THE WEDDING DAY; HAPPY BUT DEMANDING


THE WEDDING DAY; HAPPY BUT DEMANDING

A marriage that conforms to legal requirements protects those involved in many ways, such as by defining responsibilities towards the children (including maintenance and education) and rights of inheritance. There are also laws designed to protect family members from abuse and exploitation, thus the wedding day is truly a unique day.
The preparations:
Once it is decided that a couple will marry and that the marriage will conform to Bible laws and principles as well as to the law of the land, what practical matters must be considered? Among these are the date and type of wedding ceremony desired. “it may be that the couple’s ideas do not fit exactly with those of the parents, and they may feel torn between choosing exactly what they want and following the family traditions,” says one book on the subject. What can be done? There are no easy solutions to this, except to listen tactfully, talk problems through, and compromise. It is an emotional time for everyone, and a little forethought and understanding will go a long way to making the arrangements easier.”- The complete wedding organizer and record.
Although loving parents can do much to ensure the success of the day, they should resist the temptation to impose their own wishes. On the other hand, though final decisions will be made by the bride and groom, they should listen to well-intentioned advice.
Preparations include various activities, from sending invitations to organizing the reception. “The more orderly this preparation is, the more foresight and planning are applied, the less will be the fatigue and tension.” There will be errands to run and quests to entertain. Can friends or family make themselves available to help? Could some of the things that the bride and groom do not necessary have to do themselves be delegated to other responsible ones?
The expenses:
A reasonable budget is essential. It is not reasonable or loving to expect a couple or their parents to go into debts to pay for a wedding that is beyond their means. Many who can afford a more elaborate wedding still choose to keep it modest. In any event, some couples have found it helpful to have a checklist for estimated and actual expenses. It can also be useful to have a list of deadlines for all the things that need to be organized. Entrusting deadlines to memory is very likely to be stressful.
How much will the wedding cost? Prices differ from place to place, but wherever you live, it would be wise to ask yourself: ‘can we afford all the things we have planned? Are they really necessary? Even if you can afford more, you may still want to keep things simple.
Considering the importance of the event, the desire to do something special is understandable. But whatever is decided upon should be done with balance. Though some spend a fortune, others are happy to economize-or do so because they have no other choice. Avoid the trend of trying to have a bigger and better wedding than others. consider the extravagant veils two brides in one land wore-one veil was 13 meters in diameter and weighed some 220 kilograms; another was 300 meters long, requiring 100 bridesmaids to carry. Would it be in harmony on sound principles to imitate such spectacles?
Should we follow tradition or not?
Wedding traditions vary from country to country, thus it is impossible to comment on all of them. When deciding whether they will follow a certain custom, the couple would do well to ask themselves: ‘what is its meaning? Is it tied to a superstition that is a good-luck or fertility wish? Is it connected with false religion or other practices condemned by the Bible? Is it unreasonable or unloving? Could it embarrass or stumble others? Could it raise doubts about the couple’s motives? Is it in bad taste?’ if doubts exist on any of these points, it would be better to avoid that tradition and, if necessary, let guests know of the decision ahead of time.

A simple preparations checklist:

6 months or more ahead;
– discuss plans with future husband or wife, in-laws, and parents.
-decides on type of wedding desire.
-work out budget.
-check legal requirements
-book reception location
-contact photographer

4 months;
-choose (from existing wardrobe), purchase, or sew wedding garments
-order flowers
-choose and order invitations

2 months;
– send invitation
-purchase rings
-obtain necessary documentation

1 month;
-Try on wedding outfits
-confirm orders and appointments made
-write thank you letters for any gifts already received.

2 weeks;
-start taking personal belongings to new accommodation

1 week;
-make sure all helpers know what is expected of them.
– arrange for return of any hired or borrowed items
-delegate everything possible to others.

