You’re expecting a baby! Congratulations on your pregnancy! The news is exciting, overwhelming and a little scary, but it’s completely natural to feel this way. We’ll guide you through your Singapore pregnancy every step of the way. Whether you’re looking for a cure to morning sickness or get rid of heartburn, trying to sleep better or gathering tips on how to shop, we have all the information you need to make your Singapore pregnancy comfortable. Fathers, you can find out more information here on pregnancy to help your spouse through this stressful period of time.
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Week 41 has passed and your baby is still in your belly. There is no reason worry; fewer than 5% of babies are actually born on their due date. This week you're going to get more attention than usual as your physician monitors your overdue baby more closely.
What's happening to your body?
You may be concerned that the pregnancy is taking too long, but studies show than 70% of post-term pregnancies aren't post-term at all. The confusion is…
If your baby hasn't checked out at Week 40, don't be too worried. He or she is just one of the 50% of babies that opt to stay cozy in the womb a little bit past the due date. You, however, probably feel overworked and exhausted.
What's happening to your body?
By now, your body is ready for birth. You've probably been briefed about labour inductions already—but that doesn't ensure that you won't just end up going into labour…
Your baby has grown another 2.5 cm in length and has gotten some 200g heavier since Week 37. Just about two more weeks until you get to see your little one!
What's happening to your body right now:
With two weeks left to go, your body is getting ready for life with baby. One way this happens is with leaky breasts, which many pregnant women experience. Your breasts are actually leaking colostrum, a thin yellowish liquid that is the precursor to breast milk. Colostrum is packed…
Similar to Week 36, your baby has put on about 200g over the last one week. At Week 37, the average foetus weighs about 3 kg. Growth continues to slow, but he's not done growing yet. Until the end of Week 38, babies are still considered 'early term'.
What's happening to your body right now:
Your physician is probably going to start guessing when labour will begin. Signs of labour include dilation and effacement. Dilation refers to how far…
Continuing from Week 38, your baby's brain development is still underway, even if you've already started feeling some of early signs of labour.
What's happening to your body right now:
Congratulations are in order because, at 39 weeks, you are considered to have carried your baby to its full term. Although, as your Braxton Hicks contractions increase in strength and frequency, you feel less like celebrating, remember that this is just your body getting ready for the…
After Week 34, your baby is likely to have reached his or her maximum height already! But in the run up to homestretch, your baby will still be steadily gaining weight.
What's happening to your body?
Frequent urination strikes again at this point due to the position of the baby's head against your bladder. This may cause some difficulty in controlling fluids when laughing, coughing, or sneezing!
'Pregnancy brain' and increasing clumsiness might also be troubling you. You…
So you're done with Week 33 and your baby is heavier and bigger than ever. But it doesn't end there! Your baby (and your uterus) is still growing!
What's happening to your body?
Your vision may be blurring, but don't fear—this is just because of your pregnancy hormones. Add a decrease in tear production, and that will explain why your eyes are dry and irritated, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting more near- or far-sighted is…
After Week 32, you're probably used to the weight of your baby-to-be. Good, because the foetus is still growing! Your foetus could be anywhere between 43 and 48 centimetres at this point—and you can look forward to 2.5 cm of growth this week. In addition, your foetus will still be gaining about a quarter of a kilo every week. Hang in there!
What's happening to your body?
A third-trimester insomnia afflicts 3 in 4 pregnant women and is caused by…
After 31 weeks of pregnancy, you're probably feeling the weight of your baby—about 1.8 kilos already! Your baby could measure up to 48 cm and space is getting cramped. Your baby is looking more and more like a newborn. He is also learning to act more like a newborn as well—by honing skills needed for life outside the womb, like sucking, kicking, swallowing and breathing amongst others.
How your foetus is developing week by week:
Are you feeling a…
After the pains of Week 39, you must be more than ready to see your baby! This is the official end of your pregnancy.
What's happening to your body right now:
Your due date is marked on your calendar but the little one seems to have missed the memo. This is common, as about half of pregnancies last longer than 40 weeks.
Weight gain also slows in this last month, and you may have even lost 0.9 kg…
Welcome to your last month of pregnancy! Weighing in at about 2.7 kg, your baby is now about the size of a head of romaine lettuce, a bit bigger from being pineapple-sized at Week 35.
What's happening to your body right now:
Do you feel like you've been waddling around? It' not just in your head; the pregnancy waddle is real. It a symptom of the hormone-triggered loosening and softening of your connective tissue. This process increases the flexibility of your pelvic…
Congratulations on your pregnancy! To help you prepare yourself for this life changing journey, here's a list of articles you should read to guide you along the way.
Many expecting mummies exude a certain pregnant glow, and while you might be looking lovely, there are a lot of bizarre and strange things happening behind the scenes. Read on to find out why they occur and what you can do to deal with them.
Welcome to pregnancy! To help you start this incredible journey, we've put together a guide that details the development of your baby from week to week. So even though you can't see your baby, you can still know how they are growing inside your belly and what you can do to help them along.
Welcome to the second trimester of your pregnancy! Our week by week guide will be your companion as your baby bump starts to become more visible and your body experiences new changes.
The home stretch of pregnancy can be a physically and emotionally challenging time. Let our week by week guide help you understand more about what your baby and your body is going through as you make your way across that finish line.
Pregnancy news can be overwhelming, even for couples who were trying for a baby already. Here are some of the usual reactions to pregnancy that men can experience.
You just found out you're pregnant, and it's a big surprise. For some, this can mean great joy and happiness, and for others — not so much. An unplanned can definitely be scary for both men and women, but don't let the nerves and anxiety take over. Take a minute and let it sink in. Here are some do's and don'ts when you're faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
Although half of all pregnancies are unplanned,…
You might have heard that it is not advisable for mothers-to-be to fly during pregnancy. But come on — does flying during your pregnancy pose any real threat?
