About Pregnancy

Pregnancy fashion :

Pregnant women are supposed to bloom, right? 

after being pregnant and having a rounded belly , many women loose their self-confidence and think that being smart will be impossible especially when the symptoms of pregnancy appear like moody swings and tiredness .

read our guide to looking good in pregnancy.

  • Take the plunge: Researchers in America have found aqua aerobics not only reduces pain and discomfort in pregnancy, but also improves body image. 

And the first trick to looking great is thinking you look great.

So take the plunge and boost your confidence to fool yourself, and others, into believing you really are blooming!
Clock watch: ‘Regular sleeping habits help you feel alert and sleepy at the right times,’ says Dr Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre. So to feel and look bright eyed and bushy tailed during the day, try going to bed and getting up at regular times.
Feel drained: If water retention is making your ankles look like Nora Batty’s and giving you bags under your eyes you could carry your shopping home in, Manual Lymphatic Drainage could help.

‘MLD stimulates the lymph nodes to relieve congestion, swelling in the ankles and general puffiness in the skin. It’s also profoundly relaxing and gives a boost to the whole immune system,’ says Lynor Kennedy of MLDUK. Contact mlduk.org.uk or bmlda.org.uk to find a qualified practitioner near you.

(If you have sudden or excessive fluid retention though, contact your midwife as it can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.)
Go natural: Man-made fibres will make your bump even itchier as they prevent your skin from breathing. Stick to cotton, silk and wool to keep your cool.
Drink like a fish: Water flushes out toxins and rehydrates your skin. Drink six to eight glasses a day to make your skin look and feel smoother and fresher.
Grease buster: Lank locks giving you an Ozzy Osbourne look? Avoid hair products with added oils. ‘If your hair is greasier than normal you’ll probably want to wash it more often, so opt for a mild shampoo,’ advises Elaine White of Habia, the standards-setting body for the hair and beauty industry.

‘Don’t massage it into your scalp as that stimulates the production of sebum, your hair’s natural oil, and only put conditioner on the ends of your hair.’
Love your bump: Massage a moisturising cream onto your tummy to destress, combat stretch marks and relieve itchiness.

We love Avent’s Indulgent Body Cream (£5.99. aventbabyshop.com)
Vitamin vitality: Vitamins A, B3 (niacin) and C are all essential to good skin structure, so eating foods that are rich in them will help you glow.

‘Vitamin A is found in eggs and whole-milk products, but beta carotene (found in orange-coloured fruit and veg as well as dark-green, leafy veg) is converted to Vitamin A in the body,’ advises Lisa Miles of the British Nutrition Foundation.

‘You’ll find Vitamin B3 in lean meat, pulses, nuts and fortified breakfast cereals and Vitamin C in citrus fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and broccoli.’
Off with the old: ‘If pregnancy hormones are making your skin greasier, use a gentle exfoliant to lift off the old cells and even out your skin,’ suggests make-up artist Firyal Arneil of Time Agency. ‘I love Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.’ (£29.40, dermalogica.com)
Cat nap: It’s hard to glow if you’re kept awake at night by heartburn, hourly trips to the loo and your baby training for the Olympics. ‘You’re most likely to suffer disturbed sleep during the third trimester,’ advises Dr Idzikowski.

‘Listen to your body and rest when you need to – even if that means taking forty winks every afternoon.’
Get breathless: ‘Any exercise that makes you slightly breathless will also make you bloom,’ enthuses Alison Merry of bloomingfit.com. ‘Exercise makes your heart pump faster, taking essential nutrients to your skin to make it glow.’

Walking, swimming and cycling are all great for mums-to-be, but talk to your midwife or GP before starting any new exercise.
Indulge yourself: Treat yourself to a relaxing therapy to feeling rested and refreshed. Reflexology, massage, aromatherapy and hot stone treatments are all recommended, but make sure your therapist is qualified to treat mums-to-be.
Go for brights: Brightly coloured fruit and veg are rich in natural anti-aging antioxidants. Snacking on berries, apricots, watermelons, carrots or peppers can help your skin look good from within.
Feed dry skin: ‘If your skin becomes dry make sure you use a suitable moisturiser,’ advises Firyal Arneil. ‘Dr Hauschka organic Rose Day Cream, £16, is great, plus it’s suitable for sensitive skin.’

Kate Moss, Stella Mccartney and Helena Christensen are all said to be big fans! (drhauschka.co.uk)
Get flirty: Invest in some flirty frills to make you feel feminine again; combine them with some summer colour to lift your mood. Try Crave Maternity cravematernity.co.uk.
Go suck: It’s hard to bloom if pregnancy sickness is making you feel as though you’re riding the high seas, with not a sign of Captain Jack Sparrow to make it all worthwhile.

