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Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 34)
In addition to Down syndrome, screening tests also assess the risk of another chromosomal abnormality called trisomy 18. Babies with this condition have more severe mental and physical abnormalities than babies with Down syndrome and seldom survive beyond a year.
Living with Migraine : Driving and Migraine
During a migraine attack you can experience visual disturbances, vertigo (dizziness), and difficulty concentrating. If you were to drive while experiencing a migraine attack, these associated symptoms would make you vulnerable to driving errors and place you and others at risk of serious injury.
Living with Migraine : Planning for a Stress-free Vacation
To prevent a migraine attack, you must make sure you do not disturb your body’s serotonin levels. You can do this by having a sensible travel and vacation plan. Make a decision to enjoy your vacation without a headache.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 33)
Not all women adapt well to pregnancy and for some dealing with the symptoms and worrying about issues such as weight gain, makes them feel out of control. The best way to cope with these feelings is to embrace the changes and remain in touch with your body by exercising and taking time to focus on what is happening inside you.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 32)
Smoothies are a simple way to stay hydrated, and at the same time obtain some nutrients. The basic recipe for making smoothies includes frozen fruit, a banana, yogurt, and juice to help blend it.
Reducing Stress : Taking Action at Home - Learning to Relax
Relaxing completely is not simply doing nothing: it is a technique that can soon be learned. Take some time out for a few lessons, and you will then find it easy – and pleasurable – to enjoy a regular period of relaxation in your busy daily routine.
Reducing Stress : Taking Action at Home - Taking Time Off
Taking stress home from the office has a destructive effect on home life, and vice versa. The two can combine to form a vicious circle with no escape. Remember: to make any stress-reducing action effective, it must be complemented by taking some time off.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 31)
Herbal teas do not contain caffeine, but herbs and other dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and there’s not much research about the effects of many herbs on pregnancy.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 30)
The potential effects of taking antihistamines in pregnancy aren’t known, so it’s best to err on the side of caution and not take them. However, if your symptoms are very severe, see your doctor since there is one antihistamine available by prescription that can be taken during pregnancy.
Now You're Pregnant : Why is Pregnancy So Scary? A safe pregnancy (part 2)
Try exploring natural remedies to relieve pregnancy aches and pains before resorting to medication. A head massage, drinking plenty of clear liquids, or resting in a darkened room can help relieve a tension headache.
Now You're Pregnant : Why is Pregnancy So Scary? A safe pregnancy (part 1)
Although you may be tempted just to cut down, quitting smoking is best. The fewer cigarettes you smoke, the better. The carbon monoxide, nicotine, and other substances that you inhale pass out of your lungs, into your bloodstream, and cross the placenta with any cigarette you smoke
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 29)
A milestone in your baby’s development—the placenta takes over from the yolk sac to provide your baby with nutrients. Just like your baby, the placenta has needed to grow and develop a circulation to support the ever-increasing demands that are being placed on it.
Living with Migraine : Dealing with Work
You can avoid a migraine attack at work by reducing the number of triggers you are exposed to as much as possible. You may need to change your physical setting to alleviate muscle strain and glare.
Living with Migraine : Managing Your Medication
When migraine attacks are infrequent, it is easy to be caught off guard without your abortive medications. An attack can occur at any time, so you must be prepared to treat it early. Lack of medication will delay treatment and make the attack more difficult to treat.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 28)
You are tested to see if you are a carrier of sickle-cell disease or thalassemia, genetic disorders that affect the oxygen-carrying ability of red blood cells. These are most common in people of African, Hispanic, or Mediterranean origins.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 27)
You are tested to see if you are a carrier of sickle-cell disease or thalassemia, genetic disorders that affect the oxygen-carrying ability of red blood cells. These are most common in people of African, Hispanic, or Mediterranean origins.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Helping Others
Once you have recognized that someone is under stress and have started to understand the reasons for it, the hardest part begins: making that person aware of what you have observed, and encouraging them to take corrective action.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Analyzing Personality
The effects of stress are closely linked to individual personality. The same level of stress affects different people in different ways, and each person has different ways of coping. Recognizing these personality types means that more focused help can be given.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 26)
If you’re expecting twins or more, blood-based screening tests for Down syndrome can mislead, since they rely on measuring the amounts of circulating AFP (alfa-fetoprotein) and other markers, which are present in much higher levels when there’s more than one baby.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 25)
Your relationship will inevitably change—going through pregnancy together is momentous—but as long as you keep communicating, you will be able to support each other. Being united now will stand you in good stead for the first year of parenting.
Now You are Pregnant : My Test is Positive What happens next?
There are ways to cut costs when preparing for your baby. Although some items should be new, such as mattresses and car seats, many things can be bought second-hand or passed on from friends and relatives.
Trying for a Baby : How will I Know I'm Pregnant? Confirming your pregnancy
The most obvious initial sign that you are pregnant is a missed period. Other common early pregnancy symptoms include feeling extremely tired and bloated, having increasingly tender breasts, experiencing an increased need to urinate, and finding that you have a greater or lesser sex drive, although all of these symptoms can occur premenstrually.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 24)
A simple solution to help relieve feelings of nausea is to wear acupressure wristbands. Available from pharmacists, these bands have been clinically tested in the treatment of pregnancy-induced nausea. Unlike anti-nausea drugs, they don’t have any side effects and are easy to use.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 23)
During pregnancy, your blood and other bodily fluids expand almost 50 percent, an expansion that requires extra water and salt. The majority of salt in the diet comes from processed foods, not from the salt shaker or the salt you add in cooking. To manage your intake, eat whole foods you cook yourself and add your own salt to taste.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Seeing Stress in Others
Stress can be infectious, so you need to recognize it in others before it affects the people with whom they work (including you). There are many ways of reacting to stress; learn to notice common warning signs so that you have time to decide how to react.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Making Time to Relax
When you are under stress, your entire body becomes tense and your posture changes. Make a conscious effort to relax your body while at work so that you can reduce tension and alleviate the damaging effects of your physical response to stress.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 22)
Exercise can help keep breathlessness at bay, and increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs (cardiovascular system), helping you to deal with the physical demands of pregnancy now and in later months.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 21)
Toxoplasmosis is a disorder caused by a parasite that can harm a developing fetus. The symptoms may resemble those of mononucleosis with a fever and/or swollen glands in the neck.
