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Water Retention in Pregnancy

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Water Retention in Pregnancy

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Annerley

What can I do about my horrible water retention in pregnancy? I am only at 5 months but my hands are so swollenthat I had to get my wedding ring cut off plus my feet no longer fit any of my shoes. It’s really uncomfortable so would love to hear of anything that could release some of this extra fluid!!

Hulda responds:

Oedema or fluid retention in pregnancy is very common and about 50% of women suffer from this.  It can be related to pregnancy induced hypertension, so ensure you tell your health care provider that you are feeling like you are retaining fluid.  They do not know your body as well as you do and may not be aware that this is different for you.

The very best thing you can do to release some of this fluid is (very strangely) drink more water!  This helps your kidneys function better and draws the fluid back into your circulatory and urinary systems and out of the tissues in your skin areas.  You can also try wearing supportive stockings (very sexy) also quite hot, so the coming weather may not be very conducive to wearing these – however it will reduce the amount of fluid that can build up in your legs.  Make sure when you are at home to try and rest with your feet up, maybe sleep with them on a pillow at night and make sure you are not crossing them when you sit.  In terms of your hands, try doing some flamenco dancing moves, these kinds of movements are good to return the fluid to your circulation. Sleeping with your arms on pillows is also a good idea.  You could have some lymphatic drainage massage (from an appropriately qualified and practiced therapist) who has an interest in pregnancy, there are a few around.

Foods which have been associated with reducing fluid retention are: Anise, Celery, Onion, Parsley, Coffee or Tea (included in moderation due to caffeine content), Eggplant, Garlic & Peppermint.  Also minimize sodium (salt) intake and avoid adding additional salt to meals.


  • Avoid standing for long periods
  • Minimize outdoor time when it is hot
  • Rest with your feet elevated
  • Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible
  • Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles
  • Rest or swim in a pool
  • Use cold compresses on swollen areas

Other than that drink, drink, drink (water, that is!)

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Top Ten Joys of Motherhood

Posted on 11 May 2012 by Annerley

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, let’s remind ourselves why we all became parents with these Top Ten Joys of Motherhood:

Free Strength Training – Did you ever look at other people’s toddlers and wonder how their parents could carry them for any length of time? Now we’ve all become weight-lifting champions with the kind of physical strength most gym-goers spend years building up. Who needs gym memberships when we’ve got toddlers to carry?

Instant Happiness – One of the biggest revelations to me when I became a Mum was how my baby could change my tired grumpy mood into pure happiness with one smile. How can we stay p’d off when a smile like that is waiting to greet us every morning?

Comedy Moments – Forget about going to the Comedy Club – you’ll get much better laughs simply by staying home. My middle child used to have a compulsion to eat everything off the ground using her mouth only – exactly like a little dog and I’ll never forget my son’s attempts to get us to put him back in pull-ups so he could watch tv and pee in his pants without having to go to the big boy’s toilet…we all have our stories. But the comedy moment that still makes me me laugh the most comes straight from a Mum friend of mine:

“I know of a 4-year old who, for no particular reason, announced at the butcher’s that ‘mummy has whiskers in her knickers’. Her mum just about died on the spot!”

Hugs Hugs Hugs - According to the latest research, hugs can cut down your stress levels, reduce your chances of heart disease and even lead to a longer life! As parents, I reckon we’ve got the whole thing covered. Just when you think your kids have given you every last hug they’ve got, they’ll pull another out of the hat just when you need it.

New Mom Friends – This is one of the best side-effects of parenthood. I have met more new people in the last 8 years than in the previous 18 and all because we’ve got motherhood in common. You can’t beat having another Mom friend to talk to when the doo-doo really hits the fan – literally speaking.

Playtime All Over Again  - Who’d have thought that we’d all be playing Hide N’ Seek, Ring A Ring A Roses and the Hokey Pokey all over again and actually enjoying it? Ok so maybe ‘enjoy’ is a little too strong a word but you know what I mean..

Instant Superhero Status – I don’t know about you but my kids think that I know everything and can do anything just because I’m their mother. When everything they want appears before them and every question is ‘wisely’ answered, it’s not surprising that our kids think we can give Wonder Woman and Superwoman a run for their money!

Letting Go – If you’re looking for a lesson in how to let go of past issues and present problems, look no further than your children. They truly know how to let go and get on with it. One minute, a tantrum of volcanic proportions, the next it’s all smiles again. Have you ever noticed how a baby only laughs while you’re tickling her but stops at the moment you stop? Now, that’s what I call living in the moment!

