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How To Know When The Baby Bump Will Show

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When does the baby bump start to show? This is a question that excites and intrigues many women during the early stages of their pregnancy. A visible baby bump is a turning point in any pregnancy, it is the moment that a private acknowledgement of a burgeoning life becomes public knowledge and it is the sign that your baby is growing. So, when does this defining moment happen? Well, it’s different for every woman and there are a variety of factors involved.  Continue reading “How To Know When The Baby Bump Will Show”

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Why There Needs to be More Awareness of Group B Strep

Group B Strep.

It’s one of those words I remembered hearing during my first pregnancy but it wasn’t ever something I asked more about and it certainly wasn’t something that was ever explained to me. As that pregnancy was straightforward I had no concerns that the next would be any different… I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading “Why There Needs to be More Awareness of Group B Strep”

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How To Stay Healthy During Your Pregnancy

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The way you take care of yourself while pregnant plays a vital role in determining if you will have complications in the course of the pregnancy and during delivery, and more importantly, the health of your baby.

Many myths abound about what’s good and bad for a pregnant woman, the foods you should eat and which ones you should avoid, but you the guiding principle should be what’s bad for you is worse for your baby. Also, remember that the baby’s immune system is weak and you should, therefore, watch what you feed them through your own foods.

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It brings unparallel excitement but for many women, it brings dread and fear too but the process of giving birth is a rewarding one, no matter how you do it. In the western world, medical research and experience now mean pregnant women have access to much improved medical care when pregnant, during birth and after. But there are medical experts who believe that medical during and after pregnancy is lacking in one subject: pelvic floor health. Continue reading “How to Avoid Pelvic Floor Damage During Pregnancy”

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Being pregnant is a beautiful journey, and you want to be at your best to keep you and the baby healthy. There is so much to keep in mind when taking care of your body including how and when to exercise. Pregnancy causes nausea, headaches, back pain and swollen ankles, making movement in general extremely tough. However, staying active is the best way to ensure you are feeling your best and diminish unpleasant symptoms. Gentle exercises are key to ensure you’re getting your blood flowing and strengthening your muscles.

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

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Packing your hospital bag is usually something you can end up leaving until the last month or so but in my case, I have just chosen to frantically pack mine now (with what I have to hand) as I have now been told twice this week that my baby seems to be getting himself into position, which with all my issues recently I am not overly surprised. If he doesn’t come naturally I will more than likely be induced a little earlier anyway so now is the time to plan, prepare and get my head around the fact I will probably have a baby this year and not next year!

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What To Expect If Your Waters Break Early

At 30 weeks pregnant, the last thing I expected to happen was to have my waters breaking this early. The pregnancy has been a little up and down due to the presence of Group B Strep but as this was known about and I was monitoring myself for any changes I just assumed everything would be ok up until my due date.

I first felt something at around 7pm but as I hadn’t experienced my waters breaking during my first labour I just assumed that I’d had a little urine leakage… just an oops moment! However, ten minutes later and I felt the same thing.

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