November 29, 2011

Fever While Pregnant – Can it Harm Your Baby

fever while pregnantFever is considered when the temperature goes beyond 99 degree Fahrenheit (37 degree Celsius). The normal temperature of our body is 98.4 degree Fahrenheit (36.8 degree Celsius). There are several mechanisms in our body that helps us to maintain this level. But fever is a condition where there is release of different chemicals that increase the temperature. Certain hormones are also released that augments this mechanism.

During the first three months of pregnancy, the rate of growth for the baby is maximum. It is this period; a woman needs much calorie intake also. Slight increase in temperature will not have any bad impact over the baby, but any temperature crossing 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degree Celsius) will hamper the fetal development. Even miscarriage has been reported from pregnant mothers having high grade of fever.

Different types of proteins are generated during the fetal development. Temperature is a determining factor during synthesis of protein. If the temperature is increased, there may be altered synthesis and congenital fetal anomaly may be there.

During the last trimester (last three months), when the development of the baby is almost completed (there is increase of the size of the fetus only), fever may not have any bad impact to the fetal growth. But intrauterine infection has to be ruled out at this period. In any case, if the mother suffers from fever at any point of pregnancy, she must consult her doctor.

Each and every medication has to be chosen carefully during pregnancy. There are several medicines that adversely affect the fetal development. As for example, Paracetamol is safe during pregnancy, but using Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Nimesulide has to be avoided. These drugs block the action of prostaglandin, an important hormone that is essentially required in pregnancy. Hypertensive mothers, who used to take aspirin, should consult their doctor. There are other drugs that can be prescribed at this time.

First Response Pregnancy Test – Accurately Know Whether You are Pregnant

pregnancy testAny pregnancy test is formulated to diagnose whether a woman is pregnant or not. Most of the pregnancy tests including first response pregnancy test uses beta compartment of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) – a hormone specifically increased when a woman is pregnant. hCG is released by placents, after the fertilized ovum is implanted in the uterus. It is a qualitative test, only to measure the presence of the hormone. The concentration where the result will be positive depends upon the brand. Many first response pregnancy test kit can detect as low as 1 mIU/ml of urine, others will be positive with 20 mIU/ml to 100 mIU/ml.

The next question that can come to our mind is that how you can check your pregnancy. Well, as it was said earlier, the first response pregnancy test measures the presence of hCG in urine. All these tests are card based tests and you have to put required amount of urine in the right slot. There is a test area and if you are pregnant, there will be two vertical bands over the test area. If your urine does not contain hCG, there will be only one band. Mid stream urine sample has to be used. To get this, you have to discard the first flow of urine, and then collect the middle part of urine flow in a clean glass pot and let the last part of urine flow again. First morning sample of urine is ideal as the hCG concentration is maximum in this time.

The accuracy of first response pregnancy test depends upon the time when you are performing the test. Most of the test kits available in the market can detect your hCG when you first miss your period. Almost 90% test results are positive at this period. The maximum positivity (almost 97%) can be achieved when you do the test seven days after you miss your period. Some modern kit can detect the hCG even 4 days before you expect your menstruation. If you assume that you can be pregnant, you can do this test.

Is It Safe Dying Hair While Pregnant?

dying hairDying your hair is one of the well accepted practices. It makes you younger looking, fashionable and charming. For a lady, it may be one of the beauty secrets that she likes most. But one thing usually asked that is it safe dying your hair while you are pregnant? Let us find the answer.

When you become pregnant, many things change and you become more cautious in every little step you are taking. Dyeing your hair is an occasion you become most hesitant. But it is not essentially to become frightened in dyeing. Although hair dye contains bleach and other aniline and ammonium containing products (paraphenylenediamine), experiments have not proven any teratogenicity (chances of delivering a baby having cancer of any organ). It is true that dye can penetrate the scalp and absorbed in our body, but the amount absorbed is so low that it cannot do any harm to the unborn baby in the womb.

Even then, doctors are somewhat skeptical in advocating dyeing of your hair during pregnancy. It is only because they want to play it safe and there is nothing wrong doing so. The neurological development of the baby is maximum during the first trimester (first three months) and it is said that permanent coloring should be avoided during this period. Dyeing can be carried on again after the first three months.

If you consider dyeing your hair in this time, always ensure a well ventilated room and always wear plastic gloves during application. Do a standard check first by applying a diluted solution over the back of the ear. If there is irritation, you should avoid using that dye. After coloring, leave the dye for least possible time and wash thoroughly with water. Consider using ‘hair mascara or herbal dye instead of using chemical dye’.

