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Stretch marks may appear on your abdomen, and the skin around your nipples will darken in this trimester.
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Tips for Traveling Moms-to-be
Tips for Traveling Moms-to-Be Today’s society is increasingly mobile, and the demands of career and family often require travel during a woman’s pregnancy. Here are some tips and guidance for safe travels while you’re pregnant. Be sure to consider multiple factors when making your travel decisions, including the distance, travel time to your destination, and stress involved. A five-hour trip by car with several stops may turn out to be shorter and less stressful than a two-hour plane trip with long preb...
We're Pregnant–Tips for the Expectant Dad
We’re Pregnant–Tips for the Expectant Dad The words “We’re pregnant” sound familiar these days. More than ever, men are actively involved throughout the pregnancy experience. The term expectant father really fits, as men support, worry, and plan right along with their pregnant partners. Some of the more common experiences for expectant dads are included here. What he needs Being an expectant father is exciting, but it can be challenging. It calls for men to take on new roles while also keeping everythin...
Pregnancy and Skin Changes
Pregnancy and Skin Changes For many women, pregnancy brings glowing skin, rosy cheeks, and shiny hair. But others can experience skin changes that aren’t so attractive, including acne, dark spots, and stretch marks. Here are some of the common skin conditions in pregnancy, along with some practical tips on managing those that can be troublesome. Acne Increased blood flow and oil production are the factors behind the radiant pregnancy glow. But that radiance sometimes comes with a price, as the increased...
Second Trimester Prenatal Screening Tests
Second Trimester Prenatal Screening Tests Second trimester prenatal screening may include several blood tests, called multiple markers. These markers provide information about a woman's risk of having a baby with certain genetic conditions or birth defects. Screening is usually performed by taking a sample of the mother's blood between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy (16th to 18th is ideal). The multiple markers include: Alpha-fetoprotein screening (AFP) --a blood test that measures the level of al...
The Second Trimester
The Second Trimester Prenatal visits during the second trimester During the second and third trimester prenatal visits, your health care provider may check the following, depending on your current medical condition and the health of the fetus: Any current symptoms or discomforts Mother's weight Mother's blood pressure Urine test - to detect albumin (a protein) which may indicate preeclampsia or toxemia, and sugar (which may indicate hyperglycemia) Growth, size, and development of the fetus Size of the u...