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Useful info for expecting moms...

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Labor' started by sonu_627, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. sonu_627

    sonu_627 Silver IL'ite

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    Tips for pregnant mothers

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    • As your tummy grows, the centre of gravity shifts within you. Losing balance is very common. Don't try climbing chairs and ladders. If it is absolutely necessary, get someone to do it for you.
    • Avoid high-heeled flimsy footwear. Opt for comfortable low-heeled sandals.
    • Make sure your home is well lit. Bad lighting can cause you to stumble and fall.
    • Good nutrition is imperative for a healthy baby. Ensure you take your daily quota of proteins, vitamins, minerals, calcium and folic acid.
    • Stress can ruin your pregnancy and affect your baby adversely. Remain positive and upbeat.
    • If something is worrying you, talk about it and settle the issue. Don't brood on it.
    • Lack of sleep could make you testy. Nine hours sleep a day should keep you healthy.
    • Exercise is important to keep healthy. However, it is not advisable to workout in the gym or play strenuous games. Walking is the best form of exercise during this time of your life.
    • Increase your intake of fluids significantly. Consume at least two quarts of fluids a day. Milk, fruits, juices, soups, etc., are all good sources of vital fluids.
    • Take care of your back. Don't strain it or hurt it in anyway. Back problems tend to linger for a long time.
     
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  2. sonu_627

    sonu_627 Silver IL'ite

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    Pregnancy Tests

    Pregnancy Tests

    Most often, a missed period will give the first indication of pregnancy. Other indicators can be tender and swollen breasts, frequent urination, tiredness, nausea or dislike to certain foods. The pregnancy is normally confirmed with a urine test, which is dependable, 6 weeks after the start of your last period. The urine sample contains the hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG). But a blood test will confirm pregnancy much earlier. After the confirmation, choose a doctor, who are comfortable with. This is very important since you should feel comfortable to discuss your concerns. Your doctor will calculate your expected date of delivery (EDD), as 280 days from the date of the last menstrual period. This works out to 9 months and 7days. But a full-grown baby can be delivered two weeks before or after the EDD, which is perfectly normal. From now on, you should visit your doctor, every month. These visits are important and essential for him to monitor your health and that of the foetus. After the 28th week of pregnancy, you will have to go for a check-up every fortnight. During the first check-up, your doctor will ask for details about your partner's and your medical history. Discuss in length with him your work needs and your lifestyle, so that he is aware of any potential harm to the foetus. Get your doubts clarified at every stage.

    Some Normal Tests

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    • Urine test: For any kidney infection and check the urine protein level. An increase in this level can be harmful to the baby, as it interferes with the proper functioning of the placenta.
    • Blood test: Blood grouping, RH factor. Also indicates if you are anaemic, immune to rubella or carry any harmful disease such as AIDS or Syphillis.
    • Blood pressure is measured. High blood pressure can lead to serious problems and needs to be monitored regularly.
    • A vaginal examination is also done, where the doctor will feel the uterus and check for pelvic abnormalities.
    Special Tests

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    • AFP or Test for serum Alpha FetoProtein: AFP is a substance that is produced by the baby in the womb and it passes into the mother blood stream. A higher than normal AFP can indicate twins or that the pregnancy is more advanced than you thought or if the baby has an abnormality such as Spina bifida or neural tube defects. This test can be carried out only during the sixteenth or seventeenth week of pregnancy. If there is a family history of spina bifida, then it is conducted as a routine test.
    • Amniocentesis : The amniotic fluid in the womb, is drawn out inserting a needle into the uterus. This fluid is then used to conduct a kind of analysis whereby genetic defects such as Down syndrome can be detected. However, this test cannot be carried out before the sixteenth week. This test also carries the risk of spontaneous abortion in 1 in 300 cases. It is normally conducted only on women over 35 or those who have a family history of genetic abnormalities.
    • Ultrasound scan: It is a method of body imaging based on the reflectivity of sound. It is believed to be a completely safe method, to reveal the position of the placenta, reveal twins at an early stage, show the size and sex of the foetus and detect major foetal abnormalities, including Spina bifida. It can also be used to measure the rate of blood flow in the foetus and can detect certain forms of congenital heart disease.
     
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    Preterm labor & Premature Birth

    Hello Ladies,

    Off-late, we noticed from few of the messages that many ladies within our community are expecting their babies soon or have friends and relatives within their closer circle to be expecting moms.

    We thought of sharing the following information about preterm labor and premature birth, which would be good to know helping to be more cautious and to avoid it.

    Information Courtesy: From Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Centre, March of Dimes

    Preterm or premature labor is when you go into labor 3 or more weeks before your due date.

    Here are the warning signs of preterm labor:
    • Contractions every 10mins. or more often
    • Clear, pink or brownish fluid(water) leaking from your vagina
    • The feeling that you baby is pushing down
    • Low, dull backache
    • Cramps that feel like your period
    • Cramps with or without diarrhea
    Know what to do
    • Call your health care provider (doctor, midwife or nurse), if you have any of the preterm warning signs
    • Stop what you are doing and rest on your left side for one hour
    • Drink 2-3 glasses of water or juice (not coffee or soda)
    Take care of yourself and your baby to avoid prematurity or preterm labor
    • Get regular prenatal checkups. Start as soon as you know you are pregnant. Go to every appointment.
    • Stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and street drugs
    • Try to avoid stress. Ask family and friends for help.
    • If you feel burning or pain when you go to the bathroom, you may have an infection. Call upon your health care provider immediately.
    Good Luck, have a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy!

    Regards,
    Shakthi
     
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    vidhyalakshmid Platinum IL'ite

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    Thanks

    Hi Sonu and Shakthi,
    Thanks a million for posting pregnancy tips and pre term labour tips. You threw some light and great help to our Indus ladies.
     
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    golden New IL'ite

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    Hi to all the expecting moms :))

    Well, i am a mother of a 5 month old beautiful baby gal. I had my baby in North Africa,where in me and my hubby handled everything starting from day 1 to the delivery the baby all on our own without any elders besides us here,i gathered a lot of infor from few of these useful websites.

    I was just surfing thru this forum today and thot of sharing these informative websites with all u expecting moms. Hope they might help u in some ways, u can find info on Trimester wise of ur pregnancy, the importance of Water / folic acid / food stuff u shud eat and what u shud avoid eating while u r expecting.


    Healthy Pregnancy - Pregnancy - What Happens in Each Stage of Pregnancy - The First Trimester

    Folic acid during pregnancy

    Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy : American Pregnancy Association

    What should I eat during pregnancy?

    Health information- Water's importance during pregnancy for babies


    Wishing u all a safe pregnacy,keep smiling n be happy :))

    golden:wave
     
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    sanravi_1970 Gold IL'ite

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    Hi golden
    Thanks for sharing the information with us.
    Congratulations on ur baby and my wishes for her good health.

    san
     
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    Dear Golden

    Thanks for the info will be useful for us !!

    love
     
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    dear golden

    thanks for your information..it will be useful to our newly married couples.
     
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    Mathu Senior IL'ite

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    HI,
    Really a good source of info given by you.Thanks for the same..:)
     
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    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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