Pregnancy

Coronavirus and pregnancy
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Coronavirus and pregnancy - How does the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus affect pregnant women? - Should they be worried or not? - What measures should I take? Firstly let's clarify some basics. What is a coronavirus?The Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a member of the coronavirus family. Most coronaviruses survive exclusively on animals, but scientists have identified about 7 strains capable of transmitting to humans. One of these strains is SARS-CoV-2, the official name of this new coronavirus. SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012 were...

2020 Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition
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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of the 2020 Image of the Year Competition. The photographs are astonishing. View the photos in a big screen to get their full greatness! 1. Judge’s choice as: Best Photograph 070 | A Moment of Silence VI-Photography 2. Judge’s choice in category: Birth Details 225 | Warrior J&B Photography, LLC 3. Judge’s choice in category: Delivery 105 | Unmasking The Many Layers Of Birth Alexandria Mooney Photography 4. Judge’s choice...

2019 Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition
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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of the 2019 Image of the Year Competition. The photographs are astonishing. View the photos in a big screen to get their full greatness! 1. First place winner 059 | OUR RAINBOW BABY IS FINALLY HERE Belle Verdiglione — Belle Verdiglione Photography 2. Best in category: Birth details 029 | ENVELOPED Samantha Evans — Sevan Photography 3. Best in category: Birth 229 | MANY HANDS Ashley Marston — Ashley Marston Photography 4. Best...

7 facts about pregnancy at an older age
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7 facts about pregnancy after the age of 35 Information about the pros and cons of pregnancy after the age of 35 is your best guide when planning your baby’s arrival in the world. Every woman has the right and the freedom to decide when she will become pregnant. Below you will read 7 facts, showing the pros and cons of pregnancy after 35. 1. Pregnancy for the first time at an older age may mean longer life: According to an American study, although pregnancies at an older age increase the risk of miscarriages and/or congenital...

Preterm delivery prognosis test
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The HomeTest preterm labour prognosis test is an extremely reliable, completely safe and painless detection method of fFN protein in the vaginal secretions of pregnant women, in order to examine the possibility of premature birth. What is fFN protein? The fFN protein is produced by fetal cells and appears in the vaginal secretions of pregnant women. fFN's levels in vaginal secretions, increase during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy but decrease from the 24th to the 34th week. This protein literally holds the embryo in place in the uterus...

Surviving the two week wait
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Surviving the Two Week Wait The two-week wait is a time of high anxiety, worry, and frustration for women trying to conceive. In case you're not familiar with the phrase, the two week wait is the time between ovulation and your expected period. More specifically, during fertility-enhancing cycles (with pills or injections), waiting for two weeks can be even more disappointing. The fear of failure - and your hopes - is higher. There are a lot of "ifs" that twist in the mind. What if we fail?Will we try again?We can afford to try...

Pregnancy with one ovary. Feasible or not?
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Pregnancy with one ovary. Feasible or not? Ovulation is the monthly release of an ovum from the ovary, either from the right or left ovary. Most women have two ovaries (one on the right and one on the left). Ovulation can happen every month from one or the other ovary. When an ovary has been removed or if a woman has only one ovary from birth, then the existing ovary usually takes over the whole process of ovulation, releasing an egg each month, on average. Achieving pregnancy with one ovary is both feasible and easy as long as the...

Amniotic fluid leak - Signs, causes and actions
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Amniotic fluid leak - Signs, causes and actions During pregnancy, the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid. This liquid helps to protect the baby and its overall development. One of the main ways in which the amniotic fluid and the amniotic sac (the membrane that holds the fluid inside the uterus) protect your baby, is to keep germs out thus reducing the risk of infection. If your water breaks normally, it will be obvious what happened. However, sometimes small amounts of fluid and mucus leak and may make you wonder if it is amniotic...

Fetal doppler sounds
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Do you recognize what sound is this? This is the sound of the heart of the unborn baby! And this is the sound of the placental blood flow. Apart from being a magical experience, hearing and counting the heart beat of your unborn baby is very important to prevent unpleasant situations such as hypoxia, anoxia, fetal discomfort, umbilical cord wrap and more. You can read about the necessity of use of fetal dopplers here. You can find more information about our dopplers here. View all our blog posts by clicking here.

