Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study

Drinking alcohol while pregnant can have a devastating impact on the developing baby, leading to poor cognition and behaviour. Alcohol is also known to increase the risk of miscarriages, stillbirth and other placental complications. But what if a...

Insomnia in pregnancy is common but it’s not normal. Here’s how to beat it

Many pregnant women find themselves waking up in the middle of night to go the bathroom (for the third time) or struggling to find a comfortable sleep position. Mildly disrupted sleep is common and bothersome but...

Is your child addicted to screens? Here’s what you can do about it

Luke’s parents gave him a cell phone last year for his 10th birthday. Since then, the amount of time he spends playing video games on and off his phone has increased. Luke has gained weight and...

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR “BIG SCHOOL”

There are many new experiences, perspectives and conversations that come with the advent of parenthood. Suddenly you find yourself discussing at length, and listening intensely to other parents, on topics that you never before dreamed...

5 tips for parents to build communication skills with children with autism spectrum disorder

We are researchers who coach parents to communicate with children with disabilities. Here are five strategies families can use to help children with autism spectrum disorder build their communication skills, along with examples of how to...

Insomnia: How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

So how do you get the rest you need? We take a look at the top tips from Kevin Morgan, a professor of psychology who specialises in the causes of and treatment for insomnia, and...

How to prepare your daughter to deal with her hormones.

Parenting teenagers can be daunting, and because this sneaks up on you sooner than you think, it’s wise to prepare for this milestone early, ie while your daughter’s a tween – or before her hormones kick in and turn her into...

Curb Your Cravings…Forever!

Why do we crave cakes and crisps more than cauliflower and carrots? We asked nutrition experts what our unhealthy urges mean – and how to curb them… We all get food cravings and certainly don’t want...

Why family planning matters for maternal deaths and child survival

Family planning improves child survival and reduces maternal deaths. But the uptake of family planning in Africa is only 33%, nearly half the world average of 64%. The contraceptive prevalence rate in African countries is...

Are all sweeteners safe during pregnancy?

It’s well known that excess sugar is bad for your health, and contrary to popular belief most sweeteners have been deemed safe for pregnancy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, yet...

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