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0 16 July 2020
Pregnancy in Diabetes: 4 Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

The total journey of the pregnancy and birth experience of diabetic mothers could be different as compared to others, but with the right medical help, diligent self-care, a healthy pregnancy is a certainty. If you are a diabetic woman looking to conceive you must know all the necessary information beforehand as you embark on your journey. Mumbai’s best female gynaecologist and laparoscopic surgeon, Dr. Neelima Mantri has helped hundreds of diabetic mothers with their pregnancy. Over the years we get plenty of questions regarding pregnancy, and this article aims to provide you essential information for these frequently asked questions about diabetes and pregnancy. So, read on: How does pregnancy affect my diabetes? Hormonal and other physical changes in the woman’s body during pregnancy can significantly impact the blood glucose levels. So from eating habits, medicine requirements to exercise, and physical activity routines, change in diabetic management plans is needed. As a woman gets closer to her delivery date, further change in management in again needed according to the medical status and health. As soon as you decide to have a baby it is important to consult a gyna

0 10 April 2020
What Is Perimenopause? What Are Its Symptoms?

Menopause is the natural end of the menstrual cycle for women. An end that is the final release from years of the menstrual problems like PMS, hormonal surges, headaches, mood swings cramps and pregnancy risks. However, this is no sudden and abrupt end, entire process is set in motion years before the end and women finally are relieved from the monthly chores. Menopause: As women age, the production of hormones, estrogen, and progesterone which are responsible for menstruation slowly decreases accounting for skipped or late periods over time. As this process of the irregular period continues for a few years (3-5), the hormones completely fall off the cliff stopping the periods altogether marking the end to your reproductive period: Menopause. Perimenopause: The gradual reduction of hormonal production slowly manifests in the form of biological and physical changes as the body slowly gears towards menopause. This time period where the symptoms and changes in women’s body begin to occur is called Perimenopause. Symptoms of Perimenopause: As Perimenopause is the stage where symptoms begin to appear, this is the stage where women generally become anxious and bothered as they experience changes in their body which they haven’t been accus

0 26 March 2020
4 Reasons Why Women Should Never Skip the Postpartum Care

The memorable journey of pregnancy drastically transforms the body of women. It is quite remarkable how a woman’s body adapts to the demands of the pregnancy along the way. And the transformation mostly rewinds and restores during the first six weeks after the baby is born. This is the first six weeks post the delivery is called a postpartum period which is most crucial for the healing of the mother. As the baby is born, it is quite natural that the baby’s health becomes a centre of focus. And everyone tends to forget that this period is crucial for women too. Add this shift of focus to the sleep deprivation, doctors’ appointments, late-night baby feeding, pees, poops, and the fear that accompany at every hiccup, suddenly women feel like there is less time to take care of their health. A woman is at her vulnerable-self post-pregnancy and here are the five reasons why postpartum care is an un-skippable step for women to post their pregnancy: Physical health:  A woman’s body undergoes a significant transformation at a rapid pace during pregnancy. Most of the changes that happen may take time to restore or sometimes persist and cause further problems. The gynaecologist performs a complete examination of these problems to help women return to the best of the physical health in a short

0 5 March 2020
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: What are the causes and how is it treated?

Heavy or unusual bleeding through the vagina, experienced by women during or in-between the regular periods is called abnormal uterine bleeding. The bleeding is termed abnormal because it is usually irregular, heavier and is usually caused by hormonal or structural abnormalities of the female reproductive system. Abnormal uterine bleeding is more commonly diagnosed at the beginning of the reproductive cycle and at the end of it in older women. At our clinic in Mumbai, 20% of the AUB cases occur in adolescent girls, more than 50% are occur in women above age 40. Following are the situations when the uterine bleeding is considered abnormal: Bleeding between the normal periods.

  • Spotting or bleeding after intercourse.
  • Bleeding that happens after menopause.
  • Irregular cycles which vary by more than 8-9 days.
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during your regular period.
  • Bleeding while your menstrual cycles happen to be shorter than 24 and longer than 38 days.

Causes of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: There is no one single cause for abnormal uterine bleeding experienced by women. Following some of the causes of abnormal uterine bleeding experienced by women:

  1. Structural abnormalities like polyps,

0 6 February 2020
From Pregnancy to Delivery: Baby Development Stages in the Womb

There is nothing as magical as seeing a baby grow inside the womb of the mother right from the conception. The miracle of human birth takes right in front of our eyes and we are all so privileged to witness it, as this was not possible before the advent of imaging studies. Today, we are left amazed by the meticulous development over the course of the pregnancy. And this development of the baby can be comfortably divided into three categories: Stage: 1(0-3 months), Stage 2(3-6 months), Stage 3(6-9 months). Here’s a brief account of the baby development stages from the conception to the delivery: Conception: The sperm penetrates the egg, completes the genetic make-up of the foetus, rapidly divides into the cells, passes through the fallopian tube and implants itself in the uterus where the nourishment begins. Stage 1 (0-3 Months):   Month 1: After about a month, the basic structures if the head, abdomen, chest, and organs begin to develop into separate areas. The legs and arms slowly bud from the outside and your home pregnancy test comes out positive. Month 2&3: The foetus grows to a length of about 1 cm after 2 months, developing its facial features (ears, nose tip &eyelids). The buds now become clear legs and arms, as the toes and fingers slowly develop. After the

