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Pregnancy & Babies

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ameliaThe Essential Baby Care Guide
ExpatWoman.com 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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prgenant nutrition
Nutrition Whilst Pregnant
It's a worrying and wonderful time wondering what to eat during pregnancy. There are so many myths... our Pregnancy Expert, Karen Wilmot has the answers for you. Read More >>
pregnant hospital birth plan
Care Provider Warning Signs
If you desire a natural childbirth then you need to find a care provider who works in an environment that supports natural childbirth. We've got the signs to look out for here. Read More >>
pregnant in heat
Pregnant In The Heat
While the rest of the world rejoices about up and coming warm months, those of us in the Middle East console ourselves by planning trips to escape the sweltering heat. Here's some top tips to survive the heat. Read More >>
birth plan
Choosing A Birth Plan
When we visit our hairdressers, we know the style we want- so why should it be any different with our OB-GYNs? Having a birth plan can really put your mind at rest and prevent unwanted stresses. Read More >>

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!

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!
pregnant in dohaExpatWoman 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. Go To Forum>>
pregnant in qatarRound 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 fibers and sensitive structures, causing pain. The severity of pain can worry you. Although round ligament pain is uncomfortable, it is also very normal.  Read More>>
tens machineTENS 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. Read More>>
post natal depressionPost 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. Read More>>
labour painsUnderstanding 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. Read More>>
labour aidLabouraid- 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. Read More>>
pregantNew 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. Read More>>
flying while pregnantFlying 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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