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.

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.

Hypothyroidism, Its Effect On Fertility & TCM Treatment

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Hypothyroidism
In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), thyroid is believed to perform functions similar to that of the kidney instead of being recognised as a specific organ. Hypothyroidism is a condition that commonly affects women aged between 40 and 50 years. Nowadays, however, it is increasingly being found in young women as well. And the condition is having a significant impact on their ability to become pregnant.

Practitioners of TCM claim that the primary cause of hypothyroidism is stress. This is because emotional stress creates a blockage in the path of Qi and prevents it from moving freely. Due to the disturbance, all organs fail to perform their functions as effectively as they should be. Besides that, the Stomach, Spleen, Heart and Lung Qi do not descend properly, rather stagnate at or near the throat and ultimately affect the thyroid.

Hypothyroidism is generally characterised by a wide variety of symptoms and discomforts. Some of them are quite conspicuous, while others can easily be mistaken as mild problems:

  • Tiredness
  • Cold intolerance
  • Weight gain
  • Forgetfulness
  • Brittle and dry hair
  • Puffy eyes
  • Goitre
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced mental capabilities
  • Dry and coarse skin
  • Anaemia
  • Oedema
  • Constipation
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Poor libido

Now coming to the effects of hypothyroidism on the ability of a woman to conceive, the condition prevents the Kidney Yang from providing the warmth that a body needs for growing a fetus. Kidney Yang is the metabolic warmth or energetic fire human beings need for each and every activity inside the body. Deficiency of this energetic fire triggered by hypothyroidism slow down the development of foetus in women, often leading to miscarriage during the 1st trimester. The same problem can also be responsible for recurring miscarriages. It is being cited as a major problem of womens health in Northern Beaches.

Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine can effectively treat hypothyroidism. It has been found that acupuncture,herbs and moxibustion have helped in treating hypothyroidism. These three modalities of TCM can in fact help in warming the kidneys, thereby increasing the internal warmth and fire. This in turn calms the inflammation of thyroid and eliminates all symptoms, reducing stress and enhancing the chances of getting pregnant.

In addition to getting TCM therapy for hypothyroidism, one should also avoid cold drinks and only eat foods that can be digested easily such as broths and soups. This is because with this one would have to use only little bit of energetic fire to digest the consumed food.


How Effective Is TCM As IVF Support Treatment?

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ivfAccording to a study that was published in the year 2002, adding the primary modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to existing protocols of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment can significantly increase chances of conception success. This study was conducted by German researchers over 160 women. Its main objective was to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in IVF support treatment.

Extensive pieces of research conducted over the years have revealed that drugs which are used to induce egg production can up pregnancy rates by the same percentage as acupuncture. Even in women who are not undergoing IVF, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can up pregnancy success by 50 percent. This is almost equal to effects of the drug Clomid, which has some associated side effects.

In addition to hiking up the odds involved in IVF, TCM can also work for stimulating the production of eggs in those women who do not want to or cannot resort to fertility medications for getting pregnant. It improves the development of follicles for improving egg quality as well as thickening the uterine lining to ensure a smooth implantation of the embryo when an egg has fertilised.

At present, about 17 percent of couples in nearly every nation of the world resort to various treatments for infertility, such as IVF. Depending on the age of a woman, the live birth rate of IVF generally varies from 22 to 25 percent every treatment cycle. It might take about 5 attempts, with each cycle costing as much as $4000. On the bright side, clinical studies have revealed that administering acupuncture in combination with herbal therapy can boost the success rate by 50 percent. In some cases, it even spiked up the rate to beyond 90 percent.

In careful and systematic reviews, it has been shown that TCM reduces miscarriage rate in addition to increasing pregnancy success better than drugs like clomiphene. Besides that, some experts also claim that it can improve the score of cervical mucus and enhance ovulation. In the light of all these evidence and feasible claims, many women undergoing IVF in Northern Beaches have decided to put their faith in the centuries-old therapeutical modalities of TCM. For most of them, the results have been very fruitful as well as satisfying. Not only have they reported about feeling completely relaxed during their treatment process, but also did not suffer from any side effect, a concern which is often associated with artificial drugs.