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Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

We’d like to introduce to you, our resident expert on physical exercise and training. Robert Johnston. The following is a transcript for a Q & A session that we recently did: (H3 = Healthy3, RJ = Robert Johnston) (H3) How did you get involved in personal training? (RJ) Coming from New Zealand I have always been interested in sports as a child, but...

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Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Morning sickness is a condition that affects more than half of pregnant women. The nausea can be mild or lead to vomiting. This can often be the first sign of pregnancy as it usually starts from the 6th week of pregnancy and lasts until the 12th week. It can affect some women throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several homeopathic remedies that are extremely...

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Safe Exercises during Pregnancy

Safe Exercises during Pregnancy

Being pregnant does not mean you have to totally stop exercising but you do need to avoid doing high impact exercises. It is hard to find out which exercises are safe for during pregnancy so I have made a list of a few exercises that can be useful if you are expecting a baby. Have a Swim Swimming is a good form of exercise as it works on the whole of your body by...

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Homeopathic treatment for heartburn in pregnancy

Heartburn in pregnancy can be quite distressing and cause a lot of discomfort for women at this time. It is caused by the pregnancy maintaining hormone, Progesterone, which causes the valve at the top of the stomach to relax, which allows small amounts of acid to rise up into the oesophagus. This results in a burning sensation and usually affects 50% of all pregnant...

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Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

People are always asking “Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy” and there is a lot of confusing information, but recent research has given some clear results. Researchers have found that women who take antidepressant medications such as Prozac and Seroxat during pregnancy are at a higher risk of giving birth to children with life...

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Is stress in pregnancy transmitted to babies?

Is stress in pregnancy transmitted to babies?

A pregnant woman can pass on her stress to her unborn child through the placenta. According to researchers, this can lead to disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, which are more common and serious in male offspring. Read on to learn more about stress in pregnancy… Dr Tracy Bale, lead researcher from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary...

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Can Fish Oils During Pregnancy Prevent Baby Eczema

Fish oils have been found to protect unborn babies from eczema. The Australian scientists have discovered that mothers who took omega 3 supplements were less likely to have babies with eczema. Studies have found that taking omega 3 supplements during pregnancy also resulted in a 50 per cent less chance of developing intolerance to eggs. Researchers at Adelaide...

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The Effects of Stress During Pregnancy

A new study has found that stress during pregnancy can shorten the length of a pregnancy and increase the chance of miscarriage. Researchers found that mothers-to-be, who are highly stressed during the second and third trimesters at a higher risk of giving birth prematurely and miscarrying baby boys. This is the first study to highlight the effect that stress can...

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Top tips to avoid leg cramps during pregnancy

Top tips to avoid leg cramps during pregnancy

Leg cramps are very common during pregnancy and can be very exhausting. There a number of factors such as nutritional deficiencies, a build up of acid in the muscle fibres, changes in circulation and electrolyte imbalances that can cause this condition. The extra strain placed on the legs by the weight of the baby can also cause leg cramps. Leg cramps at night can...

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Natural Supplements for Morning Sickness

Natural Supplements for Morning Sickness

Many pregnant women suffer with morning sickness, especially during the second and third months of pregnancy. Many of these women will experience nausea without the vomiting. Although it is called morning sickness, it can affect pregnant women at any time of the day. There are natural supplements available that can help to ease the symptoms of morning sickness for...

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Natural remedies for headaches during pregnancy

Headaches are a very common complaint during pregnancy, mainly due to the hormone imbalances. Headaches can also be caused by tiredness, dehydration, sickness and lack of exercise. Cutting down of caffeine can also cause headaches in the short-term. This will pass after a day or so, and your energy levels will increase after withdrawing caffeine from your diet....

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Cold and Flu Remedies During Pregnancy

Cold and Flu Remedies During Pregnancy

Being pregnant does not make you more likely to develop a cold or flu. It is more important to keep your immune system healthy, by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and getting enough rest.  Complementary medicine offers a wide range of safe remedies for colds and flu that can be taken safely during pregnancy. Pregnancy can throw up a host of conditions such...

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