Pregnancy

Natural Birth Video: The Benefits of Natural Birth For Baby

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Childbirth is a life changing event which can be both exhilarating and draining, the greatest experience of one's life or the worst. Childbirth carries tremendous dogma, old wives tales, traditions, and controversy.

Adults have their own rhyme and reason for birth choices. Doctors and midwives make choices for convenience, scheduling, to avoid lawsuits or for profit. You may make decisions based on personal beliefs, research, the influence of others, your own benefit, and quite likely for what you believe to be the good of the baby.

Doctors and midwives may claim to "first do no harm", but that apparently does not hold true in childbirth which is evidenced by the United State's embarrassingly high infant mortality rate. It is your job as the parent then, to distinguish fact from fiction to uncover what is really in the best interest of your child. What is really best for your baby? What

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Baby Skin Care

Baby skin care is more about preventing diaper rash than preventing acne, but nonetheless, it's an important topic. People don't often think about the need to care for a baby's skin, perhaps because it's so perfect. Few things feel more soft and supple. Proper baby skin care can mean the difference between a happy baby and one that's constantly complaining.

Besides diaper and heat rash, babies can develop a condition called 'cradle cap'. Baby skin dries easily and it can even sunburn because melanin production is low. And because of the surge in hormones at the time of birth, babies can break out in acne, although baby skin is far less oily than an adult's.
General Guidelines And Tips On Baby Skin Care

Start life off right by protecting your baby from ultraviolet exposure. Keep infants out of direct sunlight during the first few months. If you do go outside, be

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Get Your Baby Sleeping Better

Having a new baby is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be filled with a great deal of anxiety. One major source of that anxiety is if you have a baby who isn’t sleeping well. Sleep deprivation will quickly wear you down, and your baby will be exhausted and irritable as well. When this pattern goes on for months, a once happy little family can rapidly turn into a tired and cranky crowd.

Much of this angst can be eliminated by helping your baby learn to sleep independently. A baby who sleeps who sleeps independently is usually a baby who sleeps through the night and takes nice, long naps on a consistent basis. Enabling your baby to learn how to sleep better should be a simple and gentle process, and most often your baby even have to shed a tear. This article will provide you with some important

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Underwater Childbirth

Gone are the days when there used to be limited options to have baby. If you do not like those sterile and medication conditions of a traditional hospital, then there are various other possibilities available for you. Many people search for such information online to avail these options.

One of the popular option for child birth is the method of going underwater. In an underwater childbirth you or your spouse are in a tub filled with warm water. Some people consider underwater childbirth as the philosophy of natural transition and non-intervention during the child birth.

 

Benefits of underwater childbirth are many. Some people say that less maternal pain is experienced during the labor under water. Others suggest that this method helps to reduce the need for epidural which is common in normal labor. Most of the women do not like epidural as there are many post operative complications of

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Foods Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy

 

Food is one of important factors to keep your pregnancy health. By eating nutritious foods you can keep your health during pregnancy. Furthermore, the baby will also get enough important nutrients to keep them health. Just notice that the development of your baby depends on what you eat during pregnancy. To get good foods you need to know about the principles of eating well. For more information about it, you can just read: The Principle of eating well during Pregnancy.

In this case, there is a question about what kind of foods you need to avoid during pregnancy period. Actually, there are several foods you need to avoid during your pregnancy period. You should avoid those foods because it leads you to infection problem. The infection problem is including salmonella, toxoplasma, listeria, and ecoli. Definitely, those infections harm your baby. The specific type of food you should avoid during

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The Principles of Eating Well during Pregnancy

Food is an important key to get a healthy pregnancy. A well eating habit not only keeps pregnant mother health but also keeps the unborn baby health. Remember! The development of the unborn baby depends on what you give to it. One of important things during pregnancy is the food and how you eat the food.  That’s why you should learn and keep the principles of eating well during pregnancy. Those principles are including:  

Changing Your Eating Habit

It is better to change your eating habit although you think that your eating habit is good enough. Remember! You are in your pregnancy period. If you want to do diet program, you should take a diet program for pregnant mother. In pregnancy period, it is a must to eat foods contain of protein, calories (for energy), vitamin, and mineral such as folate acid and iron. Those compounds are very important

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Important Nutrition during Pregnancy

Pregnancy nutrition

Important Nutrition during Pregnancy. The needs of nutrients on a pregnant woman increases during pregnancy, especially when approaching the second trimester. Because at that moment, the fetal develops fast - especially the brain development and also the nervous system and needs an optimal nutrition.

