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We care for your health and well-being Motherhood, a speciality hospital chain of Bengaluru-based Rhea Healthcare, provides Women and Child care and has delivered more than 16500 babies......more
We care for your health and well-being Motherhood, a speciality hospital chain of Bengaluru-based Rhea Healthcare, provides Women and Child care and has delivered more than 16500 babies through its six hospitals in the last 8 years. The hospitals are located in Bengaluru (5), Chennai, Pune (Kharadi), Indore, Coimbatore upcoming Mumbai (Khargar). We’re led by the highly accomplished clinicians, supportive nursing care ably supported by the latest technologies and treatment protocols. With state-of-the-art NICU’s, Labor Suites, Adult ICU’s, Operative Rooms, Laboratory Services and 24/7 pharmacy, Motherhood delivers the best in women, new born and children’s healthcare. Key Specialities: Pregnancy care, Fertility care, Gynaecology, Advanced Laparoscopy Surgery, Neonatology, Paediatrics, Foetal Medicine, Cosmetology and Radiology.

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Motherhood - Indiranagar

No.-324, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st StageBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (240 ratings)
23 Doctors
7 Specialities
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Motherhood - Sarjapur

514/ 1-2-3, Kaikondara Village, Opp. More Mall, Sarjapur RoadBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (331 ratings)
27 Doctors
7 Specialities
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Motherhood - Sahakara Nagar

2266/17 & 18, Service Road, G-Block, Sahakara Nagar, International Airport RoadBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (90 ratings)
8 Doctors
1 Speciality
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Motherhood - HRBR Layout

914, 5th A Cross Road, HRBR Layout 1st Block, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru 560043Bangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (60 ratings)
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Motherhood- Banashankari

#4 30th Main Rd Banagirinagara Banashankari 3rd Stage Opp Kempegowda Institute Of Medical ScienceBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (220 ratings)
21 Doctors
1 Speciality
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Doctor in Motherhood

Dr. Prathiba Govindaiah

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellowship In Reproductive Medicine
Gynaecologist
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85%  (10 ratings)
13 Years experience
500 at clinic
₹300 online
Available today
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Dr. Prashanth Gowda

MBBS,DNB,DCH
Pediatrician
84%  (10 ratings)
9 Years experience
600 at clinic
₹200 online
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10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Dr. Vijayalakshmi

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
46 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Dr. Teena Thomas

MBBS, MRCOG, PGDFM
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
20 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Dr. Rahul Shetty

M.B.B.S, M.S (General Surgeon), M.ch (Plastic Surgery)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon
85%  (10 ratings)
17 Years experience
500 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Suresh Gowda

MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH
Pediatrician
85%  (10 ratings)
21 Years experience
Available today
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Dr. Jayashree Murthy

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
28 Years experience
500 at clinic
Available today
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Dr. Gowri

MBBS & DNB
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
36 Years experience
600 at clinic
Unavailable today

Dr. Muyeed Mohammed

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), DNB - Paediatrics
Pediatrician
85%  (10 ratings)
15 Years experience
500 at clinic
Available today
02:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Nutan Anand

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pediatrics
Pediatrician
85%  (10 ratings)
12 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Srinivasa Murthy

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pediatrics, Fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Pediatrician
13 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
09:30 AM - 11:45 AM
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Chethana R

MBBS, DNB
Radiologist
27 Years experience
500 at clinic
Available today
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Dr. Sneha Sood

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DVDL
Dermatologist
5 Years experience
600 at clinic
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon
4 Years experience
700 at clinic
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04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Aruna Savur

MBBS, DNB (Paediatrics), Fellowship in Neonatal Intensive Care
Pediatrician
28 Years experience
600 at clinic
Available today
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dr. Vani R

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fellowship in Laparoscopy
Gynaecologist
21 Years experience
400 at clinic
Available today
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Dr. Sumana Rao

MBBS, MD - Pediatrics, Certification of DABP (neonatology)
Pediatrician
29 Years experience
500 at clinic
Unavailable today
500 at clinic
Available today
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Dr. Meena Kumari

