Sunday, December 28, 2008

Why Every Week of Pregnancy Counts

This is a must read article that appeared at WSJ, just wanted to share it with you.

This time of year, some hospitals see a small uptick in baby deliveries thanks to families eager to fit the blessed event in around holiday plans or in time to claim a tax deduction. Conventional wisdom has long held that inducing labor or having a Caesarean section a bit early posed little risk, since after 34 weeks gestation, all the baby has to do was grow.

But new research shows that those last weeks of pregnancy are more important than once thought for brain, lung and liver development. And there may be lasting consequences for babies born at 34 to 36 weeks, now called "late preterm."

A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in October calculated that for each week a baby stayed in the womb between 32 and 39 weeks, there is a 23% decrease in problems such as respiratory distress, jaundice, seizures, temperature instability and brain hemorrhages.

A study of nearly 15,000 children in the Journal of Pediatrics in July found that those born between 32 and 36 weeks had lower reading and math scores in first grade than babies who went to full term. New research also suggests that late preterm infants are at higher risk for mild cognitive and behavioral problems and may have lower I.Q.s than those who go full term.

What's more, experts warn that a fetus's estimated age may be off by as much as two weeks either way, meaning that a baby thought to be 36 weeks along might be only 34.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes are now urging obstetricians not to deliver babies before 39 weeks unless there is a medical reason to do so.

"It's very important for people to realize that every week counts," says Lucky E. Jain, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

It's unclear how many deliveries are performed early for nonmedical reasons. Preterm births (before 37 weeks) have risen 31% in the U.S. since 1981 -- to one in every eight births. The most serious problems are seen in the tiniest babies. But nearly 75% of preterm babies are born between 34 and 36 weeks, and much of the increase has come in C-sections, which now account for a third of all U.S. births. An additional one-fifth of all births are via induced labor, up 125% since 1989.
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Many of those elective deliveries are done for medical reasons such as fetal distress or pre-eclampsia, a sudden spike in the mother's blood pressure. Those that aren't can be hard to distinguish. "Obstetricians know the rules and they are very creative about some of their indications -- like 'impending pre-eclampsia,'" says Alan Fleischman, medical director for the March of Dimes.

Why do doctors agree to deliver a baby early when there's no medical reason? Some cite pressure from parents. "'I'm tired of being pregnant. My fingers are swollen. My mother-in-law is coming' -- we hear that all the time," says Laura E. Riley, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital. "But there are 25 other patients waiting, and saying 'no' can take 45 minutes, so sometimes we cave."

There's also a perception that delivering early by c-section is safer for the baby, even though it means major surgery for the mom. "The idea is that somehow, if you're in complete control of the delivery, then only good things will happen. But that's categorically wrong. The baby and the uterus know best," says F. Sessions Cole, director of newborn medicine at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

He explains that a complex series of events occurs in late pregnancy to prepare the baby to survive outside the womb: The fetus acquires fat needed to maintain body temperature; the liver matures enough to eliminate a toxin called bilirubin from the body; and the lungs get ready to exchange oxygen as soon as the umbilical cord is clamped. Disrupting any of those steps can result in brain damage and other problems. In addition, the squeezing of the uterus during labor stimulates the baby and the placenta to make steroid hormones that help this last phase of lung maturation -- and that's missed if the mother never goes into labor.

"We don't have a magic ball to predict which babies might have problems," says Dr. Cole. "But we can say that the more before 39 weeks a baby is delivered, the more likely that one or more complications will occur."

In cases where there are medical reasons to deliver a baby early, lung maturation can be determined with amniocentesis -- using a long needle to withdraw fluid from inside the uterus. But that can cause infection, bleeding or a leak or fetal distress, which could require an emergency c-section.

Trying to determine maturity by the size of the fetus can also be problematic. Babies of mothers with gestational diabetes are often very large for their age, but even less developed for their age than normal-size babies.

Growing beyond 42 weeks can also pose problems, since the placenta deteriorates and can't sustain the growing baby.

Making families aware of the risks of delivering early makes a big difference. In Utah, where 27% of elective deliveries in 1999 took place before the 39th week, a major awareness campaign has reduced that to less than 5%. At two St. Louis hospitals that send premature babies to Dr. Cole's neonatal intensive-care unit, obstetricians now ask couples who want to schedule a delivery before 39 weeks to sign a consent form acknowledging the risks. At that point, many wait for nature to take its course, says Dr. Cole.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pregnancy Complications

Having a general view of your pregnancy is a better way to avoid some of the complications that can have a catastrophic end for you and your baby's health.

The vast majority of births take place so perfect and without any incident.

However, understanding the main complications of pregnancy can be reassuring and most importantly, helps to understand all the problems calmly to resolve as quickly as possible.


A miscarriage is to lose your baby before the 28th week. From 3 months, the risk of miscarriage has virtually disappeared.

Today, doctors have effective means to control and prevent this risk.

Detected early, the threat of miscarriage is closely monitored and in most cases resulted in a happy ending.

How to recognize a risk of miscarriage?

Constant bleeding and painful (pain identical to the rules) in the lower abdomen are signs that should alert you.

Consult your doctor immediately, it will recommend the rest (often, some women spend 3 / 4 of their pregnancy in bed which can seem unbearable. However, the game does not worth the candle?)

When the bleeding stops, the risk of miscarriage is rejected.

For the rest of your pregnancy, you are advised to remain vigilant and to allow the maximum.

The premature birth

Giving birth at 8th months is safe for your baby. It is said that at this stage your pregnancy is in term.

However, before that birth date (from 6th to 8th month) can lead to many complications for your child who has missed time to grow.

Even if the current medicine reaches can keep them alive in early premature birth (6 months), they often retain the legacy of this venue in the world too fast.

Accordingly, it is important to recognize the warning signs of premature delivery.

One major sign is the emergence of contractions your stomach is hard as "concrete" (contractions may be accompanied by pain) at regular intervals.

In this case, you should also tell your doctor to prescribe you the appropriate treatment and rest.

The Rhesus

This complication will not be a great development because it is detected during your 1st laboratory analysis.

Indeed, tests analyze your blood. If it is Rh-and the father is Rh +, you will receive the appropriate medical surveillance. This is due to the fact that a rhesus positive and negative (baby / mom can not come into contact).

Today, this complication is well known and is still treated in time therefore, do not worry!

Hope this information was useful for you and that you now know about some pregnancy complications.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Travelling During Pregnancy

You are pregnant, not sick! You should enjoy your vacation. But without forgetting the words master of your future programme: caution and restraint

Traveling by car

Note that Traveling by car is a high-risk pregnant woman.

Traveling by car is very tiring, and the position of the legs is still not recommended for pregnant women.

Adjust your belt to your stomach. Indeed, it will pass below your belly so as not to cause shock on your abdomen.

If you need to make long journeys, ask the essential advice from your doctor. You must stop every 100 km to relax your legs, walk and relax a little.

From the second quarter, do not drive. You can sit at the front, the passenger seat, allowing you to back seat and thus have the legs extended. However, this place is dangerous, it is best to install on the rear seats and wedge your back with a pillow.

Traveling by train

The train is a means of transport more reliable and less tiring than the car. Indeed, it is a means of rapid transit, you must focus on direct trains.

In addition, you can avoid tingling in the legs moving inside the train. Therefore prefer places later corridor, which will help you get up whenever you like.

Traveling by plane

The aircraft is also a means of transport more reliable than the car for pregnant women. If your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you should be able to fly without problems until the seventh month.

Some tips:

Prefer places later corridor, it will be easier to get up if you go to the toilet.

