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Neat facts about the first 4 weeks of pregnancy

Out of approximately 350 million sperm cells, only about 250 make it to the egg

These little guys can take up to ten hours to make the journey up to the fallopian tube.
Sperm cells have been known to survive from 2 to 5 days in a woman’s body.
But the ovum is really only viable for about 12 to 24 hours after ovulation.
So timing is everything!

Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer, even the healthiest of couples only have a 15 to 20% chance of falling pregnant every month they try. And then, as we all know from watching Kirsty Alley’s movie “Look who’s talking” only one lucky little one makes it in.

It takes about 20 minutes for the sperm cell to enter the egg (ovum). The moment that this happens, the sperm cell’s nucleus merges with the egg’s. This means that fertilisation has happened. After this, the egg is referred to as a Zygote, and it’s the very first step in its journey towards being a proper little human. The little zygote then starts drifting toward the uterus, splitting into two, then four, then eight etc cells every 12 hours.download (8)

In the meantime, the uterus has been priming itself to receive this little morula (not the fruit). This is when your body starts pumping out the hormones like oestrogen and progesterone.  A few days later, the little morula is changing yet again. A cavity forms its centre, and two groups of cells form on its sides: one group will become the embryo, and the other will become the placenta.

Then it’s time for another name-change, a blastocyst. Approximately a week after fertilisation, the blastocysts tumbles out of its surrounding membrane in order for the growing cells to more easily bond with the uterus.

The little blastocyst anchors itself to the wall of the uterus. This implantation is when mother and embryo become linked together, sharing hormones and other essential fluids.

This is the time when you can start testing for pregnancy, as the hormonal surges will only increase from here on out.

 **Let Predictor Early, the most sensitive test on the market, help you receive this incredible news as soon as possible!

References

http://www.babycenter.com

 

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Snoring – Interesting facts

Did you know?

The sound of snoring can cause the snorer to wake up an average of 27 times per night, and the poor bed partner, up to 21 times. Talk about a restless night!

This prevents the snorer and their partner from entering into the “Slow Wave Sleep” stage. This is the real deep sleep. Your body uses this for building up of your physical and mental energy. This is where the body gets its true rest.

Bed partners of snorers visit their doctor much more frequently than their counterparts. We have mentioned before that a loud snore can reach up to 85 decibels, but to give you some perspective, did you know that a pneumatic drill also reaches those decibel levels? This high decibel level from snoring can be loud enough to actually cause damage to the human ear. And this can make the snorer highly susceptible to hearing loss.

Perhaps learning the didgeridoo can help the snorer tighten and strengthen those throat muscles, and help with that noise. That is, of course, if you can find one of these in South Africa.

Shakespeare was the first to use the word “snore” as a verb for human snoring. Until then, it meant the same as “snort” and was only really used to describe the noise an animal makes.

 

“Laugh and the world laughs with you.

Snore, and you sleep alone.”

Anthony Burgess

**Luckily, there is a much easier alternative to be had in the form of Silence Anti-Snoring Throat Spray.

 

 

References:

http://www.centerforsoundsleep.com/sleep-disorders/snoring/

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/472778/Top-10-facts-about-snoring

 

Cortisone treatment for child eczema


As mothers we want to protect our children from anything that could hurt them.

Atopic Eczema

We unfortunately cannot protect them from the genetic conditions we pass onto them. 

Many children inherit Atopic Dermatitis or eczema from their parents. It affects 1 in 5 children and up to 10% of adults. Although eczema is genetically inherited it is important to understand that your children may also develop it as a result of exposure to certain allergens.

 

Cortisone treatments

Eczema can be quite devastating and can cause extreme discomfort in children. There are many treatments available today but the most common is topical corticosteroids. These medications are solely used to reduce inflammation, itching or scaling. They need to be used with a barrier repair cream in order to restore the skin and effectively treat the condition.  

 

Corticosteroids come in various strengths depending on the severity of the eczema. You can buy hydrocortisone over the counter or obtain a prescription for stronger, more potent medications. It is vital that you use these medications as prescribed as they are known to cause severe side effects.  These effects can be devastating in babies and children as their skin is still developing and can be sensitive. Corticosteroids are prescribed for short term use only as cause skin thinning and in rare cases stretch marks.

 

Many individuals dilute corticosteroids with emollients so that they can be it over the long term. This is not safe and can do damage to your child’s skin over the long term. It is important that you always consult a doctor before trying any treatment for eczema.

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There is another option……

As a mother you need to look for a long term treatment option for your children. This option should reduce the itch and redness without the time limitations and side effects.

 

Dermalex Repair is an effective self-treatment without cortisone and without side effects.  It is the perfect compromise between the two treatment methods. Dermalex effectively targets the damaged skin barrier and reduces symptoms.