C-Sections Are Best With a Little Labor, a Study Says!

C-section delivery operation

A new research says that c section process is completely safe and reduce the different risk factor, which has enhance the ratio of child birth in last decades.

C-section surgery

In old days, there was the different perspective for s- section deliveries. Only a few recommend the C-section due to the post deliveries risk factors.  It was considered one of the major surgeries.  On the other hand, nowadays C section has become normal with progress in the field of surgery. Even though vaginal birth should be the first preference if a mother doesn’t have any complication or there are no issues with your labor.  In addition, overall a C-section is perfectly safe too for mothers and baby.

C-sections are safe

C-section delivery

Regardless of C-section being a major surgery, this is a very well controlled procedure.  An Anaesthesiologist will make sure that you are relaxed and stable during the whole procedure. And your gynaecologist with required specialists will do the surgery.  This procedure could save you from any type of complication in pregnancy. A new mother and new-born baby will safe completely. Now a day’s surgery procedure has improved and counter minimum risk factor.  Medical science has enriched with latest technology and software that support the procedure.  Even though C-section cut will heal fast with the skin glue or dissolving stitching.  And now a day, doctors recommend starting standing after 24 hours of the procedure. Your doctor will tell you about the benefits of stay active, it will prevent the blood clot problems or any numbness issues.

No need for the vaginal recovery

C section procedure-Vaginal recovery

There is no need of vaginal recovery after C section procedure.  It seems to undergo surgery have a lot of advantages with little labor.  There will be comparatively less bleeding in the first few days after Caesarean Birth. This delivery process may save you the worry about destroying the area between the back passage, perineum and the vagina in most of the cases. Nevertheless, labor pains exist during Caesarean Birth too and they are as intense as vaginal birth labor pains window.  But anyhow There will be fewer problems mentally and let you enjoy the day of childbirth. A new mother does not need to do vaginal recovery exercises to get in natural shape which will get damaged in the natural process.

Bonding with your baby is getting easier with C-section births

C-section  child birth

Many hospitals offer family cantered known as “gentle C-section”.   It means hospitals will let the mom do skin to skin with the baby immediately after birth. And this could be the best thing for baby and mother both as long as no complications arise.  It will help the new mother to start nursing as soon as possible. It will enhance the bonding of baby and mother easily after delivery. Anaesthesiologist will make easy your Caesarean period and do whatever possible to make calm and relaxed during Caesarean-section delivery.

Infections Are Not Transmitted

Caesarean delivery - less infection

In Caesarean, there is very less probability of transmitting the infection.  If Mother is infected with any kind of diseases or viral, then C-section declines the risk of the infection passing over from the mother to the baby. And if during pregnancy mother has diseases like HIV, then there is more possibility to secure the baby with Caesarean delivery. If a mother has such issues, it is recommended to discuss to doctor at prior and stay updated.

Less discomfort

caesarean operation-Less discomfort

The caesarean operation also lowers the risk of birth injuries such as asphyxia (oxygen deprivation) and other problems like shoulder dystocia, fractures and, Seligman in some cases. In addition, caesarean section operations actually prevent pelvic floor disorders. And that problems are still somewhat controversial. According to the study, if women have had surgery for incontinence prior to pregnancy, it is recommended to go for C-section in order to avoid re-injury. The caesarean operation also reduces the risk of injury to the vagina, which will help the mother to improve the bonding with the partner after pregnancy.  The risk of pain during sex and bowel problems is no higher than for a vaginal birth process.

C section does not lead to damage to the pelvic floor, which is happening in the natural birth process.  C-section will prevent all such kind of issues and traumatic experiences of the new mother during the vaginal birth process.

 Experts warn that it doesn’t mean you should go for Caesarean unless it’s required.  But don’t get panic with the name of Caesarean.  It is easy, fast and safe too.

Five Facts about Female Fertility That Might Surprise You

Female Fertility

Woman fertility is described as the ability to conceive a biological child successfully.  Female and her partner might question the rate of fertility if the couple has been trying to get pregnant with frequent and unprotected sex for more than 6 months or more than that.  And if the female is more than 35 than there may be different issues.

Female Fertility

This is known that females are most fertile before the age of 30 as the study says.  And after 30, fertility starts to decrease with time due to many reasons like lifestyle, the rate of physical activity, stress level and many more.  In addition, after 35 fertility declines more significantly and increases the risk of miscarriage.

Approx. 6-12 Menstrual Cycles to Conceive

It can take 6-12 menstrual cycles to conceive naturally. This fact is based on the average studies of female fertility.  It could possibly in one cycle too but Taking a few cycles to conceive is normal.