MBBS, DCH
Pediatrician
23 Years experience
500 at clinic
Available today
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Shiva Kumar

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - General Surgery, Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon
17 Years experience
Available today
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
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Gynaecology

Gynaecology

A branch of medicine reserved especially for treating female conditions of the reproductive system
General Physician

General Physician

Aims to provide best quality care to patients with acute and chronic problems
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Offers various surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients willing to enhance their appearance
Endocrinology

Endocrinology

Offers quality care to patients with medical problems related to the endocrine glands and hormones
Dermatology

Dermatology

Aims to deliver the highest quality of care to patients with skin disorders
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Offers specific care to patients with any kind of mental illness or behavioural disorders
Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Aim to offer the best form of childcare to infants and children up to 18 years
Radiology

Radiology

A speciality, which uses hi-tech radio imaging for diagnosis of various medical conditions
Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Offers qualitative care to patients suffering from stomach and intestine problems
General Surgery

General Surgery

Offers extensive care to patients suffering from abdomen related medical issues
Cardiology

Cardiology

Aims to provide effective diagnosis and treatment related to cardiac and circulatory problems
Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT)

Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT)

Aims to offer special care to patients with conditions related to the ear, nose and throat
Urology

Urology

Offers cumulative treatment of problems of the Urinary tract and male reproductive organs
Hematology

Hematology

Offers qualitative care to patients suffering from blood related disorders
Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

Concentrates on efficient treatment of injuries and problems of the musculoskeletal system
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Hysterectomy - 10 Things You Did Not Know!

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Hysterectomy - 10 Things You Did Not Know!

Hysterectomy is a procedure that is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. A partial hysterectomy is performed for the removal of the uterus whereas a myomectomy is performed for the removal of the fibroids. A complete hysterectomy is performed in order to remove the uterus and the cervix. With hysterectomy, there comes some critical and sensitive topic that needs to be discussed with the surgeon. Here is a list of top 10 things that need to be known about hysterectomy:

  1. The sex life concern: Unlike common apprehension, hysterectomy doesn’t necessarily mean the end of sex life. In the worst case scenario where the cervix is removed, it takes around 6 weeks before one can resume the sex life.
  2. Hysterectomy can’t cure endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition that is characterised by menstrual cramp, painful intercourse and chronic pain. Hysterectomy is not the first line of treatment for a condition like this. If any doctor has suggested it, it makes sense to take a second opinion.
  3. Hysterectomy doesn’t mean menopause: This procedure doesn’t mean a menopause or an inability to get pregnant. There are certain other misconceptions such as getting night sweats, hot flashes and menstrual cramp etc. On the contrary, a well-performed procedure will ensure that a person doesn’t feel a thing after the surgery.
  4. The loss in ovaries: Depending on the condition of a patient, a doctor might remove the fallopian tube, uterus and ovaries. It necessarily means a sudden loss of oestrogen and progesterone hormone abruptly. Both this hormone are critical for bone and sexual health. It might also lead to menopause, decreased urge in sex and hot flashes during the night. It is therefore very important to discuss each and every aspect of the procedure before the surgery begins.
  5. Hormonal therapy: Since the removal of ovaries is likely to cause physical discomfort to the body, hormonal therapy can come to the rescue of an individual. Hormonal therapy can curtail the risk of blood clot formation, heart diseases, stroke etc.
  6. Explore other non-surgical options: Hysterectomy is not the last word for any uterus or ovary related problems. The goal is to keep the uterus intact. There are certain less evasive procedures to save ovaries and uterus. This is where multiple opinions come handy.
  7. Less invasive options: There exist less invasive surgeries for treatment related to uterus and ovaries. For instance, a robotic hysterectomy causes far less pain as compared to traditional procedure. It also ensures less loss of blood from the system resulting in less weakness.
  8. The morcellation technique: In case a uterus has to be removed, doctors these days use a process known as morcellation. The latter involves making small cuts into various places of the uterus in order to bring it out. The false apprehension of this process causing cancer cells in the body is not true. Only if a patient is suffering from a particular kind of cancer, it might spread to other parts of the body. A doctor has to be consulted to assure such a thing doesn’t happen.
  9. Cancer apprehension: For people facing a gene defect such as BRAC1 and BRAC2 hysterectomy can reduce the chance of ovarian cancer by a good 80 percent.
  10. Physiological healing post hysterectomy: Although physical healing takes no more than 6 weeks after the procedure, the emotional healing might take some time. It makes sense to seek professional help for postoperative depression.
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How To Take Care Of Your Vagina After Giving Birth?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
How To Take Care Of Your Vagina After Giving Birth?

