Antenatal Care During Pregnancy is the clinical assessment of mother and fetus. It is advisable to have 12-16 doctor visits for the assessment of pregnant women before and during pregnancy. The main purpose of antenatal care is to supervise the maternal and fatal well-being during pregnancy. It also identifies and treats conditions that may harm the health of the new-born and mother; prepares for the labor and also high quality life after birth. It is better to start antenatal care as early as possible. An expectant mother should go for check-ups once in a month until 28 weeks, twice a month until 36 weeks and every week in last 4 weeks. Some of the main objectives of antenatal-care are:
- Screen the conditions such as anemia, infections from sexual contacts etc.
- Ensure delivery of a full term healthy baby.
- Provide an appropriate treatment for the predictable problems during or after pregnancy.
- Teach the mother about child care, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.
- Give guidance to the mother on breast feeding and post-natal care.
Antenatal care is very beneficial and it mainly falls under four categories. Accurate nutritional diet: Maintaining nutritional diet is very critical for the well-being of mother and the un →
When a menstrual cycle is not normal and regular, it is a disorder. Every woman’s body is different in own rhythm of menstrual cycle. Variations in menstrual cycle are perfectly natural. For an ideal woman, next periods end at 28 days but also a normal cycle lasts anywhere from 21 to 35 days and lasts between 3 to 5 days. A timely menstrual cycle is a good indicator of her overall health and well-being. Every lady will face the menstrual problems once in her lifetime and it is important to understand basic information on menstruation, the reasons behind irregular periods and how to deal with them. There are three types of menstrual cycles:
- Anovulatory bleeding (absent and irregular periods)
- Ovulatory bleeding (prolonged periods)
- Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain)
Although this is a natural phenomenon, there are many causes for the disorders. Uncontrolled diabetes, adolescence, hypothyroidism, eating disorders, pregnancy are some of them which can be mentioned. Common Causes of Menstrual Irregularities: Stress: Yes, stress triggers menstruation. It may cause disorders but not the lone cause. Excessive nerve-racking can out your digestive system into trouble, apart from menstrual period. A condition known as secondary amenorrhe →
You probably might think that you know everything about sex by the time you are pregnant. But you may have landed up with several queries and doubts on Sex During Pregnancy. Here we have curated some basic doubts and given a solution. So keep your baseless fears aside and have fun with the partner, spending more time with your spouse makes you even more happy and it is good for the baby. Might not or really be in a mood: It’s obvious for a woman to experience changes in sex drive during pregnancy. Remember that your wife’s body is building a baby from scratch and it takes a lot of energy. The extra doses of progesterone supply to her blood makes her sleepy and tired all the time. Don’t offend her just because she is not active. Likewise, don’t be surprised the times when she is really in mood than ever before and wanted “that time” back on the bed. She is super active in sex because of the same hormones which increases the blood flow and making her ready for it. Even scented perfumes, after shave lotions can drive her crazy. You won’t hurt your baby: The tot is well protected inside the mother’s fluid-filled amniotic sac. Thanks to those protectors! So do not worry that your baby will be hurt while you are busy enjoying the pleasure. Woman →
The cancer that begins in the female organs such as ovaries is called as ovarian cancer. And it is no more a silent killer, doctors and specialists say it does have symptoms but they are non-specific. So many people do not take it seriously and only realise when the cancer spreads, reaches to the advanced state. One should never ignore and be attentive to ongoing abnormalities like:
- Severe bloating
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty in eating or feeling full quickly
- Frequent urine urging
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal secretions
- Enlarging abdominal mass
- Facial hair growth in prepubertal girls
See the doctor, if you have those unusual symptoms more than 12 times in a month. Dr. Neelima Mantri is the Best Lady Gynaecologist in Mumbai and also for infertility treatment, consult her for special care and a complete understanding of the cancer. Causes of Ovarian Cancer: The exact causes of the cancer are not known, but it is higher in women who has one or more ovarian risk factors. Let us learn what are those risk factors behind ovarian cancer. Age: It is the key factor and most women who are found with the cancer are a →
The word ‘High-risk pregnancy’ itself sounds scary for most of us. Imagine a mom-to-be who is in the risk and knew that she or her baby has an increased chance of health problems. In medical terminology, High-risk pregnancy is the condition where mother or foetus are at high risk during or after pregnancy. To put it simple, where the pregnancy complications are more than usual is called high-risk pregnancy. Problems in growth of the baby, preterm labour, preeclampsia, placenta are some of the High Risk Pregnancy Causes during the time. But it is important to understand that not every high-risk pregnancy causes troubles during conceiving and it can be taken care of by good medical treatment. Dr. Neelima Mantri, High Risk Pregnancy Doctor in Mumbai suggests to have healthy diet and consume all prescribed medicines, vitamins to avoid any complicated issues during pregnancy. However, it is important to know what are the factors that put pregnancy at risk. They are divided into four main categories. Existing Health Conditions: High blood pressure, diabetes, HIV effected, Polycystic ovary syndrome, kidney disease, uncontrolled thyroid, obesity are some of the conditions which can m →