Place your belt under the belly. When the aircraft had completed its take-off phase, remember to tilt your seat. You avoid in this way the compressing of your stomach.

Note that the inactivity of the legs in the air can result in risks of phlebitis. Talk to your doctor, he probably advise you to wear tights of restraint to avoid this. Drink plenty of water.

If you have a risk of premature delivery, if you are smoking, if you have cardiovascular problems, always consult your doctor before getting on an airplane.

Note this:

In early pregnancy, you should spend your first prenatal examination before boarding the plane.

Be aware that some airlines ask for a letter from your doctor indicating the stage of your pregnancy.

Some airlines refuse to carry pregnant women from the eighth month.

Check the terms of your travel insurance. If you decide to embark on long-haul, make sure it accepts the terms of repatriation.

The destination

If you go to distant destinations, note the following:

You must remove from the list of destination countries where malaria because the pregnant woman is only allowed to take certain drugs such as quinine or chloroquine.

Avoid high-altitude destinations. Indeed, the fetus could run out of oxygen.

Check that the contribution of your diet is quite rich in calcium. In some regions, it is hard to find pasteurized milk.

Beware of the sun! It could appear on your face the famous mask of pregnancy.

If you want to go on holiday, prefer the train or plane. If you are obliged to take the car, avoid driving yourself.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Off Topic: Rum Cocktail for The New Year

Yeah i know and i hear you screaming this is off topic and let's me remind you => alcohol IS REALLY BAD for pregnant woman's and you must not take it.

So why I'm writing about this? because my husband really love rum cocktail and i found an interesting article about 3 cocktail that i would like to share with you

Here you go: rum cocktail

Please if you have any recipe for rum cocktail feel free to contact me i will appreciate.

Thank You

Monday, December 15, 2008

Exercise During Pregnancy: When and Why Should I Practice?

Practicing exercises during your pregnancy is good thing to do; it will keep you healthy and your baby too. Discover when you should and shouldn't practice exercises during your pregnancy.

In principle, you can practice your favorite sport during your pregnancy, since his practice is moderate and is not violent. For pregnant women, the sport is even more beneficial. Indeed, several studies have shown that pregnant women who regularly engaged in a sporting activity seemed less pain in childbirth, and therefore less use of analgesics. In addition, they took less weight during pregnancy, and more easily lose excess weight after childbirth. Paying less prone to stretch and venous complications caused by pregnancy, the sport is also essential for the oxygenation of the mother and baby.

When should I practice exercises?

I advise you to be very vigilant when you practice exercises, you should always seek the advice of your doctor. Indeed, in your early months of pregnancy, changes in the body of the mother affect its ability to make the sport she used to practice. Some of theme are:

-*- an increase in heart rate tension,

-*- an increased oxygen need,

-*- faster hypoglycaemia,

-*- more difficult thermoregulation,

-*- a change in the balance,

-*- an increase in blood volume,

Recommended Sports for pregnant women


An excellent sport for the back and the circulation of blood to the heart and joints.


There are gymnastics classes specially designed for pregnant women. The strengths of these meetings revolve around exercises Basin and strengthening the abdominal muscles, relaxation and the training to the perception of his own body.

The aqua

The benefits of water and gymnastics in one! It is strongly recommended for pregnant women because it strengthens the abdominal and back muscles and stimulates blood circulation.


It is good for the body and good for the heart.


To the extent that you do not make sudden movements or contortions.


Some positions, suited to pregnant women, help the body and mind to relax.

You still need to monitor !

-*- Gradually reduce the effort, monitoring the supply of the body in carbohydrates, especially in a sport of endurance, avoid a sudden increase in body temperature

-*- Be extremely careful not to practice a sport where you could get injured. Indeed, the consequences of an injury (radio, anesthesia ...) and the convalescent period that follows could seriously increase the risk for your pregnancy!

-*- Sport is also strongly not recommended for women with diabetes, women who have already suffered a miscarriage, having heart problems or where there is a risk of premature birth.

When shouldn't I practice exercises?

All violent sports should be excluded during pregnancy. In effect, they increase the risk of premature birth. The hormones secreted by the body during intense efforts cause contractions.

Some of the sports listed below may have even cause more serious problems, be very careful!

Team sports

Volleyball, basketball, etc...

Combat sports

Judo, fencing

Sports at risk of falling

Such as water skiing, surfing, the tackle, Roller skating.

Sports over 2000m├Ętres altitude.

Sports asking too much of endurance or strength.

Marathon, body-building,

And of course any type sport parachuting, bungee jumping, boxing, diving, etc...

Whatever sport you want to practice during your pregnancy, consult your doctor, because he alone is able to determine what sport are suited for you.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Medicine Consumption During Your Pregnancy

You will need during your pregnancy to be more cautious than ever about the consumption of drugs. Indeed, certain substances in drugs can cross the placental barrier and seriously impair the health of your baby. 


You must renounce to the auto-treatment habitude, even in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. Indeed the main organs of baby formed during the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, so taking uncontrolled drugs could have irreversible consequences on their formation. Be extremely careful, even for relatively minor things such as colds, a headache or other, always ask advice from your doctor, he's alone is able to prescribe the drug recommended in your state. No matter that drug considered inoffensive can be very dangerous during pregnancy.

If you suffer from headaches, try therefore you lengthen and put a wet washcloth on your forehead. It is often very effective!

How to treat a chronic ill during pregnancy?

If you suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and you must take regular medication, you should consult a doctor before your pregnancy. It will point to specific treatment.

During pregnancy, you must undergo treatment under the supervision of your doctor rigorously, which adapts to your medication schedule.

Attention to the drug just before delivery.

When you take a medication during pregnancy, the substance that contains pass through the placenta, then the placental barrier and then be destroyed by your metabolic system. But if you take a drug imminent at the time of delivery, the substance will not have time to pass through the placental barrier. The body of the newborn will therefore contain a product that will be extremely difficult to evacuate. Thus, the baby may have serious respiratory difficulties and even to find child care.

If the evacuation of each drug substance take few hours in the mother, it can take weeks in the newborn, it is for this reason that doctors, faced with imminent delivery, give the mother a drug which we know the antidote that will be injected to the baby at birth.

Homeopathic medicines

They may be the solution to the ills of pregnant women. However, a homeopathic treatment should also be prescribed by your doctor, even then, caution is in order.

The advantage of a homeopathic medicine is that they have no side effects. Moreover, it does not create addiction, unlike some conventional medicines, it may be of great help to heal small diseases during your pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting. It may also be very effective in relieving small depressed and anxieties that often accompany pregnancy.

Always consult your doctor before taking any medication. Indeed, a drug that had no bearing at any stage of pregnancy can be very dangerous to another stage of pregnancy.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Design

Today i have changed my blog design to be more clear and to help you navigate the blog in a better way, I hope that you will love this new template.

Feel free to post any comments or suggestion about the blog or about this new design, all comment are welcome.

Thank you

Saturday, November 15, 2008

31th Week Of Pregnancy


Your uterus back up very high, it has now reached 30 cm and can begin to bother you especially when you are sitting and sleeping at night.

Your baby

He is now 39 cm and weighs 1.7 kg. It has much more space and does not move much. It occupies almost the entire volume of the uterus and focus its attention on what is happening outside.

The cells in his lungs secrete the surfactant liquid to prevents the lungs to withdraw entirely when taking his first inspiration once on the outside.

If he have not already done so, he will turn one last time and adopt the position until the day of delivery.

Good to Know

You can start to establish a list of cases you need to motherhood.

Eat foods high in calcium to promote bone ossification of your baby.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

30th Week Of Pregnancy


Your uterus back up to 12 cm above the navel and your stomach has now almost reached its maximum volume.

