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.

5 Things All C-Section Mamas Need to Hear

C-Section delivery

C-Section Delivery
All C-section Mamas experience the same anxiety along with excitement for a new-born.  It is always amazing for a new mother to hold her new-born in her arms and nurse her. Obviously, the C Section surgery is quite different from the natural birth process, but nowadays C-Section processed has changed and improved. And with little effort, you could take good care of yourself. A new Mother could experience the pain, soreness, and even flow of blood. And anyhow? After all, it was a major abdominal surgery and your body needs time to improve.  So This is necessary to keep update yourself and aware all basic facts to promote your body healing fast.

Here are 5 Things all C-section mamas need to hear which will prevent all panic situations of the future. 

Use binder after C-section

A new Mom should use the stomach binder which is a wide compression belt that encircles your abdomen tightly. Abdominal binders come in many sizes and widths according to your need.  These binders are very comfortable and easy to use with Velcro or hook and loop endings. This postpartum abdominal support will hold your surgical drainage tubes in place and help you to get recover fast.

And It is recommended to use properly within the guidelines given by your doctor.   After childbirth, a new mom could wear Binder for at least 2 weeks or up to the few months only.  Always consult the doctor before extending the time of using or if you are facing any kind of problem while using.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is the one of the biggest change in your daily routine after having a baby. During the first month, you need to do very light walk only until you have healed properly.  This is the time when your body will heal quickly under the guidelines given by doctors.  Take your time and make your bond strong with the baby.  A new mom needs to take proper rest and let her body heal.   In addition, walk every day with breaks, it is recommended to do not take the pressure of weight gain.  Walking every day will help prevent constipation and prevent blood clots which will slowly melt down the fat. And also limit your physical activity, don’t think you could do the same task with same energy abruptly.

Diet and Physical activity

Good Diet

A new C-section mom needs to take care of your body after surgery with different dimensions. And right nutrition has the major role in recovering time of body. After discharge from the hospital, Doctor will give you a diet chart to follow which will complete your daily need for nutrition. A good combination of nutrition will speed up the recovery after surgery.  It is recommended to drink enough water and fluids, that will prevent constipation in the body. Eat a well-balanced, healthy-diet which is easy to digest also.  Do not take any heavy or oily food which could lead you gas acidity and other stomach problem. Customized your diet proper salad and food with good dressing to motivate yourself for a healthy lifestyle.

Ask your doctor before changing the diet or before start trying to lose the pregnancy weight.  Follow the instruction given by the dietitian.

Start Nursing your Baby

Start Nursing your baby from the first day and enjoy the time with the baby. There are numerous health benefits of the nursing baby for both, baby and mother.  Consult out to a lactation consultant if you have trouble breastfeeding. Educate yourself about the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding.  It will let your bond strong with the baby and improve the immune system of your baby. Experts and said that “The frequencies of pneumonia, colds, and infections have reduced in babies who are on breastfeeding rather than formula and other kinds of milk for babies”. Breastfeeding also encourages the lose the pregnancy fat or weight rather than the giving extra effort in weight losing session.

nursing your baby

 Promote Scare Healing

Scares will heal and fade away with time.  But A new mom could reduce the time of healing by following a few simple guidelines.  Keep your scars dry and clean.  In addition, go for wipes in starting three or four days. Do not scrub your scar while bathing, just simply let soap wash over it and use medicated soap or use simple water only. A new mom could choose the simple shower for a few days to avoid any chemical introduce in the incision. Perfectly dry and have a maxi pad over the wound for at least a few days to absorb sweat. Grip a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or laugh. And other instruction is given by your doctor for a speedy recovery. And use Aloe Vera gel after healed to fade away the scars.

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.

Baby Care Tips for Every New Mum

You definitely know what it means to be a new Mum, right!! The seemingly unending days of discomfort for complete nine months during pregnancy and the excitement coupled with fear of going through the labor pain and finally giving birth to a new life, which marks a new beginning of your life as a ‘Mum’. It’s an ecstatic experience with a mix of joy, happiness and loads of responsibilities.

Baby Care

As a new mum, you don’t just need to take good care of your baby, but it is equally important to take complete care of your health too. Many parents find themselves unprepared to handle this responsibility at the time of bringing their new born baby home from the hospital. The following tips will help you cope with the stress that builds around this newly acquired responsibility of nurturing the child.

Tips for New Mum to meet the Baby’s Requirements

Amongst those ecstatic moments of joy of starting of new chapter of motherhood, the other aspect of this joy is that the body is weak and exhausted. For these reasons, the new mum requires sufficient rest, proper nourishment and so on. Yet the following tips will help you have the confidence to cross this initial phase with ease. Let’s explore the tips to ensure the comfort and health of your newborn baby.

Holding the Baby Right:

Holding the Baby Right

Did you know that here’s a right way to hold the new born baby? Yeah! While holding the baby, you should ensure that the baby’s head doesn’t get jerk. So, ensure that the head rests on the crook of your arm and the hand should offer support to the spine of the newborn. With the other hand, you can pat, or use it to maintain the feed position and support your breast or simply keep it over the chest or tummy. Your touch creates a sense of comfort and security for the baby.

Gently Rock the Baby:

Gently Rock the Baby

There are times when the baby is in the state of discomfort. This may be due to their sleepiness or hunger or pain in stomach. Whether you are trying to get the baby to sleep or to comfort the newborn, do not shake the baby vigorously. This shaking might lead to brain injury. Put yourself into the habit of the rocking your baby gently from side to side. You may choose to sing a lullaby as well.

