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  • MSG Pregnancy | Monosodium Glutamate - Huggies
    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 MSG Pregnancy During pregnancy there are various reasons to be extra careful about what you eat it is important to know which foods are safe to eat and which you need to avoid Some foods contain toxins which could lead to defects in your unborn baby others contain food borne bacteria which could weaken your immune system and cause damage to the foetus Make sure most foods you eat are cooked and when choosing a recipe be selective about what you eat to protect your baby against harmful bacteria and damage while it s still developing Another important point to remember when selecting what to eat is the nutritional value of the food you are feeding your baby Getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant such as folic acid iron vitamin C and vitamin A to name a few are crucial for proper development of your baby There are many foods to avoid when pregnant most doctors will advise pregnant women to stay away from certain fish raw meats raw eggs soft cheeses sprouts pate unwashed vegetables and many more foods discussed below Fish Certain fish such as shark marlin southern blue fin tuna orange roughy and swordfish contain high amounts of mercury that is accumulated in their fatty tissue pregnant women should avoid eating large amounts to avoid neurologic damage to your growing baby Your growing baby has a sensitive developing nervous system and while it is not clear how much seafood one would have to eat to experience harmful effects it would be best to avoid these fish Also other raw seafood that women should avoid altogether are oysters and uncooked sushi Raw eggs Perhaps the thought of raw eggs never crossed your mind but they can be a source of salmonella Foods that contain raw egg include mayonnaise caesar salads eggnog hollandaise and certain batters like those used for cookie dough To reduce the risk of salmonella remember to cook your eggs before eating them in any meal Raw chicken Raw chicken should be avoided at all times but more so during pregnancy Eating or coming into contact with surfaces that have had raw chicken prepared on them can transmit salmonella Even cold chicken from the night before should be heated or cooked again to destroy any traces of salmonella Raw meat Whether it is a rare steak or an uncooked meat dish raw meat has the capability to cause serious damage to your unborn baby Raw meat should be avoided when pregnant as it can cause a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis or E Coli infection This can result in a potential intrauterine foetal infection Other dangers that may result from eating raw meat are coliform bacteria and salmonella Soft Cheeses Soft cheese such as blue cheese feta brie camembert

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  • Folic Acid in Pregnancy | Pregnancy Diet - Huggies
    is a facility available to Huggies Baby Club members to express their own thoughts and opinions All thoughts and opinions expressed on the forum are the thoughts and opinions of the participants and not ours There are specific Forum Terms and Conditions that apply to you when you use the forum content submitted to the forum or the site must not be inappropriate offensive illegal or infringing or for commercial gain other than in the Promote Your Business forum the site forum and all content is provided on an as is basis without any warranties of any kind and to the extent permitted by law we will not be liable for any indirect incidental special and or consequential damages including but not limited to loss of profits arising out of your access to or inability to access the site or your use of or reliance upon the site or the content we may suspend your membership if you do not comply with the Site Terms and Conditions and we may restrict your access to the site at any time without notice We respect your right to privacy and will comply with the National Privacy 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 Folic Acid in Pregnancy Eating good nutritious food is important at every stage in your life However when you fall pregnant your body starts to get greedy Nutrients like including iron calcium iodine and folic acid are in high demand Following a varied and balanced pregnancy diet will generally provide your body with enough vitamins and minerals However even with the best diet you might need to take a supplement to meet your new nutritional needs throughout pregnancy Folic acid is a vitamin that many pregnant women often need to take a supplement for It is essential for the healthy development of your baby especially in the very beginning when their neural tube is developing Always consult your healthcare professional before taking a supplement to make sure it is safe for you and your baby during pregnancy The benefits of folic acid in pregnancy Folic acid is the supplement form of the vitamin folate It is a B group vitamin found in a variety of fresh foods Primarily folic acid helps protect unborn babies from neural tube defects The neural tube forms two of your baby s most important body parts