The nutrition needed are:

  1. Carbohydrate and fat as sources of energy to produce calories can be obtained from cereals, tubers.
  2. Protein as source of builder substances can be obtained from meats, fishes, eggs and nuts.
  3. Mineral as regulator can be obtained from fruits and vegetables.
  4. Vitamin B complex is useful for keeping the nervous system, muscles, and heart, work normally. Can be found in cereals, beans, nuts, green vegetables, yeast, eggs, and dairy.
  5. Vitamin D is useful for your baby’s bones development. It can be found in fish liver oil, yolk, and milk.
  6. Vitamin E is useful for healthy red blood cells. Eat beans especially wheat, nuts,

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5 Causes of Sleeping Issues during Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may need to adapt to a few changes. Remembering that a few things starting from hormonal change during pregnancy which causes some issues. The most common issues are nausea and morning sickness, rheumatic, and sleeping issues. Sleeping issues will increase when you enter the last trimester, remembering that the fetal growth will make it difficult for you to find a good sleeping position.

Here are 5 causes of sleeping issues during pregnancy and how to cope with it:

1.  Your Digestion System

Pregnancy will hamper your digestion system so that the body ability to absorb nutrition will also decrease. In some cases pregnant women who are not able to fulfill fiber and liquid needed in her body may be susceptible to constipation. Especially when entering the last trimester where the fetus grows even more which causes pressure to a pregnant woman’s intestines. Besides pregnant women often

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Ways to Overcome Nausea and Morning Sickness during Pregnancy

Morning sickness happens because of increase in hormone. During pregnancy the productions of estrogen and progesterone hormone increase so that it affects the neuron function and the functions of other body parts. As quoted from parents.com site according to Dr Marjorie Greenfield stated that around 70 percent women experience nausea at the beginning of pregnancy and around 50 percent experience morning sickness. Even though it is said to be very common but the symptoms in each individual are different. In some certain cases pregnant women might experience morning sickness all day long, only in the morning or some even experience it at night which affects her sleep time. Morning sickness usually happens on the sixth week of pregnancy or less and will increase until the eighth and ninth weeks of pregnancy.

Is morning sickness dangerous?

Morning sickness happens because of hormonal change that can happen anytime, anywhere and in

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Tips to Keep Anemia Away for Pregnant Women

At the first trimester of pregnancy, a lot of red blood cells are used for the fetal development so for you who has an anemia history will increase more than the other pregnant women. In Indonesia seven out of ten pregnant women experience anemia, either from before pregnancy or from the pregnancy itself. The increase happens at the second trimester of pregnancy, one of them is because of unbalanced eating pattern at the first trimester which is caused by health issues such as denial of food intake because of the decrease of appetite, nausea and morning sickness. Whereas at the beginning of pregnancy iron is needed two times than usual, the lack of nutrition is a considered factor. The amounts of calories, protein, fat, vitamin and mineral have to be fulfilled. Besides for you who are experiencing repeated pregnancy in a short period of time have high risk of anemia,

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Causes of Back Pain during Pregnancy

 The growing uterus takes effect on the gravitation, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changes your body posture and gives pressure on your back. This can also cause back pain if it suppresses your nerve. Besides, weight gain also affects your muscles to work even harder that causes stress on joints, and your back may even hurts more at night.

Besides, pregnancy hormonal change loosens up joints and ligaments on your pelvis to your backbone. This might make you feel unstable and cause pain when walking, standing up, sitting for a long time, rolling on bed, and standing up when we sit on chairs or when you clean up the bathtub, driving, or lifting a heavy load.

You are not alone. About three quarters pregnant ladies feel back pain in a few spots. It is often the pain appears on the next month or hurts more as the

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Cramps during Pregnancy

Cramps could happen a few times during pregnancy. It is not dangerous for both the mother and the baby, but in some cases cramps indicate that there are some serious problems in pregnancy that could endanger both the mother and also the baby. Cramps could happen on pregnant ladies no matter how far along you are in the pregnancy. If the cramps come often and cause severe pain, contact your doctor immediately to make sure your pregnancy is fine.

 

Normal cramps

Pregnancy has tight relationship with cramps in your lower abdomen. The cramps could happen anytime starting from you not getting period in the beginning of the pregnancy, until the time of labor. Cramps when you do not get any period again during pregnancy indicate some embryo growth in your uterus. This is a good sign that the embryo is developing perfectly. The rest of the follicles that

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7 Ways to Cope With Back Pain during Pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy is not a shocking thing, but still needs some of your attention. You can consider these 7 ways to cope with back pain during pregnancy - starting from physical activity and good postures to additional therapies. Back pain during pregnancy is not a new thing either because it’s something very common for pregnant women. When you get pregnant, you will also gain weight and your hormones will loosen the muscles and ligament in your whole body. But you don’t have to worry because in general back pain during pregnancy can be avoided and even be treated. You can consider these 7 ways to overcome your back pain.

