Hyperemesis Gravidarum – what is it exactly? Tips for second time mums

Sep 09 2014
kate middleton duchess of cambridge pregnant

To the excitement of the nation, Clarence House just announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child. And once again, the news had to come out because of Kate suffering with severe morning sickness and currently being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.  The complicated Latin name of this condition – Hyperemesis Gravidarum – makes it sound very strange but in fact it’s not uncommon. At least 50% of women suffer from some nausea and vomiting, but in only a small proportion (less than 1%) does this become so severe that it leads to an inability to tolerate enough oral fluids to maintain hydration which can lead to dehydration and occasionally weight loss, imbalances in important electrolytes in the body (such as sodium and potassium) and poor nutrition. The dehydration can cause a rise in heart rate as the body tries to compensate, a drop in blood pressure and dizziness. The key symptoms always begin in the first trimester, most commonly at 6-8 weeks of pregnancy and they tend to resolve in the majority by week 14-16.

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The Benefits of Perinatal Yoga

Jun 02 2014
Three pregnant women practicing yoga (focus on woman in foreground)

Whether you’re completely new to yoga or consider yourself a master, during pregnancy is the perfect time to practice. Just this month, it has been proven by academics from Newcastle and Manchester Universities that pregnant women who attended a yoga class every week for eight weeks experienced less anxiety compared to those who received normal antenatal treatment, with a single yoga class during pregnancy having the potential to cut anxiety to mothers-to-be by a third. Yoga is the best form of exercise for pregnant women everywhere with so many health benefits for both you and your child. Perinatal yoga is so much more than your usual gym class… it’s a training in deep relaxation and preparation for birth and motherhood.

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Device to help women during difficult births created by car mechanic

Jan 03 2014

I enjoy reading the stories published every week in the Science news digest published by the British Science Association. Recently they reported a piece of news that sounds like a pretty unlikely story. Apparently Jorge Odon, a car mechanic from Argentina, has developed one of the most important inventions for mothers and babies around the globe.

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