You may feel that the nine months are becoming ten, so you may be willing to try anything to finally meet your baby. But trying natural induction methods is not recommended without doctor approval.
Maintaining a good level of B12 in pregnancy is thought to lead to quieter babies and also reduce the chance of birth defects. Read on to find out why and which foods are a good source of this vitamin for pregnant women.
You should be taking folic acid daily when trying to conceive and during your pregnancy. You can give your diet a boost as well by choosing foods which are rich in folate. Here's ten ideas of how to incorporate the into your diet.
Water birth is becoming more popular in Singapore as a soothing way to give birth. Educate yourself on the benefits and risks here at various hospitals
Every pregnancy is unique but mums will always experience highs and lows. Take a look at what to expect from the ups and downs of a pregnancy journey.
Many pregnant women wonder if it's safe to supplement with fish oil while pregnant because of mercury levels found in fresh fish, which are dangerous for an unborn baby. Researchers have now proved that fish oil during pregnancy can be very beneficial.
Complimentary therapies like pregnancy reflexology are becoming more popular as means to sooth expecting mummies by providing physical and emotional relief.
Not all women have an easy breezy pregnancy. More than 80% experience morning sickness and other unpleasant symptoms. The role of traditional Chinese medicine is to offer relief for various pregnancy symptoms. TCM during pregnancy can also be used successfully to treat or prevent certain ailments. However, only certain herbs can be used, as others may be toxic for the pregnancy.
Being pregnant does not have to mean you are a fashion mishap. Dressing your bump is fun! We put together a must-have list of essentials for your pregnancy wardrobe.
Prenatal vitamins are necessary for pregnant women to provide their growing babies proper nutrition. Read more about wy you should be taking prenatal vitamins
When you get that nesting feeling and it's time to create your dream nursery, you need lots of choice and the best quality and value. Here is our pick of the best places to buy baby furniture in Singapore.
There are many methods to try and predict your baby's gender but the Chinese gender predictor is said to be 90% accurate. Find out how to use it properly and have a go at predicting your baby's gender.
Unlike morning sickness which tends to taper off, pregnancy heartburn is likely to reappear over and over again. Try these simple lifestyle changes to help.
Could that meltdown at work, the sneaky bar of chocolate you had after lunch or the argument with your partner over who makes the tea, really be a sign that you are pregnant? We take a look at the first signs you are expecting a new arrival!
You should be very wary of what you eat when you are pregnant. Find out what is on don't eat list in our 8 unsafe foods to eat when pregnant gallery.
According to a Chinese pregnancy myth, if you’re craving sweets when pregnant, you’re expecting a boy. And sour food means a girl! We find out the truth.
All parents worry about their kids, but sometimes it's in vain. Here are 5 common things pregnant women overstress about — and shouldn't.
There are so many old wives' tales on how to determine a baby’s gender and while there is absolutely no scientific proof, some seem rather accurate. One popular baby gender prediction method is to use one's wedding ring to predict the gender of their baby. But how does it work?
Demand for getting a paternity test in Singapore is increasing with lifestyle changes among Singaporeans. How is it carried outand where do you go to get a test?
When pregnant, it's important to stay in shape to keep your body healthy. Low impact pregnancy workouts can be fun and easy, especially when you're in water.
Most women will experience swelling in certain areas of the body, such as the hands and the feet, during pregnancy. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers various solutions for this. Find out what you can do.
Approximately 25-30% of pregnant women develop a snoring issue which most didn't have beforehand. Find out if you need to be more worried about this than you think.
It's likely that you will experience some mood swings during pregnancy but what are reasons for these feelings and how can you manage them safely!
About two to five percent of babies are both with some type of birth defect. While small, it's a scary percentage for expecting mothers. Dr. Tony Tan, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Raffles Women’s Centre credits the defects to something unfortunately out of anyone's control.
"[They] may be due to chromosomal abnormality, genetic disease or structural abnormality in the baby," he says.
For this reason, medical experts say it's important for women of all ages, not…
Being pregnant and staying fashionable is really is easy. Follow some simple guidelines and stay bang on trend. Find out where are the best places to buy maternity fashion in Singapore.
If you have a stomach tattoo or are considering getting one before you get pregnant. Find out what is likely to happen to it before and after your pregnancy.
Heartburn is no fun when you're pregnant but it can be prevented by eating the right foods. There is no need to take any medication, just make subtle changes to your diet. Here are ten foods to soothe that annoying heartburn!
You will have heard many tales of predicting your baby's gender – from the way you carry your baby bump to what you crave at night. Can pregnancy acne play a part too?
If you have been feeling down in the dumps or lethargic lately, it could be more than just hormones playing a part. Your diet affects your mood just as much. Here's some great ideas for a much needed detox!
More women are coming up with their own labour playlists to make the delivery process significantly smoother and more enjoyable; songs that are relatable and celebrate the joys of parenthood. We suggest 15 tracks to add to yours.
Shopping for clothes when pregnant is easy with our guide to the best maternity stores in Singapore. Stay fashionable ladies and feel good inside and out!
As an expectant mum, it is perfectly normal to have concerns. If you're thinking about travelling, read through eight of the most commonly asked questions regarding travelling when pregnant.
One of the first things you'll do after you find out you are pregnant is calculate your due date! But, how to doctor's estimate the date? Learn how to calculate it yourself at home.
Your partner is carrying a lot of extra weight and it puts a great strain on her back and legs. Time for her to relax, put her feet up and be indulged in one of your perfect pregnancy massages. Here's how to impress.
Have you been told that looking at something ugly while pregnant will cause your child to be ugly? Old Wives seem to have tales on just about every subject--read the 10 wackiest ones for pregnancy here.