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  • Nipples and Breast Changes in Pregnancy - Huggies
    Feel Like I m Getting My Period Many women describe early breast changes during pregnancy as being very similar to pre menstrual breast symptoms This is not surprising The increase in breast and nipple sensitivity as well as breast heaviness is due to the same hormonal influences But the big difference apart from there being a baby of course is that pre menstrual symptoms tend to settle once a period starts whereas pregnancy breast changes continue for the full gestation Check here for more early pregnancy information Some women are more conscious than others of their breasts changing during pregnancy This is nothing to be concerned about Sometimes breast changes are rapid and happen almost immediately after conception For other women breast changes are more subtle and less overt Every woman and her experience of pregnancy is different and comparison is rarely useful If you are worried about what you may or may not be feeling speak with your maternity care provider and seek reassurance Ideally pregnancy is a time of excitement and joy If for some reason you re not feeling this way then do all you can to improve your experience Breast Changes in Early Pregnancy Tenderness and tingling Sometimes a burning sensation An enlargement in breast size A feeling of heaviness Some women report breast itching as a result of their skin stretching It s not uncommon to develop stretch marks on the breasts Veins become more visible They may be very blue or even green in appearance Many women develop a cleavage For women who have always been small breasted this can come as a surprise Some women may produce colostrum This happens earlier in pregnancy for women who have had a baby previously You may feel lumps in your breast tissue where previously there was none Remember though breast lumps always need checking by a doctor even during pregnancy when breast changes are normal A red and tender lump which may be caused by a blocked milk duct Warm compresses and gentle massage can help to clear the blockage But check with your maternity care provider to ensure this is the cause Nipple Changes in Pregnancy Increased sensitivity Hypersensitivity to cold Darkening of the nipple and areola An increase in the size of the nipples and areola Some women notice an increase in hair growth around their nipples Montgomery s Tubercles may form on your areolas These look like pimples but are not painful They help to keep the nipple supple and soft in preparation for breastfeeding How to Care For Your Breasts During Pregnancy Avoid thinking you need to do anything special to prepare for breastfeeding Your body will know what to do as long as you care well for yourself eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest and sleep Wear a good supportive bra see below for details Breasts which are unsupported are more prone to sagging Avoid using harsh drying soaps or bodywashes You may find your skin becomes sensitive

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  • Breast Lumps in Pregnancy | Why You Should Self-Examine - Huggies
    modifications or copying of the content and interference with the site is prohibited the Huggies Forum is a facility available to Huggies Baby Club members to express their own thoughts and opinions All thoughts and opinions expressed on the forum are the thoughts and opinions of the participants and not ours There are specific Forum Terms and Conditions that apply to you when you use the forum content submitted to the forum or the site must not be inappropriate offensive illegal or infringing or for commercial gain other than in the Promote Your Business forum the site forum and all content is provided on an as is basis without any warranties of any kind and to the extent permitted by law we will not be liable for any indirect incidental special and or consequential damages including but not limited to loss of profits arising out of your access to or inability to access the site or your use of or reliance upon the site or the content we may suspend your membership if you do not comply with the Site Terms and Conditions and we may restrict your access to the site at any time without notice We respect your right to privacy and will comply with the National Privacy 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 Breast Lumps During Pregnancy Teresa first felt the lump in her breast while she was breastfeeding her 4 month old daughter Briony Initially she dismissed it as being a cyst caused by a thickened milk duct However when she mentioned her concerns at Mother s Group the following week the advice was the unanimous Get it checked at the doctor While her doctor thought it might be just a blocked milk duct she referred her for an ultrasound anyway As a result Teresa became one of the 13 000 women diagnosed with breast cancer this year Fortunately for Teresa it was detected early and she is currently undergoing treatment for it It is easy to neglect breast self examinations during pregnancy and breastfeeding The huge changes to your body and often lack of sleep make it hard to continue doing so There are also many different lumps in your breast that can occur during this time including plugged ducts and lipomas For women who are breastfeeding it can be difficult to know if lumps in

