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Definition Developmental disorders of the vagina and vulva include many different structural problems that occur while the baby is developing in the mother's womb. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Abnormalities of the female vagina and vulva include: Imperforate hymen -- The hymen is a thin tissue that partly covers the opening to the vagina. An imperforate hymen completely blocks the vaginal opening, so menstrual blood or mucus cannot flow out of the body. This often leads to painful swelling of the vagina. Sometimes the hymen has only a very small opening. This problem may not be discovered until puberty. Some baby girls are born without a hymen. Vaginal abnormalities -- A baby girl may be born without a vagina or have the vaginal opening blocked by a layer of cells that are higher up in the vagina than where the hymen is. A missing vagina is most often due to Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. In this syndrome, the baby is missing part or all of the internal reproductive organs...
Last time I posted here, I was edging towards a little bit of preeclampsia (if such a term as "little bit" applies to a pregnancy complication) and feeling not-so-comfortable as the months went by, but I did feel confident that I'd be okay for the duration and I'd see my baby born at the end of April. Easy-peasy, right? Whoops. Someone should have told my body to behave. Baby is on April 15th, instead of her scheduled date of April 29 (and well before her actual due date of May 6th), thanks to the pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. So I'm currently writing this post from the hospital room, where I've been hanging out for the last three weeks. (Let me tell you, "bed rest" is anything but. I'm constantly woken up in the middle of the night by doctors and nurses who need vital signs, blood pressure results, etc, and then that whole "Oh, bladder!" moment when the baby is sitting on my bladder and wakes me up.) And baby girl is coming fir...
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...
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