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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Benefits of immunizing your child

Immunisation is one of the most important and beneficial advances made by medical science during the 20th century, especially in the field of paediatrics, and is responsible for saving thousands of children from death due to diseases like polio, measles and diphtheria. Immunisation programs primarily aim to eliminate, contain or control infectious diseases which may affect the health and life of your just born baby, ensuring that he’s healthy and happy. Why should you vaccinate your baby, you...
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Simple precautions after a delivery you must know

Postpartum or the first six weeks after pregnancy are very hard for every mother. Your body goes through a lot of changes as it returns to the condition it was in before pregnancy. However, just like pregnant women have to take care of themselves, women with a newborn baby have to take care of themselves and their baby. Here are some post-pregnancy tips. Use pads instead of tampons This is because your uterus is going through a process known as lochia. It is a period like discharge where ...
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Genetic testing before and during pregnancy

What is genetic testing? When is it done and why? These are a few questions which arise if you are planning to have a baby. Here are some of the answers. What is genetic testing? This test involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions to test for changes or alterations in your genes that may cause illness or disease. If you're a healthy person, a positive result from genetic testing doesn't always mean you will develop a disease. ...
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Second trimester during pregnancy: checkups and tests

The second trimester falls between the 4th month and 6th month of the pregnancy calendar, or between week-13 and week-28. The second trimester is, for many women, the easiest three months of pregnancy as your morning sickness starts to lessen. During your second trimester, you must visit your gynaecologist every month. The visits may be short and quick, but they are essential. Common checkups performed during the second trimester To ensure the second trimester of your pregnancy passes off...
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Common tests during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your gynaecologist will recommend that you take one or more pregnancy tests. This is to ensure that both you and your baby are in their best health. Certain pregnancy tests need to be taken by all women, whereas other pregnancy tests are only taken if they are recommended by your gynaecologist. Here are some of the most common tests taken to check for problems during pregnancy. Blood test A blood test is taken to ensure that you do not have certain conditions. These cond...
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