Experiencing natural birth in water

You might be aware that your little one is floating for nine months in your womb. How about welcoming your little one in the same soothing environment? Yes, it’s possible!

Water-birthing is a safe and natural option in which you can birth your baby in a warm birthing tub. It’s a wonderful experience as it is less stressful for you and is very gentle for your baby. Your baby makes its way from a water-filled womb into a similar environment.

If you’re interested in a water-birth, it’s best to talk to your midwife or inform your obstetrician to meet the midwifery team to discuss this option. Selecting water-birth is an informed choice that the mother makes. But, the expectant mother has to be in optimal health before choosing water-birth.

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How Eating Habits During Pregnancy Can Affect 3 Generations

After conceiving, having a balanced diet and following a healthy lifestyle is vital for you and your little one. While you’re pregnant, your body is just not your own – it has your baby attached and dependent on it as well.

Healthy eating during pregnancy is important for your baby’s development and growth. You must have heard that maintaining a healthy and balanced diet throughout pregnancy is beneficial. But have you thought why and how is it important?

What do the recent studies suggest?

New research suggests that your eating habits during pregnancy affect not only your baby but also your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Medical professionals believe that maternal diet plays an important role in your baby’s development.

One of the unique aspects of the research was to find how a mother’s eating habits can have an impact on her baby even before conceiving.

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Important Nutrients During Pregnancy

Now that you’re pregnant, you need a lot of essential nutrients for you and your growing baby. It can be confusing for you to keep a track of which ones are the most important and how to incorporate them in your daily diet.

There’s no magic formula for a nutritious pregnancy diet. In fact, during pregnancy, the basic principles of eating healthy remain the same – a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, good amount of proteins and healthy fats and make sure you even drink plenty of water.

However, there are a few nutrients that deserve special attention in your pregnancy diet. Here are a few that top the list:

Folic acid (Vitamin B9)

Folic acid is a pregnancy superhero! Right from the start, during the early development of your little one, and throughout your pregnancy folic acid is beneficial.

Folic acid is crucial in helping to prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. You may be recommended to take approximately 500 micrograms of folic acid per day.

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Steps to prevent infections during pregnancy

Infections during pregnancy can be harmful to both you and your baby. Timely preventive measures help improve chances of having a healthy baby.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent certain infections:

  1. Maintain good hygiene –

Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly to protect yourself and your baby. Regularly washing your hands, especially before and after any activity, is one of the best ways to eliminate germs, avoid getting sick and prevent infections. In case soap or running water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.

  1. Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and products made from it –

Avoid consuming soft cheeses unless they have labels that say they are pasteurized. Unpasteurized products contain harmful bacteria that can cause infections during pregnancy. Make sure you read the food labels before you buy any product.

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Common Infections During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the most wonderful phase in a woman’s life and every woman wants to be in the best health during this time. However, pregnancy can come with its share of uneasiness and being ill can take away from the experience. This makes it essential to take preventive measures, especially because it could be harmful to your baby.

What Can Make You Prone to Certain Infections?

Our body has a natural defence mechanism to protect us from bacteria and viruses. Antibodies help fight infections, but sometimes our body fails to make enough antibodies.

Infections occur during pregnancy mainly because the immunity is lowered. The immune system adapts to protect you as well as your baby. Some part of the defence mechanism is enhanced while some gets suppressed.

Infections contracted during pregnancy can be complicated as they affect not only you but, in some cases, also your baby. Therefore, learning about these infections and getting timely treatment is crucial. Here is a list of some common infections:

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How to lower the chances of a miscarriage?

Like every other mother, you also will not want to lose your baby. You will probably take all the necessary precautions to give birth to a healthy baby. While there’s no sure-fire way to prevent a miscarriage, there are many ways you can ensure to have a healthy pregnancy and reduce your risk of miscarriage.

You can give your baby a good start in his/her life by just taking a few precautionary steps. Here are a few things you can follow:

Stay informed –

 Learn the common causes of a miscarriage and the misconceptions surrounding them. Doing so will help you to avoid pregnancy pitfalls that might lead to unfortunate results.

Age factor –

The more advanced your age, the higher the complications you might face in your pregnancy. If you are 35 and above, you should ask your obstetrician about the extra precautions to be taken.

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Recurrent miscarriage: What you need to know

Losing a pregnancy can be a difficult and painful experience. Having one pregnancy loss can shatter you, but having one loss after another can be very traumatic for a woman.

Recurrent miscarriage is defined as two or more pregnancy losses and around 1% of women experience it. There are many possible causes of a recurrent miscarriage, but a good supportive antenatal care in these circumstances can make a big difference.

Why does it happen?

Recurrent miscarriage could be due to any of the following reasons:

1. Anatomical changes:

Uterine problems

If your uterus is abnormally shaped it may increase your risk of a miscarriage and in some cases could be a cause of recurrent miscarriage. Only a few types of uterine malformations can increase the risk of miscarriage and require treatment.

Cervical insufficiency

Cervical insufficiency is also known as cervical incompetence, this means your cervix is weak, begins dilating and opening too soon. Your obstetrician may offer you a scan or advise for a cervical stitch early in your pregnancy to avoid further complications.

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What happens when you develop gestational diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar levels that may develop while you are pregnant and usually disappears after your childbirth. Approximately, 3 to 5 out of 100 pregnant women develop gestational diabetes (3-5%).

How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

Your obstetrician will use blood tests to diagnose gestational diabetes. You may be advised glucose screening test, oral glucose tolerance test or both.

Glucose screening test:

You may not need to fast for this test. Your obstetrician will draw your blood one hour after you drink a liquid containing glucose. If your blood glucose levels are too high – 140 mg/dL or more you will be advised to go for a glucose tolerance test.

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Birthing Options and Management of a Twin Pregnancy

Knowing about your twin pregnancy could come as a surprise and may make you feel both excited and nervous at the same time. With these mixed feelings of joy, excitement and shock you might be worried about a lot of things. Does twin pregnancy need some special care or treatment? Will my babies be born healthy? Is a Caesarean required or normal childbirth is possible? Your list of questions will go on.

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Bleeding During Pregnancy

“Is my baby alright?” is the first thought you’ll get if you experience spotting or bleeding during pregnancy. Bleeding and spotting are often confused as the same, but this is not the case. Spotting is really light bleeding and is usually just a few drops of blood on your panty. Bleeding, on the other hand, is a heavier flow of blood that requires you to wear a pad or panty liner.

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