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6 Reasons Why Your Doctor Might Perform a C-Section

 

Most expectant moms wish to have a normal delivery during labour, despite the discomfort and pain it would cause. However, a healthy pregnancy may not always result to a normal delivery. Sometimes, a caesarean section, or C-section, is inevitable to keep the mother and the baby safe from complications. If your doctor decides to perform a C-section on you, it’s likely due to any of these reasons:

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  1. Your baby isn’t descending into your pelvis

The baby’s head should move towards the lower part of your abdomen two to four weeks before the estimated delivery date or during the labour. If your doctor can’t see your baby’s head resting beneath the middle part of your pelvic bone, this is when she will have to perform a C-section.

  1. Your baby is not in delivery position

Ideally, the head of the baby should be positioned near the birth canal prior to delivery. But if it is in breech position, wherein the baby’s feet or buttocks are positioned towards the birth canal, the doctor may have to perform a C-section. Although doctors agree that this situation does not automatically call for a C-section, they emphasize that this is the safest method to deliver the baby to ensure there’s no nerve injuries or fractures. Another solution is to turn the baby in the right position, though there’s risk of cord coil (the umbilical cord getting looped around the neck of the baby).

  1. You have problems with your placenta

Another pregnancy problem that may require your doctor to go for a C-section is when you have placenta praevia. If your doctor observes that your placenta is positioned lower inside the womb, blocking the cervix, totally or partially covering the baby’s passageway, it’s the safest option to do a C-section to save the mother from the possibility of hemorrhage.

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  1. You have preeclampsia

Uncontrolled blood pressure, despite taking all the necessary medications, is a sign of preeclampsia. If your doctor sees signs of this pregnancy condition, the only way to deliver your baby is via C-section regardless of the age of development of your baby.

  1. You have surprise twins

Have you ever heard of surprise twins? It is when your ultrasounds detect one baby, but you actually have two. While it’s possible to deliver twins normally depending on the size, age and position, doctors will likely decide for a C-section if you’re having three or more babies.

  1. You have genital herpes

It is required to perform C-section if the mother has genital herpes. This is to prevent the baby from passing through the birth canal and be exposed to the virus. This is most crucial if the mother has sores or lesions or has active herpes in her genital area.

The best you can do is to listen to your ob-gyn and follow regular check-up schedules. Discuss your birth plans with your OB, and remember to be flexible.

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5 Hydration Facts Every Mom Should Know

 

No matter how much we remind our kids to drink plenty of water, things easily gets in the way or something gets all their attention that regularly sipping water gets easily forgotten or set aside. Because of this, most kids aren’t able to drink as much water as they should, which makes them feel tired easily or not perform well in school. Here are some facts you need to know about water and hydration, so you can take action and let your little one drink as much water as they need.

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  1. Feeling hungry can just be thirst.

Dehydration can be difficult to detect that both kids and adults often mistake feeling thirsty with feeling of hunger. If your little tot ask for a snack, let them drink a glass of water first, and then ask after five minutes if they still want a snack. More often than not, they will decline the snack because they already feel refreshed and full from the water.

  1. It’s almost impossible to drink too much water.

If you’re scared that you might be giving too much water to your child, don’t worry. Dehydration is much more common than Hyponatremia—a condition when the body has too much water that the sodium level drops. It’s almost impossible to reach this level of hydration, since the body automatically gets rid of excess water and turns it into urine in a matter of minute.

  1. Feeling thirsty can be a sign of dehydration.

Most signs of dehydration can easily be overlooked. Feeling of thirst is one telltale sign when your child isn’t getting enough hydration. Make sure your little one does not have to ask for water. Get him into the habit of drinking water before and after meals and when waking up after every nap.

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  1. Plain water is the most perfect drink to hydrate the body.

Water is found in all drink and beverages, from soups to coffees and teas, to even the solid foods that we eat, like fruits and vegetables. However, if you want your kid to stay hydrated in the healthiest and most efficient way, choosing water over all its alternatives is the best way to go.

  1. Drinking water is more important when sick.

When your child is sick, especially when there’s vomiting, he’s losing lots of fluid at a faster pace, because he either can’t stop the excretion of water or he doesn’t have the strength to drink more water. Asking your child to take sips of water when he can will help her recover faster.

