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Dr. S. Dhanalakshmi

MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Gynaecologist, Chennai

44 Years Experience  ·  0 at clinic
Dr. S. Dhanalakshmi MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology Gynaecologist, Chennai
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Dr. S. Dhanalakshmi is a trusted Gynaecologist in Vasantha Hospital, Chennai. Doctor has helped numerous patients in his/her 44 years of experience as a Gynaecologist. Doctor is a MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology . Doctor is currently associated with Sanjeevini Nursing Home in Vasantha Hospital, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. S. Dhanalakshmi and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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Education
MBBS - Government Thanjavur Medical College - 1973
DGO - STANLEY MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, CHENNAI. - 1975
MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology - STANLEY MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, CHENNAI. - 1982
Awards and Recognitions
Presented Papers In National Conferences
Lifetime Achiever Award From Tn Chief Minister
Published Papers In Iobs& Gynec Journal Of India
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Chained Scientific Sessions In Conferences
Participated In Forming Legislation Towards , Hiv Inflicted People Being (Isolated)
Conducted And Participated In Postgraduates + Diplomate Nb Students Intensive Teaching And Coaching
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Women Doctor Association
Life Member and PRESIDENT of IMA, North Chennai
Life Member of North Chennai Doctors Association

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Hi. I am having lot of pain after having sex with my husband and blood is coming continually?

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Ludhiana
Hi , how long you have been married? if you are newly married, then it can be because of vaginal lacerations but if you are in married life since a long time then you need complete gynaecological examination.
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जाने क्यों है पाचन तंत्र महत्बपूर्ण डॉ. आर.के. अग्रवाल

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi
जाने क्यों है पाचन तंत्र महत्बपूर्ण   डॉ. आर.के. अग्रवाल

पाचन क्रिया वह प्रक्रिया है जिसके द्वारा भोजन को ऐसे रूप में तोड़ा जाता है जिससे वो हमारे शरीर में रक्त प्रणाली द्वारा अवशोषित हो सके और हमारे शरीर को पोषण व ऊर्जा प्रदान करने के लिए कोशिकाओं तक अवशोषित को पहुचाया जाये।

यह पूरी प्रक्रिया मुख से शुरू होती है जब हम भोजन को चबाते व निगलते है।

हमारे लार में ऐसे एंजाइम होते है जो भोजन से स्टार्च को छोटे-छोटे अणुओं में तोड़ता है।

सारी बीमारियों का कारण आतें होती है, आंतों की अच्छे से सफाई ना होने की बजह से हमारा पेट बीमारियों का घर बन जाता है। यदि शरीर को अन्दर से साफ रखने की हमारी प्रक्रिया दुरस्त है तो हमें बीमारियों से बचे रह सकते हैं। जब भी हमारे शरीर में अल्सर, ट्यूमर, कैंसर, पाइल्स, फिस्तुला, फिसर, एसिडिटी और कब्ज़ जैसी बीमारियां होती है, यदि हम इनके बारे में थोड़ा जानने की कोशिश करे और होने के कारण को सोचे तो इन बीमारियों की जड़ पेट से ही शुरू होती है। तो अगर इन बीमारियों से बचे रहना चाहते हैं तो सबसे ज्यादा जरूरी है कि हमारा पेट व आंते बिल्कुल साफ रहें यानी हमारी पाचन क्रिया व उत्सर्जन क्रिया दोनो सही से काम करें।

डॉ. आर.के. अग्रवाल कहते हैं कि हम जो भी खाते हैं उसके साफ होने या पचने के पीछे एक पूरी विधी है।

समीकरण – हम जो भी खाते हैं = क्या पचा + अपशिष्टों के बाहर जाने का रास्ता।

हमारे पेट को पूरी तरह साफ होना चाहिए 12घण्टे में नहीं तो 24 में सही।

अगर सफाई की प्रक्रिया सही चली तो आपका अतिरिक्त वजन कभी भी नहीं बढ़ेगा और अगर बढ़ा तो इसका मतलब अपशिष्ट हमारे शरीर में ही इकठ्ठे हो रहे हैं। और अगर बहुत अधिक मात्रा में वजन घटा तो इसका मतलब आपके भोजन के पोषक तत्व भी शरीर के बाहर जा रहे हैं।  ये दोनों ही अवस्था हमारी पाचन क्रिया के सही से काम ना करने की बजह से होता है।

