Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:17

If you have to get inside a locked house - What do you need? Obviously : Keys. Unless you plan to break the door. Similarly, there is a key which needs to be used for the glucose in the food you eat to get into the muscle cell, liver cells and all the other cells in the body. The key is the Insulin, which is released by the pancreas. Once the key is turned in - the gates of the cells open allowing the entry of glucose, which is then utilized by the cells for the production of energy. 

Sunday, 08 December 2019 06:56

Sleeping well is as important as eating healthy and exercising well. If you are pregnant sleep is all the more important to you and to the developing baby. Sleeping less than 5 hours a day for a week or so can put you in the risk of pre-diabetes. Lack of sleep can also be a risk factor for Pre- eclampsia which is associated with high blood pressure, and high protein in the urine. 

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:32

My grandmother lived a happy life in to her nineties…. Her mantra was: Enjoy life - Work hard, Eat well, Be happy! She ate a healthy home cooked food everyday, never bothered to check on the carbs, fats, cholesterol or the calories in the food. We are natives of the coastal region of Karnataka, and our cooking had a liberal quantity of coconut in all its forms (grated coconut,coconut oil,coconut water), in our chutney, sambar or Payasa. My grandmother grew up cooking and eating all these and much more. Concerned about her health we would force her for an annual health screening.

Thursday, 07 November 2019 16:30

It is Friday evening. I am looking forward to dancing — no, not a social event, but the Zumba dance class I religiously go to twice a week. Most of my classmates are women in their thirties and forties, making an effort to bring in some rhythm and zing into their life. Some of them recently delivered a baby, and were eager to lose some pregnancy related fat.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 05:59

Anjali was just getting over her excitement of announcing her first pregnancy to her friends and relatives. It was already her 2nd month. She was feeling good and happy. But, one thing which was bothering her was, the increased urination. She had to take frequent trips to the bathroom. She got concerned and approached her doctor to find out if this should be a cause for concern.

Monday, 23 September 2019 08:53

Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are on the rise, and now the leading cause of death. Dr Padma explores where we are going

I live my life full size at my terms.  Zumba in the evenings, dance at social events, walk with my husband just to catch up on issues, and eat at will.

Monday, 22 April 2019 04:51

Rani was pregnant with twins. She has been going through her regular appointments with the Doctor. The Doctor was very happy with the progress of her pregnancy. She has been doing well and so also her babies. today she had come for her 8 month appointment. As the delivery date was getting closer, Rani was getting a little anxious. She had heard from her friends that pregnant with twins means automatically a C-section delivery. So she asks her doctor about her chance of normal vaginal delivery.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 05:08

Sixteen year old Dolly had been having painful periods for sometime now. She has her periods every 30 days but she was suffering from immense pain on the second and the third day of period. She also had some bloating in her lower abdomen. It’s common for many girls to have mild pain with their periods a couple of days each month.

Friday, 29 March 2019 06:48

So why do pregnant women experience gastritis?

Gastric motility decreases (Food moves slower) as all the muscles are relaxed due to the hormones released during pregnancy along with the slowed movement the gastric emptying time (time taken for the food to go to the small intestine from the stomach) also increases.

Friday, 29 March 2019 05:27

Frequent urination often starts to occur early in pregnancy. It is caused by the growing uterus,  as well as hormonal changes that increase blood circulation to the pelvis. The urinary bladder is above the uterus and as the uterus is growing it puts additional pressure on the urinary bladder and this makes the women visit the bathroom frequently. It is a common occurrence and nothing to worry about. As the uterus grows out of the pelvis by 4th month the pressure over the bladder is less and the symptom also begins to recede.

But, If  frequency of urination is accompanied by pain and also fever then it could be due to other reasons like infection. Seek the advice of your Physician immediately. 

Friday, 29 March 2019 05:17

Spotting or light brown vaginal bleeding can occur in both viable and nonviable pregnancies. It is obviously very easy to panic and fear the worst especially in the first trimester when you are just about sharing the news with your near and dear and are very excited about the future, but try to stay calm. Miscarriage is only one of the many causes of spotting. 

Monday, 25 March 2019 07:02

Certain states in India like Telangana are setting an example with innovative ways to improve the birth outcome by providing pregnant women with birth kits. While cash incentives and mid-wives have always been in the scene, providing birth assistance kits is a novel idea.

Thursday, 28 February 2019 05:30

If you are trying to conceive, it is a good idea to take a few steps to improve your general health. This can increase the chances of pregnancy. All the factors which contribute towards good health in general also contribute towards good reproductive health.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 07:10

Key parameters to asses the health of the baby is its weight gain. Fetal weight development is measured after every ultrasound during pregnancy.  During the first 8 weeks, the fetus is too small to be weighed. The first few weeks the fetal heartbeat and rate is monitored. From 8 weeks to 20 weeks, babies are measured from head to the bottom as their legs are still curled. After that, babies are measured from head to toe. During the scan, the radiologist will make a few measurements of the fetus like the - Biparietal diameter (BPD) which measures the baby’s head from side to side, Femur length (FL)-measuring the thigh bone length, Head circumference(HC), Occipitofrontal diameter(OFD)- the length from the root of the nose to frontal bone's most prominent point, Abdominal circumference(AC)-

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 07:37

62% of young women in India still using cloth for menstrual hygiene says the NFHS report 2015-2016. A film on menstruation set in rural India won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards. In January 2019, there was a report of a  woman and her two sons suffocated to death in Nepal after she was forced to sleep in a windowless shed during her period. The ancient tradition was outlawed in 2005, yet it remains prevalent in Nepal's remote west. The monthly exclusion leaves women at risk of snake bites, attacks by wild animals and rape. Basically, both the survey and the film and the incident in Nepal show how so many taboos around menstruation still exist in many conservative societies.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:26

If you have to get inside a locked house - What do you need? Keys to open the door. Similarly, there is a key which needs to be used for the glucose in the food you eat to get into the muscle cell, liver cells and all the other cells in the body. The key to all these cells is the Insulin released by the pancreas which is present in the blood cells. Once the key is turned in - the gates of the cells open allowing the entry of glucose, which is then utilized by the cells for the production of energy. 

Monday, 18 February 2019 08:41

Shyla has been experiencing nausea, breast pain and urinary frequency. She is not sure if she is pregnant. She is anxious. Any Woman who has been trying to conceive knows that the time between first day of your missed period and the time to take the pregnancy test and see the two red lines of confirmation can be a long and anxious time. Women can experience pregnancy symptoms soon after the egg becomes implanted in the wall, which is between 8 and 14 days after ovulation, i.e around 20 to 21 days after the previous period.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:03

Megan was advised by her friend to avoid coffee during pregnancy. But she was not sure about Tea? So she asked the Doctor - Doctor - Is drinking Tea considered detrimental to the baby? In other words, Can I drink tea during pregnancy?

Monday, 28 January 2019 10:49

Studies on pregnant women have shown that Pregnancy causes some changes in vascular properties and is known to cause an increase in blood volume and heart rates in the mother during pregnancy. However, these were thought of as temporary changes which go down after pregnancy. The impact of pregnancy on the subsequent development of heart disease in women has always been debated.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 08:16

Megana had come for her first postpartum checkup. She had some questions to the doctor about contraception. when can she get pregnant again? How soon is too soon? What is the ideal gap period between two babies?

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:12

Sheila had delivered a beautiful baby boy last week. She got discharged forms the hospital the next day and she was back to the hospital this week for a regular checkup. Doctor enquired about her vaginal bleeding. She said she still has bleeding but not as much as it was immediately after birth. It is her second week after pregnancy and it has definitely come down and the bleeding is lighter and thinner. This discharge is called Lochia. The Doctor explains to her - Sheila - Whether you delivered your baby vaginally or by cesarean delivery, you can expect some bleeding and vaginal discharge after giving birth. This is because your body continues to shed the blood and tissue that lined your uterus while you were pregnant.