Menstrual Cycles to Conceive

Couples of normal fertility who are appropriately aiming the fertile times up to six cycles to conceive approximately. Couples need to monitor times of fertility and take guidance from gynaecologist specialist to reduce the time. And have patience, Don’t get anxious if you started trying 2 months ago and unable to get the result. Find the great resource in understanding your times of peak fertility. Do some study and use the strips to check the fertility peak.

Weight Management with Menstruation Cycle

Menstruation Cycle

Are you Surprised!  Yes, more than 20 % infertility cases have rooted in weight issues. It is not only the overweight problems but malnourished or over exercised could be the main root of your problem.  Weight management is directly connected to the menstruation cycle. An irregular period should not be ignored at any age; it could cause the problem or could say irregular period comes due to problems. So always make sure about all fact of periods like – Is your period irregular? Heavy? Light? Always late or always early?  And If a female see herself in any window then please check with the gynecologist.  In most of the cases, Irregular periods are typically ignored by women. An irregular period can be symptomatic of a causal health condition with impact on fertility.

Ovulation On Time

Ovulation On Time

Do you know a minimum of 22 percent body fat is necessary for normal ovulation and reproductive competence?  Yes, On the other hand, being overweight can alter hormone chemistry and help prevent ovulation on time. And the good news is that shedding or gaining weight could easily cure weight-related infertility. To know more about ovulation on time and your fertility rate, female could go for tests or ultrasounds to get the current status. Ovulation study is very necessary to conceive on time if a female is unable to get the result after many tries. It is recommended to contact gynaecologist specialist to learn about the process or symptoms body gives that particular time. It could increase the chance of conceiving.

Age Factor

Age Factor

Age factor has the direct relation with a fertility of the woman.  All females are more likely to fertile during in the twenties and after that, It starts declining.  It is important to know about the benefits of right age conceiving.  But It could not say that after an age, the female will not become the mother.  Problems could come likely with age factor.  Experts say that 10 to 30 % of women become major infertility problems with age factor but not all.  Under the good guidance of gynecologist, women could conceive easily. Here could some other factors which impact the fertility of the woman. Besides if you are planning and not getting the result, then adopt some healthy habits and food and follow the instruction of your doctor to get the result.

 Healthy Lifestyle

 

 Healthy Lifestyle

The healthy lifestyle is a must for all age woman to improve fertility. And good lifestyle indicates the healthy and balanced diet with balanced physical activity. lifestyle choices give a huge impact on fertility.  When start planning to get pregnant, the woman may wonder about her fertility and whether it could improve or not. Around a few factors might be beyond your control due to some reasons, such as medical issues that disturb the ability to conceive overall. Nevertheless, some good lifestyle choices can have an effect on fertility too.

It recommended to all females, who are planning for the baby, go for regular check-ups.  Choose the healthy lifestyle and make you aware about the basic information, that has to know before conceive.

Vaginal Birth Vs. C-Section: Pros & Cons

Cesarean and normal delivery

Aha! That’s the feeling of pregnancy for the first time. These fortunate moments can never be expressed fully in words. At the same time, there are lot of doubts and fears which a woman develops about her pregnancy.

Vaginal delivery and C-Section

 

Common Fears during Pregnancy

Don’t be scared with your fears as it is natural. The same happens with every other pregnant woman too.

  • How safe is my baby?
  • Will I be able to survive the labor pain?
  • Will I have a normal delivery?
  • What if I get the C-sec surgery?
  • Will I be able to take care of my newborn?

When it’s time for Baby’s birth

When your 9 months period of pregnancy is almost over, it’s time for the baby to step into your world. This can happen in two ways:

  • Either a vaginal birth or normal delivery;
  • Or a surgical delivery by Cesarean section

The successful delivery is beyond the method of delivery but the ultimate goal is to ensure that the baby is healthy and so is the mother.

Let’s have some more clarity on the Pros and Cons of both these methods.

PROS OF VAGINAL DELIVERY

For Mother

  • The skin to skin contact during vaginal delivery ensures a stronger bond between the mother and the baby.
  • The recovery time is much lesser. The mother may feel fully recovered and energetic in almost a week.
  • The scarring and stitches are eliminated in this procedure. Thus the number of hospital visits are also fewer. 