Some brides fear that something will go terribly wrong on their wedding day- that the car will get flat tire and arrive at the ceremony late, that the weather will be foul, or that the wedding gown will be irreparably damaged at the last minute. Probably none of that will happen. However, be realistic. Not everything can run perfectly. Setbacks have to be accepted. Try not to lose your sense of humour in the face of difficulties, and keep a positive outlook. Should something go amiss, remember that in years to come, you may laugh about it as you tell the tale. Do not let minor mishaps mar the joy of the wedding itself.

SIX UNDEFEATED KILLER DISEASES


SIX UNDEFEATED KILLER DISEASES

Over 2,700 years ago, a prophet spoke of a future time when sickness will be no more. But can this statement be real considering the enormous diseases that have continue to plaque mankind. Medical knowledge and related technologies continues to advance at an unprecedented rate. In spite of this, plaques of infectious diseases are still ravaging the world. Today there still exist six killer diseases that is still ravaging the world and they remain undefeated, here are some basic facts about them:

MALARIA:
Annually, some 300 million people get ill from malaria. About one million victims die every year, many of them children. In Africa, one child dies of malaria about every 30 seconds. According to the world health organization (WHO), “science still has no magic bullet for malaria and many doubts that such a single solution will ever exist.”

HIV/AIDS:
Some 60 million people have been infected with HIV, and about 20 million have died of AIDS. During 2005 there were five million new infections and more than three million AIDS related deaths. The victims include the more than 500,000 children. The vast majority of HIV victims have no access to adequate treatment.

MEASLES:
During 2003, measles killed more than 500,000 people. A leading cause of death among children, measles is a contagious disease. Every year some 30 million people contract measles. Ironically, an effective and inexpensive vaccine against measles has been available for the past 40 years.

DIARRHEA:
With about four billion cases every year, diarrhea is describe as a major killer among the poor. It is caused by various infectious diseases that can be spread by contaminated water or food or a lack of good personal hygiene. These infections result in a yearly death toll of more than two million people.

TUBERCULOSIS:
During 2003, tuberculosis (TB) caused the death of over 1,700,000 people. Of great concern to health officials is the emergence of drug-resistant TB germs. Some strains have developed resistance to all major anti-TB medications. Drug-resistant TB strains develop in patients who undergo poorly supervised or incomplete medical treatment

PNEUMONIA:
More children die of pneumonia than of any other related infectious diseases claims WHO. About two million children under the age of five die of pneumonia every year. Most of these deaths take place in Africa and Southeast Asia. In many parts of the world, limited access to health facilities prevents victims from getting lifesaving medical treatment.

SCLERODERMA; when the Body turns against itself


SCLERODERMA; when the Body turns against itself

The term “scleroderma” (SD) comes from the Greek word meaning “hard skin,” though all connective tissue –not just skin- is affected. It is a chronic autoimmune disease primarily afflicting females and is characterized by abnormal thickening of the skin. It is often misdiagnosed, sometimes for years, since it presents different symptoms in varying degrees in each patient.
The cause of SD is unknown. Scientists agree that in cases of SD, the body produces an excess of collagen, which then attacks the body’s healthy tissue. Thu, it is often said that SD is a disease in which the body turns against itself.
There are two major variants of SD as well as other less common forms. The most serious form is called diffuse or systemic and is characterized by rapid development of a thickening of the skin, beginning with the hands and face and extending to the arms and trunk. People with diffuse SD are at greater risk for developing internal-organ involvement early in the course of the disease. The other major form is often called limited or localized SD.
In cases of diffuse SD, the areas of skin hardness are widespread and typically appear on both sides of the body. Diffuse SD also includes inflammation of the muscles and the swelling of the fingers, hands, and feet. Gastrointestinal problems are common, but more serious are lung, heart, and kidney involvement.
The vascular system is also affected, many times beginning with Raynaud’s phenomenon, where the fingers and toes lose circulation and turn white, red, or blue upon exposure to cold and cause spasms of pain. At present there are no proven treatments or cures for any forms of SD.
On the positive side, many SD victims have found that love, joy, and hope have deepened in their lives as family members and others reach out to assist them. Although the victim and his loved ones are faced with different challenges, they can choose to maintain positive attitude. Feelings of hopelessness and frustration are valid, but sufferer need not surrender to them

RESTLESS LEGS; DO YOU HAVE IT?


