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by Peita Hynes “eat smart nutrition”It’s the question you might want to know or chose to forget!  Being a dietitian but also having been pregnant myself, it can be challenging time for you to know not only what you should be eating for the health of your baby, but also for your own ...
What is ECV ?ECV (External Cephalic Version) means turning the baby from a breech position to a head first position.What are the implications of having a Breech delivery ?About 4% of pregnancies are breech at term. Each pregnant lady will be counselled about the options for delivery. The ...
Some women, who have previously had one caesarean section, consider having a natural birth in a subsequent pregnancy.The benefits of having a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean) are fairly straightforward - you have no abdominal surgery or wound to recover from, you can leave the hospital ...
Weight gain is a normal part of being pregnant. But how much weight gain is a healthy weight gain, and when does it start to become excessive?There is no definitive rule as every body has a different physique. Generally a better way to measure healthy weight gain is to use body mass index (BMI) ...
Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition which develops in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.It typically presents with an intense itch, especially on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, but it can be anywhere. It is usually worse at night. There is no rash but a rash can ...
The risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities (e.g Down's Syndrome or Trisomy 21) increases with age.With more women delaying childbearing until a later age in life, the risk of having an affected baby increases in these women. The risks are shown below e.g the risk of having a baby ...
Occasionally there may be a need to induce labour and deliver a baby. There are many reasons for this which include (not exhaustive) ... Pre-eclampsia Diabetes mellitus Ruptured membranes Growth restriction in a fetus Postdates pregnancySometimes induction can not be undertaken ...
1. Ensure adequate intake of FolateFolate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food.  Folate helps produce and maintain new cells.  This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy.  Leafy green vegetables (like spinach ...
Did you know 3-8% of pregnancies are complicated by high blood pressure (hypertension)?Types of hypertension in pregnancy: Gestational hypertension This is a benign condition where high blood pressure develops in a pregnancy but there are no other signs of pre-eclampsia Chronic ...
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