Ask a Midwife by Catherine Parker-Littler, Margaret Plumbo

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By Catherine Parker-Littler, Margaret Plumbo

Listed here are solutions to each form of query, from the sensible ("I'm relatively overweight-is it secure to vitamin whereas I'm pregnant?") to the emotional (I are looking to return to paintings once attainable after I provide birth-but will it have an effect on my baby?). Mothers-to-be will enjoy the professional but compassionate recommendation to questions they could believe uncomfortable asking their healthcare professional, comparable to no matter if synthetic tanning will damage their child or whether or not they are inclined to cross stools whilst giving start. This excellent being pregnant significant other will tell and reassure all expectant moms.

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She can either conceive the baby with the partner’s sperm, in which case she is the biological mother, or the infertile couple may fertilize their own egg through fertility treatment, which is then transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother for her to carry the baby through pregnancy and deliver at birth. This process can be beset with problems: such as the conflicting emotions of both the surrogate mother and the receiving couple, or legal issues if, for example, the surrogate mother has a change of heart after the birth and wants to keep the baby.

Q My partner has a low sperm count—can you tell us what help is available for us? Usually, two or three semen samples are used to figure out the average sperm count and to see if there are abnormal sperm present. A healthy semen sample of 2–5 ml contains more than 20 million sperm per ml; a count below this is considered low. If your partner has abnormal sperm, further testing may be necessary. Lifestyle changes can boost sperm (see below). There are also hormonal treatments to improve sperm count and surgery to remove blockages.

In a recent study, researchers said acupuncture increased success rates by almost 50 percent in women having IVF treatment. The theory is that acupuncture can affect the autonomic nervous system, making the lining of the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo. But the scientists admit they don’t know for certain why the complementary therapy helped, and more studies are planned. 36 how will i know i’m pregnant? confirming your pregnancy new parents and drink. The important thing is to stop drinking and smoking now and take the best possible care of yourself and your baby.

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