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When Can You Feel Your Baby Move? Get Ready, Soon-To-Be Moms

When Can You Feel Your Baby Move? Get Ready, Soon-To-Be Moms

You continue to worry and wonder, until you start feeling those flutter and kicks across your uterus each day.
According to experts at BabyCenter, when you feel the first flutters or kicks of you baby moving depends entirely on you and your body, with most moms-to-be feeling their babies move sometime between 16 and 22 weeks gestation. Because every body and pregnancy is be different, the American Pregnancy Association (APA) warns moms-to-be to not compare their experience to others’ or to their previous pregnancies, and to remember that as in most things related to pregnancy, the “normal” time to start feeling baby kicks is a pretty wide range — anywhere from 13 to 25 weeks gestation. Your baby, like you, is unique.
The site notes that because they know what they are feeling, women who have been pregnant previously tend to report feeling movement earlier than first-time moms.
According to BabyCenter, you may not feel regular baby kicks or punches from until the third trimester, when your fetus will bump against you every time they turn and shift positions. That’s when you can expect your baby to develop their own pattern of regular movement as your pregnancy progresses. Some doctors recommend that you “count baby kicks” each day and let them know if you don’t feel at least 10 movements in a two hour period, as it may indicate a problem.

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Is The Flu Worse During Pregnancy? Science Explains

Is The Flu Worse During Pregnancy? Science Explains

In 2009, the year after I had my son, I totally spaced and forgot to get my flu shot. When your husband is a police officer, and therefore exposed to every virus known to man, this is a really bad idea. Is the flu worse during pregnancy, or does it just suck across the board?
Getting the flu is horrible no matter when you get it, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the changes that occur in your body during pregnancy increase the effects and the possible damage done by the flu virus.
According to a study completed by the CDC, pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized with the flu than those who aren’t. They found that it’s likely that there is a severe immune response that is triggered by the presence of the flu virus, making problems like severe congestion and high fever worse because your body is working so hard to combat the problem by amping up its immune response to protect your body and that of your baby.
While it’s easy to worry about the efficacy and dangers related to the vaccine itself, it’s more important to protect yourself and your child as much as you can. Being sick while you’re pregnant is the worst.

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Preemie Stories: Baby girl born prematurely defies the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

'She was so tiny, her dad could fit his wedding ring over her leg': Baby girl born prematurely weighing just 669 grams defies the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

A baby girl who was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing just 669 grams has defied the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday.
Little Rachel was born almost 16 weeks early after her mother suffered a placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus.
But after Rachel was welcomed into the world on October 14, 2007, the family were told to expect the worst. ‘The doctors told us to take lots of photos because there was a good chance that’s all we’ll take home…
We just told ourselves we would take each day as it comes.’ ‘I finally had the chance to bond with my baby, and she felt like a real baby.
The first time I got to breastfeed her, I was just amazed she could do it. ‘She was still so tiny and I remember thinking “this is how it’s supposed to be” – this was running through my head. ‘The Ronald McDonald House has always been a special place in our heart,’ Mrs Crowther said.
For parents who have given birth to premature babies, Mrs Crowther advises: ‘Ask lots of questions, and keep asking questions until you get the answer’.

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This Is The Best Sleep Position For Women Towards The End Of Their Pregnancy, New Study Advises

This Is The Best Sleep Position For Women Towards The End Of Their Pregnancy, New Study Advises

When you get pregnant, there are about a million little things you have to learn and adjust to. So, what’s the best sleep position toward the end of pregnancy?
According to Science Daily, women whose pregnancies are coming to an end should be sleeping on their side, not their back. The reasons why are numerous, although perhaps most important is the fact that this latest research is “the first study to monitor unborn babies overnight and at the same time record the mother’s position during sleep,” according to a press release on the study.
So, while, of course, pregnant women could probably sleep in whichever (safe) position they’re comfortable in, these new findings further prove that there technically is one position that has proven to be the most beneficial for mother and child.
Using an infrared video camera, researchers with the University of Auckland were able to closely track women’s sleeping positions while they were pregnant, and her heart rate, as well as follow the fetus’ movements with an ECG machine. And what they uncovered was fascinating.
According to the press release, “When the mother slept on her back, the fetus was less active.” And in case you aren’t sure whether or not that’s a good thing (because let’s face it, growing a human is complicated), it’s generally accepted that a more active fetus is healthier.
And this new research isn’t the only evidence that sleeping on your side is the most beneficial.

