Small for Gestational Age SGA : Know the causes

Small for gestational age is used to refer to a baby who is smaller than the usual size  for the number of weeks of pregnancy. These babies usually have the birth weights below the 10th percentile for babies of the same gestational  age. They may appear physically and neurologically mature  but are smaller than other babies of the same gestational age. SGA babies may be proportionately small (equally small all over) or they may be of normal length and size but have lower weight and body mass. This condition can occur in babies who are premature, full term or post term. read more

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Fetal Blood Sampling

Fetal blood sampling is  a procedure  to remove a small amount of  blood from the fetus during  pregnancy. In the past, this procedure was used only during labor through the mother’s open cervix to test blood from the fetal scalp for oxygenation. The procedure is usually done by specialized trained  perinatologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the fetus in high risk pregnancies. It is done as part of diagnosing fetal problems  at various times of pregnancy.

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What to do before your next pregnancy

It is important to take certain steps to reduce the risk  for both you and your baby before your next pregnancy.  Proper health before getting pregnant is very important. The first few weeks of a child’s development is very crucial. However most women do not know that they are pregnant until several weeks after conception. Planning ahead and taking care of  yourself is the best thing you can do before you become pregnant .

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One of the most important things you need to do is to go for a preconception care. During this visit , your health care provider  asses  your overall health  and identify  potential risk factors that can complicate your pregnancy. By preparing in advance , you can become your healthiest before becoming pregnant. A preconception read more

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Using Medications During Pregnancy

A pregnant woman should always check with her doctor before using   prescription or over the counter medication. This includes dietary supplements and herbs. All medications affect the fetus in a different way  depending the stage of development and type or dosage of medication being taken.

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Women who take medication for preexisting  conditions such as epilepsy and high blood pressure  should always check with their doctors or midwives about these medications. It is important to find medications thats are safe for the fetus  as well as effective in treating the condition. read more

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Avoiding a Cesarean

There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30 years. More than a quarter of pregnant women in the U.S.A are likely to deliver through  cesarean.

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Key Factors in Considering a Cesarean Birth

Several factors can influence the choice of a cesarean vs vaginal delivery. This include the following :

  • Choice of health care provider and their philosophy regarding a cesarean birth.
  • Birth setting.
  • Access to labor support.
  • Medical interventions during labor.
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    Ways to Make Taking Prenatal Vitamins Easier

    Taking prenatal vitamins into your nutritional regimen during pregnancy is  the best way to support your vitamin and nutrient intake that is often lacking in the food we consume.

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    Prenatal vitamins help support a healthy pregnancy and helps to replenish the vitamin stores that are depleted through breastfeeding.

    Prenatal vitamins are larger and more difficult to swallow. Most of the time, prenatal vitamins are known to cause stomach upset especially when there are several pills in one serving. read more

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