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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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Sexuality and Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 07:04pm
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Are you worried about whether or not sexual activity before birth is safe? You're not alone. Many couples have these concerns. Will sex during pregnancy cause miscarriage or preterm labour? Does it harm the baby?

For most couples, it's safe to continue sexual activity throughout pregnancy. Orgasm and breast stimulation may make your uterus contract, but if things are going well in the pregnancy, this won't cause miscarriage or preterm labour.

Remember, the uterus is a muscular organ that completely surrounds the baby. During lovemaking the penis does not touch the baby. Also, the mucous plug at the cervix prevents bacteria and semen from getting into the uterus. The baby is always well protected. To ensure that intercourse is safe in your relationship halt any activity at once if there is pain or discomfort.

Remember it's always a good idea to consult your doctor or midwife with any questions and concerns, and follow any advice you’re given.

The following articles will answer more of your questions about sexuality during pregnancy.

 

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Quickening

by Maxine
Posted August 9 2010 03:23pm
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Quickening is the first time you feel your baby move during your pregnancy. What an exciting moment!

As the baby moves around, the mother can feel it. If you notice movement that feels like bubbling, fluttering or knocking, this is normal.

First time moms will feel their baby move for the first time between the 18th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.

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Exposures at Work

by Maxine
Posted August 10 2010 02:43pm
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Generally, it is quite safe for a pregnant woman to continue working during pregnancy. Most pregnant women can continue their duties at work without increased health risks to themselves and their unborn babies, and without any decrease in overall productivity.

There are, however, certain hazards in the workplace that can contribute to health problems for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Many occupations have special hazards, where it is helpful to take precautions during pregnancy. Hazards could be biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic, workplace management and social environment and scheduling.

What Can We Do?

Learning about all these hazards and exposures can be overwhelming! How can you protect yourself and your baby?
Below is a list of some suggested precautions. Click on the type of hazard and check out the suggestions.

Biological Hazards:
Viral, fungal, bacterial, and parasitic infections

Chemical Hazards:
Substances that you inhale, swallow or absorb through the skin

Physical Hazards:
Excessive noise, temperature extremes, vibration or barometric pressure changes

Ergonomic Hazards:
Poor ergonomic design, standing or sitting for long periods of time, and lifting

Workplace management and social environment hazards:
Work-related stress, smoking policies and management style

Scheduling Hazards:
Shift work, long hours or unpredictable work times

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