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Complications of gestational diabetes

If you suffer from gestational diabetes both you and your baby are at risk for certain complications during and after pregnancy. However, once effective treatment procedures are followed you can significantly reduce your risksfor these conditions. Are you treating your gestational diabetes? Mother’s Health Risks: Difficult delivery Increased risk of type 2 diabetes post-pregnancy or in later life C-section delivery ... 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 »

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), also called corticotropin, is a pregnancy hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, like most of your other pregnancy hormones. It is usually produced as a reaction to stress and if we’re being honest pregnancy can be a bit stressful for your body, but it’s worth it! If ACTH has given you swollen feet, get your partner to ... Leer Más »

Vasopressin

Vasopressin is a hormone that is very similar in both structure and function to oxytocin. It is released from the pituitary gland and does not increase until your third trimester of pregnancy. Vasopressin is an important hormone in the regulation of your contractions during labour and birth. As your labour progresses, your contractions will become stronger and more frequent, you ... Leer Más »

Linea nigra

Does your bump have a linea nigra like this? The linea nigra is that dark, vertical line that extends from your belly button to your pubic area (though some do extend to your rib cage). It usually appears in the twenty-third week of pregnancy, is about 1 cm thick and sometimes first appears as a faint white line. The linea ... Leer Más »

Difficulty conceiving

If you are having difficulty conceiving the first step is to find out why you are having problems and whether you are able to solve them. If you have been having regular unprotected sex for over a year then it is time to see your doctor. Why am I having difficulty conceiving? Poor egg quality Blocked fallopian tubes Sperm allergy ... Leer Más »

Episiotomy Recovery

An episiotomy or perineotomy is not a pleasant experience, especially during the first month after your baby's birth when your incision is healing. We’re sorry mum, we hate to be the bearers of bad news. While recovering from an episiotomy most mothers report having constant pain in the location of the incision, pain when they go to the bathroom and ... Leer Más »