Pregnancy Symptoms Which Every Woman Should Know

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Nothing can be more exciting for a newlywed couple than to know that they are going to parents soon. However, not every woman knows how to identify the symptoms of pregnancy. Most of the telltale signs which act as indicators of a successful conception occur during the first trimester. So, in case you are wondering whether you should take the missed period as a sign that you are expecting or not, here is a guide that might help you out:

First Couple Of Weeks

During the early weeks of the first month of a pregnancy, there are not many conspicuous signs except for a prominent one – missing period. A delayed menstrual cycle can very well be taken as the beginning of the first trimester. However, it would be prudent to discuss the matter with a gynaecologist.

Last Week Of 1st Month

In the fourth week, more prominent symptoms would start to appear gradually. They may or may not include –

  • Frequent urination
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Feeling bloated

Most or all of these things will be part of a symptom known as morning sickness, which is characterised by feelings of nausea on smelling the scent of certain food items or things.
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Initial Weeks Of 2nd Month

Around this time, the symptoms of the 4th week will continue as well as worsen, thereby becoming more noticeable. It would get really uncomfortable due to breast tenderness, regurgitation and frequent urination. Heartbeats will be harder and faster than usual.

The 6th Week

In the sixth week of a pregnancy, the existing symptoms will intensify even more. Morning sickness might cause one to experience a queasy stomach, vomit or feel nauseous at any time of the day. Mood swings would hit hard, almost like a rocky rollercoaster. The ache on the breasts will spike due to tenderness.

The 9th Week

This is the time when the belly will start to bloat, and the expectant mother can experience severe fatigue, as the body would work harder to fulfill the needs of the growing foetus. The body would begin to crave more rest and food than usual, so that the baby can receive the right amount of nourishment.

Thus, if you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, then it would be prudent for you to get in touch with an experienced professional offering pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. Not only would the expert address the symptoms with appropriate therapy, but also prescribe a diet programme that is health both for you & your baby.

The Perks of Walking During Pregnancy

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Walking is one of the best exercises that a person can do on a regular basis. For pregnant women, walking can provide several health benefits such as relief from depression and anxiety, boost in mood, etc. However, it is recommended not to overdo it, because exercising or walking too much during pregnancy is always injuries to health. According to some reputed women’s health experts in Northern Beaches, walking for at least for 30 minutes when pregnant is more than enough. Stated below are some health benefits that an expectant mother can reap by walking regularly, have a look –  

1. Relieves stress – Stress is common in pregnant women and it triggers frequent mood swings, ranging from anxiety and depression to happiness. This generally occurs due to hormonal changes. Walking helps to release endorphins, which are “feel good” hormones in the human body. These endorphins can boost up the mood of an expectant mother, especially if you she is having a bad day.

2. Decreases the risk of gestational diabetes – During pregnancy, women have to suffer from high blood pressure, which increases the risks of contracting type 2 diabetes after delivery. It also increases the possibilities of pre term labour. Walking can help to keep the weight of the body under control. It also reduces the probability of developing gestational diabetes.

3. Healthy baby – Who doesn’t want a healthy and happy baby? In order to make sure that baby is born fit and fine, having a walk for at least half an hour everyday is important for an expectant mother. It can also help to control the baby’s weight.

4. Relieves discomforts & aches – Women generally suffer from certain aches and discomforts such as lower back pain, muscle pains, headache, leg cramps, round ligament pain, etc. throughout their pregnancy stage. But a 30 minute walk on a regular basis can help to get rid of these problems.

5. High chances of normal delivery – Walking during pregnancy improves the body flexibility and tones up the hip muscles, which helps a pregnant woman to experience a easier, faster and pain free labor. It is advisable to have early morning walks in order to have a natural child birth.

Apart from the aforementioned perks, walking reduces the possibilities of developing fatigue, constipation, cramps, varicose veins, morning sickness, and sleeplessness as well. So in order to keep yourself as well as your baby healthy, always prefer to have a walk at least for 30 minutes in a day.

Do’s And Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part II

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PREGNANCY Part 2

If you have read the blog entitled Do’s And Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I, you will find the do’s of pregnancy. In this blog, don’ts of pregnancy have been highlighted. Have a look:

Pregnancy Don’ts

Don’t drink too much of coffee

There is no need for you to decaffeinate completely when you are pregnant. When consumed in moderation, caffeine does not cause miscarriage or preterm birth. However, this does not mean that whenever you yawn you take a cup of java. Limit your caffeine consumption to less than 200 mg every day. Remember one thing – you can get caffeine from other sources as well – a soda can, a cup of brewed tea and even chocolates.

If you smoke, stop

Although quitting is a hard job to do, but you should do it. This is because when you smoke, your baby smokes too. The nicotine as well as cancer causing drugs passes on to your baby and that leads to a lot of complications like premature delivery, low birthweight, miscarriage, birth defects or even still birth. Smoking keeps the baby from getting the much needed nourishment. If quitting happens to be a tough job for you then acupuncture treatment can really be helpful to you.

