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Babies given antibiotics in their first year of life are more prone to eczema

eczema.jpgEczema is caused by an over-active immune system and results in dry and itchy skin. Around 2.4 million of the UK’s 12 million children have been diagnosed with the disease and now, after years of debate about a possible link, a huge study shows taking antibiotics in the first year of life increases the chances of developing the skin disorder by 40%.

Loss of Libido

libidoCROP.jpgIt is not unusual to experience a loss of libido after having a baby, in fact it is almost to be expected as most women understandably focus their energies on their newborn and are too tired to think of anything else. A recent survey by parenting website Netmums revealed that three-quarters of couples make love less than they did before they had children.

Three in four mothers-to-be feel pressure to look good!

looking-goodCROP.jpgAs if mothers-to-be don’t have enough on their plate, with just having a baby, it has now emerged that nearly three-quarters of expectant mothers feel immense pressure to look good because of the high standards set by celebrity ‘yummy mummies’.

How worried should she be?

There has never been any shortage of advice for mothers-to-be about how to protect their unborn babies and now the list of harmful things to avoid has extended even further. Pregnant women have been startled by a new list of household items they have been told to avoid. It would seem it now includes pretty much everything, from new furniture to non-stick frying pans!

Caprice expecting two little miracles!

Caprice.jpgTop model Caprice and husband Ty were warned by medics that she was unlikely to conceive naturally and hoped a surrogate would help end their baby heart ache. In December last year the couple were overjoyed to learn an American woman acting as their gestational surrogate was pregnant with their biological child. But just four months later stunned Caprice discovered she was also pregnant! Incredibly she had conceived just one month after her surrogate.

Breakthrough in fight against pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsiaSmall_0.jpgPre-eclampsia is a medical condition, in pregnant women, characterised by high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine. If left untreated, it can develop into life- threatening eclampsia, the occurrence of seizures during pregnancy. However scientists may now have found the cause of the condition using hydrogen sulphide (gas that smells like rotten eggs).

Baby 59

Baby59.jpgA newborn baby was miraculously rescued from a sewage pipe in eastern China and has now reportedly been returned to his mother after authorities decided he had become trapped by accident.

Following a dramatic rescue operation that lasted nearly two hours and was captured on camera, the baby was freed and nicknamed Baby 59 after its incubator in Zhejiang's Pujiang People's Hospital.


Hypnobirths2.jpgWith Kate Middleton’s due date announced people are beginning to talk about the sort of birth she will be having. Those close to the Duchess of Cambridge say she wants a completely natural birth and is considering hypno-birthing, while being submerged in an inflatable pool filled with water. Hypno-birthing is when the mother learns self-hypnosis techniques to prepare for birth in the hope of getting through labour drug-free.

Lack of iodine during pregnancy can lead to reduced mental development in children

Iodine233H.jpgEveryone knows that a healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. A new study has now shown that adequate IODINE intake is important for pregnant women.

Bathing a baby for the first time

Bathing a baby2.jpgBathing a baby can seem like a daunting prospect especially when you are bathing your baby for the first time. It's a good idea to have someone with you to give you a bit of support the first few times you bath your baby. This is also helpful if you've forgotten something you need for your baby. Until you get into a routine, you'll probably find this is a common occurrence.

Kate’s Baby Date Announced!

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Are my cravings normal?

cravings.jpgFood cravings are the powerful urges to eat something and commonly occur during early pregnancy. But what is making you crave these sometimes random foods so much? Pregnancy hormones can make you think about and crave a particular food even if it is something you would never have eaten previously.

When to call your doctor or midwife?


Everyone expects pregnancy to bring an expanding waistline. But many women are surprised by the other body changes that pop up that they weren’t expecting. Not having a full understanding of what is normal and what isn’t can cause unnecessary stress for a pregnant mother.

Where can I have my baby?

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It is important when choosing your birth location that you do what feels right for you. You can give birth at home, in a unit run by midwives (a midwifery unit or birth centre) or in hospital. Some hospitals have a separate midwifery unit. Although the choice is completely down to you it also depends on your needs and risks and, to some extent, on where you live.

Having a baby can actually boost your social life!

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Many first time- parents believe they will completely lose their social life once their baby arrives, however, recent research has found that having children is actually likely to boost a woman’s circle of friends. Figures show that mothers on average, gain nine new ‘mum friends’ after they give birth increasing their social group from 13 to 22.