Monday, July 30, 2012

Stilborn baby- Dealing with stillbirth

Stillborn baby - Dealing with stillbirth

Stillbirth and the Grief Process

Author: JD Hoopes

Losing a child due to stillbirth is a very tragic experience for parents. This child was as much alive to them as any living child walking the earth. The Mother felt the infant grow in her womb, move, kick, and become the love of her life before she ever laid eyes on her child. The Father daydreamed and planned for its future and waited in anticipation to hold it in his arms and protect it. The excruciating pain parents feel when their baby is stillborn is unspeakable.

At some point, after the shock of being in this horrible situation wears off, parents must deal with their grief. Each parent will grieve in their own unique way, but still go through a process of grieving at their own pace.

The way you see the world will never be the same. This tragic experience will change you and drive your life down an unexpected path. Eventually you will feel "normal" again. After the pain subsides a bit and the grieving process has taken its course, your life will be shaped into a new kind of "normal." You will be lead back to finding your sense of self again, reshaped by your experience.

During the grief process, there are many ways to find the support you need. Many families join an infant or pregnancy loss support group. In a group like this you have the opportunity to talk with others who are going through a similar experience. A group leader may have advice and counsel to give during the meetings. If nothing else, these groups help parents to feel less alone in their grief. Other parents prefer to seek professional help from a therapist. Some couples go together and some go separately. Sometimes only one spouse feels the need for therapy. It is important to support your spouse in all their needs and to recognize that they may grieve differently than you and therefore their needs are different in during the grief process.

There are many common reactions that you may or may not experience during your grieving process. You may feel lonely even when surrounded by friends and family. You may be irritable or angry and not fully understand why. As parents you may feel guilt or feel responsible for the stillbirth, even though this is not your fault. You may feel an overwhelming feeling of helplessness, especially since your child's birth did not happen the way you wanted it to. Losses of appetite and sleep disturbances are also common reactions. You may have difficulty concentrating on anything or remembering information as your mind is preoccupied with thoughts related to your loss. Some parents find themselves with a great need to talk about their child and what happened. The list goes on. Just remember, whatever your reaction, it is all a part of your unique grieving process.

The grieving process is a four step journey. Each step will take different amounts of time for each parent. First, you will probably experience shock and denial. You may feel like you are in a "Twilight Zone" of sorts and that the loss of your child is not really happening. If the Mother has been very healthy through the pregnancy, she may be in shock and disbelief that this could ever happen to her. Second, you may feel anger and guilt; anger for this unfair thing that happened and guilt if the anger is turned inward at yourself. Third, you will feel intense sadness and depression. You may not have the energy to get out of bed in the mornings or even participate in society. You may spend most of your time crying. Fourth, you begin to feel some sort of acceptance for your loss and hope for the future. This does not mean forgetting, but accepting the loss of your child as a part of your life. Then, you will be able to move forward with hope for the future.

When coping with the loss of your child to stillbirth, there are many ways to ease the grieving process. Make sure to choose carefully whom you share your feelings with. For instance, only seek comfort in those who are willing and able to give comfort back. Also, don't make social calls that you are not ready to make, especially in regards to baby showers, new birthdays, or even children's events. Be straight forward with family and friends whose comforting does not work for you. Be polite and tell them that what they have to say does not help you. Also, men and women typically grieve differently and you may not be emotionally available for each other. Try and find other sources for emotional support when you need it. Take extra good care of yourself. This can be especially difficult when going through depression or sadness in the grieving process. Try your best to eat well, be dressed, and get some exercise.

Keeping mementos of your baby is a great comfort to many parents. Believe it or not, this concept is fairly new. The baby boomer generation experienced stillbirth at a hospital very differently than we do now. Thirty years ago, stillborn babies were quickly whisked away without letting the mother hold her baby or properly say goodbye. Now, most hospitals encourage the parents to take pictures when possible, hold their child, and properly say goodbye. A lot of the time support groups will be notified by the hospital, with the parents' permission, and come to put together a beautiful box of mementos. Sometimes they take moldings of your baby's hands and feet, they dress your baby in beautiful clothes and blankets, and they take pictures that you can cherish forever. Having such mementos seems to help parents cope better.

Going through the grief process is hard work and can be exhausting. Healing will occur in time. Find what comfort you can in your spouse or closest family member if you are a single parent. In a crisis like the loss of a child, communication is paramount. Do not let it tear your family apart. Let it naturally bring you closer.

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Baby does not want to eat

Baby does not want to eat

How to Make Your Baby a Good Eater

Author: Lauren Dzuris

We all hope that our little one is a good eater. Although, really, we never know what to expect when we first feed them real baby food. Some babies are amazing eaters, and want to eat everything in sight, yet others hate a lot of foods, and are extremely difficult to feed. If you want to make sure your little one is a good eater, there is hope! There are some things you can do to help your baby develop a better sense of food!

Wide variety - Okay, when it comes to food the options are endless. There are several different things we can feed our baby, and a ton of things they will like. Simply go to the grocery store, look at all the baby food, and get a good selection to choose from. Giving your baby a chance to develop a taste of certain foods is a great thing. If they start eating it at an early age, the more likely they will like it when they get older as well.

Healthy foods - Although there are several different foods to choose from, you want to make sure you are feeding your baby a ton of healthy foods. Make sure your little one is getting all the fruits and vegetables they need to grow up strong. Once they master these, you can start giving them the snacks and desserts!

Don't give up - If your baby doesn't like a food that's really good for them, don't give up. If you feed them a fruit or vegetable they once spit out, and you give it to them again, they may just eat it. Sometimes we aren't in the mood for certain things, and when we aren't in the mood, we're not going to eat them. Therefore, keep trying to give your baby the food they didn't like at first.

Dishes - So, maybe your baby does like peas, but maybe if you mix them with something else, they will like it much better, and they will eat them. Sometimes certain things don't taste good plain, but if you mix them, the taste is much more appealing. So, the next time they spit it out, try mixing the peas with something else you know they like. This is a great way for them to learn to like it, while still making them eat a healthy diet at the same time.

Our babies can certainly be fussy when it comes to food, but that shouldn't make you inpatient, but instead more determined to find foods they like, and find a way for them to like the foods they "don't like". Don't give up on your little one; just think of ways to be more creative. Although, you do want to accept that if they really don't like it, they don't like it. We all hate certain foods, and when we even think of them we get grossed out. So, if your baby is going through this, maybe they really don't like it. You will be able to tell what is worth giving another shot and what isn't.

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Breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in public

Feeling self conscious about breast-feeding in public? Try nursing tops and these top tips!

Author: LydiaDodd

Nursing your baby will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. While the choice between breast milk or formula is an extremely personal one, the bottom line is your milk is custom-made to suit the nutritional needs of your baby. A powdered dairy formula will have the same levels of nutrients during every meal, whereas breast milk will balance the content as your baby grows. There is a reason why baby milk formulation companies work to try and match breast milk standard, after all.

