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Pregnancy tests

A pregnancy test is the best way to find out if you are pregnant or not. But how exactly does it work? Well, a pregnancy test measures the amount of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) present in your blood or urine, if there is more than 25 mIU of hCG for every mililitre of urine your home pregnancy test ... Leer Más »

Chloasma

Wear a sun hat outside to limit the effects of chloasma. Chloasma, also known as melasma, is an unavoidable pregnancy symptom that affects approximately 70% of all pregnant women. Chloasma is associated with hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your increased estrogen and progesterone levels, which in turn increase your body’s melanin production. Basically what happens is that the excess melanin ... Leer Más »

Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be unsightly. Varicose veins are an unfortunate, yet harmless pregnancy symptom several women experience during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swollen veins that form blue or purple bulges near the surface of your skin. During pregnancy varicose veins are usually observed in your legs and sometimes your vulva and usually worsen as your pregnancy progresses. They are caused ... Leer Más »

Incontinence

Incontinence can be embarrassing, but it's normal so don't worry. Incontinence is a normal pregnancy symptom some expectant mothers experience during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Incontinence occurs when you sneeze, laugh or jump and a little bit of pee can’t help but escape your bladder. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid this pregnancy symptom ... Leer Más »

Pica cravings

If you're craving chalk it means you have a pica craving. Pica cravings are a very interesting type of pregnancy craving. When a pregnant woman has a pica craving it means she is craving unusual cravings for non-food substances. These substances include: paint chips, chalk, coal and laundry detergent to name a few. Pica cravings are one pregnancy craving you ... Leer Más »

Mood swings

Mood swings are normal during pregnancy. Mood swings are just one of the many pesky pregnancy symptoms most pregnant women experience. Basically, mood swings are where PMS and pregnancy meet as women who suffer from PMS normally tend to have more intense pregnancy mood swings that those who don’t. Like most other pregnancy symptoms, mood swings are the result of ... Leer Más »

Morning sickness

Are you suffering with morning sickness?Free image courtesy od FreeDigitalPhotos.net More than 50% of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, which is one of the most well-known pregnancy symptoms. However, those of you who suffer with morning sickness know that it can actually last all day long. As the day progresses the nausea and vomiting usually eases up, but unfortunately ... Leer Más »

Gestational diabetes

Have you been tested for gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is considered the most common health problem associated with pregnancy, affecting between 2 and 18% of all pregnancies. You suffer from gestational diabetes when you have no personal history of diabetes, but suffer with high blood glucose levels during your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is believed to result from the presence of ... Leer Más »

Endorphins

Endorphins will probably be your favourite hormones, especially when the time for labour and birth arrives. Endorphins are so well liked that they have been named your body’s happy hormones. When your body is under stress, your pituitary gland and hypothalamus secrete endorphins in order to help you relax. Endorphins help you bond with your newbornFree image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net ... Leer Más »

Cortisol

Pregnancy puts your body under a lot of stress which increases your cortisol levels Cortisol, also known as hydrocortisone, is a glucocorticoid or adrenal hormone which has an integral role in your pregnancy. Cortisol, like ACTH, is a stress hormone your body produces in reaction to none other than stress. Cortisol is always present in your body and steadily increases ... Leer Más »