Its All about Pregnancy Best Pregnancy Blog Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:45:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 107077826 Causes And Treatment Of Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:25:02 +0000 Causes And Treatment Of Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy is normal for most women. About 50% of women will report some form of back pain during the second and third trimester of their pregnancies. The body is going through changes and making several adjustments. When you add the baby’s weight, …

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Causes And Treatment Of Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy

Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy is normal for most women. About 50% of women will report some form of back pain during the second and third trimester of their pregnancies. The body is going through changes and making several adjustments. When you add the baby’s weight, you will realize the back has more to bear than before.

Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy
Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy

Why Does Your Back Hurt When You Are Pregnant?

Various reasons cause this condition.

  • Weight Gain

Naturally, a pregnant woman will gain between 25 and 35 pounds, which is totally normal. This extra weight puts pressure on the back and tasks the spine more than normal. The baby is growing rapidly at the third trimester, and so it will weigh more. This extra weight from the baby stresses your back muscles and weakens then to a point where there will be pain or discomfort.

  • Loose Ligaments

As the body prepares for delivery, it will start producing a hormone called relaxin. This hormone relaxes the ligaments in the pelvic area so that they are looser and ready to expand for delivery. In this process, relaxin will cause the ligaments that support the spine to relax. This will certainly lead to instability in the spine and back pain.

  • Posture Change

It happens naturally and without noticing, but you will adjust your posture. This is due to the shift in the center of gravity. This posture change will lead to back pain.

Also worth noting is that as the pregnancy advances, the ribcage will have to expand to accommodate the growing uterus. This expansion stretches all the muscles around the upper back and the ribs. The standard setup will be destabilized, and so the back will bear the consequences.

  • Change In Center of Gravity

A lot is happening in your body, and some of it includes weakening of the core muscles. The muscles in the abdomen are primarily responsible for the proper alignment of the upper body. As these muscles prepare to stretch, they will relax, and the lower back muscles will take up the responsibility to ensure proper alignment.

What eventually happens is the lower spine curving inward because of the subsequent weight, and the upper spine curving outward in an attempt to balance the upper body. As the shoulders roll inwards to be in line with the new alignment of the spine, the head juts outward. This posture, known as the swayback, strains the upper back, neck, and shoulders.

How Do You Get Rid Of Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy?

If the pain is unbearable, you may need to consult your doctor. However, you can manage it through these ways.

  • Massages

A massage is the oldest way known to man for treating back pain. It doesn’t need to be sophisticated if you cannot afford a professional masseuse. Your partner can give you a massage right in the comfort of your home.

Recently, chiropractic care is gaining momentum. If the pain becomes too much, you can seek the services of a chiropractor who is knowledgeable in spine alignment. You would need clearance from your doctor before you take that route.

  • Good Ol’ Ice and Heat

Heat and cold method of easing pain have been used for eons, and it has shown good results. However, as much as cryotherapy (ice) and thermotherapy (heating) are minimal risk methods, you should still consult your doctor before use.

Ice eases the pain on the injured part, and so you can start by placing ice wrapped in a cloth or towel on the painful part for 20 minutes at a time. You can repeat this as many times as you need. Two or three days later, switch to heat. Heat therapy is ideal for muscle pain, and it promotes blood flow to the injured part.

For full effect, place a hot water bottle on the injured part for a few minutes a time. You can then switch back to the cold treatment. This therapy will not take the pain away for good, but it will offer relief for some time.

  • Changing Your Posture

Posture has a lot to do with back pain. If you can help it, stop slouching when seated or standing. Stand upright with your shoulder pushed back and chest high. While sitting, choose a seat with good lumbar support and keep your feet on the floor. If you cannot place them on the floor, consider a footstool.

You could be straining your spine while sleeping. It is ideal to sleep on your side especially on your second and third trimester. For a neutral spine, you can try placing a pillow between your legs and under the tummy while you sleep.

What Can You Do For Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy?

Wearing comfortable shoes helps. High heels will naturally strain your back even when you are not pregnant. They will shift you balance so that your back bears all the unnecessary tension.

  • Exercise

Working out not only ease the pain, but it also causes the release of happy hormones that lift your spirit. Regular activities boost flexibility and strengthen muscles. As your core muscles get stretched, they will weaken and eventually be unable to support your back appropriately.

Working the muscles out during pregnancy keeps them strong during the process, and hence the back remains adequately supported. Before you anxiously embark on any form of exercise, it would be best to get clearance from your doctor. You are also safe working out with a trainer who specializes in prenatal workouts.

Additionally, simple exercises such as walking and swimming will relax your body and strengthen your muscles. Yoga is yet another great workout for strength training and relaxation. The stretching is especially good for your posture.

  • Avoid Heavy Lifting

Where possible, avoid lifting heavy objects. If you have to, adopt proper mechanics of doing it, all the while being aware of your back issues. Avoid twisting while bent, and only turn after you have picked the object. Instead of bending your back to pick something up, squat from your knees and reach forth.

  • More Fish Oil In Your Diet

Back pain is usually a result of inflammation. Adding fish oil supplements into your diet will not only ease your back pain but also benefit your unborn baby. Fish oil is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which are ideal for preventing and healing inflammation.

  • Invest In A Pregnancy Belt

Pregnancy belts take the pressure off your back by supporting the belly. This helps fix the swayback posture as well as elongate the spine. It takes much of the back pain away and makes it possible to walk and work with minimal discomfort.

  • Reduce The Stress Levels

Interestingly, stress can cause back pain. It happens in the form of back spasms, which present as back pain. When you are emotionally stressed, your back muscles tense and fall prey to injury. The best way to deal with this is by talking it out with a friend or shrink.

What Is Back Labor Pain?

After carrying the baby to term, the time comes to let it out. Most women who have gone through the vaginal birth process say that labor and the actual birthing are the most physically demanding experiences in a  woman’s life.

Back labor is the term given to the intense pain that a woman feels on her lower back during and sometime between contractions. Some women experience slight cramping in the back during labor, while for some the pain and discomfort are extreme.


The pain has various causes. In some cases, this pain is attributed to the position of the head in the abdomen. If the baby is facing mommy’s belly, then its head will apply pressure on the mother’s tailbone. However, that is both the sole cause of back labor pain. Women whose backs hurt during their menstrual periods are more likely to experience back pain during labor regardless of the baby’s position.

How Do You Ease The Pain?

The most effective way is getting on your feet to help shift the baby’s position. Walking, squatting and lunging, or even dancing help move the baby. If the pain is not a result of poor fetal position, the doctor can perform a few therapeutic moves to reduce the discomfort.

Hot and cold therapy applied on the lower back works well, as does hydrotherapy. The doctor can also apply pressure on the back using a water bottle, or a rolling pin. The idea here is to apply pressure on the back without hurting you.

Labor back pain poses no risk to you or the baby unless it as a result of poor fetal position.

Can You Prevent It?

Labor back pain is unforeseeable, but working out during pregnancy helps prevent its onset. Massages and chiropractic care work well too. It is wise to keep asking about the baby’s position on each visit to the doctor, especially as you approach labor.

Stay Active And Seek Help

Women with a previous record of back pain are likely to suffer the same during pregnancy. Seeking help for the pain costs little or nothing, and it will improve your experience. It also helps to stay active before and during pregnancy.

What does it mean for my pregnancy?

There is no specific danger to your baby from upper back pain during pregnancy. The effects are really only, for your own well-being and often your mood. Living in constant pain can be debilitating.

Backaches can be quite common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. A headache, muscular pain, and upper back pain during pregnancy will not affect your baby.

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Yeast Infection During Pregnancy Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:02:14 +0000 What, When, and How Often? Yeast infection during pregnancy is incredibly itchy, cheesy white growth you can get from taking antibiotics or wearing nylon underwear.  When you’re nursing, yeast can grow on your nipples or in your baby’s mouth, causing problems for both of you. Yeast or vaginal candidiasis to give it its medical name—is a …

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What, When, and How Often?

Yeast infection during pregnancy is incredibly itchy, cheesy white growth you can get from taking antibiotics or wearing nylon underwear.  When you’re nursing, yeast can grow on your nipples or in your baby’s mouth, causing problems for both of you.

Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

Yeast or vaginal candidiasis to give it its medical name—is a fungal infection that causes a proliferation of candida Albicans (a natural yeast) in the vaginal tract. It causes increased vaginal discharge (which can smell of yeast), sometimes pain during sexual intercourse, and some soreness and itchiness in the vagina. Yeast is a type of fungus that normally live inside the genitals of women and men too. However, women are highly susceptible to getting vaginal yeast infections normally called vaginitis or vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Favorite Body parts of yeast infection

You probably associate yeast with vaginal infections, but yeast can grow anywhere, the conditions are right. Pregnancy can foster yeast grow for several reasons; You may develop extra folds of skin under your enlarged abdomen and breasts; you may experience increased perspiration; and your hormone levels spike.  Even your chocolate cravings can contribute to the problem because yeast thrives in a sugar-laden environment.

If you receive antibiotics after cesarean delivery, you can easily develop a yeast infection, because killing off the good bacteria along with the bad allows yeast to overgrow.  You can infect your nipple with yeast by touching another yeasty area, such as your vagina, and then your nipple or the baby can infect you with thrush from his mouth.

What Cause Yeast Infection During Pregnancy?

An increase in pregnancy hormones causes the body’s natural sugars to increase around the vagina, which “feeds” candida. Sometimes the infection is sexually transmitted, but yeast often occurs while taking, or just after, a course of antibiotics.

Did You Know.....
  • Vaginitis or vaginal yeast infection is caused by yeast overgrowth (a type of fungus), commonly known as candida Albicans.
  • Every year 75% of women suffer with candida overgrowth.
  • Common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are severe itching and burning, discharge or white mucus, and pain during intercourse or urination.
  • Vaginal yeast infection are sometimes contagious, although they are not Sexually transmitted disease (STI), but somehow can be spread by sexual contact.
  • Yeast infections are often caused by pregnancy, hormonal therapy, intake of antibiotics and contraceptives, diabetes and weak immune system.
  • There are natural and medicated treatments to cure yeast infection at any stage or severity.


What does it mean for my Pregnancy and Baby?

Yeast infection during pregnancy poses no risks to your baby, but the infection can pass to the baby during vaginal birth.  Keep in mind that thrush generally affects babies in one of two ways: as a mouth infection called oral thrush or as a diaper rash.  Both are uncomfortable, and oral thrush can interfere with nursing.

