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Is my thyroid ok or not?

Feeling fatigued? Poor memory and concentration? Cold hands and feet? Weight gain? Struggling to conceive? These are common symptoms of hypothyroidism or subclinical hypothyroidism. Commonly, a doctor will request a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test and if that is within the normal range of 0.4-4.00 mU/L, then you are usually told there is nothing wrong…


Is your prenatal vitamin making you sick?

In an effort to have the healthiest baby possible, most women will seek prenatal vitamins to support a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, but what if your prenatal supplement is making your morning sickness worse? Is that even possible? Yes, absolutely. There are certain ingredients in a prenatal multi that often cause women to feel…

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Iron in Pregnancy

Iron is an essential mineral in pregnancy and the recommended daily intake is 27mg. Something I hear a lot is “oh I like to get my nutrients from food” or “my mum/grandma never took supplements during pregnancy….” Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to get all of our required nutrients from food, especially during pregnancy and…

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Let’s talk about…… Morning sickness

You’re pregnant, yay! Congratulations! Here are a few tips to help the first trimester of your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible. Any woman who has suffered from morning sickness knows that it is absolutely debilitating. It affects a woman’s ability to work and has a psychological, emotional and social impact on women and their…

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Iodine in pregnancy

Iodine deficiency is widespread in Australia and NZ due to deficient soils and an iodine deficient diet (compared to other countries where foods like seaweed and fish are eaten on a daily basis). It’s well established that iodine supplementation is one of the essential building blocks in pregnancy if you want to optimise your baby’s…

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Vitamin A in pregnancy

Most women are probably aware of the link between excessive vitamin A during pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. This is why most prenatal supplements don’t contain vitamin A (often listed on the bottle as retinyl palmitate). So what most supplement companies do instead is add betacarotene to their supplements because it’s presumably safer. …


Let’s talk about….. Miscarriage

About 10% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage and that increases to 20% if you include unknown pregnancies. Most early miscarriages occur because of chromosomal abnormalities in either the egg or sperm.  Yes, sperm aneuploidy exists, which is evidence that it is not only the health of the mother and her eggs that affects whether…


Become supplement savvy

When most people look at a list of ingredients on a supplement bottle, of course they can understand words like “Vitamin B2, Zinc, Iron etc” but did you know there is a massive difference in the forms used in supplements?  Remember you get what you pay for and if it’s cheap then there’s probably a…


Top 5 Mistakes Women Make During Labour

Paying too much attention to early labour  You’ve been waiting a long 9 months for the big day to arrive so I totally get why you are anxious to start timing contractions but focussing on them can just make them feel worse and lengthen your latent phase.  The best thing you can do is try…