Monday, 26 September 2016

Entire 40 Weeks Of Pregnancy Tips

When you're pregnant, it's only natural that you want to find out if you're baby is healthy and progressing along fine by reaching its developmental milestones properly. The only person who can tell you about this is probably your trusted health practitioner. She/He is also one of the most reliable sources to clear your nagging doubts and fears that keep popping up during the many stages of your pregnancy. How long will morning sickness last? Are they ways to prevent stretch marks? Are there any specific foods you need to avoid? Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?  

When the egg is fertilized, your pregnancy period starts. For the next 266 days, you would enjoy the moment of motherhood. But do keep in mind that it is difficult to determine the actual fertilization of the egg. So when you want to estimate your pregnancy, the first day of your last menstrual period is taken into consideration and not the day of fertilization.
If you are not feeling the fetus kick yet, don't worry! You are ovulating, which is the best time for you to conceive. You just need your partner's strong sperm to fertilize your egg. So have patience.
Fertilization is a very crucial for your baby as this period determines your baby's overall growth. During this time, your baby's looks, sex, personality and intelligence take shape.
During week 4, your embryo splits into two crucial parts and helps in the healthy growth of your baby. Part one is the embryo which grows and develops itself and the second part is called the placenta which supplies oxygen and the required nutrients to your baby.
During the week 5, you will learn more about your baby's development. This is also the time to be more conscious about what you eat. You might also spot some slight changes in your complexion.
In week six, you will get to know how your baby is developing inside your womb. This is also the time to decide where you want to deliver your child.
Your baby's brain would develop rapidly during week seven. It's time to get all the details on the changes and prepare and schedule your first prenatal visit. Not to mention, you would bond better with your partner during your pregnancy.
Your baby's last embryonic stage takes place during week 8. During this period, you would also find yourself struggling to fit in your regular jeans. We suggest you shop for some bigger bra or maternity bra to be comfortable.
You will start feeling the movement of your baby during this month as your baby is growing bigger every day. But be careful as you might feel dizzy or urinate frequently due to your increased blood volume.
In week 10, your baby will grow from an embryo to a full-blown fetus. During this period, your baby will also start developing his or her fingers and toes. Bones will also get hardened and kidneys will start producing urine.
In this period, your uterus is now the size of a grapefruit and hence, you might feel a bit bloated. It's time to schedule to your next exam with your doctor.
By now your uterus has fit within your pelvis. But you would feel the pressure on your bladder when it starts to move north this week. This means that your belly has the room to expand, thus giving you that pregnancy look.
If you feel clumsier during this period, that's OK! It's completely normal to be so. The Relaxin hormone loosens up your ligaments and joints while you prepare for your childbirth. This means that your hand and feet will experience some discomfort.
Now that you have reached the second trimester, your risk of miscarriage drops considerably at the end of this week. You would feel good about yourself, your energy levels and your appetite will increase and life would be normal again.
Do you see dark skin especially around your nipples, areolas, navel, armpits and inner thighs? If yes, don't worry. This pregnancy symptom affects 90% of pregnant women. The dark skin disappears few months after pregnancy.
You might experience some baby kicking by the time you hit 16th week. Baby kicks known as quickening or flutters are often mistaken to be indigestion or stomach rumblings and moms-to-be find it hard detecting them in the initial phases.
This week will see your belly starting to pop up and the world would come to know that you are pregnant. So be happy and stay calm as you prepare for the moment of your life. Your uterus will expand and so will your body as you would put on few extra kilos.
Ah! The baby-kick! You would now start to really feel the baby kicking inside you. At times you might really feel the strong kick but more often the kicks go unnoticed. But not to worry, your baby is saving the kicks for the next day.
One look at the mirror and you will know you are not as beautiful as you once were. Your growing belly might make you prone to slips and spills. Your back will ache and your posture won't be aligned, but that's part of the journey called motherhood! So take precautions and eat healthy.
The 20th week calls for a celebration. You have successfully completed half of your journey of motherhood. But on the flipside you will experience sharp pain in your hips, ligament, abdomen and groin. This is normal, so no need to panic.
You won't feel great about your body. But the fact is you are not fat, you are just pregnant and it's completely normal to put on extra kilos. You can always shed those kilos post pregnancy. So be happy and show-off your baby-bump.
Your body pressure might drop which can lead to dizziness. This is a normal side effect of pregnancy. The pregnancy hormones will result in thicker hair and stronger nails but you might also notice some unwanted hair growth. Do no bleach, but instead go for plucking or waxing.
All the vitamins and minerals that go inside your body go straight to your baby. So, you need some extra dose of healthy food to support your body's need. Taking iron supplement and prenatal vitamin will help you stay strong and healthy.
As your baby bump expands, your libido shrinks. And it's completely fine to have no sex drive during this period. As you feel more tired and achy you would experience little or no interest in sex. But then, it's only temporary.
Your little baby bump will soon take the size of a soccer ball as your baby goes beyond one kilo mark. Hence, your belly has to make room for his growth. You would also experience numb and tingly fingers due to carpel tunnel syndrome which is a normal indication.
Pre-pregnancy weight varies from 6-8 kilos or even more in some cases. You might not like being overweight but it's a necessity. The extra kilos are the result of weight of your baby, increase in blood and fluid volume, uterus expansion and larger breasts.
Now that you are carrying one more precious life along with you, it's time to be more responsible. Set restrictions within home, at workplace and outside when it comes to comfort and safety.
You are stepping towards the final stage of the pregnancy and soon you will be a mother. But as you approach the big day, you'll feel physically exhausted and tired. Those extra kilos will cause pain and weakness and make every activity, be it sleeping, working or even relaxing, a bit hard.
Experiencing leaky breasts? This fluid is called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk. If there is a greater discharge we suggest you put nursing pad inside your bra. It contains antibodies that help in fighting common illness during your baby's first few days.
Itchy skin and stretch marks are symptoms most of the moms-to-be have to experience during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Though there are lotions and ointments, the best healer of these symptoms is the time. As time goes by, you would see significant difference in your skin post your pregnancy.
By this time you will experience more hip and lower-back pain. This happens because the pregnancy hormones will relax the ligaments around your pelvic to help the bones spread during your delivery.
You would experience symptoms such as urine leakage, breathlessness and heartburn during this period. This occurs as your baby is pressing your internal organs. Expect loss in appetite and nausea during this period.
Do not mistake contractions for early delivery symptom. Time is crucial here as your baby takes time to develop fully while you prepare your body for the delivery.
You might feel bigger and cannot see your shoes. But that's OK. The weight gain often slows down by this time. Just few more months and you will be back to your old self with an adorable baby on your lap.
If there is an extra-thick vaginal discharge in pink or red colour, it's because of the start of the mucus plug dropping which is a ball of tissue that blocks your cervical opening during pregnancy to keep your uterus safe from germs.
If you feel lighter these days, it's because your baby settles lower into your pelvic. This means that the baby is all set to make his big move. During this period, your milk gland will also expand and fill with colostrum due to the increase in hormone oxytocin.
The drive for sex might not be as high as it used to be but according to experts it's beneficial and not harmful at this stage.
Be ready! The water could break any day. If you notice wetness running down your leg instead of a sudden gush of water, you have enough time in your hand to call the doctor.
Giving birth on the actual due date doesn't happen all the time. Only 5% of women manage to deliver on the actual due date. So relax! You could deliver your baby either in the next 2 hours or after next two week.
Hold your breath! Your bundle of joy is about to come out but get ready for some really nerve-wracking moments. When you are active in labour, you could feel excruciating pain on your stomach, lower back and upper thighs. Although you might continue to feel contractions, but the moment you see your baby, it's all worth it.