Monday, 21 January 2019 08:35

Mrinali was in her 29th week. She wanted to know what are the tests that need to be done during the next 3 months of her pregnancy. The doctor explained to her that - the third trimester starts from the 28th week of pregnancy and ends at the birth of the baby. The fetus is usually viable by this point of pregnancy, meaning it can survive if it is born but may need hospitalization. if it is born this early. So the tests performed during this trimester are mostly to monitor the growth of the baby and to prevent any foreseeable complications, like complications that could arise due to gestational diabetes or due to group B streptococcal infections etc.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 06:32

I am sure you have heard from your Doctor’s about healthy habits and lifestyle during pregnancy. Proper nutrition, adequate exercise, daily vitamins etc. I feel - Meditation also needs to be added to this list of good habits during pregnancy.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 09:44

Pregnancy puts a lot of physical and emotional strain on the mother. Postpartum is a time of healing, recuperating and bonding with the baby. Sarala had to go through C-section as an emergency measure, as her baby was in breech position and labour was not progressing as expected. The surgery was uneventful and so was the recovery. She was back home and was a little concerned about her diet and was concerned if she had to watch her diet.

Monday, 14 January 2019 07:52

Meena had gone to the Doctor for her 36th week Check up. Upon doing an ultrasound the Doctor told her that her Amniotic fluid index ( AFI) is on the lower normal - Borderline. An AFI between 8-18 is considered normal. Meena’s was 8. She got a little concerned about the health of her baby.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 17:46

A team of gynaecologists and obstetricians at a city hospital in Jaipur, India were able to help a 31-year-old woman, during the 34th week of her pregnancy, with high-risk pregnancy deliver healthy triplets successfully. 

Friday, 11 January 2019 10:33

In 2013 Indian photographer and activist Poulomi Basu was doing research into normalized violence against women when she chanced upon chaupadi. It’s an extreme practice in western Nepal where Hindu women and girls are banished from their homes and isolated from their families during their monthly menstruation.

Friday, 04 January 2019 05:53

Many of my patients are confused about the number of scans and blood tests which are done during pregnancy and especially the difference between first-trimester screening and the second-trimester screening. So let us know the differences and hopefully, it is clear to you all by the end of the blog.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 05:18

The basic postpartum diet is a simple but healthy and wholesome one. One of the constituents of a healthy postpartum diet is fatty acids.

Fatty acids are the final breakdown product of fats in the diet. Fatty acids are either stored or used in the cells for energy. Fatty acids were once viewed as nothing more than a source of stored calories, but modern research has shown that the quality of fatty acids in the body has profound effects on human health.

Monday, 31 December 2018 05:55

The first visit to the obstetrician is to confirm the pregnancy. This is usually done by a blood test to check for HCG levels, the same hormone which also caused a positive urine pregnancy test. Ultrasound is also done to look for gestation sac to confirm the pregnancy.

Friday, 28 December 2018 09:16

Anjali - My patient called me this morning. I could gather from her tone that she was very anxious. She said “ Doctor, I am very scared, I have noticed some spotting since this morning”

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 05:17

Neonatal period is the first 4 weeks of life of a newborn. Newborns who are born too soon or too small, or who become sick, are at the greatest risk of death and disability in the first 28 days.  According to the study - Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn. In 2017, an estimated 2.5 million newborns died during the first 28 days of life.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 06:26

Anything abnormal during pregnancy can cause a lot of anxiety in the mother, especially as she is concerned about the health of her baby. Fever during pregnancy can be one of the causes of her anxiety. A fever is an increase in body temperature. Fever happens when a person is sick and could be a sign of the body fighting against some kind of infection. The average body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). For a woman who is pregnant, body temperature over 101°F (38.3°C) may be a cause for concern. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018 07:18

Motherhood is a beautiful journey - from the time you come to know of your pregnancy until the birth of the baby. But, a woman can go through this journey with lots of joy, apprehension and anxiety. Many thoughts like - If she is eating enough for the growth of the baby? What is the ideal weight of the fetus? How is the fetal weight measured?

Friday, 07 December 2018 05:47

Chitra was in the 4th month of her pregnancy. Everything seemed to be going normal with her pregnancy until now. Today morning she noticed bright red bleeding. She was panicking. She called her mom and her husband and took an appointment with her doctor. She rushed to her Doctor the first thing. Her doctor was also a little concerned.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:06

Pregnancy brings about many changes in the body of Women. One of the changes is the growth in the size of the uterus. Many women wonder how big the uterus is going to get during pregnancy.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:49

You begin to have this strange feeling that you may be pregnant. It has been only 3 weeks since you had your previous period. So what could these symptoms be, which could be the tell-tale signs of pregnancy at this point - even before you miss your period?

Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:31

An article "The Hindu" today (29th November 2018) which examines the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Mathru Vandana Yojana in the state of Jharkhand. The survey was conducted by research students in two blocks of Jharkhand and spread over 12 villages. After conducting interviews of around 98 pregnant women the group realised the scheme seemed to be achieving very little especially in Jharkhand

Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:23

"MedHealth TV" was selected by the WSA Grand Jury 2018 as one of the 40 WORLD SUMMIT AWARD WINNERS 2018 in the category Health & Well-Being!

Over 400 submissions from over 100 UN member states were nominated in this year´s WSA contest, the competition was high and the selection process highly competitive. An international Jury, who met for the final round of evaluations last week in Accra, Ghana. The jurors did lots of research, engaged in passionate discussions and worked long evenings – all to select the 40 WSA winners 2018.

Monday, 29 October 2018 06:26

With Diwali just done and winter setting in many parts of India, People are concerned about the pollution levels in the environment. We have heard of how bad the quality of air gets after Diwali and also on an everyday basis due to increasing vehicular traffic. But how does air pollution effect pregnancy?  A study has warned that excessive exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can perk the risks of pregnancy complications and can cause long-term health problems in children.

Monday, 22 October 2018 10:02

regnant the The other day I had a patient in her late 30's concerned if she could try for pregnancy at her age. She had postponed her pregnancy due to various reasons and was worried if she was too old to get pregnant now. 

Monday, 22 October 2018 07:32

C-section is pretty common, but the rate at which the women choose to deliver the baby via c-section surgery is truly a concern all over the world at the moment because the procedure is associated with considerable short-term and long-term effects and health-care costs

Monday, 22 October 2018 05:35

A preterm birth is when you deliver your baby prior to 37 weeks of your pregnancy. Preterm birth is one of the main reasons for neonatal deaths in the developed world.

Infection and inflammation are thought to be the primary causes but many researchers are now beginning to realise some surprising facts about preterm labor. The infection or inflammation during pregnancy might activate the mother’s immune system which in turn could disturb the maternal tolerance of the fetus, thus triggering labor.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:16

The risk of delayed conception is linked to the foods women eat, finds a new study in Australia. A regular fast food consumption was found to double the risk of infertility in women of childbearing age, researchers also found, not eating enough fruits was chained to a 50 per cent higher chance of infertility risk.

Monday, 15 October 2018 10:17

Many women complain about being forgetful during pregnancy. Whether it is remembering to fetch something from the shop or having mis-placed a very important paper somewhere. These were women who were probably their best before pregnancy. These little "oh, I just forgot" moments are called 'Pregnancy Brain' or sometimes as 'Momnesia'. About 64 per cent would-be mothers complain of difficulty to find the right words or focus on tasks than before they were pregnant, found a survey.

Friday, 12 October 2018 11:14

Many of my patients are frightened about the weird dreams they have been getting off late. They feel that since they have got pregnant they have been experiencing more intense and strange dreams.

