Five Ways to Decide on a Baby Name

Choosing a baby name is not an easy task. After all, it’s not just a baby name you’re choosing. It’s a teenager name, a middle aged name and an old person name too. What seems perfect for your little baby, may not work quite so well for your teenager in high school. To complicate things further, you probably have to …

Fiona PeacockFive Ways to Decide on a Baby Name

How to Deal with Aches and Pains During Pregnancy

Even if you are wishing for a smooth and easy pregnancy, there are many kinds of discomforting aches and pains that you may experience. Most of these discomforts are caused by the changes that are taking place in your body, such as the stretching of muscles and the increasing heaviness of your uterus. While you might be feeling highly uncomfortable …

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What is a Mucus Plug?

The mucus plug is a thick column of cervical mucus which sits in the cervical canal during pregnancy, essentially forming a blockage. The mucus plug stops bacteria from getting into your uterus, and helps to keep your uterus sterile during pregnancy. Before the birth, you will lose your mucus plug, allowing the baby to pass through the cervix during labour. …

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Dealing With Gender Disappointment

If you are like many pregnant parents, you cannot wait until the day you get the ultrasound that will announce the sex of your baby.  Here you have been thinking up baby names, and planning on decorating the nursery. You may be so certain that you are having one sex or the other that you have even bought clothes in pink …

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woman screaming during labour

Will I Swear During Labour?

In contrast to the births shown in movies, not all women swear during labour, in fact many become very quiet. In almost a trance-like state, some women silently progress through labour, and others hum loudly during contractions. Some women let out a low groan, and others swear like drunken sailors. Whatever you do, it’s fine, just do whatever helps you …

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Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

As if the thought of ‘morning’ sickness and constant aches is not enough a source of tension for women during pregnancy, the idea of stretch marks appearing all over your body is another thing you may dread. Stretch marks are purple or blue venous skin marks that appear on the belly, thighs, buttocks, arms, and breasts of women during or …

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Gestational Diabetes: How Serious Is It?

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is first diagnosed during pregnancy. This condition affects up to 14% of pregnancies. Diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce the extra insulin needed for pregnancy. Insulin converts blood sugar into energy. During the second half of your pregnancy, your body requires extra insulin to meet the demands of you and your baby. If your …

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