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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.
Should I give my baby solids only after he turns 6 months?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. This is because during the initial six months, the baby needs to consume all the goodness that comes with breastmilk in order to build immunity and grow stronger. You could start with water and juices in feeding bottles or drinking cups when the baby is six months old and progress to solids. If solid foods are started before six months, the baby tends to consume lesser amounts of breastmilk and consequently lesser of the nutrients that breast milk provides. If you plan to start on solid foods before six months due to the baby not gaining enough weight or for babies who are being formula fed, ensure that you consult a doctor before you start.
Do mobile radiations harm the unborn baby?
There is no conclusive research on the effect of mobile phone radio waves on the unborn baby. “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use,” the World Health Organization states on their website. Also, mobile phones are not the only source of radiation that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Your microwave, the radio, x-ray machines, even the sun emits radio waves. That said, you can avoid keeping the mobile phone in your waist pocket or near your belly and avoid carrying it around when at home or when it is possible to keep it down.
When would I start to feel the baby’s kicks in the womb?
Baby movement can be noticed as early as 16 weeks. This is known as Quickening, a feeling like butterflies fluttering in your stomach. It is sometimes mistaken for gas as it feels like small bubbles in your stomach. If this is your first pregnancy, you are less likely to notice the flutters till you are 18-20 weeks but those who have experienced pregnancy earlier are able to detect quickening as early as 16 weeks. They will not feel like real kicks because the baby still has room to move around and you may only notice them if you are sitting or lying down quietly.
How long should a 6 month old baby sleep during the day?
Just as you think that you have got down to a nap routine, things go topsy turvy again. This is because around 6 months, the baby undergoes a sleep regression (the first one is usually around 4 months of age). Sleep regression is a period of time, usually about two to four weeks, when a baby who’s sleeping well suddenly has trouble settling down for sleep or wakes up fussing in the middle of the night. Apart from this unpredictable patch, your baby should still be sleeping about 15 hours a day, with 9-11 hours at night and the rest in two or three daytime naps. Most babies have their longest nap after a warm bath.
At what age can I start night weaning for my baby?
Every baby is different and you should decide on the time for night weaning based on the needs of your baby. That said, most babies are ready to be weaned off the night time nursing when they start eating solids. Check to see if the baby is eating well during the day. If he / she is eating less during the day and continuing to wake up 2-3 times at night for feeding, it may be time to drop the night feeds and make the baby eat more during the day. As the baby grows older, they treat the night time feeds more as comfort feeds than out of hunger. You can then substitute nursing with water in a feeding bottle that can adjust air pressure till the baby eventually stops asking for night feeds.
I have twin babies. Can I wear them both?
It is definitely possible to wear both of your twins together in a single or two baby carriers. This is known as tandem wearing and is a great option for twins. It is also a convenient way of carrying babies of different ages at the same time. Different types of carriers can be used in various combinations depending on your comfort and preferences. There are a lot of resources on the web that can help you use your existing carriers for tandem wearing. Wearing the baby in a baby carrier keeps the baby close to you while you are out and about and keeps your hands free at the same time.
By what age do kids need to be potty trained?
There is no specific age for potty training. Most children start working on potty training skills between 18 to 36 months but age does not determine whether it is time to be potty trained. Infact, potty training has more to do with the milestones that the child has reached and less with an exact age. Your child will exhibit signs that he / she is ready to be potty trained. At an age when the child is able to follow directions (to know how to reach the bathroom), undress on his / her own, stays dry for two hours or more (showing an increased bladder capacity), is able to realise that he / she is about to go, and can walk and run well is probably the best time to think about potty training.
Will drinking coffee affect my breast milk?
New mothers are often sleep deprived and a morning cup of coffee is a great help but many mothers worry that drinking coffee may affect their breast milk and may keep the baby awake for longer. However, taken in moderation (2-3 cups a day), coffee does not affect breast milk. Only a few traces of the caffeine a woman consumes gets into her breast milk, and this minuscule amount is not enough to harm most babies. Caffeine levels in breast milk peak one to two hours after drinking coffee. So it may be better to drink your cup of coffee soon after you have breastfed the baby.
I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and am very worried.
Most pregnant women get a test for gestational diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. If untreated, gestational diabetes can cause problems for your baby, like premature birth and stillbirth. The treatment for gestational diabetes depends on your blood glucose levels. In many cases, gestational diabetes can be treated with diet and exercise alone. For others, you may need to take oral medication or injectable insulin to lower your blood sugar. Women with gestational diabetes can and do have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. With uncomplicated gestational diabetes, experts recommend that the pregnancy can be taken to term and delivery can be at 38 weeks gestation.
My baby is 11 months old but hasn't started teething yet.
While the average age when the first tooth erupts is said to be between 5-7 months, it can come out as early as 3 months and as late as 15 months. The timing is generally hereditary so if one or more parents had their first tooth coming out at age 1 or so, then you can expect the same for the baby. What you can do is be prepared for the time when the baby starts teething. Ensure that the baby is feeding well and has sufficient nutrition. Babies tend to be cranky and drool a lot when they are teething. If gums seem sore, gently rub the gums using a cool finger to soothe the pain. A teething ring or wet wash cloth that has been cooled in the freezer can also help relieve the baby’s pain.