You will probably be less momentum because your baby is down a little and less compresses your chest.

Your breasts may secrete a substance yellowish (colostrum).

Your baby

He is now 37 cm and weighs about 1.5 kg.

If you have not already done it he will soon take its position out (upside down).

His brain is developing rapidly and trains to open their eyes and breathe.

His movements are becoming more impressive, when it turns your stomach has to be distorted.

If it is a boy's testicles descended in scholarships, if a girl, the ovogonies transform into oocytes of the first order.

Good To Know

This week you will spend your last ultrasound, known as biometrics to a point before delivery. As your baby grows much more you can see it all.

Be very vigilant so as not to cause premature delivery, avoid stress and burnout and do not carry too heavy objects.

Drink plenty of water to avoid the risk of urinary tract infections (1.5 liters).

Sunday, November 2, 2008

29th Week of Pregnancy


Your uterus is measuring 28 cm, it exceeds your navel about 5 cm, you get a little less than 10 kg since the beginning of your pregnancy.

You are always more and more momentum as the number of beats your heart has increased (10 to 12 more than normal).

You'll feel increasingly heavy and may suffer swelling caused by retention of water.

You feel more baby movements and they can sometimes get a little evil.

Your baby

He is now 36 cm and weighs about 1.3 kg. It slowly begins to feel cramped and not move as often as before.

He opened his eyes but the retina remains inactive, color is not definitive, it would be only a few months after birth.

He hear better and develops a sense of taste through the amniotic fluid that absorbs and which varies depending on what you eat. His digestive system is functioning normally.

Good to Know

You must place your 5th prenatal visit this week (weight, blood pressure, blood test, measuring the womb, listening to heart beat baby).

Next week will also come the time to take your third and final ultrasound, known as biometrics.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

All women know their own bodies better than anyone else and are able to detect some signs that they are pregnant even if they are not the usual ones. Some women have unusual pregnancy symptomsthat others may laugh at or find really weird.

Some symptoms of other medical conditions can also be signs of pregnancy. This can include unusal cramping and pain in the stomach leading a woman to think she has an ulcer or other condition that requires medical attention. In some cases, she may think she has appendicitis
or a bad urinary tract infection and when she does visit the emergency room she is very surprised to learn that she is pregnant.

Women in the first weeks of pregnancy become very emotional over the smallest details. A person who speaks to them in a rough manner may be treated to an outburst of tears or anger. Crying over meaningless events is also a symptom that women don’t realize is possible when they first become pregnant.

Even though it usually develops later in the pregnancy, you may develop cravings for strange food or start to eat foods that you usually didn’t like. This could be a sign that your tastes are changing, but it could also be a sign of pregnancy. You may be hungry all the time and not able to get enough to eat or you may be the exact opposite and not have any appetite for food, even though you don’t feel ill.

The normal signs of pregnancy, such as nausea, tiredness, backache and sore breasts, are based on the high percentage of women who do report these symptoms when they first visit their doctors. This has been true of pregnancy all through the ages, just as it is true that some women never experience these symptoms and not to the same degree. A woman who has had several children will tell you that she had different symptoms on each one of them.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Yoga exercises during pregnancy

Practicing exercises during your pregnancy is good thing to do, it will keep you healthy and your baby too and if you are yoga fanatic and just recently discovered that you are pregnant, you may still be able to do your yoga exercises. Contrary to what others thinks, yoga is good for you and your unborn child. Practicing yoga will not hurt the baby! Instead you will be creating a healthy environment for the baby if you learn to do the yoga poses correctly.

A word of caution, there are some poses that you will want to avoid. You need to aware of those harmful poses and master only the poses that are suggested as prenatal yoga. Learn about these poses before you begin to do yoga. Ask your Obstetrician for recommendation. Be 100% sure that you know what you are doing, as you don’t want to hurt yourself or the baby.

Yoga is beneficial - it is a mental exercise as well as a physical one. For those who learn to utilize yoga as a meditation tool, they are able to relax and control their breathing. This will come in handy when you are in labor, particularly if you are opting to give birth naturally and without the use of any drugs. You will learn how to remain calm in your later stages of your pregnancy, as many new mothers get easily frustrated.

You must learn the rules that you will need to follow when practicing yoga during your pregnancy. First, stay hydrated by frequently stopping for water breaks. This is because if you get too overheated, your core body temperature rises, which can harm the baby. In view of this scenario, “hot” yoga is dangerous and should be avoided while you are pregnant. Eat some extra calories since you are eating for two, however, do ensure that you exercise to burn those extra calories from yourself and the baby.

Avoid certain poses that can be harmful towards the baby. Lying flat on your back, for example, can disrupt blood flow to your brain and to the uterus. You will feel dizzy and it may cause developmental problems for your baby. This is especially true when you have passed your first trimester, as it is just not safe. Also skip positions that are inverted, or those that require great amounts of balance. Remember that your uterus and abdomen is growing in size every single day, so you will never be able to fully get used to your new shape and stay balanced.

Bear in mind that you do must not fall as you can hurt yourself and also jeopardize your pregnancy.

If the positions taught include major twisting or stretching in the abdominal region, remember that they are not meant for you to try out. Finally, avoid transitions in which you must stand quickly from a laying or sitting position, since this can be uncomfortable and dangerous as it will cause you to feel dizzy and restrict blood flow to your uterus.

Fret not, there are other yoga positions that you will find to be helpful and useful during your pregnancy. Most pregnant women will practice safe yoga like stretching their body and wish I also recommend.

Work with your yoga instructor and ask for his or her recommendations. Most importantly, always consult your obstetrician to ensure that your pregnancy period is going to be smooth-sailing as well as you are able to stay healthy.

As I always say keep things simple and natural ;)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

28th Week of Pregnancy


The uterus is measuring 28 cm now. It pushes your other organs magnifying making up the diaphragm and expanded last ribs. 

You may experience bloodstream varicosities problems and veins may appear on your legs because the return of blood to the heart is less well. Have some cold water on your legs. 

You may be inconvenienced if your baby was returned because it will be kicking in your chest. 

Your heart rate has accelerated (12 beats per minute). 

You will feel tired earlier in the day because you burn calories more quickly. 

Your baby 

It is possible that he’s already upside down. It measures 35 cm and weighs 1.150 kg. His body takes a more rounded. 
His lungs are approaching maturity, blood vessels are developed. The respiratory movements are well coordinated, and the pace is constant. 
It now able to regulate its temperature itself with fatty deposits. 
Hair and nails continue to grow. 
If it is a boy, the testicles are descended into the scrotum. 

Good to Know

Elevate your legs at night to facilitate the bloodstream and walk during the day to avoid varicose veins during pregnancy

You can slowly begin to prepare the room for your baby.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

27th Week of Pregnancy


You took 400 g during this week.
Your uterus continues to grow, your stomach is under pressure. This results in burns and lift acids.
It may shrink regularly several times a day as it prepares for delivery. Your stomach is tough and you can feel some small contractions, they are not painful.
Your other organs, except liver, have also grown.
Under the effect of hormones you may have bleeding at the gums. Brush your teeth twice a day.

Your baby

This week your baby is viable but it is better to keep warm because it is still very vulnerable. It measures 34 cm and weighs 1 kg.
His head now has a good proportion compared to the rest of his body and his face is that it has almost at birth.
He has an eyelashes and eyebrows, he can open his eyes because the membrane covered eyelids was split.
The connections between neurons are made and the nerves in the brain will become coated with myelin (action will continue for almost twenty years).

Good to Know

It's time to start being prepared for childbirth, it is better to start early. They will help you learn to breathe and to do good muscles work.

