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Practical Parenting Australia March 2016

Practical Parenting is the leading parenting magazine in Australia introducing pregnant women to motherhood and offering insightful advice and support on pregnancy, new borns, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pacific Magazines Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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it's really hard to grasp what having...

... a baby will truly be like. When you’re pregnant it’s almost impossible to see beyond the birth. Looking back, I spent nine months worrying about the birth of my first born and gave little thought to what life with a baby would be like. It turns out birth isn’t that bad (okay, it’s no walk in the park, but it has an end point), while having a baby is the start of a lifelong journey of highs and lows. Like many new mums, my aim was to exclusively breastfeed my daughter. I’d never done it before (obviously) but it didn’t look like it would be that hard, right? As it turns out, my baby and I did breastfeed well together... until she reached four months of age and flatly refused…

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write to us

BIRTH FEARS EXIST! Thanks for addressing the elephant in the room! When I got pregnant, all I could think about was the pain of childbirth! Your article Overcoming Birth Phobia (February 2016) was just what I needed. So glad you didn’t gloss over it like other magazines! Lauren, via email FERTILITY MATTERS Thank you for your Healthy Eggs article (Fertility News, December 2015). I have had three ‘unsuccessful’ pregnancies (one ectopic and two miscarriages). I’ve known for a while that I’m overweight and am doing something about it, but this article has helped me with motivation and to realise that I need to lose this weight to help me have a child. My fiancé and I have been together for six years and are super ready to have our own little family, and I…

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letter of the month

STRETCH MARKS AND ALL I subscribed to your magazine just before my Little E was born and I have loved getting it in the mail each month. I especially love articles that relate to the changes and adaptations to life that a new bub brings... so much so, that recently I’ve begun to feel so much better in my ‘post baby body’. I’m acknowledging that there is no ‘before’ or ‘post’ baby body – there’s just me and this next journey in life. My daughter doesn’t judge me based on my stretch marks or the fact that I’m still wearing maternity leggings – she just looks at me with gorgeous brown eyes and grins, loving me unconditionally! To her, I am enough. As I am, I am enough. Judging myself against other…

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what works for me

KNEES AT EASE I purchased a garden kneeling board from a discount shop for $2. I use this during bath time to save my knees. There’s no need to spend $15 on the real product! Lisa Maree, via email NAPPY BAG GOOD TO GO My husband and I have a system with our nappy bag, so that when we need to go out, we can just grab the bag and go, already packed with the essentials for bub. Anything that is used when we are out gets replaced the minute we get home. Hubby has even taken on that responsibility – good man! Kelly, via email NO MORE WASHING WOES When I had my baby I found it was so time-consuming doing washing and hanging out all the tiny baby clothes on the clothes line. So I…

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green day

Channel your inner greenie this month with these earth-loving events. Then turn to p74 for tips on how you can run a more eco-friendly household! CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY Help out your local community by keeping things tidy in your neck of the woods for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 6. Register at www.cleanup.org.au EARTH HOUR Join millions of people around the world by switching off your lights from 8:30-9:30pm this March 19 for Earth Hour, in order to save energy, tackle global warming and help fight for the future. Go to www.earthhour.org.au WORLD WILDLIFE DAY March 3 is an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of conservation.www.wildlifeday.org ST PATRICK’S DAY Get your kids in the kitchen to make some green cupcakes (with free-range eggs,…

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super sperm

One in six couples worldwide experience infertility issues at least once during their reproductive lifetime and often couples need to address the possibility of male subfertility. Dr Michael Gillman, a GP specialising in men’s health, shares his five key points for boosting your man’s reproductive health. 1 MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT Some research suggests that increasing BMI is linked with decreasing sperm count and movement. 2 EAT WELL Choosing to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants can help improve sperm health. 3 DON’T SMOKE Men who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have low sperm counts. Smoking can also decrease sperm movement and cause it to be misshapen. If your partner smokes, he can ask his doctor to help him quit. 4 LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL YOU DRINK Heavy drinking can lead…

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