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Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Baby Mometns

Protect your new born baby!

Group Strep B screening at Baby Moments

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the UK’s most common cause of life threatening infections in new born babies, and of meningitis in babies up to age 3 months.

The number of babies that are being born with potentially fatal Strep B is rising. You can have a simple test of 2 swabs being taken to detect if you have it. Antibiotics are then administered during labor.

Baby Moments offer this screening test from 35 weeks as it needs to be conducted in the last 5 weeks of pregnancy.Most GBS infections can be prevented by giving antibiotics intravenously (through a vein) at the onset of labour to all women that carry GBS.

This gives you the information and control to make the decisions as to what will happen during your labour.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

The following information covers general concerns and describes some of the issues, feelings and symptoms which you may experience during pregnancy.

These are only general descriptions, which are meant to give you an idea of when to be concerned and also what is normal.

Of course, if you become concerned in any way, or have any questions, you should always contact your doctor.

In the sections which follow, you will find guidelines for exercise and nutrition, and also many helpful pieces of information regarding the changes which occur during each trimester.

You will also find out how to take care of your body and adjust your life style and schedule during every stage of your pregnancy.

After the initial excitement of finding out that you are pregnant has worn off, you should

Although not every woman has every symptom during pregnancy, you may find that you can experience fatigue, tenderness of your breasts and morning sickness.

Some women absolutely “SAIL” through their pregnacy whilst others seem to endure lots of smaller issues. These issues do not necessarily amount to anything serious, but can in some cases, disrupt life in general.

Here are some of the things which you may encounter:

Fatigue – you may find that you feel ‘bone tired’ or become easily fatigued, especially during your first trimester.

It is worth bearing in mind, that your body is working much harder supplying blood and nutrients to your baby in the womb and producing certain hormones.

Pregnancy Food Preferences

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

During early pregnancy, the smell of some foods may possibly cause nausea.

During later pregnancy, you may find that you also develop a craving for certain foods. For some women, even some strange food combinations, for example, like ice cream and gherkins.

Numerous ladies find that they develop a strong dislike to coffee and even tea, but this aversion usually diminishes as their pregnancy progresses.

Other foods which can upset your stomach can include: spicy foods, meat, dairy foods like cheese and milk. However, it is not surprising to find that these aversions and preferences often change as your pregnancy progresses.

Morning Sickness during Pregnancy

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

Morning Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting – Typically confined to early pregnancy, though some women experience this symptom for up to six months.
Most women encounter morning sickness for about a month during their first trimester, and symptoms can start as early as 14 days after conception.
Morning sickness is not always confined to the morning, and it results from the changing levels of estrogen in the body.
Some women experience morning sickness with no trigger, while others will become nauseous from certain smells like cigarette or cigar smoke, strong perfume, coffee or the smell of certain foods cooking.

Good Health during Pregnancy

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

Nutrition:

It is essential, during your pregnancy, you pay particular attention to your nutritional intake, and it is certainly not the right time to “diet”. You need to eat the correct foods and try hard not to gain an unhealthy amount of weight, but you should definitely NOT be dieting. You need to pay special attention to having a well-balanced diet, including fresh fruit and vegetables and lean meat and fish.

It is better to be safe than sorry!

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

Alcohol can cause many different symptoms which are found in Fetal. Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (known as FASD). This is due to the fact that alcohol travels straight into your baby’s body, in high concentration levels, through your blood stream, via the umbilical cord and into the placenta. FASD can result in children having disabilities and attention disorders. Other things which can also be affected are language, vision and hearing problems, and many other issues too. The very best advice is to keep that lovely bottle of wine or refreshing gin and tonic, until after the birth of your healthy child. Even then, if you are breast feeding, alcohol consumption should also be taken very seriously.

Caffeine:

The risk of a miscarriage can be increased by consuming high levels of caffeine. It is best to try to stop drinking coffee, or drinks with high caffeine levels completely. Two or three cups a day may not seem like a lot to you, but to be safe, eliminating caffeine altogether is definitely the best decision.

If this is too extreme and you cannot do so, then try hard to reduce your intake to one cup per day, or drink decaffeinated drinks.

It is also worth remembering that there are other beverages and foods which contain high levels of caffeine. These include black and green tea, cola drinks (like pop) and even chocolate.

However, these foods and drinks can be consumed in moderation; such as one cup of tea, half a glass of cola or a chocolate bar, once a week. The reason for this is due to the fact that the caffeine content in these type of products is typically much lower or more than that in a cup of coffee (e.g. 90-140mg caffeine).

You will be pleased to know that the average chocolate bar only contains between 5-30mg of caffeine. However, you should still consider the FAT content in chocolate bar and remember that these should be eaten in moderation.

Sleep during Pregnancy

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Baby Moments

During your pregnancy you will need more sleep, and should plan to ensure that this is achieved. Make a conscious effort and try to be strict with yourself, not to stay up very late trying to get certain things done, like a report for work or sending emails. You need to allow yourself to rest, and just give in to any periods of fatigue, especially during the first trimester, as this is when you very likely to feel extremely tired.

You may find, that as your baby grows, it is difficult for you to find a comfortable sleeping position. One thing to try, which doctors recommend, is to lay on your side, with your knees bent, then place a pillow between your knees. This will help take the strain from your lower back, and will also make things easier for your heart and lungs. As the baby increases in size and weight, this position will help to reduce pressure on your blood vessels, therefore, your legs are less likely to swell.

The likelihood of constipation, haemorrhoids and varicose veins are all reduced   from sleeping on your side. This is due to the fact that better, circulation provides the highest level of blood flow to your baby and the placenta.

By sleeping on your left side, you are also relieving the pressure your baby’s weight can put on your liver. In addition, it can also aid improving the blood supply to your kidneys, enabling them to flush toxins out of your system.  

Another good idea is to invest in a few extra pillows for more support, by placing them behind your back and under your tummy. Most large retail stores sell large “body pillows” or specifically designed pregnancy pillows, which support your body and tummy together at the same time.

During times when you are sat for long periods, maybe on a journey or at work, you should try to ensure that your back and legs are always well supported. If you fail to do this, and your back and legs are not supported appropriately, then you may well find that you are very tired and sore.

With regard to using a computer monitor, it is very important to position your monitor so that the top of the screen is at or below your natural eye level. Your feet should be elevated safely, on something like a stool, wastebasket or even a chair. This should be done whenever possible.

Breaks should be taken every 30 minutes and also take a walk around the office or down the corridor. You need to keep moving to alleviate pain in your lower back, and swelling in and your legs, ankles and feet, which can otherwise be very painful.

Stress:

Unfortunately, stress is often a factor present in our lives, and is known to be unhealthy for everyone. However, when you are pregnant it is especially difficult, and also hard on your baby. Therefore, if any part of your life is stressful, for example your job, school or family, and you have a demanding schedule and under a lot of pressure, you need to find ways to help reduce these stress levels.