Women’s health & fertility

What to pack for hospital when having a baby

The list is completely flexible but here are some ideas.  You may want to have a smaller bag packed with essentials and other items set aside at home so your partner or family can bring it in if needed. And if you take nothing because things happen slightly differently to planned, then that is ok, the hospital will have what you need until the rest can be brought in to […]

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The dangers of lead

Lead is a potent neurotoxin with no known safe exposure level; there is no way to soften the harsh reality of that. Exposure to even very small amounts in utero and in childhood can cause brain damage in children, leading to loss of function, decreased IQ scores and behavioural problems including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Children are at greater risk of lead toxicity than adults as they are more likely […]

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Healthy sperm

What do you mean by “healthy sperm”? “Healthy sperm” is really a bit of a short-cut way of saying a male’s reproductive function is in good order and they are fertile.  So while we only mention sperm, in effect, this means they are able to have and maintain an erection and are able to ejaculate, that their semen is normal and that their sperm are good.  If the semen is […]

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Morning sickness: taking the ‘glow’ out of early pregnancy

Morning (afternoon and night) sickness Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy and despite its name it can occur at any time of the day or night.  Around three-quarters of pregnant women will experience morning sickness at some time and approximately half will also have vomiting.  Morning sickness usually peaks at week 9 of the pregnancy and typically spans from week 6 to 14.  For most women it […]

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Basal temperature charting

What is the basal body temperature? The basal body temperature is the lowest normal temperature (i.e. without any illnesses or abnormal environmental conditions). Why record the basal temperature? The two most common reasons to record your basal temperature is to provide information about thyroid function (people with under-active thyroid may be ‘colder’ than typical) and to monitor a woman’s reproductive cycle and help with preventing or achieving pregnancy. Charting in […]

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