A normal pregnancy last about 40 weeks, but sometimes labor may begin earlier, before 37th week of pregnancy. This happens because uterine contractions cause the cervix to open up earlier than normal. In such the case the baby is born premature and may be at health risks. However, by knowing the symptoms of and by avoiding some of the risk factors, such a condition may be avoided. A contraction is when the muscles of your uterus contract and as a result your abdomen hardens, as the contraction goes away your uterus becomes soft. Warning signs and symptoms of premature contractions: • More than 5 uterine contractions in an hour. • Watery fluid leaking from your vagina • Menstrual-like cramps in the lower abdomen • Backache felt below the waistline that may come and go or be constant • Pelvic pressure that feels like your baby is pushing down • Abdominal cramps may occur with or without diarrhea • Increase or change in vaginal discharge If you suffer from 1 or more of these symptoms, contact you doctor. While you wait for the help follow these steps: • Empty your bladder. • Lie down on your left side, this may slow down or stop signs and symptoms. • Avoid lying flat on your back, this may cause contractions to increase. • Drink several glasses of water, becau →
Pregnancy is one gruelling exercise for us, women. It is tiring; both physically and mentally as it primarily affects almost every part of the human body finding us at our vulnerable self. But unlike other physical and mental tasks, pregnancy can seriously dent the quality of sleep too. Most women are presently surprised by the fatigue and sleeplessness they experience during the first trimester. So, this is an effort to help you gain a good picture of your sleep cycle you’ll go through your pregnancy. So ladies, buckle-up and jump right in! Your Sleep in First Trimester: Sleep and the First Trimester are the friends who fight often. In fact, sleep is one of the first complaints that precedes the realization of pregnancy. A wide medical study has reported that there is an average 0.7 hours increase in the sleeping period among the women in their first trimester. But here comes the ‘fighting’ part: though they will be an increase in the sleeping period, the effectiveness of the sleep is considerably reduced owing to the changes pregnant women go through, in their first trimester. The sudden surge in reproductive hormones results in drowsiness-causing an increase in the sleeping period. But they are also responsible for increasing the frequency of urination, disrupting the sleep and shrinking the efficiency of their sleep. →
Whatever you put in your body directly affects the well-being of your child. And that is why the diet is deemed out to be the most important factor during pregnancy. It’s not just about what you put inside but it is also about what you put on your skin too. Perplexed? Yes, you read that right. Skin absorbs almost 50% of what you put on it. So are you sure they are safe? Most of them might be safe in normal conditions but pregnancy is a special condition, isn’t it? The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy throw your body out of its balance and that’ll surely show up on the outside. This may allure you to stack-up your shelf with lot cosmetics onto your skin, but we advise you to stay put. Not all the cosmetics are your friends now, few of them do more harm than good. But it’s not the cosmetics that you must avoid but the harmful ingredients they are made of. So, avoiding the cosmetics with certain ingredients can help you avoid any potential complications. Here is the list of ingredients that you must be wary of before using them: Retinoids: Retinoid is a type of Vitamin A that is widely used to treat acne and is known for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. When taken orally, these retinoids are found to induce Fetal Retinoid Syndrome i.e. characteristic pattern of mental and physical birth defects that results from maternal →
No matter how big or small the procedure is, it is completely normal for the patient to feel anxious and stressed before undergoing a surgery. Most of their tensions revolve around the pain factor and recovery time which largely depend on the type of procedure chosen. Although the ultimate aim of these different procedures remains the same, the process remains different. Take Laparoscopy and open surgery for example. Though Open Surgery has been around for decades, Laparoscopy is found to be the most efficient in terms of recovery with a minimal amount of risks. So what is Laparoscopy and how is it better than Open Surgery? Let us find out: Open Surgery: Open surgery is a traditional method of surgery where a large incision (10 inches) is made by the surgeon using the scalpel and then the surgeon uses his instruments to perform surgery. Having a large incision may result in more pain, higher risk of complications, a lengthy recovery and hence longer hospital stays. Laparoscopic Surgery: In contrast with Open Surgery, Laparoscopic surgery uses a very small incision in the abdomen or pelvis cavities to carry out the procedure. A Laparoscope, i.e. a thin instrument with a video camera at the end of it is inserted into the small incision to give the view of the organs inside and the image is projected onto the screen for the surgeons to carry out the procedure. Reasons why Laparosc →
Will I need to take medication to control my GD? Gestational Diabetes is a condition where the temporary form of diabetes develops during pregnancy and disappears right after giving birth to a child. It may occur at any stage, most of the cases are found to be developed in the second half of the pregnancy. It is estimated that it occurs in 4% of the pregnancy cases, often in a woman without a prior history of Diabetes. Though Gestational Diabetes is only a temporary condition, mothers with this condition are found to have an increased chance of developing type-2 diabetes in future, so it is advised to get the advised check-up done every year. What causes Gestational Diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is caused when high glucose levels are found in the blood. These high glucose levels are due to the inability of the mother to produce much-needed insulin and this lack of insulin causes the rise of blood sugar levels manifesting itself as Gestational Diabetes. This need for more insulin is could be caused by the flare of various hormones during the pregnancy which halts the normal insulin from doing its job i.e., controlling the blood sugar levels. The growing demands of the foetus could also increase the need for more insulin, lack of which causes the blood sugar levels to rise. Signs and Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes: →
