Hyperemesis versus ‘Morning’ Sickness. So-called ‘Morning’ sickness is estimated to affect up to 85% of women, however, generally throughout the day, rather than being isolated to the morning as its name would imply. Pregnancy related nausea and vomiting is generally fairly mild, and tends to cease around 14 weeks gestation. However, it may extend past […]
Hyperemesis versus 'Morning' Sickness. So-called ‘Morning’ sickness is estimated to affect up to 85% of women, however, generally throughout the day, rather than being isolated to the morning as its name would imply. Pregnancy related nausea and vomiting is generally fairly mild, and tends to cease
Compression garments, also known as maternity support garments or post-natal recovery garments can be used through the entire length of your pregnancy and in the initial post-natal period. They have specialised panelling and material to give you the support and stability where you need it
Essential oils can be really soothing and helpful in pregnancy. They can also be really effective as a natural remedy to help manage pain during labour and delivery. Here's a selection of our favorite essential oils and how they can be used in labour. Penny recommends finding your personal favorites
Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby has teamed up with Connected Parenting to offer all of his patients in the third trimester of pregnancy (28 weeks and beyond) FREE unlimited access to the Connected Baby and Connected Family Online Courses.
These courses are designed to help you navigate
Can I Have Sex During Pregnancy and Is It Safe?
We are often asked this question. During a normal pregnancy, sex is safe right through to the end of the third trimester.
Your baby cannot be harmed during sexual intercourse as the baby is surrounded and cushioned by the amniotic fluid within
This quick pasta recipe is packed full of healthy vitamins needed in pregnancy.
Kale and broccoli (especially when cooked) are high in folic acid, which is important for the formation of healthy red blood cells.
You only 15 minutes, less than 10 ingredients, a sauce pan and a blender!
Being pregnant over a hot summer period has its challenges. Here are our best tips to help make it a little easier.
Hydrate well – Good hydration helps keep your body cool and decreases water retention. We recommend drinking at least 2.0 litres per day especially over the hot summer months and more
The terms folate and folic acid are interchangeable. Folic acid simply refers to the manufactured form of folate; for example, as it is found in vitamin supplements. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin, obtained entirely through diet and/or supplementation.
Folate plays an important role in the
There are many benefits to a nutritious diet for your baby, including increased immune functioning, mental alertness, and correct birth size.
In modern society - with so many processed foods readily available, women working through their pregnancies, and having babies later on in life- times have
Sharing a simple Gingerbread cookie recipe that is sugarfree and friendly for all of our diabetic mums. Fab all year round, but even more special at Christmas! You can’t beat the smell as they’re baking and then all that fun decorating them makes the recipe one of our family
Airlines and health care providers do have guidelines for flying in pregnancy. If you are flying overseas during the Christmas season, you will need to be under 32 weeks gestation. If taking a domestic flight, you need to be under 36 weeks gestation. Good hydration and knee high
Prepair Carrier Screening is offered at pre conception appointments and early pregnancy appointments at Sydney Mother and Baby.
This blood or saliva test, informs couples of their risk of having a child with three common inherited conditions; Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
This delicious festive treat is an easy recipe and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. It also contains nuts which are a good source of protein and iron in pregnancy.
Merry Christmas from the team at Dr Morris!
750g Christmas pudding or fruitcake (fruitcake is a lighter less rich
A doula is a professional childbirth assistant. The word doula comes from Greek origin, meaning 'woman servant or caregiver'. A Doula will holistically provide continuous care and support for you and your family before during and after birth. This care will be in line with your plan for birth and
This healthy low GI Hummus makes for a tasty snack at any time of day. Hummus and fresh vegetables are also a great pre-dinner alternative to antipasto and soft cheeses in pregnancy.
Not only is Hummus delicious, but main ingredient chickpeas are rich in fibre, manganese, iron and are an
Unless you are a vegan or vegetarian, it’s ideal to have seafood feature in your diet regularly! This may include white fish, pink/oily fish and shellfish such as prawns, lobster, bugs as well as scallops and mussels. Eating seafood provides a valuable source of protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc and
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that appear in the uterus. Commonly called Leiomyoma or Myoma fibroids. They are categorised in three ways:
Submucosal – fibroids that grow into the uterine cavity.
Intramural – fibroids that grow within the wall of the uterus.