For Baby

  • The baby is prepared to come out of the womb.
  • When the baby is being pushed out from the vagina, the lungs expel the amniotic fluids filled in them. This helps in allowing normal breathing of the baby and reduces chances of respiratory problems.
  • Breastfeeding is possible immediately after the birth.
  • The child is less prone to allergies.
  • The baby ingests some protective bacteria while coming out of the womb. This helps boost the child’s immunity.

CONS OF VAGINAL DELIVERY

For Mother

  • The time of childbirth remains uncertain; and it cannot be scheduled.
  • Labor process requires the mother to bear immense pain of labor and go through physical stress. The duration of labor may vary from an hour or two hours of pushing to almost 18 hours before your baby is born.
  • Injuries may be sustained during delivery and this may cause sexual problems.
  • Complications may arise during labor pain affecting baby’s heart rate. Such situations may demand emergency C-section.

For Baby

  • If the baby is large, there are chances of needing assistance during delivery with suction cups or forceps.
  • The baby can suffer from injuries like dislocation of bone etc. while passing through the vagina.
  • There is a risk of birth trauma.

vaginal birth and Cesarean delivery

PROS OF C-SECTION DELIVERY

For Mother

  • If it is a planned procedure, parents get the advantage of planning the birth.
  • It eliminates the long hours of labor and the stress which comes along with it.
  • Sexual problems are avoided in this process.

For Baby

  • The baby is safer from physical injuries during delivery.
  • The baby gets protected from any infections which can be transmitted from the mother.

CONS OF C-SECTION DELIVERY

For Mother

  • It has a longer recovery period which requires stay at hospital for 3 to 4 days after delivery. After discharge from hospital, the body may take around six weeks’ time to heal completely.
  • Breastfeeding is a great experience of motherhood. In case of C-section, the breastfeeding process might be delayed till the drugs are cleared from the blood stream. Breastfeeding has an impact on the bonding between the mother and the baby.
  • Blood loss and risk of infection is higher. This also means that the number of hospital visits is increased.
  • The mortality rates for both babies and mother is higher.

For Baby

  • The human intervention in the process of birth may not be aligned with the baby’s expectation of coming out of the mother’s womb.
  • In some cases, the baby is seen facing respiratory problems.

Now that you know the pros and cons of both the methods, relax and strengthen your emotional bond with the baby. It’s time to enjoy each moment of your pregnancy.

Can Women Get Pregnant After Menopause?

pregnancy after menopause

pregnancy after menopause

Menopause is identified as that phase of a woman’s life where the periods have disappeared for more than a year. And it follows that women are free from birth control precautions as they step out of the pregnancy zone. Here are some facts associated with pregnancy after menopause.

Best Age for Pregnancy

It is in the twenties, the stats are on their peak for getting pregnant. As a healthy fertile woman in mid-twenties, there is approximately 33 percent chance of getting pregnant each cycle. The prerequisite for this is that you have sex a day or two before ovulation. When you reach the age of 30, your chances are reduced by about 20 percent each cycle.

Best Age for Pregnancy

Some facts about Menopause

  • Though it appears that menopause happens suddenly, yet the process of menopause may take few years to complete.
  • The activity of the hormones that trigger ovulation and pregnancy in the body become weaker.
  • The level of hormones – estrogen and progesterone drop considerably. This has a deep impact on one’s ability to get pregnant.
  • It may take anywhere from five to ten years for the process of menopause to complete.
  • During the menopausal stage of one’s life, a woman still has the prospect of getting pregnant.
  • The typical age of menopause is around 45 years.
  • Some of the menopausal symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats or skipped periods for a few months, only to have them disappear gradually.

What changes occur in body related to pregnancy after menopause?

When a woman has already reached menopause i.e. she’s not having her periods for more than a year, the body stops producing eggs. This concludes that when there are no eggs produced, there is no possibility of a woman getting pregnant naturally.

Surprisingly, the rest of the reproductive system is still functional.

pregnancy after menopause

The changing phase of ‘Perimenopause’

Perimenopause is the time of transition. During this phase, your ovaries start producing lesser quantity of hormones – estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries become less responsive to LH ( luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and their levels start rising.

During this perimenopausal phase, the ovaries are still able to release eggs; but they may release eggs in some months and not in others. Yet, if the egg is fertilized, LH stimulates progesterone production to maintain the pregnancy.

There is no clear line to mark the completion of menopause cycle. This period may stretch up to 10 years. This makes it possible for a woman to get pregnant when she feels she has already reached menopause.

Does something like menopausal pregnancy exist?

