We answer some of your questions regarding the basics of breastfeeding... Now that you are about to give birth, you are probably wondering if breastfeeding is the best option as opposed to formula. Breastfeeding will ensure that your baby is getting the proper nutrition for health and development. It is also a great way to bond with your baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 77 percent of babies are now breastfed, which is an increase of 60 percent in the last ten years. Breast milk in and of itself is a complete food as it contains about 400 nutrients in addition to hormones and disease fighting compounds, none of which are present in formula. As [...]

2017-07-06T07:35:40+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Baby|Tags: , , , |

Pregnancy due date

From the very moment that you announce to the world that you are going to have a baby the most asked question is “When are you due?” Women have come a long way in being able to tell their due date, that is, as best as possible. Pregnant women in earlier times could only indicate they were due “around Thanksgiving” or “late fall”. But as health care becomes more of a priority, births are done less in the home and more in a hospital, making it necessary to be more accurate about when to be confined to a hospital bed. At this time it would be termed “estimated date of confinement”. Since then, science and technology have increased tremendously [...]

2017-07-06T07:37:09+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , |

Pregnancy stages

Pregnancy in a woman lasts for 38 - 40 weeks and this period is divided into three stages... Pregnancy is that period of a woman’s existence when she goes through certain life-changing experiences associated with having a child. The length of time that your baby is inside the body can look especially long for some moms because of the discomforts that often accompany pregnancy. Pregnancy however for many have been a fulfilling experience, occurring without any major upheavals and the period is nothing but pleasurable and preparation for the baby. Pregnancy in a woman lasts for 38 - 40 weeks and this period is divided into three stages called trimesters – first, second and third trimesters. Each pregnancy stage [...]

2017-07-06T07:38:54+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , |

Cramps during pregnancy

What are cramps and how to alleviate during pregnancy..? Cramps are described as a pulling sensation on the abdomen. It can be a normal symptom of pregnancy or caused by a serious problem. Therefore, it is important for you to recognize when it is a cause for alarm. Mild cramps are common in early pregnancy resulting from the changes that occur in your body during the first trimester. Most women experience cramps and vaginal spotting when the embryo implants in the uterine wall and this happens around the time of your first missed period. Hence, cramping might be the first sign that you are pregnant but it is common to dismiss it as menstrual cramps. Minor cramping on the [...]

2017-07-06T07:40:10+00:00October 26th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , |

First month of pregnancy

You should begin by making arrangements to make sure that your pregnancy is off to a great start... In the first month of pregnancy everything is new and that can be scary. So, as soon as you discover that you are pregnant you should begin by making arrangements to make sure that your pregnancy is off to a great start. Here are a few things you can do, right from the moment you find out that you are pregnant: Arrange your first prenatal visit. Try to find a doctor that you can trust to accompany you through pregnancy. In the first appointment the doctor does a general checkup and orders a blood test to measure hCG to see if [...]

2017-07-06T07:41:04+00:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , |

Pregnancy tips

The most popular pregnancy tips for your new adventure... Being pregnant can be a challenging experience and you should be prepared for any eventual symptoms and changes in your body. The easiest way to be prepared is to take the time to inform yourself about pregnancy and all the marvelous and scary things it involves. Just remember, if you are pregnant you can always rely on your doctor to elucidate any doubts that come up. Pregnancy can be a really uncomfortable and sometimes painful which might make it seem like a never-ending endeavor.  The good news is that there are useful tips on how to relieve any symptoms and discomfort you might feel.  It is important to make this [...]

2017-07-06T07:41:55+00:00October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , |

Pregnancy week 10

What happens during pregnancy week 10..? Pregnancy is a start of a great journey. This phase in a woman's life is definitely full of wonders, as the baby grows inside the uterus. Pregnancy is divided into trimesters, with each trimester consisting of three months and different milestones for both the baby and the mother. Making Informed Decisions about the Pregnancy You need to plan out things and work out your priorities. You may want to consider major room renovations at home for the nursery. You should consider practicalities and make sure that everything you plan is with timescales involved. If you are planning to relocate, you should consider several things like child care, school and a good nursery. By [...]

2017-07-06T07:44:18+00:00October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , |

Spotting during pregnancy

Is this experience normal..? Bleeding or spotting during pregnancy is very common, especially if this happens during the first trimester. However, since bleeding can sometimes be considered as a sign of something that is serious, it is important to know what has caused it. Thus, it is always advisable to seek medical help to make sure that you and your baby are healthy. Bleeding During the First Trimester of the Pregnancy Bleeding or spotting during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is fairly common. In fact, about 20 percent of women experience this. There are several possible causes of bleeding during the first trimester. These causes include: Implantation Bleeding. This type of bleeding may be experienced within the first 10 to [...]

2017-07-06T07:47:26+00:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , , |

Diet during pregnancy

Being pregnant implies some changes in diet for most women... The average diet in western countries is not the healthiest so, when you discover that you are pregnant, you will most certainly have to make some adjustments in what you eat. After all it is not just a matter of taking care of yourself from now on. In fact, transitioning into a healthier diet will be the first step for improving your baby’s health and making sure that he or she grows healthy. The most common nutrients you will have to increase in daily consumption are protein, folic acid, iron, some vitamins and minerals and an overall increase in calorie intake. The increase in calorie intake varies during the [...]

2017-07-06T07:48:40+00:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Stages of pregnancy

Pregnancy is usually divided in three trimesters, each lasting 12 to 13 weeks... A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks counting from two weeks before conception occurs, or the first day of the last menstrual period. Pregnancy is usually divided in three trimesters, each lasting 12 to 13 weeks. First trimester Pregnancy starts around two weeks after a woman has her period. The egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube 12 to 24 hours after it is released from the ovary. After conception, the egg is now called a zygote, starts successive cellular divisions and moves into the uterus where it attaches to the uterine wall. In the early stages of pregnancy, women experience many symptoms that are mostly related [...]

2017-07-06T07:50:37+00:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy|Tags: , , , , |