Maintaining an active lifestyle during pregnancy can reduce the amount of time spent in labour during childbirth, a study has concluded. There are many proven benefits to exercising while pregnant, such as easing back pain, elevating your energy levels and aiding with post-delivery recovery, as covered by What To Expect. The team of researchers, led by Professor Ruben Barakat, carried out a study with 508 healthy women by randomly assigning them into two groups.
While this is not an exhaustive list of public houses proffering Arthur Guinness’ invention – we implore you to undergo further research across UK and let us know your results. London is a city full of ‘Irish pubs’ but the genuine article is a rare bird - now South London’s Blythe Hill Tavern is just such a bird.
Using a simple breathing technique to soothe your mind is not only effective, but also very easy to learn. The “coherent breathing” method was invented by Stephen Elliott, life scientist and author of The New Science of Breath.
It’s commonly believed that when you lose weight, the fat that you burn is then converted into energy. The truth is that fat is converted into carbon dioxide and water, as stated by Ruben Meerman and Professor Andrew Brown. The problem with the idea that fat is converted into energy is that “it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions obey,” they wrote in The Conversation.
The US survey of 2,000 mothers of children aged five to 12 reveals that the average mother will “clock-in” at 6.23am and continue to conduct motherly duties until 8.31pm on a normal day. “The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of,” said Casey Lewis, health and nutrition lead at Welch's.
Sophrology was first coined in the 1960s by Alfonso Caycedo, a Colombian professor who specialised in psychiatry and neurology. “It allows you to enjoy the present and move forward in a positive way,” Dominique Antiglio, Sophrologist and founder of BeSophro explained to The Independent. Sophrology is a practice that encourages you to become more aware of your body and mind in that very moment.
A new study has found that when someone is trying to lose fat, slim down or generally get in shape, there’s a higher chance their partner will too. “The concept is called the ripple effect and it means that weight loss interventions delivered to one spouse have unintended, but positive benefits on the other spouse,” said study co-author Amy Gorin, Associate Professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. In research published in the journal Obesity, Gorin and colleagues note that when your partner is trying to eat more healthily and exercise more, this is likely to boost your own motivation to do so.
When midwife Emily Dial found out she was expecting, she knew she wanted two things - to enlist photographer and friend Sarah Hill to capture the moment, and to deliver her own baby via Caesarean section. As a midwife herself, Dial, from Kentucky, was able to orchestrate the birth of her newborn baby perfectly so that she was able to join in as an active participant.
It’s long been debated whether parents can in fact show favouritism towards their children. Now, it would seem that their suspicions have been confirmed, as a survey has revealed that parents tend to favour their youngest child. Mumsnet conducted a survey of 1,185 of its users that are parents, while Gransnet carried out a survey of 1,111 of its users that had at least one grandchild.
A mother has revealed how her premature baby was born with red skin so transparent her brain was visible. Mother-of-three Cheri Price, now 22, gave birth to daughter Hailie Dillon on February 23 last year after just 23 weeks and six days of pregnancy. This meant that Hailie’s skin had not had time to develop pigmentation and her skull wasn’t fully developed either.
A photograph that captured the moment a young toddler met his baby sister for the very first time has gone viral, thanks to the boy’s emotional reaction. “Dear Jackson, today didn’t go at all how I expected it to,” Burch wrote on Facebook. When Jackson first entered the room with his father Stephen, he was completely calm, even sitting down beside his mother Ashley on the bed.
There’s a rising trend of families opting to use reusable cloths instead of regular toilet paper and many people on the internet are horrified. It’s previously been noted that using toilet paper to clean ourselves after going to the bathroom isn’t the most effective method, as wiping excessively could lead to health issues such as urinary tract infections. Some people choose to use a ‘family cloth’ instead as a more eco-friendly option.
All eyes are on Meghan Markle, following her every step as she prepares for life as an official member of the royal family. Markle has led an impressive life, working as an advocate for United Nations Women, a global ambassador for World Vision and making a name for herself as the character Rachel Zane on US drama Suits. Outside of her professional commitments, Markle has previously spoken about the importance that she places on leading a healthy life.