1. Practice good postures

Because the baby that you’re carrying is growing bigger each day, your body gravity will move forward. To avoid falling because of the weight, you can look for a support for your back. Here are

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The Causes of Pain in Uterus during Pregnancy

Pregnancy will trigger many changes in a female’s body, especially in her uterus. Before pregnancy, a woman rarely realizes her uterus condition, but during her pregnancy, a woman will be more sensitive about the changes and stretching in her body. Fetus movement that feels like it’s sliding in her uterus is not something that you should be worry about, but it is a sign that the fetus is developing really well. But if you feel sharp pain or other suspicious symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Pelvic muscle pain

Pain in pelvic muscle is a normal thing at the first trimester of pregnancy. This pain might change time to time and in varied intensities, from light pain such as cramps, like what William Sears said on his book “the Pregnancy Book”. Ligament muscles that support the uterus will stretch a little bit by the uterine growth, and the stretch that you

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Itchy Skin during Pregnancy - Here Are How to Overcome It

Pregnancy is a whole new level of every woman’s life in the whole world. When a woman expects a baby, she gets to expect new changes in herself too, either physical, mentality, and hormonal. Because of these changes, a pregnant woman experiences new things too. Either she wants it or not, she has to get through this phase. These new experiences are not always fun, like when the baby kicks the mother’s stomach, but things that bother you like itchy skin and morning sickness. Actually itch that happens during pregnancy is normal. Usually happens at the third trimester.

Itchy skin during pregnancy

There are three causes of itch during pregnancy, dry skin, stretch marks on stomach skin, and PUPP symptom. PUPP stands for Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy that usually happens because of the increase of gonadotropin and estrogen hormone activities. Level of itch also varies. Starting

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How to Overcome Problems during Pregnancy

To overcome problems that happen during pregnancy is something that pregnant women need to know. Thus a pregnancy would not be something that tortures pregnant women, but instead would be something fun. Here are some problems that happen during pregnancy and the tips to overcome them.

Nausea and Morning Sickness

Nausea and morning sickness are the most common things for pregnant women, especially during the beginning of pregnancy or at the first trimester. Nausea and morning sickness are caused by hormonal change that happen to pregnant women. Besides nausea and morning sickness could also happen if a pregnant woman smells certain scents.

Even though nausea and sickness will be gone by themselves when the second trimester approaches, but you should beware of them. Nausea and sickness would cause lacking of good nutrition for both the mother and the baby she carries. The first trimester is a critical period where the

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Life Style, Obesity during Pregnancy Will Affect Your Baby’s Health

Your child has diabetes? Why does it happen while you have matched the nutrition amount with the right diet? Some diabetes type 2 is affected by lifestyle which is found in unhealthy children. Do you know that the pregnancy time will also give a little part to the children? Pregnant mother who has obesity is defined in general as when she has body mass index (BMI) for more than 30. BMI is the measure of obesity which is calculated by using weight and height. About 15-20% pregnant mother has obesity. Obesity during pregnancy will raise complication for you and the baby. The fatter you are the bigger possibility to get pregnancy complication.

If you have obesity during pregnancy the problem that you should face are miscarriage, usually the baby dies in the uterus before the 20th week of the pregnancy, besides, for some cases the dead birth occurs when

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When the Pregnancy Exceeds the Actual Time

When the pregnancy timeexceeds the normal time, or more than 42 weeks, as a mother you will be worried by this thing. It will be better if you consult with the obstetricians about this thing, so your doctor can determine if your pregnancy time really exceeds the actual time or if there is small mistake. Using this way, the obstetrician can decide whether the childbirth should be done or not.

In the medical world, when the pregnancy time exceeds the actual time, it is called prolonged or post term pregnancy. Basically, normal pregnancy or at term occurs for 38-41 weeks. Besides, the pregnancy time which exceeds more than 42 weeks is categorized as post term. The number of pregnant mother who has pregnancy time more than limit time is relatively small; it is only about 3 to 12%.

