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Surviving the pain of stillbirth

When Melissa Giroux, a registered nurse from St. Albert, Alta., went into labour on June 19, 2008, she was excited about having her baby girl placed in her arms. After all, her 40 weeks and five days of pregnancy had been textbook. No bleeding. No ultrasound problems. No high...

Cutting the Caffeine

Recently, the idea of eliminating caffeine from the diet has been suggested to pregnant women, and what's worse, is that you should bid farewell to some teas, as well. Coffee Anyone? The most startling announcement appeared in January 2008 in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This study found...

Smoking and pregnancy

If you are pregnant and a smoker you probably know that smoking is not good for yourself or your developing baby. Here are some of the benefits for your baby when you quit smoking: they get more oxygen as they develop in the womb ...

Prenatal skin care

Pregnancy is a joyous time in a woman’s life. Momentous changes will occur during pregnancy and the best way to minimize skin problems is to use naturally based treatments both topically and internally. Suggestions for external care Moisturize daily and make sure you moisturize more than normal to keep skin looking...

Pregnancy and Food Safety

It’s important for pregnant women to be careful about taking medications during pregnancy and to avoid certain foods. Fish/Wild Game Fish that contain higher levels of mercury that may harm the fetus: swordfish, fresh or frozen tuna. Health Canada says these kinds of fish should be eaten only once per month...

Diabetes during pregnancy

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. A defining feature of diabetes is a high level of sugar in the blood (called blood glucose).  Blood glucose rises when the body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone insulin, or when the body’s cells do...

The benefits of exercise

Getting in shape for your baby's birth Research shows that healthy pregnant mothers can participate in some forms of exercise throughout their entire pregnancy, although many find they need to slow down at the beginning and again at the end. The best time to begin an exercise program is during the...

Exercise in the Third Trimester

Exercises to Help Ease Discomforts: Posture Try to maintain proper posture at all times. Proper posture decreases back strain and improves breathing. Pelvic Floor       Consists of muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowel. These muscles also surround the external openings of these pelvic organs. They hold a lot of weight during...

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