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The March of Dimes recommends avoiding the following foods when you're pregnant: Raw shark, swordfish, tilefish, and other fish that can be high in mercury Raw or undercooked eggs Unpasteurized juices Unpasteurized cheese Raw sprouts Herbal supplements Herbal teas
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First Trimester Fatigue
First Trimester Fatigue Is it common to be so tired in the first trimester of pregnancy? Feeling dog tired, can’t summon the energy to do much of anything, and craving your bed? For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it’s an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy. Women who usually need only six hours of sleep at night often find they need nearly double that during these first weeks of pregnancy. And, for others...
Headaches in Early Pregnancy
Headaches in Early Pregnancy Nearly all women have occasional headaches, but having a headache in pregnancy is not fun. And, managing headaches is especially tricky in the first trimester when you should avoid medications. Whether your headache is from tension or is a full-blown migraine, there are some things you should know. What causes headaches in pregnancy? The exact cause of a headache isn’t always clear. In the first trimester, changing hormone levels and blood volume may play a role. A dull, ove...
First Trimester Screening
First Trimester Screening What is first trimester screening? First trimester screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. This screening process can help to determine the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects. There are three parts of first trimester screening: Click Image to Enlarge Ultrasound test for fetal nuchal translucency (NT) Nuchal translucency screening uses an ultrasound test to examine the area at the ba...
The First Trimester
The First Trimester The first prenatal visit The first prenatal visit is the most thorough. A complete medical history is taken, a physical examination is conducted, as well as certain tests and procedures are performed to assess the initial health of the mother and her unborn baby. The first prenatal visit may include the following: Personal medical history--This may include taking record of any of the following: Previous and current medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertensi...
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby What is folic acid? Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. The word folate comes from folium the Latin word for leaf. Folate occurs naturally in food, particularly in dark, green leafy vegetables, while folic acid is the synthetic form supplied in multivitamins and foods fortified with folic acid. Researchers discovered folate’s importance in preventing anemia about 70 years ago, but only in recent years have they learned of the link between folate deficiency and certain bi...