How many glasses of water have you had today? Did you know if you’re pregnant (or breastfeeding) you need even more water than the average woman? You should be trying to drink around 2-3 litres of fluid a day. Water is best but milk, juice, tea, coffee etc. all count towards your fluid intake.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of drinking less than we need to avoid frequent visits to the toilet and some people believe that drinking too much is the cause of their fluid retention. This is most definitely not the case! In fact inadequate water intake can be the cause of fluid retention – it's the body's way of holding on to the little water it is getting.
Nourishing your body during pregnancy is also very important. Good eating habits not only promotes overall general health but more importantly it gives you adequate stores of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support your pregnancy and your growing baby, which is particularly significant in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is also vital for normal organ development and function, growth and maintenance, energy and immunity.
Since early 2011, Australia has had a Paid Parental Leave scheme. This allows eligible working parents to get paid for up to 18 weeks when they take time off work to care for a new baby or recently adopted child.
Driving during pregnancy can present a unique set of risks - it pays to be as informed as possible about the facts.
Currently in Australia, there is no recommendation for pregnant women to stop driving. And it’s not illegal in any Australian State or Territory to drive during pregnancy. The same road rules apply to all drivers, pregnant or otherwise. But pregnancy itself is not a reason to stop driving.
Our understanding of exercise in pregnancy + postpartum has come a long way in the recent years, and we are much more likely to treat the “normal” pregnancy as a normal physiological process – not a disability.
Exercise in the postpartum period is helpful to regain your shape, increase your energy levels, lift your mood and give you the strength required for your new job of mothering.
Your new role will involve a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing, getting up from chairs and the floor, and holding for feeding.
After the birth of your baby there is a period of healing and physical adjustment from the effects of pregnancy as well as from your labour or delivery.
During pregnancy, there is increased pressure on the pelvic floor from your growing baby, placenta and extra fluid.