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Remove Stretch Marks In Skin During Pregnancy With These Steps

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From stretch marks to pigmentation, we talk you through the skin changes that can happen during pregnancy. Stretch marks are thin reddish or purple marks that appear on your skin when your body shape suddenly changes. They often appear in patches and can form a ripple pattern on your skin.

Stretch marks are caused by the deep layers of the skin having to stretch too fast, either through pregnancy, growth spurts or weight gain. These layers break and tear in places, leaving marks which are visible on the skin’s surface.

How can you prevent stretch marks?

Some people are very prone to stretch marks, while others get none at all. It’s not clear whether or not stretch marks can be prevented. Massaging your skin with oil may help, but this hasn’t been proven.

What products are best for treating body marks?

You can buy stretch marks creams and oils that claim to treat stretch marks, but there’s no proof that they work. However, using a moisturiser or oil is an excellent way to take care of your skin in general and can be an enjoyable way to pamper yourself.

At what stage of pregnancy do stretch marks appear?

Stretch marks can begin to appear from 13 to 21 weeks. You might notice them at any time after that. Some women even discover stretch marks after their baby is born.

Do stretch marks fade away and disappear?

Over time they will fade to a silvery colour and become less noticeable. But stretch marks will not disappear completely. They may appear on the belly, thighs or breasts, or anywhere you are gaining weight.

Why have some parts of my skin become darker?

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make parts of your skin darker, for example, your breasts, inner thighs, and genitals. Some women also get a dark line, called the Linea nigra, between their navel and pubic bone. These marks usually fade away within a few months of birth.

What is pregnancy mask?

Pregnancy mask, also called chloasma or melasma, is a pattern of darker skin on the face, usually appearing over the nose and cheekbones. Like other pigmentation changes, it’s caused by your hormones and should fade away after you give birth. Wearing sunscreen can help prevent the patches from getting darker in the meantime.

Does pregnancy make skin more sensitive?

Skin can feel more delicate during pregnancy. There are a few reasons for this – your skin is stretched more, your hormone levels are changing, and there’s more blood flowing around your body.

Can pregnancy cause dry, itchy skin?

Itching and rashes are common among expectant mums. They may come and go throughout your pregnancy. If it’s severe, ask your doctor for advice.

Can pregnancy cause acne?

Many women find they’re more prone to spots during pregnancy. This can be because your skin becomes oilier as your hormones change. Wash your skin regularly and use oil-free moisturisers. If you wear makeup, look for products designed for oily skin.

Did you know…?

The ‘glow’ of pregnancy makes your skin more pink, plump and shiny. It’s caused by increased blood flow and hormonal changes which make your skin produce more oil.

Credit: Cusson Baby Nigeria

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Proven Methods to Get Pregnant with Twins Quickly and Naturally!

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Twin babies are always beautiful and most people crave for one. While it comes very easily for few people due to hereditary traits, for others it’s only a wish.

You may want to get pregnant with twins for various reasons, however, note that there are no guarantees. There are both natural and medical methods that can increase the chance of having twins.

It is worthy to note that under normal circumstances naturally conceived twins occur in about 1 out of every 89 births. So, your odds of conceiving twins are slim, but there things you can do naturally to increase your chances of having twins.

Before trying to pregnant with twins, keep in mind that there are higher risks involved in twin pregnancy. These risks include health risks from premature cord clamping and babies being born too soon due to early induction. It’s a good idea to have a doula or suitable support person and a doctor you trust if you are pregnant with twins.

How are twins conceived?

Most twins are fraternal. Fraternal twins are twins that develop from two separate eggs. Naturally conceived identical twins are rare and happen as a result of one fertilized egg splitting sometime in early pregnancy. Fraternal twins are conceived when two eggs are released during ovulation whereas identical twins is rare.

Can I increase my chances of having twins?

Yes you can! There are some things you can do to increase your chances of having twins, but some of them are out of your control. If you as a lady have a family history of twins (either from your mother’s side or father’s side), your chances of having twins will increase. But if you as a man have twins in his family, it doesn’t really help.

Why is it so?
The reason being is that there may be some genetic component that may cause you to produce more than one egg during ovulation. This “twin gene” may be passed down from your parents to you. Identical twins are not hereditary.

