Maternal Obesity has always been a major risk factor during pregnancy. Compared to women with normal weight, obese women are at increased risk of pregnancy complications like Gestational Diabetes, Preeclampsia. Does it mean that obese women cannot have a healthy pregnancy and delivery? No, absolutely not. There is more to this situation than just so-called risk factors and there ways that can help you get past the risks too. The term ‘Obese’ itself is a general term, which is categorized again based on the severity. So what are the risk factors? Are they the same for each category? Let us find out: What is Obesity? Obesity is a condition in which body accumulates excess amounts of body fat and thus, the weight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the metric that is used to determine if the person is obese. It is a mathematical calculation that is based on height and weight. Here’s how the scale reads: The health condition of an individual is determined based on the above scale: 18.5 – 24.9 is the recommended range for healthy adults anything above this score is the territory with varying amounts of risk. The score that falls between 25 and 29.9 translates to the excess weight that comes from their fat, bone, muscle, and water in the body. Anything ab →
Pregnancy makes women jitter even about regular food, understandably so. Now that you are sharing your food with the baby, you will have to be extra careful about your food habits as it directly affects the baby’s health. Even some of the healthiest foods which are consumed without any hesitation normally, have to be double checked. And Seafood falls under this category. So, is consuming fish safe for pregnant women? Yes but only if you take necessary precautions. Fish being a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, it is one of the critical components for the optimal development of your child. But not all types of fish are safe for you too. So, the key here is choosing the right fish for consumption. But the problem with fish as a food is it harbors Mercury, a heavy metal that is dangerous for the development of the baby’s brain, sensory and motor skills development. A lot of industries drain their toxic mercury wastage into the seas and oceans. The mercury is converted into methyl-mercury by the bacteria in the water. And when the fish consume these bacteria, the mercury enters the fish and stay in their body binding at the cellular level. These Mercury contents are generally found in the cells of predators at the top of the food chain. The bad thing about the mercury content is that it cannot be eliminated through cooki →
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 →
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 →
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
Having twins is a moment of excitement tingled with nervousness and anticipation for the parents. There is much information for the parents to gobble up as twins are on the way. There are multiple tips for healthy pregnancy to be taken on-board as you prepare for the hectic pregnant time. If the parents knew what to expect during pregnancy, labour, and beyond, the nervousness would dissipate easily.
- Prenatal Precautions:
Monitoring the pregnancy routine is critical as there would be multiple issues like preterm labour and preeclampsia (a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine). A single child pregnancy puts enough stress on the body and twins would exponentially increase that. The doctor would be regularly performing ultrasound at each visits in order to measure the length of your cervix. This would help the doctor ascertain the delivery date as well as track the growth of the babies. Doctors would choose the mode of birth depending on the baby’s size. It can be a natural or C-section.
- The D-Day:
Immediately after the babies are born, your doctor will assess whether they need to go straight to the intensive care unit for the babies. There are times when the doctors will evaluate the weight →
Statistics reveal that one out of every woman undergoes cesarean delivery due to various reasons. If you do not want to be like them, here are some simple tips that can help you give a normal vaginal birth that is good for the health of both child and mother.
- Avoid being overweight – Calculate your BMI and see how much weight you should put on during the various stages of pregnancy. This will prevent you from fewer medical intervention and complications.
- Mild exercises – Mild exercises can help you to stay active and build up your stamina. Exercises of the thigh muscles can help combat the labor pain and the stress during the period of pregnancy. Aquatic exercises and squats help to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Which is essential for having a normal delivery.
- Practicing breathing techniques – Breathing exercises can help you to acquire the right techniques in breathing. This helps with sufficient and proper supply of oxygen for enhancing the growth of the baby. Deep breathing and meditation can help you to get a step nearer to having a normal delivery.
- Avoid stress – Avoid stress and read books on parenting that can help you have the right education on what you can do to ensure a normal delivery. Listen to light music and watch comedy movies that can help you overco