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Signs of pregnancy and reviews
A series of signs may help identify a woman’s pregnancy:
* Absence of menstruation or “ruler.”
* Increased breast tenderness.
* Increased color in the dark area surrounding the nipple (areola).
* Nausea (sometimes only in the morning).
To confirm that you are pregnant and thus make the first visit was to visit a medical center and continue prenatal care as often as the doctor says. It is very important to conduct regular monitoring to ensure the good health of the child and mother. Read the rest of this entry »
The amount of exercise undertaken during pregnancy should be reasonable, if excessive can compromise fetal health.
Formerly was set at 140 beats per minute as a guideline, but now tends to be replaced by the Perceived Stress Scale or Index of Borg.
The benefits of exercise during the stage of pregnancy are:
* Decrease in severity and frequency of back pain associated with adopting the position.
* Helps control weight gain.
* Improves digestion and reduces constipation.
* Increases energy reserves, since better physical condition, allows efforts using less capacity than a sedentary person should use.
* Reduces postpartum belly.
* Raise the confidence and morale, as the Regular exercise releases endorphins, substances associated with the feeling of comfort and pleasure.
The contraindications to exercise during pregnancy are:
* Pregnancy-induced Hypertension
* Premature rupture of membranes
* Preterm labor pains during pregnancy
* Cervical Insufficiency
* Blood loss continued during the second or third trimester
* Intrauterine growth retardation
The pollution would be harmful to the child even before its release to the world. A French team has already shown a few months ago that polluted air during pregnancy could have a significant effect on the size of the child. A U.S. study has shown that pollution is harmful to brain development of fetuses. Exposed children aged 5 years then accuse a delay of a few IQ points compared with similar unexposed.
This study was performed on pregnant women and their children under the direction of Dr. Frederica Ferrara Columbia University. Pregnant women living in the most polluted neighborhoods in New York were followed by portable devices for measuring the air. Then, their children, once born, followed by pediatricians until age 5. The study discovered that children were most vulnerable are equipped with an IQ slightly lower (some points) to less exposed. This difference does not mean it will determine the future and affect the social and intellectual development of children. However, these results tend to prove once again the influence of environment and pollution including pregnancy and its likely impact on the future child. Read the rest of this entry »