Keeping your child well-hydrated is as simple as making water accessible to them. Start by having them bring a bottle of water wherever they go, and make them drink more frequently especially when they’re outdoors.

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Most Famous Boys’ Names in Different Countries

 

When you speak of childbirth, giving name is one of the most enjoyable things to do. Of course nothing compares to the joy when you finally see the baby but you have to be serious about his name because he will carry it until the end of time. There are many names out there that is why you need time to think it through.

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Many names here in Singapore have English equivalents. If you want your son to be universally called, you must look for an appropriate English name. No matter what country you are in, you have to know top baby boy names according to different countries.

It is time to get inspiration from other countries. Here are the top ten most popular baby boy names from different countries:

  • United States: The top baby boy name in United States is Aiden followed by Alexander, Ethan, Jacob, Jayden, Liam, Mason, Michael, Noah and William.
  • Italy: In Italy, the top baby boy name is Alessandro followed by Andrea, David, Francesco, Gabriele, Leonardo, Matteo, Mattia and Riccardo.
  • United Kingdom: In United Kingdom, the top baby boy name is Alfie followed by Charlie, Jack, Jacob, James, Harry, Oliver, Riley, Thomas and William.

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  • Australia: In Australia, the top baby boy name is Cooper followed by Ethan, James, Jack, Jackson, Lucas, Noah, Oliver, Thomas and William.
  • Germany: In Germany, the top baby boy name is Ben followed Felix, Fynn, Jonas, Leon, Lica, Louis, Lucas, Maximilian and Paul.
  • India: In India, the top baby boy name is Aadi followed by Aarav, Arjun, Aryan, Atharv, Krishna, Mohammed, Sai, Vihaan and Vivaan.
  • Chile: In Chile, the top baby boy name is Agustin followed by Benjamin, Cristobal, Joaquin, Martin, Matias, Maximilian, Sebastian, Tomas and Vicente.
  • Turkey: In Turkey, the top baby boy name is Ahmet followed by Berat, Cinar, Emir, Emirhan, Mehmet, Muhammed, Mustafa, Omer and Yusaf.
  • Spain: In Spain, the top baby boy name is Adrian, Alejandro, Alvaro, Daniel, David, Diego, Hugo, Javier, Mario and Pablo.

Now that you know top names according to countries, it is time that you choose wisely. Giving name is like giving an identity to your boy. It is important that you do not rush things and think of what your boy wants to be when he grows up so he can live by his name.

There are many names that you can consider actually. You only need to make sure that whatever the name you choose, your boys can live up to it.

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Gearing Up for the New Baby: A Checklist of What Your Baby Needs

 

Once you know the gender of your baby, the next step is also exciting – shopping for his needs. Tiny as he might look, you would be surprised of the many things he need. His fragility makes him susceptible to pain and hurt. As parents, you only want what to protect the baby so you tend to overly provide him with many things.
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Note that there are certain gears that you need to consider before the coming of your baby. There is no such thing as over preparation when it comes to your newborn. As much as possible, you have to secure all the essentials. Baby gear essentials checklist include:

  • Cot: Your baby needs cot and it is important that you choose the right one. When choosing a cot, you have to bear in mind to pick cot planks less than six centimeters apart and while you are at it, make sure that there are no broken or missing portions. In terms of the mattress, you should make sure that it fits securely.

 

  • Baby monitor: If you plan to keep your baby in a separate room at night, the least thing that you can do is provide the room with a camera. This will enable you to see your baby whilst sleeping. Video monitors differ in type and price.

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  • Changing table: You would want to put your baby in a good place when you are changing him. This is also to make your job easier. When you have the table, set it away from your windows and never forget about safety straps. For easy access, changing supplies should be within arm’s reach.

 

  • Baby carrier: For working mothers who are always on the go or always multi-tasking, baby carriers are a big help. This will hold the baby close to the chest at the same time lets you do the things that need to be done. When choosing baby carrier, you should consider good head support.

 

  • Thermometer: For monitoring his temperature, make sure to buy digital thermometer. Though these things are expensive, the best thing about it is that it is easier to read.

