Seven Tips For Coping With Hot Flashes

Written by Alicia Simpson

What do you do when you suffer hot flashes? Ask most women and they will agree thatrepparttar most common and irritable symptom of menopause are hot flashes. Some women refer to it as a “flash” because women report a flushed feeling aboutrepparttar 146461 face and neck. Those feeling usually came together with sweats.

Current theory proposes that certain brain chemicals called catecholamines and opiates may mediate hot flashes. It’s now believed thatrepparttar 146462 hypothalamus, one ofrepparttar 146463 glands affected by estradiol withdrawal, somehow releases a trigger substance that results in thermoregulatory instability. The body’s signals get mixed, triggering a warming and sweating sequence, in an effort to stabilize what it perceives as a change in body temperature.

To help you with that situation, here are 7 tips to cope with hot flashes which you might need.

1. Dress in layered clothing, preferably cotton, since natural fibers allow your skin to breathe. Then when you feel a flash coming on, you can simply shed layers to cool off. Since some flashes are followed by chills, it can be helpful to have a sweater to put back on.

2. Limit or eliminate altogether substances that may act as triggers: caffeine; alcohol; hot, spicy foods; diet pills; hot tubs; stress.

3. Drink plenty of water. Keeping well hydrated can help modulate your body temperature.

Pregnancy Week By Week

Written by Beverley Brooke

There are three stages of pregnancy. These arerepparttar first, second and third trimesters. The first trimester runs from week one to week fourteen,repparttar 146336 second covers weeks 15 – 26, thenrepparttar 146337 third is weeks 27 – 40.

Week 1+2: This is actually before you get pregnant. It’srepparttar 146338 stage where your body prepares itself by ovulating. And it’s in these 14 days thatrepparttar 146339 egg is fertilized byrepparttar 146340 sperm

Week 3: The fertilized egg now moves downrepparttar 146341 fallopian tubes, fluid passes intorepparttar 146342 ball of cells, dividing them into two. The inner cells will form your baby andrepparttar 146343 outer cells will formrepparttar 146344 placenta. Your body, at this stage, is still unaware that it is pregnant. The implantation begins asrepparttar 146345 cell ball reachesrepparttar 146346 wall ofrepparttar 146347 uterus. In this processrepparttar 146348 cells actually bury intorepparttar 146349 uterus wall, which can sometimes lead to you having spotting. The implanted cell ball now becomes an embryo.

Week 4: This is a week of rapid development, and your body now realises it is pregnant. The amniotic sac and cavity begin to develop and alsorepparttar 146350 Yoke sac appears (this will later formrepparttar 146351 baby’s digestive system). The placenta now starts to form where implantation took place and blood from you will now go intorepparttar 146352 placenta. It is usually about day 27 that we start to feelrepparttar 146353 morning sickness.

Week 5: The primitive streak (the fore runner ofrepparttar 146354 brain and spinal cord) is now developing. Through this primitive streakrepparttar 146355 cells will develop into three layers:

The endoderm:repparttar 146356 bottom layer – developsrepparttar 146357 glands, lung linings, tongue, bladder, digestive tract, tonsils, urethra and associated glands.

The mesoderm:repparttar 146358 middle layer – formsrepparttar 146359 muscles, bones, heart, lungs, spleen, blood cells, andrepparttar 146360 reproductive and excretory systems.

The ectoderm:repparttar 146361 top layer – formingrepparttar 146362 skin, nails, hair, eye lens, nose, mouth, anus, tooth enamel, pituitary gland, mammary glands, and all parts ofrepparttar 146363 nervous system.

Other cells will be starting to developrepparttar 146364 spine (calledrepparttar 146365 notochord). The first steps towards formingrepparttar 146366 embryos head, andrepparttar 146367 first formation ofrepparttar 146368 babies blood cells happen this week.

Week 6: The first few days of this week is when your baby’s heart starts beating. The aorta (the largest artery inrepparttar 146369 whole body) will be starting to form at around day 40. By mid week many organs are starting to form: eyes, arm buds, liver, gall bladder, stomach and intestines, lungs and pancreas.

Week 7: This is a busy week for your growing baby. During this week your baby will double in size. The lenses ofrepparttar 146370 eyes are developing and there is also a recognisable tongue. The legs and arms are developing into paddles,repparttar 146371 jaws are now visible.

