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.
In early pregnancy, constipation could be due to elevated levels of hCG hormones while in late pregnancy, it is progesterone. Other causes of pregnancy constipation include the growing baby pressing against the bowels, reduced physical activity, anxiety, iron supplementation and poor fluid intake. Adding more fiber to your diet and drinking plenty of water often help. You could also try bulk-forming agents, laxatives or probiotics to ease your bowels. Re-evaluating your prenatals is important, so is some daily exercise.
At pregnancy week 3 (i.e. about 1 week after conception), implantation occurs. Ayurveda strongly recommends to adopt a healthy diet including milk and its products, honey, ghee, rice and at the same time avoiding pungent, hot, heavy foods to ward off nausea. Keeping an erratic sleep schedule, and psychological dispositions like anger, grief, fear are also best avoided.
Fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS in babies and children is the direct fallout of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It manifests in the form of genetic anomalies, permanent brain damage, prenatal or postnatal growth restriction, abnormal facial features or bone growth. While FAS is incurable, early diagnosis, intervention treatment services may help.
At pregnancy week 2, your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization. A few simple measures like staying at a healthy weight, cutting out alcohol completely, ensuring adequate intake of folic acid, avoiding excessive exercising can help improve your chance of conception. So can adopting relaxation techniques like meditation to cope with stress.
It’s hard to imagine going about your daily activities without using your fingers, especially with everything going increasingly digital with each passing day. Just like the rest of your body, your fingers too are prone to getting stressed and overworked causing them to swell. While that’s one of the causes for swollen fingers,[.....]
Preterm birth can be caused by conditions like preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Early uterine contractions or having twins (or more) may also induce early delivery. If you have a family history of preemies or have had one before, your risk increases. It’s also likely if you’re a teenager, over 40, have chronic stress, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes. Wait at least 18 months to prevent premature birth.
Abortion pills are an option for women who are under 9 weeks pregnant. While less invasive than surgical abortions, abortion pills cause bleeding and pain. Some women also experience headaches, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. In serious cases, incomplete abortion, continuing pregnancy, and infections are also possible.
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