पढ़े इस परिस्थिति में बॉवेल क्लीन्ज और किडनी क्लीन्ज किस तरह से आपकी सहायता कर सकते हैं।

इस पूरी प्रक्रिया में अपशिष्ट पुरानी कोशिकाएं व बिना पचा हुआ भोजन है जो की पेट में पहुंचता है और वहां से आंतों द्वारा बाहर कर दिया जाता है।

 

हम SSOHM में चाहता है लोग समझ सके की अभी भी आपके शरीर को सफाई करने में देरी नहीं हुई है। हम केवल आपके शरीर को साफ ही नहीं बल्कि कई खतरनाक बीमारियों से भी बचाएंगे।

जिससे आप जीवन पर्यन्त निरोगी रह सकें।

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Health Tip - Flossing

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Dentist, Indore
Health Tip - Flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing on a daily basis. Taking the floss all the way down to the point where the teeth and gums meet is the appropriate way of doing it.

Hello! I have a tiny bump on the inside of my vagina and I was worried. I just had my checkup for STDs and my results were negative. What might this be?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
It could be bartholin cyst or gartner cyst. If it is paining or causing discomfort then it should be removed surgically.
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Hi I am 43 took meprate for delayed periods after one tablet I find spotting Dr. advised me to stop tablet years periods r coming but it's clear after one day spotting .what shud I do.

M.B.S.(HOMEO), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Hi I am 43 took meprate for delayed periods after one tablet I find spotting Dr. advised me to stop tablet years peri...
Medroxyprogesterone is a progestin (a form of progesterone), a female hormone that helps regulate ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and menstrual periods. Medroxyprogesterone is used to treat conditions such as absent or irregular menstrual periods, or abnormal uterine bleeding. Common medroxyprogesterone side effects may include: spotting or breakthrough bleeding; changes in your menstrual periods; vaginal itching or discharge; breast tenderness or discharge; headache, dizziness, feeling nervous or depressed; bruising or swelling of your veins; premenstrual type symptoms (bloating, fluid retention, mood changes); sleep problems (insomnia); itching, rash, acne, hair growth, loss of scalp hair; stomach discomfort, bloating, nausea; weight gain; or vision changes and difficulty wearing contact lenses. You should consult your family doctor for further treatment.
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Is Lack Of Sexual Desire In Females Normal?

MBBS, M.D Psychiatry , Diploma in Psychological Medicine
Sexologist, Navi Mumbai
Is Lack Of Sexual Desire In Females Normal?

What is sexual desire?
It is the attraction that manifests itself in a physical way, which leads to sexual excitement, peak and intercourse for satisfactory sexual activity. This is considered a normal part of the physiological make up of human beings. Yet, there are individuals who suffer from complete lack of desire, which may be categorised as an often unnoticed health issue. This can affect both men and women. So what else should you know about lack of desire? Here's our list!

Lack of Desire for Women: Women often go through phases where they experience complete lack of sexual desire. This could be due to a variety of reasons, starting from hormonal changes to stress. This condition is usually known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder for women. This can be due to a combination of physical as well as mental factors.

Lack of Desire for Men: Lack of desire for men is usually characterised by a condition known as erectile dysfunction where the patient may have a problem in getting and retaining an erection for long enough to go through with a complete cycle of sexual activity. The causes for this may range from ailments like low testosterone, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, to stress.

Frequency: Contrary to popular belief, lack of sexual desire does not happen due to less frequency of sex, for either male or female patients. As per medical studies, there is no set behaviour or pattern that can create low sexual desire.

Relationship Issues: The issues may range from conflict and lack of performance as well as an utter lack of any kind of emotional stability and satisfaction in the relationship. This is one of the most common causes for lack of desire for both males and females. It may lead to complete lack of sexual interest for females, and stress that causes erectile dysfunction for males.

Sociocultural Stress: Many times, there are many sociocultural factors that affect conditions like lack of desire. This may include stress due to one's job or peer pressure. In many cases, constant exposure to media executed imagery and pornography can also lead to unreasonable expectations. This can lead to stress and lack of interest in one's partner.

Medical Issues: Lack of desire may also be a side effect of medical ailments like depression and other mental related problems. Also, chronic physical ailments like endometriosis, fibroids and thyroid disorders can lead to such problems. Lack of desire may happen due to certain types of medicines like anti-depressants and contraceptives. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Sexologist.