Being pregnant isn’t always the most comfortable experience. But look on the bright side, there's also a few things you can get away with too! Here's five to get you started.
You've probably heard a few stories about pregnancy behaviour but what pregnancy quirks might you experience and what is the reason for them? We find out!
What can you do to have an easier labour and delivery experience? Start with these daily exercises, and you'll really feel the difference!
Apparently there are a whole bunch of ways to determine if you’re carrying a boy or a girl prior to scanning. Some of these means are undoubtedly wacky old wives tales—trust us, they are pretty amusing.
A Pregnant.Sg reader writes in and asks us about what questions to ask your gynecologist that will be important for you to know throughout your pregnancy. Read what 6 questions our expert suggests you ask your gynae.
Hair rebonding is a popular beauty choice for many of us for its sleeky shiny results. Is it safe to do while you are pregnant?
During your pregnancy, you'll experience many different skin changes. Find out what is likely to happen and how you can mange the symptoms.
Stretch marks are the unfortunate consequence of becoming a mother. Check out these tips to prevent stretch marks or minimise them during your pregnancy.
Do you find yourself needing the loo more now you are expecting? Is it normal to urinate all the time when pregnant? We explore this common side effect of pregnancy.
Learning the miracles of pregnancy is amazing. There are so many things that are unknown and will probably never be discovered. It is truly a wonder for a woman to be able to carry a child.
An OSCAR test is an additional scan you can have whilst pregnant. Learn more about OSCAR testing in Singapore, when to do an Oscar test and how it can help.
Caffeine is a fairly harmless drug but if over-consumed during a pregnancy, it could cause severe birth defects or miscarriages. We take look at the effects on pregnant women.
Staying fit while pregnant can make labour, delivery and getting back in shape after birth much easier Find out what you need to do and how much is enough.
There are often many misconceptions about the accuracy of results from a home pregnancy test kit. We answer your questions and tell you what you should do if you are still not sure.
Expectant mothers have access to a multitude of iPhone apps to choose from. Staying informed during pregnancy is essential, but you can also have fun with these pregnancy apps.
If you are pregnant, then there is nothing more enjoyable than watching a movie about babies! We round up the top ten movies! Perfect for a chilled night in with the hubby - don't forget the popcorn!
Are you planning to continue working during pregnancy. Most women do nowadays but there are a few things you need to consider such as healthy safety, stress and other considerations. Find out what you should know about working during pregnancy.
Do you play classical music to your baby bump? Symphony of Motherhood is a live performance said to strengthen attachment between mother and child. Catch the next performance in Singapore on 27th October 2013.
Prenatal vitamins can help to boost your diet before during and after pregnancy. There are many brands of prenatal vitamins but which is the best. Please vote in our poll below.
What happens when you're 20 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 20 weeks pregnant.
Read the beautiful pregnancy journey of Nancy Emery as she shares what she loved and hated throughout her nine month journey. Also, find out what tips she has for preggy mummies out there.
If you've just found out your pregnant but want to wait until the end of the first trimester before telling everyone. Read our top tips on keeping your pregnancy under wraps until you are ready to make an announcement.
During the last trimester of your pregnancy, you may wonder whether your baby as dropped. What happens during this process and what are the signs?
What happens when you're 26 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 26 weeks pregnant.
Severe morning sickness affects around three percent of pregnant women and can lead to a hospital stay if not treated correctly. Find out how to tell if you have severe morning sickness and how you can cope with the condition.
You've got a positive pregnancy test and now you are wondering when you should announce your pregnancy? Here are some tips on when and how to break the news.
Keeping up a healthy and active lifestyle is important when pregnant but what is safe and what isn't. Find out the do's and don't of pregnancy fitness from our resident fitness expert, Deepa Primalani.
It's easy to get a dose of pregnancy paranoia during those emotional nine months. Take a look at common signs of pregnancy paranoia and how you can get back to reality.
Backache during pregnancy is a common complaint but what can you do to relieve the pain. We look at why it occurs and what the solutions are to relieve the discomfort.
You have expected pregnancy symptoms of fatigue and nausea, but are you aware that you might sound like a foghorn at night? Or that your feet can grow an entire shoe size? Here are 10 strange pregnancy symptoms to expect during pregnancy!
What happens when you're 28 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 28 weeks pregnant.
If you are pregnant, and you’ve just been told you have gestational diabetes, don’t fret; Try these few simple GDM managing tips.
You are 31 weeks pregnant, read about what is happening this week. How your body is changing and how your baby is developing. Plus, what might be happening in your life right now.
Pregnancy weight gain before you start to show can be tricky. People may not be certain if you are pregnant or just packing on the pounds! Read what will happen to your body in those early months.
What happens when you're 30 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 30 weeks pregnant.
It’s time to lighten your load and redelegate the housework! These 8 common household chores should be avoided during your pregnancy as it may be hazardous to your developing fetus
The days are nearing to becoming a full-time dad and it's time for big decisions: will you go back to work or throw in the 9-to-5 routine and become the stay-at-home dad you've craved to be? We check out if you measure up.
You are what you eat, and right now, that counts for baby too! We explore a new study, which claims that drinking milk during your pregnancy can make your baby taller.
We look at some tips and tricks to help you sleep soundly during your last trimester. Following these pregnant sleep positions, recommended by doctors, at night time should give you the rest you need for you and your baby.
What happens when you're 27 weeks pregnant? You are in your third trimester, learn about bodily changes, pregnancy milestones and fetal developments at this stage of your pregnancy.
What happens when you're 29 weeks pregnant? Learn how your body is changing, pregnancy milestones and fetal development at this stage of your third trimester.