RESTLESS LEGS; DO YOU HAVE IT?

It’s nighttime. You are comfortable and relax in your bed. Then it begins- that crawling feeling in your legs. You cannot ignore it. The only way to find relief is to get up and move around. Walking helps, but when you lie down again, the same sensation returns. You want to sleep, but you cannot. If theses sound like something you experience, you are not alone. It is known as Restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Though many doctors today fail to diagnose or properly treat this disorder, it is not new. In 1685 a doctor wrote of those who after going to bed feel “so great a Restlessness” in their arms and legs that they “are no more able to sleep, than if they were in a place of the greatest torture.”
Part of the problem in recognizing this disorder is that there is no laboratory test that can determine if a person has it. It is identified by the symptoms it produces.
For some, RLS is a mild disorder with occasional symptoms. For others, it is much more serious, causing chronic insomnia (check my blogg at hyattractions.wordpress.com to read more on insomnia), resulting in daytime fatigue that interferes significantly with everyday life. It affects both sexes and is most common and more severe in older people. Most often it is diagnosed in people in their 50’s, though often the symptoms can be traced back to childhood. Because they can’t sit still or are constantly fidgeting, young people with RLS are frequently labeled as “hyperactive.”
Though experts recognize RLS to be a neurological disorder, its cause is difficult to pinpoint. In most of those who have it, the case is unknown. RLS has, however, been linked to certain factors. For example, RLS runs in families, passing genetically from parents to their children. Some pregnant women experience RLS symptoms, especially during the last months of pregnancy. After delivery, the disorder usually disappears. Sometimes medical disorders, such as low iron levels or a lack of certain vitamins, trigger RLS discomfort. Chronic diseases may also cause RLS symptoms – particularly kidney failure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and peripheral neuropathy, damage to the nerves in the hands and the feet
Sadly, there is no cure for RLS and the symptoms often worsen over the years. However, the good news is that RLS can be treated effectively, often without drugs. There is no one solution; what works for one person may not work for another a first step in treatment is to decide if there is some correctable medical condition that is causing RLS symptoms. A regular exercise program will help you get a good night’s sleep. However, vigorous exercise within the six hours before you go to bed may have the opposite effect. Some with RLS find that moderate exercise immediately before bed-time helps them sleep. Experiment with various exercise to discover what is best for you.

PREGNANCY; THE PROCESS OF CHILDBIRTH


PREGNANCY; THE PROCESS OF CHILDBIRTH

The nine-month wait is finally over, and the baby is so longed for is about to be born.(Gestation usually lasts between 37 and 42 weeks). The expectant mother’s cervix has remained firmly shut, keeping the fetus safely in the womb. But now her cervix thins, softens, and relaxes. The miracle of child birth begins.
Several factors are involved in the process of child birth, but two are especially amazing. First, oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain, is released. Both men and women produce this substance, but a great quantity of it is released in the pregnant mother when labour begins, causing the cervix to dilate and the uterus to contract. Just how the pituitary gland of the expectant mother knows when to begin releasing this hormone is a mystery.
A second factor involved in this process is the role of the placenta, which stops producing progesterone. During pregnancy, progesterone has prevented strong contractions. But now, without the restriction of progesterone, the uterus begins to contract. Generally after between 8 and 13 hours of labour, the baby is pushed out through the relaxed, dilated cervix. Afterward, the placenta is also expelled.
Now the newborn must quickly adapt to new conditions of life, very different from those of its maternal environment. For example, while in the uterus, the lungs of the fetus were full of amniotic fluid, which was squeezed out when the infant passed through the birth canal. Now the lungs must be filled with air to initiate breathing, the onset of which is usually indicated by the first cry. Drastic changes also occur in the heart and the rest of the circulatory system. A hole connecting the two atria of the heart and blood vessel bypassing the pulmonary circulation close, in order to reroute the blood through the lungs, thus enabling the blood to absorb oxygen. It is astonishing that this adaptation to the outside world happens so rapidly.
The entire process of labour and birth reminds us of the words of the bible: “for everything there is an appointed time, even a time for every affair under the heavens.” That includes “a time for birth.” (Ecclesiastes 3;1, 2). You will surely agree with me that the series of biochemical and physical events, which all occur within just a few hours, eloquently points to the design on the part of our creator. You can read some of my other articles on pregnancy by searching my blogg at hyattractions.wordpress.com and as well click here ………………….to read more.