There are many baby stores here in Singapore so looking for every piece is not that hard. The only thing that you need to bring is your patience and your happiness while shopping. If you do not have enough resources, you can borrow from friends and other family members. New or used, the important thing here is keeping the baby safe and sound.

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Advantages of Switching to Managed IT Services

Some small and mid-sized companies in Singapore are already turning to Managed Service Providers (MSP) to ease the strain on their internal IT staff and to completely take over in managing their network. From having a better understanding of your assets to getting reliable IT services, working with an MSP certainly offers some advantages for both small and big-time businesses. Here, we listed down the other benefits that you will get as you start working with a managed IT service provider.

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1. Cost-Effective

One advantage of switching to managed IT services is it cuts down your costs on managing and maintaining your IT resources. Unlike with your IT staff, service providers are capable of managing the daily operations of your IT environment in a cost-effective manner. Switching to managed IT services also gives you an assurance that your hardware and applications are maintained and fine-tuned to the highest industry standards without costing too much.

2. Reduced Labour Cost

Hiring and training an IT staff for your business can be expensive – and it could also lead to disappointments if your staff failed to live up to your expectations. With managed services, however, you get to cut down on the labour costs and ensure that your system is properly monitored and maintained. Plus, switching to managed IT services will allow you to focus your human resources on areas that need it the most.

3. Efficient Budgeting

Planning for your business’s technological needs can be difficult, since things can instantly change when a server or a computer suddenly crashes – and when that happens, your budget will likely get busted because of the unplanned system repairs. With managed IT services, however, you get set a fixed monthly cost and prepare a budget for system upgrades. Some service providers even offer repair and service work in addition to the maintenance services that’s already included in the contract.

4. Staff Expertise

Another advantage of partnering with an outsource technology company in Singapore is gaining access to their staff’s expertise IT systems, works and services. These companies that provide IT services in Singapore have a whole staff ready to take on any issue that may arise on your network. Remember that a reliable technology provider invests in its workforce to ensure that every one of them are certified and skilled enough to perform the services they are offering.

5. Round-the-Clock Monitoring

Most businesses in Singapore currently has no way of monitoring their network at all times and be immediately informed when a potential problem arises. But by hiring an IT service provider, you will get the 24/7 system monitoring that you want. This can be a beneficial feature for your business, because the earlier a system problem is realized the earlier it will be resolved. Round-the-clock monitoring allows for most issues to be discovered and resolved before they turn into major problems that could result to a significant system downtime.

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6. Comprehensive Reporting

Getting an insight about the network activity of your business is crucial for determining how you will allocate your budget for future use, as well as in knowing what your employees are doing online. Without a comprehensive report, you won’t have a way to know what problems have already been resolved, where the problems frequently occurs or which area of your network needs support. Most MSP’s are capable of providing in-depth reports about problem mediation, error messaging, as well as user activity so you will know and understand what’s happening on your system network.

7. Enhanced System Security

System security is a common concern among business owners, and updating it from time to time is a crucial aspect in protecting your business’s technology. Some IT service providers provide packages that offer solutions in monitoring your Anti-Virus and Firewall, and in applying the latest patches and updates to ensure that your system is as protected as possible.

8. System Centralization

With a managed IT network, you will benefit from the ability to centralize all your servers and applications within a managed data centre, which could also lead to improved staff performance. Other than that, having a consolidated data centre also offers access to virtual services and backup and storage infrastructure.

9. Disaster Recovery

One of the touted advantages of switching to managed IT services is the disaster recovery and business continuity protection offered by managed service providers. These providers are capable of designing operational and resilient data centres or networks that you can use even after your business has been hit by a disaster. You will be assured that your data is safe and that your voice services will continue functioning even without your main office. So be sure to take advantage of this invaluable technological investment offer by managed IT service providers.

10. Levels the Playing Field

Aside from maintaining IT systems, managed service providers also help in levelling the playing field for big and small businesses. It helps small companies by giving them access to similar expertise and technology that bigger organizations use. Switching to managed IT service providers will surely give your business an edge over other companies.

By switching to managed IT services, all types of business can now afford to invest on cutting-edge enterprise technologies at a fraction of the cost. Investing on these technologies and services will surely help your business in staying relevant and competing against other corporations in the market – and your clients will surely thank you for that.

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