First Trimester of Pregnancy.

Having a baby is one of the most joyous times in many women’s lives. From anticipating the day you’ll bring your little one home, to picking a name and nursery colors, the excitement is palpable.

But no matter how well you plan for their arrival, you may not be fully prepared for all of the changes your body will go through now. Knowing what to expect will help you get ready for the months ahead.

 

 

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What to Expect: Changes in Your Body

Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some women glow with good health and vitality during those first three months; others feel absolutely miserable. Here are some of the changes you might experience, what they mean, and which signs warrant a call to your doctor.

 

Bleeding. About 25% of pregnant women experience slight bleeding during their first trimester. Early in the pregnancy, light spotting may be a sign that the fertilized embryo has implanted in the uterus. However, if you have significant bleeding, cramping, or sharp pain in your abdomen, call your doctor. These could be signs of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside of the uterus).

Breast tenderness. Sore breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. They’re triggered by hormonal changes, which are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby, and will probably last through the first trimester. Going up a bra size (or more) and wearing a support bra can make you feel more comfortable; you can go back to the lacy bras after your baby is finished nursing.

Constipation . During pregnancy, the muscle contractions that normally move food through your intestines slow down because of higher levels of the hormone progesterone. Add to that the extra iron you’re getting from your

prenatal vitamin, and the result is uncomfortable constipation and gas that can keep you feeling bloated throughout your pregnancy. Increase your fiber intake and drink extra fluids to keep things moving more smoothly. Physical activity can also help.

If your constipation is really bothering you, talk to your doctor about what mild laxative or stool softeners are safe to use during pregnancy.

 

Discharge. It’s normal to see a thin, milky white discharge (called leukorrhea) early in your pregnancy. You can wear a panty liner if it makes you feel more comfortable, but don’t use a tampon because it can introduce germs into the vagina. If the discharge is foul-smelling, green, or yellow, or if there’s a lot of clear discharge, call your doctor.

 

Fatigue . Your body is working hard to support a growing fetus, which can wear you out more easily than usual. Take naps or rest when you need to throughout the day. Also make sure you’re getting enough iron (too little can lead to anemia, which can cause excess fatigue).

 

Food cravings and aversions. Although you may not want a bowl of mint chip ice cream topped with dill pickles, as the old stereotype goes, your tastes can change while you’re pregnant. More than 60% of pregnant women experience food cravings, and more than half have food aversions, according to research. Giving in to cravings from time to time is OK, provided you are generally eating healthy, low-calorie foods. The exception is pica — a craving for non-foods like clay, dirt, and laundry starch, which can be dangerous for you and your baby. If you experience this kind of craving, report it to your doctor right away.

 

Frequent urination . Your baby is still pretty small, but your uterus is growing and it’s putting pressure on your bladder. As a result, you may feel like you constantly have to go to the bathroom. Don’t stop drinking fluids — your body needs them — but do cut down on caffeine (which stimulates the bladder), especially before bedtime. When nature calls, answer it as soon as you can. Don’t hold it in.

Heartburn . During pregnancy, your body produces more of the progesterone hormone which relaxes smooth muscles — including the ring of muscle in your lower esophagus that normally keeps food and acids down in your stomach. This muscle relaxation can lead to acid reflux, otherwise known as heartburn. To avoid the burn, eat frequent, smaller meals throughout the day; don’t lie down right after eating; and avoid greasy, spicy, and acidic foods (like citrus fruits). You can also try raising your pillows when you sleep.

 

Mood swings. Increased fatigue and changing hormones can put you on an emotional roller coaster that makes you feel alternately elated and miserable, cranky and terrified. It’s OK to cry, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to find an understanding ear — if not from your partner, then from a friend or family member.

Morning sickness. Nausea is one of the most universal pregnancy symptoms, affecting up to 85% of pregnant women. It’s the result of hormone changes in the body, and it can last through the entire first trimester. For some pregnant women, nausea is mild; others can’t start their day without vomiting. Nausea is usually worst in the morning (hence the name, “morning sickness”). To calm your nausea, try eating small, bland, or high-protein snacks (crackers, meat, or cheese) and sipping water, clear fruit juice (apple juice), or ginger ale. You may want to do even do this before getting out of bed. Avoid any foods that make you sick to your stomach. Nausea itself isn’t anything to worry about, but if it persists or is severe, it can affect the amount of nutrition getting to your baby, so call your doctor if you can’t stop vomiting or can’t keep down any food.

Weight gain. Pregnancy is one of the few times in a woman’s life when weight gain is considered a good thing, but don’t overdo it. During the first trimester, you should gain about 3 to 6 pounds (your doctor may recommend that you adjust your weight gain up or down if you started your pregnancy underweight or overweight). Although you’re carrying an extra person, don’t go by the adage of “eating for two.” You only need about an extra 150 calories a day during your first trimester. Get those calories the healthy way, by adding extra fruits and vegetables, milk, whole-grain bread, and lean meat to your diet.

