Breast cancer during pregnancy

Breast cancer during pregnancy is uncommon. However if you find a lump or notice any changes in your breast that concerns you, contact your doctor. There are various tests that can  be done to diagnose breast cancer during pregnancy. There are also various treatment options for treating breast cancer during pregnancy .

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If you are pregnant and diagnosed with breast cancer , it may be called gestational breast cancer or pregnancy  – associated breast cancer PABC.

Even though breastfeeding during pregnancy is rare, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found during pregnancy,  while breastfeeding or within the first year of delivery.

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Signs of amniotic fluid leakage

Amniotic fluid is the warm , fluid cushion that protects  the baby when he is  in the womb.  The fluid contains :

  • hormones
  • nutrients
  • immune system cells
  • your baby’s urine

amniotic fluid leakage

At its highest level, this fluid is around 1 quart. However after pregnancy week 36, its starts to decrease  in level as the body prepares for childbirth.

During an ultrasound, it is possible for the doctor to be able to estimate the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby. It is also possible for the liquid to start leaking at some point. This fluid gushes out when the amniotic sac raptures.

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Should i worry about low platelet during pregnancy

Low platelet during pregnancy

You shouldn’t worry if your platelet count is slightly low . It shouldn’t cause you and your baby  any problems  even though you will be monitored.

low platelet

Platelets are cells in your blood that help your body to clot when it needs to. The normal number of platelets is between 150 and 400 million per millilitre (ml) of blood. Most pregnant women are in the normal range. A  smaller percentage have a slight drop in their platelet count. Your count is below normal if you have between 100 and 150 million platelets per ml of blood.

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Late miscarriage

A late miscarriage   occurs  between 14 and 24 weeks of pregnancy (second trimester).  Losing  a baby after 24 weeks is called stillbirth.

late miscarriage

What are the causes of a late miscarriage ?

This is less common than an early miscarriage and may be caused by the following :

  • cervical weakness
  • severe infections   such as listeriosis (bacterial infection) or rubella ( vital infection)
  • serious illness that involves the heart, circulation , liver or kidney
  • long term chronic health conditions such as medicines and alternative therapies . Always check with your doctor to make sure a particular medicine or therapy is safe during pregnancy other rare structural problems that inhibit either the attachment of the placenta or growth of the baby and can lead to a miscarriage . This include abnormally shaped uterus and large fibroids which grow in the womb

    What are the symptoms of a late miscarriage?

    Symptoms include heavy bleeding and labor like cramps. The bleeding may be heavy with blood clots. Sometimes there  may be no warning signs . It will be discovered during a routine prenatal checkup or ultrasound.

    You may need treatment to help your body recover. Labor may be induced. You will be given medication to induce labor. You may get induced as soon as possible or wait a few days to help you take in what has happened and see if labor will start naturally.

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The importance of partner support during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be exciting and overwhelming. The changes that goes on in the body, the long list of to dos and not knowing what to expect all contribute to why some women become anxious and stressed during pregnancy .

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It is therefore important for both partners to work together to strengthen their bond. Getting the support of your partner during pregnancy makes the woman less stressed and happy.

How can you  support your partner during pregnancy ?

If this is your first child, you may want to read pregnancy books and know what to expect during each trimester of pregnancy.  You can also do the following :

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Handling food safely during pregnancy

It is important to make sure that the food you eat during pregnancy is safe. You can use these tips to make sure you safely  handle food you’re going to eat.

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The best way to clean food

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for about 20 seconds before and after handling food
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables. If the skin cant  be cleaned, peel it off. This will help remove dirt and pesticides. After cleaning,  dry it with a clean cloth or paper towel
  • Remove and throw away the outer leaves of leafy greens such as lettuce
  • Cut away damaged areas of fruits and vegetables
  • Wash utensils and cutting board with hot soapy water after each use . Avoid using cutting board made of wood. They hold more germs than the other types
  • Clean all counter tops with hot soapy water after use

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