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When Will I Feel my Baby Kick for the First Time?

Many pregnant women wonder when they will feel their baby kick for the first time. Your baby starts moving around inside you, during the first trimester. At around week eight, your baby will start to bend and startle. You probably won’t be able to feel anything for quite some time though. Remember, at this stage, your baby is very small. …

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Bond With Your Bump

Pregnancy can be a daunting time. You have so much left to organise, you are on a hormonal roller coaster, and you’re probably exhausted. On top of all that, you may be a bit scared of meeting your new baby. Many mums worry that they won’t feel an instant bond with their baby. There’s no need to wait until after …

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Bleeding While Pregnant

Bleeding while pregnant may be a sign something is wrong, and you should therefore always inform your doctor about this as soon as you can. While you have every right to be worried, bleeding does not always mean you are having a miscarriage. According to experts, 20 to 30 percent of women experience bleeding while pregnant and only one half …

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Round Ligament Pain: The Facts

What causes round ligament pain? Some women experience aching in the lower tummy during pregnancy. This aching is completely normal and is caused by your expanding uterus. Pregnancy hormones cause your muscles and ligaments to become more flexible. This allows them to continue supporting your uterus as it balloons in size. The round ligament holds your uterus in place, and …

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How to Write a Birth Plan

Your birth plan is your way of communicating the type of birth you would like, to your birth partner and healthcare provider. During labour, you may not be at your most communicative, so the birth plan will act as a reminder of your wishes. You may find it useful to write your birth plan with the assistance of your healthcare …

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Haemorrhoids in Pregnancy

What are haemorrhoids? Haemorrhoids are enlarged and swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus. Haemorrhoids can range from slightly uncomfortable to very painful. They might itch, and can bleed during bowel movements. Haemorrhoids during pregnancy Haemorrhoids affect between 20 and 50 percent of all pregnant women. Most women who suffer from haemorrhoids, will develop them during the third trimester. …

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Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your pelvic bones and rib cage open up slightly to allow for the expanding baby inside you. The placenta produces relaxin, a hormone that softens your ligaments and allows your joints to loosen. With all of these changes taking place in your body, it’s no wonder that nature has a few glitches. Twenty per cent of pregnant women …

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