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  • Positive pregnancy test - Find tips & advice on conception - Huggies
    positive pregnancy test mean In at least 97 of cases if you ve followed the instructions carefully it means you are pregnant If you ve been hoping for a baby congratulations If this comes as a big shock to you though you ve got a lot of thinking and decision making ahead of you and may not feel like celebrating the news Most pregnancy tests give a positive result if there is a certain amount of the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin hCG in your urine Around 8 to 10 days after conception the fertilised egg implants into the uterus wall signalling your body to release hCG and levels of the hormone then climb steadily for the next few months A more sensitive test which will detect 15 mIU or over will show a positive pregnancy test result much earlier than a less sensitive test which might not give a positive pregnancy test result until there is 50 mIU or more of hCG in the urine Medically an hCG level that s less than 5mIU ml is considered negative for pregnancy and levels above 25mIU ml is considered a positive pregnancy test How can I be certain the pregnancy test really is positive False positive pregnancy test results while rare do occur sometimes If you don t look at the test until after the expiry period usually around ten minutes then you might get an evaporation line which can be confused with a positive result Did I mention checking the instruction sheet carefully If you are taking certain fertility drugs or any other medication which may artificially raise the levels of hCG in your body it is possible to get a false positive pregnancy test result Or if there is a manufacturing error in the pregnancy test kit itself you may have an error in the test but it s pretty rare for this to occur One way to be sure is to do another pregnancy test If you want to be really neurotic about it and I have to confess I did this with my third pregnancy you could go to the pharmacy and purchase a different brand of pregnancy test then try again perhaps first thing the next morning when the hormone levels tend to be higher Your next step should be to make an appointment with your doctor to confirm and discuss the positive pregnancy test results get a checkup and some guidance on what is best for you to do next Do be aware that between 25 and 50 percent of fertilised eggs don t make it past the first few weeks and a further 15 per cent of recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage One of the well known issues that have come up since newer more sensitive pregnancy tests that can be taken up to a week before your period is due is that many women become aware they are pregnant in the earliest stages of pregnancy when the chance of early miscarriage is very high

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  • Negative pregnancy test and what it means - Huggies
    mean that you are not pregnant The answer is it depends Maybe you did the test too early Trying to get pregnant is pretty exciting and if you re anything like me it s absolutely impossible to wait a whole two weeks or more till your period is due before doing a pregnancy test so you ll go for the most sensitive test you can and try to find out as early as possible It s disappointing when you get a negative pregnancy test result but if you did do the test more than a day or two before your period is due there s often that question in the back of your mind maybe I am pregnant What do I do after having a negative pregnancy test Pregnancy tests are not the only signs that you are pregnant sometimes negative pregnancy test or not you ll spot other early pregnancy symptoms like extreme tiredness swollen and tender breasts Unfortunately these are sometimes pre menstrual signs too so they re not the most reliable indication If you are really hoping to be pregnant it s easy to mentally reject a negative pregnancy test result and convince yourself that you really ARE pregnant While it s understandable you might be setting yourself up for even bigger disappointment if you then find out you re definitely NOT pregnant The best thing to do after a negative pregnancy test is wait until three days after your period would normally be due and take another test Dealing with disappointment after having a negative pregnancy test If you ve been trying for a baby and you re faced with a negative pregnancy test result it s easy to get disheartened But try to keep in mind that the average couple in the peak of fertility in their mid twenties will take on average four months before they fall pregnant When you think about all the factors that have to be in place for humans to fall pregnant it s amazing to think that six billion of us have actually made it to the planet And in the vast majority of cases it took more than one or two months for the parents of every one of those six billion people to fall pregnant If you ve have been trying to fall pregnant for six months or more and all you get is negative pregnancy test results it s wise to make an appointment with your doctor to make sure everything is OK What do I do if my period is late but I ve had a negative pregnancy test Periods aren t always the most reliable things in the world There s lots of reasons why your period might be late You might be pregnant definitely a good reason for not getting your period on time But maybe you re stressed about being pregnant or about not being pregnant which ironically is a big cause of irregular menstruation Other common reasons your period might be

