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Pregnancy Myths

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months

As you excitedly plan your pregnancy announcement and your baby bump starts to show, don't be surprised to receive a barrage of well-meaning advice as well as superstitions from friends and loved ones. To help you differentiate between fact and fiction, we have compiled a list of pregnancy myths to guide you through a safe and enjoyable pregnancy.

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Body Changes During Last Trimester

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months

The third trimester of pregnancy is going to be your final "home-stretch". Most probably you will be feeling worn out and more emotional than usual. Nevertheless, take it slowly so you do not wear yourself out and remind yourself to stay positive because your little one will arrive in no time!

A word of encouragement is that many pregnant mothers out there are facing the same situation as you are. Having swollen feet, indigestions, constipation or frequent urination are the many common body changes that you will be facing. These can be quite a shock to you and it can make you uncomfortable at times.

However, it is more important to focus on how to overcome these body changes. Here are some tips to help you look after your body better and feel the best you can through this last lap of your pregnancy journey.

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The importance of eating right during your last trimester

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months

By the third trimester, your impending secret cannot be hidden. You would have gained much more pregnancy weight by now and your baby is developing at a faster rate towards your due date.

According to expert articles, there is a co-relation to how much weight pregnant women gain during their pregnancy and rate of infant mortality. As a matter of fact, women who did not gain enough weight were more prone to losing their babies within the first year of birth. Therefore, it is vital that pregnant mothers gain a healthy amount of weight throughout the pregnancy.

It is not too late to start eating healthy for your precious one.

The variety of food and nutrients that you eat during the last three months is crucial because it supports the continual development of your unborn baby. So, it is essential that you choose nutrient-dense foods that supply the vitamins and minerals your baby needs to grow healthy.

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Choosing your Maternity Hospital

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months

You will make plenty of decisions during pregnancy and choosing where to deliver your baby is also one of the most important choices to make. Most obstetricians and gynaecologists are usually affiliated to one or more maternity hospitals, so it helps you to narrow down your choices by asking your doctor which hospital does he/her deliver in.

To make the best and informed decision on which hospital to deliver, you can sign up for hospital tours to find out more about each hospital's amenities and the services they provide. It is also the best way to clear any doubts you may have by finding out more with the person in charge of the hospital tour.

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Tips to relief your backaches

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months

You may be facing occasional or frequent backaches that disturb your sleep or daily life now that you are in your third trimester with that expanding baby bump. However, the good news is that your baby is growing! It is common for most pregnant women to have lower back pain in the second half of their pregnancy.

Some of the possible reasons are weight gain, posture changes or muscle separation. Women typically gain 12 to 15 kilos of extra weight during pregnancy, and the spine will have to support that extra weight of a growing baby. Naturally, it puts more pressure on the spine, causing your lower back to hurt. Moreover, hormonal changes can cause loosening of joints and ligaments that are attached from your pelvic bones to your spine, thus can cause discomfort or pain when you walk or stand for too long.

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Preparation for Breastfeeding

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months
Breast milk is the "best food" for your baby and breastfeeding benefits mothers too. Breast milk contains all the nutrients such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals that your baby needs to grow healthy, in the exact quantity required for her age. Through breastfeeding you share with your baby part of your immune defences in the form of antibodies contained in your breast milk. This strengthens your baby's immune system, as their own natural defences are not yet fully developed.

Most of all, breastfeeding can heighten the bond between mother and baby.

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Full Month Party Ideas

April 06, 2018 Best 9 Months
Now that your unborn baby has reached full term, your bundle of joy will be arriving any moment from now to Week 40! While you are preparing for the big day, you could also start to look out for ideas to celebrate your precious baby's full month celebration now instead and plan in advance.

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Cord Blood Banking Basics

April 05, 2018 Best 9 Months

Would you do everything in your power to keep your family safe from harm?

If you're anything like the rest of us, the answer to that question is obvious, as you generally won't think twice about doing whatever you can to shield your loved ones from life's dangers. However, one way to help protect your family's wellbeing may not be quite so clear-cut...

... using your newborn child's umbilical cord to fight deadly diseases.

As you know, during pregnancy, the umbilical cord is the vital link between mother and baby, providing oxygen, amino acids and nutrients, but its life-giving properties continue long after the child is born.

Despite this, some countries, the UK, for example, simply clamp the umbilical cord and treat the placenta in the same way as general surgical waste.

In other cultures, the placenta is believed to have an emotional or spiritual kinship with the baby, meaning it must be disposed of suitably.

Additionally, some people insist on eating the umbilical cord and placenta - but there's actually a more methodical route to harvesting the afterbirth's healing properties.
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Taking Baby Steps with Baby Teeth

April 05, 2018 Best 9 Months

By Dr Chin Shou King, BDS (Singapore), Dental Surgeon

As a dentist, I am often beset with worried parents, concerned about their children's teeth. They often ask why the teeth came out so large or small in size, why they are so crooked and whether they will need braces next time. Usually these 'problems' are a little exaggerated with an examination often reveals that the child is fine. All we need to do is a little explanation and reassurance to the worried parents, followed by careful monitoring and follow up.

However, I do come across the odd parent who has little or no concern for their child's teeth at all and I become the worried one! The child has not been taught how or when to brush their teeth and they show up with whopping big cavities and sometimes toothaches. Some parents are under the misconception that the deciduous or baby's teeth are not important and will be replaced in due time. This is not only dangerous, but can be detrimental to the child's psychological and overall well being.

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