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Pregnancy and what one needs to know

Pregnancy and what one needs to know

You are pregnant. Congratulation as you begin the journey of parenting. This is an exciting time for many women. To first time mothers, there are wonders and experiences that lay ahead that one needs to know and be aware of. This will help them in the journey of motherhood and know what to expect. As the baby grows, there will be a lovely time, but also there will be a few hurdles that will have to pass. Below is some information about pregnancy and what one needs to know.

Trimester

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Once one has found out, they are pregnant, the test has come out positive, they need to be aware that the pregnancy will ideally take a maximum of 40 weeks for baby to develop and grow ready to be born. This time is divided into three stages known as trimesters which is a total of 3. The first trimester is week 1 through to week 12, the second week 13 to week 27 and the third trimester week 28 to birth. Birth can happen anywhere between 37 and 40 weeks. In each passing stage, one’s body changes physiologically.

Visit the doctor

As an expectant woman, one is expected to visit the doctor on a regular basis. These visits are important for prenatal care. Choose a gynecologist that you trust and are comfortable with. Ensure not to skip the checkup as they help to gauge the health of the mother and baby. The mother to be will also be able to get necessary vaccinations that are essential for the health of the mother and developing baby. One is also able to share their families medical history and the doctor is able to get information that can help them prepare for any potential problems and put preventive measures.

Eat healthily

It is essential that one eats healthy. Yes, their will be cravings for certain foods. But a mother needs to eat a balanced diet. They should ensure they drink plenty of fluids and also have enough vegetables and fruits. One will also be given a dose of regular vitamins and supplements to take.

Be aware of danger signs

There are danger signs that the mother to be needs to be aware of. If one detects this signs, they need to see their doctor immediately. This will include:
• Bleeding
• Severe vomiting and nausea
• The baby’s activity level declines significantly
• Contraction that come early in the third trimester
• A headache that is severe, abdominal pain and swelling in the third trimester.

Prepare for babies birth

baby's birthOne needs to prepare for the birth of the baby. Have the necessary essential items that will be required. This will include clothes, a crib, mattress and beddings, nursing items like a breast pump and bottles.

Finally, have an exercise routine. This will help one as they prepare for birth as labor demands a lot of energy. It will also help alleviate pregnancy discomforts and strengthen once muscles to endure pregnancy pains.…

Causes of illnesses in children

Causes of illnesses in children

When it comes to illnesses, children become one of the most vulnerable to become unwell. This is their immunity system is still developing. Furthermore, they are easily susceptible to the element of the environment that can cause illnesses. A visit to the hospital will show that the children section will have parents queuing with their little ones waiting to see a pediatrician to treat their child. Likewise, parents will be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of illnesses arising so that they prevent it from becoming serious and treat it early enough. The question beckons is there a way that parents can assist in preventing children from becoming ill. Knowing the causes of illness is one way of helping to identify if a child is unwell and also keep sickness away. Below are causes that can lead a child to being sick.

Change in weather conditions

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One of the common causes of illnesses in children is a change in weather conditions. This can lead to diseases such as coughs, colds and flu and even pneumonia which is a serious condition for a child to have. If a child is exposed to cold conditions, their bodies will tend to react to the environment and this will lead them to fall unwell. To prevent this problems from developing it is important to keep your child warm and protect them from unfavorable weather conditions.

Allergies

Allergies occur when one’s immune system reacts to substances in the enviroment that may not be harmless to other people. This may be food, insects bites and stings, animals, dust mites, pollen, soap and detergents and other substances. Allergies can cause one to have rashes, swellings on the face, lips or eyes. One can also have asthma or hay fever which has symptoms of a runny nose, sniffling, blocked nose that may lead to mouth breathing, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes and reddening of the eyes.

It is important to find out what the triggers are for the allergic reactions in order to keep away from them. This will need the child to undergo tests to be able to diagnose.

Infections

child infectionsInfections in children will range. This will include stomach infections. Can be caused by something the child eat. The symptoms can include diarrhea, fever and vomiting. It is important that one observes hygiene standards when it comes to what a child is eating. Ensure they wash their hands before eating. One can also have ear and eye infections. This can cause a lot of discomfort to the child and will need a doctor to be able to diagnose and treat the condition. Symptoms may range from fever, fussiness, tugging, pulling or itching of ears or the eyes, reddening of eyes and trouble sleeping.

In conclusion, if as a parent you get any concern about your child’s health it is important that you observe them and seek medical help immediately.…