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Your Placenta

During pregnancy, your body creates a temporary organ called the placenta. The placenta is necessary during pregnancy in order for your baby to grow and be healthy. After the birth of your baby, your doctor or midwife will also have you deliver the placenta, as it is no longer needed. The placenta is created during […]

What is Round Ligament Pain?

During the second trimester,  some women experience a new pregnancy symptom:  pain in their lower abdomens, most noticeable during exertion.  This is sometimes referred to as round ligament pain. What Are Round Ligaments? The round ligaments are the bands of tough fibrous tissue that support your muscles and organs.  They expand and grow to help […]

What is the RH Factor?

Among the early blood tests a pregnant woman must endure is the Rh, or Rhesus, factor test which is a test to see if the woman is Rh Negative or Rh Positive, which can be an indicator of hemolytic disease. When the mother has a negative Rhesus factor and the father has a positive Rhesus […]

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

During pregnancy there are so many changes in your body it can be hard to keep up with them. You feel bloated, your breasts are changing, and you may also have a constant vaginal discharge. Generally, while discharge is normally not dangerous, it can be inconvenient. So what causes the discharge? As your waistline expands, […]

The Unsweetened Truth: Pregnancy, Sugar and Oral Health

by Sheila Wolf, RDH A glazed doughnut or a wedge of apple pie might be what we choose for a mid-morning munch. Unfortunately, these snacks contain refined sugar that is not only bad for your teeth and gums, but also for your pregnancy. Sugar, sometimes disguised as sucrose, dextrose, or glucose, provides empty calories, adds […]

The Purpose of Amniotic Fluid and Amniotic Sac

What is amniotic fluid and what is it’s purpose? Also referred to as the “bag of waters”, the most pregnant women generally know about it is that about the time labor begins their amniotic sac will break, or be broken by their midwife or doctor, causing the start of the delivery process. They don’t however […]

The Importance Of Prenatal Vitamins

When I came home from my first prenatal check up, I was carrying a bag loaded with pills and my husband asked, with a bewildered look on his face “I thought pregnant women are not supposed to take any drugs?!” Well, yes and no. The thing is, what I was carrying at that time were […]

The Connection Between Mercury and Premature Births

Pregnant women often hear from their family and friends, “Don’t eat fish!” Many women don’t have all the facts relating to the possible dangers of eating fish during pregnancy or that it is safe to eat amounts of certain fish causing harm to their babies. The danger in eating fish comes from ingesting too much […]

Stretch Marks!

Every woman dreads stretch marks, and most women have them on some part of their body, whether they have ever been pregnant or not. A woman’s thighs, hips, buttocks, and breasts are all common places that they can be found. But what are they, what causes them, and is there anything to be done to […]

Pregnancy Weight Gain – The Mystery Solved

By Beverley Brooke It is important that you remember that weight gain is a normal and healthy part of pregnancy. You have to gain weight in order to provide a healthy and comfortable home for the child that you will be nurturing for the next nine months. Most women want to know what the ideal […]

Pregnancy Dehydration

Dehydration isn’t a big worry for most pregnant women, but for some women, it can become quite dangerous. Dehydration for anyone can cause weakness and sickness, but during pregnancy, it can also cause harm to your unborn baby or a spontaneous miscarriage. Most of the time, dehydration during pregnancy occurs in the first trimester while […]

Pregnancy After 35: All You Need to Know

Statistically an increasing number of women are getting pregnant after age 35. In fact, the number of older mothers or as some doctors like to call it, mothers of an advanced maternal age, is increasing not only in the USA but in other countries as well.

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