Food is everything a person need. The tenure of 9 months’ pregnancy is a very happy stage of a woman’s life. You may have to leave your long established eating habits and incorporate good diet routines for nutrition balance which makes you and your little one healthy and beautiful. It is also advised to consult a doctor about your healthy eating. As to present a diet plan, Dr. Neelima Mantri, Female Gynaecologist in Mumbai suggests a proper balanced diet for an expectant mother. Foods to take: Eggs: It is a healthy food for those who are not pregnant also. It is understandable that many pregnant women develop aversions towards meat. Whether it is fried, boiled, scrambled – they serve as a golden standard for the healthy pregnancy. The property called Choline develops fetal brain development and reduces neural tube defects. Nuts: The crunchy little things are not only fun to eat but also contains healthy fats. Any nuts contain brain-boosting omega-3 and magnesium properties are helpful for the little honey’s brain development and nervous system. However, it is recommended to keep the serving of 5-6 nuts every day as they are rich in fat and calories. And it should be stopped immediately after allergic findings. This prenatal power snack on a go reduces prema →
Wondering what PCOS is, it is a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The condition caused in women when the sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone are unstable and above in level than usual. This follows the growth of ovarian cysts and affects menstruation cycle, fertility and changes in the body shape. Women with this hormonal disorder have higher level of male hormones and insulin resistance. Hence, they are at high risk to diabetes, cardiac arrests, sleeping disorders and uterine cancer. Now comes to the immediate question, is PCOS causes overweight and why? Yes, it does. It is also wise versa, PCOS can result in overweight and being obese can cause PCOS. However, some clinical researches states it is not clear that PCOS is the direct cause for overweight in women. As it is said, people who have PCOS are less sensitive to insulin, it is difficult to convert sugars to starch .i.e; foods to energy. Since the hormone fails to convert insulin to energy, it results in high insulin levels in the body and increases production of male hormones. Typically, the fat remains more in the abdomen subsequent in an apple shaped body for the woman who is suffering with PCOS. What to do to keep you out from PCOS. As there is no cure found to treat PCOS, some lifestyle changes can eliminate the medical disorder and make you feel →
Vomiting can take off your energy and leaves you in a miserable state, the scene is even worse during pregnancy. Vomit is common during pregnancy, but there are ways to reduce it. Read on to follow the best and super- easy home remedies for vomiting in pregnancy. Hydrate: As puking dehydrates the person, sipping water in regular intervals of time make a lot of difference. Intake of sufficient water flushes the harmful toxins out of the body and stop vomiting. Studies proved that drinking water clears 90% of the health issues, apart from vomiting sickness. Mint: Chewing fresh mint leaves whenever getting sensed or about to vomit will help the lady in sickness issues. The menthol flavour in it soothes the stomach and avoids further occurrences of vomiting. Ginger Ale: Ginger has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties by nature and it is one of the best herbal medicines to cure any disease. The smell or the flavour itself helps to get out of the nausea. Prepare a can full of ginger ale solution and take few sips throughout the day. Baking Soda: Yeah, you read it right!! Baking soda neutralizes the acids that have risen during and after vomiting. Rinse your mouth with the solution to get rid of after taste of puking. Rice Water: This is a tip from the older generation. →
Motherhood is full of surprises and struggles. One of the common problem faced is digestion. Many pregnant women complain that there are suffering from watery bowel movements immediately after few hours of taking a meal. And this leads to misconception of miscarriage. Constipation, watery stool, diarrhea are very common symptoms during various stages of pregnancy, especially in earlier trimesters. What causes it? Diarrhea can be caused by many factors. Diet changes, vitamin intake, hormonal changes, food addictions are to be blamed. The reasons can be many – letting out all the good-for-you food that you are eating now, excess water intake, prenatal vitamins that you are taking. Besides these common concerns, food poisoning, intestinal parasites can cause a severe diarrhea for the pregnant woman. What to take? Stay Hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated in every level of the life. Loose bowel moments remove lot of water from the body, take as much fluids as you can. Diarrhea is not harmful in most of the cases, but severe dehydration of mother can hamper the blood flow for the baby. BRAT: The famous BRAT diet – banana, rice, applesauce, toast. It is highly recommended because it is gentle on human’s stomach. Starchy Foods: Potatoes, crackers, cereals can be taken in limits. Vegg →
Gone are the days when a would-be mom asked to sit, eat and avoid doing activities. Now all the myths have busted, engaging in physical activities is utmost important for mama and the baby. On the guidance of fitness experts, the workout plan should be tailored according to the type of exercise, intensity, frequency and duration. Dr. Neelima Mantri, Female Gynaecologist in Mumbai, advises that a mom-to-be should exercise, hence, it reduces high risks during labour and post pregnancy. It is common to have discomforts like morning sickness, vomiting, but moving around is one of the best things for mummy and her little one. It helps you to control pregnancy weight gain and keep you in good mood all the time. Here are some of the best moves to be done during first trimester. To Plank: The first few months are fragile and feels scary for everything and anything. But it is proved that pregnant lady can and should still work out. Planks target abdominals which cuts the aches and pains. Do not go with the hard-core plank positions, start with a modified and the easiest on the hands and knees. One-Arm Row: Place left knee on sturdy chair and another on the floor. Place your left hand on the seat for a support. Lift weight (not heavy) with the right hand, keep moving back and forth to strengt →