Do you think you are having crazy cravings? A lot of pregnant women crave sweet foods and in a recent US survey the most popular craving was for ice cream. 40 per cent said their preference was for something sweet, 33 per cent preferred something salty, 17 per cent said they craved something spicy and 10 per cent said they most wanted citrus fruits or sour foods.
Approximately 85 per cent of pregnant women crave at least one thing but what that can be varies considerably. Nobody is completely sure as to why cravings occur during pregnancy but some believe it is because Continue reading
Your heart has to work much harder to pump blood around your body when you have high blood pressure or hypertension and this can lead to your heart muscle weakening. Approximately 10-15% of pregnant women will be affected by hypertension. There are three types.
Gestational hypertension – this is Continue reading
Are you wondering which position your baby should be in close to your due date? The head-down position is the one that usually means an easier and shorter labour. Your baby’s head is down with the back of her head just towards the front of your tummy and this is known as the anterior position. By the end of your pregnancy your baby is most likely to have found this position. In this position your little one will be snugly fitting into the curve of your pelvis and once you are in labour your baby curls her back over and tucks her chin into her chest. If your baby gets into the anterior position then your labour Continue reading
Mostly all illegal drugs are a risk to pregnant women and some legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are also dangerous. Some medical drugs can pose a risk too.
For pregnant women alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs particularly early on in pregnancy as the risks Continue reading
Premature birth may worry you as it worries most expectant parents but becoming overdue can also bring its own concerns and difficulties. As you become larger, sleeping can become more challenging. It becomes increasingly more difficult to get into a comfortable position as does breathing as your lungs become more crowded due to your overgrown uterus. If your baby stays in too long then there are risks associated with this, most commonly that your baby could pass meconium. If you find yourself overdue and are seeking advice to naturally help induce labour then the following is a list of ideas to do exactly that.
For new parents, the early stages of pregnancy are all about keeping the mother healthy and preparing for labor. You might be so preoccupied with these concerns that you forget about the years of parenting that will follow the birth. While some tasks can be saved until later, there is one thing that must be taken care of as early as possible: finding a doctor for the baby. Parents should start thinking about this early in the pregnancy, and it is best to have a doctor chosen by the seventh or eight month.
Baby bumps come in all shapes and sizes. You are more likely to have a neat bump with your first child but with further pregnancies your muscles become more relaxed and your bump can spread out more. The shape of your bump can also depend on how many babies you are expecting, the amount of amniotic fluid you have in there and also what position your baby is lying in.