Pregnancy can wreak havoc in your body; be it your hormones overflowing or the constant crying of your newborn that makes you agitated after a point of time. Your baby will probably be your top priority in times like these but maybe, you can put yourself on the list as well once in a while because carrying a human inside isn’t a very easy task.

Vaginal soreness
On the off chance that you suffered a vaginal tear or an episiotomy while delivering, the injury may sting for a couple of weeks. Broad tears may take more time to heal. Meanwhile, you can promote healing by:

  1. In case of sitting becoming uncomfortable, try sitting on a cushion or cushioned ring.
  2. Utilize a squeezer-bottle in order to pour lukewarm water over the vulva while you're urinating. Press a cleansed washcloth immovably against the injury when you hunker down for passing stool.
  3. Cool the injury using an ice compress, or place a cool witch hazel cushion between the wound and a clean sanitary napkin.
  4. Take stool softeners or analgesics as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  5. For treatment of episiotomy wound in 1st week - betadine wash should be used 3-4 times a day.

While you're recovering, anticipate that the uneasiness will gradually reduce. Contact your doctor if the pain increases; the injury gets swollen, hot and excruciating; or if you notice a discharge with pus.

Vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge (lochia) might be a problem for several weeks post-delivery. Expect a red, overwhelming stream of blood for the initial few days. The release will continuously decrease, getting to be watery and changing from pink or chestnut to yellow and finally white. Contact your doctor if:

  1. You have substantial vaginal drying
  2. The discharge has a foul scent
  3. You have a temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or more

Contractions
You may feel contractions for the initial few days post-delivery. These constrictions, which frequently seem like menstrual cramps help in preventing excess bleeding by compressing the vessels. These contractions have a tendency to get more intense with subsequent deliveries. Your healthcare supplier may suggest an OTC pain reliever as well. Contact your healthcare personnel in the event of fever or if the stomach area is tender to your touch. These symptoms and side effects could show a uterine disease.

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Prenatal Pregnancy Check-up - Why Do You Think Is It Required?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Prenatal Pregnancy Check-up - Why Do You Think Is It Required?

What is Prenatal care?

It is crucial for a woman who is on her way to becoming a mother to pay special attention to her health. Health care offered to a pregnant woman is also known as prenatal care or antenatal care. It is a very important phase in a woman's life, so go for regular prenatal checkups as they go a long way in reducing risks of complications during pregnancy and child birth. This, in turn, increases the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.
Contrary to popular belief, prenatal care does not begin when a woman is told that she is pregnant. Prenatal care should ideally be started at least three months before you try to conceive a child. This prepares your body and mind for the changes that pregnancy will bring. Some healthy habits to follow during this period include:

  • Quit Drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Consult a gynecologist about any existing medical conditions, medication you may be on and what supplements you should start taking
  • Avoid contact with chemicals and toxic substances

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you will need to visit the doctor regularly for checkups.

Prenatal checkups are meant to keep an eye on your health and the health of your baby. In most cases, you will be asked to come in every month for the first two trimesters and every two weeks during the seventh and eighth month of your pregnancy. During the ninth month, your doctor may want to see you once a week until the delivery. In cases where a pregnancy is considered high risk because of existing medical conditions, the age of the mother or any other factors, the doctor may ask a for more frequent checkups.

