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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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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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How to Survive the Longest Stage of Pregnancy – The Final Two Weeks

How to Survive the Longest Stage of Pregnancy – The Final Two Weeks

Here I sit on the eve of my 38 week of pregnancy.
The days are long, the nights are short. Then once I’m hitting that REM stride I have to wake up to pee.
I can vaguely remember the end of my first pregnancy, and how I spent this final leg taking it easy with my feet kicked up, daydreaming about becoming a mom.
Now, I spend these days the same way that I spent them pre-pregnancy.
In an effort to make the best of these last few days, I’ve made an end of the road survival guide.
They will quickly be followed by those long newborn days, and those even longer newborn nights.
As much as these final weeks of pregnancy suck, so sucketh the first weeks home with your newborn.

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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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Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

While the exact cause isn’t clearly identified, most health professionals would agree that hormonal shifts (hCG, estrogen), sensitivity to odor, sensitive stomach, and stress are all probable suspects.
Many different nausea remedies are recommended among mothers, including acupuncture, carbonated sodas, and aromatherapy.
If you’re experiencing nausea, pregnant or not, it’s time to give these pops and drops a try.
Overall Rating: 3.33 Rating Scale: 1-5 Innovation Rating: 2 The pops and drops are essentially a hard candy, like a Jolly Rancher.
Pregnant women might be most interested in the ginger flavor made with essential oils or the Preggie Naturals, loaded with vitamin B6 (10 mg).
There’s nothing particularly innovative about the product, but what you need when you’re nauseous and pregnant is not innovation – it’s relief.
Just pop one into your mouth to quell the churn.
While sugar might stimulate relief for one person, it can trigger nausea in another.
Make the best decision for you.
Price Rating: 5 $4.50 There are many women out there who swear by Preggie Pops as their go-to stomach soother.

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72 Unique Pregnancy Announcements Worthy Of Your News

72 Unique Pregnancy Announcements Worthy Of Your News

Pregnancy announcements in this article: When to announce pregnancy How to announce pregnancy Thoughtful ways to announce pregnancy to family Cute ways to announce pregnancy Creative ways to announce pregnancy Fun ways to announce pregnancy Twin pregnancy announcement ideas Surprise pregnancy announcement ideas Second pregnancy announcement ideas Pregnancy announcement products When to Announce Pregnancy?
Here are some of our favorite pregnancy announcement ideas for family that let you do just that.
This cute pregnancy announcement idea gives sonographic proof that there’s a human baby on the way—and the couple’s doggy “baby” is pretty happy about it too.
Doubly cute: your first baby makes the baby announcement!
Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Ideas Sometimes baby shows up when you least expect it—which makes the reveal that much more fun.
Same idea as the first surprise pregnancy announcement, but with a onesie—which goes to show, great pregnancy announcements never get old.
But if crafting isn’t your thing, or you simply would like to add a little oomph to your news blast, there’s certainly a big market for “I’m pregnant” paraphernalia—from pregnancy cards to pregnancy announcement shirts and pregnancy cakes and more.
Pregnancy announcement cards Whether they’re crafted to be small works of art or just the right amount of kooky, pregnancy announcement cards with a handwritten note can be especially lovely for faraway family members.
Suchnsuch Studios Watermelon Pregnancy Announcement Card The only thing juicier than this beautifully printed pregnancy announcement card is the news that’s divulged inside!
Couples on Cakes Mommy To Be Cake Topper Boy or girl, one thing’s for sure: There will be shopping!

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How To Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera, According To A Fertility Expert

How To Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera, According To A Fertility Expert

How To Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera, According To A Fertility Expert.
A single injection can give you months of pregnancy protection and you never have to worry about taking a pill.
The most important thing to note?
Ovulation is necessary for you to get pregnant.
A Depo-Provera shot, according to Mayo Clinic, contains the hormone progestin, which keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs for about 12 weeks.
Fertility expert, Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois tells Romper that you should wait at least two menstrual cycles before you start trying.
If you don’t get your period for six months after your last injection, he suggests you speak to your doctor about getting a medical evaluation.
“Persistent effects of Depo-Provera on the ovaries or uterus can interfere with normal ovulation or the normal uterine lining, both of which can prevent normal pregnancy.” Giphy While Depo-Provera may be the one of the lowest maintenance forms of birth control, trying to get pregnant after it may get a little tricky.
If you are getting normal periods, then it’s a good idea to start charting your ovulation to figure out your most fertile days.
If you have not gotten your period, and are concerned about ovulation, talk to your doctor or a fertility specialist, who can help you get back on track, and hopefully on to a positive pregnancy test.

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Why Am I Spitting So Much During Pregnancy? Science Explains

Why Am I Spitting So Much During Pregnancy? Science Explains

Why Am I Spitting So Much During Pregnancy?
Prior to that, ptyalism in pregnancy was associated with mental illness.
A 1956 study published in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology noted that excessive salivation is both “an extremely rare complication of pregnancy” and “should be differentiated from the mild increase in salivation which is a common finding in normal gestation.”
Ptyalism may be rare, but that’s cold comfort when it happens to you.
At least you know you’re not imagining things — you are indeed producing more saliva than your pregnant friends without ptyalism.
So yes, if you have morning sickness and extra saliva production normally associated with pregnancy, you’re going to find yourself spitting more.
This article also reported that ptyalism typically begins early in the first trimester and lasts for the duration of pregnancy. “When women excessively salivate and spit in pregnancy, it is due to a condition called ptyalism (or sialorrhea),” Zertuche says. “Symptoms typically begin in the first trimester and improve or resolve in the second trimester, although sometimes they can continue until term.
She notes, however, that while there is no clear explanation or underlying cause for ptyalism in pregnancy, “it is commonly associated with hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausea/vomiting in pregnancy, accompanied by weight loss or other problems).

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