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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...

The most common change you will notice is the development of stretch marks around your lower stomach. This is a natural reaction to your uterus expanding in order to accommodate the new baby. What you may not know is that external changes in your body during pregnancy can go far beyond simply stretch marks. Some pregnant women can also develop chloasma, which is involves dark patches developing on the face. The higher release of certain hormones in your body is basically altering the pigmentation in your facial skin. Because these hormones...

You are well aware that as you become a few weeks pregnant and progress through the trimesters there will be changes to your body. Some of us are ok with these changes for the short term, some of us do not look forward to them at all. You need to remember that you’re bringing a new life into the world, looking good will have to take a 9 month break. That’s all it really is. Psychologically, one of the best tools to feel comfortable while you become more and more weeks pregnant is to engage in light exercise. Avoid being stuck...

Whilst you are pregnant, the growing foetus, along with the expansion of your uterus and placenta can lead to extra strain on your abdomen and pelvic area. In turn this places pressure on the inferior vena cava, a large blood vessel on the right side of your body. This in turn places pressure on blood flow and can result in be blue or purple coloured veins popping up in the skin (usually your legs) that are visible to the naked eye. These are Varicose Veins. Varicose veins are basically visible evidence that the valves in your veins...