Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly!

Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly! By Hannah Dahlen As an older mother myself, having just given birth to a baby girl eight weeks before I turned forty, I find myself sensitive to all the expert opinion on the subject. During my pregnancy some of the comments I received made me


Hair Dye in Pregnancy

Hair Dye in Pregnancy By Fer Le Noir, Carlton When a woman discovers she is pregnant, in most cases her natural instinct is to do everything she can to ensure her baby’s safety. As a result, pregnancy raises many questions. Is this safe to eat? Will doing that harm my baby? Among the myriad



Overdue By Jane Palmer When you first see your midwife or doctor they give you a date that your baby is due. Sometimes this date changes during the course of your pregnancy, but mostly it stays the same and women look forward to it with great anticipation. The reality is however that only five per


Smoking in Pregnancy

Smoking in Pregnancy By Jane Palmer We know more and more these days about the effects of cigarette smoking on pregnancy. For instance did you know that cigarette smoke contains 2000 components. Some of the most harmful for pregnant women and their babies is thought to be nicotine, carbon monoxide and cyanide. These substances


What do I take to Hospital?

What do I take to Hospital? By Jane Palmer Often I receive emails from people asking what they should pack to to go to the hospital, so I thought it would be helpful to provide a suggested list here on my website. Your hospital should provide you with further information. Ideally start gathering items


Magic – A Belly Grows

Magic - A Belly Grows I found this wonderful documentation of pregnancy on Vimeo. Cole is the women in the photos. Cole's husband documented her pregnancy and put together this funny, quirky and fabulous slide show. This an awesome record of pregnancy. I urge you to photograph your pregnancy, it is something that you'll


A Nine-Month Miracle

A Nine-Month Miracle By Hannah Dahlen “He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the finest view of them” Aristotle 384-322 BC From the chaotic stampede of sperm towards the gently rolling ovum, to the amazing growth, development and birth of a tiny, yet perfect human, we indeed witness an awesome miracle.


Should pregnant and breastfeeding women take Iodine supplements?

Should pregnant and breastfeeding women take Iodine supplements? There have been reports in the media recently linking a lack of Iodine in pregnant and breastfeeding women’s diets to intellectual problems in their children. Several studies have shown a re-emergence of mild to moderate Iodine deficiency in school children, healthy adults and pregnant women. This


Common Questions Pregnant Women Ask

Common Questions Pregnant Women Ask By Hannah Dahlen Women ask questions all through their pregnancy but there are some that do seem to come up repeatedly. Here are the three I am asked most often. How big do you think my baby is? It is very common for women to ask how big you


Driving During Pregnancy

Driving During Pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen A recent study conducted in Japan on the effect of driving a car in pregnancy on the baby’s heart rate and mother’s uterus found no adverse influences on either the baby or mother. Some women worry that the increased uterine activity they may feel while driving during pregnancy