5 Risk factors every pregnant woman should be aware of

Every pregnancy may carry some risk. A pregnancy is considered to be high risk when the risk of complications for the mother, baby or for both, are higher than normal. High risk pregnancies require special care in Centers that are equipped to handle these deliveries, under an Obstetrician who is experienced in handling them, to ensure the best outcomes for mother and baby. These are five risk factors that every woman should be aware of before her pregnancy. The Age Factor: Risks are hi...
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Newborn screening

Newborn screening tests look for developmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders in the newborn baby. Most of these illnesses are very rare, but can be treated if caught early. Metabolic disorders (also called "inborn errors of metabolism") interfere with how the body uses nutrients to maintain normal metabolism. Other disorders that screening can detect, include problems with hormones or the blood. In general, these disorders can interfere with the child’s normal physical and mental developm...
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Post pregnancy diet: 5 foods for new moms

Having gone through pregnancy and taking care of your newborn can sometimes result in your feeling drained of energy. But you must take care of yourself to be able to enjoy your baby and be a great mom. The nutrients in breast milk will generally remain the same whatever you eat, but if you do not eat well, the nutrients in your milk will be taken at the cost of your own health. Here are five foods that are excellent for new mothers. 1.Salmon Salmon is perhaps the most important food for a...
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Myths about breastfeeding

As soon as you deliver your baby, you will be inundated with suggestions and advice regarding every aspect of raising your baby including breast feeding. It is therefore, very important for every expectant mother to find out all the facts on breast feeding in advance, to be able to combat the myths and stay firm on her decision to breastfeed her baby. Myths about breastfeeding Belief: There is not enough breast milk Myth: This is not true. Babies actually require very small amounts of milk....
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Newborn jaundice

Newborn Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Newborn jaundice or Neonatal Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Symptoms of newborn jaundice can also include a yellowing of the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, dark, yellow urine and pale stools. Symptoms usually develop two to three days after birth and settle down by the time the baby is about two weeks old without treatment. This ...
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Breastfeeding – common questions and answers

As a new mother, it is common to have doubts and insecurities about breast feeding. Breast feeding needs you to be relaxed, and take the time to bond with your baby. While it may seem more convenient to use formula milk, in fact there are many critical advantages to exclusive breast feeding that is not seen with formula milk. And the benefits extend well into your baby’s childhood and adult years. The benefits of breast feeding also extend to the mothers. Therefore it is important to be informed...
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Breast feeding vs. formula feeding

Every woman who is pregnant or has just delivered, would have considered this at some time and made her choice. While many women choose formula milk for the convenience of it, if they were aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding, they would rethink their decision. Read through the following before making your choice. Breast milk is all a baby needs. Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health. Exclusive breastfeeding is strongl...
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Tips to help you conceive

Many women prefer to get married early so that they can start a family of their own and avoid the problems that one might encounter trying to conceive.  They feel that having a baby at a younger age is better than delaying pregnancy for any reason. And rightly so! The chances of conceiving decrease slightly after the age of 32 and much more rapidly after the age of 35. The chances of having complications during your pregnancy also increase after the age of 35. So it makes good sense to start a f...
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Benefits of breastfeeding

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Breast milk is undoubtedly the preferred option of nutrition for a newborn. While new mums maybe a little hesitant, knowing that breast feeding is like a bouquet of benefits, for both the child and the mother, should definitely inspire every new mum to breast feed. Some interesting facts about breast-feeding Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese According to research, babies who are breastfed during the first six months of their life have reduced chances of obesity during adulth...
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How to get your baby to latch on during breastfeeding

As a mother, you want to give your child nothing but the best. And as a new mother, what better can you give, than breast milk. However, to a new mother who is physically and emotionally fatigued, breast feeding can sometimes seem like be an overwhelming task. The key is to take your time, stay calm, spend time with your newborn and devise a technique that works for you and your baby. Get as much support as you can from your spouse, family, doctors and nursing staff during the initial few days t...
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