High blood sugar levels in pregnant women can cause birth defects and can also increase the chances of miscarriage. Let us now discuss elaborately how diabetes can affect a pregnant woman. It is important to consult a doctor as soon as you come to know that you are pregnant, as high blood glucose level during the early stages of pregnancy can have a negative bearing on the outcome on successful pregnancy. It is during the early period (2 to 4 weeks) that the baby gets affected due to high blood sugar level because it is during this period that the organs of the baby start forming, such as the head, heart and the lungs. There is always a chance of these organs being defective due to diabetes. Examples of such defects include defects in the heart, spine or the brains. There are many health problems that a pregnant woman can develop due to diabetes. Such problems include kidney disease and problems of the eye. Other health problems that a pregnant woman can develop include toxemia, which is a problem related to high blood pressure and excess proteins in the urine as a result of high level in blood sugar. These problems generally arise during the second half of the pregnancy and may become life threatening both to the mother as well as the baby. In most cases the result is premature delivery, which becomes necessary when reaching the 37 →
While stress and depression, which are part of our lives can be overcome at some or other point, women suffering from infertility stress can find it hard to overcome until they give birth to a baby. Depression and stress are the two factors that can take a toll on women undergoing infertility treatment, especially in cases where there have been multiple miscarriages. Although we cannot change the circumstances that lead to depression and stress, there are ways by which women are able to deal with them. Here are some ways by which you can deal with depression & stress during infertility?
- There may be at times when you might feel discomfort when somebody asks you about getting pregnant and babies during a social interactive session. This is where you will need the support of your husband to overcome the situation which can make you feel distressed. Your husband can approach you with some simple gestures that will show that you are both equal partners.
- Practice dancing alone or with a group. This will help you to release stress and depression. Make it a daily habit dancing to your favorite items. This will keep your body and mind free.
- Pick up some hobby that will keep you engaged for a certain period of time. This will help your mind to be diverted to the new occupation and to o
Premature pregnancy is giving premature birth before the due date of delivery. Let us discuss the premature causes and signs that can help you to prevent premature pregnancy. The causes that can lead to premature birth are:
- Overweight or underweight
- Getting pregnant soon after the previous delivery
- Having twins or more during pregnancy
- Problems regarding the cervix or the uterus
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes (especially gestational diabetes)
- Smoking and drugs
These are the major causes of premature pregnancy, which can be prevented to reduce the risks involved. Here is how you can prevent premature pregnancy, says Dr. Neelima Mantri, a renowned Gynecologist.
- Follow some light to moderate exercises for having control over weight. A balanced diet is important for preventing obesity as well as to improve upon the present weight. Staying physically active will help in overall health during pregnancy.
- Avoid getting pregnant soon after giving birth to a previous baby. Talk with your partner to avoid such situations when there might be a chance of conceiving.
- If you are having problems with the cervix or t
According to the studies carried out in the past and in recent times, obesity in pregnant women has been proven to be a cause for Gestational Diabetes. With the increase of weight and BDM, pregnant women are found to carry higher risk of diabetes. Excess maternal weight is found to be a major cause of diabetes among pregnant women, and in certain cases also causing the baby to be carrying the dreadful disease. If not addressed in time, diabetes may sometimes prove to be fatal for both the mother and the baby. So, what can we do to prevent obesity and diabetes in pregnancy? Exercise and simply exercise can be the only remedy. Recent studies have revealed that even small changes in the body mass weight can help to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes to a great extent. This can be achieved through exercise and physical activities on a regular basis. Retention of weight can also be achieved by following a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet plan, excluding comfort food and plenty of water can reduce the risk of increased blood pressure and the BDM. The types of exercises recommended for pregnant women include moderate intensity treadmill walking for about half an hour and strength training exercises for about 20 minutes. These exercises should be done on a regular basis and record kept on the amount of loss in body weight. The best strength training exercises include, goblet squa →
Women who are experiencing infertility problems are faced with a lot of emotions and anxiety due to the feeling that something is wrong deeply with them. It is the expectations of family members and the society that creates an extra pressure on women who are faced with the challenge of motherhood. Dealing with anxiety and emotions can be a challenge when facing a fertility specialist. The anxiety when undergoing infertility treatment can take a huge toll both physically and psychologically on women and keeping control over emotions when meeting a fertility specialist can help relieve a great deal of pressure. Compared to men, women feel more distressed when faced with infertility, and hence it is important that a woman experiencing such mental torment undergo a program for stress reduction. A research study has disclosed that the depression within women facing infertility problem can be as much as those suffering from cancer or convalescing from a heart attack. The focus should be given on infertility counseling to deal with the stress and discuss all infertility queries with the fertility specialist. Infertility counselling can be a solution for overcoming the stress being faced →