Oral Thrush

Oral Thrush
Oral Thrush

Oral thrush usually shows up as white patches inside the baby’s mouth, including on the tongue.  If you wipe the white area off, you can see reddened, irritated skin underneath.  The baby may refuse to nurse, or he/she may nurse only a short time before crying.  He may be especially gassy (a side effect of yeast).  Before the patches show up, you may notice that the baby’s saliva and the insides of his cheeks have what’s been described as a pearly appearance.

Diaper Rash

The baby may or may not have yeast in diaper area at the same time.  Diaper rash is especially common if the baby is heavy; yeast grow in the moist crevices.  Instead of white spots, you may see a bright red, bumpy rash, the affected skin may be cracked and oozing clear fluid and blood.


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                           yeast infection or diaper rash on baby
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     diaper rash

If you suspect that your baby has thrush, consult your pediatrician for treatment.  Most importantly yeast infection during pregnancy will not affect or hurt your baby in womb.

What Is Yeast Infection?

All of us carry some forms of microorganisms on our skin.  Candida is a yeast carried by half the population.  Normally, microorganisms such as Candida cause no problems at all.  However, if the normal balance between good and bad microorganisms in your body is upset, the harmless yeast fungus can overgrow, causing symptoms such as painful red skin, itching, and a white appearance.


Yeast is a type of fungus usually grows in the vagina, it is also known as vaginal yeast infection, or yeast vaginitis, candida vulvovaginitis, or candida vaginitis. This kind of infections are very common, they are not very serious, but can bother a lot.  Yeast infections affect women majorly. However, men also suffer with its ill effects. The scientific name for the yeast that causes it is known as candida, where more than 90% of the yeast infections are called Candida albicans.

What Causes The Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy?

A healthy vagina has many bacteria and few yeast cells to function properly. The most common type of bacteria found in the vagina is Lactobacillus acidophilus candida protect the vagina from yeast and candida infections.

Yeast infections during pregnancy usually flourishes for one of two reasons.  Either the good bacteria that keep problem causing organisms like yeast under control are destroyed (as is the case when you take antibiotics), or an area that is usually fairly dry becomes more moist than normal.  Yeast thrives in dark, warm, moist areas.  Yeast infection during pregnancy can be in your vagina, under your breasts, in the baby’s diaper area or mouth, or even under fingernails!

When something happens to the system and try to change the balance of these orgasms, acidophilus yeast infection can grow and cause painful symptoms. Taking antibiotics can also cause the imbalance. The increase in estrogen levels can also cause yeast infection and sometimes diabetes or HIV infection cause it.

Wearing wet breast pads for extended times can also give Candida a nice, warm growth area, especially because the fungus grows well in the sugar found in breast milk.

Are yeast infections contagious?

However, yeast infections can be transmitted to a male sex partner even though they are not considered to be a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). There are no evidences that show Yeast infections contagious, however, people can suffer with constant yeast infections or multiple yeast infections.

What are the many causes of yeast overgrowth?

The summary of causes of Overgrowth yeast are as follows:

  • Overuse of antibiotics (as antibiotics and yeast infections often make the right combination), which decreases lactobacillus bacteria and change the PH of vagina and cause severe yeast infections.
  • Pregnancy and other hormonal changes sometimes cause a yeast infection.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes also plays a role in yeast overgrowth (that is why diabetes and yeast infection are often linked together).
  • The weak immune system also plays a role in yeast infections.
  • Hormone therapy, oral contraceptives increase estrogen levels and cause yeast overgrowth.

What Are The Symptoms Of Yeast Infection?

Vaginal yeast infections have set of symptoms. Usually, the symptoms get severe with time especially when the infection is left untreated for a long time.  You may have yeast infection and not even know it.  With all the discomforts of late pregnancy, a yeast infection during pregnancy may go unnoticed.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Itching and severe burning in the vagina and the tissues of a vulva.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Soreness and rashes of vagina and vulva.
  • Discharge of thick, odorless white mucus (looks like cottage cheese) that can change the color with the severity of the infection.

What Is The Complicated Yeast Infection?

Some women encounter complicated yeast infections that have very painful symptoms, such as:

  • Redness, itching and swelling that leads to tears or soreness of vaginal tissues.
  • You get more four or more than four infections in a year.
  • Other types of candida cause the infection.
  • You are pregnant or taking hormone therapy.
  • Your immune system is weakened due to certain health conditions such as diabetes or HIV infections, or you are taking certain medicines such as oral contraceptives.

How To Diagnose Yeast Infection?

Even though yeast infection shows clear sign through vaginal itching and discharge, but the same symptoms are also caused by other conditions bacterial vaginosis and Trichomonas infections. To determine whether it is a yeast infection or not, a sample of discharge is sent to the laboratory test. The test can be conducted on direct on culture or direct examination under a microscope, to identify the yeast organisms and its causes such as sexually-transmitted pathogens or bacterial vaginosis.

 When To Go To The Doctor?

Mild infections can be treated with some over-the-counter drugs, however, when the symptoms start getting worse consult your doctor or gynecologist.  Here is what you should be doing when you find something wrong happened inside you.

  • Grab a journal and start writing the symptoms you’ve had and for how long. Moreover, note down the medicines you have been taking for long and any other conditions for which you’re being treated, (do not forget all those self-prescribed drugs you took for yeast cure flow).
  • Write vitamins and other supplements on the list.
  • Avoid the use of tampons or vagina soap cleansing and douching so that your doctor can assess any discharge better.

Make a list of questions, queries, symptoms to share with your doctor, for example, you can ask questions like:

  • How can I prevent yeast or candida overgrowth?
  • What symptoms or signs should I watch out for?
  • Do I need oral medicines?
  • What are yeast die off symptoms skin show?
  • What are yeast infection die off symptoms?
  • What are the symptoms of yeast die off?
  • Does boric acid yeast infections become painful in diabetes?
  • What are the symptoms of parasite die off?
  • How to get rid of yeast infection?
  • How to treat yeast die off rash?
  • Does my partner also need diagnosis and treatments?
  • Is there any burning sensation when you pee or have sexual intercourse?
  • Is your vagina discharge a fishy smell?
  • What kind of over-the-counter products are available in the market?
  • What kills yeast in the body?
  • What can I do if my symptoms return after treatment?
  • And most importantly, Can you die from a yeast infection?

During the infection treatment, do not hesitate to ask your doctor questions or queries, such as:

  • Have you ever been treated for vaginal infections?
  • Have you been taking over-the-counter products to treat the yeast infection?
  • Have you been on antibiotics recently?
  • Are you pregnant or diabetic?
  • Are you stressed?
  • Do you enjoy long scented soap and bubble baths?
  • What is your cleaning routine?

What Kind Of Medical Treatments Are Available For Yeast Infections?

Both you and your baby need to be treaed any time one of you has a yeast infection so you don’t keep passing it back and forth to each other.  Yeast is tenacious!  Be sure to ask both your obstetrician and baby’s pediatrician for medication to treat both of you.  Your partner can also develop a yeast infection on teh head of his penis; he may need to be treated as well.

To treat yeast infections the topical antibiotic treatments (directly applied to the affected area) are available over-the-counter without any prescription. These are vaginal creams, suppositories, and tablets that are often used to cure mild infections. However, recurrent infections may require an even longer duration of topical treatments.

Here are some commonly available topical drugs that can be applied to cure yeast infection. Miconazole (Micatin, Monistat), Terconazole (Terzol), and Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex), Nystatin (Mycostatin) (this may not work in many cases as it has lost its efficiency over the time).

For yeast infection stomach some people use oral drugs for symptoms of die off, the most commonly available drugs are Fluconazole, and Itraconazole (Sporanox).


An alternative way to relieve the symptoms of yeast is to smear the area with live yogurt or wear a sanitary pad with live yogurt on the surface (for a short period of time). You can also try a warm bath with a few drops of vinegar added to the water. You should always wear cotton underwear since it allows your vagina to breathe. Do not wear tight jeans or pants that decrease the flow of air to this area and rub against it (if you already have yeast), making you more uncomfortable.

Home Remedies For Yeast Infections During Pregnancy?

Coconut oil: Coconut is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties thus coconut oil detox die-off symptoms are effective. Coconut oil die off has showed active results and is part of the ancient medicinal practices.

Probiotics: Probiotics die off is considered to be effective because they populate healthy gut bacteria.  The die off reaction started inside the body as good bacteria fight with bad bacteria and ward of yeast infection. There are several studies to back die off probiotics power in yeast infections.


My Personal Tip.....
Avoid using perfumed soaps and bubble baths, which can hamper the work of natural flora in your vagina at fighting the candida infection. See your doctor, who will confirm the infection using a vaginal swab and may then prescribe a topical cream or a suppository to kill the candida (don’t use over-the-counter medicines and do not take oral medication for yeast). Usually, one prescribed suppository will clear the problem. If you are at the beginning of your pregnancy, you’ll probably have to wait until you are in your second trimester to have any treatment at all. Your partner will need to be treated too since yeast can be passed back and forth between you.

Yeast on your nipples may not be visible at all; your first symptom may be sharp, stabbing pain in the nipple.  Sometimes infected nipples crack, itch, burn, or turn bright red.  You may even experience shooting pains in the breast.

If your nipples are infected, your first treatment should be to always wash your hands before touching them.  Also, rinse your nipples after each feeding, using either plain water or a vinegar solution made with a tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water.  This changes the pH for the yeast to grow.

To cure the fungus, first, try a local treatment.  After each feeding, apply an antifungal cream to your nipples and areola.  Gently wipe off any excess if you can still see it before the next feeding.

Other home remedies are used to treat itching (some people use Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water to wash vagina, some use tea tree oil.)

Anti-Inflammatory Eating Plan

A wide range of issues have been linked to Candida, including depression, digestive irregularities, poor concentration, chronic fatigue, thyroid disorders, and even multiple sclerosis and off course, systemic inflammation.  Sustained inflammation in the body can have serious and far-reaching consequences.

Vulvovaginal candidiasis usually presents as a thick, white, cottage cheeses-like discharge without a significant odor.  You may also have other skin irritation on your body or some noticeable digestive changes.  However, these kinds of changes can be differentiate from the other effects of pregnancy.  Dealing with Candida albicans, the primary infecting agent of Candida (more commonly known as a yeast infection), is usually based on a diet-driven strategy.

In Chinese medicine, we look for the root cause of an issue.  Where did this overgrowth come from? Certainly, not just sugar, which is so often to blame for Candida.  It is more probable that the origin is a digestive system that doesn’t effectively break down, assimilate, and appropriately eliminate what it’s taking in.  A strong digestive system should be able to tolerate moderate amounts of sugar and other Candida “culprits” such as gluten, starchy vegetables and dairy.  So, I don’t advocate a typical “eliminate sugar forever and everything else your normally eat” diet to control Candida.  Instead, I’m going to outline a super simple strategy for you to repair, strengthen, and build your digestion for long term normal eating that will help you rid Candida.

