The significance of prenatal tests is that they confirm the normal progress of pregnancy. Routine check-ups will help the gynecologist to rule out the possibilities of birth defects and developmental abnormalities………….While a blood test that determines the blood count of the mother rules out the possibility of anaemia which can hinder the development of the foetus, another measures the glucose level and keeps track of the possibility of gestational diabetes……….The goal is to look for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, birth defects and body development of the baby……..Apart from these tests and scans, urine test and blood pressure test are also performed regularly to check up on urinary tract infection and preeclampsia condition to make pregnancy smooth and safe.
Expectant mothers often have doubts about their routine and everyday activities, especially about those involving physical exertion. Women care a lot more than they used to about physical fitness once they get pregnant……..The first thing that worries most newly pregnant women is chances of miscarriage……..Depending on the women’s individual medical history and workout experience, the exercise routine will be different……Pregnant women often notice that they feel out of breath more quickly than they used to. In fact, during pregnancy, you are breathing 20-25% more air because you need to get rid of the carbon dioxide levels in your own blood and in your babies.
We can be proud of many things in life yet nothing beats being a women. Mrs. Chithra Gopinath, wishing you a safe and secure time ahead. International Women’s Day greetings. Read more on women’s safety manual.
Differentiating between spotting and bleeding could be the key to saving your child. Spotting and bleeding are entirely different incidents. Spotting is a coloured vaginal discharge that leaves marks on the pad or panties. It is usually pink or light red in colour whereas in bleeding, there is enough fluid to soak the pad and it is usually bright red in colour……..The cause of this light bleeding could be the breakage of the mucus plug…….As these diseases and infections can cause irritation in the vagina with spotting or bleeding being the first sign. If you experience unusual pain during urination or vomiting or sometimes a stomach pain, consider the possibility of STDs or infections……..Many women might not be able to differentiate between normal spotting and dangerous bleeding until it is too late.
Some women go through a rough phase during their pregnancy in which they experience a bunch of negative emotions that goes beyond mere mood swings. This phase is called antepartum depression or prenatal depression, a form of clinical depression and up to 20% pregnant women experience it. …………Pregnant women often have random emotions as the shift in hormone levels has a significant impact on neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that regulate mood. ………..A clinically depressed expectant mother will experience persistent sadness, difficulty in concentrating, indifference in activities that she enjoyed before, recurrent thoughts of death, suicide, or hopelessness, and feelings of guilt or worthlessness. ………..Untreated Depression has the potential to harm both the mother and baby. Babies born to depressed mothers are likely to be less active and more irritable. The baby is at risk of premature birth, being born underweight, developmental defects, malnutrition and poor health. ……….A healthy body can always support one’s mental health. A diet low in caffeine, sugar and processed foods will help with getting more sleep and soothing your body. Including foods high in vitamin and nutrition can improve one’s health, thus, improving mental health.
Some expectant mothers have trouble keeping in any food including fluids throughout their pregnancy. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and it is not to be taken lightly. Hyperemesis gravidarum can turn into 40 weeks of struggle if it goes untreated…..Every woman has different severity of HG and only a doctor can determine the appropriate treatment for each mother. Most women receive relief by 14th week but some women need consistent care throughout their pregnancy.