Friday, June 16, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
- Red Raspberries
- Imported Grapes
- Bell Peppers
- Sweet Corn
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
But four weeks later, she seems to have done just that.
Power-walking in a London park, her figure showed little sign of being a new mum.
In fact, wearing a tight-fitting vest and shorts, she appeared slimmer than before she got pregnant.
The 33-year-old was happy to smile for photographers as she listened to music on her iPod. Yet days after giving birth by caesarian, she said 'all vanity had gone out of the window'.
"I haven't looked at myself because I'm looking at her all the time," she told Hello! magazine. "My breasts are huge but for a purpose. And apparently, I'll have a tummy for a while, which is OK too. I'm sure I shall want my body back, but right now it seems really unimportant."
Miss Halliwell joins a growing band of celebrity mothers who regain their figures within weeks of giving birth.
Penny Lancaster and Victoria Beckham were criticised for losing weight too quickly, the former in just nine days.
But Professor James Walker, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, said there was no reason why Miss Halliwell shouldn't be keeping fit.
"If she exercised during pregnancy, there's no reason why she can't be doing gentle jogging now," he said.
"Although physical healing after a C-section takes about six weeks, jogging puts pressure on the legs rather than the pelvis."
Miss Halliwell, who has a history of eating disorders, split from her daughter's father, writer Sacha Gervasi, early in her pregnancy.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Researchers found that taking high doses of the vitamin also led to low birth weights and increased health complications in newborns.
Professor Andrew Shennan, who led the two-year study at St Thomas' Hospital in London, warned that pregnant women could be putting their unborn babies at risk by 'self-medicating' with high doses of vitamin E.
One leading obstetrician, Professor Stuart Campbell, last night called on the Government to issue a health alert on the vitamin.
Concern over vitamin E, an anti-oxidant found naturally in foods including nuts, vegetable oil and broccoli, comes as Britons are spending more than £300million a year on vitamin supplements.
The Department of Health advises women take only vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy.
However, earlier research has suggested that vitamin E, particularly taken with vitamin C, can help protect against miscarriage and pre-eclampsia.
The London study and separate research in Australia - published in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine - now suggest this is untrue.
Doctors at St Thomas' Hospital conducted a two-year trial on 2,400 pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia.
Some took 250mg of vitamin E and 1,000mg of vitamin C each day from 14 weeks until they gave birth.
Those women who took the high doses, which were typical to those found in supplements, developed pre-eclampsia sooner and had a more severe form of the illness.
Nineteen babies were stillborn to mothers taking vitamin E supplements, compared with just seven in the group which did not take the pills.
In addition, the birthweight of the babies whose mothers had taken the vitamins was on average 60g less than the placebo group.
The EU-recommended daily amount for vitamin E is 20mg but the official 'safe' level is 540mg a day.
The Australian study, by the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Hospital, found little or no difference between women who took vitamin E supplements and those who did not.
Prof Shennan said: "Vitamins are deemed to be innocent and good and there is no doubt that pregnant women are out there, self-medicating with these high doses."
Professor Campbell, who pioneered 3D scans of foetuses in the womb, added: "The evidence suggests vitamin E may be harmful in pregnancy and it's therefore wise to avoid it."