A prenatal checkup involves a physical examination, tests, screenings and dietary consultations. Some of the common tests include blood tests to check for HIV, the mother’s blood type and anemia. Your blood pressure will also be monitored. When it comes to the baby’s health, determining the rate at which the baby is growing and heart rate are most important. In the later stages of your pregnancy, the position of the baby will also be noted. It is important to not skip these checkups even if you are feeling fine.

Keep your doctor informed about any changes you may notice in your health. Do not take any medication without consulting your doctor even if it is for something as simple as a cold. Do not feel shy about talking to your doctor and ask him or her anything you would like to about your pregnancy and childbirth.

 

Cesarean Section (C-Section) - Know Everything About It!

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Cesarean Section (C-Section) - Know Everything About It!

Babies can enter this world in one of two ways: Pregnant women can have either a vaginal birth or a surgical delivery by Caesarean section, but the ultimate goal is to safely give birth to a healthy baby.

A C-section, or Caesarean section is a surgical procedure to remove baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and then a second incision in the uterus.

A C-section may be a necessity in certain situations, such as delivering a very large baby in a mother with a small pelvis, or if the baby is not in a heads-down position and efforts to turn the baby before a woman gives birth have been unsuccessful.

Sometimes the decision by an obstetrician to perform a C-section is unplanned, and it is done for emergency reasons because the health of the mother, the baby, or both of them is in jeopardy. This may occur because of a problem during pregnancy or after a woman has gone into labor, such as if labor is happening too slowly or if the baby is not getting enough oxygen.

Some C-sections are considered elective, meaning they are requested by the mother for non-medical reasons before she goes into labor. A woman may choose to have a C-section if she wants to plan when she delivers or if she previously had a complicated vaginal delivery.

Reasons for a C-section may include-

  1. Health problems in the mother
  2. The mother carrying more than one baby
  3. The size or position of the baby
  4. The baby’s health is in danger
  5. Labor is not moving along as it should

The surgery is relatively safe for mother and baby. Still, it is major surgery and carries risks. It also takes longer to recover from a C-section than from vaginal birth. It can raise the risk of having difficulties with future pregnancies. Some women may have problems attempting a vaginal birth later. Still, many women are able to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

How You Might Feel-

You won’t feel any pain during the C-section, although you may feel sensations like pulling and pressure. Most women are awake and simply numbed from the waist down using regional anesthesia during a C-section.

That way, they are awake to see and hear their baby being born. A curtain will be over your abdomen during the surgery, but you may be able to take a peek as your baby is being delivered from your belly.

However, women who need to have an emergency C-section occasionally require general anesthesia, so they’re unconscious during the delivery and won’t remember anything or feel any pain.

Recovering from a C-section-

After a C-section, a woman may spend two to four days in the hospital, but it may take her up to six weeks to feel more like herself again.

Her abdomen will feel sore from the surgery and the skin and nerves in this area will need time to heal. Women will be given narcotic pain medications to take the edge off any post-surgery pain, and most women use them for about two weeks afterward.

A woman may also experience bleeding for about four to six weeks after a surgical birth. She is also advised to not have sex for a few weeks after her C-section and to also avoid strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects.

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Dilation & Curettage Process - Things You Need To Be Aware!

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Dilation & Curettage Process - Things You Need To Be Aware!

Dilation and curettage procedure which is commonly referred to as D&C is a minor surgical procedure where the cervix is dilated while a special instrument is used for scraping out the lining of the uterus. It is important to know what you can expect before, after and during the process so that you can stay ahead of unnecessary worries and help the process to be smooth and fruitful.

When do doctors recommend dilation and curettage process?
You may be required to undergo the dilation and curettage procedure for one of many reasons. It can be used for removal of tissues in the uterus during or after an abortion or miscarriage or to remove little pieces of placenta after delivery. This process aids in preventing infection as well as heavy bleeding. On the other hand, it can help in diagnosing and treating abnormal uterine bleeding including polyps, fibroids, hormonal imbalances and even uterine cancer. A sample of the tissues in the uterus is tested under a microscope to check if there is any abnormal cell present.

