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Lamaze classes

What are lamaze classes? Lamaze is a non-profit organisation that promotes a natural, healthy and the safe approach to a woman’s pregnancy, labour and early parenting. The classes will help guide you through the stages of labour and the choices that you may need to make at the time. The lamaze organisation works closely with professionals, families and health care ... 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 »

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 »

Why should you go to childbirth classes?

Learn about childbirthFree image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net You may be wondering why you should participate in childbirth classes with your partner when there is so much information available in books and online explaining the entire process of labour and birth. However, there are many pros to these classes, every pregnant woman is eligible to participate in them and most of ... Leer Más »

Insulin

Insulin is not really a pregnancy hormone so to speak, but it is an important hormone in your body which is affected by pregnancy. Insulin levels must be controlled during your pregnancy Insulin is produced by your pancreas and causes liver, muscle and fat tissue cells to take up glucose from your blood, an important aspect of managing your metabolism. ... Leer Más »

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), or thyrotropin, is an important pregnancy hormone that is responsible for the stimulation of your thyroid gland. It is produced in your pituitary gland and its levels during pregnancy depend on the levels of hCG and estrogen in your blood. TSH levels are highest during the first trimester of your pregnancy and steadily decline over ... Leer Más »

Thyroxine

Thyroxine is an important hormone for both you and your baby during pregnancy. It is secreted by the thyroid gland and if you have too much or too little of it in your body you must take several necessary steps. Thyroxine helps you to increase your oxygen consumption so that you have enough for both you and your body. It ... Leer Más »

Placental growth factor (PGF)

The placental growth factor (PGF) is an important growth hormone for your baby’s development. As its name implies, this hormone is released from your placenta during pregnancy. It is very important that your placenta produces enough PGF, because if not the blood vessels in your placenta will narrow rather than widen, causing high blood pressure and preeclampsia. What does the ... 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 »