Many beauty treatments are packed with chemicals that can be potentially harmful to your unborn baby. You might need to make a few adjustments to your beauty during pregnancy routine. Here are some quick tips.
When your baby starts sleeping through the night, it will be more like from 9 pm till 5 am. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really consider this sleeping in. The cruelest of all things is that during your pregnancy, you should be enjoying your last few nights of sleep in pregnancy, but you won’t be able to. Read on for sleep tips.
The future of pregnancy testing could mean finding out just 48 hours after conception. Will you feel pregnancy symptoms this early on? Learn more about the early pregnancy factor which detects pregnancy almost as soon as you conceive.
You're going to be a mummy. Is it time to shed those stubborn few pounds for baby's sake? Is it harmful to your baby to be either underweight or overweight during pregnancy? Find out the answers plus how you can introduce gentle exercise into your daily routine.
Read about some pregnant daredevils and their adrenaline seeking activities ranging from skydiving to rock climbing. Passionate skydivers or base jumpers are not letting pregnancy stop them from doing what they love. But what are doctors saying? Is skydiving while pregnant pure insanity or not as dangerous as most people think?
The genes of children of women who suffered obesity during pregnancy have been found to be more predisposed to earlier deaths. There is also an increased risk that these children can develop pre-eclampsia and diabetes. Because of poor eating habits in the family, children are also more prone to be obese themselves later in life.
"Caffeine in moderation [while pregnant] is fine," claims author Emily Oster, who challenges well-known pregnancy beliefs in her new book, Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong -and What You Really Need to Know.
Most pregnant women worry about their due dates. You hear it all the time: 'I am overdue' or 'My baby was born early'. But a new study looks at pregnancy length from a whole new perspective. It seems that it can vary by up to five weeks naturally. This could mean that the whole medical perspective on due dates could be flawed.
Earlier this month Pregnant.sg had a Baby Bump Photo Contest to give you a chance to flaunt that beautiful bump of yours. Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures with us.
Preggie-friendly footwear will go a long way to ease some of your aches and can even smooth out your posture. And contrary to popular belief, maternity shoes need not be boring or dull-looking. Podiatrists generally advise against wearing heels high enough to induce nose bleeds, even during your first trimester before your body goes through most of its changes.
Have you ever looked at any pictures of our mothers and grandmothers during pregnancy? While they were as adorable as us, they were not dressed to the nines. As soon as their bump came along, they were confined to the baggiest, ugliest clothes ever. It isn’t that they suddenly they lost their sense of style. They just didn’t have any options. The fashion industry hadn’t come up with trendy maternity wear. See what we have now...
We have a treat for all you pregnant mummies, with these 10 DIY Face masks that will further bring out your natural glow, making you look doubly radiant.
Generally speaking, your doctor will advise you against travelling to a developing country, if only to err on the side of caution. Many third world countries still in the process of development are at risk of certain contagious infections and airborne diseases – some of which can’t be prevented with vaccines, like traveller’s diarrhoea, as an example.
When you're pregnant, everything intensifies: you get mood swings, your face may break out, you're perspiring so much more more easily than before. And that feeling heightens when you're in perpetually humid Singapore. We offer expectant mummies 10 ways to handle the heat during pregnancy.
Pregnancy can wreck havoc on a woman's life at times: acne, back and pelvic pains and your now poor sense of balance may make you feel completely worn out and weary. Don't let that stop you from looking your most radiant as Hari Raya approaches! We offer five easy ways to look your best during Hari Raya.
Finding out a little one is on its way is undoubtedly an exciting time for you and your partner. More couples are thinking up creative, novel ways to announce their wife's pregnancy to their families and friends. We suggest 10 ways of making your pregnancy announcement memorable and even more exciting.
Pregnancy is a different experience for dads than it is for mums. It is an important element of womanhood. But now dads have the opportunity to experience some of the pregnancy perks directly. The Huggies pregnancy belt for dads allows them to feel their baby's kicks and movements. Would you buy one if they were in the market? See how it works...
Dear pregnant mums, We at Pregnant.sg would like to create content that matters most to you during this delicate and exciting time in your lives. We want to know your concerns, joys, fears--but more than anything else, we want to know YOU!
Just because celebrities are doing this, does it mean you have to? Is it even safe to wear high heels in pregnancy?
Darker skin, thicker hair and excessive hair growth are changes all pregnant women experience to some degree. Thus, considering a laser hair removal procedure is not unusual. But is laser hair removal and pregnancy a safe combination?
What happens when you're 23 weeks pregnant? Learn about bodily changes, milestones and fetal development now that you're 23 weeks pregnant.
Most parents look forward to the moment when their newborn passes out a dark, sticky substance in their diaper – just hours after birth. Yes, your baby’s first poop (also known as meconium) is truly a reason to rejoice, as it is a sign that their digestive system is all up, running and ready to go.
Insect repellents afford you great protection during the summer months, but what are the concerns about insect repellent and pregnancy? Are they safe to use? Many pregnant and breastfeeding mummies have been worrying about the same thing.
During pregnancy, you may find that you have a better or a worse skin condition than before. In the latter case, you might think about getting a peel to smooth out any imperfections. But do chemical peels and pregnancy mix?
A large percent of women experience pregnancy leg cramps, mostly during sleep. They are most common during the last trimester of pregnancy. They can be both uncomfortable and worrying since they can disturb your sleep and create pain.
Pregnant and moving house? Fret not! Here are rules and tips from to adhere to so that you do not endanger your unborn baby.
Pregnant and moving house
Moving house can be quite a headache for most of us, let alone the pregnant women. From the feng shui perspective, it is advisable to avoid moving house during pregnancy and also one month after giving birth.
