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What happens if you go overdue?

Your doctor will confirm your gestational age either by revising your last menstrual period date or your early ultrasound. Then he will inspect your cervix to check its readiness for delivery by checking its consistency and length and dilation. Your doctor might offer to do a membrane sweep if the cervix is partially dilated, this induces […]

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Incompetent cervix

The cervix is normally closed during pregnancy and opens at labor. Sometimes there is a defect in the cervix leading to its widening and thus abortion or premature labor might occur. This happens due to operations in the cervix, infection, previous complicated vaginal delivery or injuring the cervix during a vaginal procedure. The doctor performs cervical […]

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Molar pregnancy

It is a rare but dangerous complication. It occurs when there is a problem in the sperm or ovum leading to formation of defected conceptus. There is complete mole where there is a placenta and no fetus caused by a sperm fertilizing an empty ovum. There is also an incomplete mole where there is a defected […]

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Contraception and family planning

Population growth has many economic consequences, ranging from pressure on educational and health services and high demand for new jobs.In addition to social consequences like increase domestic disputes and divorce rate.In an attempt to control these pressures some countries have implemented family planning programs. There are several reasons for increased population including wives who have […]

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After delivery

Caring for your breast

Cleaning: You should clean your breasts with warm water at least once daily then dry it out with a clean towel. Put lanolin creams or olive oil or cocoa butter cream on your areola and nipples at least 3 times per day to avoid nipple cracking. You should clean your hand well before breast feeding and […]

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Bottle feeding

Once you have made your choice to bottle-feed don’t let other people make you feel guilty. It is your baby, you body and your choice. Formula fed babies do thrive and you can be reassured that most infant formulas are designed to be as close to human breast milk as possible. Most formulas are fortified with […]

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Breast feeding directions

Hold your baby in a way that his abdomen faces yours and his face towards your nipple. You can lift him by one hand where his head lies in your elbow and his bottom with your other hand. Or You can also lie on your side and hold the baby head towards your breast. The […]

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Bathing your newborn

Preparing the changing area: You have to choose a place that is safe and clean. Then you have to prepare the tools that you will use because it is not safe to leave the baby un-attended to go get a tool that you forgot to prepare. You can use a baby tub or a regular tub. […]

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Diapering your newborn

Preparing the changing area: you have to choose a place that is safe and clean. Then you have to prepare the tools that you will use because it is not safe to leave the baby unattended to go get a tool that you forgot to prepare. Unfasten the old diaper but leave it in place because […]

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What happens after delivery

Puerperium period (return to pre pregnancy time) is usually from 6- 8 weeks after labor. It involves body organs returning to their original state. Emotional changes: Some mothers experience post delivery depression or stress. It is usually due to the sense that they are now responsible and life won’t be the same again. Responsibility can […]

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Pain relief during labor

The pain during contraction is caused by dilation of the cervix by uterine contractions. Labor pain is different from one mother to the other and is also different from each delivery to the other, this is why different pain control plans have been developed and individualized according to each mother’s sense of pain, personal preference and […]

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Induction of labor

Induction involves use of drugs or procedures that starts uterine contraction to terminate pregnancy and start labor. It is used in cases where pregnancy has to be terminated (pregnancy complications like hypertension, diabetes, heart problems , rupture of membranes with no associated contractions) or when  normal labor contractions didn’t start in due time.

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Normal vaginal delivery

It occurs when the baby’s time inside the uterus is over and it is coming out of the uterus vaginally. The uterus starts to contract(he uterus tightens and relaxes at regular intervals, causing the abdomen to feel hard, then soft. which make the cervix thin out (efface) and open as wide as it can (dilate).  Contractions […]

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What are the signs of labor?

