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.
No matter what the circumstances, choosing an abortion is a difficult decision. The procedures vary depending on how far along the pregnancy is. Early on, medicine-based, non-surgical options may be done at home with prescribed medication. Beyond week 10, surgical options like vacuum aspiration, suction curettage, dilation and evacuation are available.
A fetus's heartbeat begins soon after fertilization and is visible from the sixth week of pregnancy. Ultrasound devices can help doctors track fetal heart rate and detect any possible heart defects early on. A closer surveillance is needed for high-risk pregnancy conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and problems with fetal growth.
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 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.
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