A Father's Guide to Understanding Pregnancy

By Michael Zuren PhD.

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For most couples, pregnancy is an exciting and joyous time. It is important for the father to understand what is happening during the pregnancy, why it is happening, and what can be done to make this experience more enjoyable for the father and the expectant mother. The following explanation briefly describes each stage of a pregnancy, which includes the physical changes the expectant mother will experience as well as how the baby is developing in the mother's womb. There are three main stages of pregnancy, which are broken-down into trimesters. Altogether, a pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks.

• First Trimester (First 12 Weeks of the Pregnancy) - Until the end of the first trimester, it is not advisable to tell any family or friends of the pregnancy. This stage of the pregnancy is the most susceptible to a miscarriage. During this stage, the expectant mother may experience some of the following changes: extreme tiredness, sensitivity and tenderness, emotional swings, morning sickness, swelling, weight gain, and cravings for certain foods. As the father, you should be prepared for the mother-to-be to have moods swings, possible crying for unknown reasons, and requests for foods such as pickles and ice cream. By the end of this stage of the pregnancy, all your baby's major organs have begun to form, the baby will develop a regular heartbeat, and your baby's...

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5 Things You Can Do About Baby Colic

By Kenneth Perkins

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Colicky babies are not that hard to spot. If your otherwise healthy child is younger than six months and spends at least three hours crying - nonstop - than chances are good your baby has Colic. What's Colic? Doctors are not really sure of the core reason some babies suffer from colic and others do not. Mainly, however, colic is a discomfort in the gut. Healthcare providers say that is why babies suddenly stiffen their limbs, arches their backs and lets out a very loud shriek that doesn't seem to have an end, no matter what you do.

There are some ways to at least manage a colicky baby, although that will take some trail and error. (All babies are different to how they respond). Certainly have your baby examined by a doctor to make sure there's no underlying medical or feeding problem.

In the meantime, here are 5 things you can do about Baby Colic.

1. Probiotics might help. Since infants with colic have different intestinal micro flora than infants who don't have it, probiotics have helped reduce colic symptoms in some babies. It would be wise to ask your pediatrician about whether this would be a good recommendation.
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