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Pregnancy & Babies

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Pregnancy & Babies

Welcome to The Dubai Pregnancy & Babies Section

If you're pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, in Dubai 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. We've also got links to our special Mummies in Dubai groups- ExpatBumps & Babes and ExpatMums & Tots- our hosts are ready to welcome you. You can get interactive advice on the special supportive section on our forum for Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers- so you can read lots of great advice from real people as well ask away all those questions you need answering.

Pregnancy & Babies Features

  • 10 Natural Ingredients that Prevent Stretch Marks

    10 Natural Ingredients that Prevent Stretch Marks

    Who knew the answer to combating stretch marks could easily be found in your pantry? Read about how you can use easy-to-find oils and ingredients that are natural, easy to use and very effective!

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  • Stretch Marks: The Bittersweet Labour of Love

    Stretch Marks: The Bittersweet Labour of Love

    Stretch marks aren’t harmful. If it’s any comfort, because of hormonal changes, up to 90% of women get ‘striae gravidarum’ some time after their 6th or 7th month of pregnancy.

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  • What to Expect from Your Skin When You’re Expecting

    What to Expect from Your Skin When You’re Expecting

    Have you ever noticed that in novels, pregnant women are often described as glowing? We always thought this glow reflected the joy of impending motherhood, but the scientific reason is slightly less romantic.

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  • Managing Your Thyroid During Pregnancy in Dubai

    Managing Your Thyroid During Pregnancy in Dubai

    Are you struggling to conceive? Or perhaps you’re already pregnant and worried about coping with your thyroid disease in your pregnancy? Shared here is how one expat woman living in Dubai coped with her Hashimoto’s Disease before and during her pregnancy.

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  • The Benefits and Purpose of Doulas

    The Benefits and Purpose of Doulas

    The word 'doula' is a Greek word meaning "women servant or caregiver", and it has been believed for many centuries by women that having the support from another woman during pregnancy and childbirth helps the labouring process.

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  • Pre-Baby Bucket List

    Pre-Baby Bucket List

    Starting your family is an exciting adventure, but before the stork arrives, it’s a great idea to do all the things you won’t be able to do soon. Gone are the days of just you and your loved one, enjoying adventures together, making memories and laughing at private jokes. Soon, you’ll have a child, and everything really will change.

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  • Pregnancy Glossary and Definitions

    Pregnancy Glossary and Definitions

    We understand finding out you're pregnant can be both an exciting and confusing time, especially when lots of women and other mothers start talking the lingo at you and you've no idea what they mean. Amniocentesis? What's that? Never fear! We've got a long list that includes definitions of terms related to pregnancy right here for you!

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  • 4 Ways to Eat Your Placenta

    4 Ways to Eat Your Placenta

    It's not usually an aspect of the whole childbirth package that springs up often. And it's understandable that your first thought may be that of disgust or confusion. Nonetheless, creating the perfect postpartum dish using your placenta may be more common thank you think. Here's four ways that you can eat your placenta after childbirth...

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  • Super Foods To Improve Your Chances Of Pregnancy

    Super Foods To Improve Your Chances Of Pregnancy

    It’s no secret that a healthy diet works wonders towards improving fertility. So let us help you improve your chances of conceiving with these top 10 super foods! On one hand, there are hoards of scientific studies that reveal the benefits of a healthy preconception diet. On the other, your doctor tells you to abstain from certain foods (read fertility spoilers) when you’re trying to conceive. This only goes to prove that along with keeping a tab of your fertile days, you must also eat right to ensure that the good news comes knocking at your doors soon...

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  • Maternity and Newborn Photography Package

    Maternity and Newborn Photography Package

    Book your Family, Newborn or Maternity package with Goldfish Photography & Video before the end of February 2016 and avail of a fabulous 10% discount on your chosen package.

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  • Symptoms of Overheating

    Symptoms of Overheating

    Hyperthermia is the medical term for overheating which may lead to pregnancy complications and may cause contractions that could lead to pre-mature delivery birth defects. As it is very easy for pregnant women to overheat without realising it, it is important to know the symptoms of hyperthermia and dehydration to prevent more serious complications from happening. Here we have what symptoms to look out for and top tips for beating the heat whilst pregnant in Dubai.