Streptococcus-B during pregnancy
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B hemolytic streptococcus is a bacterium found in the vagina in about 25% of women. Its presence in pregnancy does not harm the mother but it can be extremely dangerous for the newborn. When there is a positive result for the presence of Streptococcus-B in pregnancy, there is a strong chance that the mother may transmit the bacterium to the newborn. This is done during normal labor when the fetus, with its cathode in the genital tube, can be infected with Streptococcus-B. For this reason, it is very important for the prengant woman to be...

Strep-B test
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The HomeTest streptococcus-B test is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay that detects the presence of Streptococcus B antigen in samples from the woman's vagina. What is streptococcus-B? Streptococcus-B or streptococcus agalactiae or GBS is one of the trillions of microorganisms naturally present in the intestine of humans. Many times this microbe travels from the bowel to the rectum, vagina or bladder. As long as it remains at controlled levels, streptococcus-B has no negative effects on woman's health. It is however, among the most...

Scientists reveal how pollutants affect early embryonic development
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Scientists reveal how pollutants affect early embryonic development Chemicals found for example in cigarette smoke and factories and incineration plants can affect the critical early stages of embryo development, according to a new study by the Francis Crick Institute. The study, that was published in Stem Cell Reports, investigated the effects of chemicals that activate the aryl-hydrocarbon receptor on stem cells and mouse embryos. This receptor is normally activated and deactivated by natural processes in the body, but the...

2018 Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition
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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of the 2018 Image of the Year Competition. The photographs are astonishing. View the photos in a big screen to get their full greatness! 1. First Place Winner 098 | STUNNING SIBLINGS FIRST ENCOUNTER Marijke Thoen — Marijke Thoen Birthphotography 2. Best In Category: Labor 002 | NOWHERE AND EVERYWHERE rebecca coursey — rebecca coursey, photographer + doula 3. Best In Category: Delivery 201 | EN CAUL BABY BIRTH DANIELA...

Amniotic fluid leak test
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The HomeTest test for amniotic fluid leakage is an extremely reliable, completely safe and painless method of measuring amniotic fluid leakage during pregnancy. What is amniotic fluid? Amniotic fluid is the fluid inside the sack that surrounds the embryo and plays many important roles: • It is your fetus' protective cushion from a possible injury. • Prevents the umbilical cord from compressing the fetus and reduce the oxygen supply. • Helps maintain a constant temperature inside the uterus. • Protects against infections. • Allows...

2017 Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition
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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of the 2017 Image of the Year Competition. The fotographs are astonishing. View the photos in a big screen to get their full greatness! 1. First Place Winner 148 | Road to Deliverance Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations 2. Best In Category: Labor 472 | Determination Katie Mathis Photography 3. Best In Category: Delivery 067 | With A Splash Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography 4. Best In Category: Postpartum 366 | Straight...

15 interesting facts about pregnancy
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1. Η γονιμοποίηση: Πιθανότητες 1 σε 100 εκατομμύρια. Οι άνδρες απελευθερώνουν περίπου 100 εκατομμύρια σπερματοζωάρια κάθε φορά που εκσπερματίζουν, αν και το σπέρμα ορισμένων ιδιαίτερα γόνιμων ανδρών μπορεί να περιέχει ακόμα περισσότερα. Αλλά τελικά μόνο μερικές εκατοντάδες καταφέρνουν να φτάσουν το ωάριο της γυναίκας. Ειδικοί υποδοχείς στην επιφάνεια του ωαρίου βεβαιώνουν ότι εισέρχεται μόνο ένα σπερματοζωάριο. Τα Διζυγωτικά Δίδυμα εμφανίζονται όταν δύο σπέρματα γονιμοποιούν δύο ωάρια, ενώ τα Μονοζυγωτικά Δίδυμα συμβαίνουν όταν ένα...

How to interpret pregnancy tests
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The hCG hormone (chorionic) does not appear in the urine immediately after fertilization. You have to wait a few days for the fertilized egg to travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus and implant. From that moment, the production of chorionic hormone begins, which in early pregnancy, almost doubles every 2-3 days. When hCG reaches 15 units in the urine, then you will see a very faint Test Line on the HomeTest pregnancy test. As hCG levels increase, so the Test Line will darken, until 25 units wherein the two lines (Control Line and...

Make room for baby!
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In this wonderful video you can see how the internal organs of the woman are displaced during pregnancy. Also, with this link (https://www.msichicago.org/experiment/make-room-for-baby/) you can find the interactive application. View all our blog posts by clicking here.

