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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Bouncer Seats

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Posted August 4 2010 02:51pm

Bouncer seats—also known as “bouncy seats”—are springy, reclining seats that may help keep your baby relaxed and amused. They have a semi-upright tilt that offers the baby a view of his surroundings. The upright tilt also appears to be more comfortable for a baby after a meal.
Bouncer seats generally consist of a lightweight frame made from metal wire, tubular metal or heavy-gauge plastic. Most are curved underneath to allow the seat to rock. The reclining seat is a soft, removable, washable pad that conforms to the baby’s spine. These seats are typically used during the baby’s first five or six months, though there are larger versions available for toddlers.
Bouncer seats are typically meant for indoor use, although some models come with features that make them appropriate for use outdoors. These may include mosquito or bug netting, and a folding canopy that acts as a sunshade. Always use the seat only in the shade, even if the bouncer seat is equipped with a sunshade.
Choosing a safe bouncer seat:    

  • Choose a bouncer seat with a manufacturer’s label that states the seat weight limit, usually ranging from newborn to 9 to 14 kg (20 to 30 lbs).
  • Choose a bouncer seat with a base or rear support that is wide and sturdy to prevent the seat from tipping. 
  • Test the stability of the model in the store before purchasing.
  • Choose a bouncer seat with rubber pads or other non-skid surfaces on the bottom. 
  • Choose a bouncer seat with removable and washable upholstery, because wet diapers are bound to come in contact with the fabric.

Bouncer seat safety:

  • Supervise your baby at all times, even if you think your baby is safe and snug in the bouncer seat.
  • Follow the product instructions regarding weight limits for the bouncer seat. Do not use the seat if your baby is over the weight limit, because this may cause it to tip over.
  • Don’t place a bouncer seat on an elevated surface such as a table or counter. Always place the seat on the floor.  
  • Don’t use a bouncer seat when your baby can sit up unassisted, unless the seat is made for toddlers.


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Red Flags - Pregnancy Warning Signs

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Posted August 4 2010 05:28pm
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Pregnancy can bring some common aches and pains, and it is important for both you and baby to stay healthy during pregnancy. If you are having any discomforts, you may not know when it’s necessary to call the doctor or midwife. How do you know if you should go to an emergency room?

You should go to the hospital immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A gush or seeping of fluid from your birth canal (vagina). Go even if you think the seepage might just be urine. It’s important to get checked.
  • Bleeding or clots from your vagina
  • Cramps or stomach pains that do not go away
  • Pain in your lower back or a feeling of pressure in your lower back
  • Pressure in your bottom (perineum) as if the baby were pushing down
  • A severe or constant headache
  • Blurry vision or changes to your vision
  • Dizziness that does not go after you change position
  • Sudden, severe or constant nausea and vomiting ( more than twice in one day)
  • Baby is not moving or is not moving as much
  • A fever of more than 38.3 C or 101F
  • A fall, particularly if you landed on your belly or experienced any loss of consciousness
  • A type of motor vehicle accident where your seatbelt was activated even if you do not feel bruised

You should call your doctor or midwife if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Any soreness or itchiness of the vagina
  • Any vaginal discharge with a foul odour
  • Any soreness or redness in your legs
  • Pain or burning on urination
  • Any signs of increased thirst, peeing (urination), hunger or weight loss

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What are Narcotic Analgesics (Pain Killers)?

by Maxine
Posted August 25 2010 02:55pm
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These are drugs such as Morphine, Demerol, and Fentanyl that are given to you by a needle (injection) in your buttocks or thigh.

It may take about 10-20 minutes before you will feel any effect and the relief lasts about 1-2 hours. These are usually given during the active phase of labour when the neck of the cervix is opening between 4-7 cm.

There are benefits to this type of pain relief measure. The benefits include taking the edge off the pain which allows you to relax between contractions. If you are more relaxed your labour may progress faster.  Any drug or measure along with its benefits may also have some disadvantages. 

The disadvantages of this measure include

For Mom:

  • May cause nausea, vomiting
  • May cause dizziness, or high feeling in mom
  • Can lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • May cause drowsiness
  • Can delay the emptying of food from Mom’s stomach
  • May slow labour

For Baby:

  • Can cause changes in baby’s heart rate
  • May alter baby’s breathing immediately following birth
  • May cause poor sucking following birth 
  • Can relax baby’s muscle tone (hypotonia)-for a short period of time this makes baby look like a rag doll
  • May cause lethargy in baby
  • May lower baby’s APGAR scores.
  • Can cause fluctuations in baby’s temperature 
  • A drug that is a narcotic antagonist (i.e., Narcan, Trexcan) can be given to baby to reverse the side effects.

Talk to your health care provider before you go into labour about the options for pain relief and any concerns that you have about them. 


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