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Drinking During Pregnancy - Latest Findings

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Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth by three times.  There have always been conflicting messages about how much or even whether women should or should not drink when they are expecting a baby, and this new research attempted to clarify the conflicting messages.

A staggering 60,000 women were questioned,  all of which who were between 10 and 12 weeks pregnant.  The results they gave were then tallied up and studied once they had had their babies.  Those who drank more than 20 units a week were considered to be heavy drink drinkers, and it seems, they were more likely to have premature babies.

A fifth of the women said that they never drank and 71% claimed to be occasional drinkers (that's 0-5 units a week). However, some women could have been misreported or under-estimating their drinking habits.  >10% of the pregnant women drank a moderate amount of alcohol (which is 6-20 units a week). These women were more likely to smoke, be in work and to have private health care compared to those who never drank.

Approximately 2 in 1000 admitted to being heavy drinkers (which means they drank more than 20 units per week).  The babies born to these women we more prone to very premature birth and all the problems premature babies have.

The best advice is to avoid alcohol all together just to be sure!



Bigger Feet after having had a Baby?

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Denise Van Outen says that since having baby Betsy last May, her feet have grown from a size 5 to size 6 and she has had to give away all her designer shoes as they simply don't fit any more!

Apparently this is not unusual for pregnant women to experience a change in the size of their feet once the baby is born. Up to 75% of women experience some change in shoe size. For most it's a half size bigger, but for some its a whole shoe size, so new foot wear is essential.

The phenomenon can be the result of edema, the way in which a mother's body retains fluid while they are pregnant. For most women, the fluids are released gradually over time, and their regular size returns within a couple of weeks. When it comes to feet it can actually be that the feet are just flatter, rather than larger.  This is down to the hormone relaxing which occurs during pregnancy in order to expand the body while the baby is growing, allowing the baby to be accommodated within the hips and ribcage...essentially it is so the baby fits in (and can get out!) of the mother's body!



Welcoming Babies into the World

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There are lots of essentials that you'll want to have ready to welcome a new baby into the world!  If you are expecting a baby, take time in the lead up to research the items that you need and seek out what you want.  Don't forget that baby's don't always arrive to plan and may arrive early, so try not to leave everything until the last minute.  Most likely you'll receive gifts from friends when your baby is born, but you don't know what you might receive unless friends and family consult you first!

Here is a checklist of some of the things you may want to have ready for your new baby:-

  • You probably want a moses basket and blankets for the first bed and later a new cot and bedding, perhaps a cot mobile too
  • You may want blackout blinds for the bedroom
  • You need to buy baby's bottles, teething rings and a toothbrush
  • You need lots of clothes for day and night as well as socks and booties
  • You need plenty of nappies and muslins, a changing mat, baby wipes and cotton wool
  • You should have some toys and fabric books suitable for baby's
  • You may want a hairbrush and nail scissors
  • You may want to buy some books to consult to help you with the first months
  • You'll find a baby bath easier than a full sized one
  • You'll want a pram, car seat and stair gates, perhaps a play den, fire guard and other safety items
  • You'll need a high chair for feeding before long

There are lots of things you need during the first few months, but plan ahead and enjoy buying all these things in the run up to the birth of your new baby!



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