If any of the following signs happen call your doctor and head to the hospital immediately: Contractions in your lower abdomen which increase in strength and frequency. The interval between contractions decreases from 30 min to 15 min to 10 min and then less and usually becomes more felt in the lower abdomen. Each contraction lasts […]

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Baby preparation

A baby sleeping crib with a blanket Baby walking stroller Easy to wear going out outfit (better with buttons from top to bottom or two pieces) Cotton hats for the summer sun or winter cold Gloves to protect the face from involuntary hand movements Soft socks and shoes. Try to choose a material that does not […]

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Ectopic pregnancy

It is a pregnancy that implanted outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy usually happen in the fallopian tube and rarely in cervix or abdominal cavity. An ectopic pregnancy can’t survive, and the growing tissue may destroy various maternal structures and also cause internal hemorrhage.

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Placenta praevia

Normally the placenta is formed at the upper part of the uterus, sometimes the placenta is formed at the lower part of the uterus and part of it or all of it is covering the cervix. This is a dangerous situation as it might lead cause the placenta to bleed from cervix. It can be diagnosed […]

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Intrauterine growth retardation

The growth retarded baby presents with less than expected size either at labor or at time of ultrasonography. It is diagnosed by the doctor when he is doing his routine ultrasonography or a previous history of delivering a growth retarded baby

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Premature labor

It occurs when a baby is delivered before 36 weeks of pregnancy. Factors that lead to premature labor are e.g. premature rupture of your membranes, weak cervix, and placenta separation. The baby is not yet ready to face life outside the mother’s uterus in terms of respiration, temperature control and bleeding, liver function and infections. So […]

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Gestational diabetes

It is a kind of diabetes that occurs only in pregnancy. If a pregnant woman gets gestational diabetes there would be increased risks during her pregnancy like: abortion, bleeding, fetal problems like fetal death or increased fetal size or increase in amniotic fluid volume. A doctor can follow up with sonography and laboratory tests of glucose […]

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Pregnancy Discomforts

Headache in pregnancy

Pregnancy Hormones increase result in dilatation of vessels thus pooling blood into them resulting in lowering of mother’s blood pressure; also blood glucose level is lowered. Other factors that contribute to dizziness are lying on your back in the third trimester or severe pregnancy induced anemia. Headaches are caused by hormonal changes, blood expansion or lack […]

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Heartburn in pregnancy

The commonest symptom in pregnancy, it is due to acid reflux from the stomach to esophagus. It is relieved by dividing your meals into smaller meals and limiting your spices and oily meals intake. Consult your doctor If the condition persists.

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Hip pain in pregnancy

due to pregnancy hormones, laxity in joints occur which lead to pressure on the nerves within them. Symptoms range from pain to paresthesia. Consult your doctor at once.

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Skin and breast in pregnancy

Skin care Skin changes occur in pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Sometimes there are stretch marks on your stomach, breast, and buttocks. And also there might be darkening in the skin. Use of moisturizing cream daily rich in vitamin E is advised. Also rubbing skin oils on your stretch marks help in decreasing them. Start oiling […]

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Nausea and morning sickness in pregnancy

The real cause is not known yet but it is generally attributed to increased pregnancy hormones. It can be reduced by eating food that is easily digested and not spicy or fatty. It is also advised to split your meals over many small and frequent meals instead of 2 or 3 big meals, not to lie […]

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Leg cramps in pregnancy

Very common in late months of pregnancy and especially in the evening .It happens due to pressure of the uterus on the leg veins and nerves. Exercise and leg massage are advised.

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Teeth and gum in pregnancy

Because of the hormonal changes, blood increases towards your gums making it more sensitive. At the same time infection occurs more frequently increasing mouth inflammation and infection. Brush your teeth daily before sleep and after eating. Check with your doctor if there is any problem.

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Back Pain in pregnancy

As pregnancy progresses, the growing uterus press on your backbone vertebrae causing pain. Consult your doctor if you can’t stand the pain.It can be decreased by not sleeping on your back, exercise and massage.

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Leg swelling in pregnancy

As pregnancy progresses, the growing uterus press on your backbone vertebrae causing pain. Consult your doctor if you can’t stand the pain.It can be decreased by not sleeping on your back, exercise and massage.

