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40 Weeks and Counting: Why the Length of Your Pregnancy Matters

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How long is a full-term pregnancy? Up until last month, a full-term pregnancy was considered anything from 37 to 42 weeks. This was based on the research that babies born in this timeframe tend to have a high survival rate with few complications. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has now changed the definition of a full-term pregnancy to only cover two weeks’ time: 39 weeks to 41 weeks. The main reason for the change is to eliminate the percentage of scheduled deliveries that occur before the 39-week mark. The new findings support the theory that weeks and days do matter in a pregnancy, and the time in the womb should not be cut short if unnecessary. However, if your baby is born naturally between 37 and 39 weeks, it still has a high survival rate and you should not worry too much. If your body goes into…

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How to Deal With Changing Hormones

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How do Hormones Change During Pregnancy? Levels of pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone dramatically increase. The production of estrogen is greater in pregnancy than during any other time in a woman’s life. This permits the uterus and placenta to develop blood vessels and transfer nutrients to the growing baby. Estrogen levels increase significantly during the first trimester and are believed to cause the nausea associated with pregnancy. During the second trimester, estrogen aids in the development of milk ducts. By the third trimester, estrogen level is at its highest. The increase in progesterone allows the ligaments and joints throughout the body to become more flexible preparing the birth canal for delivery. Progesterone is also responsible for enlarging the uterus from the size of a pear to an environment that can stretch to fit the needs of the growing baby. Keep in mind that these changes in hormone levels are typical…

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Can I Do Anything To Avoid Postpartum Depression?

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What is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum depression is sometimes referred to as postnatal depression. It is a form of depression that affects approximately one in every seven mothers after their baby is born. It usually occurs about four to six weeks after the child’s birth. Typical symptoms of this condition include fatigue, a feeling of sadness, decreased sex drive, crying, irritability, anxiety, and inability to sleep. The cause of postpartum depression is unknown. If I am experiencing postpartum depression, does it mean I am a bad mother? Absolutely not. This is a clinical illness, and not an indication of how you feel about your child, or your ability to be a good parent. Because it is an illness, you need to talk to your doctor right away to seek treatment. Many women fail to get the help they need. A 2011 study conducted by 4Children, a British non-profit, found that half…

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I’m Pregnant and Exhausted, But I Still Can’t Sleep! What Do I Do?

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Image courtesy of Pinterest. Pregnancy is a time of many changes in a woman’s life. Her outward appearance changes as her body grows to support her developing baby, while inside her body is also undergoing many changes that can’t necessarily be seen by looking at her. One of those changes a pregnant woman faces is increased tiredness and even fatigue. To make it worse, however, this problem is compounded by the fact that sleep is not always as easy or as natural as it once was. At some point, you may be saying to yourself or anyone who will listen, “I’m pregnant and exhausted, but I still can’t sleep!” How Can Pregnant Women Sleep Better and Stay More Energized? The emotional changes your body endures during the first trimester often account for much of the fatigue you might be feeling. The energy it takes to create a life-sustaining placenta is…

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How Important is Support From Significant Others During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation, but it can also be a time of concern, apprehension, and even fear for expectant mothers. The support a pregnant woman receives during pregnancy can have several impacts on her emotional and physical well-being, both of which in turn affect the health of the unborn baby. Studies on prenatal relationships and health have discovered that one of the main causes of emotional turbulence for expecting mothers is a stressed relationship between her and her partner. On the other hand, those pregnant mothers who feel supported have fewer instances of mental health issues, and are less likely to be negatively affected by things like work responsibilities and financial concerns. The journal BMC Public Health reports that a poor relationship with a significant other during pregnancy is the strongest predictor of stress during pregnancy. Positive relationships with significant others during pregnancy can help…

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Are Antidepressants Safe for My Unborn Baby?

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If you are being treated for depression with the use of antidepressants and you are also pregnant, you have many factors to consider for the health of your unborn baby as well as yourself. The antidepressants you have been prescribed are aimed at alleviating your symptoms and keeping you as mentally healthy as possible, which also positively affects your physical health. However, there are many issues you need to address when it comes to your pregnancy and treating your depression with antidepressants. Should I Treat My Depression During Pregnancy? Pregnancy means that an entirely new surge of hormones is taking place in your body, and this can have significant effects on your mental health. While some women feel elated and enthusiastic during pregnancy, many, especially those who already deal with depression, find it more difficult to cope with everyday life. Left untreated during pregnancy, depression can cause you to stop…

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“I’m feeling Sad” Is this normal?

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At what should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, many pregnant women experience fatigue, irritability, sadness and mood changes.  When these feelings also include trouble sleeping, inappropriate guilt or hopelessness, and a sense that nothing is enjoyable anymore, this is characteristic of depression.  If you are experiencing these mood disturbances and behavior changes, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimate that 14-23% of pregnant women experience depression at some point in their pregnancy. Given the hormone surges during pregnancy, women often feel “highs and lows”. Even so, if these hormonal fluctuations cause dramatic changes in mood and behavior, such that you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, immediate action should be taken by seeking medical help. When symptoms of depression are mild, such as intermittent fatigue and sadness, women might misinterpret these as normal…

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How Can I Deal With My Mood Swings?

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Pregnancy is not always a time of that wonderful glow and delicately round belly bump. It can be a time of extreme mood swings that make you want to run away from even yourself, and it makes your family willing to pack your bags. The hormones that are surging through your body during pregnancy can make you feel energized, depressed, anxious, or more prone to overreactions. If you are struggling with pregnancy mood swings and they are disrupting your family environment, there are some tips and strategies you can use to decrease the severity of the symptoms and improve your overall mental and emotional health. My temperament is hard on my family and me. How can I deal with my mood swings? If you are feeling the added stress of hormone induced stress, on top of the anxiety you might be feeling about bringing home a new baby, you don’t…

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Does a mother's due date change?

Should I Be Worried That I’m Past My Due Date?

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How is My Due Date Calculated?  The most common way to calculate the date of delivery is Naegele’s Rule, a formula named after the German obstetrician Franz Karl Naegele who created it. Your ob-gyn doctor will ask you for the first day of your last period. He or she then adds nine months and seven days to that date. The end result is a due date about 280 days from the start of your last period. While this may be a simple way to calculate a due date, there are some problems with it. The accuracy of this method depends on: Your ability to correctly remember the first day of your last period You having regular menstrual cycles You not experiencing early bleeding that was not really the start of your cycle Your use of oral contraceptives, which could affect the timing of ovulation Another issue with this formula is…

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What is placenta previa?

What is Placenta Previa?

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What is Placenta Previa? The placenta carries oxygen and nutrients to the baby and eliminates waste materials from the baby’s blood. It normally attaches to the top or side of the uterus’ wall, however, in women with Placenta Previa, the placenta attaches to the bottom portion of the uterus’ wall, either partially or completely covering the cervix where the baby will exit during birth. Placenta Previa causes extreme bleeding before or during delivery. What are some of the causes for Placenta Previa? Some of the most common causes include: Scar tissue in the wall of the uterus A larger than normal placenta resulting from the presence of more than one fetus A uterus that has an odd shape   Are there symptoms that indicate the presence of Placenta Previa? Yes. The most common one is bright red blood that passes from the vagina without the accompaniment of any pain. The…

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