Despite this, a study by Mother & Baby magazine has shown disappointing figures. While 84% of new mums begin breastfeeding in Spain, 91% in Italy and 99% in Norway, just 78% of mums in the UK do the same. The reasons behind these figures are dominated by anxiousness and diffidence. 60% of respondents thought the UK frowns upon breastfeeding mums, and 65% of women claimed they felt too self-conscious to even try.

Feeling self conscious?

This is the 21st century, and new mums need to remember that breastfeeding is completely accepted. Of course, it's natural to feel self conscious when nursing in public (or even in private) at first, but after the first few times your confidence will grow. There's no reason your baby should miss out. There is new clothing available which makes nursing a doddle, for even the most modest mummies.

Nursing tops

It isn't always practical to return to your car to feed your baby when out and about, and public toilets are notoriously unhygienic. Many find pumps, although convenient, uncomfortable or unsuitable. The easiest way to protect your modesty in public is to wear a breastfeeding top.

Beautifully designed nursing tops allow you to feed your baby when most convenient, while giving you extra privacy. Feeding tops are available in vest, t-shirt or wrap styles and with long and short sleeves. They look like stylish everyday tops, but contain hidden openings which give quick and easy access from the neckline, empire line or drop cup.

It's worth bearing in mind that maternity feeding tops aren't limited to the nursing stages; they can be worn during pregnancy too. The natural fabrics are comfortable and breathable, and stretchy materials grow with your bump – pinging back into shape when you do! Combination maternity/nursing wear makes pregnancy clothing far more cost-effective.

So if are worried about breastfeeding in public, don't let your shyness affect your baby's meals. Breastfeeding tops offer you complete privacy - in style!

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How to Feel Confident Breastfeeding in Public

Author: Kirsten Baxter

Breast milk is the ideal baby food, and many new mothers choose to breastfeed their babies. Breastfeeding has all the nutrients your baby needs to thrive for the first six months of life, and research shows breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mother and baby. The best preparation for breastfeeding is good information – the more support and encouragement you have during the early days, the more likely you are to succeed in breastfeeding for as long as you choose. Breastfeeding works best when mums are feeling relaxed, so it’s important that you feel at ease nursing when away from home so you can enjoy being out in the world with your nursling.

When you have a baby you will find you spend a lot of time out of the house meeting up with friends, clinic appointments, baby activity classes and playgroups. Feeling that you have to hide away to nurse your baby will make it difficult to go out and breastfeed whenever your baby demands. It is very natural to feel a little hesitant about nursing in public, particularly when you have a hungry baby ready for a feed and you’re not used to using a nursing bra! The key to breastfeeding your baby whilst out is to practice feeding at home in the early days, until you feel comfortable and confident that you can settle your baby for a feed fairly quickly. Meeting up with other breastfeeding women, perhaps through an postnatal class or NCT group, gives you the support of other nursing mums, before trying trips out on your own. In the early days you might also feel more confident going out with someone who boosts your confidence like your partner, mum or a friend.

Many new mums use a muslin cloth, shawl or pashmina to provide extra cover whilst they are breastfeeding in public. Nursing covers are especially popular in the USA, and are quickly becoming an essential for nursing mothers in the UK too. Whether you prefer a patterned or plain cover, cotton or jersey fabric, a traditional “apron” cover or a poncho, there are lots of options available. Baby Bubu offer a wide range of traditional covers and modern ponchos, in a gorgeous variety of fabrics and patterns giving you the confidence to feed your baby wherever you like whilst ensuring that you are fully covered whilst doing so. The adjustable necklines of these designs allows you to maintain eye contact with baby as you feed. Another wonderful new accessory for breastfeeding mothers is the Mamascarf. Designed by a nursing mother, the Mamascarf provides support whilst feeding your baby, as well as ensuring that you are covered as your baby feeds. The Mamascarf folds neatly, is lightweight and can easily be slipped into a bag so you can take it out with you.

There is now some wonderful nursingwear available for new mums. Nursing tops offer you quick and easy access to the breast for nursing your little one, whilst keeping your chest, tummy and back covered. Many designs work well during pregnancy and afterwards for nursing, giving you fabulous value for money. These dual purpose tops (“transition clothing”) ensure you look fabulous from your first trimester to your fourth. Well designed nursing tops really help with feeling confident nursing in public. With a little practice you simply pull aside the nursing opening and feed your baby, without anyone being any the wiser. Different tops give different access – from pull over crossover fronts, double layers with vertical nursing openings to simple modesty panels – there is something to suit every nursing mother. Details like ruching and flowing fabric give a flattering fit on post-natal figures. Each type of nursing access has been skilfully designed and the nursing openings in the clothing are well disguised so you really cannot tell they are nursing tops at all.

Confidence is a major factor in ensuring you are able to breastfeed wherever you are. If mothers feel comfortable nursing whenever and wherever they choose, they will breastfeed for longer. Many new mums feel well designed nursingwear and breastfeeding accessories have made a real difference to their experience breastfeeding in front of friends, family and whilst out and about. Stylish nursingwear and accessories helps challenge the perception of breastfeeding as frumpy, and ensures breastfeeding stays fashionable.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Development of baby after birth

Development of baby after birth

Baby Health - Nutritional Facts

Author: Imran ali

Baby health and newborn baby care is an important concern in our life. We all have babies or at least have them to raise properly. We cannot consider any compromise when any concern is related with our baby health. Therefore we always try to do something that will not only effectively ensure us about our babies good health’s but also make us confident on using them.

Confident is a must factor while you take any steps regarding baby health. Consider the maternal nutritional plan. Mother nutritional condition is essential for good baby health. Moms need to stay health at the pregnancy situation. Maternal nutrition plays an important role in improving Baby Health. During pregnancy period mothers should have take adequate food and nutrition for her own body and inside her baby for their weight gaining. A pregnant women is usually gains her weight 12-14 kg during this period. The weight of pregnant women is not gaining up to this mark during the pregnancy period.

In order to gain this weight extra 400 to 500 calorie is required per day. Then there is an every chance of low birth weight baby. The low birth weight babies are usually suffering from various diseases and mortality rate is very high among them. So, pregnant women should be very careful for taking enough food during this period. Besides, she has to maintaining antenatal care on a regular basis for ensuring Baby Health. The antenatal check up also helps the mother to keep the baby’s weight. Besides, pregnant women should take protein and carbohydrate, plenty of vegetables and fruits. Follow this.

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Recovering from a cesarean

Recovering from a cesarean

How To Recover After A Cesarean Birth

Author: Sandra Wilson

Why cesarean? - Many moms ask this question even during the early weeks of their pregnancy. As early as you can, it is very important that you discuss with your doctor the best delivery option for you and your baby. While most moms opt to deliver normal vaginal delivery, there are some instances wherein cesarean birth is the best option. This may caused by complications which have developed during your pregnancy. Generally, cesarean births are said to be riskier as compared to normal vaginal delivery. It increases your risks to infection – especially for women who have undergone multiple cesarean cases. If you are planning on undergoing cesarean operation, below are a few things to help you during your recovery.

