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.

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