Once you’ve made a shift in your eating habits, you will be able to return to some of your favorite indulgences eventually in moderation.  On the backdrop of the new foundation you will create, they won’t impact you as negatively as they once may have.

I’m advocate of introducing foods rather than heavily eliminating them, especially during pregnancy, when the goal is often simply to eat whatever you can to make it through.   When you present right stuff to your system, the unhealthier cravings naturally become less severe.  Initially, we tend to crave foods that fuel our imbalances, but when your system is back in balance, it will do a good job of being attracted to things that are good for it or at least that it can tolerate well.

A food plan should be individualized medicine based on your immune system, digestive system, etc.  The following is a general outline of a typical anti-inflammatory eating strategy, which is crux of optimizing your digestion.  You can also ask your provider to order an igG food allergy test to identify your particular sensitivities to approximately ninety foods that are common triggers for hypersensitivity.  It might help you hone in more specifically on which foods to eliminate to best support you.

The main thing to focus on is eating five small protein based meals throughout the day.  This keeps your blood sugar stable and helps to metabolism.  Remember that protein is not just meat.  Think of other protein source such as almonds, walnuts, hummus, or quinoa.

Next focus on incorporating good quality fats and oils, avocado, coconut oil, sesame oil, and olive oil.  Cook with anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, rosemary, cumin and cinnamon.

Slow cooked foods are easiest to digest, because some of the work of breaking down the foods has already been done for you.  Bonus: One-pot cooking make elaborate meal planning a lot easier.  Its’s also great preparation for cooking for baby down the road.

And yes, of course at first, you’ll want to minimize if not entirely eliminate sugar for a few weeks just to give yourself a jumpstart.

If I had to pick one supplement to add to mix, I’d choose a probiotic.  Please note that antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents (ironically) can contribute to Candida.

Successfully dietary changes usually require preparation so that you’re ready and equipped to support your new change.  So, draw on some of the principles and food above to create a personalized menu for yourself, map out your upcoming days, and figure out how you’re going to incorporate your new eating habits into your schedule.  And go stock up on groceries!

Eating away at inflammation is easy.  You just have to diligent.  Give yourself about four to six weeks before assessing how you’re feeling and whether or not the changes you’ve made are working for you.


How To Treat The Complicated Yeast Infection?

If topical solutions don’t work, consult your doctor, who can prescribed a medication to take care of the problem.  Also, be sure to talk to your lactation consultant.  She may have additional information on how to help your treat yeast infection during pregnancy.

To treat the complicated yeast infection, a long-course vaginal therapy is required. Treatment may take 7 to 14 days to remove the yeast infection.

For recurrent yeast infections, a series of medication routine is prescribed to prevent yeast overgrowth and future infections. Once the yeast infection is cleared doctor starts with a maintenance therapy that may go for up to 14 days.  This includes a regimen of oral fluconazole tablets once a week for six months.

Yeast Infection and Risk of Miscarriage

Yeast Infection and Miscarriage!
Yeast infections have not been associated with a higher risk of miscarriage

Recent studies have shown that there are some links between miscarriage due to bacterial vaginosis but such kind of risk are very very low.  So in my personal opinion we can’t add this bacterial disease in high risk of miscarriage, especially in First Trimester.

If you still need any help, don’t hesitate, ask your question in below comments and get a reply from this end.

Happy Pregnancy.


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How To Get Pregnant Fast: Tips to Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:08:13 +0000 In this post, I will give you best tips that how to get pregnant fast? If you have decided to try to get pregnant, you may be excited but unsure of what to do next. There are ways to maximize your fertility and prepare for pregnancy, but once you’ve done those things, relax and let …

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In this post, I will give you best tips that how to get pregnant fast? If you have decided to try to get pregnant, you may be excited but unsure of what to do next. There are ways to maximize your fertility and prepare for pregnancy, but once you’ve done those things, relax and let nature take its course. If you don’t conceive quickly, try not to get disheartened. It is normal for it to take some time.

How To Get Pregnant Fast

The moment you conceive a baby is incredibly special. You may not even realize conception has taken place, but life is stirring deep inside you. If you have only just decided to try for a baby, there are steps you can take to improve your fertility and chances of getting pregnant. Let me explain with all the explanations on how the male and female reproductive systems actually work. It also answers all of your questions and concerns surrounding fertility, assisted conception, how to get pregnant fast and unexpected pregnancy.

How To Get Pregnant Fast?

Once you’ve decided to get pregnant, there are some practical steps you need to take—from stopping any birth control and making lifestyle changes to checking your immunity to certain infections. Taking these actions before you conceive will put you in the best possible health for pregnancy.

You can maximize your chances of becoming pregnant by tracking your menstrual cycle and knowing the optimal time to conceive. In addition to using an ovulation prediction kit, you can learn to spot the natural signs that you are ovulating. Be aware, though, of the importance of relaxing and enjoying the process of getting pregnant. Becoming too focused on conceiving and feeling stressed can spoil your enjoyment of this special and exciting time, and actually adversely affect your fertility. It can also negatively affect your relationship if your lovemaking is all about getting pregnant.

Couples who have been trying to get pregnant for some time may want to investigate why they have had no success so far. This is especially true of older couples, who may want to seek advice sooner rather than later. There is a great deal of help available, starting with basic fertility tests, such as blood tests and ultrasounds, to rule out any physical problems. Sometimes knowing that your reproductive organs are in good health can help you relax and actually improve your chances of conceiving.

For couples who are considering having fertility treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). There is a wide range of fertility treatments available and success rates are improving all the time gradually.

Now, let’s move to the topic without any further delay. You will need to follow below tips and changes in your lifestyle to get pregnant fast.

Stop Using Birth Control

It depends on which type of birth control you use. Condoms and spermicides can be stopped immediately. If you are on the pill or minipill, finish the course so you have a bleed. Although it may take a few months for ovulation to return to normal, you can conceive immediately after stopping without any risks to your baby.

If you have an IUD in place, or an implant, make an appointment for it to be removed. If you are on injections, simply stop renewing them and the hormones will gradually decrease. It can, however, take a year for your cycle to return to normal.

Whichever contraception you use, you may want to make diet and lifestyle changes and have medical check-ups before you get pregnant. It may be worth doing this preconception preparation before you stop your birth control in case you become pregnant quickly.

Immunity Check Up

Some infections are dangerous to catch in pregnancy, so it is wise to get your immunity checked before you conceive. Your doctor can arrange blood tests for this purpose. If you are not immune to certain infectious diseases, you can be vaccinated before you get pregnant, but not afterward. Rubella (German measles) is most dangerous to the fetus in the first 16 weeks, capable of causing miscarriage, stillbirth, or abnormalities such as hearing loss and brain damage. Chicken pox can cause miscarriage and birth defects. Vaccination prevents rubella and lessens the chance of getting chicken pox and makes it milder if you do contract it.

Hepatitis causes liver disease and can be passed to your baby; if you are at high risk of infection you should be immunized. Tests can also be done for group B streptococcus and chlamydia.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can be present in cat feces and undercooked meat. Avoid changing cat litter, and wash your hands thoroughly after gardening or handling raw meat. Wash all vegetables and fruit before eating. If you think you may be at risk of toxoplasmosis ask your doctor to test you.

Diet and Lifestyle

Improving your diet and lifestyle will put you in the best possible position to conceive—and that works for both of you. Sperm and egg cells both take three months to fully mature, so taking action early will produce the healthiest cells.

To be in the best shape for fertility and parenthood, remove unhealthy indulgences such as fast-food, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco from your life. Eat foods that nourish you and limit toxins by eating fresh, local, and organic produce if possible. Exercise to help maintain a healthy weight and to manage your stress levels.

 Improve the health of your sperm and be
in the best shape for parenthood.
 Prevent hormone imbalances and help
regulate your menstrual cycle.
Take a multivitamin: choose one that includes selenium, zinc, and folate for optimal sperm production and health.  Take folic acid: take 400 mcg a day, either as a single supplement or as part of a preconception multivitamin.
Quit smoking tobacco or
both substances can affect fertility. Seek help to quit if necessary.Limit alcohol: too much can affect sperm quality.Enjoy a caffeine boost: there’s nothing wrong with an occasional coffee

Watch what you drink: alcohol and caffeine can affect fertility.

Your doctor will tell you to quit drinking alcoholic beverages to protect your baby, but if you don’t want to give up coffee, that’s okay.

Limit your caffeine intake to 200 mg a day (about two cups of coffee). Remember, soft drinks, energy drinks, and tea also contain caffeine. Choose decaffeinated and fruit teas.

Clean up your diet: eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because their antioxidants promote sperm health.

Eat well: make sure your diet is well balanced to maximize essential nutrients.

Exercise moderately: bicycling a lot could compress the testes, but bicycling in moderation is fine

Quit smoking: the toxins in cigarettes age your ovaries, damage your eggs, and adversely affect fertilization and implantation. Seek help to quit if necessary.

Reduce stress: being stressed may affect certain hormones required for sperm production.

Manage stress: find ways to relax. Try your best not to make getting pregnant your main focus.

Pro Tip
Being relaxed can double your chances of becoming pregnant within a year—so have fun and enjoy trying to get pregnant!

Best Fertility Bossing Foods

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Arugula
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Grapefruit
  • Collard Greens

Top Anti-Fertility Foods:

  • Soda
  • Sugar
  • Cigarettes
  • While Flour
  • Conventional Dairy
  • Conventional Meats
  • Processed Soy Foods


Ginseng 100-200 mg 3 times a day improves sperm formation and male potency.


Track Your Ovulation

The best way to maximize your chances is to have sex regularly—every two to three days throughout the month—but if you want you can also try tracking your ovulation.

You are most likely to conceive in the five to six days leading up to and including ovulation (when your body releases an egg). This is called the “fertile window.” Aside from charting your monthly cycle, there are a few ways to figure out when you might be ovulating.

Monitor your cervical mucus

Just before the fertile window, a sticky, thick, cloudy white mucus appears. It turns thinner, clearer, and stretchy at ovulation. After ovulation, the mucus decreases and disappears. To check the mucus, wash your hands and insert your fingers into your vagina or wipe yourself with toilet paper. Stretch the mucus between your fingers. Note the color and consistency.

