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10 Early Signs of Pregnancy

10 Early Signs of PregnancyPregnancy signs and symptoms tend to vary from one woman to another and also from one pregnancy to another. However, the most significant early pregnancy symptoms are a missed or delayed period. It is quite important to understand various pregnancy symptoms since some symptoms may have other causes other than pregnancy. Some women tend to experience signs and symptoms of early pregnancy quite early while as others experience way later into the pregnancy.

Some women experience many symptoms while as others experience few or none. In some cases, early pregnancy symptoms appear almost the same time you miss your period or even a week or two later. Research reveals that 7 out of 10 pregnant women experience early pregnancy signs before they are even six weeks along. If you are wondering whether you a pregnant or not, outlined are 10 signs that will help you get rid of your dilemma.

1. Food Aversions

If you are pregnant, it is quite common to feel repulsed by the smell of certain foods. Some food aromas will go to an extent of triggering your gag reflex. You may also realize that some foods you used to love are suddenly totally repulsive to you.

2. Frequent Urination

Soon after you get pregnant, hormonal changes immediate a chain of activities in your body and this leads to high blood flow through the kidney. This results to the bladder filling quicker than usual, hence the feeling to urinate often. Frequent urination tends to intensify as the pregnancy progresses.

3. Fatigue

Feeling a bit too exhausted all of a sudden? The rapid increase in progesterone levels can result in fatigue. However, as you enter the second trimester of the pregnancy, fatigue tends to fade away but returns towards the end of the pregnancy.

4. Sore Breasts

Sensitive, swollen and sore breasts are a common sign of early pregnancy this is due to the increase of hormones. However, as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes, you slowly adapt to the discomfort.

5. Nausea

Nausea during pregnancy is mostly referred to as morning sickness. However, this does not only happen in the morning, it can happen at any time of the day and is can involve or not involve vomiting. Some women experience nausea as soon as two weeks after conception while as others can go for even two months before nausea kicks in.

6. Bloating

Pregnancy tends to raise the progesterone levels, progesterone helps in the relaxing of the smooth muscle tissue in your body and this includes even the gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation results to slow digestion and this leads to bloating, gas, flatulence and burping.

7. Mood swings

The same hormones that result to mood swings during your period play the same role during early pregnancy. Hunger and fatigue can also heighten the mood swings, it is advisable to rest and eat small portions of food throughout the day.

8. Spotting and Cramping

Slight cramping or even minor spotting earlier than your period day can be as a result of a fertilized egg getting attached to the uterus. In some cases, spotting can progress to the 6th or 7th week. However, you may need to consult a doctor if the bleeding gets abnormally heavy.

9. Cravings

According to research, 90% of pregnant women tend to experience food cravings mostly during the first few weeks. It is quite normal to crave ice-cream one minute and a sandwich the next. All you have to do is ensure that you eat a balanced diet, alongside all your cravings.

10. A missed period

If your period fails to arrive on time or even a few days later you may consider investing in a pregnancy test before you notice any symptoms stated above.

Sex While Pregnant? Your Questions Answered

LikSex While Pregnante many mums to be, you may be having questions about sex whilst pregnant such as what is normal and safe for you and the unborn. Most couples avoid sex during this time partly due to the cultural tendencies not to associate pregnant mothers with sexuality and because of insufficient information. So, can you have sex while pregnant? Is it safe? Will it be as good as usual? The article answers the questions that you might have.

Can You Have Sex?
If you lead a healthy pregnancy you can make love during the early stages. There is absolutely no reason why you should alter your sexual life as there is no medical evidence linking sex during pregnancy to any damage. If you have a history of miscarriages or you are encountering problems during pregnancy such as a bleeding placenta, you are advised to talk to your gynaecologist first. You may be advised to avoid intercourse during late stages of pregnancy.

Can it Hurt the Unborn?
Penetration won’t hurt the baby even if the partner is on top of you. The uterus is enclosed with a thick mucus plug that prevents the risk of infection. Amniotic fluid and the powerful muscles of the uterus also protects the unborn. Orgasm contractions are different from labour contractions. So, there is no risk. The unborn may, however, move a little bit after orgasm not because it is aware of the ongoings but due to increased pulse rate.

What is Normal?
Sexual desires change during pregnancy which is perfectly healthy and okay. Now that your hormones are changing and you have fuller breasts, you may experience an increased sex drive. Blood flowing to the pelvic area may cause engorgement of the pelvic area and cause an increased sensation. But to others, this bottleneck may leave an unpleasant lump sensation after sex.To some women, sexual desire will remain the same or become less during pregnancy.

You may have less sexual desires during the first trimester because of overly self-consciousness of the changing body and due to the fact that you feel more tired and nauseated than ever before. The second trimester is often marked by a resurgence of libido. Your desire may fade away during the third quarter: you start thinking about childbirth or you don’t really feel that you are any more attractive. This is quite normal.

