Protein in Urine During Pregnancy: What Does it Mean?

At each prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will ask you to produce a urine sample. Your healthcare provider will perform a dipstick test on the sample, to check certain substances in your urine. This is a screening test which means it doesn’t diagnose a condition, but indicates if closer monitoring is warranted. The dipstick test Your healthcare provider will take your urine …

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Sex to Bring on Labor?

You are past your due date.  And you are ready.  Oh. So Ready! After carrying a baby for 9 months, not being able to sneeze without peeing on yourself and hardly being able to get out of bed or see your feet without doing some sort of creative pregnancy gymnastics – you are more than ready to have your baby. …

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Medical terms in the delivery room

You just arrived at the hospital with regular contractions every 5 minutes, the nurse puts you in the triage room and a resident shows up to do a vaginal exam. As she does the exam, the mumbles to the nurse: ”Intact bag…70…2…-1…OA….”. You think you’re back in school! What do all these numbers and comments mean? When your OB or …

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Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet during pregnancy is very common. Swelling during pregnancy (oedema) is generally harmless, but can indicate a more serious condition. Around 75% of pregnant women will experience oedema to some extent. What causes swelling during pregnancy? During pregnancy, your body retains more fluid than usual. The excess fluid accumulates in your body tissues, and this can cause swelling. This …

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Heartburn and Indigestion in Pregnancy

Heartburn is a common complaint of pregnancy. 22% of women experience heartburn during the first trimester. This number rises to 39% in the second trimester. By the end of the pregnancy, 72% of women have experienced some degree of heartburn and indigestion. What causes heartburn? They seem to get the blame for everything, but it’s hormones that cause heartburn and …

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Everything You Need to Know About Childbirth Classes

Childbirth classes are designed to help you and your birth partner prepare for labour, birth and the early days of parenthood. The class sizes tend to be small to allow you and your birth partner to actively participate in the sessions. There are two main types of childbirth classes: hospital run classes – these tend to be led by a …

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Raspberry Leaf Tea and Pregnancy

If you’re currently pregnant, chances are you’ve heard about raspberry leaf tea. Friends, family and strangers may have advised you to consume it by the bucket-load in your final weeks, because they swear it’s what allowed them such a positive birth. Raspberry leaf tea is made from red raspberry leaves. These leaves contain a whole host of vitamins including Vitamin …

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