Confused by the estimated date of delivery
It’s never an accurate date, you may deliver several days before or after the EDD. There are several ways of calculating the EDD. The date has traditionally been calculated forwards based on the first day of your last period, but this presumes regular menstrual cycles of 28 days.
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Why you should commence antenatal care early
You should aim to commence antenatal care around the 11th to the 13th week of pregnancy. At this point, the growing baby is well-developed to allow a detailed assessment of normality. Virtually every organ is formed by this point, allowing some developmental or genetic abnormalities to be detected this early. This is also the best time to accurately date your pregnancy, giving you the estimated date of delivery, usually abbreviated as EDD.
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How to deal with common vaginal infections
Vaginal infections are pretty common. They occur on both the vagina and the vulval area, hence the medical descriptive term vulvo-vaginitis or vulvo-vaginal infections (VVIs). Women and girls of all ages can be affected. Yeast (or fungal) infection is the commonest cause of VVIs. About 75% of women will get a yeast infection at some point in their lifetime. Bacterial infections will affect a further 30% of women. A host of viruses and other parasites can also cause VVIs.
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There are many management options for miscarriages
Once a miscarriage has been diagnosed, a discussion needs to take place about how to manage the situation. It’s best to discuss with your regular gynecologist, or a nurse specialized in the management of early pregnancy problems. The first thing to understand is that you are not at any significant risk, and there is usually no urgency in deciding what to do. The only exception to this principle is in cases where there is heavy bleeding, which is uncommon.
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Reversible contraceptive methods are safe
Many women have some initial anxieties about the use of contraceptives. Most of such anxieties are however based on inadequate information, or even from biased anecdotes. The safety of reversible contraceptives is not in question. Not only do they prevent unwanted pregnancies, but contraceptives are also linked to a multitude of other health benefits.
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