What Will Your Partner take it?
Most men find their partners very attractive during pregnancy. Your spouse’s desires may be marred by concerns about your health and that of the unborn, fear that sex will hurt the fetus or moral restraint to make love in the presence of the unborn. Good communication is the key to maintaining intimacy during pregnancy. Be open with your feelings and encourage your partner to share his, particularly if you notice a change in responsiveness.

Will Oral Sex be Safe?
Sex during pregnancy could also be risky when you are expecting multiples or triplets, when you cervix has opened too early, when amniotic fluid is leaking or when your placenta lies too low. In such instances, you may try oral sex (if you are okay with it) since neither you nor the unborn will be at risk.

How Can You Have Sex Comfortably?
Changing positions may be imperative for your comfort when having sex while pregnant. You might consider using water-based lubricants during the intercourse. If you feel any pain or irregular contractions, consult your doctor immediately. No penetration should take place in case your vagina bleeds heavily or when the water breaks. Make sure you are promptly seeking medical concern in such instances.

When making love during pregnancy, side position may be effective. Making love while your partner is above you will require more than imagination with your swollen belly. But if you lie on your side, your partner will not weigh on your uterus. While lying on your side, spoon position will feel comfortable and allow for shallow penetration. Deeper penetration may become impossible as months progress.

You can also use the bed for support. Your belly won’t interfere if you lie on your back against the edge of the bed or the foot, with your butt and feet on the mattress. Your partner then stands on the floor or kneels in front facing you. The after pregnancy is not easy to cross. Not with the fatigues, sleepless nights, drop in hormones et.c.

Love contact can indeed help couples survive this period easily and welcome the child in best emotional condition. However, make sure you are communicating feelings with your partner. The essence of intimacy is open communication and understanding each other’s feelings.

Clogged Milk Ducts

Clogged Milk DuctsIf your breast happens to produce milk faster than it is been expressed, this could be a sign that its duct is backed up. When that happens, the tissues around the breast-duct may become inflamed, swollen and pressed on the breast duct, thus resulting to blockage. This condition is what brings about milk duct clogging.

Signs that you might have a clogged breast duct

  •  Breast reddening
  • Having a small, hard lump which is sore to touch, or a very tender spot on your breast
  •  Feeling a hot, swelling sensational that only feels better after nursing
  •  You may feel feverish, achy, and rundown

If you experience some of these signs and symptoms it might be an indication of a clogged breast duct, which might be end up being infected and you ought to make a point of consulting your doctor. If you leave it undiagnosed, the clogged duct may develop into mastitis, so please don’t take it for assume it and decide to move on with life.

Causes of a blocked milk duct 

Clogged ducts may be as a result from your breast being not completely emptied off the milk on frequent basis. Circumstances that may bring about clogging of the breast ducts include;

  • If you are using a pump that is not powerful enough
  • If you have a cold. Such illness may make you not to pump milk, or even breast your baby frequently, thus resulting to clogging
  •  If you have abruptly weaned your child
  •  If your baby has feeding problems as result of improper latch, or is not feeding often enough
  • If you have undergone breast surgery, e.g. breast biopsy. The operated area may hinder milk drainage hence resulting to blocking of the duct
  • Also a duct may be damaged or compressed because of the pressure from sleeping on your stomach or a nursing bra that does not fit you. This may entrap milk causing duct blockage
  • If you are under stress. Stress inhibits production of oxytocin which is the hormone that enables you breast to produce milk.

For you to prevent clogging of the ducts, evade long period between feeding your baby. Ensure your nursing bra fits you well and does not have the underwire, which can compress your milk ducts.

How to Treat a Clogged Duct

Nurse your baby as much as it wants! It may be hurting to nurse on the affected breast but it is crucial to ensure that you breast is completely drained hence leaving you being more comfortable as the inflammation will reduce. Once the duct is unblocked, the breast may still be red or have the tender feeling for almost a week or more. It’s important to have in mind that the lump will disappear. Here are some tips that may help:

  • Begin with the sore breast: If it is not very painful, nurse it on the sides clogged duct first. This is because your little one sucks strongest at the start and that might be help dislodge the blockage. If the baby does not want to nurse enough in order to empty the breast on the affected side, use your hand or a pump to express the milk.
  • Massage: Health experts also advice that you massage the sore part firmly and frequently, starting on the outside of your breast and working out your way towards the nipple. Applying warm compresses prior to nursing may help open up the duct and relieve swelling and pain.
  •  Change your nursing position: E.g, if you are using the cradle hold, try nursing lying down or the football hold. This helps to ensure that all ducts are well-drained. Position your little one at your breast with his/her chin pointed towards the sore spot, and then have him/her latch on and start nursing. This will direct suction at the blocked duct.
  •  Drink water and eat well: Put more focus on your body’s immune system, and drink as much water as possible in order to stay hydrated.
  •  Consider medication. Ibuprofen can help relieve inflammation and pain. Ask your lactation consultant or doctor before taking any medicine when you are breastfeeding, even if it is an “over-the-counter” drug.
  •  Cold and hot: Some mums rely on hot packs while others prefer a cooling pad to ease discomfort and pain. See which offer you with the ideal relief.

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