  • Most hospitals delegate a pediatrician to check a cesarean baby to ensure that everything is okay. The pediatrician will clean and weigh the baby before finally brought to you. You will not be allowed to hold the baby for a while since your surgery will still be finished and your arms still have IV lines in them.
  • After your incision is closed, you will be transferred to the recovery room for further observation until your anesthesia finally wears off. In some cases, you may be given a morphine for a few hours to help ease the pain although this will have to depend on the nature of your surgery and your doctor's assessment of your pain. Expect to be kept on catheter for a few more hours.
  • Feel free to breastfeed as soon as you can. Ask for assistance from your lactation consultant or nurses. If you were given special medications, be sure to discuss the safety of breastfeeding before finally doing so.
  • Most cesarean patients stay in the hospital for several days. Hours after your operation, nurses will help you to get on your feet. They will also remove the catheter and disconnect your morphine medication. They will assist and undressing you to get you ready for a shower. Your incision is stapled making it safe for shower as long as you keep it free from soap. Like normal delivery, vaginal bleeding is normal with cesarean patients.
  • Your doctor may continuously prescribe pain medications to help address pain during your first few days. Since it is a major surgery, you will be highly advised to take enough rest as you can and avoid straining your stitches.
  • It is normal for you to experience urination problems after your catheter is taken out. This also makes you prone to urinary tract infections. Both of these problems are completely normal, mild and will disappear in time. Feel free to give yourself enough time in the bathroom for relaxation. Keep it mind to drink and ear whatever it is that your health care providers asks you to.
  • If you feel burning sensations or itching, relay this to your nurses immediately so they can have you checked up.
  • Eat a lot of high-fiber fruits to keep you hydrated and to address problems of the bowel movement.

Undergoing through cesarean recovery may be more difficult as compared to normal vaginal delivery. To ensure and easier and faster recovery, keep the above useful tips to help you through.

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Cramping during early pregnancy

Cramping during early pregnancy

Causes and remedies to avoid cramping during early pregnancy

Author: swethaishu

During Pregnancy the changes occur in our body may create a very horrible threat in our mind, the severe threat is cramping and bleeding.During the early stages of pregnancy, it is possible that a woman will have an episode or two of light spotting or bleeding, and this may be accompanied by mild menstrual-type cramping pain. Beyond this, however, menstrual-type cramps during pregnancy are not generally considered normal and can be a sign of a problem.

Causes for cramping during early stages of pregnancy:

Cramping during early pregnancy are caused mainly by the following reasons

1.Streching of uterus causes bleeding because it may need enough places for the foetus to grow.So the uterus will strech such streching causes the mild cramps.

2.Miscarriage-Cramping followed by bleeding or spotting is a sign of miscarriage.

3.Cramping during Implantation stage its 8-10 days after ovulation period.If this occurs after the positive test of pregnancy then its must to consult your doctor.

4.Other causes of cramping may be due to constipation or gas problem.Most of the pregnant women has the constipation problem so cramping can be severe due to this.

How to avoid cramping in first trimster:

1.Dehydration is the highest possibility during early pregnancy for many reasons.So drink two litres of water a day to avoid such a dehydration problems.

2.Taking prenatal vitamins is good for the baby and for yourself.

3.Diet plays a vital role have a healthy and balanced diet.Everyone should practice this to have a healthy living.

4.Be more attentive during the first timster stage to avoid such problems.Your attention towards your health is highly needed.

Later on in pregnancy, these types of cramps can be a sign of preterm or premature labor. This type of cramping will also generally be preceded by a vaginal discharge that is bloody, pink, watery, or mucus-like. If you have strong or persistent menstrual-type cramping during pregnancy, you should talk to your health care provider right away to determine if there is a problem of some sort.

Health is highly important for a pregnant women if she is healthier she can give birth to a heathy kid. Many of the symptoms that are common in the first trimester essentially tell newly pregnant women to take it easy, and relax as much as they can.Fear on Pregnancy Cramping should be reduced.So be happy and wait for your baby to arrive this world with a good health .

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Early stages of labor

Early stages of labor

Stages of Labor - The time has come for childbirth

Author: Rosaura

When a woman is in labor, she typically experiences three stages of labor. It is a good idea for expectant mothers and their loved ones to learn about these different stages so that they can be prepared and know what to expect during labor. Every woman has a unique experience while in labor, but these stages are the basics that most women should expect as long as everything is going smoothly.

Stage One

Stage one is typically the longest of the stages of labor, which is actually two sub-stages, called early labor and active labor.

  • Early Labor

During early labor, the cervix opens and gets thinner, which permits the baby to move to the birth canal. One of the early signs of labor is that you may have mild to moderate labor contractions that last between 30 and 60 seconds every five to 20 minutes. These contractions will be different from the Braxton Hicks Contractions that you may have been experiencing in the early stages of your pregnancy.

A thick, stringy, slightly bloody, vaginal discharge may also be present. Early labor can last for as short as a few hours or as long as a few days, so you will need to be patient and flexible. Fortunately, most women are not uncomfortable during early labor.

  • Active Labor

During active labor, your cervix will dilate to 10 centimeters and your contractions will get longer and stronger. This is usually accompanied by pressure in your back. At this point, you need to get to your labor and delivery facility. During this time, you may experience some pain but may be able to take anesthesia or pain medication. Breathing and relaxation exercises may help you to deal with the pain. The average time for active labor is eight hours, but it varies greatly depending on the person.

Stage Two

Stage two of the stages of labor is the stage where your baby is born. This stage can take anywhere between a couple minutes and several hours. During this stage, you will need to push to get the baby out. There are many different positions you can use to do this and it may take some experimentation to find the best one for you. Once your baby's head is out, your doctor will clear the baby's airway and check to make sure the umbilical cord is free. At this point, you will be able to push out the rest of the baby's body.

Stage Three

Stage three of the stages of labor is the delivery of the placenta. This generally takes from five to ten minutes, but may take as long as 30 minutes. Your health care provider will take care of delivering the placenta and making sure that any bleeding is under control. During this period, you may continue to have mild contractions. Your health care provider may ask you to push or massage your lower abdomen in order to help your uterus deliver the placenta, which will come out with a little bit of blood. The placenta needs to come out intact or fragments in the uterus may cause infection.

At this point, it is time to sit back and enjoy the new child you have brought into the world.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Infant dry skin

Infant dry skin

Eczema In Babies A Parents' Guide For Infant Skin Care

Author: Charles Perkins

It's quite sad how babies can also be afflicted with eczema. Babies with eczema must be very uncomfortable especially that they can't voice out their discomfort or do anything to relieve themselves from their itchy dry skin. They completely depend on their parents and caregivers for these things. But the development of eczema in a baby is more common than you think. More so, there are also a lot of parents like you who are willing to go the extra mile just to provide your own baby with the comfort that he or she deserves.