Medical science has been pushing the age barrier for safe pregnancy. The technology shifted the statement related to safe age of pregnancy from under 40 to 50 plus. And the doctors are still on it to keep it safe and yet push the boundaries farther.

postmenopausal pregnancy

There are two biological clocks in a woman’s body: One for the ovary which stops producing eggs after menopause. Second is for the rest of the reproductive system which remains functional even beyond menopause. Thus, if a woman’s uterus is implanted with a fertilized egg donated by another younger woman, and some amount of hormones – estrogen and progesterone, it is possible to make the dream of pregnancy come true for a woman of 50-something.

Since postmenopausal pregnancy may face its complications, it will require much more close monitoring and complete healthcare to pass all the phases of pregnancy successfully.

Recovery after a C Section: Answers to the Most Common Questions

C-section delivery

Pregnancy is the wonderful opportunity to nurture and give birth to a new life. The process of childbirth may sometimes involve a C-section delivery. The recovery in case of vaginal birth is much faster than the C-sec cases. The impact of this is largely on the woman’s physically health as well as this makes it a little harder to take care of the newborn.

C-section delivery

Since there are lots of precautions which need to be taken and many repercussions of the conditions, hence it is very much fair to have your mind overloaded with questions during pregnancy and even after having a C-section. To bring you ease, here are some of the most common questions which one may ask about C-section recovery.

Question: How soon will I recover?

Answer: A minimum rest for the first six weeks is required for healing of the body. The chances are that your gynecologist would have given you appointment for first and second meeting at the time of discharge. When you meet your doctor at around 6 weeks’ time, the doctor will monitor your recovery and accordingly suggest. You may feel the urgency to get back to your normal routine with added responsibilities of a new life, but it is equally important to take care of yourself to ensure complete recovery before taking charge of your daily routine.

Question: When should I start walking?

Answer: Walking and movement is very crucial after surgery. Even if you feel very weak to walk, but still, the sooner you start with your walk, the better it is. The initial walk may be of just a few steps and gradually you can keep on increasing your distance. This will help in blood circulation to your legs and reduce the chances of developing any blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT). The first walk should be taken with support and it should be done while looking straight or focusing on some object.

Walking and movement

Be careful with the stitches and you may even support your incision with a pillow. Don’t overdo walking and in case it so happens, you increased blood flow which usually is bright red in color indicates that you need to reduce the amount of walking. Even if you fear the pain or as if the whole incision will tear apart, it is important part of the C-section recovery process.

Question: What is the diet supported for a smooth recovery from C-section before getting on to burgers and pizzas?

Answer: Food plays an important role in the recovery from C-section delivery. Once you have started with movement, you should start taking clear liquids and gradually migrate to eating solid foods. When on liquid diet, make sure to drink plenty of water to ensure your body is sufficiently hydrated. This even helps in holding back some amount of hunger pains.

Diet

After the initial 8 hours post operation, when there is no visible risk of heavy bleeding, the food is typically started. Start eating small amounts at a time and make sure to have good amount of fiber-rich diet which help you keep up with your mission of getting back to shape as well. In case of gastric trouble or constipation, ask your doc if they could prescribe some laxatives.

Question: When should I start breastfeeding?

Answer: Breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mother. In case of C-section, your breastfeeding would depend on the kind of anesthesia you were given. If you are given epidural or spinal block in which you are awake but free from pain, you should be able to breastfeed the new born as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. Some gynecologists even put the baby on mom’s chest to bring skin to skin contact even after a C-section birth.

Question: When will I be able to start with lifting weight after my C-section surgery?

Answer: Your C-section surgery largely involved your abdominal muscles. Hence it is utmost crucial for you to recover completely before even thinking of lifting any weight, anything which weighs more than your baby. In general, doctors recommend avoiding any sort of lifting of weight for the first 3 to 6 weeks. Further, it also depends on your physical health and body weight. As you come into routine, you yourself will be able to understand your body and how much weight you can lift. Overweight women have to be overly cautious as they have higher chances of developing hernia.

The plethora of questions may still continue to flow. And despite our effort to answer some of the important questions which may make you little comfortable, it is very important to always consult your gynecologist with your concerns to be safe in all conditions.

 

Achieving Enhanced Mother and Child Care

Pregnancy and child birth are two distinct events in the life of a woman which make her feel complete. During the entire period of pregnancy distributed across three trimesters, a woman goes through various moods and expectations like physiological, psychological, social etc. Medical needs are also necessary and a proper routine observation and consultation from a gynecologist and obstetrician is quintessential.

