You are now in the final phase of pregnancy. Soon, your much awaited baby will be in your arms. Take advantage of this final phase to relax as much as possible....
You are now in the final phase of pregnancy. Soon, your much awaited baby will be in your arms. Take advantage of this final phase to relax as much as possible. Your baby slowly starts to drop down into your pelvis and gain weight and strength in grounding for the big day.
Eat balanced meals. As your baby is growing swiftly during this phase, it is essential that your diet must include extra calories; about 300 more calories every day as compared to your pre-pregnancy diet.
Take your multivitamin and multi-mineral, Calcium, Iron and Folic acid supplements as prescribed by your doctor.
Be regular with your exercises including pelvic floor and kegel exercises resulting stronger pelvis muscles.
Avoid food items such as caffeine, raw fish, Saccharin, soft cheese and excess cholesterol. Consume fruits and healthy food products during this time. Eat in small quantities and eat more number of times rather than consuming a big meal at a go.
Take warm baths, it will provide great comfort to your aching body. Make sure that the water is not very hot.
Follow these quick tips to stay safe yet healthy; but most important of all stay relaxed and happy, to sail through your final month of pregnancy.
You don’t have to changeyour travel plans just because you’re pregnant. You can travel as long as you feel comfortable and everything is normal. Expecting women...
You don’t have to change your travel plans just because you’re pregnant. You can travel as long as you feel comfortable and everything is normal. Expecting women with normal pregnancy are not prohibited from travelling by airplane, four-wheelers, train but you need to be cautious. Here are some easy steps you can take to make your trip more comfortable.
If you are travelling by car, remember:
If you are travelling by air, the safest period to travel is during your second trimester (18 to 24 weeks), when the risks for miscarriage and preterm labor are least.
Do consult your doctor before planning a trip. Also keep their contact details handy to ensure you can consult via phone. Do not worry, just observe little extra precautions and enjoy your travel!
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Are you planning for pregnancy but worried about miscarriage? Resolve some of your worries with a quick read on myths related to miscarriage. Most women feel g...
Are you planning for pregnancy but worried about miscarriage?
Resolve some of your worries with a quick read on myths related to miscarriage. Most women feel guilty and blame themselves if they have a miscarriage, which is not right; it’s not your fault! Generally, the loss of a pregnancy is uncontrollable. One in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage; and most of the time a cause is not known. Being a sensitive matter, there are lots of misconceptions floating around the matter. Instead of going under depression, it is important to figure out the myths and understand actual facts.
Myth - If I had this once, I will have it next time also.
Fact - There are only very few chances of having repeated pregnancy loss, if you have had it before. However, after having two simultaneous miscarriages, the risk of successive chances of pregnancy loss may increase up to 20 percent. Remember there's still a 80 percent chance of a having a successful pregnancy.
Myth- I was too stressed out.
Fact- Every pregnant lady experiences some stress. It’s impossible to remain relaxed, whether it’s about money, work or even family tragedies. Moderate amount of stress can not cause miscarriage, but chronic stress might cause an issue.
Myth- We had sex.
Fact- You and your partner can breathe easy! There is no evidence about orgasms or uterine contractions causing miscarriage.
Myth- I had an abortion years ago.
Fact- Though, if you have had one or two procedures in the past, it shouldn't have an effect on your ability to carry a pregnancy in future. But, there is a high risk of miscarriage if there is a very short gap between an induced abortion and following pregnancy.
Myth- I continued with my regular workout.
Fact- Light or moderate exercise during pregnancy will not increase your risk of miscarriage, infact doctors recommend some exercise regime for healthy pregnancy. Prefer,consuming a lot of water and ensure you consult your doctor before going ahead with your work-out regime.
Doctors recommend you should be more careful during the first trimester, usually all risks and troubles reduce as your pregnancy stabilizes. If you have had a miscarriage, you need to boost your spirits and prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy in future.
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It is always beneficial to drink abundance of water throughout the day and it is particularly important for pregnant women to drink lots of water. During pregna...
It is always beneficial to drink abundance of water throughout the day and it is particularly important for pregnant women to drink lots of water. During pregnancy your vital organs require water to function properly and to cope with the demands of your changing body. Water is an essential component of breastmilk and good for lactation also.
How much water should you drink?