All together, dyeing hair while you are pregnant is safe, considering you are taking proper precautions.

16 Weeks Pregnant – What You Should Expect

It’s really funny that a lady who has never being pregnant thinks about the changes in her body as ever week is passing by.

16 weeks of pregnancy comes under second trimester of the pregnancy period. The belly may not be much obvious, more so in slender women. Women love this period of their pregnancy as they are just flabby so as to look pregnant but not so that they look awkward. The most exciting feature a pregnant woman can notice is the movement of the baby. Depending on several factors, first movement of baby occurs at 16 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Medically it is termed as quickening and is felt as light flickering over the abdomen.

You may need some maternity clothes at this time. Although there is not much growth of the baby and you may not actually need them for a couple of weeks more, but getting used to clothing that helps the room to grow your body is accepted by many pregnant mothers.

You should do some blood tests at this period after consultation with your doctor. The most important test is AFP (Alfafetoprotein) test and Triple test. These tests are conducted to measure the congenital abnormality, if any, to your baby. If there is increased level of AFP in your blood, there is considerable chance of delivering a baby with Down syndrome (mental retardation, lanky stature and congenital organ abnormality). The chance of termination of pregnancy can be thought of.

Amniocentesis is another test that is also conducted at this time. It detects any chromosomal problem in your baby. A thin needle is passed through your abdomen to draw a little amount of amniotic fluid under radiological guidance (ultrasonography).

At 16 weeks, your baby is almost 4.5 inches long and weighs about 3 Oz. At this time, the baby can hold the head straighter inside the womb and starts moving.

The Best Age to Get Pregnant

The best age to get pregnant; well, that’s a difficult question altogether. This is because life is different for every women and so the time of pregnancy. You must have heard from your friends, family members, colleagues that the best age to get pregnant is the younger age. But that may not be acceptable for every woman. You may be busy building your career at this time, looking after your aging parents or simply you have not reached your soul mate yet. So many factors come into play in deciding the best age.

If you take a look around your circle, you will find that many women are having their first baby at the tender age of 20-25 years. Many of them will have their second or third baby when they reach 40 years. So you see that there is no such problem that you may not have your baby at the late hours of your life. Science has taken a big leap since the invention of ‘test-tube baby’ and it is possible to get a child even for a single mother.

Biologically, the best age to get pregnant is 22-25 years for the first baby. At this age, all the parameters remain normal to deliver a healthy child. The body can produce enough hormones that help to carry on the pregnancy. A woman can get pregnant as soon as she starts menstruating. It can be as earlier as 12 years of age. The ovaries start ovulation and a single sperm can fertilize the ovum. But the body constitution at this age does not help to grow a healthy baby inside womb. Many a times, miscarriage occurs due to poor formation of placental gonadotropin. As the age goes beyond 30 years, there is chance of first time mother to deliver a child having multiple congenital defects. Low IQ, congenital malformation, low birth weight baby, intrauterine growth retardation – all these can be evident in a baby if the mother delivers at this age.

“The best age to get pregnant”? You decide.

Getting Pregnant

pregnancyMissed Period

A is probably one of the more reliable signs of pregnancy. Although some women will experience implantation bleeding about the time of their period, it is usually lighter and/or shorter than their normal period. This is why you are asked for the first day of your last normal period. There are even a few women who will have period throughout their pregnancy, although this is rare, it does happen.

If you’ve been planning for pregnancy, the day that you expect your period is probably well marked in your mind. It is the official day that you can take a .

These tests measure the levels of hCG (hormone secreted during pregnancy) in your urine. The amount of urine each test can detect varies widely. The amount of hormone each woman secret may also vary, but not as widely. The better tests on the market will measure 25-50 mIUs of hCG, which is usually the amount found in urine between the 4th and 5th weeks of pregnancy. The levels of hCG in your urine and blood will be different.

First morning urine will always contain the highest concentration of hCG. However, most tests do not require that you use first morning urine. You can help better your chances of having enough hCG in your urine by waiting four hours after you last urinated to take the test. This will allow hCG to build up in your urine.

These tests rarely give false results. A negative answer that is later revealed to be a pregnancy is usually the result of the test being performed too early. A positive that later turns out the woman is not pregnant is usually a very early miscarriage. Talk to your practitioner if you have questions about your pregnancy tests and consider calling the toll-free number provided by the test manufacturer.