Friday, 2 September 2016

A calculated approach to pregnancy

Once you enter the Date for When Did You Get Your Last Period and number of days for the Average Length Of Your Menstrual Cycle, the table shows the exact day when you are likely to be more fertile. A How to boost your chance of conceiving?The good news is that you know when you are most fertile. Now make the ovulation calculator result work in your favor and boost your chances of conceiving irrespective of the menstrual cycle you are in.

Ovulation Calculator:

Week # 1 - I got my periods!: So you got your periods. Just stay cool and positive. If you conceive during this month, this will be considered as Week # 1 of your pregnancy. Make sure you get into some healthy habits for a smooth journey.

Week # 2 -  My fertile week: Diet is the most crucial part of this week. Both of you need to consume food that would help in  Boosting his sperm count and enhancing your fertility.

Week # 3 -  My most fertile week: Great!  Now, all you have to do is to spend plenty of time together. In other words, indulge in a happy baby-making sex and make each session of togetherness count.

Calculate your Ovulation Period

Why Is Important To Know About Ovulation?

If you are planning on pregnancy, knowing your ovulation period will help boost your chances of conceiving. Having unprotected sex a couple of days before and after ovulation is the best time to get pregnant because the egg survives only for 12-24 hours after ovulation and it has to be fertilized by the sperm (which can live up to 3 days) within this period.

