ONE of the most refreshing things about Stacey Solomon is that there are never any delusions of grandeur. When she arrives for our interview she’s make-up-free, wearing leggings and a sweater and clutching a now-empty polystyrene box of fish and chips, which she’s eaten en route in an Uber she booked herself. As celebrities go, she’s as real as they come, so it’s no surprise that she doesn’t pretend that being pregnant (as she currently is with her third child) is anything other than a slog. “There are some women who love being pregnant,” she says. “Like my stepmum. When she was pregnant with my little brother she was an earth mother. Her hair got longer and she was like a bright ray of sunshine in this happy state of zen. “I don’t feel like that. My hair has gone grey – honestly, it has! I’ve been horrifically sick and I’m so tired. Obviously I’m grateful and I wouldn’t want anyone to think … [Read more...] about Stacey Solomon on baby number three with Joe Swash and being proud of her pregnancy body
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HOW well do you know your bits? Most women, it turns out, are shockingly ill-informed. A new book, The Gynae Geek, is meant to change that. Author Dr Anita Mitra is an NHS gynaecologist determined to help women better understand their reproductive system. Here she debunks 20 myths about the mysterious “down below”. MYTH: My cycle is five weeks, so I’m not normal. Many women believe anything outside a cycle of 28 days is irregular. But only about 15 per cent of women have this length of cycle. If your period comes, for example, every 26 to 30 days, that is regular for you. An “irregular” cycle is one there is no clear way of predicting. MYTH: Fallopian tubes stay rigidly fixed in place. Actually, fallopian tubes flap around, picking up eggs like a Mexican wave. Even with just one tube working, they are mobile enough to pick up eggs from either ovary and you can still get pregnant. MYTH: Toxic shock syndrome is caused by the chemicals in tampons. TSS is … [Read more...] about Do you know your way around ‘down under’? Doctor busts common myths about women’s bodies
Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. (BPT) - We’re in month two of the new year and you’ve (mostly!) stuck to your healthy resolutions — you’re eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of exercise, and feeling pretty good. But have you thought about your heart? February is American Heart Month, a great reminder to check in on your heart health and take steps to manage your cholesterol levels. When armed with basic cholesterol knowledge, you can make simple choices to get your cholesterol levels under control as part of an overall healthier lifestyle.High cholesterol affects more than 100 million Americans. Still, you may be thinking, “but I feel fine, so why should I care?” Here’s the bottom line: High cholesterol has no signs or symptoms, so while you can’t see it or feel it, high cholesterol can be dangerous if left untreated — it can build up in your arteries, potentially slowing down and even blocking the flow … [Read more...] about American Heart Month: Do you know how cholesterol affects your heart?
Some women are reportedly resorting to mixing their urine with toothpaste - for a very good reason. Women across the globe are mixing them to tell them if they are pregnant or not, according to the Mirror. But, remarkably, they are doing so WITHOUT scientific evidence it works. And, of course, home tests are readily available at low prices in supermarkets. The rumour seems to have spread online through various videos, blog posts, websites and forums and has gained more popularity recently. Google Trends shows the search term 'toothpaste pregnancy test' has seen a steady increase over the last 13 years, meaning more women than ever are buying into the idea their Colgate knows if they're expecting. Some women are even filming the tests and posting them to YouTube to show what the 'positive' result should look like. One of the many websites to recommend the technique, negativepregnancytest.com, explains how the supposed 'test' is meant to work. It reads: "The toothpaste pregnancy test … [Read more...] about Women are using toothpaste as a pregnancy test
Losing a child before you have had the chance to meet them is one of the hardest things any couple will ever have to go through. Yet despite one in four pregnancies ending in miscarriage - many women will never talk about it and even fewer men. Men can sometimes feel the need to "put on a brave face" for their partner - and in doing so will bottle up their own emotions and feelings. The ECHO spoke to three men about how they really felt when their partner miscarried and how they coped with the loss. Gareth Nye and his wife Joanne were "delighted" to find out they were expecting their first child together. However on Christmas Eve, 2015, Joanne began bleeding at 11 weeks into her pregnancy. Gareth said: "I was at home with my step daughter and my wife was in work. "She rang me mid morning and said that she had bleeding and that she was going straight to the hospital. "It was difficult because my first thought was I wanted to be with her, but I couldn't leave my step daughter and … [Read more...] about Men reveal how they really felt after their partners miscarried