Only one type of eczema affects babies and this is known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis. Don't get confused with two terms though because they are used interchangeably and only mean the same thing. Another term that you might hear from other parents is "infantile eczema". This is yet another term that refers to atopic eczema because it is the only type of eczema that affects babies.

Eczema in baby often manifests itself as red patches of dry skin that itch or ooze a clear liquid. These may appear as neck rashes but they could also appear on their cheeks, arms, and legs. These rashes are terribly itchy too. As a parent, you have to take full responsibility of taking care of your baby and relieving his or her discomfort from eczema.

The wrong types of bathing soap can dramatically change your baby's condition from bad to worse. Soap is a common skin irritant and if you don't make the right choice, you can only aggravate the eczema in your baby. When buying bathing soap for babies with eczema, pick out the ones that have gentle formulas. It will also help if you choose soaps that have moisturizers in them. The itchiness of the rashes is related to the dryness of the skin so moisturizing it can in turn reduce the itch.

When you bathe your baby, don't let him or her stay in the water long. Soaking in the water for too long can weaken the skin's protective barrier and increase the risk of worsening the eczema. Lather your hands with the mild soap, pat his skin gently, and rinse him right after. Remember to use lukewarm water when bathing your baby to keep your baby's skin from drying.

Towel dry your baby using a towel made of pure cotton. Don't rub the towel on your baby's skin. Just pat his skin dry.

An eczema lotion that's specifically made for babies can be applied directly on the rashes after you have dried them. You can also use mild moisturizers for dry skin like Aloe Vera lotion. These lotions will moisturize the skin and prevent further drying. If you notice that the lotion that you use only worsens the rashes though, discontinue from using them.

Babies with eczema must be clothed in cotton too. Synthetic fiber must be avoided because they are rough on the skin and the friction could further aggravate the eczema in baby. Also, synthetic fiber traps in heat and causes sweating. Sweat that gets trapped underneath clothing can cause more eczema rashes to show or worsen the eczema that your baby already has.

Your baby's bedding and pillow cases should all be made of cotton.

Eczema in a baby is just as itchy as those in adults. Babies will try to scratch their rashes and with sharp nails, they can cut themselves especially since the skin having the rashes is very sensitive compared to healthy skin. To avoid this, cut your infant's nails regularly. During his or her sleep, wrap his or her hands in cotton mittens.

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Baby Eczema - Symptoms of Baby Eczema and How to Treat it With Home Remedies

Author: Greg Kolesnik

Unfortunately Baby' Eczema is increasing and is becoming a common problem to the children. So, it's critical important to the parents to know if their baby has
eczema. And we discribed here the common symptoms of baby eczema
for your attention.

1. Locality

Baby eczema usually happens on the face and head. Eczema that focuses on the scalp is called "cradle cap." Frequently, eczema can extend above the baby's torso, the buttocks, and even the arms or legs. In older babies and toddlers, eczema typically take place in the inner join of the arm, leg, and wrists, and can include the neck as well

2. A ruby rash

Babies will expand rashes, but an endless ruby rash on the cheeks, expanding
to the forehead, and aggravating the scalp is one of the most important symbols of eczema.

3. Itching

Frequently, the eczema is followed by itching. The signs of eczema be apt to inflame at what
time the child is tired, and possibly will cause irritation or crying particularly at night.

4. Dry skin

If the baby has mostly dry skin, mainly patches of crusty or flaking skin, it is probable
a symptoms of eczema as well.

5. Blisters

A lot of times, eczema looks like ruby blisters on the skin. These is typically in other
severe or later cases of eczema. If this blisters start to fill up with pus, it is a signal that the eczema has developed a virus, and should be viewed by a specialist.


The main types of eczema can be treated by effortless and safe home treatments. As a medical professional should handle some severe cases, there are a range of staff that you can do to try to assist your kid with his or her eczema.

Lighten Bath

Lighten can sound as a scary chemical to soak your child in (and it is), but researches have exposed that a little lighten bath can assist reduce eczema. The most excellent way to use these home therapy is to fill up a normal bathtub with warm water (not hot). Then, mix carefully a half-cup of bleach in the tub water. Let your kid to soak in the tub for five or ten minutes a few times per week.

Clean Carefully

Following each bath, be certain to carefully clean your child's skin. Allowing soap or shampoo residue to remain on the skin may produce irritation.

Wash Gently

The greatest sorts of soaps and shampoos to use are those that are natural, perfume free, or created for responsive skin. You should use child detergent or fragrance-free detergent as well to clean your baby's bedding and clothes in.

Moisture, moisture, moisture

The most excellent way to eliminate eczema effects and keep your child's skin healthy is by keeping it moist. A high-quality moisturizing cream, applied regularly will keep the skin fresh
and moist, helping to fight the dryness that contributes to and is resulted by eczema.

Cool compresses

For mostly intense eczema flare-ups, seek to keep your kid from scratching affected places. In its place, apply a cool damp fabric to the affected areas.

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Infant bonding

Infant bonding

Bonding With Your Baby

Author: Susan Carranza

Yahoo! You have been waiting 9 months for this, and here it is! Your new baby is finally here! Now what? It is hard to imagine that you have brought a new life into this world, isn't it? You want the best for your newborn! You have brought a new person into this world, and you will be accountable for shaping their life. That's an awesome responsibility! All of that begins with connecting with your newborn. Bonding is one of the really significant things that parents can do for their child. When your newborn bonds with you, it uses all of its senses. Here are some tips to assist:

Vision/Sight: Your baby's eyesight is not too good when it is a newborn. About ten inches is as far as it can focus. That's fine for their requirements now. You may be amazed to know that studies show that your baby would rather look at you, instead of some brightly colored objects. So, make sure that you are close enough for your newborn to see you. During feeding time is a good time to do this. Let them touch your face with their little hands, and make eye contact with them.

Tactile or Touch: 1 of the most highly developed senses in your baby is touch. It is vital to make them feel safe and secure. So, snuggle and caress your newborn! Studies confirm that massaging babies actually may make them learn better as well. Don't fret if you are executing it correctly, just do it! Many have discovered that putting their newborn in a Snugly while they do household chores, is very soothing. Baby will probably fall asleep, listening to your heartbeat.

Auditory or Their Hearing: An infant is stimulated by a mother's voice. Mothers use calming words, and are inclined to speak to their baby in a naturally higher pitched voice. Say your newborns name, coo and sing to them. You can make a monkey of yourself, and they like to hear it!

Smell: Studies confirms that your baby clearly recognizes your smell. This recognizable scent soothes your baby.

Do not forget that your baby is an individual, and will be different from any other child. Do not overwhelm or over stimulate your child. Your baby may give you signs that they are tired of play or stimulation, such as yawning, frowning, rubbing their eyes, breaking eye contact or wriggling away. This may show that they are ready for rest time.