Use an ovulation predictor kit

An ovulation kit helps predict your fertile window by measuring levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), the hormone that releases your egg. You simply test your urine to detect LH surges up to two days before ovulation, which is useful if you have an irregular cycle.

Measure your basal temperature

Your basal body temperature (BBT) changes throughout the month. Before ovulation, your BBT is usually about 96 98° F (35–37° C). Just after ovulation, the progesterone released into the body raises your body temperature slightly (approximately 0.4° F/0.2° C) until your next period. So you can determine when ovulation has happened, but not predict it, using BBT. If you chart your temperature changes over a few months, you may see a pattern forming of when ovulation is likely. Buy a special basal body thermometer from a pharmacy. Note your temperature at the same time every morning before you eat or drink.  There are a lot of apps available for monitoring your monthly cycle.

Changes During The Menstrual Cycle

This graph shows a 28-day menstrual cycle and the changes that help predict the fertile window, which is in the middle of the cycle and lasts five to six days. If your menstrual cycle is not 28 days long (most are between 21 and 35 days), the fertile window will still fall roughly in the middle.

Changes During The Menstrual Cycle
Changes During The Menstrual Cycle

Sexual Positions

When we talk about getting pregnant fast and off course naturally, we may think that “Are there any sexual positions that might help us conceive?”. Let’s have its fair answer.

No, there is no scientific evidence that having sex in a particular position increases your chances of conception. There are unsupported claims that it helps to have sex in the missionary position so that the man is on top, or in positions that allow deep penetration, and that a female orgasm can help to pull sperm farther into the cervix. You don’t need to lie on your back with your legs raised after sex to give the sperm the best chance of success either! However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give any of these methods a try–just having sex, in whatever position you like, will improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Time Frame:

The time it takes will depend on many different factors, but be aware that it is normal for even a fertile couple to take a year, or even two, to conceive.

Figures reveal that on average more than 80 percent of couples under the age of 40 get pregnant within a year if they have regular unprotected sex; more than 90 percent achieve pregnancy in two years. Naturally, it is frustrating if conception is taking a long time for you, but the figures show that it is worthwhile to keep going.

Whatever your age, you can both make dietary and lifestyle changes to improve your chances of conceiving. You can also monitor when you ovulate to increase your chances of success. However, some experts argue that staying relaxed and not focusing too much on tracking ovulation will help you to conceive.

If you have been having unprotected sex for a year without success, consider seeing your doctor about your fertility health. If you are a woman over 35 and you haven’t conceived after six months of regular unprotected sex, seek medical advice at this point (statistically, fertility rates drop at age 35). You should also seek advice if you have irregular periods or are worried about your fallopian tubes due to your medical history.


Make sure you are having sex on a regular basis. Some couples simply don’t have sex often enough to get pregnant

Average conception Rates in USA

After a year of trying, 93 out of 100 couples in a US study achieved a pregnancy, at the rates set out below.

Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Percentage of Pregnancy 20 36 49 59 67  74  79 83 86 89 91 93

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All about hCG Levels Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:33:08 +0000 All about hCG Levels Human chorionic gonadotrophin or hCG is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. hCG levels are usually detected via blood or urine tests. Apart from identifying whether pregnancy has occurred or not, hCG levels also help in checking how well pregnancy is progressing at every stage. It also …

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All about hCG Levels

Human chorionic gonadotrophin or hCG is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. hCG levels are usually detected via blood or urine tests. Apart from identifying whether pregnancy has occurred or not, hCG levels also help in checking how well pregnancy is progressing at every stage. It also informs about the development of baby. It is a biochemical created initially by the fertilized egg; its production is started soon after the egg travels down the fallopian tube and then to the uterus prior to implantation. Once implantation occurs and pregnancy happens, the placenta is formed and the creation of hCG hormone becomes its responsibility.


hCG Levels During Pregnancy

(in weeks since last menstrual period (LMP))

3 Weeks LMP 5-50 mIU/ml
4 weeks LMP 5 -426 mIU/ml
5 weeks LMP 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml
6 weeks LMP 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/ml
7 – 8 weeks LMP 7,650 – 229,000 mIU/ml
9 – 12 weeks LMP 25,700 – 288,000 mIU/ml
13 – 16 weeks LMP 13,300 – 254,000 mIU/ml
17 – 24 weeks LMP 4,060 – 165,400 mIU/ml
25 – 40 weeks LMP 3,640 – 117,000  mIU/ml
Non-Pregnant 55-200 ng/ml

hCG Levels

Many women resort to hCG levels calculator that is easily available online on a number of websites. There are numerous at-home tests also available that are quick enough to detect hCG levels after implantation as well. However, it is recommended to confirm pregnancy and follow-up progress through recognized laboratory testing. Almost all of the pregnancy tests available in the market and also those conducted at the laboratories detect pregnancy through evaluating the levels of hCG hormone. The level of hCG hormone is quite critical in determining the status and health of pregnancy and it is important to understand it in great detail.


Good to Know that....
hCG levels almost double every 48 hours at the beginning of your pregnancy

What does the hCG levels mean?

Even before a female misses her period, her body starts producing hCG hormone and its concentration intensifies on a daily basis as pregnancy progresses. It is possible to detect hCG hormone’s presence in the bloodstream only after 11 days of conception since urine starts excreting hCG. It is produced by the developing embryo inside the uterus and hence, only pregnant ladies produce hCG hormone. Sometimes it is also referred to as pregnancy hormone.

 hCG levels basically mean the increment in volume of the hormone. As noted above, hCG hormone keeps increasing on a daily basis and after a lot of research medical specialists have managed to evaluate the reasonable and ideal rate of increment of this hormone that would determine healthy and unhealthy status of pregnancy.

To confirm pregnancy, it is important that hCG levels are above 25 mlU/ml. and any reading that is below or less than 5 mlU/ml would mean that the woman has normal hCG levels not pregnant and the test result will be negative. hCG concentration in the body is measured in milli-international units per milliliter of the blood of the expecting mother.

It’s measurable increment over time is very crucial for the progressing of pregnancy while individual readings don’t matter. Steady and expected rise in hCG levels early on means that the placenta is secreting enough hCG to support and maintain the embryo (also called zygote).

Typically, hCG levels get doubled after every three days and it reaches the peak level by the 11th week of pregnancy. Afterward, it starts declining and remains low for the remaining pregnancy term.

Low and High hCG Levels:

Low levels of hCG can indicate various things such as:

  • Miscalculated pregnancy date
  • Blighted ovum
  • Probable miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy

In the same way, high hCG levels also mean different things such as:

  • Miscalculated pregnancy dating
  • Molar pregnancy
  • Multiple pregnancies (Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets, etc.)

It is suggested that hCG levels are rechecked after 48-72hours again to assess the rise or fall in the hormone level. hCG levels aren’t regularly checked but if the mother is experiencing cramping, bleeding or has a history of miscarriages then it is important to monitor hCG levels rise.

What is a normal hCG level for 6 weeks pregnant?

During pregnancy, it is quite normal to get worried at every single twitch and even an unfavorable test result can make expecting moms restless. It is however not out of the ordinary that hCG levels vary enormously on a daily basis and from person to person. Even every pregnancy of a female is different from the previous one.

What is important to note is that the placenta starts secreting hCG merely days after the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Initially the hCG levels will be low and it will only show into your system after a week or so. However, within no time it will start doubling after every 30 hours. The rise in hCG hormone reaches its peak between 7-12 weeks starting from the last menstrual period (LMP), after which it begins to decline. During six weeks’ time the idea or predictable level of hCG is between 1,080 to 56,500 mIU/ml.

This increase is rather predictable but according to experts, there is a massive variation in hCG levels even on the very first day of missed period. Some women have 0 mIU/ml, which means their hCG level is non-measurable. Conversely, some have above 400 mIU/ml reading. This means it is perfectly normal for hCG levels to fluctuate in the initial phase of pregnancy. In the same manner, hCG levels miscarriage are drastically low and after observing constant decline, doctors are able to diagnose that the pregnancy is not progressing in a healthy manner.

Therefore, if you are 6 weeks pregnant and your test report shows hCG levels that fall outside of the predicted readings then there is nothing to worry about. In a majority of the cases the pregnancy progresses normally and the levels rise after some time.

What does IU l mean in pregnancy?

IU/L refers to International units per liter. Generally, there are two kinds of hCG tests namely a qualitative test that detects whether hCG is present in the blood or not and quantitative test that measures the exact amount present in the blood. Regardless of the test, the specimen taken as sample is measured as IU/L.

When the health care practitioner feels that the pregnancy is not progressing as expected or it is not viable due to abnormally low or high hCG readings then a quantitative hCG blood test is required. Otherwise, a qualitative test works just fine. If the pregnancy is progressing normally, the hCG hormone will keep increasing at a steady rate starting after 11 days of conception. You will notice that 2 weeks pregnant hCG levels are much higher than the first week levels. Usually, a urine test taken after 12-14 days of conception can detect pregnancy quite reliably. This means hCG levels reach a substantial rise at two weeks pregnancy.

Just like there are two types of blood tests for detecting pregnancy, there are also two types of specimen that can be provided for this purpose. These are Blood pregnancy tests and urine tests. Blood pregnancy tests are also known as serum tests. These can detect the hCG at very low levels in comparison to urine tests as these can detect levels as low as 2-5 IU/L. Comparatively, urine pregnancy tests can detect hCG when the hormone reaches 100 IU/L while the average range of detection by urine tests falls between 25-250 IU/L.

Blood pregnancy tests are not ordered normally and urine tests are mostly preferred. A health practitioner orders blood test only when there is serious medical reason such as to assess hCG levels ectopic pregnancy, that is, when the doctor suspects that the female is having ectopic pregnancy. Otherwise, blood pregnancy tests are not part of routine testing. It must be noted that levels that fall between 5-25 IU/L are deemed inconclusive and levels below 5 IU/L means there is no pregnancy.

What are the hCG levels for twins?

If the mother carries twins then hCG levels twins will be naturally higher than those of a woman carrying a single baby. However, carrying twins cannot be taken as a guarantee for higher hCG levels. There is a huge different otherwise between singleton and twin pregnancy hCG levels and these levels also vary from mother to mother as well as pregnancy to pregnancy.

Women who are having twins or multiple embryos will observe at least 30-35% higher hCG levels than singleton pregnancy. This doesn’t mean that hCG levels twins will start doubling from day one; the elevation will be as gradual as it is in singleton pregnancy and hCG will not be detected before first day of missed period. It must be noted that although many pregnancy ladies want their hCG levels to increase rapidly but according to health experts very rapid increment in this hormone is also a cause of concern. It could be caused by another issue such as rapid growth of placenta tissue instead of the embryo or when the embryo has implanted itself in the ovary. hCG’s concentration is also impacted by some rare types of cancers.


