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Managing your mental health in pregnancy

Pregnant women who experience anxiety or depression are reporting their children are three times more likely to have childhood illnesses such as colds. The research, while not intended to make parents fearful, points out the importance of seeking help.

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Supporting mothers: Bring back the tribe

New mothers still need their tribe says Professor Hannah Dahlen. Professor Dahlen believes some mothers struggle and we need to provide them with real, practical support in those first few months, not just people who want to gush over and hold the baby.

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Midwives key to improve vaccination rates

A study has found that midwives could be the key to increasing the uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines. Midwives have been identified as one of the most highly trusted health care providers by women within the public antenatal hospital system.

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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Science tells us that because of their biological makeup, sitting still is just not an easy proposition for boys. Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping your child's behaviour.

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Bringing up girls: Biology and behaviour

Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping behaviour. There is evidence suggesting that the physiology of the female brain plays a tremendous role in how girls behave and learn.

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You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant

At 12 weeks pregnant you are almost past the first trimester. You will be feeling fuller and will notice lots of changes in your body. Your first ultrasound happens at around 12 weeks and your baby is tiny but fully formed by then.

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