Many specialists advise that you put your newborn on its back to sleep. Lots of parents become anxious, because babies can develop a condition known as "occipital plagiocephaly of positional origin". This simply means that the infants head is flatter on one side than the other from always sleeping in the same position. Giving your newborn some "tummy time" can help to avoid this condition. Use play time to do this. Your baby will improve their muscles, by trying to push themselves up using their arms. Get down with your baby, and smile, stick your tongue out, chuckle and croon to them. Hold a mirror up to baby, and see their response! Move brightly colored items in front of their eyes, and see them track movement. This is a great way to bond with your infant.

Do not leave out Dad! Mom's already have created a physical biochemical bond with the baby before it was born, by carrying it for 9 months. Many times fathers feel left out. Involve Dad in Dr. appointments, and the pre-natal care of baby. Have him feed baby whenever possible. Even if you are breastfeeding, Dad can be included. Moms can take a break, and let Dad take charge of a crying infant from time to time. Dads can participate in bathing and dressing (and of course, changing diapers). Everything that Mom does, such as cooing, and cuddling the baby; are things that Dad can do as well. As baby grows, they require more and more stimuli. Dads are normally wonderful at providing that. Play time and "tummy time" are wonderful times to make sure that Dad is involved.

Showing off the new baby to friends and family is an added benefit. Babies love all of the extra attention that they get from family and friends, and bond with them as well. So take pleasure in the attention that your baby creates.

The experience of bonding with your newborn is what matters the most. Just a gentle touch, simple smile, or laughing together, will help parents place their child on the track toward a favorable future.

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How to do Baby Bonding?

Author: Maximo Opilan

Easy methods to do baby bonding might be a scary step for new mothers. When trying to figure out methods for bonding with a baby, the new baby will usually take to any kind of activity you wish to undertake. Bonding together with your little one can be as simple as spending time when feeding the baby to talk and cuddle.

A newborn baby will like feeding time much more than mommy will, but it is a good way of bonding with your child. Bonding with a baby usually takes as few as ten minutes while feeding your child. Make an effort to rub baby's head and hands or feet. Using lotion on child's feet and hands while feeding the baby will make this a bonding experience for the two of you. Mothers will have a special bond with their babies, but it could be made stronger with a little nudge when he is young.

When bonding with a baby, understand that even though the baby is small, he or she still has preferences. You know what your baby likes most, so now is the time to undertake 'tummy time'. Tummy time can be done at any time, not just after feeding your little one. Newborn baby likes and dislikes are easy to distinguish according to reactions. Tummy time is nearly always easily accepted. Tummy time can include baby's favorite toys or simply you and the baby. Lay the child on his or her tummy and give them a toy. Have fun with the toy with your baby and talk to your baby while you are playing. The baby, if lower than six months of age, should not be left on their tummy, therefore tummy time can be with mommy laying on her back and laying baby on her tummy to play. The baby will usually already be quite used to mommy's voice, but if not, this is the time to talk and have baby recognize you by voice. The greater you talk to baby the more bonding will take place.

Bath time is an excellent time to bond with your baby. He may or may not enjoy bath time, but if mommy appears to enjoy the bath time, the baby will grow to like it as well. Using tub toys and bubbles to help baby like bath time might help, and also talking while bathing him or her. The more gentle and time consuming the bath is, the more bonding the experience will be. Bonding along with your baby can be as simple as taking additional time to apply lotion after a bath and singing or playing patty-cake using hands. At bed time, applying lotion to baby and singing a song or reading a short story with him or her in your lap or arms is yet another way of bonding with the baby. Mothers of one child or many will always remember the times they had with each other, and the bonding experiences that were so special with each and every one no matter how old they are.

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Breast care while breastfeeding

Breast care while breastfeeding

Effective Ways to Tone Your Breasts After Breastfeeding or Nursing

Author: Ryan Mutt

A very major concern of all women who have recently completed the period of lactation for their new born baby is sagging breasts. After breastfeeding, the breasts of a woman tend to look loose, and many women become very conscious because of that. For a woman, having the right shape of her breasts is really important to her, and this is the reason why after breastfeeding, women want to tone their breasts as much as possible.

There are several ways in which this can be done. One of the most common suggestions that are given by experts is that women should join some form of exercising which will help them to tone not only their chest muscles, but also the overall body muscles, as a result of which the breasts will automatically look toned and well shaped. Swimming especially is recommended, along with some weight training exercises in the gym. You can always tell your gym instructor what your aim is, and he/she will make you work out accordingly. Exercising regularly will also help you to get rid of your pregnancy fat.

Next, you must massage your breasts regularly. Use any kind of natural oils, such as that of coconut or almond, or you can even use some herbal moisturizing or massaging lotions meant especially for the purpose of massages. Doing this regularly will help improve the circulation of blood in the chest area, and will also help to strengthen the muscles, as well as tone them.

There are certain breast firming lotions, creams and serum available in the market. Though not all of these are effective, and it is very important to find out which one of these is safe to use and which one give harmful side effects. For more details and guidance, you can always seek professional help, so that an expert tells you which product is most suitable for you.

Wearing the right kind of bras is also very important. During your pregnancy period, you wear comfortable and lose maternity bras. But after the breastfeeding period is over, you need to get back into normal bras. You need to pick these correctly based on your size. Also, depending on personal preference, you can choose underwire bras, double padded bras and so on. But make sure that after wearing the bra, the breasts look fuller and toned. If they look loose even after wearing the bra, then chances are that you have picked up the wrong lingerie for yourself, which will further damage the shape of your breasts. So choose wisely.

Make sure that your diet is also healthy, so that your body does not lack any kind of nutrients. A fit body always has better circulation, and toning in such cases becomes easy. Also, it is believed that standing with your chest directly in front of a hot water shower can be harmful. So try avoiding that for better firming and toning of the breasts. Always choose lukewarm water for showering over extremely hot water.

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Breast Feeding - Awareness and Importance

Author: DesiDieter

Breast feeding is the finest gift any mother can give her infant. However there are millions of infants dispossessed of this advantage. This is because of many factors (physical, social or economical) which forces mothers to use formula milk. But the fact remains that the breast milk is very important because it is the most suited food to the child. What mother′s milk contains is still researchable but it can be definitely said that it is a complete food for the infant. In simple words, breast milk is the milk produced by a lactating female. But besides this simple perception, it is a more complex thing, technically. Breast milk is known by different terms depending on the time of production and composition. The first milk that is produced is precisely the best for the infant. It has a yellow tinge and is thick in consistency. Breastfeeding should commence as soon as possible after giving birth.The first milk is loaded with the immunities which protects the little one. It also acts as a natural laxative which helps the infant in passing the first stools. The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons. It creates a blissful bonding with your baby. The varying composition of breast milk keeps pace with the infant′s growth and changing nutritional needs. It gives protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections and septicemia. It also gives protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma and decreases the risk of tooth decay.Breastfeeding is a learned skill. It requires persistence and practice. For some women, the learning stages can be annoying and painful. And some situations make breastfeeding even harder, such as babies born early or health problems in the mother. But mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of some health problems, including breast cancer and diabetes.