Things to Note before Proceeding
– The average woman has a 3% chance of conceiving twins.
– Statistically, African women have a higher chance of conceiving twins, while Asian women have a lower chance.
– Having four or more babies drastically increases the chances of twins in future pregnancies.
– Identical twins can happen to anyone; fraternal twins usually run in the maternal side as hyperovulation often runs in families.

Ways To Increase Your Chance Of Conceiving Twins

Folic Acid

Few studies have shown that women who took folic acid when they are trying to conceive have 40% or greater chance of conceiving twins.
Note: (folinic acid is preferable to the man made folic acid)
Some other studies have shown contradictory results making it hard to conclude that folic acid actually increases your odds of conceiving twins. However, folic acid also helps to prevent neural tube defects so it is a good idea to take a folic acid supplement (or a multi vitamin with folic acid) even if you aren’t trying to conceive twins.

WARNING: Do not take any type of herbal or pharmaceutical supplement without consulting with your doctor and/or doing your own research. Anecdotal evidence is not enough. Some of these products increase high/low blood pressure, interact badly with other drugs you may be taking or may contain additives that are not fully tested (especially if you buy from a non-reputable brand).

Dairy Consumption

According to a recent study by Dr. Gary Steinman, a physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center who is well known for research on multiple birth pregnancies, women who consume a lot of dairy are more likely to conceive twins. This is believed to be due to Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) in cows and possibly some of the hormones they have administered to them.

Weight

A study published in the March 2005 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women who were overweight had a higher chance of having twins. Women who were tall also had a higher chance of having twins.

Breastfeeding

If you’re breastfeeding when you fall pregnant, the likelihood of twins is higher. According to a study by Dr. Gary Steinman, a physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center women who were breastfeeding when they conceived were nine times more likely to conceive twins than women who are were not breastfeeding.

Consuming Pineapple Core

The core of the pineapple contains the highest concentrations of bromelain, which anecdotally is supposed to increase the chances of implantation following ovulation. However it’s also associated with contractions and miscarriage with over use, so should be used with care and your own research. It can be taken in raw form or pill form.

Stopping Birth Control

If a woman has been using the pill for six months or more her body adjusts to the birth control controlling her hormones so when she stops taking the pill, her body may take a cycle or two to get her hormones working the way they are supposed to. This can cause the ovaries to release many eggs during the first ovulatory cycle or two after discontinuing the pill. So if you want to have twins, the first cycle or two after stopping the pill is a great time to try!

Eating wild yams

This African variant of sweet potato is believed to cause hyper-ovulation and increase the chance of having twins.
We are not sure if this is true or not but one town in Africa, Igbo-Ora, is known for having a high rate of twins. This small town in Nigeria claims to have the highest rate of twins in the world, 4 times higher than the rest of the world’s population. Researchers started looking into the diet of this African town and concluded that the reason for the high rate of twins might be due to their diet. People in the town of Igbo-Ora consume a large amount of cassava root, a wild yam. Researchers believe that the wild yams may play a role in the high rate of twins conceived in this town.

Having Lots of Babies

The more babies you have, the more chance you’ll fall pregnant with multiples.

Getting pregnant when you are older

Women who are older are more likely to have twins. Women over 45 have a 17% chance of conceiving twins, but they also have a lower fertility rate so it probably won’t make sense to wait until you are older just to conceive twins. Still, if you are older and are able to conceive, you are more likely to have twins than someone younger. The reason being is most likely related to the fact that older women start producing higher levels of FSH, follicle stimulating hormone.

FSH is a hormone that tells your ovaries to start maturing an egg for ovulation. As you get older, you have less eggs and lower quality eggs, so to compensate your body starts producing more FSH. This increase in FSH production may cause an older woman to be over stimulated and result in the release of more than one egg during ovulation; thus, increasing the chances of conceiving twins.

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Pregnancy: Should I Use a Seat Belt?

You might be thinking of forgoing a seat belt because it seems uncomfortable or because you think it could smush baby, but don’t even think about it. The March of Dimes reports that there are nearly 170,000 car crashes involving pregnant women each year, and according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), research suggests that four out of five babies that were lost in car accidents would’ve been saved if their pregnant mothers had worn safety belts.