Women in pregnancy have reported having intense and disturbing dreams than non-pregnant women finds studies. Women in last trimester experienced regular nightmares than the earlier stages.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:23

Rajasthan recently recorded the biggest outbreak of Zika virus in the history of India.

What is Zika Virus?

Zika virus is a disease caused by Zika virus and it spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, similar to the one which causes Dengue.

Monday, 08 October 2018 10:46

A new research has broken a myth of the popular belief amongst people that "pregnant women should eat for two" and has in fact, warned about the health risk to the baby and mother by eating in excess quantities. Pregnancy is more about the quality of food than about the quantity of food.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:28

Apart from being the reason of your healthy bones, vitamin D may also lessen the cancer risk and breast cancer mortality, especially in women with a lower body mass index (BMI), supports a study. The study were published on September 19, 2018 in Menopause, the journal of The North American menopause Society (NAMS).

Monday, 24 September 2018 09:57

Have you ever been worried about sleep during pregnancy? Which side is good? Sleeping on the right or left. If sleeping on left is good, then what could be the reason? Often, doctors tell you to sleep on your left side at night. But, what’s wrong with the right? Why on left? Well! it turns out there are good medical reasons for the same. It is all about the constant movement and tug- of war inside a pregnant woman's abdomen.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:56

A Danish research has revealed how fish oil supplements taken by mothers during their pregnancy had children with higher bone and muscle (BMI) development in their early childhood rather than excess unhealthy fat.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 05:40

Placenta Previa means placenta first. In this condition placenta implants in the lower part of the uterus, close to or even covering the uterine opening called the internal os and leads to some bleeding usually after 20 weeks of gestation. Normally, the placenta is implanted in the upper uterus.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:13

Smoking is harmful to the women and her baby. When a woman smokes cigarettes during pregnancy, her fetus is exposed to many harmful chemicals. Nicotine is only one of many toxic chemicals that can pass from a pregnant woman to her fetus. One of the effects of nicotine is the narrowing of the blood vessels.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 05:28

Infections which can be dangerous if contracted during pregnancy

As much as possible pregnant women should keep away from sick people. Especially if someone in the house or in the neighbourhood has contracted illnesses like mumps or rubella. But if you develop rubella in the first 4 months of pregnancy, it can lead to serious problems, including birth defects and miscarriage. The rubella rash is typically a red-pink colour. It consists of a number of small spots, which may be slightly itchy. The rash usually starts behind the ears before spreading around the head and neck. It may then spread to the chest and tummy (the trunk), and legs and arms. In most cases, the rash disappears by itself within 3 to 5 days. Most women are vaccinated against this even before they are pregnant. You should not take this vaccination while pregnant.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 08:50

Most parents wait for that moment when they can hear the heartbeat of their unborn child for the first time. For the mother, it is a sign of reassurance that everything seems to be right in her pregnancy. 

Friday, 03 August 2018 06:37

Most private and public companies in India offer health insurance that covers maternity and pregnancy as well. These are offered via leading health insurance companies. In a later article, we compare these health insurance plans and tell you which ones make the most sense for you.

Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:06

Maternity sanitary pads are extra long and can withstand the heavy bleeding after delivery. Whether you have had a normal delivery or a C-section, the first few days after delivery expect to have a fair amount of bleeding.  You may need to change pads every 2 to 3 hours. This bleeding after the birth of the baby is called Lochia. Bleeding occurs from the point in the uterus where the placenta was attached. The placenta comes out of the uterus at the third stage of delivery. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:00

In earlier times, pregnancy confirmation was largely done in the clinic after a blood test and ultrasound. But, the last few years with the technological advances, urine pregnancy test can help in pregnancy detection within the privacy of your house with the urine pregnancy test.

Monday, 14 May 2018 06:47

Pregnant women constantly fear what is right and what is wrong during pregnancy? Will travelling cause problems during pregnancy? Will eating this food cause any problems to the baby? And one of the hundreds of concerns that pregnant women have is also to do with sex. Will having sex during pregnancy harm the baby?

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 08:51

Becoming a mother for the first time is probably the most thrilling moment of one’s life. A first-time mom or a first time Parent is most of the time anxious, apprehensive and has unending questions about the various Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy. In this blog, I would like to broadly touch upon some exciting milestones of your pregnancy.

Monday, 30 April 2018 07:42

The discomfort you might feel with that big tummy of yours while sleeping might make you go sleepless. Pregnancy pillows are designed for comfortable sleep. It also reduces the pain in the back, hips and joints.

Monday, 30 April 2018 07:03

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are pink or sometimes purplish streaks on the belly which appears in the last stages of the pregnancy due to the rapid expansion of the belly to accommodate the growing baby.

Monday, 30 April 2018 05:48

Even though it is called ‘The Morning Sickness’ you may feel nauseated any time or all the time of the day. Thus the term ‘Morning Sickness’ can be quite misleading but in most cases, nausea can be at its worst in the morning and one could get better over the course of the day.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:01

I am always asked this question from my viewers - Mam - I am in my 5th month of pregnancy, but, I don’t look pregnant. I don’t have a bump to flaunt yet… Relax! Every pregnant woman is different, some gain weight easily, while others begin to suddenly look big, from the end of 5th month. As long as the ultrasound is normal and your baby is growing normally - You are just fine.

Friday, 13 April 2018 05:34

Priya is in her 8th month of pregnancy. She called me the other day and was worried as she saw some blood in her stools. I told her, not to worry. It could be hemorrhoids.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 07:56

Cortisol levels increase during the last term of pregnancy. Cortisol causes the lung maturation of fetus. Cortisol can also cause the depression in women and could be the cause of post-partum depression.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 07:07

How the baby looks

There you go. The baby is all set to come out this month.

Your baby is a lovely pumpkin by now. He/she is 46-51 cm tall and weighs 3.2-3.5 kgs by the time you deliver.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 06:49

Gastric motility decreases and the gastric emptying time (time taken for the food to go to the small intestine from the stomach) also increases.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 06:06

How your baby looks

By the end of the 8th month, your baby is 42-46 cms tall and look as big as a Jackfruit.

He/she weighs 2 - 2.3 kilograms. 

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 05:51

Plasma volume increases by about 50% from 2.5 litres to 3.75 litres during pregnancy in the mother. Cardiac output increases by 30% to supply more blood to the baby. The heart rate of the mother also increases by 20 beats per minute to 80 to 90 beats per minute.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 05:25

How your baby looks

She/he is as big as a Pineapple by the end of the 7th month of the pregnancy.

Your baby is 33-36 tall and now weighs 1-1.8 kilograms.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 05:18

The fetus is said to react to sound somewhere between 4th to the fifth month. They may get stimulated or irritated by some sounds.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 03:57

How your baby looks

Your baby as big as a Cauliflower by the end of the 6th month.

She/he is 22-24 centimetres tall and weighs almost 700-800 grams.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:59

You may be wondering if your little one can see inside the uterus, now that the eyes are formed. Well, not completely, but they can appreciate the light. For it to see the visual impressions has to be read by the visual area in the brain.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:31

How does the baby look this month?

By the end of the 5th month, your baby is almost the size of a Papaya. She/he measures 10 inches long and weighs from 200-450 gms. By 18 weeks fetus gets more lively and moves its head and face once in a while inside the amniotic sac.You may be wondering if your little one can see inside the uterus, now that the eyes are formed. Well, not completely, but they can appreciate the light. For it to see, the visual impressions have to be read by the visual area in the brain.

Friday, 30 March 2018 06:06

Did you know that the fetal heart beats twice as fast as the mother? 