PREEMBRYO; The true meaning.


PREEMBRYO; The true meaning.

The term “preembryo” refers to the unborn’s stage of development during the first 14 days after fertilization. After that, it is called an embryo until the end of the eighth week. From then on, it is called a fetus. Why is the word “preembryo” used?
The term was used as the rationale for permitting human embryo research during the first 14 days after conception. One reference work says: “if one defines the embryo as the structure destined to become the baby, its earliest rudiments do not form until about two weeks after the sperm meets the egg.” But can this preembryo be dismissed as a mere mass of cells, fit for little more than research? Considered what really happens during this two-week period.
After the sperm has penetrated the egg, it takes about 24 hours for male and female chromosomes to fuse. During the next few days, the cell divides. Within four or five days after fertilization, the cluster of cells develops into a hollow sphere (still smaller than a pin-head) with an outer cell layer and an inner cell mass. It is now known as a blastocyst. Many of the cells of the outer layer will develop into non-embryonic tissues. From the inner cell mass, however, the baby itself will develop.
About a week after fertilization, implantation in the womb occurs. The blastocyst attaches itself to the womb and begins the construction of the placenta, which will allow the passage of oxygen and food from the mother’s bloodstream and the release of wastes. According to the book incredible voyage-exploring the human body, by about day nine the inner cell mass starts “the task of constructing a new human being.” It adds: “those 20 or so cells must perform a series of restructurings and differentiations over another five or six days to create the first structural element of the actual embryo.” So by the end of the second week, this “first structural element,” from which the central nervous system eventually develops, begins to appear.
Because of this preparatory step-by-step process that goes on within the early human embryo, some argue that “there is no one biological event or moment that can be considered the start of a new human embryo.” True Christians, however, believe that life begins at conception. The fact that the original fertilized cell contains the program for the construction of the placenta, the implantation, the connections with the mother’s blood vessel is divinely designed by the creator.

MIGRAINE; WHAT CAN YOU DO? Migraine, unlike headaches follow a random reoccurring pattern. The condition is severe enough to make the sufferer abandon normal activities. What are the symptoms of migraine? The pain throbs and may affect only one side of the head. The sufferer may also become nauseated and unable to bear bright light. The attack can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Although most people have occasional tension headaches, only 1 person in 10 suffers from migraine. More women are affected than men. Some cases are more severe than others, but most victims lose several days of work each year. Migraine causes loss of income and can adversely affect family and social life. Thus, the world health organization ranks it among the world’s 20 leading causes of disability. Shortly before a migraine attack, some victims have such symptoms as cold hand, fatigue, hunger, or mood changes. Then, just before the headaches starts, there may be dizziness, abuzzing sound in the ears, a pinsand-needles sensation, double vision, speech difficulty, or muscle weakness. The causes of migraine are not completely understood, but it is thought to be a disorder of the nervous system that affects blood vessels in the head. The throbbing nature of the pain apparently corresponds to blood going through irritated vessels. The journal emergency medicine says; “patients with migraine inherit a uniquely sensitive nervous system, which can be disrupted by numerous life events, such as sleep deprivation, strong odors, traveling, skipping meals, stress, and changes in hormone levels.” People who suffer from migraine may also be susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety attacks, and depression. You cannot change the nervous system you have inherited. But you may be able to prevent migraine attacks from being triggered. By keeping a diary, some have been able to identify certain foods or circumstances that provoke attacks. Don’t forget also, that each person’s case is different. Identifying triggers is not easy because several factors usually combines to produce an attack. For example, on one occasion you may eat chocolate with no ill effect, but at another time it gives you migraine, perhaps because of an additional contributing factor. Even if you are unable to identify or avoid things that trigger your migraine, there are other ways to reduce the possibility of an attack. Experts recommend trying to maintain a regular pattern of sleep seven days a week. If you want to sleep later on the weekend, they recommend that you get up at the usual time, do something for a few minutes, and then return to bed. Since hunger provoke migraine, avoid skipping meals. What treatment for migraine? A wide range of options are available to help treat migraine. For example, sleep is one of the best remedies. Nonprescription painkillers may bring sufficient relief for the sufferer to be able to sleep. In 1993, triptans, a new class of prescription medicines, became available, specifically for treating migraine. Migraine is not life threatening. So the cure for migraine does not save lives, as did the cure for infections. Nevertheless, triptans have brought dramatic relief to some who for years were regularly disabled by migraine. Patients must still make the changes in activities mentioned earlier, but some migraineurs have called triptans miracle drugs.


