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Things About Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Being pregnant has never been an easy challenge for women. There are plenty of problems that you have to deal with during this period. Hemorrhoids are one of the worst problems that you have to face during pregnancy. However, it is quite common nowadays. Researches show that up to 35% of pregnant women develop this disease.  So to help you deal with this problem, here is our guide about hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

What Cause Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids form when the veins in and around your anus become swollen. There are plenty of factors that may lead to this kind of disease during pregnancy. It can develop in both your first and last trimester of pregnancy. In the first trimester, as your body begins the hormone changes, you may find yourself experience constipation quite usually. Constipation straining is one of the most common causes.

In the last trimester, your baby grows bigger day by day and their weight will put a lot of pressure on your nearby veins. The pressure will cause tiny clumps of blood vessels in and around the rectum to become swollen. As a result, hemorrhoids will start to develop.

The Symptoms

The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are anal itching, burning, painful bowel movements, and bleeding. You may notice blood when you wipe after a bowel movement. You will also experience some different symptoms depending on the kind of hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids normally bleed if a hard bowel movement passes over the swollen veins. External hemorrhoids appear as swollen, bluish-colored lumps on the outside of the anus and. They are more painful but usually don’t bleed.

How To Prevent Hemorrhoids

There are plenty of home remedies that help you preventing as well as reducing the pain of this disease. As constipation straining is one of the main reasons for hemorrhoids, minimize the straining is one way to prevent this disease.

Along with the changes in your hormone, constipation during pregnancy can also be caused by a lack of fiber. So you should eat a diet full of fiber-rich foods like vegetables and fruits to reduce the chance of constipation. You can also ask your doctor for advice on adding supplements in your diet to prevent it. Keeping yourself hydrated will also help you by making your stools soft and your bowel movements regular. Remember to avoid sitting on the toilet or sitting in one place for long periods as they may worsen the straining. You may try some Kegel exercise to strengthen your pelvis area muscles as well. On top of these, it is crucial to keep your anal area clean. If you feel uncomfortable or painful due to the hemorrhoids, you can try soaking the area in warm water.

Treatment To Hemorrhoids

You should contact your doctors as soon as you notice the symptoms of this disease so your doctor can provide you the best advice. In most cases, hemorrhoids during pregnancy clean up on their own within some weeks or some may last for a couple of months. If it does not bother you, you can just ignore it. However, if your hemorrhoids causing extreme pain and doing the remedies do not make it better, you should visit your doctor immediately for medical treatment.  But remember to strictly follow your doctor’s instruction before taking any kind of medication, including those that apply to your skin.

Now you have our guide for hemorrhoids. Do you have any remedies to deal with this disease? Please share it with us in the comments!

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A Guide for the Pregnancy Test

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Although the pregnancy test tool has become so familiar to women when there is a need to determine if they and their husbands are about to become parents, many people are quite confused and do not fully understand the meaning of the lines that are shown on a pregnancy test. Here is our simple guide to help you read the pregnancy test result.

What is a Pregnancy Test and How to Use It?

A pregnancy test is a tool to help you to check whether you are pregnant or not. This tool mechanism is quite simple. It will respond to the hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) concentration in the urine sample, also known as the pregnancy hormone. Only during conception, the concentration of HCG in urine will appear and increase to confirm that a baby is growing up in your belly.

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There are many types and brands of pregnancy tests on the market. The relative use of a pregnancy test is not too complicated. Most of them have the following basic steps:

  • Read the instructions carefully before using the container
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap, then carefully remove the test strip from the box and wrap.
  • Prepare a device (cup / small cup) for urine
  • Insert the pregnancy test strip into the urine container with the arrow pointing down. Note: Do not allow the urine to flood the arrows.
  • Leave the stick in the cup for 5-10 minutes and then lift it.
  • Read the result on the pregnancy test.

A Correct Way To Read A Pregnancy Test

Though many electronic pregnancy test devices can tell you the result accurately, the pregnancy test stick/strip is the most common device as they are not expensive and can be bought everywhere. 

The Stick Shows 2 Bold Colored Lines

Congratulations, you are pregnant!!. Now you should make an appointment with your doctor for further examination and tests. After that, you can start monitoring the pregnancy.