Pelvic discomfort affects approximately one in five pregnant women. You will typically experience it at the front or back of the pelvis, hips, legs and groin.
The pelvis is made up of 4 bones: two hip bones, the Sacrum and the Coccyx. These bones resemble a basin shape at the base of the spine
Becoming a Dad is an unimaginable journey where emotions, patience, and confidence will be challenged.
To help our dads get through this intimate time intact, we offer these suggestions as a guide to help you to feel useful in the delivery room.
Dad Advice - Top Tips
Have your homework done - be
A frequently asked question is “do I need to take supplements?” It is often suggested that many women of childbearing age are not meeting the recommended guidelines for healthy eating.
In pregnancy, there is an increased need for many vitamins and minerals. The increase for some vitamins is minimal.
The purpose of Lactation Cookies is to provide a vehicle for some essential nutrients that we know can have a very positive effect on lactation. For example brewers yeast contains protein, B vitamins, iron, selenium and many other trace elements, which not only promote milk supply but also help with
The vaccine eligibility checker has now been updated to include pregnant women. For those of you who have not previously had the opportunity, you are now able to book your COVID vaccination using the link below;
Vaccines Eligibility Checker (healthdirect.gov.au)
The eligibility doesn’t apply
What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)?
The pelvis is comprised of four bones, strengthened by a network of strong ligaments. The ligament that connects the bones of the pelvis together is called the Symphysis Pubis (SP). During pregnancy, the SP becomes softer due to the action of the hormone
Iron is particularly important for the formation of haemoglobin, which is the component of our blood cells that carries oxygen around the body. It is also very important for the production of energy, and the synthesis of DNA. Inadequate iron can lead to iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency
Breastfeeding should be an exciting and enjoyable experience, which you share with your baby, providing not only essential nutrients and immunological defense for your baby, but also developing a strong and lasting relationship.
However, common problems in breastfeeding, such as mastitis, can
We wanted to share with you some updated information about COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy that has been released in the UK by the RCOG (The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists). The below link contains an updated information leaflet and decision aid about COVID-19 vaccination and
What is group B strep? (GBS)
Group B streptococcus, also commonly known as group B strep or GBS, is a naturally occurring bacterium that resides in the lower intestines of up to a third of all healthy adults, and in the vaginas and rectum of up to a third of all healthy adult women.
Dear Patients,We wanted to reach out and update you all on the current hospital visiting requirements during this COVID lockdown. Please be aware that information has been changing rapidly and these measures have been put in place by the hospitals for the safety of all.
Royal Prince Alfred ( RPA
Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby would like to invite you to attend FREE Prenatal Yoga classes, as well as, FREE Breathing and Meditation classes during the current Sydney Lockdown. These classes are running online via Zoom and the initiative is designed to support all of our current patients
Parvovirus or ‘Slapped cheek’
‘Slapped cheek’ is a viral infection called parvovirus B19. Parvovirus can occur at any age, however, it is most commonly found in children between 4 and 10 years. Many of us have had parvovirus, probably as children, generally giving us immunity for life from the
We have been inspired to start a new Post Natal Support Program over zoom in order to connect new mothers from the comfort of their own home and in a supportive, fun and educational setting.
This series will be led by our Midwife and Lactation Consultant, Angela Smith and delivered online via
Here is a list of common FAQs related to pregnancy
Allied Health Practitioners: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Medicine, Massage, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist.
All the above services maybe able to provide you with additional care in your pregnancy to improve symptoms associated with the
Is the yellow card in your handbag?
This yellow card will be given to you in a red sleeve at your second appointment with Dr Morris or between 12 and 16 weeks.
It is an important communication card, between Dr Morris, the midwives and the delivery ward teams. This card will contain all of your
RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. Global surveillance data from large numbers of
New complimentary class!
This is an information session taught by our prenatal yoga teacher, Portia, about the safe practice and benefits of yoga in pregnancy. The class will take place fortnightly. Ask at reception for upcoming dates.
The class will teach you the fundamental breathing
What is a TENS?
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a very non-invasive, drug free method of controlling pain. A TENS machine consists of a small box, the battery powered stimulator and either one or two pairs of electrodes with connecting lead. TENS are used all
Delayed Cord Clamping
This is the birth practice whereby the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut until pulsation of the umbilical cord has ceased. A three-minute cord delay allows approximately ninety percent of the blood remaining in the placenta to transfuse into the baby. This blood is a rich
The placenta is an incredible organ, which protects and houses the growing and developing foetus over the pregnancy term. The health and efficiency of this organ is vital to your baby’s wellbeing.