 

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I had sex with my girlfriend 10 may used emergency pill. She got period 24 may. Then 10 June she started bleeding for 3 days. Why she bleed? Then we sex two times with protection. Now her period is off. She took pregnancy test 10 July and it was negative. Is she pregnant? What to do now?

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Indore
I had sex with my girlfriend 10 may used emergency pill. She got period 24 may. Then 10 June she started bleeding for...
No she is not pregnant contraceptive pills cause hormonal imbalance and have lots of side effects so avoid them.
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Does unprotected sex during periods leads to pregnancy? If yes what could be done to avoid it.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Does unprotected sex during periods leads to pregnancy? If yes what could be done to avoid it.
Dear user. I can understand. Unprotected sex during the periods do not lead to pregnancy. TO CAUSE PREGNANCY on a woman, sperm should be ejaculated inside the vagina or fresh sperm should be inseminated inside the vagina with some means during the fertile period. . Pregnancy only happens when other aspects are too satisfied. In the given case, there is no chance of pregnancy. Take care.
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What is the cost of hymenoplasty? And what does it mean? For how many days rest is required after it?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
What is the cost of hymenoplasty? And what does it mean? For how many days rest is required after it?
The normal aim of hymenoplasty is to cause bleeding during post-nuptial intercourse, which in some cultures is considered proof of virginity. The surgery last for around 30-45 minutes using a surgical technique, the torn edges of the hymen are put back together. If done correctly, to the visible eye, there is no scarring and the hymen appears intact. After this type of hymen surgery, subsequent intercourse will typically tear the membrane causing pain and bleeding. The dissolvable stitches are used to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening to the vagina. There are no risks of hymen reconstruction (hymenoplasty), and is always without any complications. The recovery time is less than a day. After the hymenoplasty operation, the patient can return to work next day and complete healing takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Hospital stay is only 5-6 hrs. Cost of the surgery for sharing class 35k and for special room 50k, which includes all costs.
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Am a pregnant of 5 week what I do know for abortions. please give answer in detail.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath,
Am a pregnant of 5 week what I do know for abortions. please give answer in detail.
Hi take sulph 30 one dose dan after 30 days calcarb 20 one dose dan after 26 day take lyco 30 one above all will clear your miasum so its good for baby health accordingly our science anything diet and etc you will get from internet so I will not suggest you abot diet and etc do one thing if your interrested buy ayurvedia garbha sansakar book which I experienced very good actually you do not need anything other medicine and diet all all things r given so nicely till your childs age of 5 years also mothers health covers THAT MEANS U DO not NEED ANY ALLOPATHIC OR ANY OTHER TREATMENT OR DIET ACCORDING TO MY ONE OF SINCERE PATIENT ALL D VERY BEST I M HOMOEOPATH STILL I GIVE U MY BEST ANSER TAKE CARE inform me if any problem.
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Hi doctor, I'm 27 years old female. I'm trying to get pregnant since 6 months. I have regular cycle of 26 days. These time I did not get my period. On day 30 I had pregnancy strip test at home. It was negative. Still I did not get my period.. Should I consult doctor. Or should I wait until next period.

DGO
Gynaecologist, Hyderabad
Hi doctor, I'm 27 years old female. I'm trying to get pregnant since 6 months. I have regular cycle of 26 days. These...
Consult doctor n take tablets for withdrawal bleeding. Get these investigation n let me know 1. Thyroid profile 2. Lh, fsh, prl 3. Semen analysis for husband.
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I am 23 years old before 1 year I got pregnant but my 1 month baby miscarriage and after then I am not getting pregnant why? Please advise.

MBBS, MD Obs & Gynae, FNB Reproductive Medicine
Gynaecologist, Jalandhar
I am 23 years old before 1 year I got pregnant but my 1 month baby miscarriage and after then I am not getting pregna...
U have to look at the status of the tubes by HSG as previous abortion and infection sometimes leads to tubal blockage.
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Do kidney stones cause sour burps? Do kidney stones effect menstrual cycle? Does it effect in delaying periods? please do help with your answers.

DGO, MD, MRCOG, CCST, Accredation in Colposcopy
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
Do kidney stones cause sour burps? Do kidney stones effect menstrual cycle? Does it effect in delaying periods? pleas...
No kidney stones are not related to period problems; however if there is a hormonal imbalance associated then periods may be irregular.
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HI, I just missed my periods by 4-5 days and it had never happened before. I had one urine test as well but that was negative, I consulted with one of the leading gone but she advised me to wait for some more days and then again have urine test but I am very not sure why my PMS are delayed.

MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
HI, I just missed my periods by 4-5 days and it had never happened before. I had one urine test as well but that was ...
Hi, if you have any unprotected sexual intercourse recently then you need to wait and perform urine pregnancy test again after a week, or if took any oral contraceptive pill then your periods will be shifted, you need to wait for more time.
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Hello I am 29. I am trying for baby since 1 n 1/2 year. I have conceived in april but some reason I have abort it. This month I have take a chance again. My question is m there are lot of pimples coming on my face suddenly. Literally face covered wirh pimple. Can you just help me for this. Is this because of pregnancy? I have not done any pregnancy test yet. My due date is 22 sept.

MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
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I am 29. I am trying for baby since 1 n 1/2 year. I have conceived in april but some reason I have abort it. Th...
Take following homoeo medicines berberus aquifolium Q 30 ml Sbl or any company 10 drops 3 times per day in water also apply berberis aq oin. Both avaliable in homoeo medical or online. Take full sleep no late night drink planty water eat vegetables fruits wash face with himilaya face wash
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My wife was pregnant of 1 months but she has done abortion but now she is suffering from bleeding please advice him.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Pune
Hello Lybrate user, Take complete bed rest,take pillow below both legs, Use warm water for drinking,take healthy ,warm food,fresh fruits,dry fruits,take proper rest,sound sleep. Avoid- chilled water,cold drink, foods kept in fridge,oily,spicy,outside food,water, avoid late night works, travelling. best luck..
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Me an my wife had unprotected sex yesterday, and planning to take i-pill. But we have few questions: What will happen after taking the pill, will periods start? What happens to menstrual cycle? This moth she already had her periods and after taking the pill again her will start so what will happen in next month? Any side effects if taken once?

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FMAS, DMAS
Gynaecologist, Noida
Me an my wife had unprotected sex yesterday, and planning to take i-pill. But we have few questions:
What will happen...
Hello, Ideally ipill is to be taken within 72 hrs of last unprotected intercourse. Then in next 5-7 days menses or withdrawal bleeding usually arrives. This start of bleeding should be taken as fresh start of your menses as this would now become your fresh LMP date. Your next menses should be expected only after a month from this date of initiation of withdrawal bleeding. The most common side effect of ipill is heavy menses and often delayed next 1-2 cycles.
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What You Need to Know About Clubfoot?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
What You Need to Know About Clubfoot?

What You Need to Know About Clubfoot?

clubfoot is a common condition where an infant is born with a foot that turns in

  • Clubfoot most often presents at birth.

  • Clubfoot is caused by a shortened Achilles tendon, which causes the foot to turn in and under.

  • Clubfoot is twice as common in boys.

  • Treatment is necessary to correct clubfoot and is usually done in two phases — casting and bracing.

  • Children with clubfoot should be able to take part in regular daily activities once the condition is treated.

What is clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a foot deformity classified into three different types: idiopathic (unknown cause), neurogenic (caused by condition of the nervous system) and syndromic (related to an underlying syndrome).

Idiopathic Clubfoot

Also known as talipes equinovarus, idiopathic clubfoot is the most common type of clubfoot and is present at birth. This congenital anomaly is seen in one out of every 1,000 babies, with half of the cases of club foot involving only one foot. There is currently no known cause of idiopathic clubfoot, but baby boys are twice as likely to have clubfoot compared to baby girls.

Neurogenic Clubfoot

Neurogenic clubfoot is caused by an underlying neurologic condition. For instance, a child born with spina bifida A clubfoot may also develop later in childhood due to cerebral palsy or a spinal cord compression.

Syndromic Clubfoot

Syndromic clubfoot is found along with a number of other clinical conditions, which relate to an underlying syndrome. Examples of syndromes where a clubfoot can occur include arthrogryposis, constriction band syndrome, tibial hemimelia and diastrophic dwarfism.

What are the signs and symptoms of clubfoot?

In a clubfoot, the Achilles tendon is too short, causing the foot to stay pointed — also known as “fixing the foot in equinus.” The foot is also turned in and under. The bones of the foot and ankle are all present but are misaligned due to differences in the muscles and tendons acting on the foot.

What are the risk factors of clubfoot?

