Workout at 40+3 weeks pregnancy

Well it’s three days past D day. Let’s see if we can shake some action into this bub: AMRAP 20 mins: – 10 squats 40kg – 10 deadlifts 40kg – 10 decline push ups – 10 pull ups 19kg assist For 5 rounds Overall feeling strong. The bump gets in the way a bit with deadlifts but nothing …

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Natural methods of labour induction (2) Acupuncture

My last post looked at sex/ coitus as a method of inducing labour ‘naturally’, let’s now look at acupuncture. ** DISCLAIMER: this is an examination of the current literature only. Please do not try any of these methods (or anything else that would be considered stupid!) without first discussing with your own healthcare provider ** …

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“Must have products” according to the pregnancy mag

I was reading a well-known pregnancy mag, and the following things struck me as being quite funny/ ridiculous: 1. Advertisement for breast pump Why Jane, mother of Bob, uses XXX breast pump… “As a working mum, I love my breast pump… (goes on to discuss benefits of breast pump)… plus I know that Henry can …

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Natural methods of labour induction (1) Sex/ coitus

Last post I was querying the efficacy of ‘natural’ forms of labour induction… ** DISCLAIMER: this is an examination of the current literature only. Please do not try any of these methods (or anything else that would be considered stupid!) without first discussing with your own healthcare provider ** First on the list – sex …

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Workout 27/7/2013

Two more days until D-day (in this case, D means delivery)… Today’s workout: – 10 deep squats w/ medicine ball – 10 decline push ups – 500m cycle – 10 pull ups 19kg assist 5 rounds for 17 mins

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‘Natural’ methods of labour induction – do they work?

When we first fell pregnant and I heard stories about people wanting to induce their labour because ‘they’d had enough’… I thought they were crazy. What could be better than being heavily pregnant, ripe with the knowledge that soon you would be bringing a new life into the world? Now with two days to go, …

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Funny article about ‘natural birth’

I read an insanely funny article today – it was talking about ‘natural birth’. The only problem is that I don’t think it was meant to be funny… or maybe it was just me? Read on and see what you think (my comments in italics): A natural birth is the low-tech way of having a …

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Article – FDA Sets Limit on Arsenic in Apple Juice

Received an interesting email alert last week: FDA Sets Limit on Arsenic in Apple Juice Apparently the FDA has proposed a limit of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. Just FYI, inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), and is also associated with skin lesions, developmental effects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, …

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Interesting study – the effect of foetal sex on the outcome of labour induction

While searching for literature regarding labour induction, I came across this study… It was carried out at the Royal Free Hospital, London (I thought with the NHS everything was free – ha ha!) The study aimed to determine the effect of foetal sex on the process and the outcome of induction of labour, and found that …

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Natural methods of labour induction (5) Nipple stimulation

Who thinks up this stuff? Wife “Honey, how was your day?” Husband (researcher) “Great, I just spent the whole day watching women stimulate their own nipples.” (In Imaginary Land, wife just doesn’t think that’s strange at all…) A medical centre in Israel looked at the efficacy of breast stimulation for inducing labour. They found that breast …

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