Pregnancy, Parenting & Baby Care

Information on Pregnancy, Baby Care & Parenting Advice

The Change of Life

In the majority of middle-aged women the irregular and scantier menstrual periods and final cessation of menstruation takes place with little or no discomfort or upsets. In others there may be difficulties of varying degree. To some the very fact that their child-bearing period is over is a source of depression, yet, looked at sensibly, Nature has made a very sound provision that women do not...

Bottle Feeding

Bottle feeding may seem like hard work at first until you get into a routine of sterilising bottles and preparing feeds. Once you're organised, you'll be able to relax and really enjoy feeding. Feeding is the best time to hold your baby close in your arms and one advantage of bottle feeding is that fathers can share in this enjoyment. Baby milk (infant formula) Baby milk, also called infant...

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving There are certainly some things that you as a couple can do on your own to enhance and improve your chances of conceiving. We would strongly encourage you to initiate each of these steps as soon as possible. STOP SMOKING! There is no question that cigarette smoking has a very negative effect on a couple's chances of getting pregnant. It has been estimated that, if both partners smoke, their...

Health Related Q&A Mother and Child Care

List of Questions Q1.How we can ensure neonat health service in a rural setting in the developing countries? Q2.What are the fatal diseases of early childhood? How to manage a case of Penumonia in an infant? Q3 It is said in the text books and some other literatures that "bathing the baby immediately after birth is not necessary? If not, why not? What happens if the baby is bathe immediately...

The Feeding Question

Breastfeeding Why breast is best for babies? Breast milk is the only food naturally designed for your baby. It contains the nutrients your baby needs in the right amounts and they are in a form that is very easily absorbed. Its composition even changes as your baby grows. Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from infection because antibodies are passed into the milk. Your baby will be less...

Family Planning Areas for Action

Family Planning Areas for Action Reducing up dropout rates in pills and Injectables through quality service provision, including counseling and management of side effects. Addressing up the unmet need of 15 per cent for family planning. Increasing up choice of methods through more availability of long term/ permanent methods. Motivating up men to take their responsibility in Family Planning through Behavior Change Communication...

The First Few Days with Your New Baby

In the first few days after the birth, you and your baby are beginning to get to know each other. Don't feel you have to make a great effort. Just have your baby close to you as much as you can. Partners also need plenty of opportunity to handle the baby and feel close. Many fathers feel a little left out, especially if they have to leave you and the baby in hospital and return to an empty home....

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a form of depression a mother experiences after the birth of her child. It is a complex mixture of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes and can be divided into three categories: postpartum blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. What Is It? Having a baby can be both elating and exhausting. During the first few weeks after giving birth you may feel...

Diabetes in Pregnancy

What is it ? Diabetes is present in about 1 in 50 (2%) of pregnancies. Some women, like you, have diabetes before they become pregnant. Pregnancy can also cause some women to develop diabetes. This is called gestational diabetes. Diabetes can affect both you and your baby. Pregnancy will raise your sugar level. This happens because of all the hormone changes. It will mean a change of treatment:...

Mother and Child-Essential Message

The Following are The Essential Message Distilled from Facts for Life. The health of both women and children can be significantly improved when births are spaced at least two years apart, when pregnancy is age 18 and after age 35, and when a woman has no more than four pregnancies in total. All pregnant women should visit a health worker for prenatal care, and all births should be assisted by a...

Common Fertility Treatment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Common Fertility Treatment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Ms. Elizabeth Paul (not her real name) was my last appointment of the day, and she brought a thick medical file that described all the medical tests and treatments she had been through. She had consulted doctors on three continents, and was now seeking another medical opinion for her problem of unexplained infertility. She had had four laparoscopies, performed by various doctors in different...

Unplanned Pregnancy

The shock of an unintended pregnancy can leave you feeling scared and lost, even if you're in a steady relationship. This is a time when you need all the support you can get. There are lots of organisations that can provide expert, confidential and impartial advice and counselling if you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. They can help you to consider the options and will support you...

Babies Who Need Special Care

Some babies need special care in hospital, sometimes on the ordinary postnatal ward and sometimes in a Neonatal Unit (NNU), also known as a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Babies who may need special care include: babies who are born early - babies born earlier than 34 weeks may need extra help breathing, feeding and keeping warm, and the earlier they are...

Diet for Pregnancy

At no other time in a woman's life is good nutrition more essential than during pregnancy. While the need for calories increases only about 15 per cent, the requirements for some nutrients more than doubles, and a woman needs to plan her diet carefully to meet these needs. In our country the advice of health professionals are vital in providing necessary advice in planning meals for the poor and...

When Pregnancy Goes Wrong

When Pregnancy Goes Wrong Unfortunately, not all pregnancies end well. For a few, pregnancy ends with a miscarriage or with the death of the baby. This chapter describes some of the things that can go wrong. If your pregnancy ends in this way, then you will need both information and support. Talk to the people close to you about how you feel and to your doctor, midwife or health visitor about what has happened and why....

Safe Motherhood

Some 1,400 women die every day from problems related to pregnancy and childbirth. Tens of thousands more experience complications during pregnancy, many of which are life-threatening for the women and their children - or leave them with severe disabilities. The dangers of childbearing can be greatly reduced if a woman is healthy and well nourished before becoming pregnant, if she has a health...

Asthma in Pregnancy

The natural history of asthma in pregnancy is extremely variable. Pregnancy can affect the course of asthma & asthma can affect pregnancy outcomes. Severe asthma is more likely to worse during pregnancy than mild asthma, but some patients with very severe asthma may experience improvement, whilst symptoms may deteriorate in some patients with mild asthma. Uncontrolled asthma is associated...

Assisted Reproductive Technologies or Foetal Maternal Medicine

Most couples have an 85 per cent chance of successful conception within a year of attempting to achieve a pregnancy. For the 15 per cent who are not so lucky, a series of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) can be employed to help them achieve their goal. In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), more commonly referred to as the 'test-tube baby', is the latest and most...

Making Motherhood Safe

Some Tragic Incidences Ferdousi a village teen was married to Shahed Ali 16. When married the adolescent girl Ferdousi was just 14. Their first child was born two years after marriage. Delivery was done at home. During pregnancy Ferdousi was administered tetanus Toxoid. Two years after the birth of first child another boy child was born but he died soon after. Again a son, the third one, was born...

Prenatal Complication and Induced Deliveries

Premature labour : If premature labour is inevitable, then a caesarean section may be performed. This is because the soft head of the baby has to be protected from the trauma of delivery and the risk of brain damage. Cord prolapse : If the umbilical cord descends before the baby when the membranes rupture, the risk to the baby is considerable because the pressure of the head can pinch the cord...