How Do You Know You Are Ovulating?

One of the ways of finding out when you are ovulating is by calculating the length of your menstrual cycle. If you are having a regular cycle of 28 days, the 14 th day of your cycle is usually the day of ovulation. However, if your cycle is erratic, it may be difficult to pinpoint your ovulation date. If you have a rough idea of how long your cycle lasts, Mothers Spaces ovulation calculator can help you find out the exact date for you.

 Body Changes That Signal Ovulation: Its amazing how several bodily changes are triggered during the onset of ovulation. If you pay attention and spot these changes, its easy to pinpoint your fertile days.

Changes in cervical mucus: As you approach closer to your ovulation period, the cervical mucus will changes in amount and texture. From being sticky and creamy it increases in volume and becomes transparent and slippery.

Rise in Basal Body Temperature: Tracking basal body temperature is one of the most popular methods to detect ovulation.

Basal body temperature is the temperature of your body at rest. Post ovulation your body temperature rises by about 0.4 to 1.0 degrees. This happens because releasing an egg stimulates the production of the hormone progesterone that raises body temperature.

Since the change is minimal, you won't feel it. To detect the rise you need to record your temperature using a basal body temperature (BBT) thermometer every morning as soon as you wake up. A spike in indicates that you are ovulated.

Breast tenderness: Some women experience breast tenderness a few days before and after ovulation. This is related to a hormone surge in your body, preparing it for a potential pregnancy.

Other Signs: Here are some other signs that you may be ovulating. But these are generally not as reliable as the others.

Increased libido: Increased energy levels spotting mid-way through your cycle is believed to be a result of the sudden drop of oestrogen prior to ovulation.

Ovulation Predictor Kits: These are available at the local drug store and you can buy them off the counter without a doctors prescription. They detect a hormone surge in your urine just before ovulation. They are easy to use and can predict ovulation 12 to 36 hours in advance and can help you maximize your chances of getting pregnant. However, they are not entirely foolproof, hence as a hormone surge can happen even when you are not ovulating. So it could give you a false positive result.To get accurate results, follow the directions on the kit

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Healthy Pregnancy Tips

I am sure you are super excited about your pregnancy. It’s time to become more cautious about what you eat and drink as it helps you stay healthy during your nine precious months of motherhood. So, here are few healthy pregnancy tips that you can follow.

·         Never skip breakfast - Start your day with breakfast cereals with fruit. It helps you stay healthy

·         Go for food with fibre – Go for brown rice, oatmeal, and fruits and veggies like carrot, beans and banana

·         Eat healthy snacks – Low fat yogurt with fruits or whole grain crackers is a perfect 4 pm snack you can enjoy guilt free.

·         Avoid meat – Uncooked or under-cooked meat can contain bacteria that can harm your baby. Please avoid them.

·         No caffeine or alcohol – It might help you stay in good mood but your baby might not be enjoying it. So avoid it.
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Looking for Initial signs of pregnancy?

So you are back from your honeymoon and got to know each other pretty intimately. That’s great! Now comes the big question in your head - Am I pregnant? The best way to find out is to do a home pregnancy test. But we suggest you look for the following “early signs of pregnancy” and see if you have experienced any of these off late.

Feeling tired?
Does taking stairs look like an uphill task to you? Do you feel sleepy and tired most of the time? You could be pregnant if you are facing these symptoms. This happens because the growing foetus needs oxygen.

Having sore breasts?     
One of the symptoms of pregnancy is having sore breasts which occur due to rising levels of hormones. It takes time for your body to get used to the hormonal changes due to pregnancy and this soreness will eventually subside post the first trimester.

Urinating repeatedly?
Does frequent urination spoiling your good night sleep? Then this could be a sign. Your body produces surplus fluids during pregnancy and results in frequent urination.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Am in pregnancy. Am I not. Am in pregnant. Am I not.

Am i Pregnant

 If this question is lingering in your head for a long time, it’s time to clear it out with home pregnancy tests. 
Here’s how it works – the human chorionic gonadotrpphins (hCG) hormone in your urine helps in detecting your pregnancy. 

This is how it’s done – 
Before you begin your test, please read the instruction carefully.
•    Urine home pregnancy test – hold the stick in the urine stream when you are peeing and make sure urine touches the stick directly.
•    Or you can collect your urine in a cup and place the home pregnancy stick in it. 
•    For accurate result, we recommend you to take the test early in the morning when you are peeing for the first time. 
•    Once hCG is detected, one end of the strip will change color indicating pregnancy

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