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Some of the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy are more obvious than others. We all know that women usually get a visible bump, they might have morning sickness initially, and swollen ankles later on, but pregnancy can also change some of their key bodily processes...
Happy mother holding her smiling baby girl
Robynn Osborne explores her feelings about motherhood in depth in this moving poem. I glanced upon my image Knowing that it would soon change The feeling I expected to come over me Was somehow in a haze. Unplanned in every sense The fear was somehow real Thrown off the course of ‘self’ How could I ever heal? This...
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Many pregnant women find themselves waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (for the third time) or struggling to find a comfortable sleep position. Mildly disrupted sleep is common and bothersome but should not be confused with the much more serious problem of insomnia...
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I was pregnant, Wow, I thought! I was excited and anxious at the same time. This was what I wanted – to be a mom. The thing about pregnancy and having children is that everyone seems to know it all. Their advice and beliefs will be imposed on you,...
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At the age of 44, ex-pats Kim Stanway-Kok and her husband Rene Kok (47) had long since given up any hope of extending their family. Having made a life for themselves in Holland and already blessed with two sons, Kyle (27) and Keegan (17), the couple had always secretly...
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Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy. Once you’ve had gestational diabetes, your risk of having it again in your next pregnancy is higher. So too is your lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is taking steps such as...
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Let’s face it, exercise can be a big ask when it’s frosty outside and all you want to do is snuggle up on the coach with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite series on Netflix. Add a baby bump and you’re basically asking the impossible. But, having...
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As usual, I was woken by the not-so-little, rather uncomfortable kicks. Someone was alerting mommy that it was time for breakfast. When I finally woke up, I was flooded by thoughts of guilt, confusion and uncertainty. I thought to myself “am I being fair to you, my baby, because...
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I cried when I was told I had to have a C-section. It wasn’t in my delivery plan. Even though I had been massaging my perineum with almond oil to prepare it for the inevitable stretching, it was not meant to be. As an OB/GYN the change in birth...
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Pregnancy, labour and delivery are incredibly physically demanding for women. But birth is no walk in the park for the baby either. A new paper reveals just how much a baby’s head is pushed and distorted by vaginal delivery. By recording MRI scans before and during labour, the researchers show the...
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