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When parenting doesn’t go to plan

by Leanna McNeil When I decided to start a family, I had no idea that my child’s arrival would leave me feeling traumatized, and experiencing grief and loss. I had a perceived notion of how I would bring my child into this world and how she would thrive. For every parent, the vision that we hold for ourselves and our children …

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Physical fitness – a vital tool for new mums

by Kate Landete Having a baby and becoming parents is both wonderfully exciting and terrifying at the same time, characterised by some of the most extreme highs and lows you are likely to ever experience. With as many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads in Australia experiencing perinatal anxiety or …

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Choose your words carefully – offer active help instead

by Maryanne Sayers One of the things I hear all the time when first working with a family having problems with their baby’s sleeping is “We were just waiting for it to get better” or “People were telling us it would all work out” or “Friends were telling us to just do what we needed to do and don’t worry …

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5 very good reasons to drink green tea

by Diana Arundell Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea and India have been using green tea for its therapeutic qualities for thousands of years. The Chinese culture have acknowledged the importance of green tea in their daily life and the ancient Chinese proverb “better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one” shows the significance placed …

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Your wonderful placenta – how it supports your baby during pregnancy

by Jenna Logan The word placenta comes from the Latin word for ‘cake’, and is Greek for ‘flat’. Together it is a flat cake referencing its round, flat appearance. Some like to refer to it as the Tree of Life again referring to its appearance as the veins and arteries look like a tree with roots and resemble that of …

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Dad…this one is for you

by Janet Rourke Have you ever found yourself going out in sympathy when your partner was pregnant and having some of these symptoms? Morning sickness, nausea, appetite changes Dizziness Irritability Cravings Headaches Stomach upsets including heartburn, abdominal pain, gas and bloating Weight gain Difficulty with sleeping Increased or frequent urination Leg cramps Back ache Breast enlargement Feelings of jealousy Mood …

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Benefits of resistance training for seniors

by Meegan Vale The benefits of resistance training for health and fitness are well known, especially for increasing strength and power. Often people only think of resistance training as being appropriate for young athletic individuals; however, there are many very important benefits for seniors, with some below that you may not know about. What is resistance training? Resistance training (also …

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What is a low ‘FODMAP’ diet and can it help IBS?

by Diana Arundell Amidst all the ‘fashionable’ diets that come and go, the low ‘FODMAP’ diet is one which has solid research behind it, showing that it can significantly improve gastro intestinal symptoms in many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and clinically I have seen patients with inflammatory bowel disease also experience relief. It is believed that the symptoms …

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Lymphoedema and how to effectively treat it

By Sharon Bradshaw  AWCS Wound Care Nurse.    MSc Tissue Viability, BSc Hons Biology, Dip RN, Lymphoedema Level 1 Cert Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that is incurable, and often debilitating condition that can affect the sufferer both mentally and physically altering their quality of life. However, there is hope as it can be managed with the assistance of …

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Another year. New or now?

by Sarah Tolmie My favourite public holiday is New Years Day. It’s like the Universe gifts me a clean slate. A fresh unblemished diary. A new start. Yes, I am one of those dreamers – waking up for the first day of the year for a sunrise ocean plunge. I love writing gratitudes in a new journal, reflecting on the …