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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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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Don’t stress about the shortage, toddlers don’t need formula

Karleen Gribble, Western Sydney University and Nina J Berry, University of Sydney With Chinese exporters emptying supermarket shelves of toddler formula and an accompanying increase in the price, parents who rely on these products are expressing alarm. Discussion has focused on why formula is being sent to China. However, the greater question of why so…

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Without grandmothers we might not be here at all

Darren Curnoe, UNSW Australia As adults, we’re often nostalgic for our childhood. A time when life seemed so much simpler. When we were free from the hassles of money, pressures of work and responsibilities of family and care. When we were free to play and imagine people and worlds far from reality, and almost everything…

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