Love – The Beatles were so right when they said it’s all we need and children have it in abundance. How can such small people carry so much of it around? No matter what kind of day you’re having, they’re always happy to pass some our way.

Job Satisfaction – And my number one joy of parenthood has got to be the job satisfaction. Even when you’ve had a really crappy day with lots of tantrums, wee pools, more tantrums and spitting (plus all the things your kids get up to), you can still go to bed knowing you’re doing a job that really matters. And that, my friends, cannot be beaten.

Have a very happy Mother’s Day – you deserve it!


Orla Breeze works with new mums here at Annerley to help them reorganise and rebalance their lives. Watch out for her new workshop The Truth About Motherhood coming this summer!



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Effects of Alcohol & Coffee In Pregnancy

Posted on 09 May 2012 by Annerley

What are the possible negative effects of drinking alcohol and/or coffee during pregnancy?

Hulda responds:

Advice on alcohol intake during pregnancy tends to go through various cycles.

Alcohol intake during pregnancy is never recommended and it is not possible to fully research the effects of alcohol intake on babies, leading us to conclude that it is always safest to completely stop drinking alcohol after pregnancy is confirmed.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a term used to describe a number of health concerns babies are affected by, as a result of their mothers drinking a large amount of alcohol throughout pregnancy. The risks are higher when the mother is over 30, has had a high intake of alcohol throughout pregnancy, has had previous problems with pregnancy or miscarriage, and/or where the father is also a heavy drinker.  The types of problems seen in this syndrome range from small eyes, cleft palate or a pug nose, severe learning difficulties, vision and hearing problems, low birth weight and developmental and growth delays.

With respect to caffeine and pregnancy, we find out more information as more and more research becomes available.  What is recommended is to maintain your caffeine intake below 300mg per day (three cups of brewed coffee or 4 cups / 3 mugs of instant coffee). If you love coffee then sign up for home coffee subscription, and get coffee delivered to you weekly. We believe there is a link between high caffeine intake and miscarriage and stillbirths.  We also know that caffeine does cross the placenta and some research has reported that babies born to mothers whose caffeine intake is greater that 500mg/day are more likely to have faster heart rates, tremors, increased breathing rate and spend more time awake in the days after birth.




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Top Teething Remedies

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Top Teething Remedies

Posted on 03 May 2012 by Annerley

baby teething remediesMost babies’ first teeth sprout between four to seven months of age. For some babies, teething can cause discomfort including gum swelling and sensitivity, irritability, fussiness, drooling, biting behaviour, refusing food and even sleep problems. We consulted with an emergency dentist in Perth and All-In-One Dental Innovations on teething and found these five remedies that should provide some relief for both mother and baby. We are guided by the general dentistry guide. Read more about the importance of flossing to help clean your teeth.

  1. Homeopathic remedies such as Camilia Teething Relief and Natra Bio Children’s Teething Relief can provide temporary relief of teething pain safely. Both these products are available at the Annerley online store.
  2. A wet flannel that has been frozen and is wrapped up in a little bun and given to the baby to suck on. Make three or so of these, always keeping one in the freezer and swap them so the baby always has a cold flannel to suck on. Putting a piece of apple inside and freezing that can be fine too, just make sure that the piece is well wrapped in and sealed.
  3. Numbing Gels can help periodically and are safe to use. Combine this with a suitable dose of paracetamol before bed time if the teething pain is persistent and baby is suffering badly. Consult PermaDent Dental Implants Center if the problem persists, as the do not just provide teeth implant services, but also have some of the best oral health care facilities. Only use paracetemol at night time for relief (for both baby and mum), and never for long periods. Make your baby’s smile the best thing in the world by making a visit to invisalign Las Vegas.
  4. The  fourth tool is a mental tool: During teething periods, try and keep the baby moderately active with plenty of resting time. Keeping active and having lots of fun takes the attention away from discomfort that often, if staying in the
    homeopathic teething remedies

    Gels, amber beads and homeopathic teething remedies are all available at the Annerley shop.

    same environment, will be the first thing on the little child’s mind.

  5. Amber beads have been used by mothers to soothe and comfort their baby’s teething pains for centuries. We often forget that Amber is not a stone, but is a resin and when warmed releases antioxidants which are thought to be absorbed by the baby’s skin, so providing a healing and calming effect.

Babies should have their teeth checked by a dentist once a few come in, follow the link for contact info to schedule an appointment to visit Hills Dental Design! Gentle compassionate care will be delivered to you at West Cobb Dentistry.


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Related reference: Dentures and Implant Specialists in Frisco, TX

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