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pregnancy trimesters

Pregnancy Trimesters

When I fell pregnant with my first child I knew absolutely nothing. Pregnancy jargon was like a foreign language to me. The word ‘Trimester’ sounded mythical, strange and complicated. I quickly discovered that it’s actually a straightforward description for the three distinct phases of pregnancy. In the normal scheme of things, a full-term pregnancy will

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How accurate are ultrasound scans

How accurate are ultrasound scans

Ultrasound scans rank pretty highly on the list of most anticipated pregnancy milestones. Whether it’s an eight week reassurance scan, a 12 week dating scan, 20 week anomaly scan or a 3D scan in the third trimester, most parents-to-be get excited and look forward to seeing pictures of their unborn baby. But how much emphasis

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Support for sickness in pregnancy

Support for sickness in pregnancy

There is no medical knowledge that can predict which expectant mothers will experience morning sickness. It is a hormonal lottery that leaves many women feeling far from blooming. Experts do know that it is not the baby that is the root of the problem, but hormones produced by the placenta. Great to know, but not

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Extreme morning sickness

Many women experience mild morning sickness during pregnancy, which is unpleasant enough. But a few poor souls suffer from a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness that can make their pregnancy thoroughly miserable. What is it? Hyperemesis usually manifests as extreme vomiting. By this I mean projectile eruptions that can be

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Should I hire a Doula

What is a doula? The first question that you might be asking is what is a doula? A doula is a person who offers emotional and physical support to both the female and her partner in the lead up to, during and after the birth. The word doula (pronounced doo-la) derives from Greek meaning “woman

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Symptoms you should never ignore when pregnant

The body goes through so many changes when you are pregnant it can be tricky to know what’s normal and what’s not. Most symptoms are just your body’s way of adjusting to the new life growing inside you, but others can be sign there is something amiss. Here is a quick and simple guide to

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