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Exercising while pregnant

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I'm not fit at all, but recently joined a gym. I've just found out I'm pregnant. Is it safe to keep exercising?

A very weighty issue

I've come to the realisation that I was gaining absolutely nothing by weighing myself once a week.

Tales of a tummy sleeper

I sleep on my tummy; flat out, like a squashed bit of roadkill, with my arms curled up underneath me.

Discovering pregnancy yoga

Would I be surrounded by beautiful models with teeny tiny bumps, and the flexibility of Russian gymnasts?

Short gap could lead to complications

Women who become pregnant again within 18 months after having a baby are more likely to deliver early, according to a new study.

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PELVIC FLOOR, EXERCISE

Managing the motherload

Getting back to the gym too soon after giving birth could be a wee bit embarrassing if you're not careful.

Smoking

Smoking in pregnancy tied to childhood obesity

Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have obese children, according to a new study.

Mother and baby

Many deaths were 'avoidable'

A staggering number of mothers and babies' deaths could have been prevented, a report shows.

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Are you exercising enough?

Exercising during pregnancy might not sound like much fun but it can have huge benefits for you and your baby.

Grace Curtis-Lamb

The thin red lifeline

A mum says thank you to the blood donors who saved her baby's life as a call goes out for more 'real-life heroes'.

Charlotte

Crossfit helped my pregnancy

I have a seven-month-old baby girl, and during my pregnancy I would go to Crossfit at least three times a week.

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Bacteria in placentas

The human placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place some experts had assumed.

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Risks linked to mum's weight

Babies of overweight and obese mothers are more likely to have oxygen-deprivation problems at birth.

Alcohol

Foetal alcohol 'affects thousands'

Children with foetal alcohol syndrome are commonly being missed or wrongly diagnosed, a specialist says.

CROSS FIT MUM

Extreme pregnancy

While many of us take the chance to put our feet up during pregnancy, others are keen to keep pushing themselves.

Do we abandon our pregnant friends?

Is driving while pregnant dangerous?

Pregnant women have a 1 in 50 chance of getting in a serious motor vehicle crash, researchers say.

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NZ climbs Mother's Index

Last year, the Save the Children Mothers' Index ranked New Zealand at 17th overall as the best country to give birth in but this year it's ranked at number 16.

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Omega-3 no baby brain booster

Pregnant mothers who take omega-3 to boost their baby's brain power are probably wasting their time.

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Pregnant Maori teens let down

Young pregnant Maori women are often not getting the support they need from health services, a new study shows.

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Weight pregnancy risk

Pregnant Kiwi women are reluctant to step on the scales, leading to underestimated BMI measurements and misguided clinical care, research shows.

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