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How To Relieve Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel, Because You Have Enough Going On

How To Relieve Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel, Because You Have Enough Going On

I’d had it before, and wanted it gone. In pregnancy, treating nerve pain is harder — many of the meds are contraindicated for pregnancy, and simple pain relief is often out of your grasp. (No pun intended.) Determining how to relieve pregnancy carpal tunnel becomes paramount for your well-being if you’re suffering from the painful condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition wherein there is pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, and it causes a tingling or numb sensation spiderwebbing out from the point of pressure, according to The New York Hand and Wrist Center. Essentially a pinched nerve in the wrist, it is traditionally treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids, but NSAIDs are unsafe during pregnancy, and steroids are only safe for limited use during the third trimester, noted a study in The Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. Non-pharmacological methods for relief include splinting, therapy, stretching, and frequent breaks from activities that inflame the disorder, like typing and chopping.
In the case of pregnancy-related carpal tunnel, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, according to the American Society for Surgery of The Hand. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid fluid retention, avoid sleeping on your hands at night — a hard ask when you already have so many strictures on how you can and cannot sleep during pregnancy — and take frequent breaks from activities that cause the tingling and cramping to spike, like typing, cleaning, tennis, and chopping food.

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Baby’s premature birth inspires mother’s life-changing career move

Baby's premature birth inspires mother's life-changing career move

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Ashley Schlossberg had preeclampsia and a liver disorder called HELLP Syndrome.
The way she puts it, her body was shutting down and trying to reject the baby inside her. “We had to be separated for both of us to survive,” Ashley said.
Ashley’s daughter Lauren spent six months in the NICU at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was so small, the caregivers had to improvise. “When I was younger and I was in high school, my mom always said ‘I think you’d be a great nurse, I think you need to think about being a nurse when you go to college.
Today, after five years of juggling school and motherhood, Ashley is a registered nurse at Sacred Heart. “I was given unbelievably wonderful care, I watched how they cared for me, I watched how these nurses cared for my daughter, I could do that too,” she recalled.
She works on a medical-surgical floor and isn’t sure if she’ll ever be ready to work in the NICU. But she knows she has the power to touch lives.

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Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study

Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study

Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study.
Breastmilk plays a vital role in the lives of babies.
It not only fulfils their hunger pangs, but also promotes healthy growth of the toddler.
Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA compared breast milk of mothers with babies born prematurely, that is between 28 and 37 weeks gestation and at term, that is after 38 weeks.
The team of researchers examined whether there were differences in the composition of the breastmilk’s microRNAs, snippets of RNA that affect gene expression and can be passed to the baby.
Babies born prematurely are at a major risk of developing host of problems, including failure to thrive and neurodevelopmental delays.
Researchers collected 36 samples of breastmilk from mothers with infants born at term and 31 samples from mothers with babies born prematurely.
Then they processed the samples in the lab, extracting microRNAs and comparing them to the human genome to pinpoint the differences between premature and term breast milk.
They found that these microRNAs target metabolic processes and may help regulate gastrointestinal function and energy use in premature babies.
With Inputs from PTI

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What Causes A Metallic Taste In Your Mouth During Pregnancy? Blame It On Your Hormones

What Causes A Metallic Taste In Your Mouth During Pregnancy? Blame It On Your Hormones

What Causes A Metallic Taste In Your Mouth During Pregnancy?
Blame It On Your Hormones.
So what causes a metallic taste in your mouth during pregnancy?
That metallic taste you sense is called dysgeusia, and according to Dr. Muneer Ahmad of Cape Health Care, it is caused by the fluctuation of pregnancy hormones, specifically estrogen — a hormone that helps modulate your senses of taste and smell.
Giphy During pregnancy, dysgeusia caused by hormonal changes may change your taste buds in more ways than one, explained Healthline.
If you have sore or bleeding gums — which could also be a more direct reason for the yucky, metallic taste in your mouth — you can blame it on those same, good old pregnancy hormones.
The article explained that it is attributed to pregnancy gingivitis, which occurs when pregnancy hormones make your gums more sensitive to plaque, causing them to bleed.
So if it’s not your changing palate, it could just be the taste of blood that is lingering.
As frustrating and annoying as it is, it’s pretty comforting to know that the metallic taste should not linger for much longer, because luckily, pregnancy (and all the yummy and yucky issues that it comes with) doesn’t last forever. “Hormonal changes during pregnancy can alter the taste in your mouth,” explains Ahmed, “but usually by the second trimester, when hormones settle, the metallic taste should go away.”