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  • Pregnancy Skin Care | How to Take Care of Your Skin - Huggies
    to fade But it is important to avoid sun exposure because this may make it worse Wear a broad brimmed hat rub in a broad spectrum sun block and avoid being out in the sun between 10am 3pm Don t forget that winter sun can be just as detrimental as summer rays What Else Will Get Darker When I m Pregnant It s hard to say but in many women there is an increase in the colour of Their labia and cervix Not that most women are aware of changes in the colour of their cervix or even labia for that matter but hormones do cause a change all the same Freckles and moles may also appear darker but if you notice any change in the shape or a freckle or mole or are worried then it s important to have this checked by your GP You may also notice your nipples becoming darker and a line spreading from your belly button down towards your pubic region This is known as Linea Nigra This generally appears within the second trimester from around the fourth fifth month At first you may think it s a stain from wearing dark pants or a need for a little more diligence when it comes to bathing But Linea Nigra can t and won t wash off Pregnancy Glow Most women have heard of this but are at a loss to explain what it actually means During pregnancy there is an increase in circulating blood volume to almost 50 more than normal All this blood causes the face to appear redder and generally ruddier These factors combined with the increase in oil production sebum adds to a slightly shiny appearance to the face hence the term pregnancy glow Although you may feel you are far from glowing when you are pregnant particularly in the middle of summer But it is one of those terms which people generally feel is a positive and nice thing to say a compliment when they don t really know what else to say So if someone tells you you re glowing then be polite and thank them it s generally said in a positive manner Treatment There is no specific treatment for pregnancy glow You and your baby actually need that increase in overall blood volume to keep your little one oxygenated and well looked after And as for the oil You could try using an oil free cleanser if you feel your skin has become too oily and consider what moisturiser you re using as well You may need to change your usual cleanse tone moisturising routine and products even if you ve been loyal to the same brand for years Stretch Marks Stretch marks are caused by the skin tearing as needs to grow rapidly Pink red or purple stripes commonly appear over the breasts hips buttocks abdomen and anywhere the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin have been damaged Check the article titled Stretch Marks in the Huggies range Treatment Although many creams and lotions promise results the truth is that for the majority of women stretch marks fade in their own good time There have been some significant advances in the technology and development of lasers for the treatment of stretch marks However these can be costly and rebates are not covered by Medicare Check with your GP to see if you qualify for referral to a dermatologist who specialises in stretch mark removal Although most creams and oils don t do much to avoid stretch marks forming Bio Oil is one product which has a lot of scientific evidence to back up its claims Extra Hair Growth on the Face and Body It s not uncommon for women who are pregnant to notice extra hair appearing at different places on their body Around the nipples the pubic area the armpits and the legs can all contribute to a more hirsute appearance Try not to be alarmed it s just another one of those things which you can put down to hormonal influence and skin changes during pregnancy You ll find that once your baby is born that your body hair returns to its normal appearance If you need to consider extra waxing threading shaving or general depilatory treatments if you feel self conscious Skin Tags Until your pregnancy you may have only associated skin tags with the elderly or your great aunt In fact the thought of carrying around some extra bits of skin may seem somehow quite revolting But fret not like so many other skin changes during pregnancy skin tags are best viewed as one or two or three of those things But if you re struggling to know what they are here s a description Skin tags are very small little nodules of skin which are attached to surrounding skin They are around the size of a grain of rice and are pink or sometimes brown They are harmless and non painful but skin tags can rub and be irritating especially if they are under a bra strap or in an area of friction They generally crop up in the region of the armpits and underneath the breasts Treatment for Skin Tags Don t be in too much of a hurry to have your skin tags removed In most women they disappear all by themselves without any specific treatment but you will need to wait until after your baby is born If not then speak with your GP about getting them tied or diathermied surgically burnt off Avoid using any chemical or plant based products for wart or skin tag removal many are contraindicated during pregnancy If a particular skin tag is really troubling you speak with your maternity care provider about getting it tied off This is a simple procedure whereby a piece of cotton or similar is tied tightly at the base of the skin tag so the circulation feeding it is cut off After a few days the

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  • Acne During Pregnancy | Care and Treatments - Huggies
    however when acne is present the excessive production of oil can block the pores forming blackheads and localised infection may develop Bacteria combined with sebum create an infection and inflammatory response This sequence of events is what leads to the characteristic red and inflamed skin and pustules so typical of acne Acne tends to appear primarily on the face but particularly in the T zone which includes the forehead the nose and towards the chin Some women also experience acne on their chest and back particularly across their shoulders Acne is more than just one or two pimples It can include eruptions at various stages of evolution and resolution At any one time pimples may be forming and others healing which can lead to a sense of feeling as if there is no end to the cycle of acne What Causes Pregnancy Acne Excessive amounts of hormones are responsible in particular oestrogen and progesterone which are the female sex hormones but also testosterone and androgen the male sex hormones These play a direct role in the production of sebum Changes in the amount of circulating blood sugar and the hormone insulin are also to blame for pregnancy acne All of these factors have an effect on oil production instead of a regular secretion which is just enough to lubricate the skin and make it supple there is too much oil and this is what clogs the pores Some people still believe that acne is an indication of poor hygiene But we know this is not true Although sensible and regular cleansing can help to support an improvement in acne it is not a cure all for the condition Many factors influence the likelihood of getting acne during pregnancy and just being more vigilant about washing the face is not the solution It can be helpful to know that in most cases pregnancy acne is a result of excessive hormones These are necessary to stabilise the pregnancy and support the baby s growth They also help to direct nutrition to the placenta which is essential to ensure the baby s survival One of the male hormones androgen tends to be highest in the third trimester and it is this which can lead to a worsening of pregnancy acne as the pregnancy advances This can also contribute to excess body hair growth and a thickened appearance to a pregnant mother s skin What Can Help Pregnancy Acne Wash your face with a gentle mild fragrance free specific facial cleanser Use warm not hot water Consider using an oatmeal scrub to help unblock clogged pores But make sure you aren t too vigorous During pregnancy the skin can become very sensitive and react to harsh treatment Rinse skin very well and pat dry with a soft towel Replace your towel and washer several times each week You may want to use disposable soft cotton or fabric pads to cleanse your skin Don t reuse these and look for disposable ones at the supermarket