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The Stick Shows 1 Bold Line And 1 Faint Line

This result shows that you are probably pregnant. But it is possible that the fetus has just formed an embryo and the HCG concentration is still low, leading to the color of the line being quite pale. The longer you conceive, the more visible the color. It is best to try again after a few days. To make sure, you can visit your doctor to do tests and get an accurate result.

The Stick shows 2 Faint lines:

This result may have different meanings:

  • You are pregnant but still early to confirm. So please wait a few more days and try again.
  • You are pregnant but have an early miscarriage. Due to early miscarriage, the strip still detects the presence of hCG in the urine, but there is no live embryo.
  • You are not pregnant, and the reason is that you leave the test strip outside for too long before reading the results.

There is only 1 Bold line

This result normally means that you are not pregnant. But if you still think you are pregnant, you can try the test again after a few days or visit your doctor for a proper test.

No Line Appears On The Stick

In this case, the results cannot be read. The pregnancy test has failed due to improper storage, or the urine sample is not guaranteed or handling is incorrect. When this happens, you should use another strip, read the instructions carefully and try again.

The Result of a Pregnancy Test may be not Correct in Some Situations

  • You are having an ectopic pregnancy, a false pregnancy. This may lead to false results or the results may be different at each time. In some cases, you may have a non-pregnant result, but you still experience the obvious symptoms of pregnancy
  • The result will be incorrect if you have an ovarian cyst.
  • If you drink too much water before the pregnancy test, the HCG levels will be diluting, leading to inaccurate results.
  • IF you use poor quality, imitation or expired stick, applying the most accurate pregnancy test method still does not give the correct results.
  • Medicines such as diuretics, tranquilizers, and antibiotics are more or less likely to cause false test results.
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Now you have the simple guide to read a pregnancy test result. In any case, visiting your doctor to confirm the result is highly recommended. Do you have any tips for other mothers? Share with us in the comments

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Twins pregnancy 101 | Pregnancy Tips

Twins are getting more common nowadays. According to the CDC,   One in every 30 births will result in twins. If you are having twins, prepare that you will get double in everything than a normal pregnancy. It is no doubt that having twins will bring you wonderful emotions but also double the worries. Here is our guide to things you should know if you are having twins to help you be more proactive about your delivery.

Twin and C – Section

90% of women who are having twins think that they must have a C – Section to deliver their baby. In fact, you can deliver your babies by vaginal birth. About one-third of the twins are born vaginally. Different factors will decide your delivery method. Your babies’ lying position is the main factor. If the first baby, or both babies, are in a head-down position (cephalic), you can plan to give birth vaginally. After the first baby is born, the second baby is born equally fast. The time of the birth of the two babies is less than 60 minutes apart

However, some medical reasons may make you have to take a C – section when giving birth to twins. If you have a cesarean section before, it is not recommended to have a vaginal birth. The possibility of a cesarean section is very high if you have a narrow pelvis or your babies are bigger than usual. 

You may Give Birth Sooner than Normal Pregnancy

Reports show that women who are having twins pregnancy commonly give birth sooner than usuals. It ‘s more likely that you will give birth at around the 36th or 37th week of your pregnancy. However, remember that every woman has a different practical situation and will give birth differently so be prepared for every possibility.

It’s a good idea to Prepare for Your Labor

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To avoid complications, doctors usually appoint pregnant women to give birth earlier than the due date as twins are usually born earlier than expected. Therefore, you should take advantage of the time to get a plan for your labor. Contact your healthcare provider to help you make your plans. You should consider which hospital you should go to and what essentials you should prepare. You also should make some predictions and solutions if any problems happen. Doing this will help you a lot during labor and make you feel more secure. Having an ultrasound and prenatal check-up will help your doctor easily know your baby’s developmental progress to provide you the best advice.

Twin Pregnancy Requires Double care

Mothers who are pregnant with twins need more support than usual as their bellies are bigger. This will make it harder to do anything. So don’t be shy to ask for help if you need something. Tell your friends and family about how you feel and what you need. Your loved ones will always open to help you.