MIGRAINE; WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Migraine, unlike headaches follow a random reoccurring pattern. The condition is severe enough to make the sufferer abandon normal activities. What are the symptoms of migraine? The pain throbs and may affect only one side of the head. The sufferer may also become nauseated and unable to bear bright light. The attack can last anywhere from several hours to several days.
Although most people have occasional tension headaches, only 1 person in 10 suffers from migraine. More women are affected than men. Some cases are more severe than others, but most victims lose several days of work each year. Migraine causes loss of income and can adversely affect family and social life. Thus, the world health organization ranks it among the world’s 20 leading causes of disability.
Shortly before a migraine attack, some victims have such symptoms as cold hand, fatigue, hunger, or mood changes. Then, just before the headaches starts, there may be dizziness, abuzzing sound in the ears, a pinsand-needles sensation, double vision, speech difficulty, or muscle weakness.
The causes of migraine are not completely understood, but it is thought to be a disorder of the nervous system that affects blood vessels in the head. The throbbing nature of the pain apparently corresponds to blood going through irritated vessels. The journal emergency medicine says; “patients with migraine inherit a uniquely sensitive nervous system, which can be disrupted by numerous life events, such as sleep deprivation, strong odors, traveling, skipping meals, stress, and changes in hormone levels.” People who suffer from migraine may also be susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety attacks, and depression.
You cannot change the nervous system you have inherited. But you may be able to prevent migraine attacks from being triggered. By keeping a diary, some have been able to identify certain foods or circumstances that provoke attacks. Don’t forget also, that each person’s case is different.
Identifying triggers is not easy because several factors usually combines to produce an attack. For example, on one occasion you may eat chocolate with no ill effect, but at another time it gives you migraine, perhaps because of an additional contributing factor. Even if you are unable to identify or avoid things that trigger your migraine, there are other ways to reduce the possibility of an attack. Experts recommend trying to maintain a regular pattern of sleep seven days a week. If you want to sleep later on the weekend, they recommend that you get up at the usual time, do something for a few minutes, and then return to bed. Since hunger provoke migraine, avoid skipping meals.
What treatment for migraine?
A wide range of options are available to help treat migraine. For example, sleep is one of the best remedies. Nonprescription painkillers may bring sufficient relief for the sufferer to be able to sleep.
In 1993, triptans, a new class of prescription medicines, became available, specifically for treating migraine. Migraine is not life threatening. So the cure for migraine does not save lives, as did the cure for infections. Nevertheless, triptans have brought dramatic relief to some who for years were regularly disabled by migraine. Patients must still make the changes in activities mentioned earlier, but some migraineurs have called triptans miracle drugs.

MARRIAGE; It Should Be a Permanent Bond.


MARRIAGE; It Should Be a Permanent Bond.