What can you expect during the dilation and curettage process?
The D&C procedure is a minor one and takes about 15 minutes even though you will have to spend about 4 to 5 hours in the healthcare facility. Before the procedure, your doctor would check complete history, and at this point, you should tell your doctor if you suspect that you are pregnant, you are sensitive to latex or any medicines or if you have a history of bleeding disorders. You will then be given anesthesia so that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Before this procedure, you will have to empty your bladder.

The D&C procedure comprises two main steps, dilation, and curettage.
Dilation involves opening of the lower part of the uterus or the cervix for allowing insertion of a slender rod. This is done to soften the cervix so that it opens and allows curettage to be performed. Curettage involves scraping of the lining and removal of the uterine contents with the help of a spoon-like instrument known as a curette. This may cause some amount of cramping, and a tissue sample would be taken out for examination in the laboratory.

After the completion of the procedure, you may experience slight bleeding and cramping. In some rare cases, adhesions or scar tissues may start forming inside the uterus, and this condition is termed as Asherman’s syndrome which can cause changes in the menstrual cycle along with infertility. This problem, if arises, can be solved with the help of surgery and therefore, you should report any abnormality in your menstrual cycle to your doctor.

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Miscarriage - How Can You Prevent It?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Miscarriage - How Can You Prevent It?

The most devastating period for any pregnant women is a miscarriage. This normally happens because of genetic abnormality noticed in the fetus caused due to tripling of a chromosome. This is also called ‘spontaneous abortion’ because the body rejects the random genetic abnormality. Apart from this, there are many other reasons for miscarriage namely blood clotting, deshaped uterus, uterine fibroids, unhealthy cervix and so on. Now, this could lead you to the next question - What can we do to prevent miscarriage?

Time to meet the gynaecologist:
When there is tripling of chromosomes or genetic mismatch, the body actually rejects the fetus, thereby preventing birth of an unhealthy baby. But, if the miscarriage repeats several times, then you have to meet your gynaecologist for further tests and appropriate medical intervention.

Symptoms of miscarriage:
In the normal course, when miscarriage occurs, the women would experience back pain or vaginal bleeding or blood in the vaginal mucus or cramping or abdominal pain. Ironically, sometimes the miscarriage may happen without any of these symptoms. It would get noticed only during routine scanning. However, in the normal course, the chance of a miscarriage is highest before the 12th week. But if miscarriage happens after the 12th week and before the 24th week, then it is called spontaneous abortion. Thereafter, it is known as a ‘still born’ baby.

However, there are some steps that can help women prevent a miscarriage. These steps are briefly explained here.

  • Nicotine retards growth of fetus and it is for this reason the couple should shun smoking, months before they plan pregnancy. This change in lifestyle has remarkable effects in preventing miscarriage. Similarly, caffeine can also be the cause of miscarriage. Therefore, women should regulate their intake of coffee as per the advice given by the gynaecologist.
  • Women suffering from chronic ailments like lupus, problems with thyroid, epilepsy and such other ailments are prone to a miscarriage. Similarly, it is also advisable that women should get tested for STD/HIV because these ailments can cause a miscarriage. Women suffering from such ailments should be under constant medical care.
  • In addition to these, the women should take food rich in vitamins, proteins, Omega-3 and fibres. Further, they should also do physical exercises as per the instructions given by the gynaecologist. One should drink enough water so as to keep oneself sufficiently hydrated. Women must practice meditation, which helps in reducing stress.

The causes of a miscarriage are many; women should discuss about the issues relating to a miscarriage with their gynecologist. This helps them take appropriate preventive steps against this unwanted situation.

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Chromosomal Abnormalities - Why Get It Screened In The First Trimester?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Chromosomal Abnormalities - Why Get It Screened In The First Trimester?

First-trimester screening is a prenatal test. It is conducted to get early information about a baby's risk of certain chromosomal conditions. It can detect conditions like Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and extra sequences of chromosome 18 (Trisomy 18).

