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What Could Happen to My Vagina During Pregnancy?

Posted on December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a woman enters puberty stage changes in the body occurs. Menstruation is one of the most common changes a woman goes through and regularly experience until she reaches her menopausal stage. Menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining. It is also one of the signs that a woman is now capable of pregnancy.

As she goes through pregnancy, still more changes will occur and signs are being done by the system to forewarn you of a coming baby. From emotional which includes mood swings; hormonal which includes secretion of different hormones preparing the body for the coming baby; and lastly physical as the child develops and grow, the uterus expands and other systems adjusts to accommodate two lives – the mother’s and the child’s.

Blood volume also rises by about fifty percent; most of it goes to the uterus. Vaginal tissues become engorged with blood leaving some women feeling a bit swollen and tender. The engorgement of the vagina and labia during pregnancy mimics what happens when you get aroused during sex.

During the first trimester vaginal signs of pregnancy include vaginal discharge. A thin sticky, clear white, mild-smelling discharge is usually normal. For more comfort it is helpful to wear panty liner or thin sanitary pad to protect your underwear.

Yeast infection in pregnant women is very common. Hormonal imbalance creates a good environment for yeast in the vagina. It multiplies as lacto bacilli diminishes. Causes of yeast infections are, wearing tight or damp clothing, wearing garments with dye, other medications can alter the vaginal environment. Yeast infections on pregnant women can be cured but not prevented. Intense itching around the vaginal area, pain while urinating as well as having sex, soreness and general discomfort around the vaginal area and finally, discharge that resembles cottage cheese are symptoms of yeast infections.

It is important to go to the doctor if infections have been frequently occurring. Certain medications can be taken. It also helps to relax to avoid sickness, as drug intake is very limited during the whole gestation period especially on the first few weeks as the baby starts to develop its organs. They are at high risk of being lost since they are not yet properly positioned in the uterus.

Healthy pregnancy starts way back before pregnancy period. If planning to become pregnant, it’s good to avoid MSG on your food, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake and drugs as it affects your system and hormonal balance.

How to Be Healthy During Pregnancy and How to Have a Healthy Baby

Posted on December 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Prenatal care is very important. What you eat, drink and what you do will affect your baby. When you are pregnant, make sure you make frequent visits to your doctor. If you are pregnant and this is your first baby; these are some things you might encounter.

Visiting the Doctor

When you visit your doctor when you are pregnant, you will always have your blood pressure tested. They will also ask you how you have been feeling and talk about your medical history as well. On your first visit, you’ll most likely have a pelvic exam. This is conducted to see how big your uterus is and to see if there’s any infections.

Blood tests and urine tests may also be done. The blood tests are done to check if you have low iron levels or any infections (HIV). The urine test is conducted to see if you have high sugar levels, protein levels or if you have any bacteria. You might also be asked to take a blood screening test to see if your baby has down syndrome or any defects. If you are 36 or over, you might be offered CVS or amnicentesis.

Ultrasound testing might be done as well to see how healthy your baby is and when they’re due. Ultrasound is always done to check on your placenta and where it is located in your uterus. Other times, ultrasounds can be used to monitor your baby’s growth. Other tests might be done depending on how healthy you or your baby is.

Things NOT to do when you are Pregnant

This is a list of things you shouldn’t do when you are pregnant.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t eat undercooked or raw meats
  • Avoid cleaning your cat’s litter box
  • Do not stay in a hot area (Hot tub or sauna)
  • Douching might cause risks if you are pregnant
  • Don’t drink any alcohol (Wines or beers)

Doing any of this might cause defects, premature births, or sickness to the baby.

What you eat is Important

When you are pregnant, you must eat. It isn’t a good idea to diet when you are pregnant or else your baby might not get the nutrients they need. Always pick healthy foods over junk foods. This is a list of how much food you should get daily:

  • 6 to 10 glasses of liquids (water, natural juices)
  • 5 to 12 servings of whole grains (breads, rice, pasta, macaroni, cereals)
  • 3 to four servings of dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese)
  • 2 to 3 servings of meats, nuts, eggs, poultry, beans or fish
  • 5 to 10 servings of natural fruit and vegetables

You can get vitamins and minerals from what you eat naturally, however sometimes your doctor might suggest you take multivitamin pills or other supplements. Some include vitamin pills filled with iron to reduce the chance of amemia developing in your baby and protecting them from it; calcium to keep your folic acid strong and your bones healthy. Folic acid is important to prevent any neural tube defects.

If money is a problem, ask your doctor about programs that aid women financially when they are pregnant.

Taking Medicine

Before consuming any kind of medicine, consult with your doctor first. Medicines might cause birth defects. Other medicines are safe to take when you are pregnant, but make sure you ask your doctor first.

Exercising

You can do the exercises that you were doing before you got pregnant, however if you have any problems during your pregnancy, it isn’t a good idea to exercise. Exercising while you are pregnant might make the delivery and labor much easier for you.

