During Your Pregnancy

Preparing For Another Pregnancy After Suffering A Miscarriage

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Deciding to conceive a child after the agony of a miscarriage is a difficult and painful decision which is often accompanied by numerous doubts and fears. As many as 10 to 25 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage -- defined as a pregnancy lost before 20 weeks. (After that it is considered a stillbirth.) Most losses are due to abnormalities in the fetus. Other reasons include anatomic problems in the woman, such as an abnormally shaped uterus, a hormonal imbalance, or an infection of the … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Prevent Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

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Many women are plagued by painful leg cramps during pregnancy.These pregnancy leg cramps show up most often during the second and third trimester, and they often strike at night when you’re trying to sleep.No one knows exactly what causes leg cramps during pregnancy, but some research suggests that it could be related to fatigue from carrying around additional baby weight, or possibly due to restricted blood flow to the legs.No matter what causes them, they can be incredibly painful … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Acupressure Warnings – What You Need To Know

Over the years, there have been many articles and sites promoting the benefits of using acupressure to induce labor.While these sites are helping women find ways of naturally inducing labor, they are rather irresponsibly ignoring some of the warnings they should issue about using acupressure during pregnancy.Too often, advice is given from third parties that is not only wrong but may be dangerous.Here are a few warnings before using acupressure during pregnancy and how to do it … [Read more...]

Can’t Get Pregnant? Is He Fertile? Facts About Male Infertility

A couple is not considered clinically infertile until they have had at least 1 year of unprotected sex without conceiving a child.Unfortunately, each year thousands of couples discover that they are, indeed, infertile.The most common reaction that a couple has once they discover they are unable to conceive is to suspect that there is a problem with the woman.Through studies and statistics, doctors have discovered that male infertility is as common as the fertility that is experienced … [Read more...]

Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy – How To Get Through It With Ease

Too much sugar in the blood is called high blood glucose or diabetes. When it happens during pregnancy, it's called gestational diabetes.Most pregnant women with an average risk of gestational diabetes will be tested when they are between 24 to 28 weeks pregnant. Generally speaking, gestational diabetes occurs in approximately 5% of all pregnancies.Several complications arise for both the baby and the mother if gestational diabetes is left uncontrolled, including:Large birth weight … [Read more...]

Fun Things To Do When You’re On Bed Rest (…Pregnancy Bed Rest, Or Any Type Of Bed Rest)

Without a doubt, being on bed rest while you're pregnant can be one of the most frustrating things... ever! Finding interesting things to do from your own bed can be challenging, but it's not impossible to find things that will help to pass the time and let you maintain your sanity as well. Following are some ideas for pregnant women on mandatory bed rest. Please share your own in the comments below...   … [Read more...]

How To Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy & Diminish Their Appearance After The Baby Is Born

Stretch marks are caused when the middle layer of your skin (called the dermis) gets so stretched out that the skin's elasticity starts breaking down. When this occurs, microscopic bleeding happens and the tissue becomes inflamed. That's why skin with stretch marks has a raised reddish or purplish look to it. As the dermis is being stretched, so is the top layer of skin (called the epidermis) -- making it become so translucent that you can see the stretch marks beginning to form. As the area of … [Read more...]

Best Books & Resources For Expectant Fathers

It's not hard to find books and information that focus on how the expectant dad can help the mother of his child through the pregnancy, but finding help for the dad himself isn't quite as simple.  Just like mothers-to-be, expectant fathers also need information, reassurance, and advice during the various stages of pregnancy.  Following are some of the best online resources and books just for fathers-to-be...   … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Tips For Flying Pregnant

Does the idea of flying pregnant make your nervous? You're certainly not the only one. Flying pregnant is safe up to week 28.  However, flying when you have uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms can make for some discomfort if you aren't prepared. Here are some insider tips for flying pregnant. … [Read more...]