Say no to alcohol

Abstain from it. This is because it can cross the placenta & cause birth defects. If you have had it till 6 weeks after your LMP, then there is no risk. But make sure to completely take a break from it once you come to know that you are pregnant.

Seafood to avoid

Fish is a great source of lean protein and the ones like salmon have omega-3 essential fatty acids that are essential for brain development of the baby during pregnancy. But not all seafood are safe to have. Swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel are high in mercury and should thus not be taken during pregnancy.

Certain substances you should not use and be exposed to

Avoid exposure to chemicals and toxic substances, which means stay away from items like cleaning solvents, mercury, lead, paint, paint fumes and some insecticides. Don’t change or clean the litter box of a cat as that may put you at risk for toxoplasmosis – an infection which may be harmful to foetus. Also make sure not to use scented feminine hygiene products. Avoid using avoid sanitary napkins, scented sprays & bubble bath. These products can usually irritate the vaginal area and increase the risk of yeast infection or UTI. Don’t use drugs as well. Inform your doctor if you’re using them. Cocaine, marijuana, heroin, barbiturates, speed and LSD are after all very dangerous for both the pregnant woman as well as the baby.

Don’t douche

Douching may cause irritation in the vaginal area, force air into birth canal & increase the chances of infection.

Don’t take hot showers

High temperatures may be harmful to foetus. It can even cause you to faint. So, avoid taking saunas or very hot baths.
Make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. They can really be beneficial to you.

If you are aware of any more do’s and don’ts of pregnancy, then please feel free to add your points in the comments section below.

Tips to Lead a Happy & Healthy Life

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downloadWhen planning to make some healthy changes in your life, you would definitely not want to have yet another calorie-counting food journal or a book that suggests a the list of effective exercises for toning up the troublesome parts of the body. Right? Rather you would want to look for simple tips to lead a healthier life. Here are some tips for a happier, healthier life. Have a look at them:

Eat colours of rainbow: Eat fruits and vegetables that are found in a variety of bright, deep colours. Make sure you take up these food in your diet along with others. Too much of colour is a sign of loads of phytonutrients, biologically active substances, which protect the plants from bacteria and viruses and give same benefits to human beings.

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Problems That Make It Harder For Women To Become Pregnant

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After trying for about 12 months, you may see that 8 out of 10 women being able to conceive whereas 1 out of 8 women having difficulties in becoming pregnancy. Basically, fertility drops as you age. You’ll hardly find women becoming pregnant in her first 12 months when they’re more than 35 years of age.

Problems That Make It Harder For Women To Become PregnantThe situations or symptoms that usually indicate that you may have problem being pregnant are as follows:

  • If you have periods irregularly – This basically happens when there is the existence of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or problems with ovulation.
  • If you have had a pelvic inflammatory infection (PID) in the past.
  • If you have unusual pain when you’ve your periods or during intercourse. All these may be because of endometriosis.

PCOS

This is a complicated condition where the ovaries of a woman are usually bigger. Polycystic means ovaries have several follicles or cysts, which hardy grow to maturity or produce eggs that are able to fertilise. 1/3rd of women nowadays have polycystic ovaries but all of them don’t have PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is common particularly in infertile women.

Women who suffer from PCOS usually experience:

  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • amenorrhoea
  • acne and too much of hair growth
  • reduced fertility
  • scalp hair loss
  • obesity
  • mood changes

PCOS may be diagnosed by examination, blood tests, history and ultrasound. Its treatment generally includes healthy lifestyle & targeted therapy like acupuncture, medications and hormones.

Ovulation problems

This occurs when eggs do not mature in the ovaries or when ovaries fail in releasing a mature egg. It’s common in women having fertility problems. The possible signs and symptoms include infrequent periods, heavy or light menstrual bleeding and lack of breast tenderness or bloating. Ovulation problems can be treated by managing body weight if it is too high or low, opting for solutions of fertility in Northern Beaches such as having IVF or taking fertility drugs.

PID

It takes place when an infection spreads from vagina to cervix, the endometrium and then to fallopian tubes. It can lead to infertility if it remains untreated. The disease is generally sexually transmitted and occurs when the appendix ruptures or after a bowel infection. About ten thousand women in Australia are actually treated for pelvic inflammatory infection in hospital every year and several more are treated as outpatients. PID has highly been observed in women who are aged between 20-29 years. Use of condoms with new partner & regular testing for sexually transmissible infections may help in preventing PID.

Signs of PID are as follows:

  • menstrual disturbances
  • lower abdominal tenderness or pain
  • a change in colour, smell or amount of vaginal discharge
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  • an unusual pain at the time of sexual intercourse

Endometriosis

It causes painful adhesions on uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and bowel. The actual cause of endometriosis is however unknown. However, as per the research work that has been conducted over the years, retrogade menstruation & family susceptibility may be involved. Surgery or medicationscan help the symptoms of endometriosis.

Tubal factors also make it harder for women to become pregnant.

Please share your thoughts on the comments section below if you know any other reason that make it harder for women to become pregnant.