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FIRST AID FOR BABIES AND KIDS – TIPS FOR PREVENTING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WITH YOUR CHILD

Seeing your child seriously sick or hurt is a terrifying experience for a parent. Understanding your child and learning to recognise the signs early could prevent a tragedy and lessen the feeling of powerlessness that comes when you don’t know what is wrong or what to do to make it better.

Babies and children are not small adults – there are many differences, especially when it comes to a medical emergency.

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HOW TO AVOID BACK PAIN DURING YOUR PREGNANCY

Heavy bump, achy upper back, sore lower back, stiff neck, reduced mobility... Understanding the muscles of your torso and using our daily tips will help you avoid these common complaints of pregnancy.

Many of the physical changes of pregnancy affect the spine. Body weight increases, the growing belly shifts weight forward, enlarged breasts create rounded shoulders, pelvic tilt causes leg muscles to tighten and pull on the lower back and joint laxity loosens the spine and pelvis.

These changes alter posture and the body’s centre of gravity which the spine has to accommodate. The result is an increased load or pressure on the upper and lower back and muscle discomfort. Workplace conditions such as sitting or standing for long periods and high use of computers and phones, place subtle and constant stress on the back which can heighten this negative effect further.

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WEIGHT LOSS TIPS FOR NEW MUMS

Here’s our top tips to help you get back in shape after the birth of your baby.

Carbohydrates are not the enemy, they just need to be of the right type and enjoyed in moderation.

Eat low GI carbohydrates such as grainy bread, sweet potatoes, beans and legumes that release slowly into the blood stream, provide the nutrients you need for breast feeding while helping you to manage your weight. Mix these with a good protein source such as chicken, fish, tofu or white cheese and vegetables or salad to create a nutritious meal.

Don’t worry about sticking to traditional meals and meal times, just make sure you eat healthy food regularly.

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IS IT SAFE TO DO ABDOMINAL EXERCISES DURING PREGNANCY?

It is not only safe but beneficial to exercise your abdominal muscles during pregnancy... as long as you are doing the correct exercises.

New guidelines advise changing how you work out your abdominals as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.

Traditional abdominal exercises often emphasize the rectus abdominis (‘6 pack’). These muscles are under a lot of pressure as they stretch out over the growing bump and only need the gentlest of activation during pregnancy. Many popular abdominal exercises encourage the core muscles to switch off and these are the very muscles we need to be working at their best during and after the prenatal months.

In addition, lots of your favourite abdominal exercises use positions, such as lying on your back, that are not considered safe for pregnancy and put undue pressure on the spine, such as double leg raises. They are often too intense for the body whilst the pelvic region is unstable and the muscles and ligaments are under pressure from a changing a body.

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WATCH YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE IN EARLY PREGNANCY

Research suggests that pregnant women should watch their body temperature in early pregnancy, because during the first 12 weeks the baby’s central nervous system is forming and even a 1% increase in core temperature may have an adverse effect on your baby’s development.

This does not mean that you can’t work up a bit of a sweat or have a healthy huff and puff when you exercise. There is a difference between getting hot and elevating your core. All you need to do is exercise a little caution.

Prevention – exercise at a cooler time of day, in the shade, an air-conditioned or fan cooled environment, change classes like hot/warm yoga, don’t head to the saunas or steam room after your workout, wear light clothing, keep well hydrated leading up to and after, as well as during, your workout and be ready to shorten or use intervals in your workout if needed.

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