Glossary - Pregnancy


Pregnancy tests

18 December 2012 | 10:08 am
Am I pregnant

A pregnancy test is the best way to find out if you are pregnant or not. But how exactly does it work? Well, a pregnancy test measures the amount of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) present in your blood or urine, if there is more than 25 mIU of hCG for every mililitre of […]



8 November 2012 | 12:04 pm

Chloasma, also known as melasma, is an unavoidable pregnancy symptom that affects approximately 70% of all pregnant women. Chloasma is associated with hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your increased estrogen and progesterone levels, which in turn increase your body’s melanin production. Basically what happens is that the excess melanin in your body causes you to […]


Varicose veins

7 November 2012 | 12:03 pm
pregnancy symptoms

Varicose veins are an unfortunate, yet harmless pregnancy symptom several women experience during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swollen veins that form blue or purple bulges near the surface of your skin. During pregnancy varicose veins are usually observed in your legs and sometimes your vulva and usually worsen as your pregnancy progresses. They are caused […]



6 November 2012 | 1:27 pm
pregnancy symptoms

Incontinence is a normal pregnancy symptom some expectant mothers experience during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Incontinence occurs when you sneeze, laugh or jump and a little bit of pee can’t help but escape your bladder. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid this pregnancy symptom and the embarrassment that can […]


Pica cravings

5 October 2012 | 11:35 am
Chalk is one type of pica craving

Pica cravings are a very interesting type of pregnancy craving. When a pregnant woman has a pica craving it means she is craving unusual cravings for non-food substances. These substances include: paint chips, chalk, coal and laundry detergent to name a few. Pica cravings are one pregnancy craving you should NEVER indulge as these substances […]


Mood swings

2 October 2012 | 12:00 pm
woman with a bad mood swing

Mood swings are just one of the many pesky pregnancy symptoms most pregnant women experience. Basically, mood swings are where PMS and pregnancy meet as women who suffer from PMS normally tend to have more intense pregnancy mood swings that those who don’t. Like most other pregnancy symptoms, mood swings are the result of fluctuations […]


Morning sickness

2 October 2012 | 8:34 am
Woman with morning sickness

More than 50% of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, which is one of the most well-known pregnancy symptoms. However, those of you who suffer with morning sickness know that it can actually last all day long. As the day progresses the nausea and vomiting usually eases up, but unfortunately there are exceptions to the […]



12 September 2012 | 2:34 pm
Doctors carrying out a C-section

C-sections, which are also known as Caesarean sections, are surgical procedures that some mothers undergo in order to deliver their babies. In a C-section two incisions are made through your abdomen and uterus. The abdominal incision will either be horizontal across your lower abdomen, approximately where your bikini line begins, or vertical from your belly […]



7 September 2012 | 12:24 pm
baby sleeping on his back to avoid SIDS

SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is the unexpected and inexplicable death of an infant who is less than one year old. SIDS is also known as cot death or crib death, because the baby is often found in his crib or cot when SIDS occurs. Since the cause of SIDS cannot be explained it […]

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