0 30 January 2020
Anemia in Pregnancy – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Pregnancy is the most memorable journey of every woman. It is also a phase their vulnerable to many health problems, a woman braves everything that the pregnancy hurls at her to make it to the delivery phase. One such problem most commonly experienced by the women in their pregnancy in Anemia. Anemia in Pregnancy: The women’s body goes through a series of significant changes over the course of pregnancy. The volume of blood in pregnant women increases by almost 25% and this increases the iron requirement to make sufficient haemoglobin. Most of the women do not get a sufficient amount of iron to their body in 2nd and third trimester resulting in Anemia. Iron is not the only nutrient required for the optimal production of red blood cells, Vitamin B12 and Folate play an important role, which is why their deficiency can lead to Anemia too. Although there are many kinds of this condition, Iron-deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency & Folate Deficiency Anemia are most common among pregnant women. 50% of Pregnant Women in India Suffer from Anemia:  A pregnant woman might suffer a higher risk of becoming anemic if she doesn’t consume enough iron, suffers a high pre-pregnancy menstrual flow, or conceive immediately after pregnancy without giving the body enough time to recuperate. Thou

0 24 December 2019
Reducing your stress can boost your fertility – Here are 4 ways how you can do it

One out of every six women experience infertility problems and find it difficult to conceive. Infertility need not always be about physical problems either, 1 out of every 5 couples we treat at our infertility centre suffer infertility due to emotional problems like extreme stress, nervousness, and anxiety. According to researchers, stress and anxiety may not lead to a successful conception and around 20% of the women face these emotional issues, on an average. It’s completely natural for women to feel stressed and nervous about the biggest change that is going to come into her life. While the thoughts of pregnancy running in the mind of the first-timer make her nervous and anxious, the same thoughts can increase the stress for the women who had been trying for so long. This stress experienced by the woman automatically signals her body that it is not the right time for pregnancy thereby decreasing your chances of conception. Then how should a woman keep herself in proper emotional health while trying for conception? Here are four best ways to de-stress and boost your conception chances:

  1. Take a Break:

It is only natural to feel trapped inside and stopping you to go outside. But make an effort if not force yourself to go out

0 17 December 2019
4 Simple Diet Tips to Improve Female Fertility

Fertility is the ability of women to conceive and undergo a successful pregnancy to deliver a healthy baby. Give a woman is healthy, her age and genetics are the two most important factors that influence this ability. Unlike age and genetics which cannot be changed, diet is another crucial factor that can impact the fertility of a woman. Making fertility-friendly foods an essential part of the diet and sticking to healthy lifestyle choices can improve the fertility of healthy women by a fair margin, according to Fertility Researchers at Harvard. Yes there are certain foods that can increase fertility in females. And here we have come up with 5 simple fertility diet tips that you can maintain for a long-term to improve your fertility, read on:

  1. Don’t Miss The Fish:

Be it in men or women, nothing helps fertility as much as Omega-3 fatty acids do. Consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids is not only proven to improve the quality of the egg but also helps decreases the chronic inflammation-related fertility problems, improves the foetus’s development and reduces the risk of preterm delivery. Fish are the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids available in the market and it is advised to consume at least two to 3 servings for the week (200-300 grams).Regarded as one of the best foods to improve fertility in men and wo

0 20 November 2019
5 Facts Every Couple Should Know About Miscarriages

Nothing is more tragic than the loss of pregnancy for women. It is an abrupt end to the memorable journey which shatters the parental dreams of the couple. Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss that is experienced by women around the world. And due to various myths and misconceptions that surround the miscarriage, women particularly are blamed for the accidental loss. In addition to the anxiety and grief experienced by the women, the baseless blame put on them can further affect the maternal health and could impact the further pregnancy chances. Having treated with hundreds of miscarriage cases, we believe that the whole situation could be drastically improved by simply making everyone aware of the basic facts about the miscarriage of its effects. So here are 5 facts about miscarriages that we want every couple to know:   Miscarriage is not rare, they are very common today:  Yes, miscarriage was a very rare occurrence a few decades back. But we will have to inform you that they have become very common, especially in urban India. Having been providing the best treatment for miscarriages in Mumbai for years now, we estimate that almost 35% of the pregnancies end in miscarriages. The percentage of pregnancy loss could be even higher if other causes of pregnancy loss are also taken into accoun

0 31 October 2019
Everything You Need to Know Premature Birth

Premature birth of children had been the causing of grief to the millions of parents worldwide for centuries now. Fortunately today we are in a position to take proper care of a premature child which is not exactly the case a few decades back. Today’s premature birth treatments can help you provide proper health care to ensure the proper development of the child. It is quite common for parents to have questions regarding premature births. So here are few frequently asked questions that can help you know about the premature birth: What is premature birth? While 40 weeks is the normal duration of a full-term pregnancy, if a baby is born before the 37th week of the pregnancy then the baby is considered as a premature baby and the birth is called premature birth in medical terminology. Is premature birth common? Premature births are very common in the early days when medical and preventive care are not as developed as they are now. Even today on an average one in every ten babies is born before 37-38 weeks of pregnancy. What caused premature birth? Premature birth can be caused by various risk factors. Though not all of the causes of premature birth are completely discovered, the following are the causes that account for more than 60% of premature births: