What is an Implantation Bleed?

What is implantation? Implantation is the attachment of a fertilised egg to the lining of the uterus. Implantation usually happens about 9 days after ovulation and is required for the fetus to continue to grow. Implantation occurs when a fertilised egg travels down...

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What is pre-­eclampsia

In the second half of pregnancy, some women may get pre­eclampsia, and it can also occur just after the baby has been delivered. Although we can't be sure of its exact cause, it is believed to occur when there is an issue with the placenta. Mild cases of this...

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What is Oestrogen

Estrogen or oestrogen is the main female sexual hormone, which is responsible for the regulation and development of the female reproductive system, along with secondary sexual characteristics. Oestrogen is a hormone, which is secreted by the ovaries. Oestrogen or...

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Food Safety In Pregnancy

Good food hygiene should always be practised and particularly in pregnancy. The following guidelines will help you : always check the expiry dateswhile you are out check that the salads, vegetable and fruits have been washed in clean waterand you are unsure as to the...

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7 Healthy Reproduction Tips

If you and your partner are having some issues when it comes to conceiving, you may want to look at some easy to follow health tips. It can be a very stressful time and while there are some options out there, many are expensive and do not always offer a concrete...

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What Is A Threatened Miscarriage?

An ongoing pregnancy associated with bleeding is called a threatened miscarriage. The first symptoms are usually vaginal bleeding with or without mild period type pain. The bleeding can occur at any time after a missed period. Threatened miscarriages are often noticed...

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What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy results when a fertilised egg becomes implanted anywhere outside the cavity of the womb (uterus). Most ectopic pregnancies develop in the fallopian tubes but occasionally in the ovary. As the fallopian tube is not large enough to accommodate a...

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What Is An Inconclusive Scan?

What does an Inconclusive Scan result mean? There are three main reasons you may receive an inconclusive scan result: it is simply too early to see the pregnancy or, the pregnancy is not growing as it should or there is a possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. If at...

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Miscarriage Diagnosis Guidelines

Merrion Fetal Health follows the guidelines of The National Maternity Hospital and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists to ensure that misdiagnosis does not occur. These guidelines err on the side of caution and outline strict criteria for making...

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Amniocentesis – What Is It?

Amniocentesis is a test usually carried out to examine a baby’s chromosomes, most commonly in search for Down’s Syndrome. Amniocentesis is always voluntary and parents decide if they wish to choose to have this test. The information below may help you to decide...

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Air Travel Flying When Pregnant

If you have already booked a holiday, or would like to go on the last holiday before your newborn arrives, you may wish to know more about flying when pregnant. In this feature we’ve put together the following information:   Flying when pregnant overview What are...

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What Is Tokophobia?

Tokophobia is a severe fear of childbirth, which prevents some women from having children. Actress Dame Helen Mirren has admitted to suffering from it. There is no doubt that some scenes from movies have given plenty of women a rational fear of childbirth. Gruesome...

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