A normal fetal heart rate usually ranges from 120 to 160 beats per minute when the baby is in the mother's uterus. It is measurable by ultrasound from around 6 weeks onwards and the normal range varies. It increases to around 170 beats per minute at 10 weeks and decreases from then to around 130 beats per minute at full term.

Friday, 30 March 2018 05:22

Wondering How the baby looks inside in the fourth month of pregnancy?

At the end of the 4th month, your baby is as tall as a Carrot and now it is almost 7 inches long.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:36

Did you know that the temperature in the amniotic sac where the fetus is present is slightly warmer than the mother at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit?

The uterus is well within the core of your body which holds your baby throughout the pregnancy. Its temperature is the same as our core body temperature which is about 98 degrees F. Your core body temperature does not change even when the outside of your body feels like its cold.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:32

How does your baby look this month

By the end of the 3rd month the baby is as big as a Plum fruit and 7.6 cm - 10 cm long but inside this body, all organs are already in place. The danger of miscarriage also begins to come down from this week. From this point on Biologists call the embryo a fetus.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:20

How does the baby look in the second month of pregnancy

The baby slowly becoming a human shape and now it is almost the size of a black-eyed bean. You may not feel it but your baby is in constant movement. By the end of the 2nd month, your baby is 1.5 cm to 2.5 cm in length.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 05:50

By the second month of Pregnancy, that is by the ninth week the brain cells have begun to form connections with each other. Did you know that at this point, 100,000 nerve cells are created every minute

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:42

Researchers have identified two genes that are associated with severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

The cause of the condition, which is experienced by about 2% of pregnant women, has not previously been identified.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:06

The brain is changing more rapidly when the baby is developing inside the mother's womb.  It is an active time for the fetus to grow and explore, and of course, connect to its mother. And new evidence from in-utero fetal brain scans shows, for the first time, that this connection directly affects brain development: A mother's stress during pregnancy changes neural connectivity in the brain of her unborn child.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 06:52

When a baby is born before 37 weeks of gestation, it is considered premature birth. 

Mothers in their early 30s have the lowest chance of having a premature baby, new research has found, with the risk rising significantly once the mother passes 40.

Records of more than 165,000 pregnant women were analyzed,

Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:57

The first month is an exciting time and also brings about changes in your body. There are hormonal changes taking place in your body. Some of the symptoms, like nausea and vomiting, fatigue and dizziness may be seen during this period. So make sure you are comfortable before starting on any new exercises.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 08:48

An average pregnancy lasts 280 days but a deviation of 14 days, either way, is possible. Every day a healthy male produces as much as 100 million sperms i.e 1000 sperms a second and a healthy woman all together menstruates approximately 400 times from early teenage years to menopause

Thursday, 22 March 2018 08:17

About the baby

Almost the size of a Rice Grain.

Your baby is 6-7 mm in length by the end of the first month of the pregnancy.

Two weeks after the menstrual period the follicle containing the ovum is ripe and roughly measures 2 cm in diameter and now begins to produce hormones. When the ovum is released by the follicle every month, it is captured by the fallopian tube and the ovum travels through the fallopian tube all the while being surrounded by nourishing cells.

Friday, 16 March 2018 09:47

Priya was in her 29th  week. Everything seemed to be going normally until now. But since today morning she started having bleeding and sudden onset of low abdominal pain. The pain was mild but definitely uncomfortable. The bleeding was mild, but bright red in color. She was very anxious and was able to feel very few movements of the baby. Her husband rushed her to the Doctor. The doctor examined her and ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound was to rule out Abruptio placenta.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:52

Anjali was pregnant for the first time The news of her pregnancy had just sunk into her. She had started taking iron-folic acid tablets for the past two days as instructed by the ANM after her checkup. She was terrified to see the color of her stools. It was black. She got very scared and rushed to her Doctor. She narrated her concern to her Doctor. Her Doctor laughed and said, “Anjali - Don’t be scared, the color of your stools is because of the iron tablets that you are taking” Iron is very important for you and for the developing baby.

Monday, 12 March 2018 05:03

Some women ask me if it normal for a pregnant woman to crave for non-food substances like dirt, mud, chalk, charcoal, wood, toothpaste etc. This craving for non-food substances is called Pica. Pica is also seen in children. The reason for Pica is still not clear but experts believe it could be related to some deficiencies. One of them being Iron deficiency.

Friday, 09 March 2018 10:38

The anemia of pregnancy is one of the anemias in adults where it is seen not due to some disease. To illustrate what happens to the blood volume during pregnancy, let us Imagine a beaker half filled with water and with say 12 grams of red color added to it. Now when you add 50% more water to the beaker but add only 3 grams of red color to it, the resultant solution is diluted. The same thing happens in Pregnancy. Although the plasma volume increases by 50% the red cell mass increases only by 15 to 25%. In a healthy pregnant woman, the plasma volume is thought to increase by almost 1250 ml. Her pre-pregnancy plasma volume would be close to 2600 ml. While the red cell mass increases by relatively much less, a rise of about 250 ml (some 18% of the non-pregnant volume) in women who take no supplemental iron, and between 400 and 450 ml when iron supplements are taken. Thus you see the dilution in the red cells.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:30

Oxytocin plays a crucial role in emotional bonding - whether it is between romantic partners, parents, and children, or even owners and their pets. The hormone called the "love hormone" is naturally released into our body when we make love or make new friends. But apart from its role in social bonding and reproduction, oxytocin also helps mothers give birth. During labor Oxytocin stimulates powerful contractions,  helping the cervix to dilate and open up in preparation for delivery. This is why it is often used as a drug to aid birth.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 09:36

Why do pregnant women have food cravings?

I remember the time when a friend of mine was pregnant and they lived in a remote area in the US. She had a craving for Masala Dosa one morning when she was in her 6th month. Indian restaurants were not very common and she made her husband drive 120 miles to an Indian restaurant. This is just one story, there are plenty of such stories i hear about pregnant women craving from sweet dishes, hot and spicy to sour items. Some women also have a craving for non-food items like chalk, mud, wood etc. This is called Pica.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:17

When a pregnant lady shows no signs of labor beyond 41 or 42 weeks of pregnancy, labor may be induced. Labour is also sometimes induced earlier if the mother has any conditions which may become increasingly complicated with increasing the time of pregnancy like Gestational diabetes or Twin pregnancy.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:09

Most pregnant women are worried when they enter into the eighth month of their pregnancy about the position of their baby. They are worried about when their baby would turn in to the head facing down position towards the birth canal ready for birth and delivery. This process can take place at different times for each mother and this causes nervousness and tension amongst pregnant women as they are unsure of when to expect this positioning to happen. I would like to cover this topic in this blog.

Friday, 16 February 2018 09:35

A woman undergoes a lot of hormonal changes during pregnancy. These changes could result in the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Mild vaginal discharge during pregnancy is normal. It is usually thin, white milky and mildly smelling and is called leucorrhea. This discharge is usually made up of secretions and old cells of the cervix and vagina, it may also have some harmless bacteria. It is said that some women may have increased white discharge as they approach delivery.