If you didn’t exercise or you are new to exercising, make sure for the first few exercises you perform slowly. Don’t do any vigorous movements though. If you are doing cardiovascular exercises or you lose a lot of sweat during exercise, make sure you stay hydrated.

Sex

It’s alright to have sex when you are pregnant, but if your doctor believes you might have problems, you should avoid having sex. When you are pregnant, you might find that your interest in sex is higher or lower. Over the course of your pregnancy, you might need to experiment with the different positions. If you are planning on having oral sex, make sure your partner doesn’t blow air in your vagina.

How to Feel Better when you are Pregnant

This is a list of discomforts you’ll experience when you are pregnant:

  • Morning Sickness: Vomiting or nausea may happen at any time during the day. Make sure you eat frequently and eat small portions. Stay away from greasy foods and make sure you have crackers wherever you go. If you find that you are experiencing morning sickness for 3 months or more, talk with your doctor. Women who have morning sickness have their chances of miscarry reduced by a lot.
  • Leg Cramps:Leg cramps are common when you are pregnant. When you suffer from a cramp, point your toes toward your knee or upwards.
  • Hemorrhoids: When you are doing your bowel movements, avoid straining. Take hemorrhoid ointments or take warm soak baths if needed.
  • Tiredness: Anemia might cause you to become tired during pregnancy. Make sure you get enough sleep and visit your doctor if you feel tired consistently.
  • Constipation: Make sure you eat a lot of foods that are high in fiber and you drink a lot of fluids throughout the day.
  • Skin changes: Itchiness and stretch marks will appear when you are pregnant. Sometimes you might find that your skin gets darker as well. Make sure that you apply sunscreen when you are going outside on a sunny day to avoid skin cancer.
  • Increased Urination: If you find that you have to go to the bathroom more, this is because your baby is putting pressure on your bladder. This is normal, however if you feel a burning sensation when you use the bathroom, visit your doctor.
  • Heartburn:Avoid greasy foods and spicy foods. Make sure you eat often and eat smaller portions. If you don’t know how much to eat, ask your doctor.
  • Bleeding gums:Make sure that you thoroughly floss and brush your teeth. Make sure to see your dentist when you have plans to if your bleeding gums persist.
  • Edema: When you experience edema, make sure to elevate your legs and lie on your side when sleeping. This will help blood flow from your legs back to your heart.
  • Moodiness: Your emotions will be all over the place when you are pregnant. This will happen for nine months. Don’t be too hard on yourself though, it’s all natural because you are going through something that will change your life forever. Try meditating to calm your emotions. if you have thoughts about suicide, make sure to visit your doctor.
  • Stuffy Nose: This is a common when you are pregnant. This is due to the changes of levels in your hormone estrogen. Nosebleeds might occur.

If you feel extremely uncomfortably when you encounter any of these symptoms, it’ll be a wise idea to visit your doctor. What you do when you are pregnant is important, so make sure you make the right choices.

How Safe Are Ultrasound Scans During Pregnancy?

Posted on December 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

A private ultrasound scan is something most pregnant women will have at least once or twice during their pregnancy. When the ultrasound scan is done varies from doctor to doctor, but usually one is performed around 12 weeks to confirm pregnancy and then another done at 20 weeks to make sure the foetus is developing properly and to determine the sex. If there are possible complications or more than one foetus, then more ultrasounds will be performed.

When an ultrasound scan is performed at 20 weeks, the physician will be able to determine if there are any complications such as the size and position of the placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid and the general physical development of the foetus. In the case of placenta previa, where the placenta may be covering the cervix, an ultrasound can be life saving for both the mother and baby.

Many women question the safety of the private ultrasound scan and wonder if it will have ill-effects on their baby. There have been many studies done on this subject, and the consensus shows that they are safe. Unlike x-rays that use radiation, an ultrasound uses sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted and received through a device called a transducer. When the sound waves bounce off of bone and tissue, it produces a picture. There have been some studies that show cells being altered when very high frequency sound waves were used. This is why it is important to always go to a properly trained professional who uses the proper equipment.

3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are becoming popular among parents who want a clearer picture of their baby. These scans can also be useful in determining if there are abnormalities in a foetus such as a cleft palate or spina bifida which are harder to determine in a 2-D scan. However, most experts do not think that these types of scans are necessary and should be used with caution.

There are many people who now offer 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds for parents who want a keepsake of their unborn baby. There are many risks to using this type of service. For instance, if an inexperienced technician is performing the scan, they may press to hard on the mother’s uterus trying to get a good picture. They may also not know that there should be a time limit to the session. Currently there are no laws that state 3-D ultrasounds be performed by a certified ultrasound technologist. They may also get a false positive of a medical condition in the foetus that doesn’t exist, causing anxiety and stress to the mother.

Overall, ultrasound scans during pregnancy are safe when done properly by a trained professional.

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