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
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
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
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
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’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!
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
I think it’s fair to say that I enjoyed a good night out back in the day. On one university field trip I got the blame for pretty much everything that went on, purely on the basis that I was a member of the rugby team so it must be my fault (I won’t state here if… Continue reading Parties with a Passenger
I have two rather special reasons to be cheerful this week and I’m going to throw in a first bump picture too!: 1- WigglesI’ve felt the odd bit of movement from Smidge2 in recent weeks, but it’s always been in could-just-be-gas territory and followed by days with nothing. But this week he/she has decided to… Continue reading R2BC – Wiggles, Friends, Bump
Today E decided to give her baby sister/brother a present and if you’re two what is the best, most exciting present you can give anyone? Stickers of course!!