Be Tender During Playful Activities:

Be tender during playful activities

You might have seen in people around you throwing children in the air or jiggling the baby on the knees. You may have been such a play toy yourself. But, the baby is not a toy and neither is ready for such tough game. Hence it is advised not to be rough and tough on the baby for a year and half.

Pay Special Attention to Hygiene:

Pay special attention to hygiene

Not only you as a mother, but also those who touch the baby, should follow basic hygiene. Make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands before touching the baby unless you had not been doing any other task than being with your love. You should also be cautious about wearing clean clothes and the clothes fabric should provide smooth touch to the baby.  Whether you are using the nappies or diapers, keep checking so that the baby is clean and dry. In case of diapers, you can check less frequently, in around every four hours. These hygiene actions will keep the baby protected from infections and other induced allergies.

Baby’s Feed has No Time:

Baby’s feed has no time

In the initial few weeks, the baby needs only three things – proper feeds, ample sleep and your special touch. A new born baby usually sleeps for around 16 to 20 hours a day. But, the sleep doesn’t happen at a single stretch. A child may demand feed every two hours or even sooner, hence the foremost responsibility of you as a new mum is to keep yourself ready for offering a feed to the baby, whenever the baby demands. Few things which will make your breast feeding enjoyable are:

  • Hold the baby into the right position giving proper support to baby’s head.
  • Hold your breast supporting it with the other hand.
  • Ensure that the baby has enough of areola inside the mouth so that the baby may not intake air while sucking.
  • Offer comfort suckling to the baby for it is as important as breastfeeding. After the baby has the nourishing feed to satisfy hunger, sometimes the baby tends to suckle for longer time than usual. This comfort suckling offers emotional support to the baby.

As parents, you need to realize that learning curve takes its own time. It is a great decision to seek some help during this time which will help ensure that the mother and the baby are well taken care of.

Painless Delivery – A Blessing to Pregnant Women!!

Motherhood is an expression of completion of a woman’s life. It is undoubtedly a fascinating phase in the journey of a woman’s life. Yet, another aspect associated to motherhood is the immense pain during labor and the apprehensions of having a normal delivery. In such a scenario, the doctors are actively working on finding ways where expectant women can pass the process of giving birth to a new life through a natural process of ‘Painless Delivery’.

Painless Delivery

Can delivery be really painless?

The process of giving birth to a new life is an amazing miracle of nature. When this process is done by giving labor analgesia to the expectant mother at the time of delivery ensuring a natural delivery with minimal amount of pain, it is commonly known as painless labor. This is a mechanism which reduces the chances of C-section in a large number of cases.

The pain sensation during the labor pain is caused by strong uterine contractions. Since the nerves that carry pain sensations areblocked at the spinal level, the pain sensation does not reach the brain where the pain is felt. Thus, the pregnant woman is able to deliver the child with very little or no pain.

The Painless Delivery Mechanism

The Painless Delivery is possible by using Epidural Anaesthesia in which the woman is passed with anesthesia medicine in the back using a small pipe. This procedure is continued till the time delivery happens. Despite being fully conscious during the labor pain, the epidural offers continuous pain relief to the lower part of the body. During this process, the overall sensation decreases thereby relieving the woman from the feeling of pain. All this while, the pregnant woman remains conscious without going through the pain all the while. After the delivery, the dilation process occurs normally yet the feeling of contraction pain is reduced to a great extent.

The anesthetic medications passed through the epidural space act in two ways. One, the nerves leaving the spinal column is blocked by these medicines thereby blocking the nerve conduction. This produces an analgesic effect on the patient. Further, these opioid medicines block the opioid receptors in the spinal column, which also cause relief from labor pain. The effect of medication may be analgesic or anesthetic depending upon the concentration in which the medicine has been used. Higher concentration of medicine leads to blocking of sensation in the nerves causing anesthesia. But if the concentration of the same medicine is reduced largely, the impact of medicine only blocks the pain fibers. This, then, causes analgesia in which the pain relief is offered without any signs of muscle weakness.

Techniques involved in Painless Delivery

The two main techniques that are used to administer an epidural are:

Single shot epidural:  It is done by injecting the opioid medication in the epidural space by giving an injection on the patient’s back under doctor’s supervision. This injection may be given in either the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region.

Techniques of painless delivery

Epidural catheter technique: Another technique involves a fine bore tube to be passed into the epidural space. Then, the medication can be deposited into the epidural space either continuously or intermittently.

Contraindications for an Epidural Anaesthesia

  • If any of the following five symptoms exist in the expectant mother, then Epidural Anaesthesia should not be considered.
  • If the pregnant mother is having some heart ailment,
  • In case the blood pressure becomes low due to some reason,
  • If she is having anatomical complications in the spinal column,
  • In case of any sort of skin infectionat the site where epidural is to be given,
  • If there is any known allergy to the local anaesthetic drug.

Advantages of using Epidural Anaesthesia:

Epidural is a safe and effective way of relief during labor pain making painless delivery possible.

The dosage of the medicine can be completely adjusted by the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist who regulates the relief. This control plays a very significant role because as the labor progresses and the baby gradually moves farther down into the birth canal, the dosage requires variation since it is possible that it is not sufficient enough to cover the pain, or the pain may get shifted to some different area.

Another advantage of using this localized medication technique is that the expectant mother remains alertand awake during labor and birth. This painless labor offers such immense relief to the pregnant mother that she may even rest and sleep comfortably as the cervix dilates.

Yet another benefit is that the expectant mother saves sufficient energy which can utilize at the time of pushing. Since very minuscule amount of medication reaches your baby as compared to the use of systemic narcotics, this keeps the relatively safer and even the mother is ready for breast feeding much earlier.

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!