It is usually conducted in two steps:

  1. Blood test
  2. Followed by USG

Initially, a blood test is conducted to ascertain the levels of two pregnancy specific substances in the mother's blood. The blood is tested for pregnancy associated plasma protein and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Thereafter, a USG is done to find out the size of the clear space in the tissue that is present at the back of the foetus’s neck.

The screening is done between weeks 11 and 14 of pregnancy. The doctor is able to gauge the risk of your baby having Down syndrome or Trisomy 18 by using your age and results of the test. This screening is quite helpful and can guard you against deadly consequences in the future. Down syndrome is known to cause impairments in the mental and social development of the child. Trisomy 18 gets often fatal by age 1. However, first screening doesn’t find out the risk of neural tube defects.



It is the first screening done in pregnancy. It can be done before any other screening. Thus, the results are known at an early stage. You will get time to think about the future consequences can help you in deciding your course of action and the decision to either continue or terminate the pregnancy. You will be ready to know and decide whether you will be able to live and take care of a baby with special needs. You can conduct other screenings later in pregnancy. You must know that first-trimester screening is treated as being optional. It can detect the risk and cannot tell you whether your baby has the problems in real or not.

Often women get worried about the test and it’s after effects. However, there is no need to worry. It will not harm your pregnancy. The foetus remains untouched and safe during the screening. It will not lead to any miscarriage or any other complication.

A practitioner will collect your blood by inserting a needle into your veins. The blood is then sent for testing to the lab. You can resume your usual daily activities. The ultrasound will need you to lie on your back on a table and the technician will put a transducer on your abdomen. The sound waves will be changed into digital images that the technician will refer to. You can get back to your normal routine as soon as the test is over.

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How Flu Can Affect Your Pregnancy?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
How Flu Can Affect Your Pregnancy?

When you are pregnant, the need to watch your health is significantly higher. It is not just a question of your health, but of the developing baby also. This makes it extremely significant as different bacteria and viruses could affect the baby’s development and even lead to complications with pregnancy and childbirth.

The flu, short for influenza, is a mild viral infection that affects the upper airways, including the nose, throat, and sinuses. The usual symptoms include nose blockage, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, heavy headed feeling. It is caused by a virus and therefore there is no remedy for it. It has to run its course which usually takes about 7 days, and the body will fight off the infection on its own.

Symptomatic treatment including paracetamol and adequate hydration can help live through the flu. Though it is common in any weather, the winters increase the risk.

Another increased risk factor is the reduced immune levels in a pregnant woman, making them more prone to catching the flu. This could lead to complications like pneumonia which might require hospitalisation and prolonged treatment with antibiotics. The baby could also be at risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and premature birth.

Symptoms: If you do catch the flu during your pregnancy, you will notice the following symptoms a headache, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath, coughing, sudden chills or fever, diarrhoea or vomiting, and body aches, and loss of appetite.

Management: If you suspect that you could have the flu, contact the doctor immediately. Taking safe antiviral medications can help reduce the duration of the illness and reduce pain and suffering. In addition, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids can help recovery. Acetaminophen can help manage the fever, while Robitussin and guaifenesin can help manage the cough.

Prevention: If you are planning for pregnancy or are already pregnant, it makes great sense to get vaccinated for the flu. This can help prevent a flu attack and sail through pregnancy smoothly. In addition to protecting the mother, the flu vaccine also transmits the virus to the newborn, which gets immunity for up to 6 months of life. The vaccine also has a beneficial effect on the newborn.

It is safe to get the flu vaccine during pregnancy, though taking it in the early months is advisable. It is also safe during breastfeeding with no harmful effects documented. In addition, some healthy habits like regularly washing hands, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and keeping a safe distance from people with flu can help prevent flu attack.

While prevention is the best solution, if contracted, the flu can be managed well by seeking immediate medical attention.

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Breastfeeding - Did You Know It Has Many Benefits?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Breastfeeding - Did You Know It Has Many Benefits?

While the decision to breastfeed or not to is a personal one, however, it is known to have a number of benefits for both the baby and the mother. Ideally, a newborn baby should be fed only mother’s milk for the first six months of his or her life. This not only provides a nutritious diet for the infant, but it can also protect the baby from a number of diseases that could affect them now and in the years to come.

