Pregnancy conditions explained: Pre-eclampsia

What is pre-eclampsia? Whilst the exact cause of pre-eclampsia isn't known, scientists believe it occurs when the placenta's blood vessels don't develop properly, causing it not to function as it should.  As a result of the placenta not working correctly, several issues can arise. The baby may not receive enough nutrients, and …

Oxytocin: the love hormone

Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that is released when we feel happy, secure and loved. It is integral to childbirth, helping create powerful contractions or surges that help us birth effectively. It helps stimulate the flow of breastmilk, and is essential for bonding. It can be triggered by massage, laughter …

Raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy

Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries to support women's health, including menstruation and childbirth.  People believe it:  Reduces PMS symptoms, including cramps, nausea, and diarrhoea Eases labour pains Tones the muscles of the uterus, creating more effective contractions Reduces postbirth bleeding. However, there is very little clinical evidence to support these beliefs, as …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part two

As you know, there is a lot going on in your body when you're pregnant - your body is adapting to the incredible fact that you're growing a baby! Nutrition plays a huge part in keeping you healthy and supporting your baby's healthy development. But with so many mixed messages …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part one

Fad diets and 'healthy' eating plans hit the internet almost daily, and it often means you have to stop eating certain food groups - usually carbohydrates and fats! This article explains why getting the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in your diet whilst pregnant is important your …