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The number of pregnancy time which exceeds the normal limit

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Hypertension during Pregnancy

Hypertension or high blood pressure which occurs to pregnant mother will be very dangerous to the pregnancy itself or to the mother. Hypertension or which is also known as high blood pressure occurs when the blood which is pumped by the heart has pressure increasing, so it will result more pressure which damages the arterial walls of blood vessels. One is known as having hypertension if his blood pressure is above 140/90 mmHg (It means there are 140 mmHg systolic pressure and 90 mmHg diastolic pressure). Hypertension during pregnancy often happens if the pregnant mother’s age is below 20 year old or above 40 year old, twin pregnancy, or it can also happen to first pregnancy.

Cause of Hypertension

There are two causes of hypertension which are essential hypertension or primary hypertension where the cause is not disturbance in the heart or kidney, but it causes by other factors

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Endometriosis and Pregnancy

 Endometriosis is an abnormal condition which occurs in the layer that should protect the pregnancy cavity (endometrium). Normal condition is when the endometrium is in the uterine cavity, but in the endometriosis case, the endometrium grows in the outside of the uterus. Endometriosis often happens to organs such as ovaries, bowel, bladder, and in some conditions in the pelvic area. Even though it does not belong to deadly diseases, Endometriosis cannot be underestimated because it can affect women fertile and you will feel so much pain. If Endometriosis spreads to brain or lungs, the sufferer will get deflation of the lungs and seizures during menstruation. The abnormal pain which can be felt during menstruation becomes common complaint which happens to Endometriosis. The other common symptom is the difficulty of having a child. It happens because the Endometriosis can damage the structure of women reproduction organ and it can decrease the

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Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is known as pregnancy which occurs in the outside of the uterus cavity. It is pregnancy condition where the fertilized egg could not stick on the mother’s uterus, but it sticks on other different places such as fallopian tube which is also known as oviducts, cervix, abdominal cavity, or in the ovaries. In the other words, ectopic pregnancy is a condition when the fertilized egg is not implanted in the right place, which is uterus. If the fertilized egg sticks on the oviduct, it will cause swelling and broken egg because of the embryo growth.

 

Ectopic pregnancy occurs to about 1% of the entire pregnancy and this is an emergency condition when it needs to be helped as soon as possible. If there is no action to this condition, it will be dangerous for the mother because of the bleeding in the abdominal cavity, not in

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Molar pregnancy - symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

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Molar Pregnancy (hydatidiform mole) is a benign tumor in the form of an abnormal pregnancy that occurs as a result of the failure to establish the fetus would be forming a membrane surface tissue (villi) that resemble grape bunch. Pregnant molars are benign tumors that form from the trophoblast (the edges of the egg cells) that have been fertilized. The tumor was attached to the uterine wall and become the placenta and the membranes that nourish the products of conception. This type of tumor may be malignant.

Medically, molar pregnancies can occur in the absence of primordial tissue (agenesis) or any changes (degeneration) system of blood flow to the primordial tissue at gestation week 3 to week 4. Other causes are the continuing flow or circulation without going to the fetus, resulting in increased production of trophoblast cell fluid. Pregnant molar can also be caused by abnormalities of sex kromsom substance.

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Miscarriage - causes and signs

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Miscarriage is one of the most feared by pregnant women. The thought of the presence of the baby, cute little baby when miscarriage already gone over. Compounded by pain, stress, and even trauma haunts pregnant women who had a miscarriage.

Therefore, let us know about what is a miscarriage, what causes it and how the signs of this miscarriage. In order to know about the ins and outs of miscarriages, miscarriages are expected to be avoided. Miscarriage is defined as the discharge of the fetus or premature labor before being able to live. The risk of miscarriage has a percentage of 15% - 40% of pregnant women, and 60-75% of miscarriages occur before the age of 3 months of pregnancy. However, the number of events or risk of miscarriage decreases in gestational age over 3 months.

Occurrence Cause Miscarriage 

The factors that cause a miscarriage are:

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The Dangerous Signs of Pregnancy, Birthing Process and Childbed

 

The dangerous sign of pregnancy is when there are signs which show something unusual whether from the mother or the baby which can cause dangerous condition. If it is happening to you, you should go to the hospital right away to get hospital emergency treatment. Most mothers can deliver their baby normally. On the hand, 15 up to 20 among 100 pregnant mothers are suffered from pregnancy period, birthing process and childbed.


It can be an unpredictable disruption. For that reason, it is a must for you to know those dangerous signs. It is very important to know the signs so you can go to the doctor right away to safe your life and your baby.


There are 10 dangerous signs you need to know, those are:


If you are suffered from eating disorder and vomiting problem frequently


It is a normal condition if you are suffered from vomiting

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The Warning Signs During Pregnancy

 

There are several Warning Signs During Pregnancy it might cause health problems. If you still want to keep your pregnancy, it is better to consult to the doctor frequently. Moreover, you also need to go to the doctor when it is the time to birth the baby. You also need to know more about the dangerous sign of pregnancy, birthing process, and childbed.

