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Pregnant In Abu Dhabi

Pregnant In Abu Dhabi

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Pregnant In Abu Dhabi

Welcome to the Pregnancy & Babies Section

If you're pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, in Abu Dhabi you're in the right place! Here you will find loads of information and advice from us, doulas, midwives and support group contributors, as well as the latest pregnancy news. You can get interactive advice on the special supportive section on our forum for Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers- so you can read lots of great info from real people as well ask away all those questions you need answering.

The Essential Baby Care Guide have teamed up with the lovely ladies from The Essential Parent Company to introduce you to the The Essential Baby Care Guide, advised and narrated by Professor Robert Winston. It contains all the advice you'll need for your baby's first year.

It includes 4 DVDs focusing on Feeding, Sleeping, Everyday Care & Development and First Aid & Accident Prevention. The content is all research based and advised by expert organisations such as The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Week by Week ExpatWoman Pregnancy Diary

Pregnancy is the most an amazing and special experience. The Doting Doulas and Doula Baby Abu Dhabi are experts in the stages of pregnancy and have developed a calendarised diary of what to expect during each week of your pregnancy. For each of the forty weeks of pregnancy, you'll find information about baby's development and the types of changes that occur within mom's pregnant body.
pregnancy diary week by week

Week 4 to 8. Read more>>

Week 9 to 12
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Week 13 to 16. Read more>>
Week 17 to 20. Read more>>

Week 21 to 24. Read more>>

Week 25 to 28. Read more>>
Week 29 to 32. Read more>>

Week 33 to 36. Read more>>

Week 37 to 40. Read more>>

We wish you a wonderful pregnancy and birth!

Pregnancy & Babies Features & Articles

  • Effects of antibiotics on babies and mothers during pregnancy, birth and while breastfeeding

    Effects of antibiotics on babies and mothers during pregnancy, birth and while breastfeeding

    It goes without saying that we all want a healthy pregnancy and healthy babies. As soon as we see the blue line, we change our diet, start exercising and clear the medicine cabinet. Sometimes, however, we get symptoms that send us scurrying off to see the Doctor and depending on who you see, you may walk out with a prescription for antibiotics – the very things that you have been told NOT to take during pregnancy!

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  • Baby, Baby, Baby… Pack Yer Bag!

    Baby, Baby, Baby… Pack Yer Bag!

    So, you are pregnant and are all ready for your new baby to arrive, did you pack your bag yet? Here are some things you may and may not have thought about putting in your bag for the hospital. Your insurance card, your birth plan if you have one, and any maternity note. Socks …. I know, but mums often have cold feet, its to do with blood supply and pushing apparently. Your own nighties, a good idea to have this on your birth plan if you have one, otherwise you might find its ‘policy’ to have you in a ‘sterile’ gown.. which in fact is not sterile, but clean of course, but often can be a little starched and scratchy. Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you'll need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.

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  • A Doula Share Care

    A Doula Share Care

    Many pregnant ladies here in Abu Dhabi, for various reasons, are quite keen to give birth in hospitals in Dubai, therein lies a conundrum for us Doulas.Typically a doula here in Abu Dhabi is not attending Dubai births and vice versa, the reason is simple, I wouldn’t want to be driving on that road perhaps in the middle of the night, after what may have been a long birth, or perhaps when you get a call at three in the morning to say your client is in labour, and will meet you at the hospital in Dubai. The road is dangerous enough during the day. But it’s a long drive if you have been sleep deprived, or are driving to an imminent birth, in the middle of the night, many of the ‘boy racers’ we come across during the day, are out and about and belting up and down the highways… and quite frankly, its not safe.

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  • Doulas in Abu Dhabi

    Doulas in Abu Dhabi

    The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers and fathers before, during and after birth. There are quite a few doulas working in Abu Dhabi these days, an internet search will point you in the right direction. Most of us are already away from our home countries, away from our close friends and families who would normally be our support during pregnancy and birth of our babies, and sometimes more importantly, are not there to lean on for support once we come home with a newborn infant

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  • Warning Signs to look for in your care provider

    Warning Signs to look for in your care provider”

    If you desire a natural childbirth then you need to find a care provider who works in an environment that supports natural childbirth. Most hospital obstetric units function according to the medical model of care where birth itself is viewed as a medical event that should be conducted in an intensive care setting with modern high-tech equipment. Sadly, many obstetricians have never had the opportunity to see a truly natural birth. We've got the signs to look out for here.