Judging by the conclusion of many movies, marriage is a desirable goal. Often, the man and the woman finally gets together, get married, and live “happily ever after,” in films, that is usually the end of the story. In reality, the wedding is, not the end, but the beginning of a new life together. And hopefully, as Ecclesiastes 7:8 says, “Better is the end afterward of a matter than its beginning.”
A permanent Bond:
Farsightedness is needed. A marriage must have a solid foundation if it is to last and be satisfying. Otherwise, the stress experienced after the wedding can be much greater than the stress before it. One should not enter marriage thinking; ‘if it doesn’t work out, I can always divorce.’ Marriage is to be viewed as a permanent bond.
After the wedding day:
It has been said that in the life of a man, marriage is second in importance only to his or her dedication to God. The latter binds one to the creator forever, and baptism makes that publicly manifest. Marriage is the public declaration of commitment to another person-forever. It is unthinkable either to dedicate oneself to God or forge a marriage bond while having serious reservations. Therefore, those contemplating marriage do well to examine carefully the prospective mate’s beliefs, goals, attitudes, and disposition.
In preparing for the wedding, kindness, thoughtfulness, and the spirit of cooperation are important. Such qualities are even more important afterward in making the marriage a success. The newlyweds are in love, but after marriage it has to be remembered that on a daily basis, love “does not look for its own interest.” With an abiding love, such qualities as long-suffering, kindness, goodness, mildness, and self control-fruitage of God’s spirit- will be easier to demonstrate. These qualities are necessary for a successful marriage.
The difficult part is continuing to manifest such qualities after the wedding day. However, the secret to success in manifesting such good qualities is this: love the person you married, and be willing to make sacrifices. A married person’s closest neighbour is his or her marriage partner, for nothing on earth can unite two individuals as marriage can.
However, a mere physical union in itself cannot guarantee emotional harmony. The union of two bodies is not always the union of two minds. For the sexual union to give maximum satisfaction, there also has to be the second-union of hearts and intentions. More often than not, making sacrifices for the other person is the price that needs to be paid to make marriage a success. Who should make the sacrifices? The husband? The wife?
Lastly, although the institution of marriage has suffered attack in recent years, in the long run, marriage will survive because it was instituted by God and everything he ordains is “very good.” It will not become outdated. And it can be successful, especially among those who respect and uphold it properly. But the challenge is: will the two individuals hold true to the promise they made on the wedding day to love and to cherish each other? That can certainly be a challenge, and you may have to struggle to come off victorious. But the results will be worth the effort!

high blood pressure, prevention and control


HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE; prevention and control

What about your blood pressure? Could your current life-style cause high blood pressure in the future? What can you do to keep your blood pressure under control?
Blood pressure is the force blood exerts against blood vessel walls. It can be measured using an inflatable rubber cuff, which is wrapped around the upper arm and connected to an apparatus that records pressure two readings are obtained. For example; 120/80. The first number is called systolic blood pressure because it indicates blood pressure during the heartbeat (systole), and the second number is called diastolic blood pressure because it indicates blood pressure while the heart is relaxed (diastole). Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, and physicians classify patients as hypertensive when their blood pressure is above 140/90.
What makes a blood pressure increase? Imagine that you are watering your garden. By opening the faucet or by reducing the caliber, or diameter, of the jet of water, you increase the pressure of the water. The same occurs with blood pressure: increasing the rate of flow of blood or decreasing the caliber of blood vessel elevates the blood pressure. How does high blood pressure occur? Many factors are involved.
Factors you cannot control:
Researchers have discovered that if a person has relatives with high blood pressure, his chances of suffering from the disease are greater. Statistics indicate a higher incidence of hypertension in identical twins than in fraternal twins. One study refers to the “mapping of the genes responsible for arterial hypertension,” all of which would confirm the existence of a hereditary component responsible for high blood pressure. The risk of abnormally high blood pressure is also known to increase with age and to be greater among black males.
Factors you can control:
Watch your diet! Salt (sodium) can boast blood pressure in some people, especially people with diabetes, those with severe hypertension, older people, and some blacks. Excess fat in the bloodstream can create deposits of cholesterol on the internal walls of blood vessels (atherosclerosis), thus reducing their caliber and increasing blood pressure. People who are more than 30 percent above their ideal body weight are liable to have high blood pressure. Studies suggest that increasing the intake of potassium and calcium may lower blood pressure.
Smoking is related to a greater risk of atherosclerosis, diabeties, heart attack, and stroke. That being so, smoking and high blood pressure are a dangerous combination that can lead to cardiovascular disease. Although the evidence is contradictory, caffeine-contained in coffee, tea, and cola drinks-and emotional and physical stress may also aggravate high blood pressure. In addition, scientists know that intensive or chronic consumption of alcoholic drinks and lack of physical activity can increase blood pressure.
Fighting high blood pressure:
1. Measures that can help control high blood pressure.
– Reduce body weight
-Cut salt intake
-Increase intake of potassium rich foods
-Reduce consumption of alcoholic drinks
-Exercise regularly
2. Other measures that may help control blood pressure
-Calcium and magnesium supplements
-High fiber vegetarian diet
-Antistress therapy
3. Related measures
-Quit smoking
-Control cholesterol level
-Control diabetes
-Avoid drugs that can boost blood pressure.

