A low GI diet for preconception and pregnancy

Unless diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM) most women don’t give a second thought to their blood glucose levels in pregnancy.  Yet an increasing amount of research is showing that it’s an area that requires more attention. The reason for this is that your blood glucose levels in pregnancy affect the rate at which your baby…

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Optimising your lifestyle before conception

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits prior to conceiving can not only improve fertility in both men and women, but may also affect the future health of your child. That’s right – research is now showing that a child’s future health, including their risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, may be influenced by their…

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Worrying about being a perfect mother makes it harder to be a good parent

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, The Ohio State University Even armed with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, I remember the frightening first moments after bringing my newborn daughter home from the hospital. I wasn’t sure what to do – and not at all confident that I was capable of being the parent she needed me to be. Every…

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Vaccines to expect when you’re expecting, and why

Kristine Macartney, University of Sydney and Annette Regan, University of Western Australia Pregnancy can be a confusing time, raising a number of questions for women. Which prenatal vitamins do I take? Which foods do I need to avoid? Can I take something for a headache or have my morning coffee? Add to this vaccinations. While…

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Many good reasons to exercise during pregnancy

A new Spanish study has found that exercising regularly during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing pregnancy-related high blood pressure (hypertension), reduce pregnancy weight gain and reduce the chances of delivering a large baby. The researchers studied 765 pregnant women who were randomly allocated to an exercise group or a control group who received…

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New mothers making time for themselves reduces chance of postnatal depression

Hannah Woolhouse, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Stephanie Brown, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute One in three women will experience significant depressive symptoms in the first five years after giving birth. But new research has found if mothers regularly take time for themselves in the first six months after giving birth they’re less likely to get…

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Breastfeeding lowers type 2 diabetes risk in women with GDM

New research shows that women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy who breastfeed their babies may lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study of more than 900 women with GDM who were followed up to 2 years found that those who breastfed for more than 2 months had around…

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