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Coping with a Flu During Pregnancy

coping with flu during pregnancyGetting sick when you’re pregnant is scary business. Not only do you feel awful, but there’s also a worry that your developing baby is at risk – especially if you’re unable to keep any fluids or food down.

Pregnant women are at higher risk for illness during pregnancy because your immune system is weakened during those 40 weeks. Mother nature is a miraculous thing, and your body changes so much when you’re pregnant. When you’re expecting, your immune system becomes weakened to tolerate the unborn baby, since it is a “foreign substance.” To prevent your body from attacking your growing child, your immune system naturally takes a back seat and alters its immune responses. So you are more vulnerable to getting sick. [click to continue…]

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Sleeping with an Electric Blanket while Pregnant – Is It Safe?

electric blanket and pregnancyElectric blankets offer a cozy and convenient way to stay warm during the wintertime and when it’s cold outside. But is it safe to use an electric blanket while pregnant?

In general, it’s probably fine for you to an electric blanket when you’re pregnant; however, you shouldn’t sleep with it on.

Sleeping with an electric blanket while pregnant poses several health concerns. For one, you don’t want to fall asleep with an electric blanket on and accidentally end up overheated, if it’s not at the right temperature. In the first trimester, when your baby’s neural tubes are forming, becoming overheated can disrupt fetal development and may increase the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. There is also an increase risk of miscarriage when you’re overheated in early pregnancy. [click to continue…]

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Epsom Salt Bath While Pregnant

Epsom Salts in Pregnancy

One of the best and safest ways to relieve your pregnancy aches and pains is taking an epsom salt bath while pregnant.

(scientific name is magnesium sulfate) look similar to regular table salt, but it’s different chemically and has different uses. Beware, epsom salt has a distinct bitter taste and is not for flavoring foods. Instead, it is a natural laxative (if you can bear the bitter taste). However, it should not be consumed by pregnant women.

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Using a Heating Pad While Pregnant – Safety Tips

Using a heating pad while pregnant is considered safe, and it offers a safe alternative to having to take medications to deal with every day pregnancy aches and pains.

Heating pads are wonderful for treating achy backs, leg cramps, and achy joints and muscles in pregnancy. You can also ease your pain by taking a hot – but not too hot – bath with epsom salts.

An epsom salt bath is also perfectly safe for pregnant women. But just make sure that the water is not too hot. [click to continue…]

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How to Fight Winter Depression in Pregnancy

Coping with Seasonal Affective disorder in Pregnancy

When winter arrives, it’s easy to get in a bum mood. The days are shorter; there’s less daylight to enjoy; and the weather is cold and miserable, especially when it’s snowy outside and you’re cooped up inside the house.

Winter depression – called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects over 20 million people every year. It also affects many pregnant women.

An estimated 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression, and this depression can also lead to full-blown postpartum depression after the baby is born.

But when you are pregnant, how do you cope with your winter depression?
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Signs of Pregnancy Before Missed Period

first signs of pregnancyThe very early signs of pregnancy before missed period can be subtle, and they can also strike one or two weeks before your menstrual period is scheduled to arrive.

Though a missed period is often the first clue that you have a bun in the oven, it’s not the only pregnancy sign you may notice. From implantation bleeding and cramping to extreme exhaustion, there are a number of very early signs of pregnancy that may pop up in the weeks leading up to your period.

Most women won’t notice these early pregnancy symptoms, but if you are trying to conceive, you may notice slight differences. For example, your pregnancy fatigue can be easily mistaken for PMS fatigue by some women, but women who are in tune with their body may notice that this fatigue feels different. [click to continue…]

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Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP Rash)

Itchy rashes during pregnancy can be caused by a number of conditions, but if it’s your first pregnancy and you are carrying a boy, there’s a high possibility you have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) – also known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy.

Roughly 1 out of every 150 pregnant women will develop the PUPPP rash. That’s roughly 1 percent, but it is the most common pregnancy rash in pregnant women. Fortunately, it does not harm your unborn baby in any way, but it is incredibly uncomfortable and annoying to you. [click to continue…]

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How Safe is Horseback Riding When Pregnant?

horse riding when pregnant

If you’re an equestrian who loves to ride horses, you’re definitely probably wondering how safe it is to ride a while pregnant. This is a controversial question, which many doctors and healthcare providers are mixed on their answers.

Some OB/GYNs will tell you that it’s safe for you to walk up until 12 weeks of pregnancy. (No trotting, cantering, or galloping – just a walk.) Others think you should avoid riding a horse while pregnancy completely. You should talk to your specific healthcare provider about what he or she recommends.

Obviously, the biggest danger to riding during pregnancy is falling off the horse or getting kicked off. Even if you are an experienced rider and you know the horse well, you can still get thrown off. Horses can be unpredictable, and they can be easily spooked. This is a danger that you don’t want to risk, especially when you’re pregnant. [click to continue…]

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Early Cramping in Pregnancy – Is It Normal?

Early Pregnancy and Cramping

Whether mild or severe, cramping in early pregnancy is naturally alarming. If you’ve never been pregnant before, you may be worried that you’re going to miscarry. Fortunately, in most cases, cramping in early pregnancy is normal. But if you have severe cramping that is accompanied with vaginal bleeding, it can be a sign of a complication.

Cramping in early pregnancy can be light, or severe. Sometimes, light cramping signals implantation – one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Cramping may also be a sign of your uterus stretching to accommodate your developing baby. Other times, cramping can be a sign that you will have a miscarriage, or you have an ectopic pregnancy.

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