It would be a mistake to wait for high blood pressure to develop before taking positive steps. A healthy life-style should be a concern from an early age. Taking care now will result in a better quality of life in future.

healthy mothers, healthy babies


HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES.

Contented and healthy, a newborn baby lies cradled in its mother’s arms. The father is aglow with pride. Because this happy scene occurs millions of times every year, it is easy to take normal childbirth for granted. After all, it is a natural process-so, what is there to worry about?
Granted, births usually go well, but always. Hence, prudent prospective parents take reasonable measures to avoid complications. For example, they learn about the causes of childbirth problems, they seek quality prenatal care, and they take some simple steps to reduce risks during labour and delivery. Let us consider these points in more detail.
Causes of childbirth problems:
One cause of childbirth problems for both mother and baby is lack of good care during pregnancy. Having no prenatal care can put pregnancies in high risk. Most of these mothers expect healthy, chubby babies, but things just don’t always happen ideally.
Regarding the problems that can affect mothers, the journal of the American Medical Women’s Association states that “the major direct causes of maternal mortality” are excessive bleeding, obstructed labour, infection, and abnormally high blood pressure. Effective treatments are well-known, however, and in most cases “modern medical care. . .does not requires highly technical interventions,” the journal adds.
Readily available care could also help many babies. One survey reports that “two thirds of newborn deaths cold be prevented if all mothers and newborns” obtained medical treatment that is “well-known, feasible and deliverable without complex technology,” sadly, though, the lack of knowledge and the laxity in prenatal care on the part of mothers is all too common.
Prenatal care for mother and Baby:
“Healthier mothers have healthier babies,” says the UN chronicle. It is also observes that when a woman gets inadequate medical care or none at all during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period thereafter, her baby also receives little or no medical care.
In some lands it may be difficult for a pregnant woman to get adequate care. Still, if at all possible, an expectant mother should try to get at least some professional prenatal care.
Does adequate care means seeing a doctor every week? No, not necessarily. In regard to certain common complications that arise during pregnancy and childbirth, the World Health Organization (WHO) “found that women who visited their doctors only four times during their pregnancy” enjoyed results that “were comparable to those who had 12 or more visits.” when doctors identify the risks associated with individual pregnancy and take the needed precautions-or help the mother to do so-they enhance the prospects of a positive outcome for her and her unborn baby.
Minimizing Risks During Labour and Delivery:
The most dangerous time for a pregnant woman is the critical period around labour and delivery. What can be done to prevent serious problems, even life threatening ones, at this critical time? Actually, the steps are simple, but they do need to be taken in advance. Indeed, a careful physician will give attention to any sign of infection in the prospective mother. And if she has premature labour pains, he will recommend prompt hospitalization, which can be lifesaving.