When teenager Sydney accidentally sent a picture of herself trying on a dress to the wrong number, she had no idea she would end up helping raise over $33,000 (£23,700) for a child suffering from leukaemia. Shopping for a dress for a school formal event, Sydney took two pictures to send to a friend for their opinion.
A new health guide has been released in an attempt to deter girls from undergoing cosmetic genital surgery. In recent years, the amount of girls and young women opting to have labiaplasty operations in an effort to obtain “designer vaginas” has risen drastically. The new health guide, titled “So What Is A Vulva Anyway?”, has been commissioned by the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG) in an attempt to educate girls and young women about the varying nature of the female anatomy and the risks involved with labiaplasties.
Instagram posts by fitness influencers have hammered home what lifting weights can do for your body, but less widely discussed is the effect it has on your brain, mental health and outlook on life. When I say weights, I mean proper heavy weights - I dabbled in resistance training and light dumbbells before, but now I’m deadlifting more than I weigh, using liquid chalk on my hands and refuelling on protein shakes with the rest of the weights room lads and ladies. Sure, there have been changes to my body, but the main reason I am now so evangelical about lifting weights is what it has done for my mind.
Mother’s Day is only two days away, the day of the year on which you’re expected to treat your mum like the queen that she is. Thanks to the wonder of online shopping, you can still order the perfect present to brighten your mother’s day and make her feel special. Whether you live hours away from your mum or you simply don’t have time to hit the shops over the next couple of days, we have the ultimate gift ideas that are sure to win you brownie points.
Exercises like cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and keep people young in profound ways, a new study has found. Activities like regularly riding a bike appear to undo the assumption that we get more frail as we get older, the authors of the new research claim. The studies compared data on amateur cyclists with healthy adults that did not regularly exercise.
Being overweight can lead to a variety of health issues, such as having a high blood pressure and being more likely to experience heart disease. A new study has revealed that individuals with a larger waistline may also have a greater chance of suffering from anxiety. Researchers from the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, the Universidad Nacional de Piura, the Collaborative Group for Climacteric Research in Latin America and the Universidad de Chile decided to investigate the correlation between waist-to-height ratio and anxiety in middle-aged women.
Described as the “pathological obsession for biologically pure food”, those who suffer from orthorexia often restrict the food that they consume in a very obsessive way. “When someone is suffering from orthorexia, they are usually fixated on achieving and maintaining a perceived ‘healthy’ diet, which can be overlooked as harmful due to the ethical concerns associated with the clean eating trend,” Emmy Brunner, chief executive and founder of The Recover Clinic explained to The Independent.
Featured on Channel 4 show "One Born Every Minute," Ben Burgwin was standing by as his fiancée Amy Maddocks prepared to give birth to the couple’s daughter, Amber Rose. Standing strong throughout Amy’s gruelling nine hour and 20 minute labour, it was in the final moments that Ben couldn’t hold out any longer and went crashing to the floor, hitting a fan and a cabinet on his way down. Ben’s spectacular fall, while not enough to draw too much attention away from Amy, did require emergency medical attention - which kept him away from his newborn daughter for the first five hours of her life.
Amy, 33, a fitness blogger based in Germany, recently posted her postpartum body on Instagram, where she shares her health and workout routines to her 14,000 followers on the Instagram account @fitness.fireball.
Charlotte Thomson, now 21, was 19 when she went into labour - but she’d had regular periods throughout her pregnancy and had also managed to wear her size eight clothes for all nine months. The teenager from Newcastle upon Tyne had no idea she was pregnant so had been regularly partying with all her friends as usual, and she only gained three pounds over the whole pregnancy. Doctors explained that the reason Thomson’s stomach remained flat was because Molly was “tucked up inside” her ribs.
Protein powders have become as essential a part of the average gym-goer’s arsenal as trainers and deodorant. According to new research, however, many popular brands contain harmful toxins that could be damaging your health. A study by the Clean Label Project has found that some protein powders contain BPA (Bisphenol A), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants linked to health conditions including cancer.
According to the research, resemblance encourages fathers who do not live with their children to spend 2.5 more days a month with their children - because they are confident the child is genetically theirs.