“Morning sickness” = Nausea and Vomiting and can occur day or night

Nausea and Vomiting AKA morning sickness

Around 70 – 85% of pregnant women experience nausea and/or vomiting. It frequently occurs in the morning, but it can occur throughout the day. Nausea and vomiting are common complaints during the first trimester of pregnancy, so common, in fact, that they are presumptive signs of pregnancy.

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Is that burning sensation bothering you?

Heartburn

AKA Pyrosis or regurgitation or acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux

Heartburn is another common pregnancy complaint, even for women who have never had heartburn before. It isn’t your heart that is burning, it’s your stomach! As your baby grows, the occurrence of heartburn increases. By the end of the second trimester and extend through the third trimester the growing uterus moves and displace the stomach and the intestines upward, producing a burning sensation in the stomach near the location of the heart in the chest. Hormones are guilty too, progesterone an important pregnancy hormone, relaxes muscles including the digestive tract and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) allowing gastric acid reflux.

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Eye contact connection between you and your baby

Just after birth, a baby sees only in black and white, with shades of gray. Around three months old, the baby will be able to see colors more clearly. Newborns cannot see very far, and can focus on things less than 25 cm (9.8 in) on an average of 8 – 15 inches away. This is the distance between him and your face and eyes. Newborns usually fall asleep very quickly or squeeze their eyes tight shut while they nurse. Babies as they grow older (around 4 months or so), they establish a better eye contact with you.

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Get educated! Ask questions, seek answers.

It is so beneficial for you, your husband, your baby and even your family to seek advice from good and trusted sources. Trust me, knowing will make you feel more comfortable and happy. Ask as many question you like, your health care provider will try to answer all of them, they have the knowledge and experience to do so. They may not know what to tell, if you don’t ask them!

The importance of folate AKA vitamin B9 or folic acid before and during pregnancy

Folate is naturally found in many foods, also known as vitamin B9.

Folic acid is used in supplements and in fortified/enriched foods to help meet the recommended daily amount.

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Fundal height

Is baby growth adequate for gestational date?

Measurement of the fundal height let us know how the baby growth is progressing. This helpful tool let us detect if baby is growing too small or to large for the presumed gestational age by dates.

The distance from the pubic Symphysis to the fundus of the uterus.

Fundal height usually increases about 1 cm per week.

Gestational age correlates with the height of the fundus of the uterus.

At 40 weeks of gestation is typically less than the fundal height at 36 weeks due to engagement and descent of the fetal head

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