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  • Itchy Skin During Pregnancy - Huggies
    are driving you mad Check https www huggies com au pregnancy health and ca Wear natural fibres next to your skin Nylon and artificial blends can aggravate skin itching You may find wool is particularly irritating in contact with your skin so wear a cotton layer between wool fibres and your skin Check https www huggies com au pregnancy health and care lifestyle maternity clothes If you are itching at night it may help to double rinse your sheets and bed linen This will help to remove all residue of detergent from the fibres And check that your sheets are 100 cotton rather than a polyester cotton blend Artificial fibres can be intensely irritating Moisturise your skin at least twice a day and as often as possible The best time to do this is when your skin is still warm and slightly damp after showering Keep lotions in the bathroom next to your bed and at you workstation to act as reminders Calamine lotion can be very soothing Although it s an oldie it s still a goodie it s cheap readily available has a long expiry period and doesn t smell too bad either Cool wet washers placed on itchy skin can help Keep a few washers in the fridge so you can rotate them as needed If the weather is hot use fans and air conditioning to reduce the ambient temperature Pregnancy itching is worse when aggravated by sweating So err on the side of keeping your cool Wear loose fitting clothing which allows air to circulate around you Rubbing and brushing of fibres against the skin can be intensely irritating so go for the Boho look and channel your inner Earth Goddess with lots of flowing loose easy fabrics Shower as frequently as you need to to help cool off During summer let the water evaporate from your skin rather than towel drying You may find that if you go swimming the chlorine salt pool chemicals aggravate your skin itch So shower off immediately when you get out of the pool Speak with your doctor to see if you qualify for steroid cream or anti histamine medications Consider if yoga meditation and or relaxation classes would help If you are feeling anxious and apprehensive about the itching then guided relaxation may help Check https www huggies com au pregnancy health and care exercise What Else Can I Do To Reduce my Skin Itching Keep your fingernails cut short and avoid sharp edges File your nails so they are smooth This will help to reduce localized skin trauma if you do need to scratch If you are scratching your skin when you are asleep put socks on your hands to reduce skin breakage from scratching If you really have to scratch try rubbing your skin or stroking it instead Change your bed linen frequently cool fresh sheets are very soothing when skin is aggravated and itchy Check www protectabed com au for hypoallergenic options Avoid overheating in bed

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  • Linea Nigra | Black Line on the Abdomen Causes & Tips - Huggies
    way to describe the dark vertical line which so often appears on the abdomen of pregnant women It s estimated that around ¾ or 75 of pregnant women will experience some form of Linea Nigra Depending on the individual woman and her skin Linea Nigra can be quite light and barely visible while for others it can be much darker than the surrounding skin and stand out much more clearly What does Linea Nigra look like It may be a slight shade of brown or a darker pigment of brown to almost black Linea Nigra is generally around a centimetre wide and the same width along its entire length It generally appears from the umbilicus belly button running straight down to the pubic bone But it can also run vertically from the umbilicus up to almost level with the ribcage and occasionally up between the breasts Linea Nigra tends to form during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy It starts off around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy as a very fine line which slowly expands and becomes darker As the tummy enlarges the width and intensity of Linea Nigra also expands Check www huggies com au pregnancy week by week What Causes Linea Nigra to Form Linea Nigra formation is due to an increase in the hormone which causes skin cells to become dark During pregnancy high levels of oestrogen have an effect on the melanocyte stimulating hormone which is manufactured by the placenta The little understood issue with Linea Nigra is that it is a line which may always have been present it s just that until the influence of melanocyte stimulating hormone it wasn t nearly as visible Linea Alba meaning white line is the term for the line which changes into Linea Nigra as a result of becoming darker Another influencing factor is that as the abdominal muscles stretch and separate Linea Nigra tends to form The line which is created is certainly more prominent in some women than others and marks the midway point between the left and right abdominal muscles and where they meet in the centre These strap muscles need to separate to allow the pregnant abdomen to grow Some people believe it is the relative thinness of the skin which is the cause for Linea Nigra formation but again there is little evidence to support this theory The hormonal effect of increased melanin production is also responsible for many other skin changes during pregnancy including the nipples becoming darker Moles birthmarks and freckles often appear darker as well Even scar tissue can begin to appear darker and more obvious than before Chloasma otherwise known as The Mask of Pregnancy or Butterfly Mask across the face and cheekbones is also caused by this rise in melanocyte stimulating hormone Will Linea Nigra Harm Me or My Baby No it will not harm you or your growing baby Linea Nigra is considered wholly cosmetic and the only negative issue of having Linea Nigra

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