Good antenatal education can empower pregnant women to be confident, calm and clear about what is happening to them when the time comes to meet their new arrival. It should also ensure women have the knowledge they need for a healthy pregnancy to give their baby the best possible chance of arriving safely.
Many ex servicemen and women have found it difficult to get a job and others to support themselves financially. In many cases, they don't have friends or even family to turn to and this has resulted in them becoming homeless. The challenge to get their lives back on track seems impossible and many of them just don't know where to turn.
It also goes straight to the heart of the debates concerning privacy and surveillance in the digital age, and the risks that future digital services do not promote self-management, but, at best, foster an intrusive nannying that does not improve well-being.
Lisbon and its neighbouring coastal villages are the perfect destination for a chic city-beach weekend break. On my recent inaugural trip to city and its cosmopolitan cousin Cascais I also discovered a thriving luxury spa scene...
It's a devastatingly harsh condition to live with and one that leads to severe isolation, especially in my experience, for men. We often struggle to talk about our feelings and often when I've explained my circumstances, people simply don't know what to say.
I believe that technology isn't the problem, the problems is that as parents, we are failing to manage our children's recreational time effectively. Parents nowadays are busier than ever before and finding that extra time to deal with and plan children's playtime is becoming increasingly difficult.
If we look at the whole premise of veganism, one of the key aspects behind it is treading lightly on the earth. By adopting a vegan diet you not only doing something meaningful and life enhancing for your mind and body, you instantly decrease your carbon footprint and join a movement of change for the animals.
High cholesterol should be a cause for concern because it usually has no obvious symptoms, but can lead to a heart attack or stroke without warning. The condition is common, it is estimated that up to two thirds of adults have raised cholesterol levels without realising it. Consuming the wrong type of foods and a lack of exercise often contribute to high cholesterol levels.
One of the first symptoms of depression is when you can't make any decisions. Choosing which direction to walk is overwhelming, looking at a menu is like going on Mastermind. Eventually your brain gives up, it has no more room, you've scored 'game over' hit your full capacity like an over stuffed hoover bag before it explodes.
Looking your age is not OK because to look old or even 'your age' (whatever that means) is the worst thing that can happen to you. Having work isn't OK either because it's try-hard and who are you trying to kid, Old Lady? Your face cannot win and neither can you.
Guess what girls? Your body is disgusting. If you're bigger than a size 12 you're disgusting. If you're smaller than a size 12 you're disgusting. And just who's decided you're disgusting? Your fellow women, of course.
Some will have us believe that we need nothing more than bodyweight exercises, others will insist that we should do higher reps with lighter weights while others are convinced that if the weight isn't super-heavy we are not providing the body with enough of a challenge. But who should we listen to and what is the best rep scheme to use if we want to get into shape?
How much time do you spend thinking about your weight? If you're overweight and fed up with being overweight, then probably you think about it a lot. And the vast majority of these thoughts will be negative and self-critical.
As the avalanche of hype about the miracle of 'mindfulness' rumbles on, I think of an old Woody Allen joke about a man who visits his doctor, complaining that his hand hurts when he shakes it. The doctor's advice? 'Don't shake it'. I fear that the same avoidance strategy lurks beneath the mindfulness movement.
Have you ever walked into your Doctor's surgery with a sore foot and left with a prescription for anti-depressants? It's not uncommon to go for one thing and come away with a treatment for something completely different and, specifically, for depression.
Having gone through depression myself, I decided to set up an awareness and support system for fathers/carers for people suffering with postnatal depression called Fathers Reaching out. While the illness is being treated the man/carer has to deal with the bills, work, money, school/hospital runs, the household, children and the stigma of mental health problems.