One of the most common phrases you’ll hear when your baby arrives is the inevitable: “Oh my gosh! They’re the image of —” followed by a debate as to which side of the family or which parent they most resemble. Or how many times have you been told by an older relative or parent that: “Ah! You get that from your mother!” In today’s society—especially in Ireland—we love discussing genetics on a day-to-day basis, without even realising it!
WHAT IS GENETICS AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
If you are currently in your first trimester of pregnancy, you’ve likely already started planning your medical appointments and are looking into all the different types of scans and testing available to you. One type of testing you may have spotted on our website is First Trimester Screening; a blood test accompanied by something called a Nuchal Translucency Scan. So what is this testing, and what can this type of ultrasound tell us about a baby in these early stages?
WHAT IS FIRST TRIMESTER SCREENING?
Thanks to modern medicine, we can now […]
Food cravings are a common part of going through pregnancy. We’ve all seen the trope played-out in movies of a pregnant character craving ice-cream at 3am or heard of a friend or relative that suddenly craved pieces of coal in their second trimester. But not every woman will experience these cravings, and they may not always be as intense as Hollywood would have us believe. So, what are pregnancy cravings and what actually causes them in the first place?
WHAT ARE PREGNANCY CRAVINGS?
During pregnancy, a lot of women may […]
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed during my years working in the medical field, it’s that the majority of women don’t understand their periods. As your period usually goes on for about 40 years of your life, it’s nice to have an understanding of what’s going on inside your body. Most women get their first period between the ages of 10-16, the average age being 12. On the other end, most women stop having periods between the ages of 45-55, the average age being 51.