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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • 8 Precautions during Pregnancy

    The early stages of pregnancy can be tricky as your body adjusts to its new role as not only an incubator, but preserver, nourisher and protector of your new baby. This journey is fraught with changes as your body undergoes unprecedented spikes in hormone levels along with an exponential rise in blood volume. These changes make it necessary to take some basic precautions during pregnancy. 1. Give up harmful habits Consuming alcohol and cigarette smoking Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Pregnancy Symptoms

    Symptoms of pregnancy for some women can be apparent as early as right after implantation; for others, pregnancy symptoms are only what they have seen and read in books. These symptoms are related to an increasing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) concentration which is the marker used in pregnancy tests. Signs of pregnancy include: 1. Implantation bleeding: After fertilization, the embryo travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus where it burrows into the uterine wall Continue Reading

  • Top 4 Signs of Ovulation

    What is ovulation The part of the menstrual cycle where an ovarian follicle releases an egg is called ovulation. This egg then travels down the fallopian tube and may be intercepted by you-know-who’s sperm and voila! You’re pregnant. This important phase of the menstrual cycle is controlled by the hypothalamus that is responsible for stimulating the anterior lobe and pituitary gland to produce and release two vital players in ovulation, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating Continue Reading

  • 7 Signs of Conception

    What is Conception Conception is the actual act of fertilization of the egg by a sperm cell. This is often confused with pregnancy, which begins only after the successful implantation of the fertilized ovum on the uterus. Then again, you may wonder why your physician asks to know the first day of your last menstrual cycle was. This will be the date from which the due date will be calculated if you are pregnant. So Continue Reading

  • 3 Symptoms of Implantation

    What is Implantation? Implantation can take anywhere between 4 and 12 days after ovulation. The process itself is lengthy beginning with the egg being released from a mature follicle at ovulation; hair-like cilia in the fallopian tubes push the egg up the tube and towards the uterus; if the timing is right, the released egg gets fertilized in the fallopian tube, upon which it begins its journey to the uterus. This can take up to Continue Reading

  • 10 Most Common Physical Changes During Pregnancy

    During pregnancy, its normal for a woman to experience physical as well as emotional changes. These changes are caused by the pregnancy hormones in your body in preparation for childbirth and breastfeeding. It is important to understand these changes as it will help you cope with them better. The following are ten such common physical changes in your body which occur during pregnancy. Although there is no such remedy to avoid them altogether, there surely Continue Reading

  • Week by Week Pregnancy Guide by Trimester

      First Trimester of Pregnancy Week 1 of Pregnancy 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. Week 2 of Pregnancy As your body prepares itself to ovulate, the lining of the uterus thickens as it Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 33

    While you are coming up with your list of boy names and girl names, on every late night trip to the bathroom, remember that this can be practice for waking up a few times a night for midnight feeds in the next few months. Your breasts have never been bigger and you feel like you are carrying around two gunny sacks filled with cream, but your body is just getting ready to feed your baby Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 34

    With only a few weeks to go, the countdown has begun. If the superstitious side of you will not let you buy clothes, at least make sure that you have stocked up on diapers. With any luck, you will still have six weeks to go; bit it never hurts to be prepared. Enjoy the quiet with your husband as that bundle will have you up all odd hours of the day and night for a Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 35

    If you are walking around with your phone in hand even to the bathroom, you may be nervous that labor can come anytime now, and you wouldn’t be wrong. You will be considered full-term by the end of next week so if you have your hospital bags packed; then you will not be considered over-packed! Your due date is sneaking up on you and not a moment too soon since you haven’t slept since week Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 36

    You are very close now, as by the end of this week you will be considered full-term. But remember that every extra day that your baby gets to stay inside you makes him more self-reliant, so as much as you feel that you are ready to get him out, keeping him in the oven for as long as possible is the way to go. With only a few more weeks to go, you are ready Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 37

    Consider yourself officially ready for the big day any time now. That’s right, your baby is fully developed and giving birth now will not be considered preterm. With how big your belly is and how uncomfortable each step is, you should be thankful that from this point onwards, that your baby’s time in your oven is almost over, except perhaps for some weight gain. And who can blame you, considering there is not a whole Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 38

    Consider your uterus outgrown, just in time for your nesting instincts to kick in. You have probably cleaned your home five times over along with packing your hospital bag, more times than you want to count. If both your mother-in-law and mother are camped out in your home expecting the baby to arrive any day now, you were probably ready for the baby to arrive yesterday! It is not uncommon to chalk up every little Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy week 39

    Just a handful of women deliver on their due date, so chances are that you can go into labor any time now, which is considered perfectly normal. Don’t hold your breath if you’re due date comes and goes by without much ado either. On the same token, be ready to call your hubby in to rush to the hospital with labor pains even 10 minutes from now! What’s happening with you If you feel your Continue Reading

  • Pregnancy Week 40

    You made it! Even before reading this fully, you may leave for the hospital ready to meet the love of your life! If your hubby and you have arrived at your final list of names, then you must be wondering what the delay is all about! You are considered full-term and then some! So where is the baby? Consider yourself lucky, that you have gone this far allowing your baby to grow and develop fully Continue Reading