RELATED: 10 Chinese taboos for pregnant women
However, for pregnant mums-to-be who have plans to…
How your foetus is developing when you're 21 weeks pregnant:
After 20 weeks, your baby is now about 340g and has all the features and bodily functions of a human being but is so miniature, he can fit the palm of your hand! He also often hiccups, which is nature's way of getting your little bundle of joy to practice breathing! His baby fat will soon fill out his wrinkled skin, and he will experience a…
Learn more about Ramadan and pregnancy and how a study finds some effects unfavorable to the developing baby.
Pregnancy and Ramadan
Based on a new research, pregnant Muslim women who have chosen to fast during Ramadan are more likely to give birth to tinier babies who will be more susceptible to learning disabilities when they are adults.
RELATED: Is it safe to eat dates during Ramadan?
Fasting during Ramadan
For those who are still quite unsure of what Ramadan signifies—it…
Will I enjoy sex when I am pregnant? Is there a reason why couples should avoid sex during this time? Dr Tan Eng Loy, Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology sheds some light to these questions and more. Read about it here!
All about pregnancy sex
Sexual intercourse in the absence of contraception leads to pregnancy. Upon achieving pregnancy, many couples may stop having sexual intercourse as they have seemingly achieved their target. Some may also avoid sexual…
After week 18, sticky, wax-like coating called vernix now covers your little bundle’s skin. You should also start looking out for light kicks, or flutters - the first sign of your baby making his presence known!
How your foetus is developing when you're 19 weeks pregnant:
At about 14.2cm long and 240g, you're starting to be more alert for flutters coming from your stomach when you’re 19 weeks pregnant! This is because your precious one's nerve cells…
After 17 weeks pregnant, your baby's heartbeat can now be heard without the use of a prenatal stethoscope! Find out what else happens in your 18th week.
How your foetus is developing when you're 18 weeks pregnant:
When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is now around 12 - 14cm in length and weighs about 190g. His blood vessels will be partially visible through his still slightly translucent skin. And here comes the good news: his heartbeat can now…
The euphoria for getting a positive pregnancy result for the first time usually gives way to an insatiable desire to find out everything about pregnancy. Are my symptoms normal? How do I know if my baby is developing well? What is labour like? If you have all of these questions, here are the top 10 pregnancy books you should be reading.
1. The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
by the Mayo Clinic
If you’re looking for…
Ramadan starts today for the year 2013. For those who are pregnant, you may want to know if it is safe to consume sweet dates that are aplenty, especially during the break fast period. Even though pregnant women are generally exempt from fasting, they too enjoy dates as a sweet treat.
RELATED: Is it safe to eat hawker food during pregnancy?
Dr Jasmine Mohd, obstetrician and gynaecologist, allays your concerns about eating dates during Ramadan. She shares…
After 15 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby can now detect light through his translucent eyelids! It’s also the time he begins to recognise voices.
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:
At 16 weeks, your baby is now the size of a grapefruit or avocado and his muscles are strengthening steadily, particularly his back muscles. Expect some discomfort when he stretches out his body! Although his head is still considerably larger than his…
In week 15, your tiny bundle finally starts shedding his downy “fur” and getting baby fat. Also, find out why expectant mummies are more susceptible to illnesses!
Your little one is finally starting to show in your growing baby bump! Find out how to handle the back aches and abdominal pains that come with it.
The researchers found that anxiety and depression while pregnant can be reduced with the help of music. This may also have an impact on the postpartum period. Postpartum depression or anxiety could also be diminished by listening to suitable music.
Congratulations! After you're 12th week, you've entered the second trimester of your pregnancy, and chances of miscarriage are significantly lower now that you’re 13 weeks pregnant. Here's a look at the progress your bundle of joy is making.
How your foetus is developing week by week when you’re 13 weeks pregnant:
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Your little one now is now around the size of a lemon and has working kidneys…
There has been a lot of controversy in the last few years surrounding the use of nail polish during pregnancy. Warnings are issues to mummies-to-be to not use it, as it can potentially harm your foetus. This leaves many mums concerned, especially if manicures are their one routine indulgence.
Its better to cope with the unusual pregnancy cravings by choosing healthy alternatives. Here are the most common cravings that pregnant women may experience.
riving is one of the easiest ways to get around the city for many women. Car trips are also a pleasurable and relaxing activity for some. While pregnant, many women wonder if driving the care will become difficult or even impossible.
In this series, we explore common pregnancy myths, where they come from and whether there’s any truth in them. While we offer the scientific answers to all these myths, we’ll also look them from a cultural perspective and offer practical tips.
Pregnancy myth: Pregnant women should not watch horror movies
In Chinese superstition, it’s believed that if you look at pictures of cute babies, you’ll have a cute child. So it’s not surprising that you’re warned to…
Find that your hair is getting wild and unmanageable as your pregnancy progresses? Where is the smooth, glossy hair for pregnant women that you were promised in the pregnancy manual? Well, pregnancy creates interesting changes for all of us, and you might just find that you need a new hairstyle.
Why is my hair behaving differently?
Your hair may feel different now that you’re pregnant because of the hormones coursing through your body. For one, you are…
After 11 weeks, you’ve finally come to the end of the first trimester, and you’re about to enter the second one, where things can only get better. This is also the best time to make travel plans if you are intending to go on a babymoon before your baby comes.
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week 12:
The foetus now weighs about 15 grams, and its facial features are looking more human-like. Your baby is also…
After 10 weeks into your pregnancy, you are coming to the end of the first trimester. The good news is that the pregnancy symptoms you’ve experienced since week six are starting to wane. You can soon say your official goodbyes to morning sickness and exhaustion!
