There’s about a one third likelihood that you will give birth via caesarian section (C Section). Whilst vaginal births are always preferred as the healthiest means of delivery, a C Section may be necessary where your baby is positioned side ways or feet first in your womb. There may also be something obstructing the placenta which would spurn a C Section. Because the surgeons will need to make an incision in your abdomen and uterus during a C Section, there’s an increased risk of affecting the nearby organs such as the uterus...

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...

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...

Morning Sickness is the common term for the combination of nausea and vomiting you develop whilst pregnant. It is developed in roughly half of women who are pregnant. Morning sickness is your bodies response to being flooded with hormones during the pregnancy process. In particular your estrogen levels go through the roof, which are mostly responsible. Because it is peculiar to pregnancy, Morning Sickness can be one of the first indications that you are pregnant. It usually starts to occur around the sixth week after conception. Usually...

A baby shower isn’t just a chance to officially recognise and triumph in the fact that you are bringing a life into the world, but also an opportunity to catch up with those friends that may have fallen along the wayside as you had less energy and time to socialise. You can enjoy some naughty food, activities, stories and enjoy a day or night that is devoted to you. Understand that you will probably get emotional at your baby shower. Anything can trigger this from a friend saying a few words about you, to just getting caught up...

Since we’ve had this continuous theme of pregnancy fitness, that is exercise and pregnancy flowing the past few days, lets talk specifically about how running and other forms of fitness interact with pregnancy. Typically if you were a medium distance runner prior to your pregnancy, you can continue that level of training, though likely going a low slower whilst you are pregnant. This pregnancy fitness regime can continue until your body, specifically your uterus and pelvic section get too burdened by this level of activity. This...

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...

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...

Teen pregnancy. Worldwide, there are about one million teen pregnancies per year. Not only is the risk of complications higher for teen pregnancy, but also the risk of death of the mother herself and the child. This is in comparison to mothers who give birth between the ages of 20 and 24. Bear in mind, there’s a huge socioeconomic divide here. A teen pregnancy in a first world country will generally be safer due to access to better care and infrastructure. The disparity however, is something that needs to be addressed. This...

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