Positive ovlulation test and pregnancy test
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This is how a positive ovulation test (LH) looks like. After a positive result, we recommend frequent contacts for 3 days. And two weeks later, this is how a positive pregnancy test (hCG) will look like. These are real photos from our clients. Now get your own tests, only from HomeTest and get pregnant quickly and easily! View all our blog posts by clicking here.

10 foods to avoid during pregnancy
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Οι τροφιμογενείς ασθένειες μπορεί να είναι μια δυσάρεστη, στην καλύτερη των περιπτώσεων, εμπειρία αλλά επίσης και μια ιδιαίτερα επικίνδυνη κατάσταση για την ανάπτυξη του μωρού κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης. Σε αυτό το άρθρο θα αναλυθούν, με λίγα λόγια, ποιες τροφές θα πρέπει να αποφεύγετε κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης και γιατί. Εκτός από την αποφυγή της παρακάτω λίστας των τροφών, φροντίστε να πλένετε τα χέρια σας συχνά κατά την προετοιμασία των τροφίμων και να λαμβάνετε μέτρα για την πρόληψη της λεγόμενης διασταυρούμενης μόλυνσης...

The miracle of life
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No matter how many times we watch videos like this, we are always impressed! Enjoy musical accompaniment from the wonderful Hans Zimmer. View all our blog posts by clicking here.

hCG levels during pregnancy
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HomeTest pregnancy tests detect hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone in the urine. hCG is produced by the woman's organism and is present during the first stages of pregnancy. In general, hCG doubles its levels every 72 hours.   hCG levels during pregnancy   3 weeks after the last period: 5 – 50 mIU/ml 4 weeks after the last period: 5 – 426 mIU/ml 5 weeks after the last period: 18 – 7.340 mIU/ml 6 weeks after the last period: 1.080 – 56.500 mIU/ml 7-8 weeks after the last period: 7.650 – 229.000...

Morning sickness? Maybe it's good!
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Μια καινούρια έρευνα που δημοσιοποιήθηκε στο Jama Internal Medicine λέει ότι υπάρχει ένα κρυμμένο όφελος πίσω από τη ναυτία, ειδικά από αυτή που συνοδεύεται από εμετό. Οι επιστήμονες βρήκαν ότι η ναυτία και ο εμετός κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης συνδέονται με χαμηλό κίνδυνο αποβολής, επιβεβαιώνοντας το λαϊκό μύθο ότι η πρωινή ναυτία είναι σημάδι ότι το έμβρυο αναπτύσσεται σωστά. Συγκεκριμένα έγινε ένα πείραμα σε 800 εγκύους και παρακολουθήθηκε η εγκυμοσύνη τους μαζί με τα συμπτώματα, από τη 2η μέχρι και την 8η εβδομάδα καθημερινά και...

Ectopic pregnancy
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Εξωμήτριος κύηση είναι η εμφύτευση ενός γονιμοποιημένου ωαρίου συνήθως στις σάλπιγγες, αλλά περιστασιακά στο περιτόναιο, την ωοθήκη ή άλλες θέσεις. Η έκτοπη κύηση πραγματοποιείται σε μία ανά 150 κυήσεις και τα συμπτώματα εμφανίζονται συνήθως μεταξύ της 6ης και 12ης εβδομάδας κύησης. Θεραπεία: Ανάλογα με τη σοβαρότητα ο γιατρός ενδέχεται να αφαιρέσει ολόκληρη ή τμήμα της σάλπιγγας. Η τμηματική εκτομή επιτρέπει τη διατήρηση και την επακόλουθη αποκατάσταση της προσβεβλημένης σάλπιγγας. Η ολική εκτομή της σάλπιγγας γίνεται σε περιπτώσεις στις...

Mind the temperatures
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During warm days watch over your tests! Keep them in a cool place in the house so as the temperature is not very high. Read the instructions. Their temperature should not exceed 30 degrees Celsius. View all our articles by clicking here.

