Constipation is one of the most common complaints amongst pregnant women. In pregnancy women, this is mainly caused by the enlarged womb pushing against the intestines. This slows down the movement of intestines, thereby causing constipation. Constipation can also be brought on by dehydration due to morning sickness, as well as hormonal changes that in effect slows down bowel movement. This is why a good daily routine is of utmost importance, especially for pregnant women.
Understanding tests and screenings during pregnancy
After successfully passing your first prenatal test- Peeing on a stick, it’s now time to focus on other tests as well. Medical tests enable you to understand your health and that of your baby. Most of these pregnancy-related tests comprise of non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) that are safe and accurate.
About Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is common on the digestive tracts of men and women. The bacteria is also present on the lower reproductive tracts of human beings. GBS is common in pregnant women- About 1 in 4 of expectant mothers carry GBS. Women who have GBS are known as “colonized” and can pass it to their babies during delivery.
Physical Changes During Pregnancy
Your body goes through enormous physical changes during pregnancy. Some of these physical changes may cause aches and pains as well as discomfort. Luckily there are a few tips and tricks that can hopefully make going through such physical changes easier. Read on to learn more.
Morning Sickness Causes And Cures
Morning sickness is marked by nausea and occasional vomiting. It may also cause discomfort during the later hours of the day. These symptoms usually present themselves in expectant moms during the first four months. It’s actually one of the signs of pregnancy.
Low Carbs Diet During Pregnancy
Low-carb and restrictive diets are not advisable during pregnancy. There is really no way of knowing for sure whether the diets are safe for both you and the baby. The same goes for weight-loss diets. It has been noted that low-carb diets could affect the weight of a baby and its development progress. You may also find that you are not receiving the right nutrients that ensure you stay healthy.
Say No To Smoking And Alcohol
When a woman smokes cigarettes during pregnancy, her fetus is exposed to many harmful chemicals. Nicotine is only one of 4,000 toxic chemicals that can pass from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow, so less oxygen and fewer nutrients reach the fetus. Nicotine also damages a fetus’s brain and lungs. This damage is permanent.
What Is Membrane Sweep?
A few days delay in delivery is no concern but if your delivery goes past two weeks your chances of a stillbirth increases. To avert the possibility doctors perform membrane sweep on an expectant mother to induce labor.
Preparing Maternity Bag
It’s almost time to bring your baby to the world and a perfect time to gather all the essentials for giving birth. Collect all your birth and labor necessities – And while you may not be planning a hospital birth, it’s still important to pack your bags during the 36th week of pregnancy.
Signs Of Labor
If you have been noticing that your due date comes and goes with no signs of labor starting, don’t be distressed. Due date are only an estimate of when your baby will be 40 weeks. It does not necessarily tell you when your baby will arrive. It’s perfectly normal to give birth before or after your due date.
Getting Ready With A Birth Plan
Even if you have 9 months to prepare for the coming of your baby, chances are you will still have some doubts, worries, and fears that will only melt away until you have actually given birth. Compared to decades ago, childbirth for first-time moms now takes 2.6 times longer according to a study by National Institutes of Health. However, length of labor should not fret you.
Counting Baby Kicks During Pregnancy
“How’s your baby kicking?” This is one question pregnant women get a lot. The question then becomes, do you know how your baby is kicking? Do you know how to keep track of it? Before you go ahead to tell them “fine,” you should be sure. Counting your baby kicks is not something you do just for the sake of it; there are specific reasons why you should do it.