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Pregnancy planning is an important part of becoming pregnant. Understanding what you can expect, and making the according adjustments to your lifestyle can soften the blow of the demands that will be hoist upon you when you are pregnant, and beyond when you are parenting. Putting some things into practice can give you peace of mind for when the baby arrives. The first thing you can do for pregnancy planning is chat to your doctor. For one they can tell you what kind of nutritional and lifestyle changes you can make to accomodate a healthy...

Miscarriages can arise either due to problems with the development of the baby at the embryonic stage or later. Sometimes they can arise due to genetic factors. Technically a miscarriage occurs where the baby is lost 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Whilst a miscarriage is a common experience for many women, with up to 20% of expecting women experience it in their lifetimes, it can cause significant grief. A miscarriage can come about due to a variety of factors. If you experience illness, or an infection of a high severity whilst you are...

How many weeks far along in your pregnancy do you think you are? It’s something you’ll wonder yourself, and get asked repeatedly by others. The web now has a plethora of pregnancy calculator applications that make that job pretty easy. Typically a pregnancy calculator will estimate where you are at based on your last menstrual cycle. Let’s rewind a little, can a pregnancy calculator assist you to determine whether you are pregnant in the first place? Again, based on your menstrual cycle, your current symptoms and experiences since...

Arthritis Pregnancy. Let’s cut to the chase, fortunately your unborn child cannot directly develop early arthritis through inheritance from you or the other parent. That is not to say they may not develop arthritis later in life, such as during middle age, as there are some genetic reasons for developing arthritis. Arthritis pregnancy does however present other challenges. Arthritis is regarded as familial in origin, as genetic inheritance can play a role in the onset of arthritis, but typically this is in combination with other...

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese practice which focuses on various points on the body as energy centres. It follows one of the main principles of chinese medicine, focusing on the flow of ‘qi’ energy throughout the body, attributing most health complications to disruptions in qi. Focused acupressure whilst pregnant can improve a woman’s physical and mental health and contribute to a better overall well-being. Because it is not a intrusive practice, many women take advantage of acupressure whilst they are expecting...

Whilst regular adult women require around 18mg of iron per day, you will require about 27mg as part of a pregnancy diet. That is, your bodies need for iron on a pregnancy diet will go up by about a half. The best source of iron you will find is red meat. Whilst some organ meats contain good amounts of iron, they are not really that safe to consume whilst you are pregnant. You can also get good amounts of iron from green fibrous vegetables, legumes such as lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas. There is also a range of iron supplements,...

We’ve spoken about the building blocks of a pregnancy diet before but hey let’s speak about it again. There will be few points in your life where ensuring you are getting adequate vitamins and minerals is more important. Not only this, but a lot of people will be chomping at the bit to give you their 2 cents of advice, whether it is correct or not. Let’s talk about a pregnancy diet. The first thing most people will mention is adequate protein. It is true that you must maintain a diet with adequate protein as part of...

The third trimester can be described as the best and worst part of the pregnancy. Whilst you don’t have long to go, you will be at your biggest and more susceptible to fatigue. Because of your expanding uterus you will also feel pressure to make bathroom visits quite frequently including during the night. Youre going to experience aches and pains in your lower back as a result of the heavier load you are carrying. All around the hips and pelvic area are going to feel a little pressure at this point. Your best bet is to ensure that...

Its possible that you have a pre-existing health condition that requires medication. This could be any of a vast array of ailments from asthma to the risk of seizures from epilepsy. Because some medicines can be safe during pregnancy, you need to understand what precautions to undertake. Your first stop is a chat with your doctor and any other health care professional you have regular contact with to discuss safe medications in pregnancy. Tell them that you plan to have a baby, and what conditions you have. They will be able to guide...

Antenatal appointments are scheduled visits with your doctor or maternity consultant to track how you are going with your pregnancy. This is a vital part of staying healthy and ensuring your babies’ continued wellness. Consulting with an expert is a great way to monitor and stamp out any risks or issues with your pregnancy. The appointments can also be educational experiences for you as you can ask about anything you are unsure of, and learn the best means of dealing with certain issues. The consultant can also help you to understand...

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