Banish nausea with naturally flavoured Queasy Drops in ginger, green tea with lemon and sour raspberry flavours. 
Get fishy: Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and trout, contain essential fatty acids, Vitamin A and zinc, all of which are important for good skin structure. Eat the recommended two portions a week to give your skin a lift.
Walk tall: Simply correcting your posture will make you look and feel better. Try not to arch your back as your bump grows – it will only give you backache. Instead, aim to keep your back in a straight line with your shoulders pulled back.

‘Exercise is a good way of improving your posture as it increases muscle tone,’ says Alison Merry.
Go for penetration: If your hair has become drier than usual, try a penetrating conditioning treatment to restore it to its former glory. ‘Massage conditioner into your hair and scalp (to promote production of your hair’s natural oil, sebum), put a plastic bag over your hair then wrap a warm towel around and leave it on for 15 minutes,’ advises Elaine White.

‘Your natural body heat will help the conditioner penetrate the cuticle of the hair so it is moisturised from within.’
Get horizontal: If dark rings under your eyes are making you look more hag than WAG, try putting your feet up.

‘Simply lying down allows the collected blood that causes dark lines – called Venus blood pooling - to drain away,’ advises Dr Idzikowski.

Can you tell if you're having a boy or girl from scan pictures ?

When you're expecting a baby, the gender guessing game can be an exciting one. With so many theories and old wives’ talesavailable at the click of a mouse, it's easy to become swept up in trying to determine your child’s sex, but can you really tell whether to paint your nursery pink or blue from your scan pictures? Dr Geetha Venkat, Director of the Harley Street Fertility Clinicsets the record straight.

12 week scan

When it comes to your dating scan, usually performed at around 12 weeks, Dr Venkat is sceptical about the likelihood of an accurate prediction. “12 weeks is rather early and even an experienced sonographer could not confidently identify the sex of a baby at this stage,” she states. “The ideal time to look into this is during the 14th or 15th weeks of pregnancy when the baby’s sexual organs have grown to a point at which they can be correctly identified.”
“Up until this point, these look very similar and spotting whether they are internal or external can leave the results inconclusive, hence why it is vitally important to do this at the right time to avoid any inaccurate outcomes. At the proper stage within the pregnancy, a boy’s testacies and penis can be seen clearly and so can a female’s labia.”

Rumours and myths

On message boards and internet forums, rumours abound on how to predict your child’s gender from scan images, a popular theory being ‘the angle of the dangle’. In the early stages of your pregnancy, the foetus’ genitalia, regardless of gender, can be seen as a small protuberance in the groin area. Many mums-to-be are convinced that the angle that this nub is resting at, at their 12-week scan, can determine the sex of the child.
According to Dr Venkat however, this doesn’t really carry any scientific weight. “As mentioned before, up until a certain point a male and female baby’s sexual organs will look very similar,” she points out, “so telling if they are protruding or internal is very difficult until they are sufficiently developed.”

Factors that affect your scan

When you do go for a later scan, during which your sonographer should be able to confirm the baby’s gender if you wish, there are a few variables to take into account, according to Dr Venkat.
“Sometimes identifying the sex of the baby can prove very difficult if the baby is not co-operating. If their legs are crossed it is impossible to see the genitalia which obviously determine if the foetus is a boy or a girl. If this happens, it is a case of trying to encourage the baby to move. We have asked mums to go for a walk and come back to see if the activity helps the baby into a new position, which usually works and then we can try again!
“A good ultrasound machine is vital when looking clearly at a baby and imaging has become very sophisticated, even allowing parents to see their baby’s facial expressions. But having an experienced sonographer is also a must to ensure an accurate identification.”

Baby Delivery

Deciding on the place for your baby to first see the world is an important decision for a mother and father. Bumrungrad International hospital has modern delivery rooms, offering up-to-date equipment and technology, in a safe, private and warm environment. And when surrounded by our expert staff of doctors, nurses and doulas you can be sure your baby will be born into the best environment possible in one of the most precious moments of your lives.

Baby Delivery Options

Natural childbirth: This is a preferred option for a healthy mother and a baby with no abnormalities, as there are no risks of surgical complications and infection. Childbirth through the birth canal drains the amniotic fluid from the baby’s lung, enabling enlargement of the lung in a natural process.
Vaginal childbirth with epidural analgesia: Another option for healthy mothers and babies, with this version of natural childbirth our doctors use a spinal block to reduce the pain of the delivery by injecting medication into the spinal column. Even though the pain is reduced, there is still the feeling of your baby passing through the birth canal.
Cesarean section: This is the safest ways to give birth if a mother cannot do so naturally, due to a mother’s medical condition, a problem with the baby or the baby’s position in the womb. As a C-section is a surgical procedure, there is greater blood loss and a longer recovery time due to the need to care for an incision point. Healthy mothers and babies can also safely have Cesarean sections, but the mother should understand the after delivery care issues.
At the time of delivery, a medical team consisting of your chosen doctor, anesthesiologists, nurses and your doula will closely provide care for the mother and baby. As soon as the baby is born, the nursery staff will take diligent care of your baby’s health.

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