Should I wear a seat belt while I’m pregnant?

Yes, you should always wear a seat belt. Wearing your seat belt protects you and your baby from injury or death in the event of a car crash. You should wear a seat belt no matter where you sit in the car.

How should I wear my seat belt?

The seat belt should be a 3-point restraint. That means it should have a lap strap and a shoulder strap. Lap and shoulder belts together keep you from being thrown from the car during an accident. The shoulder strap also keeps the pressure of your body off of the baby after a crash.

Be sure to wear your seat belt correctly. The lap strap should go under your belly, across your hips and as high as possible on your thighs. The shoulder strap should go between your breasts and off to the side of your belly.

Seat belt straps should never go directly across your stomach. The seat belt should fit snugly. If possible, adjust the height of the shoulder strap so that it fits you correctly.

What about air bags?

Air bags reduce the risk of injury for pregnant mothers, and do not increase the risk of injury to their babies. The air bags in your car should not be turned off when you are pregnant. To be safe, you should move the seat back as far as possible and tilt the seat to get some distance between your belly and the steering wheel or dashboard.

Air bags are not a substitute for a seat belt, so always wear your seat belt even if your car has air bags.

Where should I sit if I’m a passenger?

Where a pregnant woman sits as a passenger has not been shown to affect the safety of an unborn baby in a crash. However, if you are not driving, you should sit in the back seat. Injuries from car crashes tend to be less serious in people who are sitting in the back seat. It is still important to wear a seat belt.

What should I do if I am in a car crash?

You should get treatment right away, even if you think you are not hurt. Most injuries to the baby happen within a few hours after a crash. Your doctor needs to check you and your baby as soon as possible after a crash, especially if you are more than 6 months pregnant.

What danger signs should I watch for after a car crash?

Call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach, blood or fluid leaking from your vag!na, or you begin to experience contractions.

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Five Signs Of First Week Pregnancy Every Couple Must Know

Women carrying a baby in their womb for nine months are the most respected ones and should always be considered as the most powerful women. Because the painful time they go through can not be imagined by anyone else.
But, if you are doubtful of getting pregnant and this is your first time, just go through these five signs and get to know it beforehand at the very first or second week of pregnancy.

Are you missing your periods?

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Missing your periods is one of the most initial signs of pregnancy. Although you can’t always guess the lack of menstruation is only due to pregnancy.

Immediate bleeding after conceiving

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Most of the women experience light bleeding after one or two weeks of conceiving. Because, as the unfertilized egg embeds in the womb, it comes out through the uterine lining and thus causes bleeding.

brea*st enlargement

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Are you facing the problem of brea*st enlargement? And your nipples are getting darker with the increased size and more sensitive, then you are going to get some good news soon. Yes dear, you are pregnant.

Morning nausea

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As soon as you wake up in the morning, the World around you starts revolving, and immediately you feel like vomiting. Not to worry ladies, go and consult any trusted Gynaecologist, you may get the news of the pregnancy.

Uneasiness / Fatigue

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You may know fatigue is a common symptom during pregnancy. Some women may feel exhausted and some may hardly feel tired at all. Nine months of pregnancy is very much tiring and it requires a lot of energy to be fit and healthy in those tough times. If you are going through a lot of tiredness, then you need a checkup. This might lead to a good news incoming your way.

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10 Tips For Recovery After C-Section

  • Don’t strain your body when you get back on your feet. No heavy lifting, stretching or bending.
  • Use a pillow against your tummy when you feel like laughing, sneezing, or coughing.
  • Take your medications.
  • Move baby’s cot close to you so you don’t have to get in and out of bed at night.images (5)
  • Buy a pair of high-waisted panties to help keep your tummy in and protect your stitches.
  • Keep the stitches clean. Don’t pick or scratch though the itch is a sign of healing.
  • Keep hydrated. Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods to prevent constipation and bloating.
  • Avoid tight clothings.
  • Before showering, apply vaseline over the stitches and put a waterproof material over it. Water could infect the area. Pat dry after shower.
  • Exercise. Light walks and simple non-stressful exercise.