How to achieve pregnancy easily and naturally
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Ο σημερινός τρόπος ζωής έχει επιπτώσεις σε διάφορα συστήματα του οργανισμού μας – και η γονιμότητα είναι ένα από αυτά. Υπάρχουν διάφοροι παράγοντες που μπορεί να επηρεάσουν αρνητικά τη γονιμότητα της γυναίκας: ορμονικές διαταραχές, σύνδρομο πολυκυστικών ωοθηκών, ασταθείς κύκλοι, ενδομητρίωση, ανεπάρκεια στην παραγωγή ορμονών, μικρή ωχρινική φάση, απουσία ορμόνης LH, υψηλά ποσοστά προλακτίνης, κ.α. Η κακή διατροφή παίζει μεγάλο ρόλο, όπως και η έκθεση σε συγκεκριμένες χημικές ουσίες. Η ηλικία δεν παίζει τόσο σημαντικό ρόλο, εκτός αν η...

Pregnancy tests and sensitivity
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Pregnancy tests and sensitivity Pregnancy tests detect the hormone chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the urine. hCG is naturally produced by the woman's body and is present in the early stages of pregnancy. Generally, hCG is doubled every 72 hours. Levels of hCG during pregnancy   3 weeks after the last period: 5 – 50 mIU/ml 4 weeks after the last period: 5 – 426 mIU/ml 5 weeks after the last period: 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml 6 weeks after the last period: 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/ml 7-8 weeks after the last period:...

Pregnancy - hCG, progesterone, temperature and more
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Να σημειώσουμε ότι κάποια συνταγογραφούμενα φάρμακα που έχουν σχεδιαστεί για να προκαλέσουν ωορρηξία μπορεί να περιέχουν την ορμόνη hCG (χοριακή) και να δημιουργήσουν "ψευδώς θετικό" αποτέλεσμα στα τεστ εγκυμοσύνης. Ως εκ τούτου, εάν παίρνετε φάρμακα γονιμότητας, ρωτήστε το γιατρό σας εάν περιέχουν hCG. Όμως, το Clomid, το πιο ευρέως συνταγογραφούμενο φάρμακο, ΔΕΝ περιέχει την ορμόνη της εγκυμοσύνης. Η χοριακή γοναδοτροπίνη (hCG) είναι η ορμόνη που παράγεται από τον πλακούντα αμέσως μόλις γίνει η εμφύτευση του γονιμοποιημένου ωαρίου στη...

Bleeding during pregnancy
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(πληροφορίες για το κοινό σύμφωνα με το Αμερικάνικο κολλέγιο μαιευτήρων-γυναικολόγων - ACOG) – για περισσότερες πληροφορίες η γυναίκα πρέπει να συμβουλεύεται το γυναικολόγο της Η αιμορραγία από τον κόλπο κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης έχει πολλές αιτίες. Κάποιες είναι σοβαρές και κάποιες όχι. Κάποιες αιτίες προκαλούν αιμορραγία πρώιμα στην εγκυμοσύνη. Άλλες οδηγούν σε αιμορραγία αργότερα. Η μικρή αιμορραγία συνήθως σταματάει από μόνη της. Αντίθετα, κάποιες φορές μπορεί να σημαίνει κίνδυνο για σένα και το μωρό σου. Εάν εμφανισθεί...

Difference between strip-style and midstream style tests by HomeTest.gr
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There are 2 main test types suitable for home use.These are the strip and midstream style tests.In this article we will examine the differences between these two test types. Strip style tests, are small tests which are used "as is", i.e. there is no need for any other device or component to perform the test. The result is expressed as colored lines on the test. The difference between strips and midstream tests is that you can not place the strips in the urine flow. That is you can not pee on them. The reason is that test strips should...

I'm pregnant! Now what?
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Calculation of duration of pregnancy Pregnancy is measured in weeks - with the first week starting on the first day of the last period - and lasting forty weeks. It is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester lasts until the twelfth week, the second until the twenty-fourth, and the third trimester until delivery. First visit to the gynecologist The first visit is done during the sixth week, and the gynecologist will confirm the pregnancy, ascertain the position of the pregnancy (intrauterine or ectopic) as well as the number of...

Necessity of use of fetal doppler
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Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) is an important factor in identifying fetal health.By monitoring changes in the FHR, it is possible to detect and anticipate unpleasant embryonic conditions such as hypoxia, anoxia, fetal distress, nuchal cord and so on.With the fetal doppler you can listen your baby's heart rate and monitor any changes, from the convenience of your home and any time you feel like it. The fetal doppler is a powerful tool for safety of the embryo. FHR changes are more noticeable during the following periods: 1. Within 30 minutes from...