Benefits of breast feeding for the infant:
• Breastfed infants develop higher IQ′s, and have improved brain and nervous system development.
• Reduced risk of heart disease later in life.
• Increased bone density.
• Breastfeeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual development of babies
• Antibody response to vaccines is higher.
• Decreased risk for vitamin E and Iron deficiency anemia.
• Less risk of childhood obesity.

Benefits of breast feeding for the mother:
• Reduced risk of anemia.
• Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life.
• Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis which is associated with total time of lactation.
• Helps the mother′s body return to its pre-pregnancy figure faster.
• Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding.

Some people say that the formula milk is tremendously convenient - especially for working women - but it is definitely not healthier. Breast feeding was, is and will always be the best food one mother can give her infant. So try to be there at home and close to your baby for at least the first three to four months. Also the new mother′s should take care of their diet. The diet for breast feeding mom's must include plenty of vegetables, green leaves and fruits. This along with whole grains and legumes and foods high in calcium to provide all the different nutrients required in a lactating mother's diet.Consult our dieticians for a personalized diet for nursing mothers, child care or any other query.

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Hair during pregnancy

Hair during pregnancy

Pregnancy haircare guide

Author: happy pig

Many mums-to-be are blessed with shiny, thick hair due to pregnancy hormones – but some aren't so lucky. Pregnancy hormones can play havoc with your hair. If your hair type has changed and you don't know how to make the best of your new locks, read on.

Fine or limp hair
New pregnancy hormones can lead your hair to overproduce oils and appear limp and greasy. If this happens to you, try Pantene Full and Thick Shampoo and Conditioner. Kate Haine, 20 weeks pregnant, says 'I have fine hair and the first time I used it, it looked very fulsome and lovely.'

Charles Worthington Dream Hair Thickening Shampoo is a great troubleshooter. Naomi Carter, 26 weeks pregnant, says 'I've been waiting for the thick, glossy hair that's supposed to happen during pregnancy, and now I've finally got it, although I'll admit it's out of a bottle.' If your hair seems lifeless and lacklustre between washes, try using a product such as Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo in between washes for fresher-looking locks.

Dry or frizzy hair
Those pesky pregnancy hormones may also be responsible for turning your gorgeous, silky-smooth barnet into a frizzy mess.

A rich, moisturising treatment can soon sort it out – try Clinique Dramatic Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Nadine Roodhouse, 22 weeks pregnant, says that the shampoo 'was lovely, and my hair definitely felt softer after I blow-dried it.'

Lancome Hair Sensation Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner were also very popular as a treat for stressed-out locks. And a spritz of Mark Hill's De-Frizz Shine Control Mist left Rebecca Aston, 17 weeks pregnant 'with lovely, glossy hair – my frizz has finally been tamed.'

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss - Understanding What Is Happening

Author: Dr. Emma Alvin

While pregnancy is considered to be one of the most amazing and beautiful experiences a woman goes through in her entire life, there are also a lot of changes related to it and some of them are not very pleasant. One of the issues most pregnant women confront themselves with is the thinning or loss of their hair at a very rapid rate. This is why is very important to understand the basics of pregnancy and hair loss, so we can take appropriate measures against it.

It doesn't matter if your hair is thinning, thickening, breaking or falling out, because during the pregnancy they all happened for the same reason: the change of hormone levels in your body. The specific hormone we can pin point the blame on is estrogen, which plays an important role in the way your hair is shaped because it acts directly on the hair follicles. For example, if the estrogen levels in your body increase all of a sudden you will notice that your hair starts growing faster and becomes thicker.

Another change that pregnancy brings upon a woman's hair lays in the style of it and it's also caused by hormones. This is why women that have had straight hair for their entire life, during pregnancy, have experienced a natural curling of their hair and the other way around. The affirmation is also valid when talking about hair thinning or thickening.

We have already established that estrogen is the hormone that is situated at the root of the hair changes during the pregnancy. But why is it different for each woman and why do some women have higher levels of estrogen while others don't have enough? It's all about the nutrients they have in their bodies. Nutrients are important at all the times but during pregnancy it is vital we provide our body with each and every vitamin, protein, fatty acid and so on that it needs. A healthy diet might not be enough which is why doctors encourage their patients into taking prenatal supplements.

When it comes to pregnancy and hair loss, there is one other important thing you should know: for most of the women this problem goes away by itself after about six months from giving birth. But if you want to take action now and make sure your hair remains healthy and strong or your hair loss problems are already very big then I recommend you to read a very helpful guide on this subject, The Hair Loss Black Book.

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Depression during pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy

Depression In Pregnancy

Author: josepha jain

It is very complicated to face a treatment for clinical depression during pregnancy. This is because; there is a risk in having antidepressants medicines during pregnancy. But the combined attempts of doctors and psychiatrists can cure it.

Women are generally very emotional and sentimental in first few days of pregnancy. Near about 20% pregnant women need antidepressant treatment every year. Actual ratio is definitely bigger than that as women are taken very softly in the pregnancy period and this turns into neglecting psychological diseases. Safety measures in pregnancy and over cautious subjective view make them more emotional and depressed. It may cause serious psychiatric effects on a pregnant woman.

Antidepressants can harm the child of a pregnant woman. But even the depression can harm the baby. So, it depends on the severity of the disease and the decision of the caretakers of a patient.

Depression in a pregnant woman can cause some problems to a newborn. Those are irritability, less attentiveness and slowness in activities. Short gestation period is also one of these affects. The intake of antidepressants can cause some serious problems like pulmonary hypertension, weight reduction and cardiac defects in the newborn baby.

Identifying depression is very difficult in pregnancy. Generally, women become emotional, homesick and hyper in pregnancy. Over attention and some physical changes make them upset.

Sudden changes in mood, low energy are very usual symptoms in all pregnant women.

If a pregnant woman is upset most of the time, addicted to drugs or alcohol and stagnant low in energy, then these are few symptoms of depression in pregnancy. Poor prenatal care leads to unhealthy pregnancy in many cases.

If the disease is at a primary level, it can be treated with psychotherapy sessions. These can be taken in combination with medication too. In such cases doctors and therapists need the permission of the caretakers of the patient.

Those women, who have very minute clinical depression, can choose to be pregnant. But before planning so, you need to stop all the antidepressant medicines at least before 6 months. It should be done with the advice of your gynecologist and psychiatrist. In the case of severe clinical depression, there is no point in taking the risk for both, baby and the mother.

In some cases severe patients also can have babies, but it is too risky. Such patients should be treated with meditations, psycho therapies and anti –attacking consultation.

Generally, it is suggested that those women who are mildly depressed should stop medication, and even those who are in medium severity level also can choose to do the same. The sessions of psychiatrist and meditations are necessary for them. Those women who have severe depression are treated under observation and with the combined treatment of psychiatrists and gynecologist.

If a depression patient wants to get pregnant, she should consult a doctor before taking any decision. Case history, suicide attempts and such issues need to be discussed frankly with the doctor. It will help you to have a less critical pregnancy. Take the right decision and remember "risk bears profit" have a happy parenthood.

