High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women

High blood pressure (hypertension) can occur at anytime in life and may lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. It can be of greater concern in pregnant women as it can jeopardize the pregnancy. It therefore needs to be constantly monitored in pregnant women and treated if necessary to limit the complications. Sometimes the hypertension is present before pregnancy and persists through or even exacerbates with pregnancy. At other times, hypertension arises during pregnancy in women without a history of high blood pressure. Irrespective of the time of onset, hypertension carries the a definite risk in maintaining a health pregnancy. Hypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure exceeding 140 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or more.

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Tips To Remedy Nausea In Early And Late Pregnancy

Although pregnancy nausea is common and you want to limit the use of any medication during pregnancy, there is no need to suffer with the nausea. It is not about being “tough” during pregnancy and bearing symptoms such as nausea. If you are suffering with nausea, irrespective of whether it is early or later in your pregnancy, you have to take some action to remedy it. The reasons for pregnancy nausea varies so what works in early pregnancy may not in late pregnancy. And what works for one pregnant woman may not for another. Here are some simple tips to remedy nausea in pregnancy.

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Heart Diseases In Women

Heart diseases are any condition that affects the structure and/or functioning of the heart. It includes common conditions like coronary artery diseases (CAD) and heart attacks (myocardial infarction) which are usually thought to be common in the male population but it is also quite common in women. Although the risk is somewhat lower before menopause, it rises gradually in women after menopause. By the age of 75 years the risk is equal to that of males of the same age group.

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When To Tell Your Child That You Are Pregnant

The excitement of a pregnancy and the life impact of having another child is not only between you and your partner if you have another child or children. The arrival of a new baby will be a life changing effect for parents and siblings of the newborn. Naturally not every member of the family will be as excited as you are. By handling the situation appropriately, you can prepare your child for the birth of the baby, ensure that he or she does not feel neglected and keep sibling rivalry at bay. But is it better to start sooner rather than later?

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Pregnancy Nausea – Why does it occur?

Nausea in pregnancy is a common symptom. It is worst in the first trimester of pregnancy where most of us refer to it as morning sickness. Here the nausea, often accompanied by vomiting, tend to be worse during the first half of the day. However, some women may experience this nausea throughout pregnancy. Nausea may also arise again in the latter parts of pregnancy but often for different reasons from the morning sickness of early pregnancy. Whatever the cause, nausea can significantly upset the life of a pregnant women, hamper normal eating which is important for the growing baby and when accompanied by vomiting it can even lead to serious complications for the mother and unborn child.

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Ortho Evra Contraceptive Patches For Birth Control

What is Ortho Evra?

Ortho Evra is a birth control patch which delivers the hormones estrogen and progesterone through the skin. In order to use the Ortho Evra one should apply the patch on the skin once every week for three weeks and avoid using the patch on the fourth week to allow menstrual bleeding to occur. Ortho evra acts in the same way as the combined oral contraceptive pills except that it is applied to the skin (transdermal administration) rather than taking a pill (oral administration).

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Food For New Mothers

After giving birth, most young mothers become concerned about losing the weight they have gained during pregnancy. But one should keep in mind that even more important than losing weight is to eat to stay healthy. After all your health is essential for you to take care of baby and even to produce milk should you opt to breastfeed. So what are the right foods and wrong foods for the mother after giving birth? Is is normal to have cravings although the pregnancy has ended?

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Withdrawal Method (Pullout Contraception Method)

What is the withdrawal method?

The withdrawal method also known as coitus interruptus or pull out method, is a contraceptive method in which the male partner withdraws the penis from the vagina of the female partner before ejaculation. The purpose of this act is to avoid pregnancy. The sperm present in the seminal fluid is prevented from entering the reproductive system of the female partner. Ultimately fertilization of the ovum (egg cell) by the sperm is prevented.

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Group B Strep Testing In Pregnancy

What is Group B Strep Test?

Group B streptococcus also known as Group B strep is a commonly found species of bacteria in the gut and genital tract of healthy humans. These bacteria are not harmful in adults but in pregnant women and in newborns the bacteria can lead to serious and even life-threatening medical conditions. A gynecologist may recommend that a pregnant woman has group B strep tests done by the third trimester. A vaginal and/or rectal swab is sent to the laboratory to test for presence of group B strep. A negative test result does not require any treatment but a positive test result requires antibiotic administration during labor. The test may be repeated on consecutive pregnancies as the results can change from time to time.

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

What is non-invasive prenatal testing?

Non-invasive prenatal testing, also known as non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, is a screening method to detect certain genetic defects in the unborn baby. This is a sophisticated test which examines the genetic material of the mother (maternal DNA) to determine whether the growing baby is at risk of suffering from genetic diseases like Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) or defects in the sex chromosomes (Turner syndrome).

This testing also helps to determine the blood group and sex of the baby. Non-invasive prenatal test is usually recommended in women with certain risk factors for carrying baby with genetic or other defects. The consulting doctor and genetic counselor helps the patient to explore the risks and benefits associated with prenatal testing and other decisions that may need to be taken.

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