 
Red Flag Symptoms

Any of these symptoms could be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your pregnancy. Don’t wait for your prenatal visit to talk about it. Call your doctor right away if you experience:
•Severe abdominal pain
•Significant bleeding
•Severe dizziness
• Rapid weight gain or too little weight gain

 

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Link between Christchurch attacker, Identitarian Movement – Austria’s Kurz

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday said there was a financial link between the man who killed 50 people in mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the far-right Identitarian Movement in Austria.

Hansjoerg Bacher, spokesman for prosecutors in Graz, said Martin Sellner, head of the Identitarian Movement – which says it wants to preserve Europe’s identity – received 1,500 euros ($1,690) in early 2018 from a donor with the same name as the man charged with murder following the Christchurch attack.

“We can now confirm that there was financial support and so a link between the New Zealand attacker and the Identitarian Movement in Austria,” Kurz said.

 

Sellner published a video on YouTube in which he said he had received a donation from the man and that police had raided his house over the possible links to the Christchurch attacker.
In it, he said: “I’m not a member of a terrorist organisation. I have nothing to do with this man, other than that I passively received a donation from him.”

Bacher said an investigation was underway about whether there were criminally relevant links between Sellner and the attacker.

The Austrian Interior Ministry declined to comment.

Kurz said Austria was looking into dissolving the Identitarian Movement.

 

 

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“Our position on this is very clear, no kind of extremism whatsoever – whether it’s radical Islamists or right-wing extremist fanatics – has any place in our society,” Kurz said.

On Tuesday, Kurz said on Twitter any connection between the Christchurch attacker and members of the Identitarian Movement in Austria needed to be fully clarified.

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), said the FPO had nothing to do with the Identitarian Movement.

 

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Hopman Cup axed after 31 years for new ATP Cup

The unique mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth has been axed after 31 years and replaced by the ATP World Team Cup, officials said Thursday in a revamp of the season-opening tennis calendar.

Two of the three cities to host the new men-only tournament — Sydney and Brisbane — had already been announced with Perth now confirmed as the third.

It means the popular Hopman Cup, won this year by Swiss pair Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic, has had to make way.

“While many may be looking at this change and saying we’ve lost something, we’ve actually gained something,” said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.

“This global event, which will be broadcast in every country around the world, will showcase this great city (Perth) to the world.

 

“The ATP Cup will launch the global tennis season for the men — this is their event, it means a lot to them and they’ve thrown their support behind it 100 percent,” he added.

Hopman Cup founder and former tennis great Paul McNamee told broadcaster ABC it was a sad day, but left the door open for the tournament to possibly continue in a different location.

“Nothing could’ve been embraced by the people of the city more than the Hopman Cup in Perth, so my immediate feeling is sadness that it’s not going to be there anymore, and concern about where the Hopman Cup may be in the future,” he said.

The Association of Tennis Professionals, which runs the men’s game, voted in London earlier this year to award the new ATP Cup tournament, which carries 750 ranking points, to Australia.

It will be played from January 3 over 10 days in the lead-up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, starting next year.

 

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Sydney will host the final of the 24-team event with Brisbane and Perth holding round-robin games, with nations split into six groups. Eight teams will make it to the knockout phase.

There will be up to five players in each team, with ties comprising two singles matches and one doubles, and player eligibility determined by ATP rankings.

It is yet to be decided which countries will play in which city.

“We know the ATP Cup will provide a great way to open the season — bringing together the world’s best for a major team event that compliments existing scheduling, provides highly-coveted ATP ranking points and clearly links to the Australian Open,” said ATP chief Chris Kermode.

Over the years the Hopman Cup, named after Australian tennis great Harry Hopman, proved an extremely popular format and attracted many of the game’s biggest names.

Federer has won it a record three times and this year faced Serena Williams across the net in mixed doubles as Switzerland took on the United States.

At the time Williams said it would be “heartbreaking” if the tournament was axed while Federer called it “an unbelievable event”.

Its demise means no more women’s tennis in Perth, although Tiley said he was in “deep discussions” with the WTA Tour about remedying that, although not in time for 2020.

Sydney has also lost its January women’s tournament, but a new combined men’s and women’s event in Adelaide has been announced while the WTA Brisbane International has been retained.

 

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Prince William ‘stepped in to help Meghan and Harry during dispute with Queen’

Prince William reportedly “stepped in” and helped his younger brother Prince Harry during a dispute with their grandmother, the Queen.

A royal expert claims it was William who backed Harry and Meghan Markle’s wish to break from Kensington Palace so the Sussexes could establish their own court.

