Pregnancy complications If your partner has a high-risk pregnancy or health concerns, the final months might not be the exciting countdown you expected. Instead, you and your partner might be going through a lot of worry and frustration. Common pregnancy complications in the third trimester include: pre-eclampsia gestational diabetes too much or too little fluid around your baby your baby not growing as expected your baby sitting in an unusual position a problem with the placenta.
Your feelings about caesarean birth Women often have strong feelings, expectations and preferences about giving birth to their babies, whether they're planning a vaginal or a caesarean birth. Some women feel fine about having a caesarean birth, whereas others feel disappointed or sad that they won't be giving birth vaginally.
My vaginal birth after caesarean 'I had needed a caesarean for my first birth because my baby was breech - where baby's head is up in the womb, instead of being down. My recovery was painful, and I struggled with feelings of failure and disappointment. 'My second baby was a real surprise but a total blessing.
Birth choices and advice If you're wondering about which kind of birth to have, it's good to talk with your midwife or doctor about your health and your baby's health, and what might be best for you. Some health professionals have different views on the best way to give birth. It helps to look for a supportive health professional who's open to discussing your birth options with you.
Going home after caesarean birth After your caesarean, you'll stay in hospital for about 3-5 days . This can vary between hospitals. Sometimes it depends on how long your caesarean recovery takes. In some hospitals you can choose to go home early (in the first 72 hours) and have your follow-up care at home.
What is stress? Stress is a normal reaction to changes and challenges. Even good or exciting changes can be stressful. Some stress can be helpful, because it gives you the motivation and focus to face challenges and get things done. But too much stress can be overwhelming, making it difficult to cope with everyday tasks.
Your dad and family experiences Becoming a dad can make you think about your: relationship with your own dad or other male figures in your life family background experiences of growing up. These relationships and experiences can influence the way you bring up your own children. You might want to parent just like your dad, or you might want to do things differently.
What is miscarriage? Miscarriage is when a fetus stops growing and dies before 20 weeks of pregnancy. In Australia, if it isn't clear how far along a pregnancy is, doctors will call it a miscarriage if the fetus weighs less than 400 gm. Most miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks (first trimester).
Sex in pregnancy: the third trimester In the final months of pregnancy, you might worry more that sex could harm your baby. But your baby is well protected and sealed off in the amniotic sac, so you can't hurt your baby by having sex. If there are no problems with the pregnancy and you and your partner are keen, sex in the final months is fine.
Including dads in antenatal care In the past, midwives and obstetricians focused mainly on the mother and baby. Now staff in hospitals and other birth settings are becoming more aware that partners want to be involved in pregnancy, birth and parenting. There are now more birth classes just for men and more efforts by health professionals to connect with men.
Pregnancy health problems: what's common, what's not Many women go through physical discomforts in pregnancy - constipation, backache, increased need to urinate, indigestion, leg cramps, varicose veins, haemorrhoids and nosebleeds. These pregnancy health problems are usually mild, but they sometimes need medical attention.
What is neonatal death? Neonatal death is when a baby dies within the first 28 days of life. Whether a baby dies soon after birth or after surviving a few weeks, it's an incredibly difficult experience for the whole family. There are many reasons why a baby might die in the first four weeks after birth.
First minutes after baby is born The moment your baby is born can be both magical and stressful. What happens straight after birth will depend on your labour, how your baby is born, and how quickly your baby adapts to life outside the womb. Uncomplicated vaginal birth Most babies breathe and cry within a few seconds of being born.
Finding out you're pregnant with twins If you have very early and noticeable pregnancy symptoms like nausea or vomiting, you might wonder whether you're having twins. You might also suspect you're having twins if you've had fertility treatment - especially if you had more than one embryo transferred, or if you used certain fertility drugs to help get pregnant.
Stillbirth: what is it? A stillbirth is the birth of a baby after 20 weeks gestation or with a birthweight of 400 gm or more, who shows no signs of life. Many pregnancies will have been confirmed by 18 weeks. But if it isn't clear how far along a pregnancy is, doctors will call it a stillbirth if the baby weighs more than 400 gm.
Antenatal depression and postnatal depression: what are they? Antenatal depression is depression that happens during pregnancy. Postnatal depression is depression that happens after birth. Both are serious, negative emotional changes that last longer than two weeks and stop you from doing things you need or want to do in your daily life.
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About twins We usually describe twins according to: how many eggs they develop from - one or two whether they share a placenta in their mother's womb. The main types of twins are fraternal twins and identical twins . Most twins are born healthy, but a twin pregnancy can mean a higher chance of health complications for you and your babies.
About miscarriage A miscarriage (sometimes called pregnancy loss) is when a fetus dies before 20 weeks of pregnancy. If your partner doesn't know how long she's been pregnant, the doctors will say she's had a miscarriage if the fetus weighs less than 400 gm. Miscarriage is common , but it's hard to say exactly how often it happens.
Pregnant women's feelings and healthy relationships When you're pregnant, the extra hormones in your body can cause lots of emotional ups and downs. You're also adjusting to a major change in your life, so it isn't surprising if you and your partner are feeling emotional. There are physical changes too, which affect how well you feel and how you feel about your body.
You at 1 week pregnant You're not pregnant at the moment. In fact, this week you have your period. Your pregnancy is calculated from the first day of this period. This is because it can be hard - impossible, even - to know exactly when your baby was conceived. But most women can remember the day their period started.