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Constipation in pregnancy

It is very common in pregnancy due to pregnancy hormones which leads to intestinal muscle relaxation. In addition to pressure of the growing uterus on your intestine. You should drink lots of fluid and eat enough fibers in fruit and vegetables to relieve constipation.

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Pregnancy urinary frequency

It is normal that urination increase in pregnancy as the uterus presses on the bladder while it grows. Frequency only increases and not pain. If there is pain you should consult your doctor because it might be a urinary tract infection.

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Traveling in pregnancy

Vacation is an exciting thing, you can travel after the first trimester because nausea and fatigue would be less by that time. It is preferable if you wear loose clothes and flat shoes. It is also good to have some snacks for the trip. Please walk every 2 hours to avoid swelling up your legs. Always […]

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Smoking in pregnancy

It is highly recommended that you do not smoke during pregnancy or to be around smokers. Smoking reduces the capacity of blood to carry oxygen leading to small-for-dates babies and sometimes preterm delivery.

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Pregnancy Wear

It should be easy to wear, comfortable, putting in mind that your size will increase with time. Underwear is preferred to be from cotton. Shoes with flat heals are better than high heals. On the contrary to the misconception that high heals results in abortion or premature labor. All what high heals does is adding […]

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Sex in pregnancy

No need to stop sexual activities unless you have a history of previous abortion or premature labor. It is advised to decrease it in the first 3 month where the gestational sac is not yet stable and in the last month as the seminal fluid has elements which cause contractions and might induce premature labor. Sex […]

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Resting in pregnancy

8 hours is the best amount of sleep per day. Sleeping in the afternoon is important too. You may find it hard to lay in bed now because of your growing abdomen or your back pain or even heartburn. You can lay down on your left side as it has been proven that it increases blood […]

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Pregnancy Exercise

Pregnancy Exercise Exercise allows blood to run more thus pushing more oxygen and nutrients to the baby and to the mother’s muscles. Exercise decrease nausea, back pain, mal digestion, muscle spasms and also nervousness. It increases appetite, muscular power to pelvic muscles promoting easier delivery. Exercise guidelines Consult your doctor for advise on safe exercises. […]

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Pregnancy Nutrition

You are pregnant, you are scared to gain much weight and at the same time you want to eat enough for your baby. Nutrition is the golden rule of pregnancy. Some people don’t know what to eat to provide the best for the baby. The food that you eat is transferred to the baby through […]

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Fetal movement and wellbeing

What is fetal movement? During 20-22 weeks you should start to feel your first movement which can be like bubbling in your stomach or waves on your abdomen. Fetal movement is an indicator of fetal wellbeing, so it is important that you become aware of it and call your doctor if anytime you feel your baby […]

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Fetal genetic scanning

First trimester scan It is a test performed at 11-13 weeks of pregnancy that can identify more than 85% of babies with Down syndrome and trisomy 18. The screening involves Ultrasonographic measurement of nuchal translucency (a skin fold behind the neck). A positive result is not diagnostic but indicates that an increased risk for a problem exists […]

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Fetal Ultrasound

Fetal inspection is done to check the normal growth of the fetus including its internal parts, the absence of any growth anomalies due to hereditary or genetic factors, absence of any disease in any organ of the fetus. This is done by ultrasound which is a machine uses ultrasound waves to draw the internal organs of […]

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What happens at your obstetrician?

Your OBGYN does two roles, the first is inspecting your fetus and making sure it is growing well and without complications and the second is inspecting you to make sure that you are adapting well to pregnancy and interferes when he detects any problems. Your doctor will also provide a safe delivery plan and support […]

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At First

How do I know if I am pregnant?

A delayed menstrual cycle is usually considered the first sign of pregnancy for a woman who menstruates regularly and has a regular sexual life. But for a woman with an abnormal cycle it would be difficult to notice it. The accurate proof of pregnancy is pregnancy hormone testing, it can be either Home urine test: Very […]