Health Check: what to eat and avoid during pregnancy

Clare Collins, University of Newcastle and Michelle Blumfield, University of Newcastle As soon as women announce “I’m having a baby!”, the congratulations are quickly followed by long lists of dos and don’ts about food. Try ginger for morning sickness. Avoid soft cheese because of listeria. Eat more meat to boost your iron. Eat this fish…

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Don’t judge pregnant women, give them good nutrition advice

Karen Charlton, University of Wollongong and Catherine Lucas, University of Wollongong At no other point in life is good nutrition more important than while the foetus is developing. But women in Australia often don’t receive adequate reliable information about how to ensure what they eat is best for both themselves and their developing baby. Early…

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WWWT – a new resource for new parents

The What Were We Thinking (WWWT) blog offers practical guidance to support the mental wellbeing of parents, building their confidence in the early days of their baby’s life. Available as an app and blog, it contains information about common experiences in the early months of parenthood and some effective ways of thinking about and managing…

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Starting with feeding and ending with weaning – everyone has an opinion

This article was originally published in The Conversation on 5th March, 2015 Starting with feeding and ending with weaning — everyone has an opinion. By Olivia Carter, University of Melbourne With a chuckle an old school friend of mine confessed that when he was a teenager he would try to destroy his best mate’s chances…

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What you eat during pregnancy could influence your child’s taste preferences

Research has shown that a woman’s diet during pregnancy may influence her baby’s taste, although exactly how this works is not clear. Some research has found that breastfed children are less fussy and more open to trying new foods, possibly due to greater exposure to different flavours during breastfeeding. This means that a mother’s healthy…

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Breastfeeding helps with post-pregnancy weight

Obese women who breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least 4 months are less likely to retain weight after pregnancy than those who don’t breastfeed according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers followed more than 700 women for 6 years after the birth of their child and collected information on…

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Exercise Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk After Gestational Diabetes

Women with gestational diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they keep active following pregnancy according to new findings from the Nurses’ Health Study 2.  Researchers followed more than 4500 women who had a history of GDM for 16 years, collecting details on their activity levels over this time. They…

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Protecting your pelvic floor in pregnancy

This year the world focus for continence awareness week (June 23-29) is on protecting your pelvic floor, especially around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. To help raise awareness and to provide practical support, the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) have developed a range of new resources for women and expectant mothers including a…

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Early breastfeeding support needed for women with gestational diabetes

Breastfeeding difficulties are common in women with gestational diabetes (GDM) and particularly in those who are overweight before pregnancy or who need insulin treatment during pregnancy according to the findings of a new US study. Researchers studied more than 880 women taking part in the Study of Women, Infant Feeding and Type 2 Diabetes After…

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