Uterine Fibroids During Pregnancy

Fibroids, also known as uterine myomas or fibromyomas, are tumours that grow in and around the uterus. They are non-cancerous, and very few develop into cancer. Fibroids are made of the same tissue as the uterine wall. Around 40% of women will experience fibroids. You are most at risk of developing this condition if you are: aged between 30 and …

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Single and Pregnant

Pregnancy is a time to celebrate family. Yet many women today find themselves single and pregnant. Sometimes by choice, and other times by their partners inability to accept responsibility. In fact, according to statistics, being single and pregnant is no longer a ‘condition’ afflicting only teenagers and there are thousands of woman making the empowered decision to go through pregnancy alone. The …

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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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Help! I’m Scared to Give Birth

Suddenly, it hits you! You look at the calendar and realize that your due date is just days away. All this time, you have been dreaming about the day you get to meet your baby. You have been counting down the days, and decorating the nursery and buying cute baby clothes. Now that the time is close you become strangled …

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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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Toxoplasmosis – Do I Have to Get Rid of My Cat?

All these years, it has been you and your kitty.  Now, you find yourself expecting a new bundle of joy, and people keep telling you that you need to get rid of your cat. For eons, there has been a lot of misinformation being spread around the prenatal world making woman fearful that owning a cat while pregnant could cause them …

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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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