Sleep glorious sleep! And clearance of brain metabolites…

I’ll preface this post by saying how much I love sleeping. Not just because we’ve got a new baby and we’re a bit sleep deprived… I have always loved sleeping. Sleeping rocks. Without sufficient sleep, mood and cognition are impaired (no kidding – I have the pleasure of being both a doctor and a new …

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WOD at nearly 4 months post-Caesarean section delivery

I can’t believe nearly 4 months has passed since bub was born. I feel so old saying that… or maybe I feel old because we were woken in the early hours by an explosive bowel opening (by the bub, not my hubbie or I… just to clarify!). As they say, better out than in… Yesterday: …

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Sun Protection in Infants (“Are Sunscreens Safe?”)

Effects of Sun Exposure The ‘bad’ effects of sun exposure are widely documented in adults – immunosuppression, skin cancer, ageing – just to name a few). Less information exists with regards to the effect of the sun on bub’s skin, however it’s known that the skin’s barrier protection remains immature throughout at least the first …

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How to workout 15+ weeks post-Caesarean section delivery…

Step 1: after a few days of rest, proceed to the gym with a gung ho attitude and do the following workout in record time: 5 rounds: 8 back squats 8 pull ups 1 leg assist 8 deadlifts 40kg 8 push ups 8 knees to chest Step 2: (later that afternoon) feel fabulous. Step 3: …

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Consuming Specific Whole Fruits Is Associated with Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

This study found that: Consuming specific whole fruits – especially blueberries, grapes, apples, and pears — is associated with lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This makes sense because different fruits have different glycaemic loads; Fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Bottom line: fruit juice is …

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WODs/ Workouts 14+ weeks post Caesarean section delivery

Workouts for the last 3 days… Day before yesterday: 30-20-10 – DB snatches – Burpees Yesterday: 5 rounds for imaginary time (again forgot the timer!): – 8 front squats 20kg (man, they’re hard on your wrists) – 8 decline push ups – 8 split leg squats – 4 chin ups (unassisted baby!) – 8 knees …

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Study – Metoclopramide in Pregnancy and Risk of Major Congenital Malformations and Foetal Death

Metoclopramide (also known as Maxolon in Australia), is a drug frequently used for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is FDA pregnancy category B. Researchers in Denmark looked at over a million pregnancies, and compared the pregnancy outcomes of metoclopramide-exposed and unexposed women. They found that metoclopramide use in pregnancy was not associated with increased …

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Swaddling & hip dysplasia

There has been a bit in the news lately about infant swaddling, particularly with relation to abnormal infant hip development (in medicine speak:  developmental dysplasia of the hip – DDH). The act of infant swaddling has been around for a loooong time, some say up to 5000 years.   In the West, swaddling was thought to …

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Workouts @ 14 weeks post Caesarean section delivery

Workouts from the last 3 days: Day 1:  21-15-9 Round 1: Thrusters 20kg, Knees to chest Round 2: Deadlifts 40kg, Push ups Day 2: 21-15-9 Round 1: Split squats 10kg DB, Sit ups 3kg medicine ball Round 2: KB swings 12kg, Sumo high pulls 20kg, Push ups Day 3: 5km run The day 3 run was …

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‘Inflammatory’ diets fuel depression

Another reason to eat healthily (well, as much as possible!): As part of the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers analysed the diets of 43,685 women who were free of depression at the onset of the research and followed them for an average of 12 years; Using measurable lab values associated with depression as well as a …

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