The Why?? & How!! of Perineal Massage

Let’s be honest from the start, if this is your first pregnancy, then the thought of having to do perineal massage might not thrill you. I have to admit I was tentative — and rightly so because when perineal massage is done properly, it hurts! Please note: This post is an excerpt from Dr Jennifer’s best-selling book,…

Research Reveals We’re Only 10% Human

A little boy’s father was confined to his bed with influenza and his wife had been very busy sterilizing all his dishes. “Why do you do that, Mummy?” “Because dear, Daddy has germs and the germs get on the dishes he uses. I boil the dishes and that kills the germs. The little boy reflected…

Study Links Probiotics To Stress Reduction

In a 2011 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that probiotics seemed to blunt physiological stress responses of mice, and also lowered their levels of stress hormone, compared with mice not fed probiotics. In last week’s post, “Is Your Gut Making You Feel Unhealthy, Paranoid or Stressed Out?” we…

Is Your Gut Making You Feel Unhealthy, Paranoid or Stressed Out?

Do you regularly feel confused or forgetful? Are you increasingly anxious or paranoid? Or do you fly into a rage unexpectedly? Firstly, let me assure you that you are not alone and secondly, there are some very intriguing reasons how these emotions come into play… In the next few months we will look at how…

4 Great Reasons To Laugh Whenever You Can

As I sit by the pool on holidays with my family I realize that I could stress about the countless blog posts I wish I had been able to complete for you all OR I can laugh and be light-hearted about the ebb and flow of life… Work pressures come and go, but so too…

Pesticides, Early Puberty & Behavioural Problems

Do you nibble on nuts and dried fruits all day without realizing they are an enormous source of pesticides? Did you know that wheat (typically eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner) is one of our greatest sources of pesticide exposure? And who knew (not me) that that the American Academy states that there is significant research…

Why Babies Need To Move Freely In The Womb

It might have been a fall down a set of slippery, icy steps, or a skiing injury. Either incident could have influenced the alignment of the joints in your pelvis and the tone and tension of different ligaments that support your uterus… Interestingly, accidents, misalignments of the pelvis, repetitive postural or occupational strain may all…

Love, Sex & Health for Parents

A few months after the birth of one of our sons, my midwife asked me, “So what type of contraception are you going to use now?” I glanced at my husband, Simon, and laughed, “Abstinence! It’s really effective!!!” Let’s be honest: how many couples with small children lose sight of their sex life due to…