Since douching changes the delicate chemical balance in the vagina (and the vaginal flora), which can make a woman more prone to bacterial infection, health care providers don't recommend it. Studies show that women who douche on a routine basis tend to have more problems including vaginal irritations, infection, and STD's.
Pregnancy is an amazing phenomenon of nature that is the core of our existence. Yet even today, few people really have an understanding of what goes on inside a pregnant woman. It's not just nine months of belly growth followed by the birth of a baby.
Studies have shown a link between taking high doses of Vitamin A (as retinol or retinyl esters) during early pregnancy and certain birth defects. How much and what forms of Vitamin A is safe during pregnancy? Are there other medications or foods that should be avoided?
Alcohol, found in wine, beer and liquors, is a toxic substance that is quickly transferred from the mother's bloodstream to the baby's.
Women can have special risk factors for drug abuse. Women can become addicted quickly to certain drugs, such as crack cocaine. Therefore, by the time they seek help, their addiction may be difficult to treat
Many people have turned to holistic approaches to health care, which include the use of herbs, as an alternative to traditional medicine. There are some herbs, however, that shouldn't be used during pregnancy because of what they do to reproductive organs or because of naturally-occurring substances found in them.
We know some foods actually carry risks in pregnancy. The risks are very small, and even if you do eat some of these foods, perhaps without realizing, you are very unlikely to harm yourself or your baby in any way. However, it makes sense to avoid them when you can.
Pregnancy is a time of many changes for both partners, including changes in their sexual relationship. You and your partner may experience different emotions and feelings, so communication is as important now as always.
by Colette Bouchez
Regardless of how much or how little you spend on your pregnancy wardrobe, the one area where you probably shouldn't skimp is in your undergarments. While some stores can go overboard in trying to convince you of what you need (will you really be all that comfortable in a pregnancy thong?) still, there are some basic undergarments that can make an important difference in not only how you look, but also how you feel.
no woman needs - or deserves - a little pampering care more than a mother-to-be! If you're a working gal - and especially if you are already caring for one, two or more little ones at home, taking even just a few moments a day for yourself, can go a long way in not only helping to relieve your tension and stress, but also ensure your baby is happier and healthier as well.