You also should contact your health care provider more often. They will help you notice the preterm labor and provide you the best support.  As twins normally born sooner than usual pregnancy, some birth complications may happen. Following your healthcare provider’s instruction will help you limit the chance of these complications.

You need to eat well and Rest well 

You will need much more energy than normal pregnancy as you are carrying 2 babies now.  So make sure you maintain a healthy diet to supplement nutrients to your little ones. Taking a nap when it is possible and going to bed earlier will also help you save energy. Consult your healthcare provider about diet, exercise, and rest will make it easier for you. And remember to stay away from harmful things such as alcohol and tobacco smokes.

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11 Signs that Show Your Labor Is Coming soon

Labor or childbirth is the process of your baby leaving the uterus (womb) and coming to the world. You have finished the preparation to welcome your baby to the world but you wonder when the labor will start, how it will feel and how long it will take. They are also common questions for other new mothers. Although it is hard to describe exactly the feeling and the duration of labor as each mother has different birth time, you are able to spot if your labor is near. There are different signs to show that your baby is coming. Let’s find out what those signs are

Some signs tell you that you are weeks away from labor

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Your Baby Drops Or Moves Lower Into Your Pelvis

A few weeks before your baby is born, your baby will drop or descend into the pelvis. This process happens because your baby is getting into position and ready to exit your body.  You may feel your pelvis become heavier so you will find yourself walking harder and possibly waddling. There is good news: You will find it easier to breathe because your baby no longer occupies the space of the lungs, helping to reduce the pressure on the chest. For a first-time pregnant mother, this could be a sign of one week before labor. For subsequent births, the process doesn’t often happen until you’re truly in labor.

Your Cervix Dilates

You may notice that your cervix is enlarged, it starts to dilate and efface (thin out)  a few days or weeks before your baby comes. If a prenatal checkup is scheduled, your doctor will help you to check your cervical openness via an internal exam. Each pregnant mother will progress differently. So don’t be worried if your cervix dilates slower than normal.

More Cramps and Increased Back Pain

When you’re about to give birth, you’ll feel more cramping, pain in your groin and back, especially if it’s your first time having a baby. At this time, the joints in the pelvis and uterus are stretched to prepare the baby for birth.

You Stop Gaining Weight

At the end of pregnancy, your weight will tend to slow down or even lose a few pounds. This is normal and does not affect your baby’s development.  The reason for this process is that your amount of amniotic fluid is reducing in preparation for the upcoming labor.

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Diarrhea Before Labor

As you are going to give birth, your muscles in the uterus begin to relax, preparing for childbirth. However, this process makes other muscles on your body relax as well, including the rectum area. This may make you have diarrhea. It is an uncomfortable experience. This sign will disappear when your baby is born.

Looser Joints 

During pregnancy, relaxing hormones help your ligaments become softer and more elastic. Don’t be alarmed if you notice your joints loosen up. It is only a natural reaction to help the pelvis expand and show the most obvious signs of labor.

You Feel Tired And Just Want To Lie Down

At this stage, you may feel tired and exhausted like in the first trimester. Your belly becomes bigger and heavier as your baby prepares to come out. It may be difficult for you to sleep at night during the last few weeks of pregnancy. So whenever you feel sleepy, take a nap, if possible.

Nesting Instinct

Instead of feeling sleepy, some mothers feel extremely energized and more active than usual. As the labor day is coming near, you may want to get everything organized and prepared like cooking meals or preparing your baby’s room. This sign is called the Nesting instinct. It is not a bad thing. As long as you are careful and don’t overdo anything you will be fine. And you should rest too, you will need your energy for labor.

Other signs will tell you that you just days and hours before labor starts

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The Contractions Are Getting Stronger And More Frequent

Contractions are the most obvious signs of labor. You will feel cramping as the uterus muscles are squeezing in preparation to push the baby out. However, not all contractions mean you’re in labor. You may randomly have contractions before true labor starts. They are called the Braxton-Hicks contractions and considered the “false labor”. You may experience these in the weeks right before your due date. It may be hard to tell the difference between true labor and false labor. To tell if you’re having true labor, here are some tips for you:

  • Real contractions will be stronger,  more painful and more uncomfortable.
  • The contractions do not decrease or disappear when you change positions.
  • The pain will start from the lower back and move gradually to the lower abdomen and finally to your legs.
  • The process of contraction: The frequency of contractions increases continuously and is more painful. The contractions last 30 – 70 seconds and are about 5-7 minutes apart.

