The skin changes that can upset you most are the dreaded stretch marks or striae gravidarum as they are called, which may make their appearance across the lower abdomen from the twenty-forth week.
Unfortunately in most women there are not always confined to the abdomen and may occur on the breasts, the thighs, and on the buttocks too. Stretch marks tend to affect women whose abdominal skin has been subjected to much stretching caused by, for example, twin pregnancy, excessive and fluid retention or simply a very large baby. But that isn’t the whole story because some women with enormously distended abdomens never develop stretch marks at all.
It is now believed that striae are caused, not so much by the actual stretching of the skin, as by certain hormonesm released in the pregnancy which acts on elastic fibres beneath the skin. It has been found for instance, that women will really noticeable stretch marks are more likely to develop, toxaemia – retention of fluid, urinary changes, raised blood pressure – later on their pregnancy, than women who have never been troubled at all.
Chances are you’ll be one of the lucky ones who just won’t happen to form stretch marks.. But just in case you do, here’s some news to cheer you up. These ugly marks always – yes, always-fade to a much lighter color after delivery. Also post delivery massages and lavish application of vitamin E fortified creams help to lighten them.
Almost all babies bring up some milk, but some babies who are otherwise gaining weight satisfactorily have an increased tendency to vomit. These babies are usually highly active, cheerful, interested in their surroundings and exhibit rapid movement of arms and legs. This type of vomiting is usually more troublesome during the first few weeks of life, but it may continue as a nuisance for some months. The timing and frequency of vomiting are irregular. Typically no sooner has an infant has been cleaned up, varying amounts of milk may be already over-anxious. This mother should be reassured. Sometimes milk sedation of the infant may help; chloral hydrate 60 to 200 mg before each feeding is often helpful.
In some babies milk shoots out when the baby belches and this type of projectile vomiting may lead a doctor to diagnosis of cognetial pyeloric stenosis. Mothers usually exaggerate the quantity brought up . The weight gain is normal. The cause of excessive flatulence in breast fed babies is prolong sucking, which may either be because of insufficient milk at times or the baby may just keep on sucking longer than required. Babies fed on bottles sometimes gulp very rapidly and this might also cause vomiting. A teat with a very small hole and leads to excessive air swallowing and later to vomiting. Some mothers do not tilt the bottles properly, and the teat, instead of containing milk, contains a lot of air and some milk.