Definition Swollen gums are abnormally enlarged, bulging, or protruding. Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Considerations Gum swelling is quite common and may involve one or many of the triangular-shaped bits of gum between nearby teeth. These sections are called papillae. Occasionally, the gums swell significantly, blocking the teeth completely. Common Causes Gingivitis Infection by a virus or fungus Malnutrition Poorly fitting dentures Pregnancy Sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash Scurvy Side effect of a drug such as Dilantin or phenobarbital
We all know, I'm sure, the effects of sleep deprivation, the damage a lack of sleep can do to the body, both mental and physical.
When it comes to sleep deprivation, parents, and in particular, mothers, are high on the list. Babies sleep - well, like babies. The problem is, babies and toddlers may not be on the same sleep schedule as adults.
But the sleep deprivation begins months before baby comes into the world. During the first trimester of pregnancy, several factors can disturb your sleep. Even though baby (and you) are still small, it's sometimes difficult to find the right position for a comfortable sleep. Your breasts feel full and tender and - well - you can't decide just what to do with them!
Stomach upsets are also frequent sleep disturbers. Heartburn and gas, the occasional wave of nausea - or is it hunger? These can also keep you awake. One of the worst offenders is the constant need to run to the bathroom. Eventually all these things can lead to a fee...
A normal pregnancy, from ovulation to delivery, averages 265 to 280 days, or approximately nine calendar months. It is divided into three stages, or trimesters. What changes in nutrition are required? What bodily changes can be expected? What changes in lifestyle need to be made? How much weight can I expect to gain? What are the possible complications?
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