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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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Biophysical Profile
Biophysical Profile (BPP, Ultrasound Evaluation with a Nonstress Test) Procedure overview A biophysical profile is a test that’s sometimes given during your third trimester of pregnancy. It is typically done if the health of your baby is in question because of the results of another test, because of certain pregnancy symptoms, or if your pregnancy is high risk. The biophysical profile combines two tests to fully examine the health of your unborn baby. The first is a nonstress test, which measures the ba...
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 occur during pregnancy, including hormones, changes in the center of gravity, and posture. Unfortunately, it typically worsens as pregnancy progresses. How does pregnancy affect back pain? Throughout pregnancy, hormones affe...
Pregnancy and Heartburn
Pregnancy and Heartburn Chances are good that you’re one of more than three-fourths of 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 and moves upward to the neck and throat. It can last as long as two hours, and it’s often worse after eating. Of...
Managing Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy
Managing Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy Hemorrhoids and varicose veins might seem to be two different, unrelated problems, but they are actually quite similar. And, they are a discomfort experienced by many women, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy. What are hemorrhoids and varicose veins? 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, including the rectum, where they are call...
Pregnancy and Posture
Pregnancy and Posture Why is good posture important in pregnancy? Much back pain in 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 your shoulders, and to your hips...
The Third Trimester
The Third Trimester Prenatal visits during the third trimester During the second and third trimester prenatal visits, your physician/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 - to detect albumin (a protein) which may indicate preeclampsia or toxemia, and sugar (which may indicate hyperglycemia) Position, growth, and development of the fetus Height of the ...