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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How do I know what's normal?

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 04:43pm
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As you prepare to become a parent during pregnancy, remember it's normal to:

  • Experience Highs and Lows
  • Pregnancy can be an emotional high as well as an emotional low, and this is perfectly normal. You may be happy about the life growing inside, but you can also be overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility and concerned about the impact this new life will have on your existing life.
  • Pregnancy is a time of emotional and physical change so it's natural to feel overwhelmed with different kinds of emotions. If you are experiencing difficulty coping with your changing emotions or If you are experiencing more than two of the following symptoms or they are getting worse let your doctor or midwife know:
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping even when you have the opportunity to sleep.
  • Persistent worrying about the pregnancy or the developing baby
  • Feeling very sad for no apparent reason
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Experiencing feelings of helplessness , hopelessness, guilt, failure or low self-esteem
  • Feeling isolated
  • Feelings of irritability and or not wanting the baby
  • Feeling anxious or on edge. or panicky
  • Mood swings all the time.
  • Obsessive thoughts, ideas or feelings or odd or frightening thoughts or ideas.
  • A feeling that you can't see things getting any better
  • Have Lots of Worries
  • It is normal to wonder whether you will be a good parent or whether your baby will be normal. Community resources are available to support new parents and help them develop their skills and confidence in parenting. All parents need help - don't be afraid to ask.
  • Discuss any worries you may have with someone you trust and feel comfortable with. This may be your doctor, nurse, midwife, partner, a friend or a member of your family.
  • Require Extra Emotional and Physical Support
  • During pregnancy it is natural to feel the need for extra support, both emotionally and physically.
  • It is normal to feel irritable and moody at times, while feeling thrilled at others.
  • To Help Yourself:
  • Eat well

    A healthy lifestyle that involves eating well (according to the recommended nutritional requirements for pregnant women), staying active, and obtaining regular medical care throughout pregnancy, will contribute to you and your baby's short and long term health.

  • Relax

    Make time for yourself on a daily basis. It is important that you give yourself time to rest, relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

  • Exercise

    Daily physical activity, such as walking, will help you reduce any stress you may be feeling and can help with your mood as well (make sure your doctor or midwife has approved all physical exercise).

  • Plan ahead

    Plan ahead as much as possible. This applies to your workplace and home. At work, organize things so you can leave your job with everything in order. At home, you may want to get your baby's things ready, or prepare an older sibling for the new arrival.



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Nosebleeds and Nasal Stuffiness

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:21pm
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Did you know that the estrogen hormone can cause stuffy noses and nose bleeds during pregnancy? There are things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Try these tips:

  • Avoid overheated air.
  • Limit your use of antihistamine nasal sprays.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Avoid environments where people are smoking.
  • Breathe in the steam from a hot shower or a pot of hot water.
  • Massage your sinuses with your fingertips.
  • Try salt-water nose drops; dissolve ¼ teaspoon salt in 1 cup of water.

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Scheduling Hazards

by Maxine
Posted August 10 2010 02:41pm
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Some precautions a pregnant couple can take:

  • If shift work or night work is necessary, find ways to reduce its impact—like resting during breaks—or attempt to reduce all other risk factors.
  • Consider having work reduced hours or taking some leave during pregnancy.
  • Consider less stressful ways of commuting, for example, carpooling instead of public transit.
  • Use your breaks and mealtimes to rest, stretch, move around and go to the bathroom.  

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