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Depression in Pregnant Women: Signs and Symptoms

Author: Daniela O'Neil

Although pregnancy depression has always existed, it is only in recent years that it has been acknowledged as a medical problem, and that women have been allowed to talk about it without shame. Many women will suffer from some level of depression during their pregnancy. In some, it can become a very serious problem.

If signs of depression are ruining what should be a happy and wonderful time in your life, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor. Help is available, and keeping yourself happy and mentally healthy is just as important to your baby as your physical well-being.

There are some major risk factors that may predispose a woman to depression. When deciding when to get pregnant, it's a good idea to avoid very stressful times in your life, such as financial problems, major life changes, and relationship issues. These can all be risk factors for depression. Other common risk factors in pregnant women are a history of infertility, previous miscarriages, and a history of depression prior to pregnancy.

From the time you experience the first signs of being pregnant, you may also see some signs of depression. It can occur at any point in your pregnancy. As hormones fluctuate throughout the three pregnancy stages, depression may come and go.

Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, extreme fatigue, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, long periods of crying, irritability or moodiness, and difficulty concentrating. If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, it is possible you are suffering from pregnancy depression and not just normal pregnancy mood swings.

Remember, getting help is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby.

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Daniela O'Neil is a work at home mother of three children. She is a writer as well as a fertility and pregnancy educator who is dedicated to helping women have healthy, happy pregnancies. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, and enjoys camping, hiking, and mountain biking in her free time. To know more on pregnancy depression, pregnancy stages or other pregnancy related information you're welcome to visit Daniela's blog tips for getting pregnant


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Depression after pregnancy

Depression after pregnancy

What is Postnatal Depression? Signs and Risk Factors

Author: John Don

Postnatal depression is estimated to affect 1 in 5 women and is found in all cultural, social and age groups. There are different types of this condition experienced by mothers after birth. There is the 'Baby Blues' which usually occurs between the 3rd and 5th day and usually resolve by the 10th day. It is thought to be the response to hormone changes and the stress of giving birth and occurs in up to 70% of women.

  • Postnatal depression has a gradual onset between the 3rd and 9th month.
  • Postpartum Psychosis occurs in approximately 1 in 500 births and is quite rare. It seems to be genetically linked and typically occurs after the first baby. It presents as a manic depressive illness and requires urgent psychiatric treatment.

This condition results in a disturbance of mood, disturbance of thoughts and physiological disturbances. These disturbances and symptoms of postnatal depression will be discussed:

Disturbance of Mood

This includes the experience of a depressed mood, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, failure, shame, guilt, fear, anger and panic. Feelings of fatigue and exhaustion and the loss of sexual desire.

Disturbance of Thoughts

Poor concentration, loss of ability to plan and carry through tasks, poor memory, confused thinking, intrusive thoughts (eg thoughts of serious illness or death of self, baby or partner).

Physiological disturbance

The mother may experience sleep disorder such as difficulty falling asleep, early morning waking, always fatigued and exhausted. She may also experience stress symptoms such as panic attacks, tightness in the chest and stomach. Appetite changes, either a loss of appetite or overeating may be experienced.

Risk Factors

A number of factors are thought to contribute to postnatal mood disorders. Current research indicates that psychological, biochemical and environmental or social factors affect the onset of postnatal depression.

There are a number of factors that predispose a woman to this condition. One of the most significant risk factors is having a previous psychiatric illness or emotional problems. Women who have previously had depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are at a greater risk.

Obstetric and gynecological problems impact a mother's physical health and can impact her emotional well being. This can include caesarean birth, permittivity, previous miscarriage, previous termination of pregnancy, neonatal death, and previous history of infertility.

If the baby or mother has problems post birth this can also increase the possibility of postnatal depression. Problems such as the baby experiencing gastric reflux, excessive crying, breastfeeding problems, sleep deprivation, low iron levels.

In addition environmental and relationship factors can impact a mother and predispose her to postnatal depression. Lack of support from ones partner or own mother can be significant. This may be through death, separation or conflict in the relationship. Furthermore a mother's isolation from extended family or friendship network can impact postnatal depression. This can be significant particularly for first time mothers who may shift from a busy life in full time work to being isolated at home. Women who would describe themselves as high achievers or perfectionists are at greater risk of postnatal depression as are women with anxious personalities. Finally if the woman experiences multiple stressors in her past or present life these may contribute to the onset of postnatal depression.

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Mothers feeling low after childbirth, Postnatal Depression

Author: Sarah Hart

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is a common depressive illness and occurs in 1 to 7 to 10 mothers; it is common for women after giving birth to a child to experience feeling low. Nobody knows what causes postnatal depression but it has been concluded although there is no actual explanation for PND that the illness may arise due to the hormone change after childbirth also the stress of looking after a new baby and the disrupt to a mothers sleep can effect susceptible people.

Symptoms of PND;

  • Feeling low
  • Being unable to enjoy yourself
  • Irritability
  • Finding it hard to go to sleep
  • Constantly exhausted
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless
  • (Maybe) Appetite
  • Feeling there's no way out of their (family) problems

PND is treatable; it is treated in the same way as ordinary depression. Talking about the problem to somebody such as a health professional like the mother's health visitor or doctor will help the mother get additional help and support they may need with looking after a baby and getting treatment with depression. The most important thing to remember is to get better as soon as possible for the sake of mother and baby.

Baby blues

Baby blue's the commonest and mildest form of PND following childbirth, it is normal for baby blues to occur, it consists of the mother experiencing spells of irritability, feeling down and upset or a crying for a few days. It is more common for first time mothers and who have experienced problems with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS or PMT). It is known to probably be caused by the rapid female hormone changes the mother has been going through since giving birth to her, baby blues tends to sort and normally doesn't require and other treatment than reassurance from others such as professionals, family and friends, that what they are experiencing is completely normal.

Postnatal Psychosis

Is a very rare complication of depression after childbirth, it affects 1 in every 500 women or so, mainly it occurs in mothers that have had previous medical history of serious mental illness or has a strong family history of mental illness, the symptoms felt by a person with postnatal psychosis is depression, other symptoms include false ideas, delusions, hearing voices and hallucinating. These symptoms appear from couple of days after childbirth or can even start up to a few weeks after a mother giving birth.

This type of PND requires treatment and which treatment the mother needs depend on the symptoms the mother is having or feeling, this will normally involve a psychiatrist and it is imperative for the mother to get help and treatment as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How to know if you are pregnant

How to know if you are pregnant

5 Wonderful Signs To Know If You Are Pregnant – Pregnancy Tips And Best Way To Conceive

Author: Michelle Yeo

You just came home from the nearest drugstore and you are just so excited to try the pregnancy test you bought. Unconsciously you are holding your breath as you waited for the result. Then the two signs became visible; and you almost jump out of joy. But then, you still want to make sure of this new transition of your life. So, here are the possible wonderful signs to know if you are pregnant.

