If you have upper abdominal pain during pregnancy, it’s not necessarily to automatically switch into panic mode, according to the March of Dimes. But any severe and long-lasting stomach pain or discomfort accompanied by dizziness or bleeding is considered a medical emergency; prompt medical help is essential in such circumstances to protect you and your future son or daughter.
As your infant becomes a toddler and then an older child, nutrition is still vitally important for your child’s health. Sugary foods may also predispose toddlers for problems with overeating later in life, warns Kay Sheppard, author of “Food Addiction: The Body Knows.” Your child’s best bet for a great adolescence and adult life is to implement healthy eating habits in the first years of his development.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can significantly impact a child’s ability to move and complete simple tasks. Most symptoms of cerebral palsy occur by the time a child is three years old; scientists are still researching to learn all the potential causes of this neurological illness. While a cerebral palsy diagnosis is distressing for any parent, the good news is that the disease’s symptoms do not worsen over time. With proper health care and appropriate exercises, many children with cerebral palsy experience little impairment as they grow into adults.
A premature baby, or “preemie,” is one born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes. A normal term of pregnancy ranges from 37 to 42 weeks. As of 2010, about 12.8 percent of babies born in the United States are premature. Advances in obstetrics have enabled most premature babies to survive, but many suffer from long-term health consequences.
While the actual stages of pregnancy aren’t necessarily much different with multiple fetuses such as in the case of triplets, expectant parents must keep an even more watchful eye than usual during such pregnancies. Women who are expecting triplets tend to experience more pregnancy-related complications than women who are expecting twins or a single baby, according to both the March of Dimes and the American Pregnancy Association.
By the fifth week of your pregnancy, your future son or daughter is officially an embryo, according to the MayoClinic.com. Embryos are comprised of three layers of cells, skin, organs and tissues; the scientific names for these layers are ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm. As your pregnancy progresses, the embryo will shape into a fully formed baby ready for a safe and healthy delivery.
If your sex life has become lackluster due to infertility or sexual energy problems, you and your partner may both feel frustrated and even less confident than usual. While a number of medications can potentially help increase fertility, some natural remedies can help boost sexual virility, notes both MayoClinic.com and the University of Maryland Medical Center. But before giving your man any herbs or supplements, check with his doctor if he is taking any type of medication or has a preexisting health condition such as high blood pressure.