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week 11:
At week 11, your baby is about the size of a fig and weighs in at a teeny 1/4 ounces. His head has…
There’s no escaping from the record levels of air pollution that has plagued Singapore since the forest fires begun in Indonesia. No matter if you’re pregnant or not, you would have taken heed of the government’s advice to stay indoors and wear the N95 face mask when you’re outdoors. We know that the PSI is at hazardous levels, but the more important question you might be asking could be, “How will the haze affect my…
You are constantly told about the many changes a pregnant woman's body goes through. However, not many women know about the changes that happen to their feet during pregnancy. It is not a myth or a joke.
The daily use of make-up during pregnancy can expose your body to around 175 chemicals. Many of these reach the blood stream and can pass through the placenta to affect the developing foetus.
Welcome to the world of pregnancy forgetfulness, one of the few joys of pregnancy your doctor didn’t warm you about. If you lately have a tendency to forget names, phone numbers, and even your address, you most like have what other mummies call a “pregnancy brain”.
The babymoon, or the concept of a holiday during pregnancy, is a trend that is taking off among parents-to-be right now, and it looks set to grow even more popular. Here are the reasons why a babymoon is a good idea and what locations make for good babymoon getaways.
Why go on a babymoon
When you’re pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, traveling might be the last thought on your mind. But as you pass into the…
It is about so much more than just keeping your mind occupied; mental stimulation during pregnancy is all about keeping yourself in a good state mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the sake of your growing baby.
When you become pregnant there is such an extensive list of do’s and don’ts that will leave your head reeling. While you spend a lot of time thinking what to not put in your body for the sake of the little one growing inside you, it is easy to overlook what not to put ON your body.
This group of muscles is particularly important for pregnant women. However, all women should take the time to exercise their pelvic floor muscles.
During pregnancy a woman tends to balance her weight differently to accommodate the increasing size of the uterus. This can put a lot of strain on her spine by taking an incorrect posture. Even while sitting, it is important to make a conscious effort to correct your posture.
After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is to cook dinner and your husband is terrible in the kitchen. So you usually end up eating at the hawker center or food court, or getting takeout from the neighbourhood kopitiam. The only thing is: Is it really healthy for your body during pregnancy? We take a closer look at eating out as part of a pregnancy diet.
What a healthy pregnancy…
Many people think that ultrasound scanning is the definitive method that will reveal all you need to know about your baby from his gender to any markers of birth defects. However, it’s important to know that accuracy of ultrasound scanning is both an art and a science, and it also involves an element of luck because your baby needs to be ideally positioned for the clearest shots.
Ultrasound can be wrong about: Multiples
Something you might not…
It’s the thing we all fear seeing when we look into the mirror—the appearance of those pale silvery lines across our bellies, the dreaded stretch marks!
While experts unfortunately tell us that stretch marks are caused by genetics and how elastic our skin is, and that we can’t do anything to prevent them, others argue that stretch marks can be prevented or at least reduced if we massage our skin regularly with moisturizing oils or cream.…
The first baby movement will probably start around seven to eight weeks into your pregnancy. However, you won't be able to feel that. Some women report feeling a butterfly movement or a tingling sensation early into their pregnancy.
Have you heard of an 'appearing twin'? How can a second baby magically appear? Parents will either be pleasantly surprised at the prospect of another child or be unprepared to look after two children. In this article, we take a look at possible causes of undetected twins.
While you are eager to find out if you are having a boy or a girl, the ultrasound can feel like a long wait. However, it is not very likely that the shape of your baby bump can be used as an accurate gender predictor.
The effects of PKU on a baby can be far reaching if you do not make the necessary diet changes required. There is no reason why a woman with PKU can not have a healthy baby if you adhere to a strict low phenylalanine diet while you are expecting. It is wise to go for dietary counselling if either you or your little one is suffering from this condition.
Toxoplasmosis can pose a serious risk for the unborn child if you contract the virus while pregnant. Learn how to protect yourself from it and what measures you can take if you are already infected.
Pregnancy hormones can make the gum tissue more sensitive and prone to infection. You will notice increased swelling, bleeding and inflammation of the gum tissue. This is gingivitis at work, and when left untreated can lead to periodontital disease.
Rubella during pregnancy is a serious issue that can affect the health of the unborn child. Learn how to prevent it and what measures can be taken if you contract rubella during pregnancy.
There are many controversial elements surrounding the abortion issue, but we will approach it strictly from a clinical point of view. We tackle the difficult-to ask-questions about the long-term effects of abortions and how it will influence your future pregnancies head-on.
The exact cause of this condition is not known. It might be caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors such as lifestyle choices and exposure of teratogens. Teratogens can be found in medication and food and the environment can cause cleft lip and palate.
Some pregnant ladies or those who are eager to fall to pregnant might have heard of implantation bleeding. In the same breath, expectant mothers often hear that bleeding during your pregnancy is a cause for major concern.
There are so many myths that are circulating about being pregnant. Which ones are true and which ones are fake? That is a question that parents have wondered for centuries. So is gaining weight in the face mean you will have a girl?
Being pregnant means that you are now suddenly responsible for the safety and wellbeing of two lives. As your belly starts to grow, you might suddenly ask yourself; “How do I put on the seat belt during pregnancy?”
The symptoms of preterm birth are important to know. Any pregnant woman fears that she may go into labour too early. Being prepared for such a situation is part of birth planning and should always be taken into consideration.
When you become pregnant one of the first things you will see to grow, besides your breast, are your feet and ankles. There may be times when you wonder what in the world is going on. Your swollen ankles and feet will be twice their size at some points. For many women this is normal, but always consult your doctor if you are unsure of things.
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Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder which can affect your lungs and other important organs. It is a serious condition which will continue to progress during pregnancy and yet many women are willing to take the risk.
One common symptom that expectant mothers experience is early pregnancy cramps. Some women experience pregnancy cramps during the same time as their usual menstrual period. If you've never been pregnant, it might be hard to tell early pregnancy cramps apart from menstrual cramps.