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  • Week by Week ExpatWoman Pregnancy Diary

    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.

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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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  • Planning Your Delivery Through a Birth Plan

    Planning Your Delivery Through a Birth Plan

    A birth plan is a document that lists your preferences so that your health-care provider and the hospital staff will know how they can best accommodate your needs for childbirth and care of your baby. It is like a ‘wish list’ for delivery. After all, the birthing process, while miraculous in bringing your bundle of joy into the world, will be awfully painful so why not make the whole experience as comfortable for you as possible? Here we take a closer look at what you should be considering when putting together your birth plan.

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  • Small and Mighty

    Small and Mighty

    This is a support group for the parents of pre-mature babies. Our hope is to bring people together by offering support and care to those families currently in NICU or who have recently come home. We are not doctors, nurses or counselors. We are mothers who have experienced first-hand the NICU journey and we hope to help you like we helped each other.

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  • Effects of Antibiotics During Pregnancy

    Effects of Antibiotics During Pregnancy

    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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  • Goldfish Newborn Photo Shoot

    Goldfish Newborn Photo Shoot

    Book your New born photo session with Goldfish Photography & Video today! A fabulous jam packed package inclusive of a 90 minute photo session, 35-40 stunning images on CD in a mixture of Black & White and Colour, and a mini album. We have a beautiful selection of hand made props to make your little one look extra cute!

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  • Maternity and Paternity Leave in the UAE

    Maternity and Paternity Leave in the UAE

    Recent calls for debate on maternity and paternity leave entitlements for workers in the UAE has prompted a much needed and welcome government review of the situation. As many working women with young children will testify, the current levels of maternity leave offered by most employers, albeit in accordance with the law, are woefully insufficient and operate contrary to good work/life balance and the development of a healthy and happy family environment. Although women have for a number of years complained about the amount of maternity leave they receive, these complaints are now being heard and supported by officials in the Ministry of Labour and prominent Human Resources experts.

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  • Out Of The Blues: PNI Support Group

    Out Of The Blues: PNI Support Group

    Post natal illness (PNI), also known as post natal depression is extremely common and can affect 1 in 10 mothers but is widely misunderstood and often goes untreated. “Out of the Blues” is a non-profit support group with a private, closed online forum and support network run by the five Blue Angels, for mums suffering from the baby blues or PNI here in Dubai. The Blue Angels are expat mums who have experienced PNI and together we are determined to help the other mums in Dubai in their "hour of need". No one need suffer alone. We are here to offer non-judgmental support.

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  • Breast Feeding Support in Dubai and the UAE

    Breast Feeding Support in Dubai and the UAE

    Here we have a big list of support groups and information providers for anything to do with breast feeding in Dubai and the UAE. It's a great resource for any mothers wishing to find local information on lacatation consultants, breast pump hire, online support as well as breastfeeding clinics in the area. It's the definitive resource for all your needs- for help and advice during this time in you and your babies life.

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  • Baby Led Weaning

    Baby Led Weaning

    Baby-led weaning - BLW (the term is attributed to Gill Rapley), is basically adding complementary foods to a baby's diet of breastmilk. This allows babies to control their solid food intake "self-feeding" from the very beginning of their experiences with food. The term weaning should not be taken to imply giving up breastmilk, but simply the introduction of foods other than breastmilk.

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  • Pregnancy Forum

    Pregnancy Forum

    The Expat Woman pregnancy forum is the perfect place to chat to and meet like minded new friends, find interactive tips and more. W We've got threads especially for due months so you can discuss all the things you need to with people at the exact stage of pregnancy as you. You can also get advice on the different doctors, hospitals, doulas and midwives in Dubai and share your tips and thoughts. We're there for you every step of the way through your pregnancy- you will definitely not feel alone!

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  • Expert Advice On All Things Pregnancy

    Expert Advice On All Things Pregnancy

    Karen Wilmot, our ExpatWoman pregnancy expert takes a look at pain management during labour and the benefits of using a TENS Machine, nutrition advice for mums to be, round ligament pain and its causes, a great recipe for a drink called Labouraid, tips and advice on how to choose your pregnancy care provider, how to deal with the pain of labour and what to do if you are suffering from post natal depression and so much more!

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  • Flying While Pregnant

    Flying While Pregnant

    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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