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Twin pregnancies can bring additional nausea and vomiting. While it doesn’t happen for every expectant mom of twins, there is an increased risk of nausea and vomiting due to the higher hCG levels  in a twin, or other multiple, pregnancy. There are also higher levels of the hormone progesterone with twins, which can cause shortness of breath. In later pregnancy, carrying multiple babies can lead to more fatigue, constipation, heartburn, and back pain for mom-to-be.

Nonetheless, since developing embryo starts producing hCG, therefore, the level of this hormone in a woman’s body would be particularly high if she is carrying twins, triplets, quadruplets or higher order multiples. hCG comes purely from the developing embryo and not from the body so if there are two embryos, each developing baby will secrete the normal range of hCG as expected but the cumulative concentration of this hormone will be higher when tested.

So, hCG levels although differ drastically between females but these are generally higher in twin pregnancies and the rate will keep on increasing as the pregnancy progresses. As is the case with single pregnancies, with twins too the hCG levels will increase significantly throughout the first three months. The levels will double after 48-72 hours just like it does in singleton pregnancies. One important point to be noted is that since females carrying twins have higher amount of hCG in their urine and blood therefore, they can expect to get a positive pregnancy test much sooner than those carrying single babies.

There is a downside though; females carrying twins will experience more hCG related issues than others. Such as they might experience severe form of morning sickness than those carrying singles because hCG contributes to morning sickness so the higher the level the greater will be the severity.

How long does it take for hCG to rise?

After conception, the developing placenta produces hCG hormone and it takes around two weeks for hCG levels to be high enough to be detected in the urine by either a laboratory test or a home pregnancy test. Therefore, if a woman tests for pregnancy on the very first day of missed period and it gives negative result then it would be appropriate to check the next day if period is still missed. If even after a week there is no sign of period then it is better to get the test done from a laboratory or a clinic because from gestational point of view the women must already be 4 weeks pregnant, and a blood pregnancy test will accurately detect hCG levels at 4 weeks.

Usually, pregnant women are asked to remain careful while studying their hCG levels and never worry too much about the rise of hormone level. That’s because every woman has different kind of pregnancy and the hCG levels will rise at different rates. The rule of thumb is that any rate that is lower than 5mlU/ml means not pregnant and if the levels are 25 mlU/ml or above then there is pregnancy.

At three weeks pregnant, a woman’s hCG levels will fall between 5-50mlU/ml. In early pregnancy the rise in hCG hormone will be quite rapid and later in pregnancy it will slowly decline. The point to remember is that every female’s hCG levels will increase at a different rate and will greatly vary so doctors usually don’t monitor the levels too much except if there is bleeding or pain. When the hCG levels reach 1000-2000 mlU/ml then the doctor will conduct a transvaginal ultrasound to view the formation of gestational sac inside the pregnant female’s body.

There is also a possibility that hCG levels stop rising, which basically indicates that the pregnancy is ectopic or a miscarriage has occurred or is occurring. Similarly, if hCG levels are too high, then it indicates presence of multiple embryos. Other than that, there aren’t any environmental or exterior factors that might affect the hCG levels rise or fall. Furthermore, medications like pain relievers, antibiotics, herbal supplements etc., cannot alter hCG levels and also won’t affect the results of a pregnancy test.

What should your hCG levels be at 5 weeks pregnant?

As already mentioned, normally hCG levels doubles after every 48-72 hours and the rate of increase is approximately 60% after two days. Five weeks pregnant hCG levels will reach 100-10,000 mIU/ml and after 7 weeks it reaches 6,000 mIU/ml. Generally, health practitioners wait until 6-7 weeks to detect the health of pregnancy by assessing the fetal heartbeat.

The levels of hCG rise steadily during the first ten weeks and double after every 1.4-3.5 days’ time especially between week 4 and week 6. More than 6,000 mIU/ml hCG levels will double in four or more days and generally a level of 7200 mIU/ml indicates that the yolk sac has been formed and can be viewed by an ultrasound. After 6-7 weeks, the hCG levels reach 10,800 mIU/ml approximately and this is the time when the ultrasound will detect the heartbeat of the fetus.

Typically, by fifth week of pregnancy females already know that they have become pregnant. If a blood or urine test does not give accurate result at this stage then it is suggested to repeat the test after 2 to 4 days and the result should be compared with the previous levels.

Usually, at five weeks pregnant, hCG levels may or may not be high enough to be detected by home pregnancy tests as the rate of hormonal rise vary from woman to woman. It is almost impossible to predict the exact day and time of ovulation without professional help and regular ultrasounds. This is why there is always a lot of confusion surrounding hCG levels. Many times we believe that a lot of time has passed and start obsessing over low hCG count while pregnancy has taken place only few days back and this is why the rate of rise is low. On the other hand, with the progress of pregnancy, the rapid increase in the levels will slow down to a great extent. However, blood hCG levels are not credible enough to declare a pregnancy as viable or unviable.

What does it mean hCG intact?

HCG hormone has much more to it than we are aware of. We usually consider it as a single molecule while in reality there are various variants of this hormone. Intact hCG is one of the variant of hCG molecule. It is actually the biologically active form of hCG hormone, which is produced by the placenta. The job of Intact hCG is to not only generate but also retain higher concentrations of blood progesterone inside the woman’s body. It is worth noting that high levels of blood progesterone are vital for the pregnancy to progress healthily. Progesterone levels are in fact crucial for maintaining the pregnancy.

Intact hCG is made up of two distinct protein subunits. These subunits are called alpha and beta. Alpha subunit is not that different from hCG because it is part of the three other hormones (which also are completely different from hCG) called thyroid stimulating hormone, follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. The three hormones have their own beta subunit as well.

On the other hand, the beta subunit is quite unique to hCG. Free Alpha Subunit of hCG (hCGα) is the alpha unit that has no biological activity and it cannot keep blood progesterone levels high enough to maintain pregnancy. Free Beta Subunit of hCG (hCGβ) is the variant of hCG that also lacks biological activity and overall its concentration in the blood during pregnancy is about 1%.

Full Intact hCG molecule is created when the alpha and beta subunits are linked to each other. When pregnancy occurs a majority of the hCG molecule present in the blood stream is Intact hCG. When the hCG hormone loses its biological activity and the alpha and beta subunits come apart, then Nicked hCG is made. It is created from a chemical bond that gets broken in the beta subunit. During pregnancy Nicked hCG takes about 10% of the total amount of hCG present in the blood.


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Zofran during pregnancy Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:19:38 +0000 Do you want to know all about zofran during pregnancy and birth defects? What’s are side effect, is zofran safe during pregnancy or similar question.  Read all the latest research below and find out your answer. Comprehending Zofran Zofran medication tends to block the chemicals in the body that leads to halting of causal chemicals …

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Do you want to know all about zofran during pregnancy and birth defects? What’s are side effect, is zofran safe during pregnancy or similar question.  Read all the latest research below and find out your answer.

Comprehending Zofran

Zofran medication tends to block the chemicals in the body that leads to halting of causal chemicals causing vomiting and nausea. Zofran must not be used if you are allergic to certain medications. Zofran should be consumed under medical supervision.

Zofran During Pregnancy

zofran during pregnancy

The potential risks of consuming Zofran

Zofran in pregnancy 2015 has been a matter of great discussion. If you might have been feeling the symptoms of morning sickness during gestation period, the doctors would generally advice you to consume Zofran. The medicine is administered either in tablet form (mg) or liquid suspension (ml). More than one million of pregnant women are advised to take this medicine in order to treat the morning sickness. Zofran dosage is considered as a good cure for vomiting sensations. It hampers the working of all those receptors that are the sole factors of causing nausea.

Though Zofran is considered to be a very effective drug in treating the morning sickness, yet it poses some health hazards because Zofran in pregnancy fda warning has been the hot topic of discussion. This medication is not approved by FDA and has been said to be producing dire effects on the pregnant women and on their fetus. Consuming Zofran may pose innumerable negative impact on the fetus and its future. Thus, the mother has to take a lot of care if she has decided to consume these pills.

 The birth defects resulting from Zofran

zofran birth defects

There are various effects of Zofran on fetus. Studies have found the link between Zofran and cleft palate. Cleft palate is basically a type of birth defect in which the mouth of child fails to open and close properly. Consuming Zofran in first trimester had also given rise to several issues. It has been seen that the mothers who consumed Zofran were seen to produce facially defective babies. In such cases, the babies have to undergo the surgery in the first year of their life and have to face the following problems:

  • Unremitting malnutrition
  • Impairments in the heart
  • Problems related to teeth
  • Speech issues
  • Scars
  • Any sort of physical deformity

You must be thinking that does Zofran causes birth defects? Well, Zofran has been regarded as the category B medication for the pregnancy, which means that the particular remedy has not been considered to be safe for use and so there are certain birth defects of Zofran. Let us throw a look on them:

  • Cleft palate
  • Diseases related to the heart
  • Malformation of the kidney
  • Defects in the skeleton
  • Restriction in the growth of the fetus
  • Abortion
  • Stillbirth

Aftermath of Zofran during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Zofran during breastfeeding

You would like to know, Is Zofran safe when breastfeeding? No such studies reflect whether ondansetron is harmful during breastfeeding or not. However, before you use it, you must seek the help of a certified medical practitioner.

Under the class B of medication, falls Zofran pregnancy category which transparently states that it is unsafe to be consumed by the expecting mothers because of whom Zofran during pregnancy and birth defects has become a topic of discussion in the medical world. Many birth defects related to mouth and heart has been seen in the infants whose mothers consumed Zofran during the pregnancy.