1. Delayed Menstrual Cycle

If you have a regular menstrual period, then a missed one is a great reason to celebrate. This is considered as one of the definite way to know if you are pregnant. There are women though who bleeds even if they are already a month pregnant, but normally the bleeding will be shorter than normal menstrual flow.

2. Swollen and Tender of the Breast

Changes in the breast are another way to know if you are pregnant. Your breast may become a bit larger and swollen especially on the first trimester of your pregnancy. Veins may also be visible under the skin on the breast. Area around the nipples which is called areola may also darken.

3. Morning Sickness

This is one of the best ways to know if you are pregnant. Morning sickness may start as early as three weeks which is caused by the sudden increased of estrogen and progesterone level of the body. Your sense of smell becomes sensitive that various odors can make you feel queasy. Contrary to its name, this sensitivity can occur anytime of the day, noon and night.

4. Frequent Urination

You might wonder why you always wake up at the middle of the night with nature's call. Well, if you are pregnant, you urinate more often than you usually did. You begin to feel this symptom for around six to eight weeks of your pregnancy. The reason behind this symptom is the hormonal changes that pregnant women undergo which cause the blood to rush rapidly through your kidneys, filling your urinary bladder faster than usual.

5. Cravings

You may not have the longing to eat durian and ice cream on winter. But if you are pregnant, you get to crave for the foods that you are usually not fond of eating. Some even crave for weird foods. In most cases, these food carvings in pregnant women could last for the entire nine months.

If you happen to encounter some, if not all, of these symptoms along with your pregnancy test; then you might be carrying you're a little angel in your tummy. There are more symptoms that you might experience if you are pregnant. You can talk to your OBGYN so that you can have some guidelines in order for you to cope with these changes easier.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Swelling during pregnancy

Swelling during pregnancy

Feet Swelling During Pregnancy

Author: Sabrina Rocca

Many women experience feet swelling during pregnancy. Depending on the cause, this can be a simple albeit somewhat uncomfortable condition that can be left to go away on its own, or it itself may be indicative of a serious underlying condition that needs immediate medical attention. Swelling feet of course is a condition that can be experienced by anyone, but its occurrence during pregnancy demands coverage all of its own.

Feet swelling during pregnancy is very often due to edema, a condition which results from fluid buildup in a woman's system. A pregnant woman's system comes up with quite a bit of extra blood to help her care for her growing baby. But in addition to that, her uterus grows and expands in size, which puts additional pressure on her veins. This results in circulation slowing down quite a bit – and as a result, blood pools in certain areas and water accumulates in foot tissue. This water can sometimes take a little more time to be discarded by the system and has nowhere to go while it "waits", leading to edema. Take note, though, that should the swelling be severe and be accompanied by swelling in the face and hands, it could be pre-eclampsia, which is a very serious condition that can reduce blood flow to the placenta and can thus be dangerous for both babies and mothers.

If you experience your feet swelling during pregnancy, there may be no need to worry because this is a transitory condition that may fade in and out throughout the course of your pregnancy and will definitely go away for good after you give birth. And there are some things that you can do to help manage the swelling, too, if not get rid of it altogether.

Firstly, it may be a bit hard to do especially if you are at work, but keep your feet up when you can to help drain the fluid from them.

Next, lifestyle changes could also help. Being pregnant is no excuse to not eat smart or exercise (quite the contrary, as you are now responsible for another life and not only your own). Avoid salty food – minimize consumption of food like chips and other junk food, or avoid these foods altogether. Eat more protein – you have to feed your baby right. Be more active, stand up and exercise to help your blood flow more freely. Your baby will thank you for it too. And if you don't drink enough water, do that – the body holds on to the water it contains if it approaches dehydration, which can lead to enema.

Lastly, of course, you should still go and see a doctor if the puffiness and swelling persists or becomes very painful. As has been mentioned, it might be indicative of a more serious condition – and when you're pregnant it always pays to err on the side of caution.

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When can I hear my baby's heartbeat

When can I hear my baby's heartbeat?

How early can you detect and hear a heartbeat?

Author: Kyle Bolt

You're on the table waiting for your doctor to find the baby’s heartbeat. Whether it takes five seconds or a few minutes, chances are you're going to be breaking out in a sweat. Seeing that rapid flutter on the screen in the first trimester or hearing that thunderous “chug chug chug” or the sound of a “galloping horse” sound in the last two trimesters is music to the ears for many new parents but you have to be a few months on before you can hear it that way.

With ultrasound you can see the heart beat as early as 6 weeks gestation and hear it safely as early as 12 weeks gestation. Many factors can attribute to how early you can see your baby’s heartbeat. Positioning of the foetus, weight of the mother, and time can all factor in on how early you will be able to see the heartbeat.

At around 18 to 20 weeks or sometimes sooner your baby’s heart beat should be able to be heard with a stethoscope at your doctor’s office. This still remains to be one of the most exciting moments in pregnancy…..hearing your baby’s heartbeat.

When you hear your baby’s heartbeat, there's a lot more going on than the soothing sounds of a healthy baby. Your doctor is most likely calculating the rate of beats to ensure the pregnancy is going well. A normal range can be anywhere over 100 beats a minute to as fast as 180! While this seems like a lot, don't be alarmed by the fast thumping. When it comes to an unborn baby's heartbeat, fast is good. If you are concerned, or just keen on hearing the sweet sound, you can purchase a home foetal Doppler which will allow you to hear what is going on from the comfort of your own home.

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Listen to Your Unborn Baby with the Prenatal Heart Listener

Author: aurembs

The happiness of becoming a mother has to be one of the most incredible feelings in every woman's life. Every expecting mom eagerly looks forward to the baby's first kick with great anticipation. After all it will be the first palpable sensation of the unborn child. Want to experience the great feeling right in the comfort and privacy of your own home? Imagine how wonderful it would be to listen to your unborn baby's sounds and squirms, soft kicks, and gentle heartbeat. Then the Prenatal Heart Listener w/ 1 H at Tupelo Super Store is definitely worth checking out.

The Prenatal Heart Listener w/ 1 H is innovatively designed for pregnant women to listen to the heartbeat and the movements of her yet-to-be born baby. This Prenatal Heart Listener consists of a baby heartbeat monitor with a headset. The Bebe Sounds Prenatal Heart Listener lets you hear your baby's wonderful sounds from the beginning of the third trimester.

When you place this baby heartbeat monitor on your tummy, the monitor will amplify the natural sounds, allowing you to hear the baby's kicks, hiccups, and heartbeat. The Bebe Sounds Prenatal Heart Listener comes with a recording cable, which you can use record the sounds and movements of your unborn child and e-mail them to your friends and family. As the Bebe Sounds Prenatal Heart Listener does not use AC current, ultrasound, or radio waves, it is completely safe for both you and your baby. The Bebe Sounds Prenatal Heart Listener runs on a single 9V battery. Even after the birth of your baby, you can make use of the Prenatal Heart Listener. You can record your own heartbeat and play it to soothe, comfort and lull your newborn baby.

The Bebe Sounds Prenatal Heart Listener will also make gifts for parents-to-be and at baby showers.

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