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25 Presents To Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga

25 Presents To Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga

25 Presents To Make Any Baby Go Ga-Ga.
Ages: 9 months and up Buy it: Fisher-Price Press ‘N Go Monster Truck, $8, Amazon.com Scoot-Around First Rider As baby Christmas gifts go, this is among our top picks for the wow factor under the tree.
Ages: 12 to 36 months Buy it: Lakeshore Scoot-Around First Rider, $80, Lakeshorelearning.com Owl Baby Rattle Looking for quality wooden toy among your baby Christmas gifts list?
Ages: 3 to 18 months Buy it: Emily & Meritt Gem Blocks, $39, Potterybarnkids.com Clatter Frog Clutching Toy Baby Christmas toys (the best ones, at least) are magical in their ability to charm an infant with their simplicity.
Ages: Newborn to 6 months Buy it: Pom Pom Knit Hat and Booties, $59, Landofnod.com The 60 squeezable balls are easy to grasp (and push through the holes or toss, so gross motor skills are getting a workout).
Ages: 9 months and up Buy it: Playskool Poppin Park Busy Ball Popper, $33, Hasbro.com Hedgehog Accordion Toy It’s so easy to push, pull, and make music, even for little hands.
Handmade of sustainably-harvested birch and beech, this wooden toy will be among your child’s favorite baby Christmas toys for months to come.
Ages: 6 months and up Buy it: Mirari Juballees, $15, PlayMonster.com Rock and Ball Activity Toy Baby Christmas gifts that offer three-in-one fun—this activity ball starts out as a fascinating tummy-time toy, then converts to a tambourine, and finally becomes a ball that baby can crawl after.
Ages: 3 months and up Buy it: Tiny Love Rock and Ball Activity Toy, $14, Target.com Sophie La Girafe So’Pure Bath Toy Looking for baby Christmas toys that literally make a splash?
Ages: 3 to 9 months Buy it: Mamas & Papas Tummy Time Activity Toy, $30, BuyBuyBaby.com 4-In-1 Stroll and Grow Tek Trike Searching for cool baby Christmas toys that will be used for years to come?

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10 Best Booster Seats

10 Best Booster Seats

10 Best Booster Seats.
In this article: Types of Booster Seats Booster Seat Safety Tips Best Booster Seats Types Of Booster Seats Booster seats come in two front-facing designs: high back and backless.
• High-back booster seat.
If using a harness, the adjusters must be at or above your child’s shoulders; the top of the child’s ears must be below the vehicle’s seat back or headrest.
If using a backless booster, the seat or headrest of the vehicle should be high enough to support your child’s head.
Best High Back Booster Seat Maxi-Cosi Rodifix This booster car seat has excellent side-impact cushioning and can accommodate tall children thanks to its high top belt guide.
What parents really love: The aluminum-reinforced headrest has 12 height positions.
Weight range: 40 to 120 pounds Height range: 39 to 63 inches tall Buy It: Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120, $280, BuyBuyBaby.com Most Eco-Friendly Booster Seat Clek Oobr Full Back Booster Seat Clek’s entire booster seat line is #goals, but the minimalist design of the Oobr makes it a standout among the best booster car seats, and it can be used as both a high back or backless booster seat.
In full-back booster seat mode: 33 to 100 pounds; 38 to 57 inches tall In backless booster seat mode: 40 to 100 pounds; 40 to 57 inches tall Buy It: Clek Oobr, $350, Clekinc.com Most Kid-Loved Booster Seat WB KidsEmbrace Combination Toddler Harness Booster Car Seat With a line of character booster seats that includes Minnie Mouse, Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, every car ride can be an adventure.
What parents really love: You get the best of both worlds—fun and top-of-the-line safety features.

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