During pregnancy the weight of your growing baby will already be pulling you forwards. This can become even more exaggerated if you are not careful with the shoes you choose to wear. High heels alter your posture as they can tip your pelvis forward. This increases the curve in your lower back resulting in backache.
Pregnant women who use drugs may be placing their unborn babies at great risk for premature birth, poor growth, birth defects and behaviour and learning problems. Their babies could also be born addicted to those drugs.
One of the most common known causes of mental and physical birth defects, alcohol produces more severe abnormalities in a developing foetus than drugs.
Some women suffer from lower back pain which travels down to the legs. This is caused by the growing uterus pressing on the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and is located near the spinal column. The nerve runs down the legs. It is the longest and widest nerve in the body. Pressure on this nerve [...]
As the foetus grows bigger the pregnant woman’s posture changes to carry the extra weight. This puts pressure on the back. The spine normally carries the body weight but now it has softened due to hormonal activity. So the spine curves more to balance the weight of the enlarging uterus. This puts extra strain on your back and pe [...]
Backache is one of the most universal symptoms during pregnancy. Discomfort in varying degrees is felt by most women. Here too hormones are the cause of backache. The hormones progesterone and relaxin soften the ligaments, the spinal and pelvic joints. These result in certain side effects like
One has to take great care to avoid teratogens during pregnancy. Teratogens are agents that cause birth defects or harm to a foetus. They can interfere with normal embryonic development and can cause malformations in the foetus or birth defects. These can include drugs, medications, infections, chemicals, etc.
Some examples of such harmful el [...]
In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She’s got a construction zone going on in her belly —A1 Roker —————-
Pregnancy is a state in which a woman is carrying her infant in her uterus. It is therefore a time when you need to take special [...]
Another symptom is that of heartburn. As the increasing levels of hormones slow down digestion your stomach will not empty as fast as usual. This increases the stomach acid resulting in heartburn.
In the early stages of a pregnancy you may experience all or none of the above symptoms. It’s a good idea to take any early signs o [...]
Worries about safety of sex during pregnancy are common.
In fact, there is no medical evidence that sex during pregnancy does any harm whatsoever. However, in certain cases, your doctor may recommend not having sexual intercourse if you have certain complications of pregnancy.
If you have had a tendency to have miscarri [...]