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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....

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...

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...

This isn’t our first post on early signs of pregnancy, nor will it be our last post on early signs of pregnancy. We never want the vital information to be lost in the ocean of our ever growing archives. So with a fresh canvas we paint another picture of the many indications that you may be pregnant. As always, take this guidance with a grain of salt, and seek a second opinion from a medical professional. The technical term for missing your period is called Amenorrhoea (no period). Having no period is one of those primary signs of...

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...

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...

Post-natal Depression is a term you probably hear around the traps a lot. While many of us will experience changes in mood during and after a pregnancy, post-natal depression refers to an extended, severe feeling of depression (not unlike clinical depression) that can hinder your ability to undertake general every day tasks. In this case, those tasks include caring for a new born child. Post-natal depression often manifests as severe mood swings, the inability to enjoy past times you once did or even to socialise, extreme anxiety, and...

Let’s talk about some pregnancy mistakes.. Oftentimes, some women will raise their calories markedly whilst pregnant as they believe the child increases the caloric demand on their body two fold. In all reality, the caloric demands of the foetus are around an extra 300 per day. So if you were eating around 1900 calories to maintain your existing body weight, you’d only bump up to around 2200 whilst pregnant. This does not necessarily mean you have to give up your favourite (not so innocent) snacks, just be weary of what your...

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