Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

Whether you are planning a pregnancy, or on your way towards a delivery, weight gain is a thought that grabs your attention often. If you are starting out with those extra pounds that you have put on before pregnancy, it takes a toll on your body that can be very discouraging. Although the doctors recommend that every woman should gain a certain amount of weight to sustain a pregnancy, you need to be sure that you are managing your weight and know when you have gained more than what is suggested...
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Dental care during pregnancy

The importance of dental hygiene during pregnancy is often not stressed enough. The fact is, infections that start in the mouth can soon spread to other parts of the body. While this is something you should be mindful of at all times, its importance shoots up during pregnancy. These infections put yours and your baby’s health at risk. It is also advisable to avoid any sort of dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, tooth implant or root canal during the 1st trimester (first 12 weeks) and th...
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10 benefits of Natural Childbirth

Natural childbirth is considered the most preferred type of childbirth since it involves minimal to no medical intervention. Nature knows best where biological processes are involved and medical intervention should only be resorted to in cases when it becomes absolutely necessary. Natural birth is beneficial to both, Mother and child. Here are a few reasons why Mothers should opt for a natural birthing process, unless there’s a very strong reason to choose otherwise:   Risk is reduced: A...
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Easy ways to stay cool and enjoy your summer pregnancy by Dr. Asmita Potdar

A gynaecologist by profession, Dr. Asmita Potdar, Apollo Cradle, Pune, shares a few tips for pregnant women on how to stay hydrated and relax in this summer heat with Life 365, Pune’s leading English daily. One can avoid the spell of heat exhaustion with appropriate precautions and care. As the doctor describes the ill effects of the summer heat, she explains how the body of a pregnant woman, takes twice the normal time to cool down. However, the body also needs minimum exposure to sunlight f...
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Preparing for natural childbirth

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First pregnancy? Want to choose natural birth but fear keeps getting in the way? How about giving fear some reasons to stay away. After all, natural birth is the healthier delivery option. What you need is an understanding of the natural birth process, emotional & physical preparation, and most importantly the support of your family, friends & your doctor. If you have all this then you are very much prepared for a normal delivery! Why & what to understand about the birth process? ...
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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 con...
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