A birth story – A 42-year old mother’s experience of pregnancy

Being a late mother is something that a lot of people feel is an impossible / difficult situation. I stand here today to tell you that pregnancy after 40 is completely possible. At the age of 43, I have a healthy and happy one-year-old daughter, who is my pride and joy. I was able to get here with the help of excellent support from a team of maternal experts, and the support and love of my near and dear ones. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning, when my husband and I decided to try fo...
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Birth story – A mother’s experience of a high-risk pregnancy

Understanding what a high-risk pregnancy is can be fairly hard. Sure, you can read up about it, understand the different complications that can cause one, and even sympathise with someone who is going through this trying time, but it is almost impossible for you to really understand what pregnancy problems are, unless you’ve faced it yourself. Growing up, one of my most dearly held dreams was to start a family. While many in my peer circle feel the pressure of having children keenly, and thus av...
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IVF parents-to-be-guide on selecting a maternity hospital

Getting pregnant is one of the most important decisions that a couple can make. There are cases, though, that natural conception may not be possible, for any number of reasons, ranging from problems with ovulation, endometriosis or blocked fallopian tubes in women, and poor sperm count in men. While there are medical therapies available to help with infertility, there are situations where your doctor may suggest that you approach a fertility clinic. A good fertility clinic will run you and yo...
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10 Home care suggestions for high-risk pregnancy care

A high risk pregnancy may seem like an insurmountable obstacle in the journey towards motherhood. This perception, though, can be tackled with the help of timely prenatal high risk pregnancy care, an expert medical partner and a lot of time and care. While it is essential that you visit your doctor as many times as is needed, most cases do not require you to stay in a medical facility for a length of time, at least not until your due date comes around. This means that the majority of your tim...
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How can you prevent a premature delivery?

Studies have indicated that 13 percent of all births occurring in India every year are premature cases. Premature birth is also the leading cause for neonatal death in the first month of life. While this statistic can seem scary, it is important to realize that a preterm delivery is a possibility, and not an eventuality. Learning as much as you can about premature delivery, its causes and methods of prevention, is the first step towards ensuring that your pregnancy goes smoothly. Understand...
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Why you should always select a healthcare provider with an onsite NICU

Pregnancy is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions in your life. Taking care of yourself and your baby through this period, though, will require a great deal of physical and emotional strength. Childbirth is an equally complex process, which can put a lot of strain on you and also on your baby. Having a successful pregnancy requires that you understand the nature of your delivery, and get the right advice at the right time. How are complications during delivery tackled? In cases ...
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Why do some babies come early?

A full term pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks, and starts from the first day of your last menstrual period, to your due date. While most cases see a pregnancy completing this period, there are some cases where delivery may occur before the full term of pregnancy is completed. This is known as a premature birth. What is a premature or preterm birth? A premature birth is the term used for a delivery that occurs more than three weeks before your baby is due, or before 37 weeks. Going ...
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Pregnancy after 35: What to expect?

The tale around having a child has commonly held that you can only get pregnant early in life. Because of this, the common perception has always been that pregnancy after 35 years of age is not possible. If you are in your mid 30’s and are healthy, maternity experts agree that you can expect a successful pregnancy although you may not get pregnant as quickly, or as easily, as someone who is in their 20’s. To help you understand this journey better, we have answered few common questions that y...
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What causes infertility?

Infertility is not always a woman's problem. Among couples that seek medical treatment, 20% conceive before the treatment actually begins and 50% conceive within two years from starting treatment. Studies show that anxiety may be one of the reasons contributing to the fertility problem, so contacting a doctor and counseling helps. Studies show that in 32% of cases the problems are associated in the male partner and in 32% of cases, the causes are associated with the female partner. 17% of cas...
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What does a high-risk pregnancy mean, and what can you expect?

Pregnancy, and the time spent waiting to welcome a child to this world, is an experience that has no comparison. The next nine months of your life will be a rollercoaster ride of emotional and physical changes, marked at every stage by love and affection from your loved ones. While a natural process, sometimes pregnancy can also face its set of obstacles. Certain complications when you’re expecting can lead to a high-risk pregnancy. So, what is a high-risk pregnancy? A pregnancy faced wi...
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