Fatigue or Difficulty Sleeping in Pregnancy

by Guest
Posted July 7 2010 12:11pm
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Fatigue or difficulty sleeping during pregnancy is quite common for a number of reasons. Early on, your body is experiencing numerous system changes. These changes require a great deal of energy and can therefore affect normal sleeping patterns. As pregnancy continues, the growth and development of the baby puts more demands on you, thus causing fatigue.

By the end of pregnancy, there can be many things that keep you from getting a restful night's sleep. The physical size of your belly, heartburn, pressure on the bladder, which makes you have to pee, as well as the baby moving around are a few common reasons.

Fatigue is a sign that the body needs more rest. So how can you solve this problem? Know what can and can't be done in a day and take time out to rest. Eating smaller meals several times a day and trying a few relaxation activities (like a relaxation exercise or a warm bath) may also help you sleep better.

Find our more about Sleep and Pregnancy.  


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What Happens When I am Admitted to Hospital? The Delivery Suite

by Maxine
Posted July 7 2010 12:12pm
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The part of the hospital where you will birth your baby is called the Delivery Suite. A lot happens in this place even before the delivery of your little one.

The first person you will meet once you are admitted to the Delivery Suite is your nurse. She or he is the person who will accompany you to your birthing room. Birthing rooms vary in size and some have things like showers and rocking chairs, while others do not. However, just about all birthing rooms are private, quiet spaces. Your nurse will introduce her or himself and ask you some questions about your health and your pregnancy. That means you can feel free to share your wishes for your labour and delivery with your nurse.

By this time, you may have already started to have some contractions. Your nurse can be very supportive in assisting you with relaxation techniques while you explain some of the ways you would like to work through this part of your birthing experience.

Shortly after you become acquainted with your nurse, she or he will ask to take some blood from your arm. Most hospitals take at least two tubes of blood. The first checks what is called your CBC or complete blood count. Think of this test as telling an overall story about your blood. It checks for possible infections and deficiencies which can help determine the course of your care while in the Birthing Unit. For example, the results of your CBC let the doctors and nurses know whether it is safe for you to have an epidural.

The second tube checks for bacteria or viruses in your blood and for your blood type. This test is called a Blood Group and Antibody Screen test. It is important in the rare instance that you need to be given some extra blood while at the hospital. At this time, an IV may also be started depending on your medical need or the policy of the hospital in which you are delivering.

In addition to asking how your health and pregnancy have been, your nurse will take your vital signs (for example, your heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure). She or he will listen to your baby’s heartbeat and will ask to gently feel your abdomen to determine the general position of your baby. This procedure doesn’t hurt and is done while you sit back in your birthing room bed. Also, when you have a contraction, your nurse will ask to gently feel your abdomen. This is done to get an idea of how intense your contractions are. The nurse might ask you where the contractions feel most intense (for example, in your lower pelvis or lower back). Throughout this time, you should feel free to ask questions about your care while in the Birthing Unit.

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by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:55pm

A cradle is a product with rigid sides which provides a sleeping place for an infant. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their back in a crib that meets current Canadian safety standards in their parents room.  If you choose to use a cradle, Health Canada has just issued new safety standards for cradles

Cradles are smaller than cribs, so are typically made for babies up to the age of 6 months or when they can push up on their hand and knees. Cradles are also no larger than 50 cm (20 inches) in width and 90 cm (35 inches) in length. Cradles rock back and forth.

Choosing a safe cradle:    

  • Choose a cradle with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where and by whom it was made and the name and model number.
  • Choose a cradle with a safety label listing the warnings, in both official languages: 
  • The space between the cradle’s bars or slats should be less than 6 cm (2.3 in) and any corner post should be less than 3 mm (1/8 in).
  • Cradles are intended for a baby who is 6 months old or less, follow product instructions for any weight restrictions.
  • Mattresses should have a firm surface and fit snugly. Only use a mattress that is long and wide enough so that the gap between the mattress and the two sides forming one corner of the cradle is not more than 3 cm (1.18 in) when the mattress is pushed into the opposite corner of the bassinet. The mattress should be no thicker than 8 cm (3.15 in)

Cradle safety:

  • Check the cradle regularly before using it for any missing or loose parts and do not use it if it is damaged.
  • Check that any sides of the cradle that open are properly latched or locked in position.
  • Place the cradle away from windows, curtains, blind or extension cords, electrical plugs or lamps. Children can fall out of windows or get caught in cords. 
  • Stop using a cradle when your baby can push up on his hands and knees.
  • Don’t place bumper pads, comforters, soft mattresses, pillows or stuffed toys in your cradle. These can suffocate your baby.
  • Don’t tie your baby in the cradle. Strings and ribbons can choke your child.

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Emotional Red Flags

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Posted August 5 2010 11:26am
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You’re pregnant. Lately, you’ve been on edge and sweating all of the small stuff. Perhaps you’re worried because your partner seems sad all the time. Does this sound familiar?

Becoming a new parent is an enormous emotional adjustment. For some people, it’s overwhelming!

Are you or your partner finding it hard to get used to the idea of new parenthood?

Read through the following list to check for emotional red flags. If you’re experiencing more than two, or even if you only have one but it’s really intense, you might want to consider talking to your doctor.

Remember—these signs can apply to either you or your partner.

  • Your mood swings are lasting longer than two weeks and you see no sign of them stopping.
  • You constantly feel anxious, irritable, agitated, guilty (worry that you’ll be a bad parent) or sad all the time – maybe you even cry for no reason at all.
  • You can’t (or don’t) feel the need to sleep or eat regularly.
  • You have trouble concentrating or focusing on things, making decisions (or remembering that you made them) or even have some short-term memory loss.
  • You’re always tired and feel like you have no energy.
  • You suffer from hot/cold flashes, chest pain, dizziness or shakiness.
  • You constantly fret about your baby’s growth and development.
  • You feel restless, guilty or worthless, that you have no control over situations.
  • You are no longer interested in the hobbies or activities that you used to enjoy.
  • You’ve pulled away emotionally/physically from your partner, friends, family and colleagues.
  • You have thoughts about harming yourself, or about death or suicide.

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