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  • Phantom pregnancy is not a myth - Find out more - Huggies
    unclear Most commonly it emerges in women who are desperate to conceive and long for a baby In others they feel an obligation to have a baby and do what is expected of them In turn they convince themselves and others that they are indeed pregnant How common is phantom pregnancy The current estimate is that pseudocyesis occurs between 1 2 times in every 22 000 pregnancies But it is not solely restricted to women It can also occur in children men and even in the elderly Interestingly pseudocyesis is reasonably common in dogs and mice where it is titled pseudopregnancy Female dogs that experience this can bond with soft cuddly toys after their phantom pregnancy and attach to them as if they are their puppies What are the symptoms of a phantom pregnancy Although the symptoms of phantom pregnancy can differ slightly e g some women may experience nausea others fatigue the one consistent theme amongst women with pseudocyesis is that they honestly believe they are pregnant and going to have a baby An enlarging abdomen is the most common physical symptom of this condition with around 60 90 of women experiencing this So in addition to feeling pregnant these women actually appear to be as well Other symptoms include Menstrual irregularity or absence of periods altogether Some women report they can feel the baby moving even though there is no baby present Food cravings increase in appetite and being repelled by some foods is common Gut or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea heartburn reflux and constipation Uterine enlargement Breast changes such as enlargement of the breasts and nipple sensitivity Some women will also experience a false or phantom labour They will present at hospital and provide a history of labour pains and believe they are going to deliver their baby Symptoms vary in their length depending on the individual woman and her history She may experience symptoms for days weeks or some months commonly nine months and this may even extend to years Why does phantom pregnancy happen There seems to be a complex series of reasons for the occurrence of phantom pregnancy in some women The relationship between hormones and psychology is well proven and there is certainly a link in cases of pseudocyesis A combination of physical as well as emotional factors all contribute where a feedback loop between the body s pregnancy symptoms helps to fuel the woman s belief that she is pregnant These in turn play a role in the secretion of hormones which serve to sustain her belief It seems that the reason why the abdomen enlarges is because of weight gain from dietary changes and a build up of intestinal gas Interestingly women who have an enlarged abdomen as a result of their phantom pregnancy don t have it to the same extent when they are under a general anaesthetic Stress on regions of the brain which control the secretion of pregnancy specific hormones also contributes Who is more likely to

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  • Two week wait luteal phase. Find out more - Huggies
    engaging book or DVD series and become absorbed in the storyline Start a project which demands your attention and focus Nothing keeps the mind on track like being physically and mentally active Do some serious cleaning and throw junk out Get stuck into one or several of those jobs that you ve put off for just such a time You ll have something to show for it at the end of your two week wait and the time will be used really effectively Avoid interpreting every little twinge you have as a pregnancy symptom Being aware of your body s activities is one thing but try not to be too obsessive Avoid nagging your partner about how you re feeling sustaining interest can be a difficult task It s best to avoid tension which stems from agonizing over something no one can change Avoid buying pregnancy test kits until the two week wait is over Save your money time and stress It is possible to have a negative test if it is done too early This of course leads to disappointment when there is a negative result Wait until your period is actually due and then do a home pregnancy test Blogging with other women who are experiencing their own two week wait There are many internet sites which have TTC trying to conceive or BFP Big Fat Positive support groups and forums If you find yourself ruminating endlessly over whether you re pregnant or not quarantine some time each day to do the obsessing Allocate 10 minutes twice a day to really think about it and then consciously move on This can really be very effective and you ll find it frees up your brain for other things Spend some time with girlfriends who ve been through their own two week wait There s nothing like sharing an experience to gain true emotional support Be open to their suggestions and what worked for them Try a yoga relaxation or meditation class to help free up your mind Consider listening to some relaxation CDs going for long walks taking an exercise class or going for a swim Keeping your body physically active will help to redirect blood flow to major muscle groups so there isn t the same degree of brain space to ruminate Make a conscious decision to let go of control The two week wait is just something which needs to happen No woman has ever been able to do anything about it and neither can you this is just the way it is Externalise your feelings and thoughts on paper Redirecting positive and negative thoughts onto a tangible form rather than mental imagery helps to make sense of them Just make sure you don t throw this away you may find it helpful in the future Early pregnancy signs and symptoms There are many early pregnancy signs and depending on the individual woman some will be present and others will not be Some women swear that they

