Women to Motherhood : Roller coaster Ride explored…with science

Giving birth is a great adventure which only a woman can experience

What is it to be like a mother….Every women who has traveled this journey would agree that they are no longer the same women after pregnancy – physically and emotionally. Pregnancy lasts an average of 266 days (38 weeks) and leaves a lasting imprint.  An in depth awareness about this journey would for sure equip women wishing to be mothers and would make women who are already mothers respect their body and health and make them feel more happy and empowered. Also an understanding about what happens in majority of women would help one to seek help when needed.

A woman is going to carry a life form for whole nine months. it’s a remarkable journey. Body undergoes many obvious and subtle changes. These changes are needed to support the fetal development and prime the mother towards labor. Ribcage will widen,  tummy will stretch, and  organs will shift around to make room for your growing uterus.

Pregnancy lasts an average of 266 days (38 weeks) and leaves a lasting imprint.

Breast Changes: Cup size to Color to Colostrum release

Breasts may start to grow as early as week six, and will continue till the end of the pregnancy. Most women find that their bra size increases at least a cup size during first pregnancy. An increased supply of blood to the breasts along with the quick growth of milk ducts would make breast more tender and sometimes pain develops. By third trimester Colostrum, a watery pre-milk, may leak from nipples. Hormonal changes during pregnancy also shape nipples so that baby can more easily latch on.

Skin changes: Glow to acne to stretch marks

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Healthy living choices can prevent ‘Birth defects’

Most birth defects are present within the first three months of pregnancy

You are pregnant…great news. Are you worried whether your baby will be born with birth defects. Especially after seeing what is happening to mothers from Brazil where babies are born with microcephaly. The Zika virus is  a big concern right now especially if you are in American or Asian continent.

Worldwide, at least 7.9 million people are born each year with a birth defect.  85% of the world’s birth defects occur in developing countries. There are more than 7,000 kinds of birth defects that are known to occur. Study finds 400,000 children born with new mutations each year worldwide. Congenital anomalies are responsible for the death of more than 300,000 infants worldwide.  These all news kind of scares an expectant mother. According to Parents Magazine, 78 percent of expectant mothers rated birth defects as their number one concern.

For many babies born with a birth defect, there is no family history of the condition. Some birth defects like cleft lip or spina bifida are easy to see. Others, like heart defects, are not. – National Birth Defects Prevention Network

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