Typically in our late teens and twenties we focus on contraception, but when the time comes to turn our thoughts to conception, there are a large number of myths about how to fall pregnant.
Pregnancy is a time of significant change both in your life and physically. It can be associated with stress on your mental health and may even precipitate postnatal depression. Understanding what may lead to stress, how you can recognise deterioration in your mental health and what you can be done to help is an important aspect of your pregnancy care.
Omega 3 is one of the most important nutrients that we should be focusing on during pregnancy. Omega 3 is essential for the development of your baby’s eyes and brain, and a lack of omega 3 is believed to increase the risk of post-natal depression.
• Sleep is cyclical with multiple episodes of arousal followed by a return to sleep
• Sleep achievement is in part cue dependent
• Cues of sleep are learned can be altered and then relearned
• Sleep achievement and sleep maintenance are usefully regarded as learned skills
• Avoid children becoming over tired as this interferes with the learned skill of sleep
• Minimise cues of sleep achievement that are parent dependent (be ‘Parent lite’).
Did you know – road trauma is the leading cause of death for Australian children up to 14? You can however keep your children safer from harm by having properly installed restraints and correctly using your car or booster seats in your car.
Research shows that the nutrition that a baby gets throughout their first thousand days of life – starting from a month before a woman even falls pregnant through until his or her second birthday – sets up their health for life.
Happily, most pregnancies will result in normal babies. However genetic problems can and do occur for no reason other than bad luck. For many years tests have been available to check early pregnancy for common genetic problems. This is often referred to as “Down syndrome screening”, although it can check for a number of genetic problems, and is widely available to all pregnant women. Non-invasive prenatal testing, or NIPT, is the newest and most accurate technique for genetic screening in pregnancy.
With the increasing interest in healthy living and a sustainable environment, the popularity of natural and organic skin care has flourished. Yet terms such as ‘organic’ and ‘all natural’ are not always what they seem, and many of us are still bewildered about what makes a product truly organic.