Friday, 16 February 2018 06:33

With more women pursuing an active career, and with busy schedules, it has become common to postpone pregnancy for a later time in life. I am sure you always wonder what is a right age for pregnancy. While there are no hard and fast rules about any age. Let us look at some advantages and disadvantages of both early ( age group of 20 - 25 ) and late pregnancy (35 -40 or above 40 )

Friday, 16 February 2018 05:11

In its new norms, the health organization has called for the elimination of the one centimetre per hour benchmark.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:45

Summer is here and being pregnant during summer months can make you more tired and hot. Pregnant women’s body temperature is usually higher than normal and to add to it the outside heat, can make them more dehydrated and feel uncomfortable.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:23

The menstrual cycle is a natural cycle and is seen to occur in a few mammals. Humans are one of the species who have this trait. Some species like dogs have an estrous cycle. They usually ovulate during this time and are fertile and are open to mating. They exhibit overt signs of receptivity, ranging from engorged and colorful genitals to behavioral changes like mating calls. It is termed as “ being in the Heat”

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:01

Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in the woman’s body. She can have symptoms from increased frequency of bowel movements to sometimes constipation, increased the frequency of urination, vomiting nausea and many more symptoms. While some are considered normal. There are a few symptoms which you may need to watch out for and consult with your Doctor.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:27

The first-trimester scan is usually done between 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy to confirm the dates of your pregnancy. Apart from dating the pregnancy, during this the scan the doctors also look for the location of the pregnancy.  In some women, the fertilized egg instead of getting implanted in the wall of the uterus may get implanted in one of the fallopian tubes which connect the ovary to the uterus.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 08:04

Although the precursor to heart begins to form in the embryo from 4 weeks. It may not be heard. It is still in the form of a tube. By the sixth week of pregnancy, this tube would have twisted turned and molded itself in a heart with 4 chambers and it may have actually begun to beat too, albeit at 110 to 120 beats per minute. In another two weeks i.e by 8 weeks, the heartbeat of the embryo increases to 150 -170 beats per minute.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:47

Exposure to light in the womb is essential for unborn babies to develop healthy eyes, according to new research.Eyes depend on light to see, and a new study on mice found that the eyes also need light for healthy development during pregnancy. When the fetus is growing inside the uterus, the visual system begins to form as early as week 4 of pregnancy.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 07:14

Feeling the baby move inside is probably the most thrilling moment of a pregnant woman’s life. Feeling a baby move inside is a sign of life. Most women begin to feel their baby move between 16 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movement is usually described by the mother initially when the baby is small as a flutter, a swish as the baby grows bigger, she can start feeling the kick.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 05:20

Some women are not very comfortable getting ultrasound examination done during Pregnancy. They have a feeling that it may hurt their baby. In fact it is the other way round, by getting timely ultrasound examination done you can identify any problems with the baby and try to mitigate it.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:15

One of my patients was in her 6th month of pregnancy and she had to travel to her hometown at that time. She was concerned about traveling during this time of her pregnancy and wanted my consent. Although it is fine to travel during pregnancy, it is always better to take some precautions while traveling.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 04:50

Pregnant women ask me if it is OK for them to take certain medication during pregnancy. It is always better to avoid unnecessary medication during pregnancy. While Doctors prescribe only those medications which are considered safe during pregnancy, meaning those which may not be able to pass through the blood of the mother to the baby. There may be some which escape and pass to the baby. While most of them even if they reach the baby may be safe, there are many which are a strict "NO" during pregnancy.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:07

Presentation of the baby is the part of the baby which appears first at the pelvic inlet during the birth. There are three broad categories

  1. Cephalic or head first which is most common
  2. Breech presentation where the baby’s buttocks appear first at the pelvic inlet during birth
  3. Shoulder - where the baby’s shoulder may be seen first.
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 06:53

My maid came up to me and asked me “ Madam - My sister-in-law is pregnant and she wants to make sure she has a fair child. What should she do, so she can have a fair child?The above thought of having a fair and beautiful child goes through every pregnant woman, especially in India. Somehow we, as a society give a lot of importance to the colour of a person.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:13

One of my subscribers who is pregnant and in her 6th month had a question for me regarding sleeping positions during pregnancy and if sleep pillows help. Sleeping during first trimester and last trimester of pregnancy can be challenging. In the first trimester,  the uterus is still inside the pelvis and the growing embryo in the womb puts pressure on the bladder and this can cause the urge for you to urinate every few hours.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:56

Women with PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) may have problems getting pregnant. Pregnancy happens when the sperm fertilizes the egg released by the ovary during ovulation, i.e  during the 12 to 16 day of the menstrual cycle. But in Women who are suffering from PCOD, Ovulation does not happen or happens rarely. So, no egg is released and thus no fertilization.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:10

Polycystic ovarian disease ( PCOD) is a common cause of infertility. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. Because, they have irregular cycles, usually they don't ovulate regularly.  As the egg is not released every month, the chances of pregnancy decreases.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:43

Hormonal changes within the body are responsible for regulation of Menstrual Cycle. Every month the female sex hormones prepare the body to support a pregnancy, and without fertilization there is menstruation

On Day 1 of the menstrual cycle that is the first day of bleeding, estrogen, and progesterone levels are low. Low levels of estrogen and progesterone signal the pituitary gland in our brain to produce Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH, as the name indicates, begins the process of maturing a follicle in the ovary(fluid-filled sac in the ovary containing an egg).

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:17

Pregnant women are always confused about the right diet for a healthy pregnancy. It is pretty hard to think about food when due to some pregnancy hormones, the sight of food could make some women nauseous. But, on the bright side, many women crave for food and sometimes, develop a liking for some foods which were never on their wish list before pregnancy.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:01

1 out of 3 babies is born with the cord around the neck. For most babies, it does not matter at all if there is a chord around the neck. Most of the time the chord is long.  The average umbilical cord length is around 50-60 centimeters long, and baby is able to handle the stress of labor fairly well as long as labor goes about in its own phase.

Monday, 22 January 2018 10:56

When the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby is too less then it is called oligohydramnios. The amount of amniotic fluid increases until the beginning of the third trimester and generally peaks at 37 weeks at which point it is about 800-1000ml. After that, it begins to decrease until birth

Monday, 22 January 2018 08:59

Mild to moderate polyhydramnios can be harmless and pregnancy may go on with out any complications but, severe polyhydramnios where the fluid is more than 3 times normal like around 3 liters or so can lead to complications and premature labor. Polyhydramnios is usually seen later in pregnancy

Monday, 22 January 2018 08:12

Many pregnant women are concerned about their baby getting hurt with the slightest blow to their abdomen. It is a valid concern, but at the same time, it is good to know, that nature has an amazing way to protect your foetus. The baby is surrounded in the uterus by amniotic fluid , which is present with in the amniotic sac.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 08:07

What are antenatal vitamins and Do I need to take them?

Antenatal vitamins are vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements useful for women who are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy or are breastfeeding. Women who are planning a pregnancy should be given pre-conception advice, which includes information on folic acid and vitamin D supplements along with healthy and nutritious eating. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018 07:33

A baby bot at the time of birth already has numerous immature sperm cells called spermatogonia. The pituitary gland is responsible for male sexual maturation too. Did you know that every day a man produces almost 10 million sperms, i.e almost 1000 sperms a second? Each sperm carries genetic material from the father. Sperms are produced in the seminiferous tubules of the Testes.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:52

Many of my viewers are concerned about the weight of the fetus during their pregnancy. On an everyday basis, I get at least two to three questions from my subscribers, about this. Hence decided to write a blog on the weight of the fetus, what is normal and what is considered small for gestation.Every baby is different and babies grow at different rates from early pregnancy. The weight of the baby inside the uterus is calculated by a formula which takes in to account the head circumference, abdominal circumference,

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:35

Pregnant women undergo certain tests to rule out Downs syndrome in the baby. This can be usually identified by two kinds of tests

1. Non-invasive test

2. Invasive test.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:58

Chromosomal abnormalities can occur during the crossover of the genetic material of the ovum and sperm during fertilization. The pairs of chromosomes may not connect well or may break off.  This damage to the chromosomes at this stage may lead to the natural expulsion of the embryo as the pregnancy cannot proceed normally and may end in the form of an early miscarriage.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:47

Babies can be born naturally by vaginal birth or in some cases where the natural birth is not possible for reasons relating to the risk associated with the life of the mother or baby, the doctor may have to resort to Cesarean section. Once a rarely performed procedure, only for obstetric emergencies, C-section today is performed more commonly. In India the recent data from the National Family Health Survey 2014-15 (NFHS-4)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:22