Mother and Child Care

In line with these needs of the expectant mother, the underlined fundamental need is to feel the sense of control and empowerment during this journey of childbirth. Hence, the whole family including the pregnant woman should ensure that high quality care is provided to her. Needless to say, these women feel physically and mentally stressed about the delivery and feel urgent desire to have a pleasant and comfortable environment.

Ample Sleep: With this adorable new member in the family, ensure that you sleep sufficiently. A new born sleeps from almost 16 hours a day but there are short breaks during this sleep. For the woman to get sufficient sleep, the best way is to leave any work in hand aside and sleep when the baby is sleeping. Always place the baby on their back for sleep and ensure that the place should not be stuffed with toys etc. which might suffocate the baby. During the night, you can alternate the position of baby’s head so that no flat spot develops on the head.

Ample Sleep

Hygiene: Whether it is your first experience of motherhood or not, hygiene plays a very important role. Since newborns do not have strong immune system, this will alleviate the risk for infections. Keep a hand sanitizer at a position where anyone coming close to baby can pick it effortlessly.

Breastfeeding: Every mother should breastfeed their children and should take care of following basic steps during feeding.

  • Baby may swallow air during the feeds. Hence, you should burp the baby every 5 minutes if your baby tends to be gassy.
  • Baby typically needs to be fed every 2 to 3 hours. Make sure to breast feed from both breasts turn by turn giving around 10-15 minutes to each breast.
  • If your baby takes longer naps, you may need to wake up the baby to ensure that they are fed sufficiently for proper growth.

Sore nipples and hardening of breasts after the delivery may happen. As the milks comes in, they might feel painful for several days so you should not be worried about it, but make sure to clean the nipples after breast feeding. Bonding, swaddling and Soothing Touch is very significant in making the child get acquainted with the surroundings and feel secured. This physical closeness also strengthens emotional bonding. A gentle massage is also a nice way to give the soothing touch to the baby.

Bathing

Bathing:

The umbilical cord takes time in falling off and further the navel takes time in healing completely. This process may take around 1 to 4 weeks’ time. During this while, the baby should be cleaned with a sponge bath ensuring that the genital area and joints are given extra attention. Baby’s eyes should be cleaned using a soft muslin cloth or clean cotton ball. Damp the cloth or cotton ball in water and wipe the eye gently from inner corner to the outside. Make sure to use clean piece for every eye. While bathing the baby, keep all items for use ready before hand. This includes a soft, clean towel, a soft brush to stimulate the scalp, clean diaper, unscented baby soap, baby powder, shampoo etc. It is best to make the baby go to sleep after the bath since the child feels tired in the bath and can get a very relaxing nap.

Seeking Help: Once you are on your own after getting discharged from the hospital, it might feel very hectic and overwhelming to be on your own especially with the new member in the family. Seeking help from a professional nurse or friends and family is a great idea.This helps in getting acquainted with handling baby and taking due care of the baby as well as your own health.

Diaper Rashes: A child dirties the diaper around 10 times a day. To change the diaper, lay your baby on the back; always clean the area before placing another diaper. Be careful as a boy might urinate even while you are removing the diaper. Wipe the girl from bottom to front so as to avoid any urinary tract infection.

Diaper Rashes and Checkup

The Postpartum Checkup: Approximately after six weeks of motherhood for first time moms, you must schedule a visit to your gynecologist so that you are sure of your recovery. This visit might need to be scheduled early in case of C-section delivery.

A right consultation from your gynecologist is one thing which ensures that your happy motherhood experience goes just perfect!!

Signs and Symptoms of a Miscarriage

Miscarriage

Miscarriage or Spontaneous Abortion refers to the loss of a pregnancy which may happen in the initial 20 weeks period. Studies reveal that almost 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies tend to end in miscarriage. An alarming 80 percent of these miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks.

Signs and Symptoms of a Miscarriage

Symptoms of a Miscarriage:

It is quite possible to have a miscarriage before others even get to know about the pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of miscarriage include:

Bleeding: Bleeding is the most common symptom of a miscarriage. But bleeding does not always mean that you are going to miscarry since it is common during the first trimester i.e. the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Such bleeding is usually in the form of spotting of blood on your underwear. In case of a miscarriage, this bleeding may even be in the form of brown discharge of heavy bleeding which might be shocking to some women. Usually the bleeding is of bright red color and accompanied with cramping.

