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Moms and Moms-to-be
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I've heard the first trimester is when the fetus is most susceptible to the effects of medicine. What kind of effects are there?
You need to be particularly careful from the 4th week of pregnancy to the end ofthe 7th week, as your baby's vital organs are forming at this time.
When you get a prescription at a hospital, be absolutely sure to let them know you are pregnant. Be careful to take the medicine in the dosage in which it is prescribed, and by the method ordered. Also, avoid using in great quantities sedatives containing aspirin or any over-the-counter drugs you have purchased at a pharmacy.
Before taking any medicine during this part of your pregnancy, please consult with your obstetrician.
My groin hurts!
As your womb grows larger, these ligaments stretch, and you can feel this in the groin area of the left or right leg. The ligaments supporting your womb pass through your groin and are connected to the pubic bone. This keeps the womb in a stable position.
By sleeping on your side with the leg that hurts on the bottom, the ligaments will relax and the pain will decreases.
Though you will have to put up with a certain amount of pain, it is also important that you try to maintain a properly balanced diet, and take particular care to get enough calcium.
My hair is falling out!
Because of the hormonal imbalances during pregnancy, the hair on your head may fall out, while the hair on your body could grow thicker. There is no need to worry- this is temporary, and will only last until your period returns after your baby is born.
Eat well-balanced meals containing such foods as green vegetables or seaweeds. Also carefully wash your hair using a mild shampoo.
I have gained weight and worried about pregnancy-related problems due to excessive weight gain (toxemia), how can I prevent this?
Toxemia is a pregnancy-induced hypertension where a pregnant mother experiences a group of three or more symptoms. The signs and symptoms of toxemia may include elevated maternal blood pressure, swelling of ankles and hands, sudden weight gain as well as protein in urine. If you are experiencing any 2 of the above symptoms, you may possibly suffer from toxemia. Should this happens, please consult your gynecologist immediately.
The most important thing to prevent toxemia is to control your weight. From mid to final trimester of pregnancy, your appetite may increase. Processed food, fast food, high calorie and low nutrition food are highly not recommended. The weight gained during this period should not be more than 500g per week. You may control your weight by doing some exercises such as walking for at least 30 minutes a day. If you are fit enough, you may even do the usual household chores.
However, do consult your gynecologist before attempting to do any exercise or heavy household chores.
I'm a little scared-labor seems long and painful.
To get through a long labor, you should try to relax and feel calm between contractions. Breathe naturally. When a contraction has finished, breathe deeply and relax into a comfortable position.
Time between contractions: About 10 minutes Duration of contractions: About 30 seconds Cervix dilation: Up to 3 cm Until your cervix has dilated to about 3 cm, your contractions will feel similar to strong period cramps.
At this point, your water might break or you may experience a discharge. Time between contractions: About 5 minutes Duration of contractions: About 60 seconds Cervix dilation: 3 - 8 cm Most of your pain will be centered in your abdomen and lower back. Your lower back pain will begin moving a little lower. Some women at this point feel cold or nausea.
Time between contractions: About 1 minute Duration of contractions: About 90 seconds Cervix dilation: 8 - 10 cm This is the peak of your pain. You will want to push, but it's not time yet. Hang in there!
Gynecologist will assist you at this stage and move to the delivery room,once you are ready to give birth. You may have peace of mind in knowing that your contractions will disappear as soon as your baby is born.
Why is it good to raise my baby on breast milk?
Your breast milk is a feast for your baby, and it provides the ideal nutritional balance.
It is filled with every nutrition he needs to protect him from illness, it's easy for him to digest, and it also changes its ingredients as he grows, to suit the nutrition he requires for growing-that's why breast milk is so amazing.
When your baby drinks from your breast, he can hear your beating heart. That makes him feels safe and secured. Your baby may have bowel movement frequently in a day.
It's about 2 - 3 months after birth, and my baby is constipated and doesn't have many bowel movements.
As he gets older, the number of times each day your baby's bowels movement will decrease.
If he's not in a bad mood, hasn't lost his appetite, doesn't throw up a lot or have a bloated, painful looking stomach, you shouldn't be too concerned, even if he doesn't move his bowels for three or four days. If you are worried, try applying some baby oil
to a twisted up piece of paper or cotton swab and apply it inside his rectum. This can stimulate his bowel.If he hasn't had a bowel movement for close to a week, consult your doctor.
When can I start throwing my baby in the air?
You should better not throw your baby in the air- or perform any other large swaying motions- until your baby is at least 6 months old. It will be fine when he is able to sit by his own. And you can pull him into a sitting position by his hands at about 4-5 months, or when he can hold his head up on his own.
My baby can't turn himself over yet. By what age should he be able to?
Don't worry. Turning over and crawling are actions your baby will do when he is ready to. Some babies never learn to turn themselves over, but instead move onto the next step, pulling themselves up. You shouldn't force your baby to roll over or crawl.
My baby still follows me everywhere.
Some babies follow their mother around for a long time, crying whenever she moves out of sight, while others stop fairly young. While this is no doubt hard on the mother, just accept it and don't yell at him. Your baby will stop following you at some point, so spend as much quality time with him as you can and help him to feel secure.
My baby is always putting things in his mouth. Even if I try to stop him, he doesn't listen to me.
First, don't keep dangerous things near your baby. When he puts something in his mouth, tell him "No!" and take it away from him. It is more important to take it away from him than to scold him.
Also, you and your partner should talk with each other to coordinate on how to train your baby.
When my baby is eating solid foods, what type of dishes and utensils should I choose?
When he has become good at eating with his hands, let him learn to feed himself with a spoon. Pigeon recommends a spoon that is about 2/3 the width of your baby's mouth and not very deep.
At this point, a fork is still too dangerous. You can start your baby using a fork from about 18 months. For drinking water, the best cup would probably be one with a narrow rim and handles, so he can hold it and drink it himself.