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  • Guide to rashes, bumps and spots

    (291974 x) The condition of the skin of your child is often a good signifier of their health, and many symptoms of diseases show themselves upon it. Perhaps that rash is a disease, maybe heat rash or an allergy? In the guide below you will find a description of different signs and possible causes. If you child has a fever, the rash expands quickly, or you just don't trust the rash - contact your GP....... Read more »
  • 1st trimester (Bloodloss)

    (134911 x) Many women suffer from some slight bleeding in early pregnancy. Normally, women who have had slight bleeding in the first trimester have no problems during the further pregnancy. A little blood loss can be normal, but it is sometimes a cause for concern. Every loss of blood must be reported to the doctor / midwife. Describe the color, quantity and composition of the blood and all other symptoms th...... Read more »
  • Stomach cramps

    (120195 x) Babies get tummy cramps. They come and go many times. It's no fun for parents either; you can see your little one in pain, the crying doesn't seem to stop, and sometimes it seems like there's nothing you can do to help. Bowel cramps occur in almost all babies. Although more often with bottle-fed babies than breastfeeding babies. The baby's digestive system is not finished yet wh...... Read more »
  • Pregnancy symptoms

    (84618 x) It is important during pregnancy to know the difference between normal symptoms and those which should be reported to your midwife or doctor. Below is a list of the most common symptoms experienced by pregnant women. Areola around the nipples get darker - This can be one of the first signs, often appearing a week after conception, and is a result of the HCG hormone. Basal body temperature rema...... Read more »
  • Mucus plug

    (63705 x) During pregnancy, a mucous membrane forms in your uterus. The mucous membrane prevents infections of your uterus. The mucous membrane will remain in place until you give birth. When labour starts, the cervix is ​​stretched and softer. This can cause the mucous plug to loosen. Many women find it in their underwear or in the toilet. The mucous plug is a thread-like and sticky partition. It may ...... Read more »
  • Empty days (Breastfeeding)

    (62766 x) If you are breastfeeding, you will probably wake up early and go to bed late in the early days. Your milk production is not yet set to your baby's demands. Moms often feel uncertain during these "empty" days; baby seems insatiable and your breasts feel empty. Don't worry: it's natural that your production will find its proper rhythm. How do you recognise "empty"&...... Read more »
  • Feeding

    (61030 x) For the first six months, breastfeeding or complete infant formula will usually provide your baby with enough nutrients. The amount of food a baby needs is always different for each child. According to pediatricians, you can use the following guidelines on average: On day one, 7 feedings of 10-20 ml are given at a time. This is increased by about 10 ml each day. The volume should finalise by the e...... Read more »
  • Stillbirth (Loss)

    (57240 x) If you lose your child after the 16th week, or your child dies during childbirth, this is officially classed as a "stillbirth". It's a tragic and often traumatic experience for parents. A mix of emotions are involved; anger, guilt, sadness, shock, mourning. In recent years, the number of stillborn babies born in the West has decreased sharply. Yet around one percent of fetuses die du...... Read more »
  • Development of the foetus

    (56961 x) An interactive video of the development of your baby. Slide the sliders to see the growth! The first picture shows the growth from 0 to 8 weeks, the second the growth from 8 to 40 weeks. You may also like this animated gif: ...... Read more »
  • 2nd trimester (Bloodloss)

    (54582 x) Occassionaly you may have some blood loss during your second trimester. Common causes include cervical growth or inflammation. Bleeding can pose a threat to both the mother and the unborn child. The most common cause of severe vaginal blood loss during later periods of pregnancy is a problem with the placenta. Contact your healthcare provider for any type of blood loss. Your healthcare provider wi...... Read more »
  • Teeth

    (51866 x) First teeth Generally, babies get their first teeth between 5 and 9 months. Normally, the first two are bottom incisors, followed by the top two, then the teeth to either side. All eight cutting teeth usually come through when the baby is 8 to 9 months old. But remember every baby is different - one baby may have all eight teeth, while another baby has only a few. Often, there are a fe...... Read more »
  • Sleep (Sleep during pregnancy)

    (50538 x) During your pregnancy, you may have more difficulty sleeping than usual. A larger abdomen, heartburn, anxiety, back pain and shortness of breath lead to less sleep. You can get frustrated about the lack of good sleep. Yet sleep is very necessary during pregnancy. If necessary take a nap at ten o'clock in the morning, sleep when you can. Why am I so tired? Besides it being harder to sl...... Read more »
  • Checklist baby outfits (Checklists)

    (50032 x) When you're pregnant you need to spend a lot of time and money, because the new little addition to your family will need a lot more than you first think! What will you need? Well, print this handy checklist so you don't forget anything!     Clothing 6 romper suits in various sizes 6 pieces of outerwear 6 pairs of paints 6 pairs of socks...... Read more »
  • Skin changes

    (49384 x) The increase in hormones during pregnancy as well as other factors can result in changes to your skin which can include:  "Pregnancy glow" You may get a radiant glow over your face. Your face seems to blush because you have more blood during pregnancy. There is therefore more blood in the vessels below your cheeks. In addition to blushing, oil production make the skin extra shin...... Read more »
  • Pregnancy after 35

    (45309 x) Women are increasingly choosing to become pregnany at a later age. This has several reasons; work and career, still busy with study or promotion, no suitable partner, financial worries. The average age at which women have their first child increased for decades, until 2004, since then it has remained about the same. The average age in the US is now 26 and 28 in the UK. Some things to keep in ...... Read more »
  • Reflux in babies