Stillbirth is one of the most difficult events for expectant parents to go through. It occurs when the pregnancy is well-advanced past the 20th week and the unborn child dies inside the womb.
The controversy about a industrial chemical found in plastics, Bisphenoal A, or BPA for short, rages on. Health authorities have warned against the potential toxic effects of BPA can have on pregnant women and their foetus.
Many pregnant women will experience itchy skin. Especially around your belly or breast because they are growing the most. Your skin will feel itchy while everything is growing and trying to fit into place.
What causes itchy skin in pregnant women:
There are a few main things that will cause a pregnant woman to experience itchy skin.
Estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that is released during pregnancy. There are many women who will notice that their palms and…
There are so many things that your doctor will tell you to avoid while you are pregnant. On the top of that list should be anything with lead or mercury in them. There is no study that shows anything good coming from either of these chemicals.
Watching your weight gain during pregnancy can be difficult, but when you are carrying multiple babies it is even more important. Gaining too much weight while you are pregnant with multiple babies can cause harm to both you and your babies. Do not worry though, there are easy things you can do that will help.
Heartburn is something that is very common among pregnant women. Even if you have never experienced this before, you may when you are pregnant. Most pregnant women experience a mild form of this discomfort and can easily deal with the problem. If you feel that your heartburn is worse than it should be, just ask your doctor about it. They can give you the best insight on how normal your heartburn is.
What causes pregnancy heartburn?
Proper recovery from miscarriage is necessary and although it does not take long to recover physically, the same cannot be said for one’s mental and emotional health.
Many overweight women experience infertility or sub-fertility (decreased fertility). There are still many unanswered questions regarding this issue. Being overweight can not only hinder conception, but it also poses health risks during and after a pregnancy.
Cramps of varying intensity are common during all pregnancies. While some causes of cramping are completely harmless, some can lead to serious complications and should not be ignored.
You're pregnant. So, you may as well accept it right now: Your body IS going to change. We just want to be honest with you: You will be surprised by some of the changes, but that doesn't mean they will be all bad. Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful miracles in nature, and it's a special gift to be able to grow a human being and bring him or her into this world. Unfortunately,…
Being able to give birth to a child is a true miracle and gift for many women. There are so many changes your body will go through while you are pregnant, that it may be difficult to keep up with all of them. The hormones and the blood increase alone will cause you to have a headache during your first trimester (literally and metaphorically). Unfortunately pregnancy headaches are common and can continue on throughout your…
So, you were warned about the morning sickness and the mood swings that come along with pregnancy, but now there's a whole new situation at hand: excessive hair growth during pregnancy. It wasn't something you were prepared for. And it's popping up everywhere: your face, tummy, back...What now?! We'll explain the reason behind the excessive hair growth during pregnancy and what you can do about it.
What causes excessive hair growth during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, most women…
When you're pregnant, the most important thing you can do is to gather as much information about your baby's condition as possible. If you've gotten troubling screening test results indicating birth defects of some sort, you may be considering the option of having an abortion. Abortion due to birth defects is a common choice, but it's never easy. Before making the decision, it's important to keep certain things in mind.
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You’ve heard that listening to music in the womb makes your baby smarter, so should you start broadcasting Mozart and Vivaldi round the clock? Well, while there are a lot of benefits to start playing music for your baby in the womb, it may not really work the way you think.
Can baby respond to music in the womb?
From around 19 weeks, your baby can hear the sounds around him, such as the sound of your…
For many women, pregnancy complications weigh heavily on their mind, and an ectopic pregnancy can be very serious. Ectopic pregnancies are initially hard to diagnose when your pregnancy tests positive, since you're experiencing all the typical symptoms of a normal pregnancy.
What it is
Ectopic literally means “out of place.” During a healthy pregnancy, the ovary releases an egg into the fallopian tube, where it is met with a sperm cell and is transported to uterus. Unfortunately during…
Latest researches have confirmed that almost one in 100 babies is born with a heart defect. This type of birth defect is known as congenital heart defect or CHD, in medical language. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, more than 50% of the babies with CHD require a serious surgical treatment. Learn more about heart defects in babies and how they occur.
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Acquired heart ailment
The heart is responsible for…
Anticipating the coming of a new baby can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful time for mothers-to-be as they go through many physical changes and may experience emotional ups and downs. It is no wonder that many pregnant women experience baby blues and depression. Studies show that one in five women experience some depression symptoms sometime during their pregnancy. In fact, as many as one in ten develop full-blown clinical depression.
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Having morning sickness, heartburn or constipation? These are common symptoms that mothers face during pregnancy. The severity of these pregnancy symptoms can very from woman to woman, but sometimes they can feel like they won't going away no matter what you do. Ms. Sarah Sinaram, senior dietitian at Raffles Internal Medicine Centre, provides us with some tips on how to deal with these annoying pregnancy symptoms.
Morning sickness occurs in 50 to 90% of pregnancies and usually…
So, you missed your period — this is the first and most common sign you're pregnant. Then what? In addition to missing your period, here are a 4 telling symptoms and signs you're pregnant.
Using herbal pregnancy remedies has been around for thousands of years. Different cultures use all types of plants to treat pregnancy ailments. We look at some simple herbal infusions that you can prepare at home.
Pregnant women and their spouses usually have endless questions about their pregnancy, labour and delivery and what happens next. It's good to know what certain terms mean before you start hearing them being thrown around, so you're not completely lost if you're presented with a certain situation. You may have heard of an episiotomy, but we'll explain the nitty gritty details of what it really is.
What is episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a common process during which…
It’s right before bedtime when that big craving for chicken curry hits. Should you give in, or will you only regret it? Pregnancy cravings are natural and part of the pregnancy process. Normally, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a craving or two during a healthy pregnancy.