Adopt a normal pace of life so as not to cause premature delivery and do not practice too violent activity.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Week 26 Of Pregnancy: 28 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

You take more and more weight (about 400 g per week and between 1 kg and 1.2 kg per month). Half for you and half for your baby.
The fatigue is still being felt and your back pain will increase.

Your baby
It is now 33 cm and weighs 870 g.
This week the bronchial tubes have emerged but the lungs are not mature until after birth.
It swallowed more amniotic fluid (which is renewed every three hours) and will reject a large amount in the form of urine. The volume of liquid will decrease as baby grows.
Her skin thickens with grease, it is red because of the small blood vessels that travel.
It will begin to open its eyes and distinguish variations of light.
The ivory of his teeth is covered with enamel.

Good to Know
Sit and make napping as soon as possible.
eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, so you will also avoid having urinary infections.
Ventilate your mind and exercise (walking, swimming, gymnastics), the sport will have a beneficial effect on your back, your pelvic muscles and your abdominals.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Week 25 Of Pregnancy: 27 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Fatigue will begin to be felt. Your heart rate will accelerate because your uterus presses your ribcage. You'll also be less momentum.
You may have insomnia because your belly begins to interfere with you and your baby will have a pleasure to move while you try to rest.
You may suffer from constipation and recovered acids because progesterone slows digestion.

Your baby
It measures 32 cm long and weighs 750 g. Its growth slows but is much more regular basis.
The bones begin to harden and fat begins to form under his skin.
The nerves are formed and he is now able to cry.
His pace of sleep is more regular, but it is still not yours.
The brain continues its maturation and cells that compose prolonged by the axons and dendrites.

Good to Know
Your doctor will make a gynecological and obstetrical assess, it will check the movements of your baby, the height of the uterus… and will prescribe a blood test.
Continue to pay attention to your weight and especially rest.
Lie on your left side if you have a physical discomfort, they are caused by a compression of the vena cava (which ensures the circulation of blood to the heart) by your baby.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Week 24 Of Pregnancy: 26 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

You took 6 to 8 kg and your waist size has increased from 8 to 10 cm, continue to monitor your weight (no more than 400 g per week), your belly is increasingly imposing.
The uterus is about 24 cm tall. You can feel some contractions because your uterus is preparing for childbirth.
Increasing your blood volume can cause dizziness, do not rise too quickly.

Your baby
It now measured 30 cm and weighs 650 g. It moves a lot and he happens to knock the walls of the uterus.
It reacts to touch and sound, his hearing has been developed, it perceives the noise inside (heart beat, respiration) and external (voice, music…)
Her eyes are starting to open up, they are blue.
His lungs continue their development.

Good to Know
Begin slowly to establish a list of equipment you need for the arrival of your baby.
Stretch your hands on the belly and legs folded when you have contractions.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Week 23 Of Pregnancy: 25 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Your uterus continues to grow to allow your baby to grow up normally.
Your breathing is getting faster, in fact you have to eliminate twice as much carbon dioxide and provide oxygen to your baby.

Your baby
It now measured 28 cm and weighs 560 g. It moves a lot and made an average of 20 to 60 movements per half hour, it is capable of catching its feet.
The organs of your baby grow so fast, nerve cells are in place and will connect them.
The dental buds grow and are already preparing for the arrival of teeth by secreting of ivory.
It is now possible to differentiate completely his genitals. If it is a boy, the testicles are not yet descended into the scrotum.

Good to Know
Do not miss meal rich with iron (your baby needs) this will help you to avoid anemia, therefore eating meat, eggs, cereals, chocolate…
Beware of urine infections which can trigger premature delivery by causing contractions.
If you do not feel your baby move for more than 24 hours, consult your doctor.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mask Of Pregnancy

The sun and pregnancy are not always a mix! Be vigilant, hyperpigmentation can be seen on the face during your pregnancy. This is the famous mask of pregnancy, which occurs during sun exposure.

The mask of pregnancy, or chloasma, affects 70% of pregnant women, from the fourth month of pregnancy. It reaches more willingly to brown and takes the form of plates pigment brown, often symmetrical, more or less consistent and clearly limited. They are divided, generally on the forehead, temples and cheeks. 

Why this mask is it? 

The pregnancy causes an extraordinary increase in the rate of female hormones, leading at the same time increasing the synthesis of melanin. In this period, if the skin is exposed to the sun, there is hyper-pigmentation, and emerging tasks, especially in the face, which disappear after delivery. The chloasma may also occur in young women taking contraceptive pills containing estrogen and progestin. In this case, it tends to be located around the mouth. 

get rid of pregnancy mask

To prevent the appearance of the mask of pregnancy, only one rule: do not expose your skin to the sun! Apply a sunscreen total during the sunny periods to avoid its appearance. 

When the chloasma occurs during pregnancy, it disappears after six months after childbirth. Your dermatologist will prescribe the best cream suited to your skin. Applied spots on each evening for a few months, complementing a sunscreen during the day, it will ultimately mask the most tenacious. Creams that are usually used are based on hydroquinone associated with a corticosteroid, vitamin A acid (tretinoin) or alpha-hydroxyacides. 

After your childbirth avoid taking a contraceptive pill based estrogen and you must choose another method of contraception or a pill that contains only progestin

At a subsequent pregnancy, the risk of recidivism is important. During sunny periods, a high sun protection, or even total, is strongly recommended.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Good Nutrition During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, food is paramount: the needs are greater and it is essential to avoid deficiencies.

The choice of foods during pregnancy is essential. The needs of the mother are varied, both for a smooth pregnancy and a development without baby problem. The currency which should accompany you during pregnancy is: do not eat for two, but better to eat twice! 

Some habits to take… 

The first habit to take is to adopt a very regular rhythm food: the ideal is to make three meals each day equal on the energy plan, plus two snacks light. It is also important to always respect the balance by insisting on food intakes of carbohydrates, iron and calcium. Take regular nutritional supplements that you are prescribed (vitamin D, iron…) but do not take any polyvitamines without consulting your doctor.

From energy first! 

The "energy cost" of a pregnancy is an additional 150 kcal per day during the 1st quarter and 350 kcal at 2 and 3rd quarters. Of course, it depends on your body, your level of activity during pregnancy and other individual factors. Beware, if your ration energy is less than 1500 kcal per day during the second half of pregnancy, there can affect fetal growth

From meat to produce muscle! 

The recommended intakes of protein are 70 grams per day for a pregnant women. The dietary intake exceed widely, except in women belonging to groups “at risk”.

Want sweet? 

The metabolism of carbohydrates is profoundly altered during pregnancy, and glucose is very important for fetal tissue. We must focus on slow sugars (carbohydrates, for example) and spread carbohydrate meals during the day. The breakfast in particular should include slow carbohydrates: the risks of hypoglycemia are very important after fasting night. A breakfast carbohydrate must provide 40 to 50 grams of slow carbohydrates, which is the equivalent of 80 grams of bread or crackers 6 or 60 grams of cereal. 

The lipids for nerves… 

Lipids are important: they contribute to energy inputs. Care must be taken to their content of essential fatty acids, which are essential for newborns in general and a healthy development of nerve tissue in particular. 

Calcium: also good for Mom 

The needs for calcium are approximately 1000 mg per day. In addition to the bone mineralization in the child, the consumption of calcium protects pregnant woman's from the risk of hypertension and its serious complications and seizures of eclampsia. It enhances calcium in the milk to come. It would have a role in preventing the risk of postpartum depression

Vitamins are essential 

The needs of vitamins are all increased during pregnancy. The needs for vitamins A, C and B are easily covered by a food sufficiently diversified. However, the coverage needs folic acid (vitamin B9) is a problem, many women showing a low rate in early pregnancy. The folic acid deficiency increases the risk of prematurity and retarded fetal growth. It can cause serious birth defects affecting the nervous system in some women prone. It advises all women to increase food intake in folic acid, and take food supplements from the draft pregnancy (at least two months before conception) and throughout the first quarter. 