You have delivered a baby, and I am sure you are overwhelmed looking at your bundle of joy, You may be tired and emotionally strained. but all is not over. Postpartum care or care after delivery is most important in regaining your strength back. Post delivery, the mother should spend her time mostly on taking care of herself and her baby, while she gets help from her mother, spouse friends to take care of everything else for her. This is the time for her to recuperate. Her body has gone through enormous changes during pregnancy, both physically and emotionally.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:08

Women who have diabetes during pregnacy are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and ischemic heart disease, warns a recent study.  The findings indicated that women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) were over 20 times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later in life,

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:21

While some bleeding is expected after delivery, heavy bleeding or hemorrhage i.e loss of more than 500 to 1000 ml of blood within the first 24 hours after delivery is defined as post part hemorrhage. Because of the loss of so much blood, the women may have signs of low blood volume, including palpitations, breathlessness. In extreme conditions, the women may go in to shock,

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:01

Seeing your little one for the first time can be a very emotional moment. So, now that you have bought your baby to this world, what can you as a mother expect in the next few days. Post part period usually begins immediately after delivery and lasts for a few weeks and months following your baby’s birth. Your body has gone through enormous changes during pregnancy. 

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:50

You are almost ready for delivery and the labour pains could start anytime. Today is the last day of your 39th week and the beginning of your 40th week. You will have pain in your lower back and contractions in the lower abdomen. If extreme pain then rushes to your doctor ASAP. You will also experience pain in the vaginal area and also have contractions. You will feel contractions for 30 to 45 secs

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:47

This week the baby is almost fully developed. How many more weeks for your delivery? Don’t worry - It is going to be probably a few days more. You are also experiencing increased frequency of urination, breast pain, swelling in your hands and legs and acidity. If all these symptoms increase then do contact your Doctor. The ultrasound shows the baby’s 3.2 kgs and is almost 21 inches in height.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:44

From this week onwards the baby is considered full term and is supposed to be fully developed. Do not worry about the growth of the baby, if she delivers this week. In this week the baby almost puts on 30 grams per day.You can feel some changes in your breast. This is because she needs to breastfeed the baby after delivery and the milk is already being produced in the breast.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:24

This is the 36th week and the baby is in the head down position and is lying on the bones of the pelvis. You are a little tired. You have been pregnant for the past 9 months and waiting to have a healthy baby. If you are worried about the health of the baby then don’t worry. It is very normal for every pregnant woman

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:21

For the last 4 weeks, You have been going for checkups to the hospital every week. You are going to get checked levels of the amniotic fluid and also urine for sugar and protein and your BP every time. This week you may complaints of acidity, backache, and pain in the vaginal area. Pain is because the baby has descended to the lower part of the uterus and this is called lightening.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:16

Your baby is safe as the baby born any time after this week will be able to survive well. The ultrasound shows the baby in the head down position and is approximately 2.2 kgs in weight and 19 inches long. Baby also has deposition of fat under its skin,  this will help the baby to keep the temperature normal. The doctor will show you baby taking hiccups.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:13

So this is the beginning of the 9th month. The doctor checks your weight. You have gained almost 10 kgs from your pre-pregnancy weight. This is good. You may see an increase in weight by another 2 to 2.5 kgs in the next few weeks. Pregnant women may increase in weight by 450 grams and the baby also may gain weight especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:07

This is the 32nd week and you are almost ready for delivery. This means you are in your 8th month. You will feel a lot of uterine contractions during the day. Don't’ be scared. These contractions are practice contractions which the uterus does preparing for delivery. Moving around a little will decrease the contractions. Do not stand or sit in one place for a long time and rest as much as possible.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:04

You are very hungry and feel like having something yummy and sour. Make sure that your food contains lots of vegetables as the next few weeks of pregnancy is very important and the weight of the baby and the mother tends to increase. Till now you have gained almost 9.5 kgs and this weight includes the weight of the baby, placenta fat, uterus and amniotic fluid.

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:01

You might feel little depressed in this week, which is the 30th week of your pregnancy. This is pretty normal for some pregnant women. You may get little concerned about your growing weight. You may also feel very tired. Light walking in the morning, along with yoga can help in relieving this tiredness. You should take breaks while walking.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:57

This is 29th week. The baby is 1.8 kgs in weight and closes to 19 inches in height. Baby is slowly accumulating more fat and has less transparent skin. By the time the baby is born it would have doubled its weight. You may be feeling the kick of the baby very well. You have to do kick count two times in a day from now on.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:54

In this week the doctor tells you a few things about gestational diabetes. 2 to 3 % of pregnant women could have gestational diabetes. That is the reason that all pregnant women are checked for gestational diabetes. This GD is usually seen during 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. GD is because of pregnancy hormones released by the placenta.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:50

In these last few weeks, you have to keep an eye on your food and your well being, as the baby is getting its nutrition from you. So you have to take very good food. Eat lot of fruits and vegetables and avoid fatty foods. Baby is gaining weight and in the last few weeks the baby can gain close to 250 grams weight every week.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:45

This is Your 26th week. Your uterus is almost above your umbilicus. You may be feeling tired this week. This could be due to your increasing weight. You may also be having muscular pain. This is also normal during pregnancy. If the pain increases and persists for a long time without relief, inform your doctor and seek her advice.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:26

This is Your 25th week. Your body is going through a lot of changes. In comparison with your second trimester, You could be beginning to experience more pain and tiredness now. When You go to your Doctor, She will check Your weight and Blood pressure. The doctor may also check the growth of the baby, by checking the height of the funds of the uterus from outside.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:24

Many women ask me about Amniocentesis. They are scared of the very thought of a needle used to draw fluid from the abdomen. In this blog, I want to discuss the basics of Amniocentesis. Why and how it is done. Don't forget to watch our video on this topic on our channel.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:21

This is Your 24th week. This week the doctor may get a glucose test done for you during your checkup. The doctor draws your blood for testing for gestational diabetes. Most of the time this test is done in the 24th week. Gestational diabetes is seen in 2 to 3 % of the pregnant women. Gestational diabetes can be controlled and usually disappears after delivery.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:18

The Urine pregnancy test which can be easily done at home is called a Home pregnancy test. This test can be done 5 to 7 days after you miss your period. There are several pregnancy test kits available in the market. You can buy these test strips in any pharmacy over the counter. All home pregnancy tests read the same thing:  they measure the level of a hormone called HCG

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:16

This is Your 23rd week. Till now the baby looks very shrivelled as the baby still has not got much fat in its skin and the skin seems transparent, and we can see the blood vessels through the skin. But as time passes, more and more fat gets deposited under the skin and the baby gains weight and by birth is nice and chubby. baby is 11 inches long and 500 grams in weight by the end of this week.

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:11

This is your 22nd week and you are in the middle of your 2nd trimester. You may have some breast pain. When you to your check-up this week, the doctor may check your weight. She may also do a urine test for sugar and albumin. She will check the height of your abdomen and with this, the Doctor will be able to judge the growth of the baby and gestational age of the baby.

Monday, 15 January 2018 08:16

This is the 21st week. Are you eager to know what the baby eats while in your tummy? Well, you will be surprised to know that your little baby is actually drinking some amount of amniotic-fluid every day and keeping its digestive system active. And it is said that the taste of the amniotic fluid is dependent on the diet of the mother. So you have to eat nutritious and delicious food.