Your Vaginal Mucus Changes Its Colors And Consistency

A few days before birth, you may notice more vaginal discharge and maybe a little thicker. The reason is that the mucus plugs the cervix to prevent infection, and will slough off in the uterus. The mucous plug is the cork sealing off your uterus from the outside world. In some cases, when the mucus plug is peeled off, there will be some thickened, pinkish discharge. This sign of birth is called the “bloody show” and it is a good signal that your due date is coming. However, if the contractions have not taken place or the uterus has not expanded by 3-4 cm, you may have to wait a few more days.

Vaginal bleeding is an important sign of labor, you should immediately notify the doctor to be checked and monitored promptly.

Your Water Broke

Many movies show that once the amniotic fluid breaks, the baby will be born immediately after. However, this is only the scenario in the movies. In fact, only a small number of pregnant women give birth right after their water breaks. Other women meet their labor a few hours later. It happens in only around 15 percent of births or fewer. So don’t count on the water breaking as a sure sign of your labors. 

Call your doctor for further explanation

There you have the signs of your labor coming soon. if you think you might be in labor but aren’t sure, call your doctor and he or she will help you indicate the signs or explain further for you

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Let us know in the comments if we helped  at all or if you have any other tell-all signs

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How to Reduce Morning Sickness

Morning sickness

Morning sickness may be the earliest symptom of pregnancy. Most of the pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting not only in the morning but maybe all the days. Each woman experiences these symptoms differently. Research has suggested that nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are associated with a lower risk of pregnancy loss.

Morning sickness does not require medical treatment, it often goes away after the first 3 months of pregnancy but it can make a woman feel terrible. So let’s discover some tips for you to minimize this symptom

Get enough Rest.

In the early period of pregnancy, the mother’s body has to work 24/7 to deliver nutritions to her baby. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you to be healthier and reduce the feeling of nausea or vomiting.

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Eat Carefully.

Eating in small portion meals and spread them over the day instead of big meals will help you to have something in your stomach all day and reduce the chance of vomiting.

Nausea often coming with low blood pressure. Having cookies before leaving bed in the morning as well as eating high protein snacks before going to beds may also reduce the symptoms.

morning sickness

Morning sickness also comes with an increased sensitivity with smells. Some strong smells can make you want to vomit likes greasy food, cigarette smokes. Try to avoid the foods that make you want to vomit. If you desire to eat that kind of food, try to eat it cold to reduce the smell experience.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is the key to good health for everyone, especially pregnant women. Dehydration can aggravate feelings of nausea. So, a mother should ensure the daily fluid intake ( water, soup, etc) with a small amount at a time for a day. This may be difficult when experiencing nausea but adding some honey or apple cider will help to improve it.

Wear Loose Clothing and Stay Comfortable

Wearing tight clothes may be a reason for worsening nausea. Your body needs spaces for the baby to grown and enough oxygen to ensure the nutrition transfer to work well. Keep your room tidy and have fans or conditioner for easier breathing. Try to go out and enjoy the fresh air as much as possible

Keep both your Mental and Physical Health Strong

Researches show that doing some soft exercises and workout like yoga, mediating will not only keep the mother’s physical in a good condition but also reduce the nausea symptoms

Here is a video for some example work out for you:

Keeping your mind busy may help you to forget about nausea. Try to read books, watch movies or talk to other people about your babbies will help you a lot

Keep Tracks of Your Pregnancy period

Write a diary about your pregnant times including the symptoms, how you feel and what did you do to make you feel better. This action will help you to keep tracks and adjust your daily activities and do not fear the morning sickness anymore. Besides, it will be a good document for your next pregnant time or your friends

So now you know our tips to reduce morning sickness. Are these tips helping you in your pregnant time? Do you have any more tips to share? Let us know in the comment

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