Pregnancy conditions explained: Pre-eclampsia

What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is the most common type of hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorder that can develop in pregnancy. The exact cause of pre-eclampsia isn't really known; research suggests that genetics may play a role with the genetic make-up of some women making them more vulnerable to getting it. Pre-eclampsia …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part two

This article contains really useful information about the vitamins and minerals you need in your diet whilst you are pregnant, which foods you can find them in and why they are important for you and your baby. The information has been broken down into an easy-to-read table. Micronutrients Many nutrients work together. …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part one

This article explains why getting the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in your diet whilst pregnant is important your health, and the health of your developing baby. MacronutrientsProteinWhy is it important? After water, protein is the most plentiful part of your body. Getting enough protein is essential for your …

Reduced fetal movements

Your baby’s movements during pregnancy are a good indication of their health and wellbeing, with studies showing that a reduction or absence of fetal movements is linked with an increased risk of poorer health outcomes.These include:Giving birth to poorly grown (smaller) babies i.e. ‘intrauterine growth restriction’ (IUGR) An increased …

Changes to your body: the effects of exercise in pregnancy

Your body undergoes numerous physiological and biomechanical changes throughout the nine-month period of your pregnancy. Circulation During the first trimester, most expectant mums experience vascular under fill, which occurs when the blood vessels become enlarged to supply sufficient oxygen to your baby, but your blood volume hasn’t changed. This effectively means blood …