Low Blood Sugar During Pregnancy

Low blood sugar also known as  hypoglycemia  is when the blood sugar level drops too low. This condition is more likely to occur if you treat diabetes with insulin rather from diet and metformin.

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There  can be some fluctuations  in blood sugar during pregnancy despite our best efforts to maintain it. If you are having problems maintaining  blood sugar during pregnancy, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.

What are the causes of blood sugar during pregnancy  ?

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Sex during pregnancy : When its not safe

It is usually safe to have sex during pregnancy. If you don’t have any complications during pregnancy, having sex should not  pose any problems to you and your baby. The baby is surrounded and cushioned by the amniotic fluid. He is also protect by  the uterus and layer of muscles.  The mucus plug inside the cervix also helps safe guard against infections.

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However in certain circumstances, you may need to modify your activity or abstain from sex altogether.

Your healthcare provider may advice against having sex if you have: read more

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Managing Stress and Anxiety During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is exciting . However it is normal to worry about what you eat, drink, feel , think and do. It’s  also normal for you to worry about the baby’s health , how the  baby will change your life and parenthood. Anxiety and stress can interfere with your day to day function. You have to find ways to manage them.

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How to manage stress and anxiety during pregnancy.

You can manage stress and anxiety  by doing the following :

  • Practice saying no. You don’t have to be super woman. You need to slow down and learn to ask for help from friends and loved ones.
  • Cut back on chores and use the free time to relax and put your feet up , nap or read a book.
  • Take advantage of sick days or vacation whenever possible. Resting at home can help you get through a tough day.
  • Go to bed early. You and your baby need all the sleep you can get.
  • Take breathing exercises such as yoga or stretching.
  • Get regular exercises  such as swimming and walking.
  • Join support groups to help cope with difficult situations.
  • Limit “information overload”. Reading and listening to other people’s pregnancy stories is fine. However you don’t have to delve into scary situations that may not even happen to you.
  • If you’re under stress or feel like you are at your breaking point, contact your doctor to refer you to a therapist who may be able to help you deal with your stress and anxiety.
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    Should i continue to see my midwife if I’m having twins ?

    If you’ve been seeing a midwife  during your early prenatal care and found out  that you’re carrying twins, you may want to take a look at your plans. Some certified nurse midwives will continue while most  will not.

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    Even a young healthy person carrying multiples is considered high risk. Carrying multiples increases your risk of premature delivery and other complications.This means that you have to see an  an obstetrician or perinatologist (an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancies). However your midwife may be able to stay involved in your care and even deliver your babies. read more

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    Swimming during pregnancy

    Is it safe to swim during pregnancy ?

    Swimming is considered safe during pregnancy. If you have a healthy pregnancy,  you should aim to do regular exercises . You  however need to  check with your doctor or midwife before you start if swimming is new to you.

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    Swimming during pregnancy helps you to stay fit. This makes it easier for you to adapt to pregnancy and helps you feel better about your changing body.

    Swimming is a good exercise during pregnancy. This is because the water  helps to support the extra weight of the body  and this can be huge relief during the third trimester of pregnancy. Swimming also helps you feel cool. read more

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    Pregnancy : What’s Normal and What’s Not

    Pregnancy can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  There are some days when the whole body seems out of control. However you have to know that hormonal changes , pressure  and weight from the growing baby can result in some uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy. There are some symptoms that are normal during pregnancy  and other symptoms may be red flags of some complications.

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    Normal changes during pregnancy

    Here some uncomfortable but normal changes during pregnancy .

    Problematic pregnancy symptoms

    Some  pregnancy symptoms may be an indication of a complication.  Call your doctor immediately when you experience these symptoms. read more

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