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Prolactin

Prolactin (PRL), also known as the luteotropic hormone (LTH), is the milk hormone which plays an important role in preparing your body for breastfeeding. Prolactin is mainly produced in your pituitary gland and in response to increased estrogen levels, its levels increase between 10 and 20 times during pregnancy. Prolactin’s first and foremost function during pregnancy is to stimulate the ... Leer Más »

hPL: human placental lactogen

hPL or human placental lactogen, also known as hCS (human chorionic somatomammotropin), is a pregnancy hormone produced by your placenta. It is very similar to the human growth hormones normally present in your body and has a very important role in the nourishment of your baby. If hPL alters your insulin levels too much you could develop gestational diabetes Firstly, ... Leer Más »

Oxytocin

Oxytocin is another important hormone and though it is what causes those painful contractions during labour, you wouldn’t be able to hold your gorgeous baby without it. Oxytocin has an important role in conception, labour and breastfeeding. Your baby can breastfeed thanks to your oxytocin hormones. In conception, oxytocin is the hormone that is responsible for your sexual arousal and ... Leer Más »

Pain management after an episiotomy

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 »

Identical twins

Identical twins result from a pregnancy in which a single egg divides into two embryos after fertilisation. This means the two babies in your womb share a placenta and an amniotic sac, though some cases of multiple placentas have been reported. The egg usually divides between the first two and eight days after fertilisation, but if the division begins after ... Leer Más »

Fraternal twins

Fraternal twins result from a pregnancy in which two eggs are fertilised during conception. Two eggs means that each baby will have its own placenta and its own amniotic sac. This lowers the risks of the possible complications associated with fetuses who share these two important lifelines during pregnancy. Fraternal twins are the most common multiple birth and are influenced ... Leer Más »

Vitamin C and pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to have all of the right nutrients to keep you and your baby healthy. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid,  is a water-soluble vitamin. Your body uses vitamin C for healing wounds, repairing tissue, growing and repairing bones, and creating healthy skin. Like vitamin A, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, fighting infections ... Leer Más »

Vitamin D and pregnancy

Pregnant and breastfeeding women who do not eat dairy products or who have little exposure to the sun can suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to seizures and a slowing down of your baby's heart rate. Vitamin D, also known as calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin, like vitamin A and vitamin E, and is absorbed by the ... Leer Más »

Vitamin B12 and pregnancy

If you are a vegan and breastfeeding your child it is important to keep an eye on your vitamin B12 levels. Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that contains the mineral cobalt. Vitamin B12 is very important for red blood cell blood formation, DNA synthesis and the functioning of your central and peripheral nervous systems. Sources ... Leer Más »