It emerged earlier this month that Meghan and Harry will soon have their own team separate from William and Kate’s.

Their official household will be based at Buckingham Palace where they will have a separate communications team from the Cambridges.

And royal commentator Omid Scobie has claimed Prince William was instrumental in securing the funding for Meghan and Harry to go out on their own.

Speaking on podcast On Heir, he said: “Charles and the Queen did not want the Sussexes to have their own individual household, and indeed how could they because the money has to come from somehwere.

“Prince Harry is not a direct heir to the throne, and only a direct heir to the throne can have their own household.

“They won’t be having their own exclusive team just for themselves and from what I understand their budget for the team wasn’t particularly big.”

 

He added that William understands how vital Meghan and Harry are to the royal family’s image and so was eager to help.

“It was actually Prince William who had to step in and fight to get Harry a little bit more money to spend on building a team because he understands what this means to Harry and how much he wants to achieve and also how important Harry and Meghan are for the image, the brand and the future of the royal family,” he said.

“As much as William is being set up for this statesmen-like role and William and Kate are the nation’s favourites, but on the global stage it is very much about the Sussexes, in their commonwealth roles, they’re very much global ambassadors for the royal family.”

 

Omid also revealed the couple’s new communications officer has worked in the UK and the US.

He said: “They’ve hired Sarah Latham who is a former PR director from the British PR company Freuds which is a big PR powerhouse but also has a massive background in politics.

“She’s America, dual heritage, very much in line with what the couple are all about and I think it helps having someone who understands both cultures.

“We have seen that over time the difference between US and UK work culture can cause some friction in the workplace.

“But a lot of their team will be shared amongst the Duke of York, Prince Edward, Princess Anne the same communication staff that are working across the general office there will also be at their disposal too.”

Kensington Palace said at the time of the split: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.

“The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage .”

The Sussexes are expecting their first child in the coming weeks and are due to move into the renovated Frogmore Cottage imminently.

A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said they did not wish to comment.

 

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Beyoncé steals the show as she serenades Diana Ross at her 75th birthday bash

Beyoncé pulled out all the stops to wish Diana Ross a happy birthday as she serenaded her at her birthday party.

The Lemonade songstress emerged from the crowd at Ross’ star-studded 75th birthday bash on Monday night to sing to the guest of honour.

Khloé Kardashian, who was one of many celebrities to be invited to the Hollywood event, captured the moment on her Instagram stories.

Positioned in front of the silver-tiered cake, decorated with pictures of Ross, Beyoncé sang her heart out as she made it a night to remember.

 

 

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Fans were loving the special moment, quickly taking to social media to hail the “iconic” moment as “one of the best things they’ve seen”.

One wrote: “Doesn’t get more #iconic than @Beyonce singing #HappyBirthday to the legendary @DianaRoss.”

Omg @ Beyonce singing happy birthday to Diana Ross 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/hXzxSeDFXw

— gabifresh (@gabifresh)
27 March 2019
. @Beyonce singing ‘happy birthday’ to Diana Ross. No better birthday gift could ever exist 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 🎥: @khloekardashian pic.twitter.com/zbhYhEn7RK

— Deidre Behar (@deidrebehar)
27 March 2019
Beyoncé singing Happy Birthday to Diana Ross is all I needed to keep me going today

— nesh (@aneeshadanai)
27 March 2019
Beyoncé is singing happy birthday to Diana Ross on @khloekardashian ‘s insta story and I’ve never felt like such a need to be a celebrity in my life

— Sierra White (@SierraLWhite)
27 March 2019
Another said: “Beyoncé singing Happy Birthday to Diana Ross is all I needed to keep me going today.”

“We need the studio version of Beyoncé singing Happy Birthday to Diana Ross,” joked somebody else.

Hooray !!Choosing love and life. 75 is a good number. I’d like to continue feeling good like this forever LOVE appreciation to all

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss)
26 March 2019
March 26 Diana Ross Day in Los Angeles! Fantastic !!! pic.twitter.com/jFnEdMXm0s

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss)
26 March 2019
Ross made a huge entrance to her own party in a bold orange ruffled gown, complete with matching make-up, accessories and shoes.

On Tuesday, Ross revealed that the city of Los Angeles had declared her 75th birthday as “Diana Ross Day” in a statement signed by the mayor.

 

 

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The decree read: “Ms Diana Ross, with a remarkable career spanning over 50 years, is an international treasure and is one of the most successful recordings artists and entertainers of all time.

“In celebration of Ms. Diana Ross’ 75th birthday and in honour of her contributions to American culture, the City of Los Angeles proudly declares Tuesday, March 26, 2019 “Diana Ross Day” in the City of Los Angeles.”

 

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Former beauty queen dies sadly after operation to increase her backside failed her

The indulgence in plastic surgery in Nigeria is gradually becoming a trend in the country, especially in Lagos.