The word “placenta” originates from the Greek word ‘plakous’ meaning flat cake, which gives an idea
Getting newborns to sleep may well be the most emotive topic for new parents. The expectation of a newborns behaviour and sleep habits varies hugely from parent to parent. Some of us are more “laid back” in our approach, whilst some of us need more structure and rigidity.
I would advise most new
Blood types and the HDN (Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn) condition
Blood typing is categorised in two different ways – the ABO and the Rhesus (Rh) systems. There are four main blood group types A, B, AB and O. In the Australian population, about 85% of us have another factor called Rh D. The
Pregnancy can be an exciting journey, and every pregnant woman will experience different changes in her body during this time. At our antenatal classes, we talk about the usual symptoms that can occur, including the ones people don't often talk about in public. Our Midwife Penny has outlined some
Vitamin D, and specifically Vitamin D deficiency, is often in the news, as the incidence of problems associated with Vitamin D deficiency rises.
Vitamin D is important for everyone and particularly pregnant and breastfeeding women. The question has been raised whether or not breastfed babies
Lactation bites are an excellent source of essential nutrients for breastfeeding. These tasty bites are a great "on-the-go" snack and the "no bake" recipe is very easy and quick to make. Containing fibre, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins, these bites make for a healthy energy
When is it safe to fly while I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women often question whether flying during pregnancy is safe, and whether the environmental factors, such a cabin pressure or altitude associated with flying pose risk to their unborn babies. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Your 'Yellow Card', officially known as your Co-operation Card or Antenatal Record Card is something we ask you keep in your handbag at all times, even in early pregnancy. You may also have been a little unsure about what the different abbreviations mean. Penny Stanbury, midwife at Dr Morris |
A healthy spin on the good old fashioned jam drop recipe you will know from childhood. These thumbprint cookies are a delicious vegan treat and a great activity for the kids as well.
1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup rolled oats
Low GI foods can help maintain a better blood sugar and insulin control, increase your energy and improve your mood.
This is a healthy alternative to a regular banana bread and a great morning tea or breakfast snack in pregnancy.
¼ cup all bran½ cup skim milk1 cup sifted
Here is a list of typical issues and occurrences related to the period immediately after birthing your baby.
You will generally remain in hospital for around 2 – 4 days. Each of the four hospitals that Dr Morris attends offers something different regarding early discharge. If you
The early weeks and months after giving birth can be a bit of a blur. As a new mum, not only are you are busy adjusting to new challenges and learning new skills, but you are also often doing this on very little sleep. So, why should you prioritise this extra check up at this already-busy time? Here
The SWISH (State Wide Infant Screening Hearing) Programme:
About two in every one thousand babies has significant hearing loss. The hearing screening test means they can be identified early. Early recognition is really important for the development of children.
It is almost always done
Iron is one of the best ways to keep your blood healthy and also boost your immune system. Both necessary during pregnancy. This beautiful Thai Beef Salad, rich in leafy greens is packed with Iron and Folate which is good for healthy cell production and will help minimise the risk of neural tube
A Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) is excessive, heavy bleeding after birth (more than 500 millilitres of blood). PPH is divided into two categories, a Primary PPH which occurs within 24 hours of birth, and a Secondary PPH which occurs from 24 hours until 6 weeks after birth. The Australian
Enjoy your Christmas and holiday celebrations with a delicious glass of pregnancy friendly fruit punch. This light and refreshing punch makes a great alcohol free alternative for the festive season and is so simple to make.
• 2 litres of grape juice
• 1 bottle of
Tongue Tie Interesting Facts and Terms
Ankyloglossia is the Medical term for Tongue TieTongue Tie occurs in 5% of babiesIt is three times more common in boysIt is familialThe upper frenum or maxillary tie is also very important for oral development as well as breastfeedingWe use our tongue to
Exercise is safe and healthy to do in low-risk and uncomplicated pregnancies. If you have a high risk-pregnancy it is important to get clearance from Dr Morris prior to starting a new exercise program.
It is recommended to do 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most if not all
As winter has finally come to an end and the weather is starting to heat up, why not whip up a tasty pregnancy probiotic smoothie.
Not only is this smoothie a delicious treat, but it is rich in Vitamins C, B6, antioxidants, omega 3
and Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
¾ cup of plain
An intrauterine device is a small contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus (womb) to prevent pregnancy. In Australia, we have two types:
The Copper IUD – is a small plastic and copper T-shaped device, which constantly releases a small amount of copper into the uterus from its stem.
A Colposcopy is a test that looks at the cervix, vagina and vulva in detail. This is done using a Colposcope, which is like a large magnifying glass on a stand that helps a doctor see cervical and vaginal changes that cannot be seen with the naked eye. A colposcopy and biopsy are the primary
Bassinet or cot – Australian safety standard approved. If you are using a family bassinet or cot passed down, then it is recommended you buy a new bassinet or cot mattress for your baby. Check the safe sleeping recommendations at www.rednose.org.au
Bedding for bassinet or cot –
Pregnancy, Birth and Parenthood can be a wonderful time, however it’s certainly not without its challenges. Nearly 20% of mothers and 10% of fathers will experience the isolation and distress of anxiety and depression during this time. These conditions are not uncommon, affecting more than 50,000
Probiotics are living microorganisms, essentially good bacteria and yeasts that are helpful for maintaining balance in your digestive system and immune system. Our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad, and probiotics are similar to the good bacteria found in the human gut. We are born with
We have been very pleased and reassured with the flattening of the COVID-19 curve in Australia and particularly NSW. Staying at home and taking all of the recommended precautions is working.
We wanted to update and reassure you of what is currently happening at each of our hospitals in regard to
During the current Lock Down in the CBD for a limited period of time Dr Morris has arranged car parking for $10. This is to be used for patients seeing doctor Morris on the day, and for the consultation time only. Prior booking is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book one of the
As COVID-19 has become a Pandemic, we understand that our pregnant mothers will feel a huge sense of stress and anxiety around pregnancy care and the health of their baby.
We would like to reassure everyone, that we are continuing our holistic care for mother and baby as always. We are relying on
This is a guide to ultrasound scans and their significance for early pregnancy.
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Ultrasound scans send high frequency sound waves through the uterus to allow us to assess pregnancy and fetal wellbeing.
These sound waves bounce off the baby and the echoes are turned into
Many of us who are pet owners care and love our pets as part of our families. About 62% of Australians own pets and it is estimated there are 24 million pets in Australia.
During pregnancy, our love, care and attention for our pets should not change. However, some pet care responsibilities will
Congratulations on your pregnancy and we look forward to meeting you at your first appointment.
We recommend coming in for your first antenatal appointment between 7-10 weeks of pregnancy. Prior to this appointment, you may have already visited your local GP to confirm pregnancy and attend early
In late 2018 there were almost 2,500 cases of Whooping Cough reported to the NSW Department of Health, between the months of September and November.
It is vital that pregnant women and their families are aware of what this infection is and how we can best prevent it, in particular, to keep newborns
With the cooler weather approaching, here is a healthy diabetic friendly soup recipe that is nutritional for both mother and baby.
Perfect for an evening meal and to reheat for work the next day. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Minestrone Soup
•1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
•3/4 cup diced
Pregnancy is a time of great anticipation, and excitement- after all, the news that you are expecting is always a time of tremendous change in your life. But along with the great excitement, can come serious disturbances to your regular sleep patterns.
Problems with sleep are often
BLA – how do you do it?
Basically, it is handing some of the control of feeding back to the baby and is very simple to do.
Firstly, we must have a calm baby, and mum must be in a comfortable position. Ideally baby will just have a nappy on and mum will have no top on. The whole process starts with
We are excited to announce that we will be running general yoga classes for all past patients commencing in April.
These classes will run weekly, commencing Thursday 4th April, 1.15pm - 2pm. The cost is $50 for a 3 months pass. Class Duration is 45 mins. Classes will be taught by our certified yoga
Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby would like to invite your parents to attend an information session with our midwife Penny Stanbury.
Our information session will include the changes in maternity and newborn care, and how, as grandparents, they can best support you and your newborn. A
Dr Stephen Morris invites General Practitioners to attend our Breastfeeding Seminar with Lactation Consultant and Midwife, Angela Smith. The Seminar will be held in March 2019. Topics to be covered include:
· An update on the "Benefits
Here is some helpful information regarding Postnatal Recovery for Vaginal Birth and Caesarean Section in the early weeks.
