of oedema in pregnancy
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...
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