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What is a Nuchal Translucency Scan?

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Sophia McCarthy

If you are currently in your first trimester of pregnancy, you’ve likely already started planning your medical appointments and are looking into all the different types of scans and testing available to you. One type of testing you may have spotted on our website is First Trimester Screening; a blood test accompanied by something called a Nuchal Translucency Scan. So what is this testing, and what can this type of ultrasound tell us about a baby in these early stages? 

 

WHAT IS FIRST TRIMESTER SCREENING?

Thanks to modern medicine, we can now […]

What Causes Pregnancy Food Cravings?

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Sophia McCarthy

Food cravings are a common part of going through pregnancy. We’ve all seen the trope played-out in movies of a pregnant character craving ice-cream at 3am or heard of a friend or relative that suddenly craved pieces of coal in their second trimester. But not every woman will experience these cravings, and they may not always be as intense as Hollywood would have us believe. So, what are pregnancy cravings and what actually causes them in the first place?  

 

WHAT ARE PREGNANCY CRAVINGS?

During pregnancy, a lot of women may […]

Understanding Your Period

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Rebecca Falnes

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed during my years working in the medical field, it’s that the majority of women don’t understand their periods. As your period usually goes on for about 40 years of your life, it’s nice to have an understanding of what’s going on inside your body. Most women get their first period between the ages of 10-16, the average age being 12. On the other end, most women stop having periods between the ages of 45-55, the average age being 51. 

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The Thyroid: Frequently Asked Questions and Common Issues

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Sophia McCarthy

WHAT IS YOUR THYROID?

Your Thyroid is a small gland located just below the centre of your throat, at the base of the neck. It is often described as a ‘butterfly-shaped’ gland and is part of the body’s endocrine system; a network of glands and organs that use hormones to regulate the body.

The main purpose of your thyroid gland is to manufacture and secrete hormones that control the speed of your body’s metabolism (The process of converting food and drink into energy). The thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4) is […]

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