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Signs of labour vary across women. Because of this there is no simple precise way to determine the things you are going through are signs of labour. That said, there are common sensations that women will experience during the prelude to labour, and early labour. Below we consider these sensations and what you should do if you believe you are experiencing signs of labour. Signs of labour will be characterised by painful contractions that will occur more frequently than you regular contractions. They will be longer and sharper as well....

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...

Your basal metabolic rate, that is the energy that you burn through during the day goes up dramatically whilst you are pregnant. At the same time you will find that your body temperature i.e pregnant temperature increases markedly as you progress in your pregnancy. This puts you at a higher risk of both dehydration and hypothermia. Studies have established that developing fetuses can be affected by this heat as well, so its important you manage your pregnant temperature throughout all trimesters. This basically happens as heat causes...

Something like around one in four women will experience depression in their lifetimes. And though the post-natal aspect of depression gets a lot of air time, people rarely talk about the depression women can experience whilst they are pregnant. Statistically, more women experience antenatal depression (i.e. depression during pregnancy) than post-natal (after pregnancy). Antenatal depression can have psychological, as well as chemical origins. The abundance of stressful situations a woman faces when she is pregnant (fatigue, morning sickness,...

During pregnancy your body is flooded with various hormones such as progesterone as part of the process of conceiving and carrying a brand new human. This release of hormones unfortunately makes your gums more sensitive to dental plaque. Around two thirds of women will be struck by pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis can be a problem, as it can lead to loss of bone around the tooth, tooth decay or even the loss of a tooth. For this reason, it’s important to brush thoroughly twice a day and floss...

During pregnancy caffeine can pass to the baby via the placenta as with most of the things you ingest on a daily basis. For this reason there are limitations on the amount of coffee a pregnant woman should drink. This currently sits at around 300mg per day. But let’s consider it in a bit more depth. In pregnancy caffeine ingestion can result in your baby being ‘smaller’ for its age and increasing the gestational period of your pregnancy. Researchers found that 100mg of coffee could increase a woman’s gestational period by around...

Since its Friday, let’s keep it simple with some important pregnancy tips that are vital for you to know and understand when you conceive: Pregnancy Tips – Rule 1: Proper Nutrition The primary error expecting women make is taking in too many calories, under the belief that they are now ‘eating for two’. The fact is you are not eating for another fully grown adult human, but rather a developing child. A foetus developing in the womb only needs about an extra 300 calories per day. What you do need to ensure is that...

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...

Though there is no special pregnancy yoga, there are classes catered to pregnant women. At a high level, yoga is a collection of posturing and stretches that focuses simultaneously on balancing your breathing, and your mind. Pregnancy yoga classes are generally referred to as prenatal yoga, and focus on very simple postures that will not cause you serious discomfort. Never push yourself too hard during pregnancy yoga, and if you need a break take it immediately. It may pay to have a healthy snack and water on hand to keep yourself hydrated...

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