Sharp or persistent pain

Sharp or Persistent Pain: The pain in the tummy may usually be accompanied with the bleeding. This pain can be either mild or severe and may even give the feeling of a backache. But any pain is not always inferring to a miscarriage. Other reasons which may cause similar pain are:

  • It may be because of the stretching of ligaments which happens towards the end of first trimester.
  • Sometimes it might be caused due to implantation of fertilized egg during or after sex.
  • A bladder infection could also cause such aches and pains.

Vaginal Discharge of Fluid: Another sign that indicates a miscarriage is the discharge of fluid from the vagina. Along with the discharge of fluid, the woman may also feel that the other signs of pregnancy like tenderness of breasts and the sickening feeling are also gone.

Contractions or Cramping

Contractions or Cramping: The feeling of cramps in your abdominal region could be because of the expanding uterus. Sometimes the cramps are also called ‘Braxton-Hicks contractions’. In case of a miscarriage, the cramps so caused tend to become progressively stronger. Once you consult your gynecologist in such a situation, they may advise you for an ultrasound to know the exact reason for cramping and whether it is due to miscarriage or what actions should be taken in that particular situation.

A miscarriage without indications: There is also a possibility of having a miscarriage without having any visible signs of miscarriage. Such miscarriages are discovered only when the doctor discovers it during the routine checkup with an ultrasound scan. Such miscarriages are also known as missed miscarriages.

Disappeared Nauseating feeling

Disappeared Nauseating Feeling: Morning sickness is quite common during pregnancy. These symptoms typically fade by around 12 weeks’ time and hence give no indication of a miscarriage. Yet one can have a routine visit to doctor when the feeling of nausea disappears.

A serious complication in the form of ‘Ectopic Pregnancy’: There are cases where pregnancies are developed outside the womb. Such cases also end up in miscarriage and are termed ectopic pregnancy. The related symptoms may include persistent abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding or spotting, severe pain in the shoulder tips, feeling of vomiting or vomiting and diarrhea, feeling light headed and even fainting. Since these situations can be quite dangerous to the health of both – the expectant mother and the fetus, and there is severe risk of internal bleeding, hence one needs a visit to doctor immediately.

These symptoms may appear between Week 5 to Week 14 of the pregnancy. However, most of these symptoms are liable to arise during the first trimester and the causal factor behind the occurrence of these symptoms could be very different. Yet, the expectant mother is the one who needs to keep herself aware of the situations, realize what’s going on in the body and whether this feels natural to her or if there seems to be some abnormality. In any such situation of discomfort or fear of miscarriage, there is a possibility of having risk to pregnancy and one should consult the doctor to seek medical advice.

Whether your pregnancy is smooth or complicated as per your doctor, it is best to consult your gynecologist as per recommended time schedule. Also, if you feel any discomfort or there is any discomfort, instead of worrying or ignoring it is best to consult your doctor to avoid any regrets later. The experience of a miscarriage can be emotionally devastating and hence every woman and her family should take utmost care that such a situation doesn’t occur in her life.

How to Deal With a High-Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy sounds quite critical and it may be life threatening for both the baby and the mother. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, it connotes that you and your baby are more prone to health issues during the time of pregnancy and delivery and these effects may even be seen beyond that in life. The health issues may vary from minor problems to high risk conditions.

High Risk Pregnancy

The Cause of High-Risk Pregnancy

Complications can arise at any point before or during the pregnancy. Good nutrition, healthy lifestyle and proper medical treatment are the measures which help in avoiding the risk during pregnancy. Yet, there are some conditions which may occur before you becoming pregnant leading to high-risk pregnancy. Some of those causes are:

Before Pregnancy:

  • The age of mother
  • Overweight or underweight
  • Past history of complication during pregnancy
  • Already existing diseases like High blood pressure, diabetes etc.

During Pregnancy:

  • Preeclampsia is a condition where the occurrence of high blood pressure, change in levels of urinary protein and liver enzymes may lead to an effect on kidneys, liver and brain. However proper treatment can make it possible for pregnant women with Preeclampsia to deliver healthy babies. A more intense form of preeclampsia, eclampsia may even cause seizures and coma in the expectant mother.

    HIV/AIDS

  • HIV/AIDS is the disorder which may even be transferred to the babies during pregnancy. This may occur either while giving birth or during the process of breastfeeding. This disease is powerful enough to damage the cells responsible for your immunity and may become a cause for certain cancers.
  • Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes which occur only in pregnant women. It is that type of diabetes which occurs only during your pregnancy and did not exist before your pregnancy.

    Ways to cope with High-Risk Pregnancy

    The risk may persist but the under mentioned tips will help you find ways to cope and reduce the risk that is exposed to the said pregnancy.

