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It's true that you need to "eat for two," but that usually means only about 300 extra calories a day, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. Those bonus calories should come from healthy foods—not desserts and sodas.
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Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy What are hemorrhoids and varicose veins? Hemorrhoids and varicose veins might seem to be two different, unrelated problems, but they are actually quite similar. And, many women, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, have them. Both hemorrhoids and varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins. These veins are often in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of your body. When they form in the rectum, they are called hemorrhoids. What causes...
Biophysical Profile
Biophysical Profile What is a biophysical profile? A biophysical profile is a test that is sometimes used during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is often done if there is a question about the baby’s health. This may be because of other test results or certain pregnancy symptoms, or because your pregnancy is high risk. The biophysical profile combines two tests to check your unborn baby’s overall health: a non-stress test and an ultrasound. Non-stress test. This test checks your baby’s heart rate an...
Third Trimester
The Third Trimester Prenatal visits during the third trimester During the second and third trimester prenatal visits, your healthcare provider or midwife 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. This is to find albumin (a protein) that may indicate preeclampsia or toxemia, and sugar that may indicate hyperglycemia) Position, growth, and development of the fetus...
Back Pain in Pregnancy
Back Pain in Pregnancy Why is back pain so common in pregnancy? One of the most common complaints during pregnancy is back pain. In fact, it's estimated that more than half of all women experience some degree of back discomfort. Most back pain is related to the physical changes that happen during pregnancy, including hormones, changes in the center of gravity, and posture. Unfortunately, it typically gets worse as pregnancy progresses. What causes back pain during pregnancy? Throughout pregnancy, hormon...
Pregnancy and Posture
Pregnancy and Posture Why is good posture important in pregnancy? Much of the back pain experienced throughout pregnancy is related to the strain on your back from the weight of your growing baby. Using proper posture can help prevent and even relieve some of the pain. Here are some tips to help you maintain good posture in various positions. What is proper posture during pregnancy? When your body is in alignment — when you use proper posture — you can imagine a straight line running from your ears to y...
Pregnancy and Heartburn
Pregnancy and Heartburn Chances are good that you’re 1 of many pregnant women who experience the churning and burning of heartburn or acid indigestion. It typically hits somewhere in the second or third trimester, and it can be miserable. Heartburn doesn’t really mean your heart is burning, but it’s a good description of the discomfort that begins behind the breastbone. It then moves upward to the neck and throat. Officially, heartburn is known as gastroesophageal reflux, when acidic stomach juices or f...