Zofran in pregnancy ACOG has stated that it is an unsafe drug as it causes many birth defects and proves to be quite hazardous during the pregnancy. Morning sickness is synonymous with pregnancy but still many women are not desirous of taking the help because they are worried about the side effects of the medication on their child. Here is the list of Zofran Birth defects:

  • Defect of Atrial Septal
  • Cleft palate
  • Cleft lip
  • The growth of the fetus is obstructed in the womb
  • Murmur of the heart
  • Jaundice
  • Death of the fetus
  • Ventricular septal defect

Fussing through the lawsuits

Zofran Lawsuit Settlement

The Zofran Lawsuit Settlement has been a big issue and the maker of the medicine has not approved the allegations raised by the Justice Department. However, the company agreed to pay the lump sum in order to move out of the lawful mess. These Zofran lawsuit payouts were made in order to avoid any sort of further litigation. It is because of this huge sum of remuneration that zofran lawsuit success came into limelight. Now just think of the repercussion, had the company not paid the penalty amount what would have been the scene. The company would have been rolling in the mess of litigation. The Zofran lawsuit 2015 had been the big news as the mothers who used this medical drug gave birth to the children with certain facial and dental defects that they will have to carry till eternity. The former zofran users continue to file the lawsuit against this drug company for the loss that they had to bear at the cost of their child. The company knew that the drug passes through the placenta and harms the baby, yet this medicine continued to be marketed freely. You must be wondering about the Zofran settlements how much money; well, the answer is three billion dollars. It was after the payment of this sum that the legal ghost stopped following Zofran. The Zofran lawsuit payout amount mounting up to three billion US dollars aided a lot.

The risks caused by Zofran

Zofran Birth Defects 2015 recently stated that consuming this medicine to cure the morning sickness poses severe birth defects on the fetus and may also be the cause of injury to the mother. In case, if anyone asks that is Zofran safe during pregnancy, then just nod your head in disapproval. It is made up of such components which pose a potential health hazard to both the mother and her growing fetus. Post consumption of Zofran brings the pre-natal stage under scrutiny of doctors to keep the growing life safe from the hazard. All impacts of Zofran are crystal clear and the true story is there in the public.

The potential risks of Zofran during pregnancy have been found in millions of mothers who unfortunately gave birth to the effected child. This pill not only caused a pessimistic impact on the child but also harmed the health of pregnant mother.

There are several Zofran birth defects like cleft lip, cleft palate, dental problems, heart issues, et cetera. These birth defects are more likely to grow in the future. If the surgery is performed on these flaws, then more issues are likely to grow. So Zofran and Pregnancy 2015 recommendations clearly state that the doctors must not advice pregnant woman to consume this drug because it has adverse effect on both the mother and the offspring.

Zofran 1st trimester study clearly states that consuming zofran in first trimester pregnancy has cause the birth of babies having several facial blemishes. They also suffered from imperfect cardiac functioning and the defects of dentine palate, labial region and oral cavity. Speaking with precision, the fetus records stunted growth in their heaven (womb). So Zofran FDA warning 2014 has clearly obstructed the use of this particular medication as its pessimistic impacts knew no bounds. Thus, many blokes suffered after using it and the lives of many babies was blemished because of its intake.

The Zofran effects of baby have been seen by the world and so many women who experience the morning sickness during pregnancy have avoided using any sort of medication, as it will harm two lives, that is, the conceiver and the conceived. After facing the sturdy autumn, the Zofran and pregnancy side effects have become a grave concern of discussion in the medical community and now many medical practitioners avoid prescribing it for the pregnant ladies.

Recall of Zofran

According to Zofran recall 2015, it is totally safe for the pregnant women to consume it which means that Zofran recalled for pregnant women. This move aims to draw light towards the positive image if the Zofran drug. The drug enables the women to enjoy their first step on the ladder of motherhood. It is also beneficial for the working ladies who cannot afford to sit back at home citing issues of morning sickness.

Is Zofran really safe for usage?

You just found out Im pregnant and now you must be wondering about the common side effect of Zofran. The common effects are the deficiencies in the face, mouth, dental area, cleft palate, cleft lip, et cetera. The Birth defects from taking Zofran are so severe that it even puts a halts the journey of a embryo to becoming a child.

If you wish to know, Is Zofran safe during breastfeeding, then it must be said that enough studies have not been carried out sufficiently to identify the link between ondansetron and breast feeding. Basically Zofran and breastfeeding kellymom is considered to be posing no side effect on the mother and child. This medication comes from kellymom and falls under the B medicine which is the L1 and L2 breastfeeding category.

The Zofran pregnancy risk birth defect became a household topic of discussion. Every couple wanting to enter the phase of parenthood started refraining from taking this drug. Adding fuel to fire, the lawsuit made things more awful for the drug. Even the FDA did not stay behind in prohibiting the usage of Zofran. The couple started deciding they would rather live with it than going for its precaution.

The guidelines issued by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists



ACOG Nausea and vomiting guidelines, highlights the diagnostic and managerial methods to counter the evils of illness of dawn, that is: nausea and vomiting during the pre-natal juncture. It gives you a list of certain medications which you must not take in order to avoid any sort of birth defects. Moreover, it has also asked to weigh the number of merits and pitfalls, which each medication provides. Nausea vomiting pregnancy ACOG guidelines state that around half of the population of the pregnant women has to face the problem of nausea. It also states that, if the impediment of vomiting and nausea are treated earlier, the chances of hospitalization in the future will be considerably less. If three pills of vitamin are taken before the three weeks of conception, then the chances of having nausea reduces to a great level.

According to ACOG hypothyroidism in pregnancy is not a rare scenario, normal pregnancy and hypothyroidism influences the reports of thyroid. During the time of pregnancy, the values that are influenced by the hormone of serum thyroid binding get changed significantly. The thyroxine secretion increases considerably by the thyroid gland which is responsible for increase in weight, higher metabolic rates, et cetera. It is also advisable for the expecting mothers to monitor their iodine intake in order to ensure full fledged mental growth of the fetus.

The report issuing ACOG guidelines for hyperemesis gravidarum talks about the various symptoms that takes place during hyperemesis gravidarum (complication of pregnancy), like: disturbance in sleep, irregular sleep pattern, anxiety, irritability, depression, alterations in mood (mood swings), the concentration level goes down, hyperolfaction, et cetera. Though the exact cause is not known but often symptoms get better by the passage of time generally after the completion of twenty weeks of the gestation period.

The issue of health warning

FDA warns against the use of Zofran in pregnancy as it comes under the section B medication. Medicines that come under the section B medication are known to be causing potential risks to the pregnant women and her unborn child. Some of the risks caused to the other are as follows: Agitation, irritation, anxiety, Serotonin syndrome, alteration in neuromuscular area and the autonomic instability. These are some of the reasons as to why it is prohibited to consume Zofran during the time of pregnancy.

Therefore, even the doctors today are refraining from prescribing the dosage of Zofran to the pregnant women. Now women prefer bearing some of the side effects of motherhood than the side effects of Zofran. The loss due to the drug irreparable.

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You Are 18 Weeks Pregnant Now—What are the Do’s and Don’ts? Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:18:52 +0000 18 weeks pregnant, congratulations on reaching this mark. Pregnancy is certainly a wonderful journey; with every passing month you and your baby reach a particular milestone together. It is although a very trying time for the mother to be but at the same time it is the most exciting, rewarding and fulfilling time. How Does it Feel …

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18 weeks pregnant, congratulations on reaching this mark. Pregnancy is certainly a wonderful journey; with every passing month you and your baby reach a particular milestone together. It is although a very trying time for the mother to be but at the same time it is the most exciting, rewarding and fulfilling time.

How Does it Feel at 18 Weeks Pregnant?

Being 18 weeks pregnant means you are almost half way through your pregnancy journey and the most difficult part (which is the first trimester that marks the arrival of morning sickness) is over now.

You are well into your second trimester and this phase is probably the one during which you will feel most relaxed, in-sync with your bodily changes and energetic. Believe it or not but 18 weeks pregnant ladies are most energetic as they are able to multitask as lot more than non-pregnant ladies.

18 weeks pregnant

Also, during this time, their hormones have settled down substantially and therefore, there are much less mood swings and lethargic reactions. You will be having food cravings even during the second trimester just like you did in the first trimester but food will taste much better now and hunger pangs will increase.

The biggest plus point of this phase is that your digestive system will also settle down considerably and you won’t be feeling morning sickness and nausea at all. The days of vomiting out everything that you consume and feeling strange smells from everything edible that comes your way are long gone.

Some ladies might feel a bit of morning sickness even in their second trimester but it is somewhat rare and cannot be implied on everyone. So relax and enjoy this phase of your pregnancy as your body prepares to create room for a bigger sized baby who is able to move, kick and roll throughout the day.

 You baby at 18 weeks pregnant?

Your baby by now has grown to be the size of a bell paper. The baby will be around 14cm or 5 1/2inches long and weighs approx. 200g or 7 ounces. Your belly has now become a small gymnasium for your baby as the fetus is now able to perform a whole lot of actions such as kicking, tumbling around and rolling. This would be a great feeling to say the least.

Your baby’s nerves will be creating a protective layer on the body, which is called Myelin. It is extremely important for the development of baby’s nervous system and its accurate functioning after birth. The process of Myelin formation will continue for about one year after birth as well. The baby will develop grips by now and the umbilical cord will become baby’s first toy with which they usually will play.

If having a baby girl, you can expect her to develop eggs in her ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus at 18 weeks pregnant since this is the time when your baby’s genitals will be completely formed and in place. In case of a baby boy, you can expect his genitals to have formed as well. Many mothers to be want to know the gender of their baby but do remember that during an ultrasound it won’t be possible to understand the gender of the baby at 18 weeks as babies tend to turn a lot. However, at 20 weeks your sonologist can easily identify baby’s gender.

Your baby will flex the arms and legs a lot and you will start noticing movements strongly from this week onwards. These movements will intensify in the coming weeks. Baby’s blood vessels will also be visible at this stage as the skin right now would be very thin, just like a paper or covering sheet. Baby’s ear will be completely formed and placed in their final position but these will still stand out from the head a bit. Eyebrows will also start appearing at this stage and baby can twitch the muscles near the eyes.

Since the nervous system is developing rapidly at this stage of pregnancy, your baby will become aware of the key senses of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Baby will also start yawning and hiccups will become noticeable after some time. Currently, the baby will be able to hear sounds that come from your body’s inside and later on the exterior voices as well such as your partner’s and people around you, the television, music and sounds of traffic all could very well be heard by your baby. But as of now, it is just the sound of the bodily organs and their functioning as well as your actions like hiccups or coughing that could be heard by the baby.

Currently, baby will be as big as the placenta. In fact, placenta will serve as baby’s vital source of oxygen, nutrition and waste disposal system. One of the many responsibilities of placenta is to rush baby’s waster into your bloodstream, your kidneys and liver will then filter it and expel it from your body.

How Your Body Changes at 18 Weeks Pregnant?

The main change that you will notice is that your appetite will increase a lot and you will feel hunger throughout the day, even at odd hours. Expect yourself to crave for certain foods like ice creams, chocolates and burgers but it is a wise idea to be careful while making meal choices. Your body requires much more nutrition during pregnancy than ever before so we suggest that you opt for meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients and don’t offer just higher calories like soft drinks, sweets and chips do. Read more about Pregnancy Diet Plan.

