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A pregnancy needs to be monitored at regular intervals to ensure that it is progressing normally and the child’s growth and the mother’s health are in good shape. Though this was not the case a few decades ago, monitoring has helped reduce failure and also helped to identify congenital anomalies. Therefore, it has now become a norm. However, with IVF, this need is further increased as there are more than these two reasons to monitor pregnancy through IVF.
Read on to know more about the importance of monitoring a pregnancy through IVF.
- Success of IVF: After embryo transfer, it needs to be continuously monitored to ensure it successfully develops into a foetus. In the first few weeks, it should be monitored for proper implantation.
- Multiple pregnancies: In pregnancies via IVF, the chances of multiple pregnancies are far higher than in normal pregnancies. Therefore, monitoring becomes important.
- Obstetric complications: Instances of conditions such as first trimester bleeding, placenta previa, pregnancy-induced hypertension, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages, and fetal dislodgement are common and need to be looked out for.
- Child growth: Again, with IVF, conditions such as intrauterine growth retardation, intrauterine fetal death, preterm labor, and the need for a caesarean section are higher than with normal pregnancies. Monitoring helps the couple and the medical term prepare for these well in advance and not at the last-minute. It is important to note that the embryo has gone through a lot of chemical and medical changes and so needs constant monitoring. Conditions such as Downs syndrome need to be looked out for during the 11 to 13 weeks. If required, the amniotic fluid may be sampled to identify anomalies.
- Advanced maternal age: With women getting married late (the late 20s to late 30s in most cases), maternal age is increasing. It has been proven that with advanced maternal age, chances of normal conception are reduced and so most women resorting to IVF are slightly older compared to normal pregnancies. It has also been proven that babies born to women with advanced maternal age are more prone to develop congenital abnormalities. Most women are given progesterone up to week 12 to help maintain the pregnancy. Hypertension and diabetes should also be monitored, as they bring their own set of complications. Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is quite common in women with advanced maternal age.
During the three trimesters, it is important that the developing foetus and the mother are monitored for various reasons. The medical team, therefore, becomes an extended family, not just someone doing the IVF. This is very critical for a successful pregnancy through IVF with optimal health of both the mother and the new-born.
Omega-3 fatty acids are indispensable components of the cell membranes of all the cells in your body, still your body cannot synthesize Omega-3 fatty acids. It is important that you constantly include Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet in order to ward off deficiency. Seafood, especially fishes like tuna and salmon are the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. For vegetarians, there are some seeds and nuts, such as walnuts, flaxseed and soybeans, that contain significant levels of Omega-3.
Omega-3 deficiency means the absence of long chain fatty acids that are required to regulate body function like the cardiovascular, inflammatory and immunity of the body. A deficiency in Omega-3 can be identified easily compared with the lack of other nutrients as there are many symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency. Here are some of them-
1. Heart Problems
Fatty acids help in reducing heart diseases like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They slow down the development of blood clots and plaque, which eventually cause clots in arteries. Thus it reduces the risks of heart attacks and other heart-related problems. So if you are suffering from one, you might think about consulting a doctor as these might be due to deficiency of Omega-3.
2. Poor Mental Health
Omega-3 acids are considered to be crucial for memory and mental performance. They help in building cell membranes around the brain, which are essential for brain health. Hence the intake of right amount of Omega-3 fatty acids is important when it comes to efficient brain function. Deficit or poor academic performance are some results of less Omega-3 in the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are highly effective in preventing and managing depression. A low level of this healthy fat may increase the risk of depression as well as worsen the symptoms. In fact, Omega-3 fatty acids are more effective than placebos for depression in both adults and children.
4. Poor Vision
Falling eyesight or other eye problems are other signs of essential fatty acid deficiency. These fatty acids are an important component of fat molecules, which keep the eyes healthy. They also take care of the proper drainage of the eye fluids thus causing the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma.
5. Joint Pains
A low level of Omega-3 fatty acids may lead to inflamed joints, which may eventually cause arthritis. The Omega-3 acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the pain and inflammation of the body. The fatty acids also assist in easing joint tenderness, decreasing stiffness and may help lessen the need for medication.
If you feel you have these problems as well, then don’t forget to visit a doctor. A medical practitioner can help in improving the situation before it has worsened too much.
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