Implants and Plastic Surgery

There is still some question about whether it is safe to breast-feed if you have silicone breast implants, but there is no conclusive evidence that infants are harmed. The surgery for breast implants usually does not interfere with milk ducts or the nipples unless the incision was made around the edge of the areola. This surgery should not prevent successful nursing. Plastic surgery to reduce the size of breasts may interfere with breastfeeding, especially if the nipples were transplanted. If...

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the breast that causes swelling, burning, redness, and pain. It is usually caused by bacteria that enter the breast via damaged nipples. Mastitis usually occurs in just one breast, and may cause a nursing mother to feel feverish and ill. If you have any of these symptoms, let your doctor know at once so that you can start treatment. Mastitis usually develops in nursing mothers about a month after childbirth. Sometimes there is a discharge of pus. Rest and good...

Breast Feeding Difficulties

If your baby cannot nurse or if you are having troubles with breast-feeding, it is important that you call your doctor as soon as possible. Refusal to breast-feed may be a sign of sickness that needs prompt attention. Try to avoid caffeine while you are breast-feeding, or at least reduce your intake. Caffeine tends to build up in babies because their bodies cannot get rid of it very easily. A morning cup of coffee is not likely to harm your baby, but too much caffeine can cause problems such as...

Other Types of Pain Relief

Other types of pain relief provide comfort and relieve stress. Many women learn special techniques in a childbirth class to help them feel more comfortable and in control during labor and birth. These include some of the following techniques 1. Relaxation techniques. Using a progressive relaxation technique, various muscle groups are relaxed one by one in order to help detect tension and then release it 2. TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, which uses electrical impulses...

Stage One Active Phase

During the active phase of stage one labor, your contractions will become more frequent, longer, and stronger, and your cervix will begin dilating faster. As a general rule, once you have had regular, painful contractions (each lasting approximately 60 seconds) every 5 minutes for an hour, it is time to call your midwife or obstetrician. (The doctor may prefer to receive an early warning call discuss this in advance.) In most cases, the frequency of contractions eventually increases to once...

Preconception Counseling

If you have epilepsy and you are planning to have a baby, make an appointment to see your neurologist or epileptologist (a physician who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy) for preconception counseling before trying to become pregnant. Many important issues need to be discussed and understood before you become pregnant, some of which you may be aware of, but many of which you may not be. Unfortunately, women often wait until they are already pregnant before calling their doctor....

Stacey Chillemis Experience

I calculated ovulation using the rhythm method. First, I would mark the calendar on the day I menstruated then I counted 14 days ahead and marked that day on the calendar with a circle. Next, I marked an X 4 days before the circle and another X 4 days after the circle. In this way, I determined that I was fertile during the week between the two Xs. I would watch carefully for a stringy discharge when I urinated during this period of time, which I knew meant I was ovulating. I used this method...

Breast Feeding During Illness

Many parents are concerned that breast-feeding has to stop if the mother gets ill. During most illnesses, including colds, flu, bacterial infections, and even surgical conditions, breast-feeding can and should continue. By the time you show symptoms of an illness, your baby has already been exposed to it. The best thing to do is to keep breast-feeding, because you have already started to produce antibodies. The baby will receive these antibodies through your milk, preventing infection of the...

SPECT single photon emission computerized tomography scanning

An investigation of the blood flow in the brain. Spike. A particular wave pattern in EEG that is typical of epilepsy. Spina bifida. Malformation of the spinal cord and spine. Spinal cord. An enlarged collection of nerve fibers and nerve cell bodies that exits the skull and travels through the vertebrae of the spine. Spinal fluid. Fluid that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. Status epilepticus. A seizure that lasts longer than 30 minutes, or a series of seizures with no recovery of...

Nutrition

Even before pregnancy begins, nutrition is one of the most important factors in the health of a mother and her baby. If you are eating a well-balanced diet before you become pregnant, you will need to make only a few changes to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. Good quality nutrients form the foundation for healthy development of the baby. Pregnant women must eat well and should eat a wide range of foods in order to get the proper nutrients. Doctors usually recommend general guidelines...

Keeping Fit During Pregnancy

Always check with your doctor before you begin any physical activity to make sure that it's safe for you to exercise during your pregnancy. Some questions have been raised about the effects of exercise on pregnant women, but there is no proof that gentle exercise has any negative effects. Studies have not shown any benefits for the baby, but exercise might help you feel better and maintain your weight. Exercise also helps prepare a woman for childbirth by strengthening the muscles and...

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