Vitamin D, often in late pregnancy, promotes hypocalcaemia newborn. That is why France on recommends vitamin D supplement systematically pregnant women, at least during the 3 rd quarter. 

Iron for your baby

The iron needs are increased especially in the last 6 months of pregnancy, and seek input from 30 to 50 mg per day minimum (the iron needs during pregnancy are so high that it is usually necessary to take supplements). A consequence of iron deficiency increases the risk of prematurity and fetal hypotrophie. Given low reserves before pregnancy, many women have anemia and must receive iron supplements. The women most at risk are adolescents, women with pregnancies or multiple quarters, vegetarian. 

The needs of other micronutrients (magnesium, zinc, iodine) are well covered by food. There is no evidence that fluoride supplements have an effect on future dental fetus. 

Finally, salt can be consumed normally during pregnancy is 10 to 12 grams per day, except against-medical indication.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Week 22 Of Pregnancy: 24 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


This week you may be prone to illness and feel weaker because your blood pressure decreases and your blood flow increases.
The weight of your belly is growing and will more and more difficult to bear.
The size of your kidneys has increased and they are working more and more.
A brown line may appear on your belly navel of the pubis, normal phenomenon that will disappear.

Your baby
It measures 26 cm and weighs 500 g.
Her skin has thickened. A viscous substance, vernix caseosa, protects your baby while bathing in amniotic fluid.
Her eyes are still closed but the eyelashes and eyebrows have emerged.
His immune system is being set up because his body begins to produce white blood cells.

Good to Know
Remember to sign up for a meeting for the preparation of childbirth.
You will experience some back pain, sit properly and keep you straight.
Feel free to practice a little weight lifting and swimming to relax your muscle.
To prevent dizziness caused by increasing your blood volume, do not suddenly change your position from lying to sitting or standing, and do not stay in places too hot.
Avoid the sun, consider putting a protective sunscreen cream to prevent the mask of pregnancy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

21st Week Of Pregnancy: 23 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


Your diaphragm back and your stomach is up slightly on the side because the uterus magnifying moves your internal organs. It always has the size of a melon.
Your weight increases and you feel a great desire to sleep.
The leaking can occur, in fact your perineum is hard because it is impregnated with progesterone
Be careful because the fungal vaginal secretions will also increase.

Your baby
It measures about 24 cm, weighs approximately 450 grams and starts sucking his thumb.
It looks more and more like a newborn. His hair and nails continue to grow.
The placenta is definitively established and produces the necessary hormones.
The lungs continue to grow. The respiratory movements are more frequent, but still irregular.
You can now communicate and play with him because he perceives the sounds from outside.

Good to Know
Always have a balanced diet, take care not to take too much weight, weigh yourself once a week.
Beware of hemorrhoids and don’t remain constipated to avoid them.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Week 20 Of Pregnancy: 22 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


Your uterus is measuring 20 cm, it is the size of a melon.
You can encounter bloodstream problems and have heavy legs. Indeed, your blood volume increases by 40% to feed your baby via the placenta. Your baby grows and has therefore increasing needs.
Your thyroid gland is also very active and causes an increase your temperature, you sweat more and have hot flashes.

Your baby
It has grown and now measure 23 cm and weighs about 385 g. His head is less bulky compared to the rest of the body, he began to fit.
His brain is developing very quickly. His muscles are consolidating.
The pancreas starts to produce insulin to regulate blood sugar in the blood.
He swims in 500 cm3 of amniotic fluid and drink more and more, which may give him the hiccups.
The internal sexual organs continue their development, if it is a girl's vagina begins to form and her ovaries are already producing sexual primitive cells.

Good to Know
It is time to move to your second ultrasound, known as morphological. The doctor will examine your baby in detail in order to detect any anomalies. The examination takes about 30 minutes. If you wish, you can also find out the sex of your baby.
Think to sleep legs slightly elevated, avoid hot showers and walk at least 30 minutes a day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Week 19 Of Pregnancy: 21 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


Your belly is increasingly heavy because it has yet taken the volume. Your uterus has reached your navel. Don’t lean too backward, thing that you'll tend to be done to counterbalance the weight of your belly.
You're happy, flourishing and healthy but you always feel some chest pressure because the volume of your ribcage is reduced and you have to eliminate carbon dioxide for two.

Your baby
It measures 22 cm and weighs 350 g. It moves a lot and is increasingly active. It is capable of getting his hands or his feet and have fun with the umbilical cord.
He sleeps a lot (16 to 20 hours per day), unfortunately it was the night he wakes up. It alternates between phases of deep sleep and light sleep phases.
His immune system starts to develop.

Good to Know
Try to practice breathing exercises regularly, they will be very useful for delivery. Think also to do some exercises for your perineum, these muscle work a lot during pregnancy and during delivery.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Week 18 Of Pregnancy: 20 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


This is the beginning of the fifth month, your uterus has reached the level of your navel. Your breasts have also grown, their halo is darker and wider.
You feel more and more baby move because its movements are more vigorous and you can see your belly move.
You will feel in good shape but more and more momentum because your uterus reduced the volume of your ribcage. You may also sweat advantage and have some hot flashes.

Your baby
It measures 20 cm and weighs 240 g.
It moves and gives a lot of kicks.
Its growth is very fast. His muscles develop and strengthen each day, its movements are therefore increasingly intense.
He begins to respond to external stimuli as feelings begin to develop.
His fingernails are beginning to form, his skin thickens and fingerprints are already determined.

Good to Know
Consume calcium for your baby bones.
Think possibly to practice a way of preparation for childbirth, they are offered by most hospitals.
If you wish, it's time to travel.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Why Breastfeeding Is So Important?

Breastfeeding is the easiest, safest and natural way to feed your baby. Breast milk contains proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals necessary for a healthy baby.

In the first hours after childbirth, you will see colostrum out of your breasts in small quantities and you need to offer your two breasts. It is a fluid rich in nutrients and antibodies that strengthen the immune system of your baby.

The more you breastfeed your baby, the more the volume of milk increases, regardless of the volume of your breasts and you feel first of all small uterine contractions and secretion of small blood at your vagina, that's the natural way and of course the healthy for your baby and you.

What To Eat ?

Your diet should be rich in liquid and calories (500 calories per day), this-said, more than during pregnancy. You will need to consume calcium, whether dairy or other foods that contain (ice, sardines, green vegetables) or pills that you take during your pregnancy.


Some basic rules of hygiene are also respected as washing hands before each feeding and not your breasts as you destroy natural lubricants . Keep dry breasts between two feedings if necessary using compresses own pads or breastfeeding. Assied comfortably, back well supported.

The crevasse occur in 20% of cases making feedings painful and cause anxiety, insomnia and loss of milk secretion.

To avoid them, follow this technique: keep the baby's mouth at the height of the nipple so the suction applies throughout the areola and not just on the nipple. Avoid using the tips on breast disinfectants strong odor and drying (alcohol) and deodorants or soap.

Similarly, it is essential to dry nipples after each feeding to avoid any residual moisture promoting maceration. It should also avoid compresses induced or "bull-milk" lined with plastic that keep moisture on the nipples.

In the case of splits, avoid the use of very common soap and water, and apply your nipples of pure lanolin, for sale in pharmacies, and allow them to find in their normal state a few days. If you feel your breasts hard and sore, apply to bands of warm water and proceed with a light massage and manually remove excess milk.