Time in hospital
You will generally remain in hospital 3 days following a vaginal birth.
If you have a perineal tear
Regular handwashing is the best way to keep yourself healthy and prevent the spread of illness in your family and community. Washing hands physically with soap and water removes germs by way of friction. A good vigorous 20-second rub of front and back of hands and in between fingers, then
Our midwives have put together two helpful lists for the essentials needed during your birth and postnatal stay.
It is helpful to pack a smaller overnight bag for the delivery suite and a suitcase for your postnatal stay.
What to Bring to the Delivery Suite:
Your yellow card (in the red
The Restorative Yoga Class is held every Tuesday evening at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend. In pregnancy relaxation and healing are integrally important and act as the complementary element to any physical movement. Restorative yoga provides the body and mind with a designated time
This smoothie is packed full of vitamins and minerals to help boost one’s mood and help fight off feelings of anxiety.
Pumpkin seeds are excellent brain food loaded with zinc (helping alleviate symptoms of depression by regulating copper levels).
Avocados are rich in potassium great for supporting
We all become upset, sad or ‘down’ at different times in our lives, usually due to an event or circumstance which we find challenging, such as bereavement, relationship troubles or financial difficulties.
However, these feelings usually subside over time, as we learn to cope and live with them, or
This super easy non bake recipe is great for an energy boost and healthy milk supply. The three main ingredients which we know are important in boosting breast milk supply are brewers yeast, flaxseed and oats.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Gabriel Gaté - Recipe for Diabetes. ( Gluten/ Lactose Free )
1 brown onion chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 piece ginger ( 2cm piece )
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons curry powder
8 skinless chicken pieces on the
Want to know more about the process of normal birth and techniques to help make it happen?
Our Support Persons Class aims to break down the stages of normal birth and look at the mechanisms of normal labour and how you as a couple can care and support each other through this process.
We look at:
ROUTINE ANTENATAL BLOOD TESTS.
Routine antenatal screening blood tests are performed early in pregnancy to determine if there are any underlying health concerns that may affect you or your baby during pregnancy. They are also conducted to determine your status of immunity for infections, which can
Zika virus was first discovered in 1947, it is closely related to Dengue Fever and is spread by the Aedes aegypti and possibly the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. It was first reported outside Africa and Asia in 2007 where it caused an outbreak in Micronesia. Between 2013 and 2015 there were large
Wanting to include dates in your pregnancy diet? Why not try these delicious Date and Banana Flapjacks.
These soft baked flapjacks are sweetened with dates and banana, and packed with wholesome oats, buckwheat and quinoa, making them the
The Date – A Nutritious Powerhouse.
The date fruit comes from the date palm, a tree found in the Middle East and also native to North Africa. It is believed that dates originated in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) around 3,500 BC.
Dates come in a wide variety, and all are unique in flavour, size and
The new Cervical Screening Test (CST) in Australia was introduced in December 2017 after the release of the latest evidence based research stating that this test is more effective at detecting the virus at an early stage, that causes cervical abnormalities. It is expected that this test will protect
Our prenatal yoga class timetable is temporarily changing from Wednesday 9th May until Wednesday 20th June, 2018. During this period we will be running the Tuesday lunchtime class only. The below classes will be held by our amazing guest teacher Satyaprem;
Tuesday 15th May, 12 - 1pm
Pregnant women are at particularly high-risk of becoming severely ill with influenza.
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Influenza and Pregnancy
Vaccination against influenza during pregnancy is both important, and safe. Every year there are hundreds of deaths in Australia due to the flu and associated
We had a breastfeeding seminar recently at Sydney Mother and Baby to update our local GP's of the benefits of breastfeeding and latest breastfeeding advice which is helpful for new families.
Our lactation consultant Angela Smith ran the session which was also attended by Dr Morris and the midwives.
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria, found naturally in various locations such as soil, sewage, stream water, on animals, plants and food. Listeria infection in humans, listeriosis, is caused by foodborne pathogens in contaminated food products, where the growth of the bacteria has reached
During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters float therapy is a brilliant way to relax in a weightless environment that gives a lovely sense of wellbeing and calm in pregnancy.
Standard float tanks contain approximately 500kg of Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) which will allow effortless floating in a
To many people, Christmas time means travel – planes, cars, ships or even buses and trains.