Your tummy will be more visible by now so you can bid farewell to tight shirts and tops for the time being. Choose comfortable, breathable and big sized clothes so that the waistline could grow easily and you feel relaxed while moving out and about.

18 Weeks pregnant Do’s and Don’ts:

Dramatic changes will occur in your cardiovascular system during this trimester and especially at 18 weeks. Your blood pressure might remain lower than usual and you can feel bouts of dizziness and lethargy every now and then. To prevent any mishap, it is important to avoid standing up too quickly from sitting or lying position. Springing up too fast will make you feel dizzy and you will not be able to walk properly. It is also not recommended to climb up or come down from stairs too fast.

Many expecting mothers make this mistake as they assume that the crucial time has passed and now whatever they do will be absolutely fine and safe for the baby. This isn’t true at all. Whatever you eat, drink, inhale and do will have an impact on your uterus and the growing fetus inside it. So it is better to adopt slow walking style and be cautious always while coming up and down from stairs.

Ideally you should avoid carrying weighty products and stuff that is heavy. Lifting your other kids is also not advised. If you are a working lady, it is about time you stop wearing those stilettos and pencil heels because of the fear of tripping given your increasing body weight due to the growing waistline and tummy.

Sleeping Positions During 18 weeks Pregnant

Sleeping is another important aspect that requires your attention. During this phase of pregnancy you will feel like sleeping more than you usually do. It is important for you because your body is working overtime and it needs some time to relax. This is why you would want to sleep after having your meals, or would want to go to bed earlier than your regular timings. In this regard be careful with the position that you choose.

 The best position is to lie on your left side because it regulates flow of blood to the womb and your baby receives uninterrupted oxygen supply and nutrition in this particular position.

Lying on your back is not a good idea as it will put extra pressure on your backbone and it is also a possibility that your uterus compresses an important vain due to which blood flow to your heart will be substantially decreased. On the other hand, sleeping too long on your right side is going to put great pressure on your liver.

If you find it difficult to lie on your left side for long, we suggest that you keep yourself partly tilted to either left or right side, which one makes you feel more relaxed and comfortable. You may also place a pregnancy pillow or cushion under your hips, back or upper leg to make sleeping and lying on the bed more comfortable.

Let’s Talk About the Ultrasound at 18 Weeks Pregnant:

If you haven’t had your second-trimester ultrasound, 18 weeks and 20 weeks are the most important ones to get it done so as to ensure that baby is growing as expected. Ultrasound is perhaps the most important process that is to be followed throughout your pregnancy right from day one and at every visit your gynecologist will inform you about the next ultrasound date. Never skip that date as it is important to be aware of every change that occurs in your womb. If you feel slightest pain anywhere around your belly, get an ultrasound done to be sure that all is well down there.18 weeks pregnant ultrasound

Ultrasound is a pain-free procedure that informs you and your doctor about the baby’s growth process, if there are any birth defects or issues related to umbilical cord (sometimes babies get too active and tie the cord around their neck while playing with it which can be very dangerous) and placenta (sometimes mother-to-be don’t pay attention that the amniotic fluids are leaking out due to a rupture in the amniotic sac). This is why, you need to get ultrasound done almost every month. Also, by analyzing your ultrasound results, the doctor will be able to suggest the probable due date of delivery and even inform you if you are carrying one baby or more.

At 18 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you can view your baby sucking the thumb, yawning, frowning and even moving/kicking/rolling/punching. Fingerprints are somewhat complete by now and heart also has formed completely. So, expect to see various cardiovascular structures at this week’s ultrasound.  Baby’s taste buds and other senses have matured considerably (almost completely) so he can use his ears and grip the umbilical cord easily. Inner ear bones and the nerves that connect the brain with the ear have also formed so hearing loud noises won’t be an issue for the baby. He can hear sounds of your heartbeat, blood rushing to and from the heart and if the womb had light, he would have seen it too.

You will find that the baby is sitting in a much more erect position than you noticed in your previous ultrasounds. This happens because the baby’s visceral organs like the liver and heart are maturing rapidly and he has developed around 200 bones by now, which are becoming harder and stronger. Therefore, he can easily sit now in whichever position he wants to. At the time of birth, the baby will be having 300 bones but most of these will fuse with the passage of time and as he becomes an adult, he will be having no more than 206 bones.

18 weeks pregnant ultrasound is also called mid-pregnancy scan or Anomaly Scan. It is considered the most important ultrasound that is usually done between 18-21 weeks.

Take Great Care:

When you are 18 weeks pregnant, you will feel fluttery sensation in or around pelvis region, which is called quickening. You will also feel pain and stretching feeling in your legs, tailbone and other muscles, which happen due to the expansion of your uterus and growth of belly. You are required to take foods and medications that provide you the necessary level of iron and calcium so as to facilitate your baby’s appropriate growth and prevent you from getting too weak or develop certain deficiencies.

Your baby bump is much noticeable now and muscles and ligaments are getting relaxed now making it extra strenuous for your backbone. Therefore, you have got to take great care of yourself at this stage and throughout pregnancy. You can try exercising in water, join back care classes or get pregnancy massage to ease the pain. Or, you may consult a physiotherapist if your doctor advises you to.

Have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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9 Things Women Should Know About Menopause Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:35:16 +0000 9 Things Women Should Know About Menopause When you talk about menopause you will mostly hear the words like hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, night sweats etc. But there are also side effects of menopause as well as some upsides which few people know or talk about. The good thing is that this transition …

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9 Things Women Should Know About Menopause

When you talk about menopause you will mostly hear the words like hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, night sweats etc. But there are also side effects of menopause as well as some upsides which few people know or talk about. The good thing is that this transition can empower you. Here are some facts that maybe you do not know and also advice as to how you can make this time easier.



Menopause is the time of a woman’s life when her menstruation stops. She is no longer fertile which means that she can no longer become pregnant. It is a normal part of life and just like puberty marks a milestone in your life. It occurs due to the declining production of hormone from the ovaries. According to experts menopause is confirmed when a woman does not have periods for one year. Although the symptoms may begin many years before, some women can experience them even months or years after the menopause.


Menopause occurs on an average between the age of 51 and 52. A majority of women stop having their periods between the age of 45 and 55. However, the early stages of declining ovary function may start years before menopause in some women and others may continue to have their periods even in their late 50s. The age when a woman will go through menopause is determined genetically but things such as chemotherapy or smoking may accelerate the process of ovary decline which can result in early menopause.


Hot flashes are the most common symptom caused during menopause and almost 80 percent of the women experience this symptom. They can occur at any time whether it is day or night. It has been approximated that 50 percent of the women experience moderate to severe hot flashes that can interfere with their daily routine. Many women also experience arthralgia which is the pain in joints and muscles. Mood swings is also a common symptom in many women.

It is difficult to say whether these symptoms are caused due to the alteration of hormones, the process of aging itself or the circumstances you are in.


The declining levels of hormone estrogen from the ovaries during the process of menopause are parallel to the loss of calcium from the bones and hence it leads to the thinning of bones. If this is severe this can cause a substantial decrease in the bone density (osteoporosis) which can make you susceptible to spine, hip or other types of bone fractures. It is not only during menopause but in many women the accelerated rate of bone density loss may occur during the first few years after they have had their last menstrual period.


The symptoms women experience during menopause vary greatly from one to another, even among women belonging to the same family. The age a women will start with menopause and the rate of the decline in ovary function differ extremely hence making individual management necessary.


If a woman’s uterus has been removed surgically or she has gone through endometrial ablation (it is a process in which the lining of the uterus is removed to treat heavy menstruation) and her ovaries are not removed then she may not know when she is going through menopause unless she has an onset of hot flashes.

After the age of 50 if a woman is not having any symptoms then blood test is an option to determine whether the ovaries are still functioning. This is helpful for women who are at a risk of osteoporosis. Getting to know the estrogen level status is important to determine the need of bone density assessment.


FDA has approved several hormone therapies to treat hot flashes and prevent bone loss. The benefits of these treatments compared to their risks vary depending on how severe the hot flashes are, the severity of bone loss and the patient’s health status. Estrogen is not something that can make you young, so women should be extremely cautious of those people who are promoting bio-identical hormones which are not approved by FDA and have no safety or efficiency guaranteed.


Many women suffer medical disorders due to which they cannot use hormone replacement or they just choose not to go for this method. Alterations in the lifestyle such as exercise, weight loss, and reduction in room temperature, avoiding foods that aggravate the symptoms and wearing light cotton clothes are a few ways that have been beneficial for many women. Hot flashes can be treated with treatments like herbal therapies, acupuncture, self-hypnosis, certain low dose antidepressants and other medicines. For the prevention of bone loss several FDA-approved medicines can be used.


Your health should be the most important concern of your life at this critical stage of your life. Not only does the consequences of declining estrogen levels make it necessary for you to take care of your health but there are also various circumstances of life such as demands of your work, raising children, helping with the needs of your old parents plus your own aging process makes taking care of your health your utmost priority.

Be aware that people who claim to provide you wellness by offering supplements or non-FDA-approved hormones are only trying to sell their business these products are not supported by science. So the best option is to find a expert physician who can help you with your health at this time.

Author Bio

Majida Ali is a Freelance writer and blogger. She writes tech reviews for Top10BestPro.


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Hyperemesis Gravidarum:Sings, Syptoms, Causes & Treatment Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:20:28 +0000 Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a severe form of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy which leads to weight loss, and ketosis. This condition when not treated well can cause a lot of damage to the pregnant women and her baby including drastic weight loss, volume depletion, imbalance of acid-base, deficiency of nutrients in the body …

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum:

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a severe form of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy which leads to weight loss, and ketosis. This condition when not treated well can cause a lot of damage to the pregnant women and her baby including drastic weight loss, volume depletion, imbalance of acid-base, deficiency of nutrients in the body and some extreme cases death.

3% of the pregnant women face HG in their early pregnancy but this issue is temporary and there are many methods to control it.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sings and symptoms:

HG usually starts during the first trimester of pregnancy and some even face this issue in the entire period of pregnancy as well. Below are some common signs and symptoms of HG which make it easier to identify:

  • Contestant feeling of nausea;
  • Morning sickness and vomiting;
  • Low appetite;
  • About 3 to 5 vomiting each day;
  • Feeling dizzy and light or heavy headed;
  • Drastic weight loss of about 5% of your total body weight due to vomiting;
  • Disturb sleep;
  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Mood swings;
  • Low concentration;
  • Hyperolfaction;
  • Rapid heart rate;
  • Jaundice;
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Dehydration;
  • Fatigue;
  • Low urine production;
  • Fainting;
  • Unhealthy skin;

Hyperemesis Gravidarum causes:

Almost all pregnant women suffer from some kind of morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, and HG in their pregnancy. All these issues are not only restricted to the morning but can happen any time of the day, some women suffer this in the early stage of pregnancy and some through their pregnancy.