    (41918 x) Milk-spitting isn't the same as reflux Many newborns may spit out or dribble a mouthful of milk after they've been fed. They can drink more than they can handle, and some of it comes right back up. This little bit of returned is normal, so don't worry about it. As long as your little one has plenty of milk inside him, and the vomiting isn't giving him any issues, you d...... Read more »
  • Gender of the baby

    (41235 x) Dr. Landrum Shettles was a pioneer in fertility techniques. He was involved very early in experiments in which ova could be fertilized in a laboratory. He has also researched for years to influence the sex of babies. He also wrote a book about it, which we have provided a very brief summary of. X and Y A man produces 2 types of semen: X (female) and Y (male). According to Dr. Shettles studies ...... Read more »
  • Coughing and choking

    (40866 x) It's well known that babies put "everything" in their mouths. They do this to explore their surroundings. Small objects can be dangerous to children (especially young children), the objects may become clogged in the trachea, resulting in choking and suffocation. It's not only random objects which cause choking. It can occur if baby switches from liquid to solid food. I...... Read more »
  • Clustering (Breastfeeding)

    (39998 x) Clustering is a common term within the breastfeeding world. In short, it means that a child wants to drink at a certain time of the day, or sometimes even more often, with you. Sometimes a child wants to be at the breast continuously. It is completely normal behavior of a young child. Clustering has multiple functions. For example, a child wants to have a mother's attention, experience a se...... Read more »
  • Fluid retention (edema)

    (39967 x) It's normal for your body to retain excess water during pregnancy. This can be on average 2 to 3 liters. In the last month, especially, this is very noticeable; symptoms include swollen hands, feet and face. Even in warm weather, you will retain water and may find swelling in your ankles. Water retention has nothing to do with the temperature. It's important to drink a lot - your b...... Read more »
  • Conceiving 30 tips

    (39822 x) If you want to use a lubricant then use PreSeed. When you are dry the sperm have less chance of swimming up, PreSeed provides a comfortable environment for the sperms to swim through. Eat green leafy vegetables with plenty of folic acid, and think about taking a pregnancy supplement available from the pharmacy. Try to have an orgasm, as this can pull the sperm up higher. Make an appointme...... Read more »
  • Sex (Safety during pregnancy)

    (37844 x) Sex during pregnancy Many people worry that having sex during pregnancy will somehow harm or disturb the baby. Although perhaps the mechanics, especially as you get further on in your pregnancy, may prove challenging, there is no reason couples cannot continue to have a normal sex life during pregnancy. Your baby is protected by amnoitic fluid, the uterus and a muscle layer. The mucus plug pro...... Read more »
  • Breasts

    (37769 x)   Pregnancy and breast changes: During your pregnancy, your breasts are temporarily a little bigger. The following breast changes are normal:       The breasts feel fuller and are more sensitive because pregnancy hormones prepare the breasts for breastfeeding. Milk ducts and milk canals develop and expand. The fat in the breasts also increases. That fat tissue protects t...... Read more »
  • Pregnancy tests

    (37484 x)   When can you take a pregnancy test? Urine tests can take place one day before the next period starts. Blood tests can be done at 6 to 8 days after ovulation. Pregnancy tests work by checking your urine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) often called the "pregnancy hormone". This hormone is only present in pregnant women.  How is a pregnancy te...... Read more »
  • Jaundice

    (36844 x)   The cause of the yellow color of the skin and mucous membranes is the substance bilirubin. This substance is released by red blood cell degradation. The baby has much more red blood cells than an adult in the womb. The red blood cells also live shorter than in adults. Thus, there is a very high breakdown of red blood cells, with bilirubin released. The substance is not soluble in wate...... Read more »
  • Hypotension (Blood pressure)

    (36806 x) Your blood pressure depends on age, weight and health. Average blood pressure is 120/80 (120 over 80). The first number is systolic pressure. This indicates how high the arterial pressure is and when the blood is pumped into the arteries every heart beat. The second number ist diastolic pressure. The diastolic pressure indicates the amount of pressure when the heart is at rest (ie between 2 heartb...... Read more »
  • Pelvic instability

    (36550 x) Experiencing pain in your pelvic region is another symptom of pregnancy and quite normal. Research shows that 50 to 60% of women suffer from pelvic pain or low back pain. Early in pregnancy, hormones make the pelvis more flexible. In addition, the muscles relax and soften the pelvic cartilage. This does happen for a reason: through a smoother pelvis, delivery will be easier. The baby then has m...... Read more »
  • Vaginal infections (Tests before pregnancy)

    (36172 x) Normally the vaginal discharge is whitish or slightly transparent in color and feels slimy and sticky. In pregnancy it is normal that the amount and thickness of the secretions vary greatly. Most women have more discharge than normal during pregnancy. However, the secretions should remain white or transparent and should remain slimy and sticky. It is possible that the discharge is so thin that ...... Read more »
  • Foreskin (Baby care)

    (35970 x) The penis primarily consists of what could be called a stem and an acorn. The "acorn" tip is very sensitive and protected by a thin fold of skin. In some boys this covering is complete, while in other boys the covering is only partial. In most cases the foreskin is adhered to the acorn. This adhesion usually resolves itself. Around age 6, 90% of foreskins have freed themselves from th...... Read more »
  • During a twin pregnancy (Twins)

    (34337 x) Approximately 3 out of every 100 pregnancies is a twin or multiple pregnancy. Normally during your first ultrasound scan it will be determined whether you are having more than one baby although it may take the entire nine months for you to get over the shock. Symptoms  Not always but in many cases a woman who is having twins or multiple babies will find their tummy gets bigger quicker and...... Read more »
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