Here are a few reasons a mother should breastfeed her baby

  1. Well balanced nutrition: Mother’s milk is better than any form of infant formula. This is because it contains the perfect mix of vitamins, p111939roteins and fats essential for your baby’s growth. Also, these nutrients are made available to the baby is easy to digest form which increases the amount of nutrition absorbed by the baby’s body. By breastfeeding a baby, the chances of them being overweight in their later years is also reduced.
  2. Immunity booster: Along with nutrients breast milk is also rich in antibodies that protect your baby against viral and bacterial infections. Breastfeeding a baby reduces their risk of suffering from asthma and other allergies in future and also reduces the frequency of ear infections, respiratory diseases and diarrhea.
  3. Better bonding: When a baby is being breastfed it is held close to the mother’s body and skin to skin contact is established. This benefits both the baby and the mother and helps build a strong bond between them. For the baby, this skin to skin contact builds a sense of security and for the mother, breastfeeding the baby can help deal with postpartum depression and make her feel connected to the baby.
  4. Helps the mother recover: Breastfeeding helps the mother get her body back to its pre-pregnancy condition faster. This is because breastfeeding burns calories and hence helps the mother lose pregnancy weight faster. It also triggers the release of hormones such as oxytocin which reduce uterine bleeding after delivery and help the uterus get back to its original size.

When breastfeeding a baby it is important to recognize when the baby is hungry and feed him or her before they start crying. Typically an infant should feed on each breast for 10-20 minutes at a stretch. It is also important to be patient and comfortable while breastfeeding so as to allow milk to flow evenly and to prevent fatigue.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fasting During Pregnancy - Should You Do It?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Fasting During Pregnancy - Should You Do It?

If you are pregnant and considering fasting during the festive season, it might not be a good idea. As per studies, fasting during any trimester of the pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the unborn child.

During the 1st trimester, your baby is in a very delicate stage. It is better not to fast during this period of time. Similarly, fasting during the 3rd trimester is also very much unsafe. However, if you are healthy and have no pregnancy-related complications then you can fast but only after consulting your doctor. Remember that your baby depends on you for food. So, it is always good to avoid going completely w111939ithout food when on fasting during pregnancy.

Below given are a few tips to be followed by pregnant women when going on Navratri fasting:

  1. Consult your doctor: The doctor should always be consulted before deciding to fast. Different women have different risk levels, and there can be chances of diseases like diabetes and threats of miscarriage. The doctor will be the sole person to gauge the degree of risk associated and give a proper solution.
  2. Stay hydrated: Consume lots of water. This should be done to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can lead to hardening of tummy or cases of pre-term labor. It can also result in dry skin and mouth, fatigue, intense feelings of thirst and dark urine.
  3. Sleep well: While fasting, pregnant women experience a lot of stress compared to others. There is the combined physical exertion of pregnancy and fasting. This can take a serious toll on health. It is always advisable that they sleep for long and stay relaxed.
  4. Eat healthily: Eating healthy is very important as then only, the baby will get enough nutrients. In this regard, a healthy diet plan, given by the doctor should be followed. Consumption of 2-3 types of fruits throughout the day is essential as they are rich in natural sugars and minerals. This helps in maintaining the energy levels of the body. Moreover, the fast should always be broken with healthy and nutritious foods. As the body does not get food, for the entire day, gobbling something deep fried and oily after the fast ends, is not at all a good idea. High sugar foods or caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea should be avoided during fast.
  5. Look out for warning signs: The would-be mother should always look out for warning signs. This includes severe dehydration, weight loss, constipation, indigestion, nausea, dizziness, headaches, lethargy, fever and even a reduction of the baby’s movement inside the womb. These are indications that the body cannot cope with the stress associated with fasting. These physical conditions should be immediately reported to the doctor.

Keep these important tips in mind in order to enjoy the festive spirit along with a healthy and safe pregnancy! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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