The problem, though, arises if you’re at risk of pregnancy-related problems like heartburn, indigestion, gestational diabetes or excessive weight gain. If that’s you, caution should be taken when it comes…
Looking for the best gynae in Singapore? Here is a list of the top four gynaecologists recommended by our Singaporean mums. Who made the hot list?
Although being pregnant is one of the happiest periods in a woman’s life, it also brings about some discomforts and routine changes. One of the normal everyday routines that will either change or become disrupted is a pregnant woman’s sleeping patterns and styles. With a growing baby in the tummy, many pregnant women find that they have to adjust the way they sleep and the timing of their bedtime just to be comfortable. It turns…
You've just learnt that you’re expecting, not one, but two (or more) babies — congratulations! Along with joy and excitement, you’re probably also experiencing a little nervousness about the idea of having multiple babies. It's okay – it would be unnatural if you weren't a little scared. The first question that comes to mind might be: How can I afford it? Well, while it’s true that multiple babies will cost you more money, it doesn't…
It's truly a miracle the way a woman's body adjusts and conforms not only to grow a baby inside her womb but also to provide a warm, nurturing environment over a nine-month period. The pregnant body goes through many unique changes at every step — some small and some much more noticeable. Regardless, every single process in the body adjusts to provide for two sets of lungs, hearts, brains and growing bodies. An expecting mother's…
Pregnancy can often be difficult and uncomfortable. What with the changing body, raging hormones and overall lifestyle change, your world can be a bit thrown off kilter during the nine months. As mums ourselves, we know that there are more than a few items out there that are specifically designed to help make your pregnancy easier and more comfortable — and we've found them. Here are 10 items that are totally worth buying to make…
You’ve heard all about the pregnancy glow — but you're not seeing it when you stare in the mirror. To your horror, you’re breaking out in spots like a teenager. What’s going on? Unfortunately, acne during pregnancy is extremely common, even if you normally have clear skin. We'll explain what causes acne during pregnancy and what you can do to deal with your breakouts.
Why am I breaking out?
The acne breakouts are primarily caused by the…
Even women in good health can develop gestational diabetes, which is a form of diabetes that is caused by pregnancy. As part of your prenatal care, your glucose levels are monitored throughout your pregnancy and you will typically undergo glucose testing in your second trimester to test for diabetes. If you should test positive, there’s no need to panic as there are ways to manage gestational diabetes. Read on to find out what you should…
In Singapore, health care is heavily subsidized for citizens and permanent residents. While you'll have to pay for your visits to the gynecologists and prenatal care, you'll be able to use your Medisave to pay for most of the costs of ultrasounds and the delivery. Of course, this means you are still paying money out-of-pocket, so you are probably wondering if there’s any insurance that covers pregnancy and the post-partum period.
The straightforward answer is that,…
For more than 40 years, ultrasound imaging has been established as a safe and invaluable tool in the evaluation of the fetus. However, the long-term effects of repeated ultrasound exposures on the fetus are not fully known.
What is ultrasound imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a common medical diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images (sonograms) of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Antenatal ultrasound examinations are commonly performed by sonographers, radiologists, and…
When fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is referred to as stillbirth. It occurs in about one in 200 pregnancies and for many parents, the loss is completely unexpected, because up to half of all stillbirths occur in pregnancies that appear problem-free. The pregnant woman may suspect that something is wrong if the baby suddenly stops moving or kicking.
Delivering a stillborn fetus
Ultrasound examination will confirm that the heart had stopped beating and the…
Coloring hair is a concern many women have while pregnant. Hair treatments can be divided into temporary, semi permanent and permanent dyes. The last two categories have received the most attention as they include a variety of chemicals.
Coloring hair while pregnant
There is not enough information to state with certainty that using hair dyes during pregnancy is completely safe as there are no extensive human studies available. It is probably safe after the first trimester. Only…
Pregnancy makes a woman's body go through all sorts of changes, and sometimes they can catch you off-guard — no matter how many stories you've heard or books you've read! Every woman experiences a unique pregnancy, but there are many common occurrences happen that might surprise you that are perfectly normal. Here, we answer one woman's question about breast leaking during pregnancy.
Question: Hi, My breast has been leaking, but I haven’t even delivered yet! I am…
Shopping for your new arrival can be an exciting time, but it can be all too easy to get carried away. While there are some things that are a great idea to buy before your baby is born, there are other items that you may want to hold off on getting until after the birth — like a crib or all those adorable onesies you've been eyeing. Before you start racking up the bills, consider…
During pregnancy your body will undergo some amazing changes. Increased hormones will cause your breasts to swell, your uterus to expand even your skin to break out. You'll deal with crazy cravings at 5 a.m. (think ice cream and pickles) and feel "too big" even though it's just your body's way of adapting. There's no need to stress or become anxious at the changes you experience — they're all apart of the process of carrying…
When it comes to bonding with your unborn baby, parents are not always equally able to partake. Mum has no problem bonding and almost does it effortlessly. After all, the unborn baby is attached to her, receiving life from her and growing inside her. Mum can feel every movement, everything from hic-ups to kicks. But, what about dad? Here are a few suggestions to help your man bond with your unborn baby.
Weight gain is a normal and healthy part of pregnancy. Most women gain a normal amount of weight by eating well and staying active. The extra pregnancy weight gain:
Weight gain by trimester
Generally, there is little pregnancy weight gain during the first trimester (1-2 kg) because of morning sickness. The most weight is gained (about 5-7 kg) during the second trimester. In the third trimester, a woman gains about 4-5 kg. This is the average weight gain.
Discover how the Mount Elizabeth Hospital Childbirth Education Programme can truly benefit parents-to-be through its highly informative class offerings.