In addition, some disadvantages associated with breastfeeding may interfere with some mothers. As for example the need to be always available to her baby while it is not impossible to replace from time to time by a feeding bottle for personal convenience.

Remember especially that breast milk is the best food for your infant. Even manufacturers of milk for infants say on the packaging! So do not deprive your baby of its virtues.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cramps, Bleeding, Abdominal Pain

It is cumbersome pelvic, sometimes very acute pain at the pubis when the woman looks forward for example, or it makes certain movements. Sometimes, it also suffers from back pain, gluteal, sciatica (behind the thigh), which hinder the walk. They are usually due and to distensions ligament, especially those ligaments of the uterus due to its increasing volume, to inconvenient and painful they are, these pains are not serious.

Bleeding and cramping can occur frequently in the first trimester of pregnancy also known as implantation bleeding and may not be a sign of problems. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, spottier and lighter in color than a normal period and doesn't last as long and they are normal pregnancy symptoms that can occur anywhere from 6-12 days after possible conception.

Here is a quick list of this symptoms:

The muscle cramps

Mainly located in the lower limbs, they are more frequent during pregnancy. They are harmless without gravity.

The joint pain

The pain of all kinds can also occur late in pregnancy, they disappear after delivery.

The back pain and backache

The back pain may occur sooner and increase considerably after the sixth month. They grow depending on the number of pregnancies and age. They are due to both the hyper lordosis, the overload disc and ligament tensions.

They enjoy the rest lying, epidurals infiltration of steroids, rather than anti-inflammatories which are against-listed in the first 3 months of pregnancy and low recommended in recent months.

Quick Solution

Back pain can be improved by massage and physiotherapy, and gymnastics can be a useful adjunct.

Be Careful!

Heavy bleeding with back pain can be a symptom of miscarriage and several other problems like molar pregnancies, ectopic pregnancies and should always be reported to your doctor, this is a critical period for your pregnancy and you should be careful.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Week 17 Of Pregnancy: 19 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Your uterus continues to develop and this time, your belly has finally rounded. You will no longer conceal your condition and will be proud to show it.
Your intestinal transit still works in slow motion.
You may feel an increase in your libido during the second quarter.

Your baby
It measures 19 cm and weighs 200 g and continues to move much within the amniotic cavity.
Her skin is still thin and transparent; all the capillaries that run are visible.
The nerve fibers of the spinal cord begin to surround himself with myelin( the fatty sheath that lead to nerve impulses).
Sex is now sufficiently formed and can be seen with the ultrasound.

Good to Know
It is time to renew your wardrobe, prefer trousers or skirts with elastic and adjustable height.
Eat foods rich in fiber.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Week 16 Of Pregnancy: 18 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

You will begin to feel your baby move.
Your uterus size is about 15 cm tall, you may feel small contractions because your uterus is in childbirth state.
You may be prone to constipation due to a slowdown of intestinal transit.
You can see the emergence of a mask of pregnancy (brown spots on the face and body) which disappears after childbirth.

Your baby
It measures 17 cm and weighs 160 g.
The ears are at their final place, his eyelids are still closed but the retina is already sensitive to outside light, it will therefore protect his eyes with his hands if it is too intense.
His body is covered with a thin duvet that fall at birth.
His intestines are starting their work.

Good to Know
Eat fiber to avoid constipation.
Protect yourself from the sun to avoid the appearance of the mask of pregnancy.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Late Pregnancy Risks

Late pregnancy from 38 years according to medical terminology must be very well monitored. Doctors are particularly vigilant to certain diseases that can complicate your pregnancy or have an impact on your future baby.

I will try to show you the most common risk that is associated with late pregnancy

  • The more you are older, the more you are exposed to hypertension and its complications, such as pre-eclampsia (syndrome involving high blood pressure, edema and presence of protein in the urine) or a detachment of the placenta. A hypertension is the cause of your baby having a low weight.

  • The gestational diabetes (which occurs during pregnancy and then disappears) is characterized by an excess of sugar in the blood. Its frequency increases after 40 years and giving rise too high weight of the baby. If necessary, a diet is then advised (calorie reduction with sugars).

  • The risk of prematurity is higher (multiplied by 1.7 compared to the general population) because the uterus has a poorer ability to endure pregnancy. The solution: the rest.

  • At this age too, uterine fibroids are more numerous. But in most cases, they do not disturb the course of the pregnancy.

  • The risk of trisomy 21 increases. At 25 years, it is 1 per 1250 births, 40 years from 1 to 110, and 45 years of 1 to 30. Amniocentesis, which can be achieved from the 15th week, will remove doubt.

  • There are two times more cesarean sections at this age because the uterus is less contractile and the collar and less flexible. They are perfectly controlled by the surgical team.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Week 15 Of Pregnancy: 17 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

You are going to be breathless.
Your uterus has the size of a coconut.
Your hair and your nails will be more beautiful, this is due to hormones.

Your baby
It was now 16 cm from head to toe and weighs 135 g.
It moves a lot and you can feel that you are already a mother, a little patience then.
The cells are formed in each of lung lobes s but his lungs are not functioning yet, they are now filled with amniotic fluid and can be observed by there rapid and irregular movements of his chest that rises and drops to enter and expel liquid.
His hair continues to grow and it begins to grow on its skin, allowing it to maintain its body temperature constant.

Good to Know
This week you will spend your second mandatory prenatal visit during which your doctor will check weight, tension, smooth pregnancy, marital status of the cervix, blood test
Do not give up the sex, progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, stimulates desire.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Week 14 Of Pregnancy: 16 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


You'll be in better shape this week and you will have better mine.
Your nipples become more salient and you can have a yellowish flow at the breasts: colostrum
Your heart must make additional efforts to ensure the bloodstream (flow of 5.5 liters of blood per minute, 4 in normal times).

Your baby
It was now about 14 cm long and weighed around 100 g.
His legs and his arms are in balanced proportions.
The heart beats 110 to 120 beats per minute.
He can move his eyes and eyebrows but he cannot yet open its eyelids.
His intestine that was wrapped around the umbilical cord will return to the abdomen.
It will slowly begin to kicking that you can not even feel.

Good to Know
Eat light and not too acidic because your uterus going back may have an impact on digestion.
Drink plenty of water to produce amniotic fluid and facilitate the increase in blood volume.
Watch your weight.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Contractions And Bloating

You are expecting a baby since only a few weeks, you're on your puff… except that from time to time, you feel a kind of tension in the belly, or, more rarely, a dull ache, quite bearable, a little reminiscent of those of your menstrual period. They are contractions. To have the heart net, it's easy: put your two hands on each side of the navel and press gently, hands well flat, as if you wanted to test the flexibility of a mattress. If your stomach is hard everywhere, it is a contraction. 

During the first quarter, the future placenta secretes large amounts of estrogen, hormones that promote contractions of the uterus. From the fourth month, however, the rate of progesterone - whose mission is to relax the uterine muscle - increases and overrides that of estrogen. That is why expectant mothers generally have fewer contractions in the second as the first quarter.

In practice, every woman is unique, and some mothers may feel more in the second quarter that the first three months… So should they worry? If contractions are infrequent, less than ten a day, and painless, there is no need to consult your doctor. Some mothers lie without precaution or fall sharply, with the stroke of a kidney, strongly requesting their abdominal and uterine… responds by contracting. This is the normal reaction of a muscle! ".

Friday, June 27, 2008

Rib Pain During Pregnancy

I got a message from a reader named Tania and she's asking a question about pain during pregnancy. Please feel free to add your comment for helpful information.



I want to know if you can give me some information because I should give birth on August 18 and I have great difficulty in my pond on the left side. I am pregnant with my second baby and for the first, I did not have this problem. 



Hello Tania, 

Remember, first, that each pregnancy is unique and each baby as well. It is normal that you feel different symptoms during your successive pregnancies. Perhaps your second baby is positioned in such way, so that it makes you feel uncomfortable! However, if this feeling is getting worse, do not hesitate to talk to your gynaecologist.. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Week 13 Of Pregnancy: 15 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

This week marks the end of the third month. You will be increasingly cramped in your current clothing, think therefore you obtain the most suitable for your condition.
The nausea and heartburn fade.
Your uterus is still swollen; it measures about 7 cm and is the size of a large grapefruit.

Your baby
Your baby continues to grow. It measures about 12 cm and weighs between 50 g and 65 g.
His head measuring 3.5 cm and it can now move.
It moves a lot and can open his hands.
He started drinking amniotic fluid because it can open his mouth; he begins his introduction to taste. The pigmentation of his skin starts to develop.

Good to Know
Think of your skin and keep it well hydrated.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Week 12 Of Pregnancy: 14 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Your chest has increased and your breasts are fragile. Be sure to wear a bra adapted and avoid hot baths.
You will have less nausea and will be less tired.
A small dark line may appear on the belly of the navel to the pubic. It will disappear after birth.

Your baby
It measures about 10 cm and weighs about 45 g.
His eyes and ears take their final position. His nails and her hair began to grow.
His nervous system works and muscles respond to the brain. It may now move its members.
The bone marrow and the liver begins to produce blood cells.
The placenta begins to function and the umbilical cord to circulate blood.
If it is a boy, his penis is formed.

Good to Know
Think also enroll in a maternity ward and a nursery.
Continue to adhere to a healthy and balanced diet and eat foods rich in iron so as not to be anaemic.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Week 11 Of Pregnancy: 13 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


Your stomach starts to round up. Your uterus continues to grow, he now has the size of a grapefruit, you can feel a pressing in your belly.

Your heart rate is accelerated; six to eight beats per minute.

At this stage there is virtually no risk of miscarriage.

Your baby

It was now 8 cm and weighs about 30 g.

The first bones appear (the bones of the pelvis and ribs) and spine develops.

The head is still big, it represents one third of the body. The nose emerges in the middle of the face and chin and nostrils open.

The vital organs are formed and most of them work.

Good to Know

Practice of non-violent sports activities (walking, swimming, gymnastics gentle yoga…).

Watching your diet and your weight gain during pregnancy is vital, a balanced diet will help the healthy development of your baby because it draws in your blood essential elements to its growth (vitamins, minerals…)

Remember to prevent your employer.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vitamins, Minerals… To Take or Not During My Pregnancy ?

Nutrient supplementation, is it really useful when expecting a baby? What about food supplements and fortified foods?

A varied and balanced diet

Since the mother has a varied and balanced diet, it will draw all the nutrients she needs for her and for the proper development of her child. Nature is very well done, pregnancy is indeed profound metabolic changes that lead to greater absorption by the body of these nutrients. Nevertheless, some can be prescribed by your doctor, but for supplements and fortified foods, you do not need.

At the doctor, drug supplements

Four nutrients - vitamins B9 and D, iron, iodine - can be prescribed. No other supplementation (vitamin A, fluorine, polyvitamins, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, copper and selenium…) is justified.

Vitamin B9

What is it?
Also called folic acid, it plays a crucial role in the growth and multiplication of cells. A deficiency in vitamin B9 prevents cells from dividing properly, posing a risk of malformation - including that of neural tube, which is the outline of the nervous system of the embryo. The neural tube fails to close properly (this closure takes place between the 22nd and 28th day after conception), which can cause serious neurological damage for the baby.

For whom?
For all women during pregnancy, a month before the start of pregnancy and for two months after conception. Despite the recommendation, few doctors prescribe their patients vitamin B9… If your gynecologist does not ask you, ask yourself the question. And think about it when you have the chance to make a healthy baby!

Vitamin D

What is it?
She participates in the construction of the skeleton of the baby and the healthy bones of her mother because it promotes the establishment of calcium. It reduces the risk of Hypocalcaemia for newborn.

For whom?
For all pregnant women, a supplementation of vitamin D is recommended at the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy (single dose).

The iron

What is it?
It comes in the composition of hemoglobin. A deficiency may cause the mother anemia. This translates into a great fatigue, which can lead to a slight increase in weight of the fetus and a premature birth.

For whom?
Only for expectant mothers. Anemia must be identified very early, to avoid any complication during your pregnancy.


What is it?
It is essential for brain development of fetuses and ensures the proper functioning of the thyroid gland of the mother.

For whom?
Only for women living in areas at risk of deficiency.

As i always say: Keep things simple and natural, nature is very well done.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Week 10 Of Pregnancy: 12 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Your nausea must begin to diminish and your frequent urination will cease. Indeed, your uterus is growing back into the abdominal cavity and frees your bladder which is now more compressed.
You can feel some pain caused by tension and stretch ligaments of the uterus.
If you have lost your appetite it will be back now, but be careful not to eat any way and watch your weight.

Your baby
It measures 6 cm and weighs about 18 g. It starts moving his head and arms but you still do not feel its movements.
His brain has grown and its nerve cells multiply very quickly.
The head is still very big compared to the rest of the body, but his face takes on a human form. The inner ear is continuing its development and external party begins to emerge.
The buds of permanent teeth emerge and bulbs hairs are starting to take shape.
The vital organs continue their development (lungs, kidneys). The liver is rather impressive; it represents 10% of total body weight and manufactures blood cells.

Good to Know
This week you'll spend your first ultrasound, when loaded with emotion because this is the first time you see your baby. It would confirm the smooth running of your pregnancy and monitor your baby's development.
If you are not immune against toxoplasmosis, a blood test is required monthly to check serology.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Week 9 Of Pregnancy: 11 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Your heart rate increases and you are going to have breathing with difficulty very quickly.
Your body change and your uterus keep growing; it now has the size of an orange, here you must think about getting pregnancy clothes.
Your kidneys will work to your advantage to eliminate waste but also those of your baby. It is therefore advisable to drink plenty of water, which will also avoid urinary tract infections.

Your baby
It was during this week that your baby is no longer an embryo but a fetus. Its size is 5.5 cm and weighs about 9 g.
His head is recovering gradually and starts to round up, but it is still very large. Eyelids completely cover their eyes. The lips are emerging and her face is identifiable.
His arms and legs continue to grow and hands and feet grow this week.
The genital tracts are differentiated (ovaries or testes), if it is a boy, his testicles are beginning to produce testosterone.
The heart beats between 110 and 160 beats per minute at its own pace.

Good to Know
Make an appointment for your first ultrasound to be held the tenth week of pregnancy to ensure its smooth running.
Improve your circulation daily by walking and breathing calmly.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The First Three Symptoms of Pregnancy

The hormonal disruption caused by pregnancy can cause some early symptoms which one the most common of them is a missed period.

1st Symptom: Late period
The cessation of period is the first sign the most obvious. However, many women have irregular periods due to hormonal problems, making the sign a little less reliable. A delayed period will therefore not necessarily indicate a sign of pregnancy. Also, you can get pregnant after having several rounds without rules.

The period generally occur 15 days after ovulation when an egg is not fertilized. However, it can happen to a woman to have a cycle without ovulation. If your menstrual cycle is regular, the absence of period can be a sign of pregnancy.