    Attention on Health:

    Attention on Health

    One can incorporate simple steps in life which definitely help in reducing the intensity of the risk. These simple measures may include routine appointments with doctor, getting the suggested tests done on time and discuss the reports with the doctor, ensuring proper medication routine as prescribed and reach out to doctor with clarifications as and when required.

    Healthy nutritious food: Each pregnant woman should eat plenty of healthy foods including eggs, oatmeal and apples. In case you have low levels of iron, you should consult your doctor to get a prescription.

    Healthy nutritious food

    Stay hydrated: Pay attention to your water intake and consume sufficient quantity of water as part of your daily routine.

    Awareness: Despite having the family and loved ones around to take due care of you in this stage of pregnancy, it is very essential that you yourself are aware of the signs or symptoms so that you can seek right care in case of any emergency.

    Exercise adequately: There are times when your doctor may advise you not to do any exercise. Otherwise, it is very important to do regular exercise during pregnancy. Walking remains an extremely efficient way of exercising. You may seek your doctor’s consultation to know the types of exercises which are safe and appropriate for you.

    Exercise Adequately

    Join Some Classes: Knowing that you have a high-risk pregnancy, you can enroll yourself into special classes where you get adequate information about dealing with the risks and the kind of caution that can be observed.

    Family Support: Share with your partner, family and friends about the risk you are concerned with in the context of your pregnancy. They should be aware that you presume this period to be a stressful time and why you don’t find this to be easy. Clearly explain to them the kind of support you are expecting from them.

    Living Stress-Free: Pregnancy is usually associated with hormonal changes as well. And, when you are having a high-risk pregnancy, you should definitely take certain actions which give you ways to release your stress and be stress-free. Taking time out for oneself and spending time relaxing and meditating are some great stress busters.

    Interact with women having similar experience

    Interact with women having similar experience: You may join a group of high-risk pregnancy women in your area. You may also like to get in touch with those women who had faced some complications or had dealt with high-risk pregnancy. Their personal sharing will give you courage and confidence to pass this face with reduced stress. This will also serve like pre-preparation of getting ways to handle the child birth.

    Know the symptoms: During meetings with your gynecologist specialist, you should seek guidance on your medical conditions and the specific signs which can be looked for in your case to know that it’s time for doctor’s consultation.

    Motherhood is a wonderful experience, enjoy instead of being stressed!

How to Treat Vaginal Dryness in Menopause

Vaginal Dryness in Menopause

Vaginal Dryness in Menopause

Menopause is a usual phase passed by every woman. Vaginal dryness can be one consequence which may cause pain and discomfort in elderly women. Yet, the problem of vaginal dryness can be faced by women of all ages. It may occur before, during or after menopause.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

The base cause of vaginal dryness can be thinning of the vaginal lining. This is the result of gradually reducing elasticity, expandability, suppleness of the vaginal walls. This reduction in the capacity of vaginal wall is because of the loss of ovarian estrogen. As the vaginal walls are becoming thinner, they become unable to withstand the pressure of sexual intercourse and might even get damaged resulting in bleeding in some cases. Some other reasons causing vaginal dryness may be irritants coming in contact with delicate tissues, side effects of medication, anxiety etc.

Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness

The common symptoms of vaginal dryness include signs like itching, dryness and painful sex. Sexual intercourse may sometimes result in light bleeding. The person may become prone to frequent urinary tract infections, with frequent urge to urinate. The thinning of vaginal lips also indicates vaginal dryness. Other symptoms include soreness, burning and mild vaginal discharge occasionally.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Treatment of Vaginal Dryness

Once you are facing this problem of vaginal dryness, don’t just ignore it. You can seek expert consultation from medical expert to be sure of the correctness of the treatment that you are opting.

There are several medical prescriptions which will help treat the vaginal dryness. These treatments typically involve topical and oral estrogens.

Estrogen-based therapies: Estrogen based therapies are especially effective in cases where hormonal changes are causing problems with vaginal lubrication and hence the irritation and dryness in vagina. The treatment may be localized like vaginal estrogen inserts. In some cases especially where vaginal dryness is accompanied with hot flashes, oral medication is required. Depending on the individual case, one might require to use both the approaches to get effective treatment. In that situation, the treatment goes two-way by raising the systemic levels of estrogen and simultaneously treating locally with the local inserts into the vagina.

Use of Lubricants: Lack of lubrication is the reason for irritation and vaginal dryness. By using silicone based, oil based or water based products, you can have slight comfort in sexual intercourse and does not really give much relief in terms of long-term solution to the problem of vaginal dryness. These lubricants are very similar to natural lubricants and can be applied around the lip-shaped vulva and vagina before having sexual intercourse.