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  • ABO Incompatibility and Treatment Options - Huggies
    Principles in respect of the collection use disclosure and handling of your personal information Any personal data you transmit to the site by electronic mail via the forum or otherwise will be retained and used by us in accordance with our Privacy Policy displayed on this site By becoming a member you are taken to consent to this policy Close Opt in to receive Huggies emails By joining Huggies you agree to receive regular email newsletters with information and articles relevant to your baby including exclusive Club member competitions and special discount offers and that from time to time we may invite you to take part in our research You can unsubscribe at any time ABO incompatibility ABO incompatibility is a complication which can occur during pregnancy Essentially it is an immune response which occurs when babies have a different blood type to their mother and are then affected by the antibodies she has produced This is never under a mother s control blood groups are just part of an individual s makeup Babies with an ABO incompatibility need to be monitored closely though with effective treatment they respond very well and experience no long term health effects What is it Blood types which are different are incompatible with each and when they are mixed together complications can arise Blood types differ from each other because of small molecules on the surface of the blood cells Every person has their own combination of two of these surface molecules Type O blood does not contain any surface molecules though the other combinations of blood types do When there is a mixing of different blood types the immune system is activated and antigens are produced It is these antigens which create problems for the baby Checking for blood compatibility is one reason why blood typing is so important early in pregnancy Similarly blood matching and typing before organ donation and blood transfusions as well as before receiving blood products reduces the likelihood of there being problems Being given incompatible blood initiates a reaction similar to having an allergic response The major blood groups where ABO Incompatibility occurs are In babies with A B or AB blood types With mothers who have type O blood Babies inherit their blood type from their parents but this does not mean a baby will always have the same blood type as its mother fathers play an equally important role If a baby has blood type O or the baby and its mother share the same blood type there is generally no problem But I Thought Mothers and Baby s Blood Was Kept Separate Mothers with type O blood develop antibodies to fight blood types A and B but these are large and cannot cross over the placenta Generally during pregnancy the mother and her baby s blood do not mix They are kept separate from each other by the placental membrane which creates a wall through which oxygen and nutrients though not blood can pass However

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  • Bleeding During Early Pregnancy | Should You Worry? - Huggies
    of pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and breast tenderness In cases of threatened miscarriage and bleeding sometimes women progress to the stage where miscarriage becomes inevitable This means that nothing can be done to retain the pregnancy or support it continuing It can be fairly safely assumed that the majority of miscarriages which occur are as a result of major problems with the development of the embryo Miscarriage is often seen as nature s way of ensuring that more healthy embryos survive and are able to progress into the later stages of development By definition a threatened miscarriage is when the embryo is still inside the uterus A complete miscarriage is when the uterus is empty and the embryo has been passed Many times it is necessary for women to have a D C a dilatation and curettage of their uterus to clear out the products of conception Retaining these in the uterus can lead to infection and ongoing bleeding What is important to remember if you are bleeding during pregnancy Wear a pad or a panty liner so you can monitor your blood loss Keep a tally of how many pads you are using and how often you need to change them Don t use tampons and avoid having sexual intercourse when you are bleeding Seek advice from your health care professional Don t assume you are going to lose the baby Many women bleed during pregnancy and progress to having a healthy baby on or around their due date Ectopic pregnancy Occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus The fallopian tube is a common site and because the tubes are not designed to expand like the uterus is the tube can rupture as the embryo grows An ectopic pregnancy occurs once in about every sixty pregnancies It is more common in women who have had surgery to their fallopian tubes had an ectopic pregnancy previously or have a history of pelvic infections Molar pregnancy Although this is a rare condition it can still occur and is another reason for bleeding during pregnancy Instead of an embryo forming within the uterus clusters of abnormal tissue known as a mole grow and take up the space Bleeding pain and a lack of foetal signs can all cause suspicion An ultrasound can distinguish if a molar pregnancy is present Occasionally women who ve had a molar pregnancy require chemotherapy due to cancerous cells which have developed Uterine infection Occasionally an infection is responsible for pregnancy bleeding Identifying the cause of the infection is important so that the appropriate treatment can be initiated If a bacterial infection is present then treatment is given with an appropriately sensitive antibiotic Depending on the extent of the bleeding hospital admission may be necessary Urinary tract infection A U T I can cause bleeding during pregnancy both from the uterus and the bladder Treatment with antibiotics is usually very effective but it may be necessary to stay on these long term Untreated urinary tract

