Well before you may even be aware that you're pregnant, a tiny heart has started pumping inside you. A fetus's heartbeat begins soon after fertilization and is visible from the sixth week of pregnancy. Variations in fetal heartbeat rate and rhythm are normal. Ultrasound devices can help doctors track a baby’s growth and detect any possible heart defects early on. They are used during prenatal checks and in the course of labor and delivery. Fetal heart monitoring plays a vital role in managing high-risk pregnancies.
Pregnant women shouldn’t eat unpasteurized soft cheeses. These are more likely to have Listeria, a genus of bacteria that causes listeriosis infection. It can lead to miscarriages, preterm labor, and newborn death. If you’re pregnant, avoid soft cheeses made with raw milk. These include brie, camembert, chèvre, Danish Blue, gorgonzola, and Roquefort. Mexican-style cheese, like raw Queso Fresco, also shouldn’t be eaten. However, if any of these cheeses are made with pasteurized milk, they are safe to consume.
A healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy that includes varied food groups is vital to boost your growing baby's grey matter. However, certain foods that really stand out as nutritional superstars include - eggs, dried fruits, flaxseeds, walnuts, beans, legumes, whole grains, lean red meat, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and oily fish like tuna and salmon.
What you eat impacts your baby directly during pregnancy. A doctor, therefore, suggests eating a simple, organic, and homemade food and staying away from processed and junk foods. The main reason behind avoiding junk foods is the presence of additives and preservatives. One of the commonly used additive is Monosodium[.....]
The must haves include - your hospital paperwork, insurance card, birth plan (if you have one!). While hospitals usually have basic necessities, prefer to pack comfy maternity bras and undies, extra-absorbent pads, travel-sized versions of your own toiletries. Slippers and a pair of warm, non-skid socks may come in handy if you want to walk the halls during labor.
Ovulation can be confusing and complicated. There are so many things to keep track of! But it’s important to know the details, whether or not you want to get pregnant. You might also be wondering if the rumors you’ve heard are true. Here is the truth of five popular ovulation[.....]
The first week of pregnancy is technically counted from the first day of your last normal menstrual period, that is, two weeks before conception. To better your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby, ensure that you are at a normal weight (BMI between 18.5 and 24.9) and getting sufficient folic acid at this time. Also, avoid smoking, alcohol.
Usually noticeable in your second or third trimester, fetal hiccups are a normal reflex preparing the fetus's lungs for a healthy respiratory function after birth. In addition, it could also be a sign of the development of suckling and gasping patterns. However, seek medical care if bouts of hiccups occur daily after 28 weeks of pregnancy, greater than 4 times per day.
Seven weeks in, by now signs like a missed period, a positive home pregnancy test would have confirmed your pregnancy. Early symptoms that you might be coming to terms with include - nausea on waking, bloating, back pain, extra sensitive breasts. This is also the week when a fetal heartbeat is first detected, thus assuring a healthy, viable ongoing pregnancy.
At 5 weeks pregnant, your baby is only 3 mm long, which is about the size of a sesame seed. Symptoms like darkening of the nipples and areola, tenderness in your breasts, feeling fatigued, headaches, and back pain are quite prominent at this stage. This is also the week that you may notice a constant urge to pee and mild bleeding or spotting.
At 6 weeks pregnant, you are halfway through your first trimester. Your baby's body gradually starts growing, developing internal and sensory organs. And, your body gives indications of a healthy pregnancy with symptoms like weight gain, frequent mood swings, food cravings or aversions, breast tenderness, frequent urination, and constipation.
A normal hemoglobin level for women ranges between 12 to 16 g/dL, whereas it is 14 to 17.4 g/dL for men and 9.5 to 24.5 g/dL for children, depending on their age. However, a physiological increase or decrease in normal hemoglobin limits could be attributed to factors like pregnancy, full-term infancy, smoking, altitude, and even ethnicity.
At 4 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is just about 1.98 millimeters. At this stage, a home pregnancy test may or may not show positive depending on the level of hCG hormone in your blood. Many symptoms at this stage are similar to those of an oncoming period, like breast tenderness and cramps, and might include lower-back aches and headaches.
Not all mothers need an episiotomy, a surgical incision that widens the vaginal opening. It is only necessary if the baby is large, in an abnormal position, or is not handling the last minutes of labor well. While the recovery may take upto a month, having warm sitz baths and keeping the area clean, dry can help ensure safe episiotomy aftercare and healing.
Have sex for 5 days leading up to ovulation day, which you can track with an ovulation calendar and signs like raw egg white-like mucus. Pose does not matter, but try the much vouched-for doggy pose. Smoking and boozing both harm conception and sperm quality as do antidepressants and many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Eat veggies for slow carbs and proteins, plant irons, and oily fish. Stay active.
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