Simple precautions after a delivery you must know

Postpartum or the first six weeks after pregnancy are very hard for every mother. Your body goes through a lot of changes as it returns to the condition it was in before pregnancy. However, just like pregnant women have to take care of themselves, women with a newborn baby have to take care of themselves and their baby. Here are some post-pregnancy tips. Use pads instead of tampons This is because your uterus is going through a process known as lochia. It is a period like discharge where ...
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Genetic testing before and during pregnancy

What is genetic testing? When is it done and why? These are a few questions which arise if you are planning to have a baby. Here are some of the answers. What is genetic testing? This test involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions to test for changes or alterations in your genes that may cause illness or disease. If you're a healthy person, a positive result from genetic testing doesn't always mean you will develop a disease. ...
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Newborn jaundice: causes, symptoms and treatment

Newborn jaundice, also commonly known as infant jaundice, is a condition characterised by the yellowing of the eyes and skin of a newborn baby. It happens because the baby’s blood contains a high level of a yellow coloured pigment called bilirubin. This phenomenon is common in the case of preterm birth and also among breastfed babies as their liver is not fully developed to get rid of the excess bilirubin. However, in most cases, the condition passes on its own as the baby gradually starts to fe...
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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pregnancy is an important phase in every woman’s life. During this period, your baby grows inside you and is completely dependent on your placenta for important functions like breathing, nourishment and elimination of waste. However, your newborn baby must adjust to the external environment once it comes into this world; but in certain cases, he/she is unable to adjust to the new environment and the changes it brings. This mostly happens when your baby is premature. Most premature babies, i.e...
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Foods to avoid when you are pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. It is not only a time of anticipation of an addition to the family, but it is also a time when she faces a number of changes- in her body, emotions, attitude and most importantly, her priorities. Associated with this phase are food cravings that many women go through. However, there are some foods that you should avoid for the sake of your health and your baby’s wellbeing.  Despite all the advice you get from friends and family, about what you sh...
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Pregnancy power foods

When you are pregnant, you have the responsibility for the wellbeing of two. Growth of your baby generally continues irrespective of what you eat, but there are some key nutrients that are required for your baby that, if not included in your diet could lead to deficiencies in both you and your baby. During pregnancy, you’ll need protein and calcium for your baby’s tissues and bones. You’ll also need extra folic acid to protect against neural tube birth defects, as well as more iron to help re...
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