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  • Gestational Diabetes | Pregnancy Care - Huggies
    can arise During pregnancy the placenta makes specific hormones which are designed to support the baby to grow and develop But these hormones can also create problems with the effectiveness of a mother s insulin and impair its usefulness This is what it means to become insulin resistant In the best of circumstances a mother s insulin level and her blood sugar level will stabilise and there is not an excess or deficiency in either one But in gestational diabetes blood glucose is not being controlled by adequate insulin so there needs to be either a drop in dietary glucose an increase in insulin or a combination of both Who is at Risk Women who are over 30 years of age Women from an indigenous background such as indigenous Australians Maori or Torres Strait Islanders Women from particular ethnic groups such as Asian Pilipino Indian Chinese Middle Eastern or Vietnamese origins Women who already have a family history of type 2 diabetes Women who are overweight or obese both before they conceive and during their pregnancy Having a high BMI Basal Metabolic Index is one indicator of increased risk Having had gestational diabetes with an earlier pregnancy When Does Gestational Diabetes Occur At around the 20th week of gestation the usual processes and actions involved in insulin production become affected by pregnancy hormones This is why gestational diabetes screening tests are done routinely for all women who are pregnant whether they have a history or not The most common time for it to occur is between weeks 24 28 of pregnancy though it is still possible to be diagnosed a few weeks either side of this time frame As her pregnancy progresses a mother s need for glucose increases This is because her energy requirements also increase In the ideal situation there is sufficient insulin produced to cope with the rise in glucose but this doesn t always happen How is it Diagnosed A screening test is normally ordered by an obstetrician or midwife in weeks 26 28 of pregnancy The most common diagnostic tools are either the glucose challenge test GCT or the oral glucose tolerance test OGTT In the first test a sample of blood is taken to check the glucose level and an hour later the test is redone after drinking a very sweet drink Depending on the results of this first test a two hour oral glucose tolerance test OGTT may be done to confirm the diagnosis of gestational diabetes This is when a blood test is taken before the glucose drink and then repeated at one and two hours later Another more simplistic though common test is when glucose is detected in the mother s urine This is why one of the routine checks at each ante natal appointment is to check a fresh sample with a glucose sensitive detecting stick Blood Glucose levels are measured in millimoles per litre of blood A normal Blood Sugar Level BSL is between 4 6 mmol L in

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  • Polyhydramnios | Signs and Treatment - Huggies
    data you transmit to the site by electronic mail via the forum or otherwise will be retained and used by us in accordance with our Privacy Policy displayed on this site By becoming a member you are taken to consent to this policy Close Opt in to receive Huggies emails By joining Huggies you agree to receive regular email newsletters with information and articles relevant to your baby including exclusive Club member competitions and special discount offers and that from time to time we may invite you to take part in our research You can unsubscribe at any time Polyhydramnios Polyhydramnios is a condition where there is too much amniotic fluid surrounding the baby Amniotic fluid starts being produced around twelve days after conception Its purpose is to support the baby in the uterus and assists in the development of their limbs lungs and digestive organs It also helps to cushion the baby and supports them to keep an even suitable body temperature Amniotic fluid volume continues to steadily increase until around the 33rd week of pregnancy when the amount tends to level off In polyhydramnios the bag of waters is not of a normal volume but instead has exceeded the normal amount which is ideal over the course of pregnancy A normal or average fluid volume is around 800 1000mls 1 litre When the volume exceeds two litres then it tends to become noticeable primarily to the mother because of her increasing discomfort Polyhydramnios occurs in around 3 4 of pregnancies In the majority of cases polyhydramnios is not a problem The brief period of time where normal fluid production is out of synchrony soon stabilises and the extra fluid is reabsorbed by the mother s body Where does Amniotic Fluid come From Amniotic fluid is produced by the baby s kidneys There is a constant cycling and recycling of fluid into and out of the baby s lungs and their stomach As the fluid is digested it is then excreted by the baby s kidneys only to be recycled again In cases where the amniotic fluid volume stays high and does not correct itself a problem with the baby is suspected Mothers who develop polyhydramnios are closely monitored for complications Occasionally there are developmental problems with the baby specifically impairment of their swallowing or their ability to absorb the fluid Conditions involving the small intestine oesophagus stomach and diaphragm can all lead to polyhydramnios developing Another reason it develops is if the baby has neurological problems or complications with their central nervous system Risk Factors for Developing Polyhydramnios Mothers who are carrying multiple babies This is because of the size of the placenta and the amount of space it occupies in the uterus Mothers with gestational diabetes which is not being treated effectively When identical twins are present and they have developed twin to twin transfusion This is a condition which can arise when one baby is receiving more blood flow than the other In many cases the

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