While there are skilled doctors trained for the high-risk cosmetic surgeries, quack doctors have also infiltrated the practice, leaving casualties in their wake.

A Lagos-based cosmetic surgeon identified as Anu is currently on the run after she carried out a cosmetic surgery on a client, resulting in her death.

 

Anu who is the owner of @med_contour on Instagram, (personal Instagram handle @sisi_any) was approached by Onwuzuligbo Nneka Miriam; a former beauty queen, for a BLL, liposuction and fat transfer on December 31, 2018, and got complications from it.

It was reported that Anu who usually hires or imports foreign doctors to help her out with the surgeries, decided to personally do the procedure on the victim as she wanted to try her hands at what she had been seeing the doctors do. Unfortunately, things became complicated leading to the victim’s death.

Unconfirmed sources revealed that the victim’s sister waited a long time for Anu to finish the procedure on her sister but decided to go into the theater and find out what the delay was.
This was when she saw the almost lifeless body of her sister on the operating table with Anu by the side not knowing what more to do.

 

Apparently the victim has fallen into a coma due to the complications from the surgery.

She was allegedly rushed to Vedic Hospital in Lekki and was put on life support. She was later moved to LUTH where she died on February 3, 2019. The medical reports say that fat had entered her lungs, leading to her death.

Several reports revealed that Anu who is an American citizen is not a certified surgeon but got clients due to her popularity in Lagos. Sources reveal that she called up other clients stating she was refunding their monies to them. She, however, is no where to be found.

Insiders reveal that this is not her first mishap. According to them, she has done failed surgeries for two Lagos big girls which had to be corrected at another hospital.

Anu has since gone private on both her business and personal accounts and details about her whereabouts are yet to be confirmed.

This is coming a few months after Nollywood actress and philanthropist, Tonto Dikeh, took to social media to reveal she intends to go for yet another cosmetic surgery.

This came barely a few months after the actress underwent a beauty surgery for her ‘behind’. She took to the social media platform to reveal she spent millions of naira on the surgery.

 

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Nigeria: Onuachu Scores Second Fastest Goal in International Football History As Eagles Beat Egypt 1-0

Asaba — Debutant, Paul Onuachu scored the second fastest goal in the history of international football when he blasted the ball past Egypt’s goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, less than seven seconds after the kick off of the international friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Onuachu’s goal is only second to Lukas Podolski’s strike after six seconds for Germany against Ecuador in 2013.

The win was Egypt’s Coach, Javier Aguirre’s first loss since he took over the reins of the Pharaohs.

 

Yesterday’s game was one of the matches lined up to prepare the Super Eagles for the forthcoming African Nations Cup, but the fans left the stadium disappointed with the dour game put up by the sides, who played without some of their biggest stars.

While Egypt left out Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi and Elmohamady, Nigeria’s stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa also did not feature in the game as he was said to have returned to Saudi Arabia for a club engagement.

After Onuachu’s wonder strike, Egypt tried to get back into the game, but they found the Super Eagles’ defence marshalled by the day’s skipper, William Troost-Ekong a hard nut to crack.

 

Nigeria had the chance to double their advantage in the 30th minute when Alex Iwobi latched on to the ball following Mahmoud Alaa’s defensive error, but the Arsenal forward’s strike was weak and easy for Gennesh to save.

Nigeria continued their dominance of the first half, but poor decision making in the final third prevented them from adding to the scoreline.
However, the Pharaohs came into the second half stronger and determined to get something out of the game, but they struggled to create good goal scoring opportunities.

Egypt’s clearest chance of getting the equaliser was thwarted in the 83rd minute by an inspired substitute goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who pushed Islam Gaber’s shot to the crossbar and got up to save Kouka’s follow up effort.

Speaking after the match, Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr said his team would now focus on building a team for the Nations Cup.

“The match was a great game and my players were hungry to win. The early goal gave the Eagles the confidence and getting this type of result against Egypt is good for the team.

“The new players have proved a point and have now set up competition in the squad ahead of the Nations Cup,” he said.

 

Also speaking on the game, William Troost-Ekong said, “We are happy with the victory. Although Egypt did not come with some of their top stars, they still gave us a good fight.”

Troost-Ekong refused to predict what Nigeria would do at the Nations Cup “because it is my first experience going to the competition. But I think with more games and team coordination, the Eagles will excel in Egypt.”

Egypt’s coach, Javier Aguirre praised his lads for giving their best under difficult conditions, saying the match has given him more insight on the flaws in his team.

“I am happy with my team’s performance because the Eagles are good. This is why I accepted to play against Nigeria despite other teams calling for my team.

“I decided to try out new players so that I can get more replacement for players like Mo Salah and the new players did their best.”

 

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