Heidi a.k.a ds_3342
Heidi Gonzales has been a writer, birth doula, childbirth educator and apprentice midwife since 2005. She serves as a feature writer for an online parenting community and editor for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association's magazine. She shares her love and knowledge of pregnancy, birth, and parenting with mothers around the world.
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According to William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., authors of "The Pregnancy Book," a woman's heart rate increases during pregnancy by 20 percent. Even without planned exercise, she is already performing a low level of aerobic exercise daily. Whether you are a seasoned expert or just beginning an exercise program, exercising during pregnancy is beneficial for both mother and baby.
During pregnancy, your baby is active. There are no positions your baby cannot wiggle into, and most positions are temporary. While fetal positioning does not matter much during pregnancy, it becomes important when you go into labor. Delivering a baby who is head down is the preferred position by most health care providers. You should talk with your provider about what positions of delivery he is comfortable with before you go into labor.
You have likely heard many horror stories about the process of labor and birth. People are quick to tell you how long it lasted and how painful it was. The good news is that it doesn't have to be extremely painful or last forever. There are many things you can and should do to make labor as quick and painless as possible. And, it just might be easier than you think.
During your ninth month, you are eager to hold your baby. Every time you feel the slightest twinge, you may think, "this is it," but the feeling goes away and you realize you have longer to wait. Some mothers start labor suddenly with painful contractions, yet others begin with progressive signs, such as a backache and contractions that last for days. While each labor is different, there are typical stages that each woman goes through when her birth time is near.
Smoking during pregnancy is more than an unhealthy habit. It can cause serious complications for the mother, such as placental abruption, as well as lifelong complications for the baby. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 toxic chemicals including cyanide, lead and numerous cancer-causing compounds, such as nicotine. These chemicals pose dangerous health risks that every mother should take seriously.
The first trimester of pregnancy is filled with many emotions, physical changes and discomforts for most pregnant women. Although some of your body's changes are uncomfortable in the first trimester, you can do much to alleviate them. As the pregnancy progresses, most discomforts will often disappear or improve on their own.
As you enter into your third trimester of pregnancy, you are well aware of pregnancy discomforts. Some discomforts that disappeared in the second trimester may now return, and some new discomforts are likely to develop. However, the third trimester of pregnancy is the last trimester before delivery and, before long, you will be holding your baby.
Although delaying pregnancy until you are older may be a good idea for security and financial reasons, it may also carry considerable health risks to you and the baby. It is known in the obstetrical field that mothers who are over the age of 35 are considered to be of advanced maternal age. While the risks for some conditions become higher as you get older, most older women are still delivering healthy babies.
Epidural analgesia is the most popular form of pain relief for laboring moms in the United States. The medication is given continuously through a catheter that is inserted in the epidural space in the back. It provides effective pain relief during labor and birth, but it can have numerous side effects. All risks and benefits of an epidural should be carefully considered before a decision is made.
Throughout your pregnancy, you will see a health care provider who will check for routine things, such as blood pressure and fetal movement, to determine that both of you are healthy. However, there are times when you may feel that symptoms are out of the normal range. Trust your instincts. If you feel that something is not OK with you or your baby, and you are concerned, it should be checked. Most things, if caught early enough, can be treated without further complications.
There has been much debate in the past years about how babies should sleep. While it is ultimately your choice of how and where your baby sleeps, many professional associations, such as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and March of Dimes, recommend a specific position and certain conditions that are safest for your baby during sleep times. Following these current guidelines for sleep reduces your baby's chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of infant death between 1 month and 1 year old.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins, which are enlarged blood vessels, of the rectum. Pregnancy aggravates the problem of enlarged blood vessels due to blood volume expansion and the hormones that increase relaxation of the muscles. In late pregnancy, the weight of the uterus and the baby worsen hemorrhoids by increasing the pressure on the blood vessels. Hemorrhoids can either bulge out of the anus or stay inside the anal opening. You may not be able to get rid of hemorrhoids during pregnancy, but you can decrease their discomfort using a variety of techniques.
Most women would describe childbirth as being a painful experience. Although some degree of pain is usually associated with childbirth, you don't have to suffer through the process. There are many alternatives to try during the course of labor to alleviate the discomforts of birth. They may not take the pain completely away, but they will help make it more tolerable.
By 10 weeks pregnant, you may be trying to get used to the idea that you are pregnant, or you could be celebrating with family and friends. Although you aren't showing yet, you can certainly feel the changes taking place within your body. Your baby is growing and developing very rapidly, preparing for its birth in just 30 weeks.
Breastfeeding is a unique way to bond with your baby while giving the best nutrition possible. To maintain an adequate milk supply and help your baby grow, you should eat a variety of foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish are healthy foods that include most vitamins and minerals essential for your baby's growth and development. Eating healthy while breastfeeding also increases your energy level and boosts your immune system.