Second trimester during pregnancy: checkups and tests

The second trimester falls between the 4th month and 6th month of the pregnancy calendar, or between week-13 and week-28. The second trimester is, for many women, the easiest three months of pregnancy as your morning sickness starts to lessen. During your second trimester, you must visit your gynaecologist every month. The visits may be short and quick, but they are essential. Common checkups performed during the second trimester To ensure the second trimester of your pregnancy passes off...
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Common tests during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your gynaecologist will recommend that you take one or more pregnancy tests. This is to ensure that both you and your baby are in their best health. Certain pregnancy tests need to be taken by all women, whereas other pregnancy tests are only taken if they are recommended by your gynaecologist. Here are some of the most common tests taken to check for problems during pregnancy. Blood test A blood test is taken to ensure that you do not have certain conditions. These cond...
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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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What are the common symptoms that indicate gynaecological disorders during intercourse?

A gynaecological disorder may be defined as a medical condition, which affects the reproductive organs of women. The female reproductive organ includes the vagina, breasts, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Research has revealed that almost all women experience a related disorder sometime during their lives and seek gynaecological treatment. In most cases, these disorders are minor and are treated and cured easily. However, in few cases, the gynaecological disorder may be quite serious, causi...
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First trimester tests during pregnancy

Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy is the most important way to have a healthy baby. To get off to a healthy start, it is important to know that you are going to have a baby as early into the pregnancy as possible. You should get this confirmed with a blood test if you do think you may be pregnant. Once confirmed, schedule regular appointments. Unless there are risk factors, you should see your obstetrician once a month for the first 28 to 32 weeks. Women who develop diabetes or...
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