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.

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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.

Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I

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Do's and Don'ts During Pregnancy – Part I
You can eat this but not that. You can do this but don’t do that. Pregnant women ate bombarded with do’s and don’ts. It’s really hard to keep it all straight.

Pregnancy do’s

  • Visit your gynaecologist routinely. Prenatal care will help keep you as well as your baby healthy. Your doctor may also be able to detect problems if anything occurs.
  • Taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy is very important. You should continue taking it. Women who are capable of conceiving need to get 400-800 micrograms of folic acid each and every day. Taking enough of folic acid actually lowers the risk of birth defects. Moreover, if you take a vitamin with folic acid, you can be sure that you’re getting enough. 
  • Eat a lot of healthy and nutritious foods. Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, calcium-rich foods and various cooked seafood in your diet. Also take iron everyday. Getting enough iron will prevent anaemia. Tell your doctor to prescribe you a prenatal vitamin or iron supplement, which you should take daily. Drink a lot of fluids, especially water. 
  • Keep moving. Don’t sit and idle and sleep most of the time because you’re pregnant. Unless your gynaecologist advices you otherwise, physical activity is undoubtedly good for you as well as your baby. 
  • Visit a professional acupuncturist during your first trimester and ask for an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can really help with nausea, morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, tiredness and lack of energy. Make sure to continue it throughout your pregnancy period. It has proved to be the best treatment of pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. 
  • Gaining weight during pregnancy is good but if it is more than the recommended amount, chances of pregnancy complications may increase.Ask your doctor how much weight you must gain during pregnancy. 
  • Sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours every night. Rest on your left side as that will help blood flow to you as well as your baby & prevent swelling. Use pillows between your legs & under your belly to get comfortable. 
  • Health problems should be treated and kept very much under control. If you have diabetes, control it. If you have high blood pressure, closely monitor it. 
  • Make sure to wear a seatbelt. The lap strap needs to go under your belly and across your hip. The shoulder strap must go between your breasts & to your belly’s side. Ensure it fits you snugly. 
  • Ask your doctor before you stop to take any medicine that you have or take any new medicine. No matter whether it’s over-the-counter, prescription or herbal medicine – all can harm your baby. So, your doctor’s advice in this case is a must.

Our next blog will have a list of pregnancy don’ts. So, stay tuned to our blog space to know about the don’ts during pregnancy!

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.


Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

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If you’re already pregnant, there are a few basic things which you need to keep in mind for taking care of yourself as well as your baby. Do not smoke. Don’t drink. Take enough rest. The list doesn’t stop here. There are many more. Look below:

ExerciseExercise

Exercise regularly. This will help you sleep better, control your weight, improve your blood circulation and boost your mood. What you can do is swim or practice yoga but make sure not to overdo it. You can also practice Kegels. Kegels basically strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bowels, bladder and uterus. Done rightly, this exercise will make your delivery easier & prevent problems afterwards with incontinence. The best thing about Kegels is that no one will be able to tell you that you’re actually doing them. You can practice it in your car, while you’re at your desk or even when you’re standing in line at a grocery store.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is very helpful during pregnancy. Weekly treatments to expectant mothers in Northern Beaches have proved to be most beneficial during the first trimester. It basically helps with nausea, morning sickness, tiredness, lack of energy and miscarriage. Acupuncture treatment every 6 weeks during pregnancy is also not a bad idea up till 34 weeks when pre birth acupuncture starts. This is usually a weekly treatment, which helps in softening the tendons in the pelvis, clearing fetal toxins, softening and ripening the cervix and reducing actual labour time by half.

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Change the nature of your chore

Lifting heavy items, exposure to toxic chemicals or coming in contact with bacteria can harm you as well as your baby. So, make sure you don’t do these following tasks:

  • scrub the bathroom
  • clean up pet litters
  • lifting heavy objects
  • climbing on ladders or stepstools
  • using harsh chemicals
  • standing for a long period of time, particularly near a hot stove

 

Consider your spa style

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Pregnancy is undoubtedly the time for pampering yourself but at the same time be careful – that’s very important. Avoid saunas, which may make you overheated. Check with your massage therapist to ensure they use safe essentials oils during your 1st and 2nd trimester. This is because there are some oils which can cause uterine contractions.

Eat folate-rich foods
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When you find you’re pregnant start eating a lot of folate-rich foods such as fortified cereals, lentils, asparagus, oranges, wheat germ and orange juice.

fruitsRecharge with fruits

Ceffeine may have harmful effects on you as well as your baby during pregnancy. But cutting back may be tough. So, what you can do is nibble on some fruits like apples and bananas. The natural sugars in these fruits can lift your energy levels.

Eat fish

fish

Researchers found out that youngsters whose mothers ate the most fish during pregnancy had higher I.Q.s and better communication skills than those whose mothers didn’t eat fish. Fish is basically high in omega 3s but some kinds of fish have mercury, which is toxic to both the adults and babies. Pregnant women are recommended to eat shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, catfish or pollack and avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel & tilefish, which have high mercuty content.

Treatment of IBS Using Acupuncture

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IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), also called spastic colon is a condition or rather a combination of various symptoms characterised by improper functioning of the digestive system. The symptoms generally include discomfort, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhoea or constipation. The syndrome primarily affects the colon or large intestine and may be triggered by reaction to some stressful life event or infection. Although no cure for IBS has been found so far, it is possible to control and reduce the associated symptoms using various therapies.
IBS


Acupuncture is one such therapy that can be effectively used for providing relief to a patient suffering from IBS. Many experts of women’s health in Northern Beaches are suggesting that performing acupuncture on specific points on the body can reduce the symptoms of spastic colon to a substantial extent. Let’s have a look at those points in detail:

CV6

This point lies just 2 fingers below the navel, and stimulating it can strengthen as well as activate the large intestine. This, in turn, would aid in relieving abdominal cramps, stomachache and constipation. It can also be treated to reduce signs such as bloating, chronic fatigue and cramps.

St25

The St25 is an empowering acupoint for treatment of IBS. It is situated about 2 thumbs away on either side of the belly button. Administering acupuncture on both these points can alleviate diarrhoea and constipation. They can also aid in regulating abdominal blood circulation.

SP4

SP4 or Spleen 4 is a functional acupoint that provides several health benefits. It is located near the midsection of the inner foot. Putting pressure on this point can help to provide relief from gastric pain, diarrhoea, bloody stool and poor appetite.

CV12

The CV12 is a potent reflexology point that serves to be very effective in the treatment of digestive disorders. It lies halfway between the navel and lower end of breastbone. Stimulating it can help to treat upset stomach, bloating, acid reflux, stomach fullness and appetite loss.

LI14

LI14 or large intestine 14 is a highly potent point that can be used for treating IBS efficiently. It is situated just 4 fingers below the shoulder blade, on radial side of upper arm, near the insertion of deltoid muscle. It can aid in providing relief from a wide range of IB symptoms as well as acid reflux.

Unlike conventional drugs used for the treatment of IBS, acupuncture have no side effects. Besides, they can also provide long-lasting relief.