Vaginal Moisturizers: There are many vaginal moisturizers available over the counter which can help minimize the vaginal dryness for several days with single application. Since they stay for a few days, you don’t need to apply them immediately before the intercourse. These moisturizers hydrate the vagina by introducing water into the vaginal tissue.

Alternative Therapies to Try

Alternative Therapies to Try

The natural approach will focus on diet and exercise. Diet is one of the most crucial factors which can help in managing the symptoms of vaginal dryness. It requires sodium, potassium, calcium, protein and some electrolytes which will contribute to the vaginal fluid coming from the blood stream. When you intake a diet rich in fatty acids, it will help in producing additional vaginal lubrication. Such dietary foods include fish, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and raw pumpkin. Other than the direct intake of diet rich in fatty acids, you can obtain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids in food rich in Vitamin B, Vitamin A and beta-carotene. To balance the diet in treating vaginal dryness, you should also consume foods containing isoflavones which contribute in maintaining estrogen levels. Some of the isoflavones rich foods are flax seed, soy, legumes, nuts and apples.

In addition to diet, plenty of fluid intake is also necessary since the lining of vagina is the same as skin of any other area of body. And sufficient amount of fluid and water intake is a must for our skin.

Regular Exercise

Regular Exercise

Regular Exercise is another key factor in healing vaginal dryness. As the Estrogen levels start declining in body with aging, exercise routine can stimulate the adrenal glands and ovaries, thereby contributing towards regulating the hormonal balance in the body. These exercises should include cardiovascular exercise schedule to be followed at least thrice a week for approximately twenty minutes each. This will benefit in blood circulation to the vagina in addition to the overall blood circulation in the body and cardiac health.

There might be a big number of causes for the dryness in vagina, and there are as many ways to treat this irritation and dryness. However, the most effective treatment starts when you know the source which is causing discomfort in your vagina. And the best way is to have the treatment under well experienced Gynecologist.

Coping with changes in your body during Pregnancy

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy is a joyous experience, but it also brings up lot of uncomfortable feelings, both physical as well as mental. Changes in your weight plus a growing belly can make you feel insecure or even ashamed of your body, but it should not! It’s important to know that there is a surge in hormone levels and blood circulation within your body during pregnancy due to which you face uneasy symptoms during those nine months. Remember, you are supposed to grow and your body is supposed to change. Even though you are tired and feel enormous, you are creating life.

Coping with changes in your body during pregnancy

To make this journey beautiful in which you appreciate your body, a shift in perspective is required. You can experience a whole new level of confidence by acknowledging that you are bringing a beautiful, perfect life into this world. If you find yourself feeling bad about yourself or how you look during pregnancy, you are not alone. And, there are some tips that can ease your journey towards motherhood.

Appreciate your changing body: No matter how large you think you are, you are probably blowing it out of proportion. Your expanding size is mostly in your head. Remember that you are beautiful no matter what, and this is all part of the process.

Educate yourself

Educate yourself: Get more knowledge by watching videos on pregnancy, notice how the mother’s body adjusts to accommodate the infant.

Meditation: Do meditation to battle negative thinking. Start a prenatal yoga. Yoga allows you to develop a connection between your mind and body. A regular yoga practice can also relieve pregnancy-related stress and anxiety.

Meditation

Have a good support network: It is a good idea to surround you with positive people. The key thing to help you stay upbeat is to stay away from critical people. Instead, open up to supportive, understanding people in your social circle. Sharing your feelings with other expectant mothers can also help you feel less alone in the process.

Focus on health: A healthy weight is essential for the health of your baby. Educate yourself on the specific changes that occur to better understand why weight gain is vital in supporting a growing baby. Exercise regularly.

Pamper Yourself

Pamper yourself:  Nourish your body and mind with a self-care routine that suits you. Listen soothing music, sit in nature. Even just putting on makeup and getting dressed up for a date night with your partner can boost your self-esteem.

Love yourself: There will be days when you are exhausted and have low self-esteem. It happens. Don’t allow yourself to think negative thoughts. You are growing a baby and you need to put on weight to support the life growing inside of you.

Give yourself a pat on the back as this is the time to feel like a ‘Superwoman’ and a ‘divine goddess’, for this extraordinary ability of bringing a brand new life into the world. In order to give your little one the best care, maintaining a positive frame of mind is as important eating healthy and staying active.