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  • ExpatWoman Pregnancy, Baby & Toddlers Information Board

    ExpatWoman Pregnancy, Baby & Toddlers Information Board

    Are you feeling alone? Need some advice? Want to share your experiences with others? Want to compare notes with other expectant mums? Then visit the ExpatWoman Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers forum. It's chock full of mums- to- be, news mums and "old hands" all swapping hints, tips, worries and advice- join in now. You'll find discussions on nappies, breast feeding, weaning, birth stories, getting pregnant and so much more.

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  • Round Ligament pain in pregnancy

    Round Ligament pain in pregnancy

    As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support it. These changes may occasionally cause pain on one or both sides of your abdomen. There are some exercises, for example prenatal yoga, should help ease your symptoms. However rest is one of the best ways to help with this kind of pain.As the uterus grows, these ligaments become very long and thin, stressing and tensing like rubber bands.The ligaments pull and tug on nearby nerve fibres and sensitive structures, causing pain. The severity of pain can worry you. Although round ligament pain is uncomfortable, it is also very normal.

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  • TENS Machine

    TENS Machine

    Karen Wilmot, our ExpatWoman pregnancy expert takes a look at pain management during labour and the benefits of using a TENS Machine. To use one or not use one is the burning question.TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation which means that it delivers little pulses of electrical energy that can be adjusted to a suitable frequency and strength. In order to manage childbirth pain well you need to understand how your body processes pain and how your mind perceives it, as well as what is happening to your body in labour.

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  • Post Natal Depression

    Post Natal Depression

    Are you feeling down after the birth of your child? Don't suffer in silence. PND, also known as the "baby blues" is a recognised condition and there is lots you can do to sort it out. PND usually develops within the first month following childbirth.It may develop out of severe 'baby blues'. Episodes of depression may be more common in mothers for many months after having a baby. Where PND stops and ordinary depression begins is unclear. Our pregnacy expert, Karen Wilmot, has some advice and information for you.

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  • Understanding Labour Pains

    Understanding Labour Pains

    If you're pregnant you may be worrying about the onset of your labour pains. In order to manage childbirth pain well you need to understand how your body processes pain and how your mind perceives it. You can influence pain at three sites: where it's produced in the first place, at the gate in the spinal cord, and in the brain where the pain is perceived. In working out your own techniques for pain management, you will want to employ pain-relief measures that can control pain at all three of these sites:

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  • Labouraid- A High Energy Drink For Expectant Mums

    Labouraid- A High Energy Drink For Expectant Mums

    Having a baby is hard work and it is important to drink a lot of fluid throughout to avoid having to have an IV which will limit your movement. Water is fine but has no nutritional value. Most women don’t fancy eating much while they are in labour, so why don’t you make some tasty, high energy drinks to sip on while you pace and breathe your way through surges.This mixture can be made ahead of time and frozen in small bottles that will defrost as you sip on them. Alternatively you can make them into ice cubes or lollies to suck although these are hard to keep frozen once you are in the hospital so bottles are best.

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  • New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions time where we make new decisions to adopt new habits. Here's the Top Ten New Years Resolutions from our EW Pregnancy Expert, Karen Wilmot.Stay positive. Make healthy choices, follow up regularly with your health care provider and enjoy this special time of change. Surround yourself with people who support your choices and who believe in and trust the process of pregnancy and birth. Everything you hear and read should inspire you with trust and confidence in your ability to birth your baby.

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  • Flying Whilst Pregnant

    Flying Whilst Pregnant

    Travelling is an integral part of the whole expat experience, but what does that mean for pregnant women? Is it safe to travel during pregnancy?Flying is generally safe for women not experiencing high-risk pregnancies up to several weeks before the due date. 36 weeks is the cut-off period after which travel is strongly discouraged by medical professionals and not permitted by most airlines. The second trimester is the best time for travel since there is less likelihood for morning sickness, miscarriage and pre-term labour. However, always discuss your travel plans with your doctor and ask her for a note indicating that it is okay for you to travel (especially for those travelling in their third trimester) as some airlines may require this. Don’t forget to check the rules of your flight carrier.

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