Week 8: The cerebellum starts to form this week. That’srepparttar 146372 part ofrepparttar 146373 brain responsible forrepparttar 146374 movement of muscles. Also hand and foot plates, elbow and wrist areas are forming. Towardsrepparttar 146375 end ofrepparttar 146376 eight weekrepparttar 146377 hand plate has formed ridges whererepparttar 146378 fingers will be. There is further development ofrepparttar 146379 eye; pigment is now appearing onrepparttar 146380 retina. Teeth buds are now forming withinrepparttar 146381 gums, along withrepparttar 146382 wind pipe, bronchi, and voice box. The heart is now starting to developrepparttar 146383 four chambers.

Week 9: Your baby is now starting to form cartilage and bones. During this weekrepparttar 146384 ovaries will develop intorepparttar 146385 sex organ determining whether you’re having a boy or a girl. The fingers and thumbs are now taking shape. Alsorepparttar 146386 baby is now becoming more active.

Week 10: It’s now that your embryo has become a baby, all be it on a rather small scale. There is a fully formed upper lip. The development ofrepparttar 146387 heart now slows as it is pastrepparttar 146388 critical stage. By mid weekrepparttar 146389 earlobes are fully formed. Toes start to develop onrepparttar 146390 foot plate. Asrepparttar 146391 bones ofrepparttar 146392 palate (roof ofrepparttar 146393 mouth) start to fuse together,repparttar 146394 tongue starts to develop taste buds.

Week 11: asrepparttar 146395 morning sickness starts to subside, you may feel your appetite increase. Your baby’s body starts to straighten. In malesrepparttar 146396 penis is now distinguishable and in femalesrepparttar 146397 vagina is beginning to develop. This stage is whererepparttar 146398 baby starts to show individuality, asrepparttar 146399 muscle structure varies in each baby.

Week 12: Your baby will start to develop fingernails overrepparttar 146400 next three weeks. The brain is nowrepparttar 146401 same structure as it will be at birth. Byrepparttar 146402 end ofrepparttar 146403 week,repparttar 146404 gall bladder and pancreas will be fully developed. Alsorepparttar 146405 baby will now be opening and closing its mouth.

Week 13: This week vocal chords will form inrepparttar 146406 larynx. Alsorepparttar 146407 intestines will move fromrepparttar 146408 umbilical cord intorepparttar 146409 abdomen, and will start to form folds and become lined with villi.

Week 14: You may have noticed some changes torepparttar 146410 areola (the area around your nipple); it may be getting larger and darker. Your baby’s heart beat will now be able to be heard using a Doppler. Breathing, sucking and swallowing motions will be being practised. The breathing practises will takerepparttar 146411 amniotic fluid in and out ofrepparttar 146412 lungs. Baby’s hand also becomes more functional.

Week 15: The baby’s neck is now defined, withrepparttar 146413 head now resting onrepparttar 146414 neck rather thanrepparttar 146415 shoulders. The hair pattern ofrepparttar 146416 baby will be defined byrepparttar 146417 102nd day ofrepparttar 146418 pregnancy your baby will now be able to turn its head, open its mouth, kick, press its lips together and turn its feet.

Week 16: This weekrepparttar 146419 baby’s toe nails will start to grow. The muscles will be growing stronger andrepparttar 146420 neck and head are growing straighter. Asrepparttar 146421 uterus starts moving upwards you may start showing more, but this does mean less pressure on your bladder, making you feel like urinating less.

Week 17: Your baby will be working on more reflexes this week; blinking, sucking, and swallowing. Development is carrying on with allrepparttar 146422 existing structures. Throughrepparttar 146423 course of this month your baby’s weight will increase 6 times.

Week 18: By mid week your baby’s eyes and ears will now be inrepparttar 146424 right places. The finger tips and toes will develop pads, and toe and finger prints will start to develop later inrepparttar 146425 week. Myelinization, a process of coatingrepparttar 146426 nerves with a fatty substance called myelin which speeds up nerve cell transmission and insulates nerves, will start happening this week. Also byrepparttar 146427 second day of this week meconium (faecal waste) will start developing inrepparttar 146428 baby’s bowels.

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