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Pregnancy

Pregnancy is typically divided into 3 trimesters. The first trimester is from week 1 through 12. During the first trimester, the possibility of miscarriage is at its highest. The second trimester is from week 13 through 28. At 28 weeks, more than 90% of babies can survive outside of the uterus if provided with high-quality medical care. The third trimester is from 29 weeks through 40 weeks.

Overview

Prenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. Prenatal care may include:

  • Taking extra folic acid
  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Regular exercise
  • Blood tests
  • Regular physical examinations.

Complications of pregnancy may include:

  • Disorders of high blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

In the ideal childbirth, labor begins on its own when a woman is "at term". Pregnancy is considered at full term when gestation has lasted 39 to 41 weeks.

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If your caesarean wound had no complications during initial healing, 2 years should be an adequate duration for the scar to mature and ready for Coolsculpting treatments in the surrounding areas. It would however be best to assess your wound and the areas of treatment you requi...
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The best advice we can give is for your sister to avoid all forms of alcohol (beer, wine etc) during her entire pregnancy to be absolutely safe. There is no safe time or "safe" amount of alcohol that she can consume during pregnancy because alcohol in the mother’s blood pas...
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Folic acid should generally be taken prior to conception and in the first trimester in particular as the neural tube is still forming. Folic acid is important for prevention of neural tube defects. It is also important in women with diabetes and on antiepileptic medication to...
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Not at all. This is a commonly held misconception. Epidurals are safe and do not result in any long-term or short term risk to mother or child. Sometimes with an epidural you may not have much sensation or urge to push when it comes to the second stage of labour. If this is the ...
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Thanks for the D2D. For patients undergoing acupuncture, some may experience slight bruising or bleeding after acupuncture. If this occurs, apply small pressure to the affected sites and the slight bleeding should cease soon after, bruising and soreness will usually disap...
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I am happy to say IVF in this day and age carries very few risks to the women undergoing such treatment. The most dreaded was the Hyperstimulation Syndrome where the number of eggs retrieved was in the region of above 30. The present protocols are safer and reduce dramatically th...
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Thank you for asking such an important question. It is important as women who have postnatal depression may harm themselves and/or their babies. Postnatal depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later la...
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