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It's possible that stress (not mere negative thoughts) has an effect, but to what extent is unknown. It is not a major factor at all; rather stress has a vanishingly small influence on fetal development. Negative thoughts and stress will not cause obvious abnormalities; those are caused by genetic mutations, and they are either spontaneous (in the egg, or ...


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As with any medical issue, first follow the guidance of your physician (in this case, also include your obstetrician). However, let's assume that you've already done this and gotten the all-clear from the docs. In that case, most exercises are safe to do for a large part of pregnancy; the big thing is to listen to your body. Your balance will be affected ...


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One thing to consider is that usually "4 weeks pregnant" counts two weeks before you actually ovulated. The next five days (well, possibly more, depending on when you ovulated, but average is 5 - 6), the fertilized egg (now called a zygote) will travel from the Fallopian tube down to the uterus, where the now multicellular blastocyst will attach itself to ...


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In addition to "go to the doctor", instead of just stopping the use of marijuana, ask the doctor whether stopping abruptly might be damaging, and if so, what is the best way to stop the use slowly. I'm quite sure that abruptly stopping cigarette smoking is not recommended because it upsets your body which affects the child, so I would think that marijuana ...


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One of the more recent studies of fetal development in mothers using marijuana does suggest that it not only affects fetal growth and brain development in the short term, but may cause changes in the brain that last a lifetime. Comparing it to fetal alcohol syndrome, though, shows that it is significantly less severe. This article summarizing the results ...


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First off, congrats :) Go to the doctor and be honest! My wife and I did the same thing during her first pregnancy. Our daughter, now 5, is as bright and cheery and happy and healthy as any other kid in her class. Additional stress isn't good for either your or your baby. So calm down first. Only then can you make rational adult decisions. Just make ...


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Quit freaking out. That's the first thing to do. People get pregnant, they have kids. This is normal. It may not be normal for you, but, it is, in general, a fact of life. So, you can do it. The challenge is to be the best mother you can be, and that means starting now to make choices that are good choices for both you, and the baby. Once you start making ...


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A birth plan is normally something you'd bring with to the hospital / birth centre / whatever and discuss with the midwives / whoever is providing care. If you have some continuity of care from pre-natal care then you'd already have discussed this with the care providers in advance. It's a way of summarising and collecting details that are important to you ...


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I am not sure I can qualify this as an answer, but you sound like a man from your question, so let me comment on 2 of your non-missing elements: Made arrangements for who will catch and cut the umbilical cord Well, it won't be her! If it is her, then this is far from your first child. Have discussed what levels of pain medications to use Such a nice ...


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My boyfriend does the hip squeeze thing and it is awesome. Regular back and foot massages help, too, and I've had a lot of back pain. The one thing our midwife pointed out, though, is do not massage or squeeze the Achilles's tendon or the area between the thumb and forefinger. Massaging these areas can lead to contractions.



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