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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 ...
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 ...
What is GBS?Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria which is found in the gastrointestinal and genital tracts of 10-30% of women.  It is usually harmless in non-pregnant women, but it can cause problems for pregnant women and newborn infants.What problems can GBS cause?For the ...
Headaches during a pregnancy are common, however, the diagnosis and management can be difficult.  It is reported by up to 80% of women during their pregnancies.Most headaches are migraines or tension headaches.  It is very rare for a headache to signal a life threatening condition, however, ...
The following article regarding gestational diabetes is for informational purposes only and cannot be considered as professional advice. If you have any concerns or questions regarding gestational diabetes, please consult your obstetrician.Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition that ...
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