Pregnancy is an exciting time for mummies-to-be! But do you know what to do in your first trimester? You will need help in finding the right gynaecologist and hospital and this is your go-to section. Read up on how your precious little one is growing in your tummy in the first trimester and what you can do to help it grow healthily. We have a repertoire of articles that can guide you through your first trimester on what to eat, what lifestyle changes you have to make, what questions to ask your gynaecologist and what to expect for your first prenatal checkup.
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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…
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The first trimester screening (FTS) for Down’s Syndrome has a high track record of detecting chromosomal abnormalities in 90% of high-risk pregnancies. This screening test is also commonly known as “OSCAR”, which stands for “One-Stop-Clinic-For-Assessment-of-Risk”. A software is used to identify whether the fetus is at risk of having Down’s Syndrome.
If the result reports a high risk probability, future tests and procedures will be conducted to manage the condition of both mother and baby. However,…
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How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week 12:
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How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week 11:
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Your pregnancy mood swings are confusing the wits out of your loved ones. One moment they are laughing with you, only to find themselves walking on eggshells around you in the next. Luckily, there are ways for them to cope with your pregnancy mood swings so that they can escape this potential minefield unscathed.
Many women will express how they have not had a good night's sleep since their baby was born. Truth be told, having trouble sleeping probably started during pregnancy. Your body will experience cramps, pains, backaches and just plain out irritability. Give yourself a break, you are carrying another person inside of you. This will make everything change from the day you find out you are pregnant.
Why am I having trouble sleeping?
Your body and hormones are…
Why is it that it seems like every time you turn around now, you are looking to see where the restroom is? Frequent urination during pregnancy can be extremely annoying — but unfortunately also very common when you're expecting. Find out why it's happening and how to deal with it.
Frequent urination during pregnancy
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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…
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What it is
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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…
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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…
After 9 weeks, we take a look at your baby's neural development during week 10 of your pregnancy and talk about choosing a suitable gynaecologist and hospital for the big day.
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:
Your baby is now about the size of a prune. Paddle-like, or webbed, hands and feet will now separate into fingers and toes, bones will begin to harden and his kidneys are now producing urine.
His liver and…
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What's happening to your body:
[caption id="attachment_133106" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mummy Cherie Gwee shares her week 9 pregnancy pic with us[/caption]
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After 7 weeks, your embryo has graduated into a fetus! It's about 1.6cm long, about the size of a rasberry. While still tiny, he has been growing at an amazing rate (about a milimeter each day)! Read on to find out more about his rapid progress in the 8th week of pregnancy.
What is happening to your body:
It's common in your 8th week of pregnancy to have sharp pain on either side of your pelvis, especially…
The 7th week is likely the time that you would have paid a first visit to your OBGYN for a viability scan and a blood test. How exciting!
What's happening to your body right now:
Similar to 6 weeks, your body may not have changed much on the outside yet, but your uterus has doubled in size to accommodate your growing baby. Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry or a garbanzo bean.
You may have…
Some mummies may already know that they are with child in this early stage of pregnancy because of the classic symptoms at 5 weeks. By the sixth week, these symptoms should be in full effect and you can be almost certain of your pregnancy. The sixth week is also when most mummies make their first trip to the Dr to confirm their pregnancy.
What's happening to your body right now:
Your body may not have changed much…
While it was just a tiny ball of cells at 4 weeks, this week your little one’s heart has started beating! He has also been busy growing. Right now he is still about the size of an orange seed. Tiny and fragile. So do take care of yourself and refrain from strenuous physical activity.
How your Embryo is developing during pregnancy week by week:
The embryo now has three distinct layers: the outer ectoderm, which will form…
Mummies, this is the time when your body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone, hCG, which may cause you to experience nausea, dizziness, mood swings and exhaustion. After 3 weeks pregnant, your little ball of cells is about the size of a poppy seed. You may feel that your bras are getting tighter and you are sensitive to smells as your baby starts to grow. It's not uncommon to ask your spouse to change his perfume or…
Congratulations! This is the moment you have been waiting for! You have conceived! As mentioned in the previous article, in weeks one and two, the egg and sperm have yet to meet. But as of the third week, the egg and sperm have fertilised.
How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:
Your developing baby (a zygote) now has 46 chromosomes, 23 from you and 23 from your spouse. These chromosomes will determine his sex…
Mummies-to-be, have you ever wondered about what really happens during the first two months when your baby is growing inside of you? This series will help you go through your pregnancy week by week and learn about the development of your precious baby from day 0.
What happens in the first two weeks:
Mummies, I know this may sound confusing, but in week one and two, your body is just gearing up for pregnancy. It is technically…
The blissful bubble of pregnancy bursts, as you grapple with gynaecologists that are available and the numerous hospital choices to deliver in. Recommendations, your preference, your husband’s preference, the best and etc. are just some of the choices you have when looking at these two.
Recommendations will begin to flow from family and friends as soon as the news of your pregnancy is out. What do you do? Politely thank them and then check out…
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…
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.