In The Womb: How Your Baby’s Senses Develop

Fetal senses development

Humans have five basic senses: Sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. You may be wondering just when, during your pregnancy, your tiny baby can start feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing and see. You will be surprised to know that it is a lot earlier than you think! Your baby’s senses begin to develop from the moment [... Continue Reading ]

Smoking cessation vital to improved Aboriginal birth outcomes

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Not smoking during pregnancy is as important for Indigenous women as it is for non-Aboriginal women, but with smoking rates in Aboriginal people three times those of the non-Aboriginal community...

Smartphone app to screen for jaundice in newborns

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A team of doctors and engineers is developing a smartphone app that parents can use at home to test if their newborn should have a blood test to check for jaundice.

Parental attentiveness to infant babbling ‘speeds up language development’

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Infants whose parents are attentive to their babbling sounds are likely to demonstrate greater advances in language development, according to a new study.

The increasing number of women with gestational diabetes could lead to many more children with early diabetes

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New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that children exposed to gestational diabetes in the wombs of their mothers are...

Shoe Size During Pregnancy – Do Your Feet Really Get Bigger?

feet during pregnancy

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy You may find your shoes are no longer that comfortable during the second and third trimesters and one of the culprits may be swelling of your feet. Pregnancy triggers many changes in your body and lots of things tend to get bigger, including your feet! During pregnancy, the extra fluid in [... Continue Reading ]

Is Childbirth A Labor Of Love?

Delivering a baby

The Agony And Ecstasy Of Childbirth I can summarize my memories of childbirth as follows: Come on, it is time for you to come out now! Hallelujah, finally the time has arrived. Unbearable back pain that was driving me crazy (so I had an epidural). Push, come on PUSH! What the hell do you think [... Continue Reading ]

Pregnancy Side-Effects and What to Do About Them

Back pain during pregnancy

If You Suffer From These Common Pregnancy Problems, You Are Not Alone! Table of Contents (jump ahead!) Constipation Backache Leg & Foot Cramps Cystitis Hemorrhoids Headaches Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Varicose Veins Heartburn Thrush Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it also brings along a variety of symptoms we, as women, would rather do without! As [... Continue Reading ]

When Is The Best Time To Conceive?

Hope of a pregnancy

Becoming pregnant is supposed to be a very joyous time, a time for a little miracle to happen inside you, but, because it is also a very complex biological process, it does not always go to plan. Getting to understand YOUR fertility, menstrual cycle, ovulation cycle and body will help you understand when you have [... Continue Reading ]

Gestational Diabetes

Exercise during pregnancy

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be a very distressing time for a woman during pregnancy, especially a first pregnancy. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional, hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy which comes with a lot of questions already, but now you have to cope with managing your blood sugar [... Continue Reading ]