Exercise In Pregnancy Boosts Babies Brains. Well, Possibly

According to an article on the Guardian website on Sunday: “Pregnant mothers who exercise boost babies’ brains.  Weekly exercise by mothers linked to better mental performance in later life“.   If you suspect I’m about to lay into this article, you’d be right. Somebody please sound the using dodgy science to attack women, again, klaxon.… Continue reading Exercise In Pregnancy Boosts Babies Brains. Well, Possibly

WDDTY – Depression, Drugs and Autism: Blame Mum

The latest edition of “health” magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” claims that if a mother takes antidepressants during pregnancy, she triples the chances of her baby developing autism. Except that’s not quite what the study it references actually said…. Firstly – I have to thank the lovely writer of Nurture My Baby who posted about the… Continue reading WDDTY – Depression, Drugs and Autism: Blame Mum

Book Review: Expecting Better

Economics professor Emily Oster got pregnant, then she got very annoyed, and then she wrote a book about it. The result is Expecting Better. A pregnancy book which, refreshingly, expects it’s reader to still have a functioning brain. Society has (mostly) moved on from treating all women as stupid, or at least doing so openly… Continue reading Book Review: Expecting Better

Womans Hour: Kirstie Allsopp V NCT

This morning, Womans Hour was guest hosted by Kirstie Allsopp. She chose to devote the entire programme to discussing childbirth and why many women don’t have the birth they had planned. Her guests included Belinda Phipps, CEO of the NCT, an organisation Allsopp has been (very) critical of in the past. It was actually all… Continue reading Womans Hour: Kirstie Allsopp V NCT

RCOG: Baby On Board, Brain Out The Window?

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 10: Key Phrases Pregnant women aren’t stupid (ok some of them are, grab any large enough selection of the population and there will be someone who thinks dolphin midwives are a great idea, but that’s got nothing to do with pregnancy hormones).  Most women are reasonably intelligent AND can still… Continue reading RCOG: Baby On Board, Brain Out The Window?

I’m Too Posh to Push – The Telegraph has Proof!

I’ve been AWOL from here for a while, small kids, very busy blah blah blah, but if one thing was going to get me back to the blog it would be shoddy journalism about C-sections. So, thank you The Telegraph, you’ve got me back in the saddle:Here’s the story: “Caesarian rates support ‘too posh to push’… Continue reading I’m Too Posh to Push – The Telegraph has Proof!

Decisions. Part 2 – Time to Decide

Firstly a quick apology, I’m now on maternity leave and had been intending to update this blog a lot more. Unfortunately I’ve so far spent much of my leave waiting around at the hospital for routine tests, in bed with colds or dealing with a three year old with a vomiting bug! Fingers crossed that’s all… Continue reading Decisions. Part 2 – Time to Decide