By week 8 of pregnancy, the first semblance of the human body begins to develop and the embryo becomes a fetus. Organ systems such as the lungs, and features such as the eyes and ears are beginning to form now and the growing fetus looks more like a baby, even though it is only about half an inch long. The phase of morning sickness will come to an end in a few weeks, so that is something to look forward to. If you notice any abnormal bleeding or extreme fatigue, don't wait to report these to your doctor.
There are certain myths around watermelon that prevent women from enjoying the fruit. It is said that it causes diarrhea, flushes out vital nutrients from the body, and leads to excess weight gain. In fact, it is a nutritious fruit with plenty of health benefits. It keeps you hydrated, prevents pre-eclampsia, reduces swelling, and treats heat rashes. The fruit is harmless to pregnant women as long as it is had in moderation.
Unexpected spotting or bleeding between periods can be worrying besides being most annoying. It is important to pin down the problem quickly – especially if you’re pregnant or you’re at risk of problems like sexually transmitted infections, PCOS, or even cancer. You may also just experience spotting due to an intrauterine device, birth control pills, or an implantation of a pregnancy. But it is better to put your mind at rest and get treated if it is something more serious.
About 25 percent of all women experience some bleeding while pregnant, many quite early on for perfectly harmless reasons like implantation bleeding. But as your pregnancy progresses, vaginal bleeding becomes a sign of some underlying problems that need urgent medical care. Left untended, things like an ectopic pregnancy or placental abruptions can put your life and the baby’s at risk. The reasons for breakthrough bleeding may be numerous, but there is no such thing as being too careful.
Essential oils may seem like the most natural way to ease the exhaustion or nausea associated with pregnancy. But it's important to know that certain oils could increase your risk of miscarriage, and when taken in large doses, they could potentially be harmful to the fetus. The key to using essential oils safely is to first consult a trained practitioner. You should also keep your dosage levels low and steer clear of oils like clary sage, basil, and cinnamon, all which could cause potential harm to your pregnancy.
Eggplants are loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They benefit the heart, brain, skin, and bones. They can control and manage type 2 diabetes and improve digestion as well. One of the best things about these glossy purple veggies is that they have no fat, making them beneficial for weight loss as well. Eggplants are extremely versatile. You could roast, grill or bake them.
Peanuts can keep you full thanks to their unsaturated fats, proteins, and fiber. You’ll be less likely to binge eat, making it easier to lose weight. The unsaturated fats also improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure, so you’ll have a lower risk of heart disease. If you’re dealing with skin problems or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of peanuts will help. They also prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin from sun damage.
Prenatal vitamins are essential for the healthy growth of the fetus. Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E need to be supplemented during this stage, so are folic acid, iron, and calcium. While you can get these through synthetically-derived and store-bought supplements, there are natural source of prenatals, too. Good quality natural prenatals can be derived from substances like raspberry leaf, olive oil, milk thistle, ginger and more. Cod liver oil, probiotics and pregnancy teas are also popular sources of prenatals.
The placenta is an organ vital to a pregnancy, keeping the baby plied with nutrients and oxygen. And while not routine, placental disorders could occur in some pregnancies. Be prepared to watch for the signs and get timely treatment. It could be a case of a low lying placenta as in placenta previa, a placenta that’s separating away from the uterine wall like in an abruption, or one that’s embedded too deeply as in placenta accreta.
You need an additional 750 to 1000 ml of water daily (normal requirement equals 2.1 liters ) during pregnancy. Feeling thirsty, dizzy, or tired, getting headaches, having dry lips, mouth, or eyes indicate dehydration. So do dark colored urine, infrequent urination, and overheating of your body. Dehydration during pregnancy can cause low amniotic fluid, premature labor, insufficient breast milk, and false contractions as well as birth defects in your baby.
Side effects of abortion can be life-threatening but in extremely rare cases. The common side effects are bleeding, abdominal and pelvic pain, nausea, and vomiting. These subside within days, while the bleeding can carry on for 4 weeks. Beware signs like excessive bleeding, severe cramps, fever above 100.4 F, and smelly vaginal discharge, which indicate complications like infection, incomplete abortion, or damage to the uterus or cervix. If not treated on time, these can become fatal.
In a low-risk pregnancy, sex during pregnancy is safe. It doesn't induce labor or miscarriage or hurt the baby. Just find the time, position, and type of activity, barring anal sex, that suits you best. But if you have a prematurely dilated cervix, a low-lying placenta, heavy bleeding while pregnant, and a history of miscarriages or premature births, avoid sex as much as you can.
A majority of pregnant women report loss of memory both before and after delivery. However, research about forgetfulness during pregnancy is unclear and often conflicting. Prioritizing right, staying organized, and (importantly!) cutting yourself some slack while you face this major life event will all help. So will meditation, the right food, and getting enough sleep.
Smoking can affect your health in too many ways, especially so during pregnancy. From infertility and miscarriage to health problems in the baby. Such health issues from nicotine exposure can last a lifetime in the baby and even affect the second-generation offspring. Before it's too late, here are a few steps you can take to quit smoking and keep yourself and your baby healthy.
Smoking while pregnant can have a detrimental effect on the pregnancy and the newborn. To begin with, smoking (even passive smoking!) can come in the way of conception. In newborns, maternal smoking can result in birth defects, low birth weight, asthma, problems with the renal system. It may even result in the sudden death of the infants, also called cot death.
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