Monday, 15 January 2018 07:32

Many pregnant women ask me questions about placenta and sometimes about various positions of a placenta. The placenta nourishes the baby through pregnancy and typically attaches to the uterus in the back i.e posterior of the uterus. But sometimes the placenta can get attached anywhere else in the uterus like the sides, top, bottom. When it is attached at the bottom

Friday, 12 January 2018 09:12

Many pregnant women may experience pain in their lower abdomen or groin area, while this can be very irritating and bothersome, this pain is typically common, and not usually cause for concern. Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy to make room for the growing baby.  It is not uncommon to have sometimes severe bouts of pain in these areas.

Friday, 12 January 2018 08:42

Many women can't give up their coffee or tea. While it is OK to consume may be glass or two of coffee or Tea, it is very important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water too. Teas, sodas and alcoholic beverages can act as a diuretic and too much consumption can lead to dehydration. Once you become pregnant, you definitely want to increase your water consumption.

Friday, 12 January 2018 08:29

When you are in your 9th month of pregnancy, you go through mixed feelings of anxiety, happiness and this period is also a time when you are most uncomfortable physically, as you are big and have to carry this extra weight around. Pregnant women in their last trimester are also not very comfortable sleeping.  Trying to find a comfortable position and getting a good night of sleep is tough for many pregnant women,

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:50

Whether you are pregnant or not, Vitamin D is very important for health.  Since women are outside less during the colder months, It is especially important to continue taking your vitamins during winter and along with it your calcium too.  The best place to get Vitamin D is from the sun, but the lack of sunlight and exposure to the sunlight can prevent everyone from getting enough vitamin D.

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:28

You are almost halfway through your pregnancy. It is time to feel good and relaxed and enjoy your pregnancy.  Your uterus may be felt almost close to your belly button.  This week symptoms of vomiting and nausea may also have come down.  You would have increased close to 3 kgs from your pre-pregnancy weight. In the second trimester, you may gain almost 1 kg every month.

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:11

This is your 19th week. The baby is growing rapidly. By the end of this week, the baby is probably 8 to 9 inches long and 600 grams in weight. The baby’s kidneys could also have begun functioning now and making urine and the baby’s head could have some hairs on it. The brain would have also developed by now and muscles would also be developing.

Friday, 12 January 2018 06:58

This is the 18th week. You may be feeling a lot hungry this week. This happens because the baby is being supported by the mother. You have to take care of what you eat as the baby is getting all its nutrition from you. You may also begin to gain weight. You should remember to stay active and do some mild exercises like walking and yoga and also avoid fatty foods. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 06:51

 It is cold outside and you are in your last trimester. Being a full term in winter can carry a few risks and you may need to take some precautions and extra care.  The weather being cold outside, it is especially important for you to stay warm.  The immunity of pregnant women is usually suppressed, and thus they are more prone to infections.

Friday, 12 January 2018 06:25

Many women complain of lack of sleep during the last trimester of pregnancy. The lack of sleep can be due to various reasons from stress about the childbirth and also the added responsibility you will have in future, to just being uncomfortable due to the huge size of your belly.  Lack of sleep in some women may be because of heartburn and may make the lady sit up all night.

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:45

You may experience a backache, leg pain, and increasing hunger. The uterus can be felt almost below your umbilicus. The backache could be because of the increase in your weight. You should lie down and take rest and this usually brings down the pain. You should also watch your diet and try to take many meals a day but in small quantities. You need to keep your blood sugar levels normal all the time.

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:35

Would like to bring your notice to a few test which need to be done in this week. The 16th week of pregnancy is very important and Doctors usually test for Down's syndrome and spina bifida in the baby during this week. This is a blood test done on the mother and does not cause any harm to the baby. You may get the results of the test in a week to 10 days. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:30

Times have changed and there are many women in the workforce now than before. Women want to preserve their maternity leave for after delivery and try to come to work till they deliver. While it is good to be active and keep your mind occupied, You may be trying to squeeze in every last second to get work done before the baby is born. If work is not too stressful and you have a handle on it than great!

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:12

Well! You are in your last trimester and may be feeling you have been pregnant forever now. The good news is - you have another couple of months to go, the not so good news is you have to be extra careful now. This is the time the baby gains weight and is growing rapidly. This is also the time when you need to take care of a few things.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:57

This is 15th week. What has happened the last 14 weeks - to know this don't forget to see our blogs.

Pregnant women are vulnerable to infections, so take care when you go to crowded places. If you happen to catch a cold or fever. See your doctor. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:46

From this week on, you may look big.  You may also be feeling hungry a little bit. Time to get pampered - Ask your mom, spouse, your friends or well wishers to cook something delicious for you.  But, make sure you eat nutritious food, as the growth of the baby and the nutrition of the baby is dependent on the food you eat.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:40

You may be inquisitive to know what will happen in the 13th week of pregnancy. This could be the week you would be sharing the good news with all your friends if you have not already shared yet.  Some women may begun to feel baby’s kicks in the 13th week of pregnancy. If you don't feel anything yet, don't worry...  Every pregnant woman is different and their experiences can also differ.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:45

This is the 12th week meaning the last week of her first trimester. The problems bothering you all these weeks like, nausea, vomiting, increased frequency of urination will all usually start coming down this week and you may begin to feel good both physically and mentally. You may be able to notice a slight bump in your lower abdomen and your weight may also increase.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:06

This is the 11th week of pregnancy. From this week, as the morning sickness comes down, your weight may begin to increase. You should have gained close to 1.5 kgs from your pre-pregnancy weight. t

The fertilized zygote is now multi-cellular and is almost 2.5 inches in height and may have begun to move his or her hands and legs inside the uterus,

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 05:00

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Pregnant women are usually very concerned about their nutrition and if what they eat is enough for the health and growth of their baby. Although eating nutritious and staying active during pregnancy is the mantra for a healthy pregnancy. Some women may develop Gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:18

Vaginal bleeding during the first three months of pregnancy can usually signal miscarriage, although there are cases of bleeding during implantation of the placenta, which is usually, slight bleeding and it gets better on its own. So, it is always better to contact your doctor and let him or her have a look. Slight bleeding or spotting can be usually treated and pregnancy may continue.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:45

I can imagine you looking at those two red lines on the pregnancy kit. Congratulations! You are Pregnant!  I am sure you are excited and can’t wait to share the news with your spouse and your dear ones….After the initial excitement, it is time to pick up the phone and make an appointment with your doctor. It is also the time to focus on your health and the health of your baby growing inside you.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:26

You have seen what has happened in the last 9 weeks of pregnancy and also how the baby has been developing in the last 9 weeks. What happens in the 10th week?

I am sure you are very anxious to share the good news of your pregnancy with your friends and relatives. But it is better for you to wait for some more time.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:20

This is the 9th week of pregnancy. Your weight would have increased a little in this week. This week you could also have some food cravings. You may have to see your Doctor this week and the Doctor could do one ultrasound on you. You may be able to see and hear the beating of your baby’s heart for the first time. This could be a happy moment for you and could be

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:17

In this week you may be experiencing vomiting, breast pain and increased frequency of urination. Nausea and vomiting is because of the hormones relating to pregnancy and also because of the increased production of acid in the stomach and decreased digestion. Eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce nausea and vomiting. The doctor may also prescribe some vitamin tablets for the relief of vomiting.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:12

Although the pregnancy test is positive it is wise to announce the pregnancy a few weeks later.  Nobody can even make out that you are pregnant from outside. You could be feeling a little tired.

The baby’s eyes, retina, and lens has already developed. Placenta has already begun to function

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:07

What happens in the 6th week of pregnancy. This week you could get your pregnancy confirmed either by the blood test or by urine pregnancy test. 

