New Mums

While bleeding can be common during pregnancy, with 20% of women bleeding during the first trimester, sometimes bleeding can be a sign of something serious, so it is essential that you consult your doctor as soon as it occurs to ensure the health of you and your baby.

In the first trimester, bleeding could be due to a number of things including:

//  Implantation Bleeding 

//  Miscarriage

//  Ectopic Pregnancy

//  Molar Pregnancy

//  Cervical Changes

//  Infection

While it’s not rare for women to bleed during their first trimester, bleeding in the second and third trimesters are not as common and can signify something is not quite right.

If you experience any bleeding whatsoever, wearing a pad is recommended in order to keep track of how much you are bleeding as well as recording the type of blood it is, be it pink, brown or red; smooth or full of clots.

During this abnormal bleeding, it’s recommended not to use tampons or to have sex until the issue is resolved by your doctor, as it can cause infection. Bleeding in the second and third trimesters can be due to the following:

//  Placentra Previa

//  Placentral Abruption

//  Uterine Rapture

//  Vasa Previa

//  Premature Labour

//  Injury or Cervix or Vagina

//  Polyps

//  Cancer

While your bleeding may just be a normal part of your pregnancy experience, it’s important that you make sure your maternity clinic is aware of these occurrences.

Furthermore, if you experience any kind of severe pain or cramps, discharge or bleeding that contains tissue, dizziness and/or fainting, or a fever, it is essential that you go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

Due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, there is an increase in the blood flow and changes to breast tissue that can make your breasts feel sore, swollen, tingly and sensitive to touch.

Breast tenderness is usually one of the first signs of pregnancy, starting as early as 4 to 6 weeks and lasting throughout the first trimester.

Other breast changes include breast growth, veins and pigment changes, bumps on your areola and leaky breasts. Around your third month of pregnancy, your breasts will begin to produce colostrum, the special milk your baby will get when they first start nursing.

This milk will continue to be produced until you decide to stop breastfeeding, and it is not until you stop breastfeeding, that your nipples may be susceptible to leaking. Cottons Nursing Pads are made with a 100% chemical free cotton coversheet, they are super absorbent, totally discrete and breathable.

While for many of us, the looming appearance of stretch-marks might be less than welcome, at least 50% of us will get them at some point in our pregnancy – so you are not alone!

Stretch marks are small, depressed streaks in the skin that appear most often on the abdomen in the later stages of pregnancy when the belly is rapidly expanding to accommodate a growing baby. They are sometimes found on the bum, hips, thighs and breasts as well.

Research suggests that genetics play a role in your chances of getting stretch marks.  If your mum or sister got stretch marks during their pregnancies, chances are you will be more susceptible to them during your own!  In short, the more your skin needs to expand and the more quickly this happens, the more likely you are to get stretch marks.

Unfortunately there is no miracle prevention for stretch marks and while there are creams and oils on the market, there is no proven evidence that suggests these stop stretch marks from occurring.  However over time these stretch marks will fade, becoming considerably less noticeable at around six to 12 months after your child is born.