2nd Symptoms: Larger and more sensitive breast

This is one of the first metamorphoses of pregnancy, your breasts are suddenly tougher and more voluminous. They are also inflated that two or three days before your period but also more painful, especially on the sides. Take a shower or sleep on their stomachs can become a true ordeal. The nipples take a darker color. Sometimes small protrusions called Montgomery's Tubercules can appear.

From the beginning of your pregnancy your breast is preparing to feed your child and to produce milk. Remember to change your size bras, the breasts have no muscles to support them when they become too heavy.

3rd symptoms: nausea and vomiting

Again, this is not an exclusive signs of pregnancy. Indeed, these symptoms usually occur only after a few weeks of pregnancy and can strike at any time, usually around two months. They are often accompanied with morning sickness.

Two scenarios arise, or you swallow everything that you fall under the hand, or you'll be sick having to eat certain foods.
Pregnancy can cause discomfort, comparable to seasickness, what to eat is still the best remedies. The challenge will be to choose your food. You may be surprised to see your favorite foods turn into food torture. It is also recommended to eat balanced.

Even if these symptoms are very revealing, they can not alone confirm a pregnancy. A pregnancy test and above all a confirmation of your gynecologist will give you a confirmation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Week 8 Of Pregnancy: 10 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

Discomfort related to pregnancy are starting to diminish (bloating, heartburn, constipation ...).
Your uterus grows and uterine fibers become longer and elastic. Col softens and becomes more flexible in anticipation of delivery.
You can also feel pain and cramps because your uterus compresses your organs during his development.

Your baby
All his organs are practically formed at this point it measures 3 cm and weighs about 3 g. He almost looks human and his brain develops very slowly. Her little heart beats, it can be heard through the Doppler, the left and right side are now quite distinct.
The head stands up and takes a rounded shape. The hands and feet have their final form, fingers and toes continue their development .The vital organs are now well in place, namely the heart, brain, lungs, liver and intestines, but they are still very fragile.
The face, palate and jaw are formed and the genitals are growing but are not yet differentiated.

Good to Know
Remember to make your first ultrasound to check if your baby is normal.
To prevent stretch, hydrate your body and watch your weight. Moisturize also you skin and avoid exposure to the sun .

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Week 7 Of Pregnancy: 9 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

You will always have nausea and minor discomfort but they will eventually disappear.
You'll also be very tired.
Your kidneys are working hard, think therefore to drink plenty of water (1.5 liters per day) to eliminate, it will also reduce your nausea.

Your baby
Your baby starts to move, you do not yet feel but can see its movements during the ultrasound. It measures about 20 mm and weighs 2 grams, he grew very rapidly and its size has almost doubled compared to last week.
His head is now separated from the body by the neck, despite the fact that it is still larger than the body.
The arms and legs get longer, his face becomes clear, eyelids, eyes closer, dental buds appear and the optic nerve is working. The fingers and toes begin to form and elbows also. The canal urogenital being put in place, lungs and other organs continue to grow.

Good to Know
Be careful with your weight gain during pregnancy , don’t do a diet plan without the advice of your doctor if you notice a weight gain too great.
Have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.

Make an appointment with your gynecologist for your first prenatal visit mandatory.
It is also the time to declare your pregnancy to various agencies such as Social Security by sending them the form that you have given your doctor.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Week 6 of Pregnancy: 8 Weeks Of Amenorrhea

This week physical discomforts are more and more frequent under the influence of hormones that have reached their maximum rate. You can therefore be subject to small discomforts (especially in late morning), constipation, excessive salivation, poor blood circulation (walk at least 30 minutes per day).

The areola of your breasts enlarge, and the venous system is more apparent. Your uterus grows and you'll often want to urinate because it relies on your bladder. Above all, avoid overwork because the risks of miscarriage are still present. It usually manifests itself by blood loss and pain in your lower back.

Your baby
You can not even feel it but at this stage your baby moves already. The majority of its organs are made; it is approximately 10 to 14 mm and his weighs is 1.7 g.The head of the embryo is huge and represents nearly half the volume of his body.Her face begins to take shape, his tongue, nostrils and mouth is apparent. His eyes and ears internal develop. The vertebras that form the spine are undergoing formation and his fingers are starting to take shape.

Good to Know
Avoid intense physical exertion because at this stage the embryo is not yet hooked to the uterine wall. Practice therefore sweet sports such as swimming, walking, yoga…

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Week 5 Of Pregnancy: 7 Weeks Of Amenorrhea


Your breasts are hard and continue to grow. Small symptoms of pregnancy are present, namely nausea, tiredness …
You are hypersensitive, anxious and go suddenly from laughter to tears.
Your digestive system works more slowly with the consequences of bloating, heartburn and a bad digestion accompanied by constipation.

Be patient all these small problems will disappear within the next few weeks, they attest to the smooth running of your pregnancy.

Your baby
It continues to grow and is about 6 mm. Its members are beginning to grow, arms and legs get longer. The eyes and ears form, we also saw small holes in the nostrils, lips and tongue.

His heart has doubled in volume and starts to beat regularly but two times faster than an adult. The sides of the brain begin to develop.

At this stage of development your baby is very vulnerable because the formation of its principal organs (stomach, pancreas, kidneys, lungs and liver) is nearing completion. Be vigilant and do nothing that might affect your baby.

Good to Know
Eat (vegetables, fruit, bread), drink plenty of water and walk to help digestion.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Menstrual Cycle

The period of fertility is quite long for a woman: with puberty, which begins on average at 13 years and menopause, which occurs around 51 years, it still represents 38 years and nearly 500 rounds of 28 days!

Starting the first day of your period and ending the first day of the next menstrual period, a cycle lasts an average of 28 days, but there are wide variations from one woman to another and for the same woman.

Regular cycles have a dependence of the good functioning ovarian, itself controlled by two small glands of the brain (the hypothalamus and pituitary), it takes little to disrupt the mechanism precision: most of the conditions endocrine, being anorexic, or obese and to a lesser extent, stress can affect the smooth running of the menstrual cycle. This explains why it happens to all women or almost, to have shorter cycles and other longer during their lives. At the time of puberty and before menopause, this irregularity is almost inevitable.

4th Week Of Pregnancy

The volume of the uterus has increased. From the size of a fig before conception, to the size of a mandarin. It presses the bladder that causes frequent urination. For most women, nausea (especially in the morning on an empty stomach) and irrepressible desire to sleep during the day (especially after lunch) ... for several weeks.

Your baby
This is the beginning of organogenesis, the establishment of organs. The disc embryonic wraps itself on itself to become a cylinder. The embryo looks like a small bean and measure 5 mm in the 28th day. His weight has increased by 10 000 (it weighs less than a gram!) Since Day 1. It fleet in the middle of the amniotic cavity, connected by the umbilical cord.

Good to Know
Do not panic if small bleeding occur. They may be due to erosion of blood vessels of the uterine lining. Call your doctor if they are accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen. They may be a sign of a miscarriage.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

3rd Week Of Pregnancy

You have a missed period. Your breasts are stretched and inflated, you have maybe some nausea, you are a little tired ... The estrogen and progesterone produced by the corpus luteum of the ovary and chorionic and the gonadotropin hormone produced by the trophoblast (future placenta), are responsible for all the little discomfort. Their role is to prevent the embryo to be expelled from the uterine lining.

Your baby
The cell divisions are accelerating, the size of the embryonic disc (no longer called the "egg") is 1.5 mm and it double in size each day. On its upper side, a bulge is created which will give birth to the future nervous system. A draft heart, in the form of two tubes appears.

Good to Know
Private or public? Midwife or obstetrician? It's time to ask the right questions about motherhood where you want to give birth.

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