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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...

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,...

Antidepressants in Pregnancy. If you are currently taking or plan to take antidepressants and you are thinking about becoming pregnant its really important to discuss this with your doctor. Only in talking to a professional will you understand that risks that could be present if you decide to take antidepressants during the pregnancy and breast feeding. Exposure of the baby to most common antidepressants in pregnancy (i.e. SSRI’s) can raise the risk of a birth defect by around 2.5%. Alternatives to SSRI medications such as Avanza...

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...

More about Baby Bonding It may take a while to comprehend exactly how you are baby bonding. The most common means of baby bonding is through the medium of touch. Contact such as when you are holding them, or if they reach and grab a thumb is an example. Babies will also start to lock eyes with you which is a form of communication. Not only will your babies eyes notice yours, they will begin to notice and follow moving items with their eyes. Beyond these rudimentary actions, babies will start to vocalise sounds and attempt to imitate...

Baby bonding is a natural part of being involved in its life, showing affection and love from the beginning of their journey on earth. This develops the babies’ relationship with you and vice versa. Additionally baby bonding a way for you to learn your babies’ patterns, their crying, their body language, their eye cues and so on. Research suggests that baby bonding is a particularly important part of a babies development as it develops their ability to form social connections with people, and also a healthy, positive of view...

Lets continue on from Part 1 of our less glamorous pregnancy symptoms, Its common knowledge that you will need to go to the bathroom more frequently whilst you are pregnant. This is one of those pregnancy symptoms you cannot avoid. This is especially as your uterus gets bigger and places strain on the bladder. What isn’t really mentioned is that this strain can actually lead to you feeling like you’re never full ’empty’. This can make relaxing or going to sleep a little irritating. You will not get much sleep...

Pregnancy Symptoms (Black Label Edition?) – Find Part 2 here The more socially acceptable pregnancy symptoms, such as weight gain, morning sickness etc are things you can talk about with your work colleagues, or your friends over a morning coffee. These things are all well and good. But have you ever wondered if there’s more.. less-glamorous pregnancy symptoms in store for you? There are. Let’s have a quick look at them. In many cases you can experience hair growth on your stomach and abdomen. You may also notice that...

Finding you are pregnant for the second time can be a little more intense than the first. You already know the road that lies ahead. The sleepless nights, the discomfort and physical ailments of being pregnant, and the countless episodes of morning sickness. You have all this to look forward to, but you will need to juggle it with raising your existing child. This will be a taxing time, but let’s be real, some of it you’ve been through before. This time you will need to balance your parenting, the relationship with your partner,...

Everyone experiences stress. It’s pretty much the body physically compensating for your brain throwing something in the ‘too hard’ basket. That is, something you’re putting off doing because you think its going to be too challenging, or something you currently are doing but you find its taking its toll. The stress can manifest as multiple experiences, but lets look at the common ones. Your blood pressure will typically increase when you are stressed, because you are body is getting ready to ward off a potential threat, or at least...

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