Birth plan is a way to express your preferences for birth and delivery. It is important to draft a birth plan so that your doctor and the team of midwives looking after you, know exactly what your wishes are. Do you know what to include on your birth plan? Would you like to know more about how to draft up a birth plan? What do you need to discuss with your doctor before going into labor?
Can I drink wine when I am pregnant? What impact does alcohol have on the unborn baby? Alcohol consumed by the mother crosses the placenta to reach the baby easily. The alcohol could affect the development of the baby inside the womb, the baby's health at delivery, and the baby's susceptibility to illness in childhood and adult life. For a woman who regularly gets drunk during pregnancy,
the baby is at risk of having Feta! Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS babies have abnormal fa
What is a low lying placenta and how will if affect my birth? A placenta that lies lower in the womb is commonly seen on ultrasound performed before 20 weeks gestation. As the pregnancy advances, and the womb stretches, the placenta is normally carried upwards. If the placenta continues to lie low in the later months of the pregnancy, the condition is known as placenta praevia. Placenta praevia is a serious condition as the risk of severe bleeding during pregnancy and at de
I'd never had a nosebleed in my life before I got pregnant. But now I get them all the time. Why? The skin lining the inside of the nose is very fine. During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone can make the tiny blood vessels in the skin lining the inside of the nose dilate. This combined with the amount of blood circulating in the pregnant woman's body, increasing by up to 50%, tends to make a pregnant woman's nose produce more mucus and more likely to bleed. As a result,
Food Allergies: I've heard that if I avoid certain foods during my pregnancy, like peanuts, I can help prevent my child from developing food allergies sometime down the road. Is this true? The Food Standards Agency UK previously advised women that they may wish to avoid eating peanuts during pregnancy if there was a history of allergy in their child's immediate family such as asthma, eczema, hay fever, food allergy or other types of allergy. However, this advice has now be
Will sleeping on my back during pregnancy harm my baby? Most women find it extremely uncomfortable to lie on their back during pregnancy. As pregnancy advances, the weight of the womb and its developing fetus presses on blood vessels, returning blood to the woman's heart (aortocaval compression). As a result, women lying on their back during pregnancy are likely to feel dizzy and have fainting spells. There is no recent research evidence to show that sleeping on your back