April 2017 - BabyQ

How can you prevent stretch marks?

Stretch Marks: What You Need to Know

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What causes stretch marks? You are thrilled to be growing a new life inside of you. Your body is accomplishing an amazing feat, but, unfortunately, growing a baby also comes with some not-so-pleasant by-products. One of these is stretch marks: the result of your body growing too fast for your skin to keep up. Essentially, stretch marks are the fibers of your skin breaking to accommodate your growing body. Since it is believed that 90% of women will get some stretch marks somewhere on their body during the pregnancy process, you may be relieved to know you are not alone. Most stretch marks usually appear on the stomach, but be prepared to also notice them on your breasts, buttocks, and thighs. Can I prevent stretch marks? The easy answer is no. There is no magic cream, lotion, or potion to prevent you from getting stretch marks, so don’t waste your…

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How Can Partners Maintain Healthy Relationships During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time of great change, not only physically, but for the relationships involved with the baby that will soon be born. One of the most important relationships a mother-to-be can have is the one with her partner, with whom she will share her worries and hopes for the future. Her significant other is the person who she wants by her side for the changes and challenges, and upon whom she wants to rely after the birth. While many of the concerns focus on the mom-to-be, there are also issues that the partner faces and experiences, which are just as valid and important to the relationship. Maintaining a healthy relationship between partners not only provides for a healthier and better pregnancy, but is essential for remaining committed partners after the labor and delivery. Tips for Keeping A Healthy Relationship There are many ways to nurture relationships between significant others…

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My Baby Is Breech. Eek!

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As I near the end of this pregnancy, (less than a month to go!) I can’t help but reminisce about Jack and Charlie’s deliveries. Their pregnancies and deliveries were extremely similar from start to finish. Both times I found out I was expecting at six weeks along; I was sick throughout the first 20 weeks and felt GREAT during the final months. Both times I was overdue, induced, and labored for less than half an hour (please don’t hate me.) Both babies weighed roughly eight pounds and had textbook, vaginal deliveries. Here’s where it gets even more similar: both Jack and Charlie were born at the EXACT same time, 2:05pm. Crazy, right? Up until now this pregnancy hasn’t been much different, but at my last OB appointment my doctor told me the baby is BREECH. EEK. I still have five weeks until I’m due so I’m hoping the baby will…

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Don’t lose sleep over that.

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“Don’t lose sleep over that”, is common advice for a good reason.  Sleep deprivation has emerged as a significant risk factor for many diseases, from diabetes to high blood pressure and heart attacks.  How about pregnancy?   What are the causes and consequences for mother and baby, and what are the solutions? There are many reasons for lack of sleep during pregnancy. The most common are: Discomfort and pain Snoring, more common in overweight women and over the age of 35 Excessive caffeine consumption in coffee, soda and energy drinks Fluid retention during daily activities causing excessive nighttime urination Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Rhinitis and sinusitis Physicians now realize that sleep loss is a significant risk factor for many diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.  Poor sleep during pregnancy has been associated with: Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure Gestational diabetes Excessive weight gain Mood disorders including postpartum depression How to…

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Cord Blood Banking

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When I was pregnant I heard a lot about cord blood banking and received many pamphlets from different companies offering cord blood banking services.  I didn’t know much about the process or the reasons to bank my baby’s cord blood, so I decided it was worth some research.   Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after delivery.   The blood is a source of stem cells that can be used in different medical treatments.  Cord blood and stem cells have been used to treat different ailments, including cancers, blood disorders, and immune diseases.  If needed in your child’s lifetime, he or she will always be a perfect match to the cord blood collected at delivery.  Cord blood banks cryogenically freeze the blood and hold on to it for you if ever needed.  When discussing the topic with other pregnant moms, someone told me that they weren’t…

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Genital Discomfort

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The clitoris and vagina both become more sensitive during pregnancy.  They are swollen by increased blood flow and fluid stored in the tissues surrounding the birth canal.  It is all part of the body’s preparation for delivery.  The swelling can also come with increased sensitivity to touch.  Sometimes this increased sensitivity is enjoyable, other times women may experience it as painful.  If it is uncomfortable, there’s really not much that can be done until the body reverts to normal after the delivery.  If sex becomes painful during pregnancy, find another way besides intercourse to satisfy your husband or partner, but don’t avoid sex altogether.  The intimacy keeps you bonded, and that bonding is part of the emotional support that you absolutely require during pregnancy.

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What is the quad screen?

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If you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, you are probably considering the various medical aspects of this exciting time. Ultrasounds give you an image you can hold as you imagine meeting your baby face to face. Monthly measurements of your expanding abdomen mark the growing anticipation as well. However, some medical procedures and visits with your doctor don’t always give you the reassurance for which you are looking. Tests like the quad screen are optional screening measures that some pregnant women choose to complete during pregnancy, based on risk factors that she and her physician decide might warrant the test. If you are considering the quad screen, there are many things you need to consider. Multiple Marker Screening – What does it look for during pregnancy? The quad screen is also referred to by several other names, including the quadruple marker test, multiple marker screening, AFP plus, Triple screen…

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Vaginal Discharge

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You may experience increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy.  This is your body’s way of keeping the vagina sterile and protecting you and the baby from infections.  Generally it is not a problem and you can wear a pad if you feel it is an issue.  If you have a strong odor associated with the vaginal discharge, it might be a sign of a vaginal infection and make sure to discuss this with your OB.

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What Should I Expect From My First Prenatal Checkup?

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Once you’ve taken a home pregnancy test or had a blood test to confirm that you are expecting a baby, it will be time to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Prenatal care is extremely important to the health and well-being of you and your baby, and should be a regular part of your pregnancy experience for the next months until you deliver. You and your partner should talk about whether or not both of you want to attend these appointments. Most obstetricians will schedule this appointment for 8-10 weeks after the first date of your last period. This can be an exciting time, but you also might have some questions and concerns about what to expect at this first prenatal checkup. Preparing for the Appointment Before you go in to your first prenatal appointment, take some time to gather some important information that your doctor will use to make a…

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Can My Baby Hear?

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An unborn baby has many experiences in the womb based on the actions of the mother – the foods she eats, exercises she does, and medications she uses all impact her developing baby. The senses of an unborn baby are also developing and interacting with the environment. There is much research that shows that babies can feel, taste, dream, and react to stimuli such as sound long before birth. So – does this mean your baby can hear? Yes. An Unborn Baby’s Ears and Hearing In the first trimester, just around the 8th week, a baby’s ears are forming, and as early as 18 weeks they begin to perceive the sounds of the womb (blood pumping, fluid moving, etc.) as the tiny bones of the inner ear mature and the auditory portion of the brain more fully develops. Research shows that infants recognize their mothers’ voices long before birth and…

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