So how is the embryo developing in your uterus? The embryo is the size of a sesame seed and is dividing into 3 layers. The upper layer forms into the future brain and spinal chord of the baby.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:14

You may not have got your periods this week. You could be feeling tired and nauseated. You may feel like having a few food items and vomit at the sight of some food items. You may be having frequency of urination and breast pain and feel happy sometimes and be depressed sometimes. You may feel like crying and also scared at times. The fatigue in pregnant women

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:36

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience, a journey where every day is a new day with a different experience. Women go through a range of emotions, food cravings, food aversions and not to mention, all kinds of pains. In this blog, I would like to briefly touch upon the various reasons for the back pain which many women experience during pregnancy.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:26

Pregnancy brings with it a lot of emotional and physical symptoms and signs. One of them, which women don't talk about much is the stretch marks. Stretch marks - These are those pink or red streaks you may notice on your abdomen, thighs, and breasts during pregnancy. They may diminish over time, but may not completely disappear. They are also called as Striae gravidarium,

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:20

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 60 to 80 million couples worldwide currently suffer from infertility1. Infertility varies across regions of the world and is estimated to affect 8 to 12 per cent of couples worldwide.The WHO estimates the overall prevalence of primary infertility in India to be between 3.9 and 16.8 percent

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:14

Did you know that the sex of the child is actually determined by the sperm of the father? Sperm carries the genetic blueprint for the gender. The gender of the baby is determined at the moment of fertilization of the sperm and the egg. Each of us - Male or female started as an embryo, developed from the fertilization of the sperm and the egg. Both the internal and external sex organs are formed early in pregnancy and by the fifth month of pregnancy, if the baby growing is a female, then all the eggs she will ever produce in her life ( around five million of them)

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:08

Progesterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. When a woman gets pregnant, it begins to be produced by the placenta too. Progesterone hormone helps in preparing the body for pregnancy and conception. When not pregnant, it helps in regulating the menstrual cycle. Not producing enough progesterone can cause difficulty getting or staying pregnant. Progesterone levels fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle.

Monday, 08 January 2018 11:54

You must have heard about the story of  Baby Abhimanyu listening to his mother and his uncle’s conversation while in Utero and solving the Chakravyuha. The earbuds begin to appear very early and may be seen by an ultrasound as early as 10 weeks, and it is said that the baby may be able to hear some frequencies of sound from as early as it may be 20 to 22 weeks.

Monday, 08 January 2018 11:48

What are the symptoms of Pregnancy?

Starting pregnancy on a healthy note can make the next nine months lot easier. Taking a pregnancy test is the only sure way to know that you are pregnant. There are some early symptoms of pregnancy, but it may not be seen in all pregnant women. Symptoms are things which you experience, while signs are the changes seen in your body by the doctor.

Friday, 05 January 2018 07:05

Around 5 million sperms are seen in the ejaculate of a man. The sperms released during an ejaculation, swim their way from the vagina to the fallopian tube. Their end goal is to fertilize the ovum -the egg of the female. But, to reach the end goal, they have to pass through multiple hurdles - the recesses in the cervix, vagina, and the uterus or the White blood cells which may be present in the woman, if she is suffering from any infection. 

Friday, 05 January 2018 06:56

In a normal pregnancy, the egg after fertilization with the sperm gets implanted in the wall of the uterus. The uterus becomes the home for the fertilized egg to develop into a fetus over the next nine months. But in some women, the fertilized egg instead of getting implanted in the wall of the uterus may get implanted in one of the fallopian tubes which connect the ovary to the uterus. It may also get implanted on the ovaries, outside the uterus. This is then called Ectopic pregnancy. So an ectopic or tubal pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus.

Friday, 05 January 2018 06:54

Pre-eclampsia happens in pregnant women usually after 20 weeks of gestation. So what is Pre-Eclampsia? Pre-Eclampsia is the increased blood pressure and occurrence of protein in the urine, during pregnancy for the first time. Various organs of the mother can also be injured, like the eye, liver, Kidney, and brain. While some women may not show any symptoms, there may be some women who could show a few symptoms.

Friday, 05 January 2018 06:49

Kick Counts -
Many first-time moms, may not feel the baby kicks, till their pregnancy is close to 25 weeks. But second or third-time moms may feel their baby kick by 18 weeks itself, as they already have felt it in the earlier pregnancies and know what to expect. Many of my viewers have asked the question - How do you I know if my baby is moving enough? Is there a way we can monitor the growth of the baby ourselves?

Friday, 01 December 2017 11:43

Routine antenatal care is very important to reduce maternal and fetal complications. Hypothyroidism can adversely affect the health of the baby and the mother if not identified and treated before and during pregnancy. It is very important that a woman is screened for thyroid deficiencies ideally while she is planning to get pregnant. The baby is completely dependent on the maternal thyroid hormones especially during the first three months of pregnancy. So this may put an additional strain on the mother and could lead to further deficiency if not identified and corrected promptly.

Friday, 01 December 2017 11:43

Should I drink coffee during pregnancy?

Some doctors suggest you don’t drink any caffeine during pregnancy and others advise limited consumption. Caffeine is a stimulant, so it increases your blood pressure and heart rate, which is not recommended during pregnancy. Caffeine use can also lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:06

An unhealthy lifestyle during pregnancy can lead to excessive weight gain, gestational diabetes, lower back pain, high blood pressure and other conditions during pregnancy. Pregnancy is probably one of the best time to make the shift to a healthy lifestyle. The lifestyle, that you have been probably planning for a while but put it off. You now have a great reason to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:06

PCOD is one of the reasons for infertility in women. Women with PCOD have anovulatory menstrual cycles, i.e In these women, there is no release of the ovum from the ovary every month. They have multiple small cysts fluid filled sac-like structures in their ovaries.  In fact, the word “Poly” means Many. These cysts occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:06

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey of your life. Enjoy every moment of it. There will be ups and downs during this journey but go with a positive attitude.
Some simple things to keep in mind during your pregnancy to keep yourself fit and healthy.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:06

What is the calorie requirement and what is a healthy weight gain for pregnant women?  This is the question bothering many pregnant women. Well, Calorie requirement differs from person to person, depending upon several factors like age, body composition and level of physical activity and much more. The general recommendation as far as the calorie intake is concerned is that non-pregnant women require about 2000 calories per day.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:05

Pregnancy is a wonderful journey, but for some women, sadly, the journey could end prematurely in an abortion or miscarriage. According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages happen during the first trimester that is before 13 weeks.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:05

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy also called as morning sickness is pretty common and is seen in more than 60% pregnant women. The term “Morning sickness” does not necessarily mean that the pregnant woman has nausea only in the morning. Nausea and vomiting are seen sometimes throughout the day. Pregnant women experience morning sickness as early as few weeks

Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:09

Do you know that by the time you come to know that you are pregnant that is - by the time your pregnancy test comes out as positive, you are already 4 weeks pregnant?  You may experience all symptoms of pregnancy or sometimes you may not have any signs of pregnancy. That is why it is very important to see a Doctor and get your pregnancy confirmed. This time is very important for the growth of the embryo.

Sunday, 15 January 2017 07:04

In this week the fertilized egg gets implanted in the wall of the Uterus and begins to divide into various cells. A woman may not have any signs or symptoms of pregnancy. She can wait for another week or two to get a pregnancy test done. There are two types of Pregnancy tests. The first one is Urine or Home pregnancy test. This test can be done at home.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 06:57

Let us see what happens in the second week of Pregnancy. There are a lot of changes in a pregnant woman's body relating to the increase in hormones. 

With Doctor’s advice, she should start her exercise routine like walking and also makes changes in her food habits.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 06:44

 This is the story of pregnancy from conception to the birth of a child. What does a pregnant woman experience in each week of her pregnancy, How is the growth of her baby in each week of her pregnancy? We will start with the first week of pregnancy. The conception has still not taken place in the first week of pregnancy. It is still the preparation for pregnancy.

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