But what is a cause of HG? This happen because of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), it is a hormone which is released in a body of pregnant women by the placenta; this hormone is produced in a really large amount in early pregnancy.

The rate of HG varies from one woman to another because of difference in their body and production of hormones in their body. Secondly, there are some other factors which are causing HG:

  • When it is first pregnancy and your body is not familiar with it;
  • You have a family history of HG during pregnancy;
  • When your body reacts to the estrogen-based hormonal contraceptive;
  • History of migraines, light or heavy headed issues and travel sickness;
  • You are pregnant in young age;
  • Overweight when the pregnancy happens;
  • History of HG during pregnancy;
  • Suffering from Trophoblastic disease, in which there is abnormal growth of cells in the uterus;

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Treatment:

HG can be serious and cause more damage when not properly treated and managed. But usually, when a pregnant woman suffers from a normal level of HG there is not something to very worried about but consults your doctor or midwife for this issue.

HG can be treated in three ways

  1. Natural remedies:

Usually, when an HG cause in early pregnancy, natural remedies must be used to ease the pain and feel less nausea. These natural remedies are used over the ages to control and manage to vomit during pregnancy.

  • Bed rest can comfort you and help you feel better. When suffering from HG, don’t waste your energy very much and try to rest when possible.
  • Acupressure is one of the oldest ways of curing HG, apply pressure to your pressure points guided by professional and comfort your HG.
  • Herbs such as ginger and peppermint will make you feel less nausea. Fennel seeds are also a good alternative in this case.
  • Homeopathic medicines can also help you in HG; these are effective and less powerful as well.
  1. Regular medication:

Doctors recommend different medication to stop excessive vomiting and worst of HG by giving medication which is safe to take during pregnancy such as:

  • metoclopramide;
  • antihistamines;
  • antireflux medications;
  1. Treatments in extreme cases:

When HG gets extreme don’t try to treat it at home but reach your doctor as soon as possible. The extreme cases may include hospitalization when the patient loses a lot of nutrients due to vomiting and suffering from weight loss. This many include some methods to relief the patient and provide quick nutrients such as:

  • IV (intravenous fluids) is given to restore all the weakness and dehydration by providing nutrients, vitamins, and electrolytes.
  • Tube feeding is another way to restore the nutrients by feeding patient from nose to the stomach.
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is done in very extreme cases when the patient is not digesting any food, in this method a tube is passed from abdomen to the stomach with help of a surgical procedure.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Complications:

The HG is commonly seen in pregnant women but it can be complicated as well. When HG is not controlled by lifestyle and regular medication ask your doctors to about it and scan for your and baby health.

Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum on baby:

There is no harmful effect on your body due to HG. When the mother is suffering from HG throughout pregnancy the baby may weigh less and smaller in size on birth because fewer nutrients reach the baby due to vomiting. But when usually in mild Hyperemesis Gravidarum the baby born healthy and receive all the nutrients in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.

Try not to over-eat and force eats while suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, you can do this later when you feel better.

Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum on pregnant women:

Hyperemesis Gravidarum can because you feel exhausted, dehydrated and weak, due to which you cannot fully enjoy your pregnancy. It can also limit your daily routine, work, and small tasks when this carried on for entire 9 months. The Hyperemesis Gravidarum can drain out all your energy and you can feel low and depressed as well, try to communicate your problems with your family, partner and friends. Try to get as much help as possible for completing daily tasks and taking more rest.


Hyperemesis Gravidarum is quite normal during pregnancy, but if it gets extreme you can always ask your doctor for better treatment. In most extreme cases the patient suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum can become deficient, dehydrated and even death but luckily with proper medical care, it has very fewer chances.

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Gestational Diabetes Causes, Sings & Treatment Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:16:36 +0000 Gestational Diabetes Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is marked by increased glucose levels and insufficient insulin production.  Blood sugar levels become too high, putting mom and baby at risk for health problems. As per latest research it occurs in about 5% to 7% of all pregnancies.  So, if you facing this issue believe …

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Gestational Diabetes

Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is marked by increased glucose levels and insufficient insulin production.  Blood sugar levels become too high, putting mom and baby at risk for health problems. As per latest research it occurs in about 5% to 7% of all pregnancies.  So, if you facing this issue believe me you are not alone.  During pregnancy, an organ called the placenta develops in the uterus the mother.  Placenta purpose is to make sure that the baby has enough food and water.  Placenta also make several hormones. Some of these hormones make it hard for insulin to do its job of controlling blood sugar also knows as blood glucose.

Gestational Diabetes

Who is at risk?

Gestational diabetes is not uncommon. There are a number of risk factors that increase one’s odds, but really, any pregnant woman could be at risk for gestational diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is the best way to lower your odds of developing this condition.


Most health care providers offer a glucose screening to expectant women near the end of their second trimester. If the glucose screening reveals that your blood sugar is too high, you could be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.


Typically, treatment includes following a balanced meal plan and exercising regularly. You will be asked to test your glucose level daily via finger pricks. You might need to give yourself insulin injections, and you could require medication to regulate your blood sugar.

According to American Diabetes Association, the pregnant women who are suffering from gestational diabetes during pregnancy. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for each individual.

  • Before a meal (preprandial): 95 mg/dl or less
  • 1-hour after a meal (postprandial): 140 mg/dl or less
  • 2-hours after a meal (postprandial): 120 mg/dl or less

However, you should consult your Gynecologist for a proper medication as well. Remember, we never advise self-medication.

Case Study

Gayle Laakmann McDowell of Vine Grove, Kentucky, kept a log of her food choices and blood sugar levels after she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. “It made me hyper-aware of the food that I was putting into my body,” recalls Gayle Laakmann McDowell. “I was more active and ended up having a great recovery postpartum”. Gayle Laakmann McDowell also shares this key ingredient to her success: “Once I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to go on a special diet, my husband jumped right in and embraced the diet as well.” Having a supportive partner can make such a difference!

Although diabetes treatment can be tedious, it’s nice to know that the daily rigor is well worth it. “It was hard and tiring always having to be aware of every little thing I ate,” says Gayle Laakmann McDowell. “But in the end, I wouldn’t change anything because I know that I did everything I could do for my son to be born healthy.


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Safe Sex During Pregnancy:Things You Need To Know Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:36 +0000 Is sex during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby? Many partners worry having sex during pregnancy; they fear that sexual intercourse could hurt the baby or might cause pain for the pregnant women. Sex During Pregnancy The baby is well protected by a fluid in the womb and mother’s uterus. No injury will …

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Is sex during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby? Many partners worry having sex during pregnancy; they fear that sexual intercourse could hurt the baby or might cause pain for the pregnant women.

Sex During Pregnancy

sex during pregnancy

The baby is well protected by a fluid in the womb and mother’s uterus. No injury will occur during gentle, loving sex and the fetus is unconcern what his/her mother and father are doing. Mothers or pregnant women with normal pregnancy, sex is considered safe during in all stages of the pregnancy. But if your pregnancy is at high risk, you may need to be more cautious and need some advice from your health care provider.

Women who are pregnant want on different position/ style which means they have a higher sex drive than when they are not pregnant. But many expectant mothers find that their desire for sex fluctuated during certain stages of the pregnancy and lost their interest on having sex. They are worried and feels uncomfortable as their body getting larger. Women also lose their desire and motivation because they are preoccupied of the excitement of becoming a mother but afraid of labor pain during delivery. During the arousal and orgasm, some women experience mild contractions, but this contraction is not the same as when you are in labor. However, sex may be off limits if the pregnant women have certain complications such as vaginal bleeding, or any problem related to pregnancy. Low lying placenta can cause some bleeding occur that sometimes women bleed a lot and compromise the baby.

Pregnant women with chlamydia or gonorrhea must undergo a series of test, and sexual intercourse is not allowed to avoid the risk for the baby. A woman infected with herpes has the chances of passing the virus onto her baby during the time of birth. Thus, it is recommended to have one sex partner to avoid any complications. But on pregnant women that have a lot of complications and advice to avoid sex they often spent their time on talking, massages, kissing, cuddling and holding each other.

Here are a few guiding principles for safe sex during pregnancy:

1. Sexual Position
Men should highly consider the position of women during the intercourse. A side-lying position is the most comfortable position for women, especially when their bellies have grown to be more pregnant looking. This way, there is not much pressure drawn to the woman’s abdomen. The supine position should be avoided as it can compromise the oxygen supply going to the baby.

2. Penetration
Deep penetration should be avoided. Men have the tendency to be harsh or be overly excited to the point where they forget to consider safe sex during pregnancy. Men need to consider that deep or hard penetration can compromise the safety of the woman and the baby. Vaginal bleeding may arise, and when worse comes to worst, miscarriage may take place. Vaginal pain with vaginal bleeding needs to be reported as it may have other lingering complications that need to be attended to.

3. Play
Insertion of any foreign object such as sex toys or the insertion of the finger is a big no. Some couples may be used to playing and experimenting when love-making, however, this kind of play should never be an option when making love during pregnancy. Couples should not engage in anal sex as well. This kind of sexual play will cause severe infection to the woman and eventually may lead to the death of either the woman or the baby if left untreated.

4. Prenatal History
Each pregnancy is different. Some women may not be as healthy as the others. Women who have the history of miscarriage, early dilation of the cervix, and premature labor should not engage in sex during their pregnant state. Sex during pregnancy may put them at a high risk and may be life threatening for them.

5. STD
Sex during pregnancy should be avoided if either partner has been exposed to sexually transmitted disease. When having this condition, it is best to speak to an expert or a gynecologist for best advice.

6. Respect a Refusal
Physical discomforts may be a hindrance to the woman’s eagerness or drive of making out. Physical fatigue or exhaustion makes sex during pregnancy unpleasant for the woman at times. This feeling should be honored by the partner. Even if safe sex during pregnancy is possible, a refusal should always be respected. Other forms of intimacy can be an alternative to maintaining the spark in the relationship. Safe sex during pregnancy allows married couples to keep their relationship healthy, granting that it is done with consideration of both parties. Sex can be done during pregnancy, but it does not mean that it should be done. The couple should be open to each other’s prerogative even if safe sex can be done.


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