While pregnant, you will need to drink extra water than normal course; you should try to drink about 10-12 glasses of water in a day and you will require more during summers or if you are exercising. Do not let yourself feel thirsty, keep drinking water at regular intervals.
Do other drinks could be a part of fluid intake?
However, water is the best choice in terms of health benefits. Fruit juices are always a good source of vitamins and minerals but try to avoid juices with added sugars and additives. Try decaffeinated versions as these are better for your baby.
Why is it crucial to drink water during pregnancy?
What if You don’t like plain water during pregnancy ?
Although water contains no calories or additives and has a wide range of benefits. Still, if you don’t like the taste of water, which is common to happen during pregnancy when your taste for specific things changes, do not worry, drink plain water whenever possible, otherwise try adding a wedge of lime; you can also choose a sugar-free cordial and don’t make it too strong.
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If mother and baby have different Rh factor such as one has Rh -ve blood and other has Rh +ve blood, it could be the root cause of medical conditions for mother...
If mother and baby have different Rh factor such as one has Rh -ve blood and other has Rh +ve blood, it could be the root cause of medical conditions for mother or baby. Here are answers to your queries regarding Rh factor and Rh incompatibility. Learn more about the significance of Rh factor during pregnancy.
What is Rh-ve blood?
Every human blood is either Rh +ve or Rh –ve. Rh+ve means there is certain amount of protein present on the surface of red blood cells and Rh -ve means protein doesn’t exists.
Who is at a risk for Rh Incompatibility?
If mother is Rh -ve and father is Rh +ve or Rh-unknown or vice-versa, the baby is at risk for Rh incompatibility. Body takes time to develop antibodies; therefore firstborn baby is usually not affected. However, if mother has previously undergone a miscarriage or abortion or Rh +ve blood transfusion, then even the first baby is at risk of Rh incompatibility.
How Rh incompatibility can be diagnosed?
A prenatal blood test is done to know whether you’re Rh -ve or Rh +ve. If you are Rh -ve, then at about 10 weeks of your pregnancy you’ll have an Indirect Coombs Test (ICT) and a follow-up ICT at 28 weeks, which checks that your body is making Rh antibodies or not.
How Rh incompatibility is treated?
Treatment focuses on preventing the problems due to incompatibility.
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One of the first and most significant tests you should get done as soon as you learn about being pregnant is to examine your blood type and Rh factor. A differe...
One of the first and most significant tests you should get done as soon as you learn about being pregnant is to examine your blood type and Rh factor. A different Rh factor may affect your baby's health, so it's important to get it checked in your early pregnancy itself.
Rhesus factor and Rh incompatibility
Everyone's blood type is different. It is common knowledge that blood is classified into groups through ABO system in which a human blood is named as either A, B, AB or O, depending on the chemicals found in their red blood cells. But do you notice the plus and minus sign after these blood groups, say A+ve, A-ve? In simple words, this +ve & -ve signifies the Rhesus factor. Rh incompatibility is a difference in blood types between a mother and unborn baby such as mother is Rh-negative and baby is Rh-positive.
How does this happen?
This condition usually arises when mother and father have Rhesus incompatibility and the baby takes after father’s Rhesus factor.
Relevance of Rhesus factor and pregnancy
During pregnancy or delivery, when placenta separates from the wall of the uterus, a number of blood cells from the baby’s circulation can enter into the mother’s bloodstream. Normally this does not cause any problem but this is very significant for mother having Rh negative blood. If unborn has Rh positive blood inherited from father and if during pregnancy or delivery the mother and baby’s blood cells got mixed; the mother’s body will treat the baby’s blood cells as foreign substances and will generate Rh antibodies against them. Particularly during first pregnancy this doesn’t cause any problem as baby is born by the time enough antibodies are developed.
However, if you will have a second baby who is also Rh positive, then there is a possibility that Rh antibodies, left from the previous delivery, will move across the placenta and enter the unborn baby’s bloodstream. They will bind with the baby’s Rh positive red blood cells and will destroy them. As a result of this, the baby may be born dangerously ill and require an immediate blood transfusion or may die after birth or during delivery process.
In such cases doctors administer a vaccination of Rh antibodies, in the form of ‘anti-D’ immunoglobulin, to the mother after delivery, to prevent her from producing antibodies that might harm future babies.
It is common practice for doctors to recommend Rh Factor test done on your first appointment to ensure necessary course of treatment is then followed.
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