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How much does so-called 'mummy brain' depend on your being a biological mother?

Did you know that the changes found in the brain during and after pregnancy are so widespread that it is actually possible to tell if a woman has recently had a baby through a brain scan? But how much does so-called ‘mummy brain’ depend on your being a biological mother? Simply put, we just don’t…

How to safely store breastmilk

If you’re expressing, knowing how to safely store your breastmilk can be a little overwhelming. So here’s everything you need to know. You can store your breast milk in sterilised containers or special bags. Just remember to date all your milk and keep in small quantities so you don’t waste…

Skin-to-skin contact: what are the benefits?

Skin-to-skin contact has so many amazing benefits for you and your baby, starting after birth and continuing throughout infancy. Who knew a cuddle could be so magical?! ## Protecting against infections Immediate skin-to-skin after birth allows your friendly bacteria to colonise on your baby’s…

Incontinence: why you deserve better

As a women’s and pelvic health Physical Therapist, I’d say I have this conversation about 17,896 times a month: Me: Do you experience any symptoms of incontinence? Patient: No. Me: Do you ever leak even just a few drops while running, jumping or laughing? Patient: Well, yeah, but that’s normal…

Relaxin: what it is and why it's responsible for your pelvic pain

Relaxin is a hormone released by the ovaries and, during pregnancy, the placenta. As the name suggests, relaxin relaxes the body to support various other processes. That means you can thank relaxin for those achy hips during pregnancy but also that extra space in your pelvis to push baby out. A…

10 ways to boost your mood

### 1. Add a blast of cold to your shower We're talking 30 to 90 seconds of water that's cold enough to make you gasp. Research suggests that even cold therapy from your bathroom can improve circulation and cardiac function, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. Oh, and it's sure to wake even…