Here are some tips for travelling whilst pregnant.
When travelling, always carry your yellow card and medications in your hand luggage, in case of lost luggage. In case of emergency your yellow
With the Christmas and New Years holidays coming up, not all Monday and Friday mornings will be available for our usual breastfeeding drop-in clinics.
So that we can continue to provide you with breastfeeding support, please see the following dates the breastfeeding drop-in clinics will be held for
Our prenatal yoga classes will be put on hold after tomorrow Tuesday 13th December 12pm and 5.30pm classes until after the Christmas period. Therefore the below classes will be cancelled;
14th December - 12pm Hatha & 5.30pm Restorative
19th December - 12pm Hatha
21st December - 12pm Hatha
Australian scientists have potentially made a huge discovery that is expected to prevent thousands of miscarriages and birth defects. The team at the Victor Chang Institute in Darlinghurst, found that a deficiency in a vital molecule, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), prevents a baby’s
During the second half of pregnancy, many women experience a burning sensation in the back of the throat which often extends down into the chest. It may be accompanied by an acid taste in the mouth and occasionally with regurgitation of food. This is referred to as Heartburn, Indigestion or
Each year the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) chooses a theme for this week. This year it is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together”. This theme is designed to dovetail with the 17 WHO/UN Sustainable Development Goals (these SDGs took over from the Millenium Development Goals).
Mothersafe began in 2000, as a free telephone helpline and website for the women of NSW. Started by Dr Debra Kennedy, a renowned clinical geneticist, who returned from Canada and established the free service. Mothersafe offers evidence based advice to pregnant women and breastfeeding women, who are
In early pregnancy you will be offered a range of tests to assess your general health, either at the GP when your pregnancy is confirmed or during your 1st trimester. These tests include several blood tests and a urine test to check for anything that may cause a problem for pregnancy and birth. The
Infant sleep: What an incredibly emotive, and at times, sensitive subject. I Googled “Infant Sleep” and it returned over sixty-six million hits. No wonder there is a lot of confusion and discussion about the best way to deal with this issue.
Conflicting information and advice are the enemies of all
Gestational Diabetes (GD) is a common complication of pregnancy, occurring in about 10% of pregnant women. Whilst there are risk factors, such as having a family history of diabetes, having GD in a previous pregnancy, being overweight, being over 30 years of age, having polycystic ovarian syndrome,
Cytomegalovirus or CMV is a common type of herpes virus that is passed between healthy children and adults.
In rare cases, it can cause complications for an unborn baby. Most recently CMV has been a hot topic in the media urging that pregnant women be well informed about pre-pregnancy screening and
Complimentary for Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby patients. Partners are welcome to attend.
Recommended for anyone between approximately 12 - 20 weeks
There is an abundance of information available to you on the internet, in books, and from your friends and family, on what you
Health professionals are notorious for abbreviating diseases, terms and meanings etc. and the Midwifery and Obstetric worlds are no exception. In fact, they may be the worst of all. We are often amused when driving along and see a number plate whose letters have a specific meaning in our world, an
Most women enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Some babies, however, are born with problems and about one-sixth of these are due to chromosome abnormalities. There are 46 chromosomes in each cell of our bodies, arranged in 23 different pairs with one pair coding for sex (XY for boys and XX for girls). The
Umeboshi plum is a pickled plum related to the apricot that is a specific Japanese remedy for nausea and digestive complaints. The alkaline properties of umeboshi plum neutralise body acids, aid in digestion and purify and cleanse the blood.
This recipe uses umeboshi plums to make a tea that is
A lovely way to wind down at the end of a day is to create for yourself this lovely ayurvedic footbath and include it into your evening ritual each night before bedtime. By drawing the circulation to the feet, we draw restless thoughts and stress out of the head and the aromas of herbs and bath
With so many physical and emotional changes happening, it's no surprise that many women have insomnia and other sleep problems during pregnancy. Here are some lovely restorative yoga poses to help you relax your mind and your body before bedtime.
Breastfeeding provides not only the nutritional requirements for your baby, but also the immunological protection needed for the first months of your baby’s life. It also presents a wonderful opportunity for establishing a strong and positive mother-infant relationship. Angela Smith is the lactation
10 things you should know about restless legs in pregnancy:
Discomfort or agitation in the legs during pregnancy. Often described as a jumpy, pulling, jittery or tingling sensation through the legs.
