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Pregnancy

“The condition of having a developing embryo or fetus in the body.”
“The process by which a human female carries a live offspring from conception until childbirth.”

Pregnancy is referred to as a gestation period – the time between conception and birth. Approximately 40 weeks (280 days). Measured from the first day of the last menstrual period. For women who use a procedure that allows them to know the exact date of conception (such as in-vitro fertilisation IVF, or artificial insemination) the gestation period is 38 weeks (266 days) from conception.

Pregnancy is divided into three stages – called trimesters, each lasting about 3 months.

An embryo is a multicellular diploid (has two sets of chromosomes) eukaryote (an organism whose cells contain complex structures enclosed within membranes) in its earliest stage of development; from the time of first cell division until birth. In humans, it is called an embryo until about eight weeks after fertilization (i.e. ten weeks after the last menstrual period or LMP), and from then it is instead called a fetus.
Embryo is the term used to describe the developing baby in the first 8 weeks and the term Fetus is the term used after 8 weeks until birth (when all the structure of the baby and systems of the body such as the digestive and nervous systems have developed).

Facts at 24 weeks
24 weeks is the legal cut off gestational age for a legal abortion (although abortions or terminations can be carried out later in the pregnancy on medical grounds).

COMPLICATIONS OF PREMATURE BIRTH
Babies born after 34 weeks have a low risk of problems although they are sometime slower to feed.
A baby born before 33 weeks will have more serious problems such as immature lungs.
Very premature babies (born under 28 weeks) need to be delivered in a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit.
Doctors have been able to improve dramatically the survival hopes for babies born as early as 22 or 23 weeks.
However, very premature babies face a huge battle at the start of life. They are at risk of serious conditions including:
* Hypothermia, due to lower levels of fat
* Low blood glucose, which can lead to brain damage
* Respiratory distress syndrome – which can cause blindness
* Brain haemorrhage
Long-term they may have cerebral palsy and have sight and hearing problems.
They are also more likely to have motor impairments and co-ordination and concentration problems.

Birth
Occurs at around 38 weeks after fertilization, so 40 weeks pregnant. Term is considered to be 37 – 42 weeks gestation. The fetus has developed enough to survive easily outside its mother’s body. Babies are usually born head first but occasionally are born breech.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/v1027487/inside-pregnancy-weeks-28-37

There are a variety of birthing methods; the majority of babies are born by a natural vaginal birth but some labours might need help such as
Ventouse, Forceps, Caesarean section.

The process of natural birth involves what is known as “labour” the baby passing from the mother’s abdomen through the vaginal passage and into the world. There are three stages of labour:

Stage 1: The cervix has to open and stretch around the baby’s head until it is 10cm open.

Stage 2: The baby has to come out, either by the expulsive efforts of the uterus and the mother breathing the baby out, or by her actively pushing the baby out.

Stage 3: The placenta or afterbirth has to be expelled.

Linked blog posts:

https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/so-you-are-pregnant-preparing-for-the-birth/
https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/the-big-day-the-birth/

Okay, so this posting is very controversial – obviously the Department of Health line is that it is much safer for children/people to receive vaccination that to have the disease and suffer the consequences.  Information is available from www.immunisation.nhs.uk.

However there are others who question our immunisation programme and I recently attended a talk given by Ursula Kraus-Harper, a homeopath who is one of them.  Much of the information given below was obtained at Ursula’s talk and I post it here for you to have references if you wish to look into this issue further.

Immunisation

a) A process that increases an organisms reaction to antigen and therefore improves its ability to resist or overcome infection.

b) A technique used to induce immune resistance to a specific disease in  humans or other mammals by exposing the individual to an antigen in order to raise antibodies to  that antigen.

Vaccination

Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease. Vaccinations, or immunisations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system is able to recognize invading bacteria and viruses and produce substances (antibodies) to destroy or disable them.

Source:  www.medterms.com

Resources

1.  Childhood Diseases and Their Vaccines (e-book;  £8)

by Dr. Jayne LM Donegan  MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFPMRCGP MFHom can be downloaded from www.jayne-donegan.co.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=d%2ffky%2fIvwv4%3d&tabid=826 includes other sources of information.

2.  The British National Vaccination Schedule can be downloaded from www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home

3.   The European Forum on Vaccine Vigilance website , with a whole page of links to other relevant sites: http://users.telenet.be/vaccine.damage.prevention/englishhomepage

4.  Table of Vaccination ingredients can be downloaded from www.informedchoice.info

5.  Dr. Richard Halvorsen’s website on vaccination, especially MMR:   www.cryshame.org

6.   Dr. Tinus Smits website with information and lots of cases about vaccination damage and its treatment with homeopathy is  www.tinussmits.com

7.   Australian Homeopath Dr. Isaac Golden has carried out extensive, long-term research into homeopathic prophylaxis of childhood illnesses and has written two books:

– Vaccination and Homoeoprophylaxis? A Review of Risks and Alternatives

–  Vaccine Damaged Children?  Treatment, Prevention, Reasons

see his website www.homstudy.net

8.  Ian Sinclair has studied and researched vaccination and natural health philosophy for over 20 years inAustralia. His book  “Vaccination – The “hidden” facts (1992)  can be ordered via his website www.vaccinationdebate.com

There are further sources of information available from:

BOOKS
Vaccination – Viera Scheibner
Vaccination and Immunization, Dangers, Delusions and Alternatives – Leon Chaitow
Immunisation against infectious disease – Department of Health HMSO
DPT – A Shot in the Dark – H L Coutter and K Fisher
The Vaccination Handbook – R Newstaedter

PAPERS
The case against immunisation – R Moskowitz ?from Society of Homoeopaths
Vaccination – the real issues – Ian Townsend (Thesis)
The Homoeopath – The Journal of the Society of Homoeopaths Vol 4 No 4 Summer 1984 (May be an updated version?)

BOOKLET
Immunisations – Mothering Special Edition www.mothering.com

WEBSITES
www.informedparent.co.uk

www.wddty.com

www.jabs.org.uk (this site is for parents of vaccine damaged children, not light reading)

www.breakspearmedical.com – for single vaccines

www.babyjabs.co.uk – for single vaccines

(Do a search for The People’s Doctor)


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