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What is pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain?

Pelvic Girdle Pain or PGP is a term used to describe pain in the pubic bone region below the tummy or pain across the low back or sacrum on one or both sides. It is a specific form of low back pain, and the term Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is included in the term PGP. PGP can start around the 18th week, and reaches peak intensity between the 24th and 36th week of pregnancy. Usually, in your first pregnancy, it starts later into the third trimester but PGP occurs earlier in second and third pregnancies. What are the symptoms? Common complaints of PGP include

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What car seat do I need to buy?

Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in children, so this is one to take very, very seriously. You can buy car seats suitable from birth to four years, or a backward-facing baby seat suitable until nine to twelve months ( depending on the size of your baby ), then a car seat suitable from about nine months to four years. The backward-facing baby seat is useful as you can clip it in and out of the car and carry or sit your baby in it when you’re in cafes or friends’ houses There Are Certain Car-safety Rules

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Choosing a Name

Choosing your baby’s name is another exciting job for you and your partner while you await the birth. Remember that you are choosing something that will be with your baby throughout his life. Points to Consider Choosing a Name You need to think about how the name sits with your family name, and check to see if the initials will make a word when placed together. In some families it is traditional to pass on a name. If you are not happy with this, you could perhaps make it a middle name. An unusual spelling gives your child a name that

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Planning the Baby Shower

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. E.B. White, Charlotte's Web  All over the world, there is no single event more celebrated than the birth of a baby. When a woman is expecting, her friends and family members are eager to share in the celebrations of welcoming a new life into the world. For many cultures around the world, one of the most important events before a baby’s birth is the seventh-month ceremony – held to rejoice in the birth to come and bring together the people that will play

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Photographing your Pregnant Body

As a child, I remember my mom’s friend had a series of photographs on the bedroom wall of her pregnant belly. She was wearing a thin dress, her long hair was falling over her shoulders and a light was shining from behind her, exposing the swell of her tummy. She looked so serene and beautiful. Fast forward twenty-odd years and there I was, clumsy and embarrassed, standing in front of a photographer in a skirt and white crop top. My ankles were swollen, my face was bloated and I felt plain awful. I decided to have photo’s taken, with my two sons

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Pre-natal Tests

Foetal Presentation In the third trimester you will see your midwife/ doctor fortnightly, then weekly from around week 36. At this stage, in addition to routine checks, she will be assessing your baby’s position right up until labour. If the baby is transverse lie (with his spine at a right angle to the mother’s), then a vaginal birth may be impossible. If he is breech (accounting for around four percent of all births), this can also cause problems, as it may be difficult to deliver the head after the legs and bottom have emerged. Some hospitals are happy to still attempt

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Labour tips

Birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility, but form and beauty. Christopher Largen  As your pregnancy progresses, you will start to give more thought to the birth itself. Thinking about labour often brings with it a fair amount of anxiety. This is usually due to little more than fear of the unknown – especially for first-time moms – and is a perfectly normal reaction. No one can deny that labour is an exhausting, and painful, process, but before you know it, you will be looking back in astonishment at what a minor effort it actually

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Fit is Fabulous

There is no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. Jill Churchill, O Magazine, May 2003  We all know that keeping physically fit is extremely beneficial to our health – no matter what stage of life we find ourselves in. This is especially true of pregnant women. Not only does keeping fit benefit your own health and that of your precious unborn child – but it also prepares your body for the taxing task of giving birth and a speedy recovery thereafter. Pelvic floor exercises are especially beneficial to the labour process. The pelvic floor

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Creating the Perfect Nursery

Pink. That was my first and only request, when I found out that I would be having a daughter. And who could blame me after 8 years of raising two sons, picking up smelly soccer socks from a mountain of dirty laundry, cricket bats, feeding bearded dragons, hamsters, dogs and birds and living with the fact that burping and the passing wind is one of the many things that bring joy to little boys’ lives? After lots of shopping, painting, furniture moving and swollen ankles, Ava Elizabeth was brought home from the hospital to a pink and white room … with fairies, flowers

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Born too Soon

To witness the birth of a child is our best opportunity to experience the meaning of the word miracle. Paul Carvel  Since the day you found out you were pregnant, you have read everything there is to read about safe pregnancies and baby care. You have planned your nursery and selected a list of favourite names. You are, in a nutshell, prepared. One thing you have probably not prepared for is the possibility of giving birth prematurely. Most of us are, understandably, comforted by the security of an ‘it will never happen to me’ attitude. But it does happen, and knowing the

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