Pregnancy need to be watched if it is the same with the information below:

If the age of the mother is less than 20 years old
It is better to avoid pregnancy in this age because mostly your uterus and pelvis is not grow perfectly yet. As the result, the birthing process will be too long and it is very dangerous for you. Moreover, it seems that a girl under 20 years old is not ready yet to be a mother and taking care of her

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How to Avoid Miscarriage

Having children is what every married couple wants. But what can you do if the pregnancy cannot last or what is usually called miscarriage? Know what the causes are and what to do to avoid it.

What is miscarriage?
Miscarriage is pregnancy discontinuation under 20 weeks old. At that time a fetus is weighed around 500 grams. Miscarriage is tending to be sporadic or known as continuous miscarriage. Sporadic miscarriage doesn’t have any patterns and mostly is caused by chromosome abnormality, either from the egg or sperm cells. 

What causes miscarriage?
Besides chromosome abnormality, there are other factors that allegedly could be the causes of miscarriage, such as:

  • Autoimmune Disorder, a systemic lupuserythematosus (SLE) disorder and also antiphospolipid antibody (APLAs).
  • Anatomy abnormality, usually caused by uterus or cervical abnormality.
  • Infections, there are a few viruses that could cause miscarriage such as chlamydia trachomatis and nesseiria gonorrhea.
  • Environment and lifestyle.

Keep a healthy

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Understanding Hormones of Pregnancy

pregnancy hormones

 

During pregnancy, a female body will react by making changes and producing pregnancy hormones to support the pregnancy itself. These pregnancy hormones are useful to support the pregnancy especially for the baby to develop well. It’s good for pregnant women to know about hormones produced during pregnancy and also the functions and effects caused by them, so there will not be any misunderstandings or even turning them into pregnancy myths for the changes that happen during pregnancy. These are a few hormones produced during pregnancy, and the functions and effects caused:

Pregnancy Hormone HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin)

This hormone will only be found in the body of a pregnant woman, it’s made by embryo right after fertilization and also because of placenta tissues. The pregnancy hormone that is produced by villi choriales causes the increasing of progesterone production by the egg and suppresses period and takes care of the pregnancy.

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Myths about Pregnancy

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Myths about pregnancy are all around and spread in the society. Some even believe those myths. And not every myth is true. So that parents are not misled of those pregnancy myths, here are some explanations of those myths.

Drinking coconut water can quicken your labor

There are no researches yet that prove this myth, because how quick your labor is, is caused by a lot of factors. But coconut water is useful for making the amniotic fluid white and clean.

No sex during the first trimester

There are no researches yet that prove that sex could cause miscarriage. So as long as it doesn’t hurt or uncomfortable, you may do that.

Darken neck or nipples indicate you’re going to have a baby boy

Color change on neck or nipples has nothing to do with the sex of the baby. Color change is caused by the increase of progesterone

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Things Should Not Do During Pregnancy

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Getting pregnant is such an immeasurably gift from The Almighty. Pregnancy is something that needs to be taken care of and maintained very well so that you will give birth to a healthy and superior baby. But there are times when a pregnant woman doesn’t know very well about things that should and should not to do during pregnancy, especially on their first pregnancy. These are what a pregnant woman needs to know to take care of their baby and keep it healthy and superior. These are things should not do during pregnancy.

Wearing High Heeled Shoes

High heeled shoes could cause muscles stretching in the waist area. Pregnant women tend to feel more pain and stiffness in the waist area. This is caused by body pivot change that happens during pregnancy, where body tend to lean forward, so when a pregnant woman tries to enforce her body by

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How Do I Get Pregnant and Have A Boy or A girl Baby?

There are a lot of methods to decide your child’s sex and one of the best is the shettles method. This method has more than 75% chance to succeed.

Basically, men produce sperms with two types of gene chromosomes, XX (female) and XY (male). Dr Shettles’ research showed that:

XY Chromosome (male)

  • Smaller size of sperm
  • Vitality is weak, but moves faster (aggressive) than XX chromosome that is bigger

XX Chromosome (female)

  • Bigger size of sperm
  • Vitality is stronger but slower

There are a few things that can be done to increase the chance to get a baby boy or a baby girl:

  1. On ovulation (fertile time) will have bigger chance to get a baby boy, because XY sperm tend to be faster and reaches the egg first. It is best to have sex on ovulation, if you want a baby boy. And if you want a baby girl, it

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