Sleep Disorders : Parasomnias
Parasomnias are disorders resulting in abnormal events during the night, such as sleep-walking, night terrors, bruxism (tooth-grinding), nocturnal groaning, enuresis (bedwetting), rhythmic rocking movement disorder, and sleep-talking.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 20)
Over the 40 weeks of pregnancy, you are likely to gain very little weight in the first trimester and then experience a steady weight gain of around 11/2–2 lb a week. In the final few weeks of pregnancy, it’s normal to gain a few more pounds
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 19)
Insomnia is common in pregnancy, due to anxiety or difficulty in getting comfortable. Exercise is a destresser and will tire you out, increasing your chance of a good night’s sleep.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Gaining Inner Balance
If a situation at work makes you feel uncomfortable and you do not take action to change it, you may find that resentment builds up and is reflected in your behaviour – you may become angry and intolerant of other people.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Communicating Well
Knowing how to communicate effectively is crucial to the success of organizations everywhere, as well as to your own peace of mind. There is a wide choice of communication tools available for modern businesses, and information can be transmitted efficiently using systems such as e-mail or fax.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 18)
Called pytalism, excess saliva is caused by increased hormone levels. Don’t try to keep the saliva in your mouth; if you find yourself drooling, spit into a tissue or small cup. Place a towel on your pillow. Sucking lemon wedges or ice cubes may help. Pytalism usually subsides in later pregnancy.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 17)
The exercises shown are sometimes called “functional movement enhancers” because they increase the strength of the muscles that you use for everyday functions such as walking, carrying, lifting, sitting, and standing. The workout can be used alongside walking, swimming, or other cardiovascular exercises and can be done around 2–3 times a week.
Living with Migraine : Helping Other People with Migraine
Those who live with people at risk of migraine attacks can encourage them to start treatment as soon as an attack starts. Encourage your wife to stop what she is doing and use her abortive therapy.
Living with Migraine : Household Planning
Make a commitment each day to spend time, even a short period, on exercise and relaxation. It is important that you establish a daily habit. Once your routine is set, you can increase the time. The key to success is consistency.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 16)
Wearing a supportive bra can help with both the feelings of heaviness and soreness in your breasts, which are common in pregnancy. If your breasts are very tender at night, try wearing your bra at night while you sleep which may help.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 15)
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which is vital for the development of your unborn baby’s skeleton. A daily 15-minute walk outside—with the sun on your skin—is sufficient; you can also boost your intake of vitamin D by eating oily fish, eggs, fortified cereals, and bread, and by taking supplements .
Sleep Disorders : Disorders in the Timing of Sleep (part 2) - Reducing the Effects of Jet Lag & Strategies for dealing with shift-work
If you are traveling on a night flight, try to get some sleep. Recline your seat and use the eye shades to shut out the cabin light and ear plugs to minimize the noise.
Sleep Disorders : Disorders in the Timing of Sleep (part 1)
Our body clock adjusts very slowly in response to abrupt changes in environmental time cues. No change is probably more abrupt than that of air travel across several time zones.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 14)
You may be more likely to suffer from nutritional deficiencies, which could affect the baby’s health; you are also more likely to give birth prematurely, and have a smaller-than-usual baby, who is more vulnerable to health problems.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 13)
To figure out your expected date of delivery (EDD)—also known as the due date—you need to know when you started your last menstrual period (LMP) .
Trying for a Baby : We are Not Getting Pregnant What do we do now (part 2) - IVF treatment The process of IVF
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a complex procedure with several stages, from the stimulation and harvesting of your eggs to the successful fertilization of the eggs, development of embryos, and transfer of the embryos into the womb for implantation.
Trying for a Baby : We are Not Getting Pregnant What do we do now (part 1)
There are a range of reasons why a couple may have difficulty in conceiving. Investigations and tests may uncover specific conditions, which may be treatable, or you may be offered help to conceive.
Trying for a Baby : I've had a Miscarriage Why did it happen to me?
Older women have an increased risk of having a miscarriage. It is thought that this is largely due to the fact that older women are more likely to have babies with chromosomal abnormalities, which may have problems developing and miscarry.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 12)
When your pregnancy is confirmed, it’s natural to experience a mixed bag of emotions—excitement, disbelief, joy, and anxiety. Everything is about to change forever for you and your partner. Give yourselves time to take in the big news. You may not feel pregnant yet, but momentous changes are taking place in the hidden world of your uterus.
Pregnancy Day by Day : Welcome to your First Trimester (part 11)
The March of Dimes advises pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant to drink no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. Going without your caffeine fix is a good thing when you’re pregnant, since research shows that, in high doses, it can increase the risk of miscarriage.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Managing Time
One of the major symptoms of stress in the workplace is the feeling that there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs doing. This feeling can be reduced by organizing time better with the implementation of a few simple systems.
Dealing with Stress at Work : Studying Work Patterns
Stress can be insidious and cumulative. The best way to avoid suffering from it is to learn to anticipate it. By analyzing and pinpointing events and times that regularly cause stress, it is possible to set about preventing further problems from occurring.
 
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