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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Pregnancy Planning: 10 Things to Keep in Mind

    Having a baby is one of the most important events in the life of a woman.  We bring you 10 things to keep in mind while planning for a pregnancy.  Once you have decided to take a plunge into motherhood , the following points will help you to ensure not only a healthy pregnancy but also a healthy baby. 1. Preconception Visit to a Doctor It will be great if your partner accompanies you to Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 1

    It can be disappointing when you first feel those symptoms coming on; especially when you have been trying to conceive for a while. That familiar irritability giving way to back-pain and cramping is a cycle you’ve been through before, but were not looking forward to this time. If cramping during periods is an occurrence, there are simple remedies that can alleviate this symptom. A heating pad applied directly to the pelvic area or a lower Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 2

    As your body prepares itself to ovulate, the lining of the uterus thickens as it awaits the fertilized egg while allowing the follicles to mature. An egg will then be released from the follicle that will make its way down the fallopian tube in anticipation of the sperm. In the meanwhile, the lining of the uterus thickens in preparation for the arrival of the fertilized egg. With ovulation about to occur any moment now, some Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 3

    Now that you have ovulated and have maximized your egg’s exposure to sperm, be prepared to wait at least two more weeks before you know whether you are pregnant or not. An important step in this journey will take place this week – Implantation. Now that your egg and sperm have met, the fertilized egg will travel to the uterus where it will continue to divide for the next 3 days before implantation takes place. Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 4

    Get ready to enter a new phase in your life and embark on a 36 week journey to take on a new role! Slowly but surely, your body is gearing up for its most important function in paving the way for a new life. If Mr. Right’s fastest swimmer met your eager egg, then you might be experiencing symptoms that might have you convinced that you are about to get your period. So before you Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 5

    Wow! You did it! You have a baby growing inside of you and it feels surreal, doesn’t it? Feeling overwhelmed initially is quite common, so don’t overthink it. If you haven’t begun doing so already, start eating right and getting regular exercise even if it is just a 15 minute stroll and not a full-fledged gym workout. If you’re the kind that spends most of your time taking care of everybody else around you – Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 6

    While your mother-in-law is keeping her fingers crossed for a boy, like any good Indian grandmother would; you and your husband couldn’t care less as long as the baby is healthy. And you would be right about being cautious as weeks 6 to 8 are extremely vulnerable periods during fetal development. During this time, it is important that you do not expose yourself and therefore your baby to any toxins or pathogens that may impact Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 7

    Everybody who knows the big news so far is telling you that you need to eat for two. But that’s easier said than done, considering how awful you feel if you are experiencing morning sickness. The good news is that most of the time, morning sickness lasts only the duration of the first trimester. By the time the second time trimester rolls around, pregnant women are rejuvenated by a sudden burst of energy which lasts Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 8

    If you find yourself on a roller coaster of emotions, with being elated one day and downright irritable the next, you’re not alone. These mood swings go hand-in-hand with pregnancy so ask your partner to buckle up for the ride cause it might get bumpy! Your hormone levels are fluctuating more so now than ever, and along with that comes emotional highs and lows. What’s happening with you Your baby is now six weeks old Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 9

    While it may seem like time has come to a standstill with the nausea and occasional cramping, this too shall pass! In fact even before you know it, your first trimester will seem like a distant memory. So if you have always thought about keeping a diary, this might be the time to start. It might seem silly now, but documenting every little twinge, cramp and bust measurement is testament to what your body is Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 10

    If you find yourself crying over Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil advertisements on TV, then realize that it is part of the emotional roller coaster that pregnancy will have you on. Your feelings of perpetual nausea may be coming to a close but the happy one second, mad the next and sobbing the third, are just beginning! Just accept it and go with the flow. What’s happening with you These ups and downs are quite Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 11

    While your morning sickness may be winding down, this may mark the beginning of headaches for some women. So when you say “not tonight darling, I’m having a headache”, to your husband, you might actually be being truthful to your husband! What’s happening with you While headaches are annoying whether you are pregnant or not, at least at other times you will have an arsenal of medication at your disposal to choose from. When you Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 12

    Without a doubt you have reached a milestone! With your chances of miscarriage really low, you can now scream that you are pregnant from the rooftops. You can rest easy now, knowing that you are past a significant point in this journey. So if you have managed to keep your pregnancy a secret until now, it is a safe time to spill the beans. If your colleague told you that you packed on a few Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 13

    Yippee! It’s the last week of the first trimester. And this officially marks what should be the end of morning sickness. Imagine being able to brush your teeth or walk past a restaurant without gagging! You might actually be able to go out and celebrate your pregnancy. In fact, you may even want to take a short vacation before you stop fitting into any of your clothes.  Of course, there are a few women who Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 14

    With your pregnancy coasting along, your energy levels are on the rise and you think back and wonder what you were complaining about; it’s not so bad after all! You are definitely starting to show, and as for that outer circle, it may be time to share the great news. With your nausea out the door along with that general sense of malaise, this is the best stage in your pregnancy, so enjoy it. What Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 15

    This period of your pregnancy, with most of your nausea and discomfort behind you, is mostly about planning for the future. Contemplating all the ways in which your life is going to change, along with a whole lot of waiting and wondering is what the second trimester is all about. But remember to enjoy this piece and quiet, because it’s all going to change very soon! What’s happening with you Just because you feel more Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 16

    As your pregnancy progresses, although you are feeling great, don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest. With all the changes that you and your baby are going through, any chance for relaxation should be grabbed, almost as a way of making up for what is to come. Even with the cushiest of pregnancies, nobody warns you about the emotional outbursts and itchy and blotchy skin. So go get some rest, you deserve it. What’s happening Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 17

    By now, you are probably used to feeling random aches and pains all across your body. This should not cause you any concern as these are perfectly normal sensations. If you are lucky, you may even feel tiny flutters in your abdomen every once in a while. Try to concentrate on those and not so much on those other uncomfortable sensations. What’s happening with you It does feel good to know that for the first Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 18

    This is truly a great time in the pregnancy, as you are not too big to seriously cut back on physical activities and our past the throes of your nausea and fatigue from the first trimester. So this can be a great time to catch up on anything that you might have missed out in the last few months! So continue your daily exercises to keep your body limber and supple. What’s happening with you Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 19

    Welcome to an important landmark off your pregnancy – the fifth month. With all the excitement that you’re feeling in your belly, you are probably anxious as to how your baby is coming along. This period is called quickening and you may experience it even earlier if this is not your first pregnancy. It is just that you know what to look for when it comes to fetal movement if you have been through it Continue Reading