Around 25 % of pregnant women experience restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Can be difficult
Vitamin D is important for maintenance of healthy muscles and strong bones. It assists the body in controlling the absorption of calcium and phosphate where they are needed. If vitamin D levels are too low, these minerals may become deficient in the blood, causing them to be released from the bones,
Baby is now six months old and is showing signs of being ready to start eating solids. He is reaching out to grab your food and is sitting up very well on his own in the high chair.
The initial introduction of solids will not only be about increasing calories and iron in the diet, but will be about
For the first six months of a baby’s life, breastmilk alone (or formula) provides all the nourishment a baby needs. The World Health Organization still says that solids should be introduced at around six months and that breastmilk or formula will continue to be a baby’s main source of nutrition for
A simple blood test is readily available, and included in the routine antenatal screen, to check a pregnant woman’s immunity to Chickenpox. If you have had Chickenpox in the past, or have had the immunization, your result will show “immunity”. Your status will be documented on your
This is a delicious and relaxing bedtime drink. Ideal to calm the mind and warm the body in preparation for a deep sleep.
The turmeric adds a warming touch and the honey soothes the throat and sets the perfect balance to the nutty taste of the milk.
250ml of cashew milk (you can use
A growing number of health care providers are turning to the ancient practice of yoga as a way to help their patients feel better. Yoga therapy is now recognized as a clinically viable treatment, with established programs at major global health care centres. Here at Dr Morris | Sydney Mother &
Yoga is a very popular form of exercise during pregnancy due to it’s relaxing and gentle nature, not to mention the kaleidoscope of physical and mental benefits that it can bestow upon new mothers to be.
Here at Sydney Mother & Baby we offer a range of classes to suit everyone’s needs. Whether
World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration that occurs each year from the 1st to the 7th August in more than 120 countries. Each year there is a different theme that is organised jointly by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. This year’s
Many delicious fruits can aid in the relief of inflammatory conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This tasty fruit salad is packed full of bromelain, carotenoids, vitamins and enzymes with anti-inflammatory properties and immune system benefits.
Angela is now back from Geneva and back to earth. She had a very busy time there attending not only the World Health Assembly meeting but also several “side events”. One such event was a seminar hosted by the Finnish government and was titled “Accelerating National Progress on Tackling Childhood
Carpal Tunnel is the small space or ‘tunnel’ in the wrist, formed by the wrist bones (carpal bones) and a ligament (transverse carpal ligament). The median nerve and nine tendons used to flex the thumb and fingers, pass through the carpal tunnel from the forearm into the hand.
Due to the increased
Why not try this yummy “Root Juice” to help boost your immunity in pregnancy. This juice will help increase energy, strengthen bones, help clear skin, balances metabolism and reduce inflammation and swelling.
• 3-4 celery ribs with leaves
• ½ beetroot with leaves
• 2 large
Where children gather in large numbers, outbreaks of viral illnesses often occur throughout the year. Pregnant mums are often concerned about the significance to them and their unborn offspring. However, most common outbreaks do no harm to the pregnant Mum and her fetus, but are simply annoying and
To commemorate Anzac Day, we have a delicious Anzac Biscuit recipe for you to try.
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This is a modern take on the original Anzac Biscuit which was not sweet at all, but a savoury hardtack biscuit used in soldiers’ ration packs as a substitute for bread.
Whooping Cough has been in the news regularly over the past months, so our Midwife Angela Smith has summarised some important facts about the disease.
It is a bacterial infection, not a virus – signs and symptoms are very “flu like” with the addition of a prolonged episode of coughing. At
April 24th – 30th marks International Immunization week. This is a time to really celebrate how far we have come in such a short space of time.
It is difficult for us to comprehend the devastation that used to occur before these “childhood diseases” were, for the most part, eradicated by the
Every day we are hearing more news about the Zika virus. This virus is transmitted primarily by a specific mosquito found in South America as well as a few other areas like French Polynesia. There is a very low risk of transmission in Australia as this particular mosquito is only found in North
An interesting article appeared in the Irish Times on Tuesday about Breastfeeding – or lack there of, in Ireland.
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Breastfeeding in Australia - Comparison
Some interesting comparisons can be seen between Australia and Ireland in terms of breastfeeding rates.
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