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What happens straight after the birth?

It's natural to focus on your baby's birth while you are pregnant. But it's a good idea to also know what to expect after labour. Skin-to-skin contact really helps with bonding. It's a good idea to have your baby lifted onto you as soon as…

What happens to teen smokers?

If you start smoking when you're in your teens, get ready for stained teeth, wrinkly skin and a one-in-two chance of dying early. Effects of smoking at age 20 Nobody smokes their first fag thinking they'll be a smoker, but if you're experimenting it's easy…

What if I take an extra pill by accident?

If you've accidentally taken one extra contraceptive pill, you don't need to seek medical advice and you won't have any symptoms. If you've taken several extra pills, you may: feel slightly sick (nauseous) be sick (vomit)  have some vaginal bleeding These symptoms will pass, and…

What if I'm on the pill and I'm sick or have diarrhoea?

It depends on how long you're being sick or have diarrhoea for. If you're sick (vomit) within two hours of taking your contraceptive pill, it will not have been absorbed by your body. You should take another pill straight away. As long as you're not…

What if I've lost a contraceptive pill?

If you've lost a pill, replace it with another from the same packet or one from a different packet. How you do this depends on which kind of pill you take. For example: a 21-day combined pill, such as Microgynon 30 - you take a pill each day…

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone, and where you can find support. A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5m…

What is a Mediterranean diet?

A Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The Mediterranean diet varies by country and region, so it has a range of definitions. But in general, it's high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals,…

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective operation that alters or enhances a part of your face or body that you want to change. If you're considering cosmetic surgery, make sure you know what's involved before you decide. "Cosmetic surgery changes a person's unwanted, normal appearance," says Professor Simon Kay,…

What is insomnia and how much sleep do we need?

Sleeping trouble is the most widely reported psychological disorder in the UK, affecting a third of the population. Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep or having non-refreshing sleep. Having insomnia means that these difficulties happen three or more times a week, persist for at…

What is the male pill?

In the past 50 years, there have been few changes in male contraception compared with the range of options available to women. Today, the only contraceptive methods available to men are: condoms - a barrier form of contraception that stops sperm reaching and fertilising an egg vasectomy - a minor…