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Managing your fertility health in winter can be a struggle with the colder weather and many celebrations towards the end of the year, all of which can take their toll on your body and mind.
But keeping on track doesn’t have to be hard if you follow some simple steps. Over the past two thousand years the Chinese have been making seasonal changes to their diet, lifestyle and mindset, and have created guidelines to follow to optimise your fertility throughout the seasons.
A potential father's diet prior to conception can play a crucial part in the health of his future children, new research has found.
Dr Kimmins, of McGill University in Montreal, compared the health of mice born to fathers deficient in folic acid to that of pups sired by males with normal levels of the vitamin.
All of the mothers had normal levels of folic acid.
To the researcher’s surprise, the mice born to males low in folic acid were almost 30 per cent more likely to have birth defects, including some severe deformities of the spine and skull.
Hypnosis for childbirth has garnered a lot of attention in recent years and even has a celebrity following with the likes of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian reportedly using the techniques to make their experiences easier.
If you’re pregnant and worried about giving birth, you might have wondered if the techniques would work for you. Here, find out what hypnosis really is, how it works, and if it can really make labor pain-free.
Fear causes pain
Many people shudder at the thought of Brussels sprouts with their minds conjure up images of bitter, overcooked school vegetables.
But new research suggests that couples who are trying for a baby should tuck into a regular helping of the festive staple. According to studies, nine per cent of all conceptions take place over the Christmas period, making December the most fertile month of the year. Parties and festive tipples are thought to be partly responsible for this trend.
Doctors are reporting an epidemic — of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new federal numbers show.
In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Twins aren't always twice as nice; they have much higher risks of prematurity and serious health problems.
Most newborn baby gifts are usually something fluffy, pastel colored and useless after a baby reaches the next age milestone. Instead of buying a throwaway baby present, revamp your gift-giving list with seven modern ideas that will be useful from the day you give it to a child until the time he reaches adulthood.
They all come out in the end...
I was eight days overdue and the pressure was mounting – but unfortunately only metaphorical pressure rather than the literal pressure that might signal labour was imminent. Despite our hopes for the birth centre, induction and the labour ward was once again looming.