health, mental illness

The impact of food restriction

Ever wondered why you feel so terrible when you restrict your calories while dieting?  Ever wondered what happens when someone has an eating disorder?  The Minnesota Semi-Starvation Experiment undertaken in the mid 1940s taught us a great deal about the physiology of starvation, but also the cognitive and emotional impacts: "Thirty-six men were chosen for… Continue reading The impact of food restriction

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mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal

Social support in the postpartum

We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother's group?  Was… Continue reading Social support in the postpartum

Birth trauma, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Dealing with a traumatic birth

Many women feel traumatised by their experience of giving birth, but then feel compelled to minimise their experience "it wasn't that bad" or struggle to admit how the birth experience has impacted on them.  Things might have ultimately turned out ok for mum and baby, but the birth has left them with a significant trauma… Continue reading Dealing with a traumatic birth

health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum - for help to find it, you can start your search… Continue reading Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, Fertility Resources and Links, IVF risks, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Relationships, Solo mums, surrogacy

Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

VARTA is a wonderful resource for families undertaking fertility treatment (including donor and surrogacy).  One of the great things they do is generate a whole load of really helpful information booklets and online information sources about everything fertility related.  Their website include information for families and friends of people going through fertility treatment - it… Continue reading Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Is your baby sleeping normally?

I really like this advice from Christy Kidner http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-sleep about newborn sleep routines - what I like the most is that she reminds us is takes a while for babies to develop their patterns and routines and we shouldn't get too carried away too soon about what we expect our babies to be able to do.  … Continue reading Is your baby sleeping normally?

mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Is divorce bad for kids?

Unfortunately, this is a question I get asked a lot.  Many parents stay in relationships, maintaining toxic feeling of sadness or anger towards their partner, because they believe that an intact family is best for their kids. My answer is always the same.  Obviously, an intact, happy and stable family (in whatever form that entails)… Continue reading Is divorce bad for kids?

fertility, health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis

Did you know that people living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) generally have significantly impacted fertility also?  For those who don't know,  CF is a autosomal recessive genetic disorder  that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine. It is caused by the presence of mutations in both copies of the gene for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane… Continue reading Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis

fertility, grief, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

Trying to conceive again after losing a baby

The loss of a child during pregnancy or in the postpartum is an unspeakably difficult event that can trigger a range of responses.  For some, there is an urge to conceive again as soon as possible.  But how do you know when you are ready to start trying again? https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/conceive-after-stillbirth/ While my husband and I were… Continue reading Trying to conceive again after losing a baby

health, mental health, mental illness

Feeling frazzled? Adults need to work on resilience too.

  We spend a lot of time focusing on building resilience in kids, but the truth is, we all need to focus on ways to grow and protect our resilience.  This NY Times article describes some simple strategies that can help https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/well/mind/how-to-boost-resilience-in-midlife.html Here are some of the ways you can build your resilience in middle age.… Continue reading Feeling frazzled? Adults need to work on resilience too.