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Fetal Growth and Development

by Maxine
Posted July 7 2010 12:03pm

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends. It’s also a time when you might have more questions than answers about how your baby is developing. In an effort to help you find the answers you are looking for, we have provided a link to one website we believe offers a clear and concise overview of the different stages of your baby’s development, week by week, trimester by trimester:  Pregnancy.org

As each week of your pregnancy unfolds, Pregnancy.org provides detailed descriptions and pictures of real embryos and fetuses to bring the experience of fetal development to life and help you better understand your baby’s growth.

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Prenatal Nutrition

by Guest
Posted July 26 2010 10:01pm
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Maintaining a healthy diet when you're pregnant is very important.

Maintaining a healthy diet when you're pregnant is very important. What you eat gives your baby the nutrition she'll need to grow and be healthy. This booklet will help you understand how much you should eat, what you should be eating and it answers many of the most common questions that parents have about prenatal nutrition.

Download Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby (PDF).

Used with permission from the Best Start Resource Centre.

 

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Groin Pain

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:11pm
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You may feel pain in the groin area due to stretching of the round ligaments that support the uterus. As the uterus gets bigger, these ligaments must stretch. These pains are normal and can occur when you sneeze, cough or move suddenly.
What can you do about groin pain?

  • Try and avoid sudden movements.
  • Bend at the hips to sneeze or cough.
  • Try lying on your side and bring the knees up toward the chest.
  • Take a warm bath or apply heat to the groin area

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Foods to Avoid in Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 10 2010 01:51pm
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Wondering if you can eat that shrimp appetizer? Pregnant women do need to be careful about what they eat since various foods and even herbal remedies can contain parasites or cause food poisoning. 

Herbal Remedies

Talk to your doctor before you take any herbals – the jury is still out on whether natural remedies are safe for pregnant woman. But there are some remedies pregnant women should avoid because of known side effects (such as allergic reactions or vomiting).

They include:

  • aloes
  • black cohosh
  • burdock
  • calendula
  • castor
  • chaste tree
  • comfrey
  • feverfew
  • ginseng
  • golden seal
  • hops
  • dong quai
  • juniper
  • kava
  • licorice
  • lobelia
  • parsley
  • passion flower
  • pennyroyal
  • rosemary
  • rue
  • skullcap
  • tansy
  • valerian
  • uva-ursi
  • wild yam


Note: parsley and rosemary in cooking are safe in small amounts.

Caffeine

Cut back your caffeine (found in coffee, tea, colas and chocolate) because it drains calcium from your body and interferes with absorbing iron.

Fish

Avoid fish with methylmercury, a neurotoxin that can cause brain damage in the baby. While light canned tuna, sardines, anchovies and salmon as well as many white fish (including bass, mackerel, sole, snapper and even shrimp) are considered okay to eat, avoid tuna steaks, large predatory fish such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, Tilefish, Walleye and Muskellunge.

Limit eating of canned white, albacore or bluefin tuna, bluefish, grouper, lobster and orange roughy to once a month.

Food-Bourne Illnesses

Say no to hot dogs, deli meats (okay to eat if they have been reheated), soft or blue-veined cheeses, refrigerated pate and smoked seafood (okay to eat if it’s in a cooked meal though.) These may cause food poisoning such as listeriosis or toxoplasmosis, both of which put you and your baby’s health at risk.

 


If you're pregnant or thinking about having a baby, check out www.welcometoparenting.com. These interactive, online prenatal and parenting classes will provide information on pregnancy, labour and delivery, your relationship and a community of expectant and new parents just like you! Watch the overview video!

 

 

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