  • Having a parent or sibling with clubfoot

  • Maternal smoking during pregnancy

  • Male

Clubfoot Diagnosis

Foot imbalance due to clubfoot may be noticed during a fetal screening ultrasound as early as 12 weeks gestation, but the diagnosis of clubfoot is confirmed by physical exam at birth.

Clubfoot Treatment

The treatment for clubfoot consists of two phases: Ponseti serial casting and bracing. Treatment is always necessary, because the condition does not get better with growth.

Ponseti Serial Casting

A supramalleolar orthosis with bar is used for bracing after an infant has completed casting treatment for clubfoot

The Ponseti technique of serial casting is a treatment method that involves careful stretching and manipulation of the foot and holding with a cast. The first cast is applied one to two weeks after the baby is born. The cast is then changed in the office every seven to 10 days. With the fourth or fifth cast, a small in-office procedure is also needed to lengthen the Achilles tendon. This is done using a local numbing medicine and small blade. Afterward, the baby is placed into one last cast, which remains on for two to three weeks.

Bracing for Clubfoot

While the casting corrects the foot deformity, bracing maintains the correction. Without bracing, the clubfoot would redevelop. The day the last cast is removed, the baby is fit in a supramalleolar orthosis with a bar. These braces are worn 23 hours a day for two months, then 12 hours a day (naps plus nighttime) until kindergarten age.

Life after Treatment of Clubfoot

A well-corrected clubfoot looks no different than a normal foot. Sports, dance and normal daytime footwear are the expectations for a child born with a clubfoot. This condition will not hold a child back from normal activities. 

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I am 23 years old. I have a severe pain in my stomach when I get my periods. My pain is unbearable. Please suggest what can be done.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Kottayam
I am 23 years old. I have a severe pain in my stomach when I get my periods. My pain is unbearable. Please suggest wh...
take ten grams of sesame seeds make a decoction of it and have it daily twice with a piece of jagery for three months or have 1 spoon of aloevera gel for one.month in empty stomach and practice sooryanamaskara in yoga
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I want to ask question from you if I will pregnant so which type precautions I took and How much drink mothersmilk.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I want to ask question from you if I will pregnant so which type precautions I took and How much drink mothersmilk.
Exercise/yoga during pregnancy exercise 1: walking is a safe exercise but wear non-slippery shoes with padded soles. 1. Exercise 2: do some'light' exercises as that will help your body and mind. Avoid postures that involve heavy use of abdominal muscles and backward bend. Exercise strengthens your abdominal and pelvic muscles which promotes an easy delivery. 2. While exercising, change your position slowly to avoid sudden jerks. Do not exercise if you are not feeling well or feel any pain. 3. Light yoga, meditation and breathing exercises like pranayam help immensely 4. Consult your doctor before you start exercising and especially if you have diabetes, heart disease or asthma. Folic acid during pregnancy 1. Folic acid vitamin is highly recommended as it reduces risk of brain/spinal cord defects. 2. Also helps in blood and protein production. It also helps in development of nervous system. 3. Extremely beneficial during early weeks of pregnancy- especially first three months. 4. Green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, nuts, orange juice, strawberry, banana, nuts, pulses. 5. Recommended dose of folic acid is about 0.4 mg (400 microgram) every day until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Essential vitamins during pregnancy: 1. Vitamin a: essential during 2nd trimester (4th to 6th months of pregnancy). Do not take supplements containing more than 3000 iu of vitamin a. Sources of vitamin a: (a) vegetables: carrot (gajar), potato (aaloo), tomato (tamaatar), cabbage (patta gobhi). (b) fruits: mango (aam), banana (kela), guava (amrood), papaya (papita). (c) food: whole wheat products, peanuts, yogurt (dahi), milk, butter and cheese. 2. Vitamin b6: especially essential during 2nd trimester (4th to 6th months of pregnancy). Sources (a) vegetables: carrot (gajar), peas (matar), potato (aaloo), spinach (palak), cabbage (patta gobhi), green leafy vegetables. (b) fruits: banana (kela), dry fruits/nuts, apricot (khubani), apple. (c) food: eggs, fish, beans, whole grains, milk, whole wheat bread and pulses (daal). 3. Vitamin c: especially essential during 2nd trimester (4th to 6th months of pregnancy). Sources of vitamin c: (a) vegetables: broccoli (hari phoolgobhi), cucumber, tomato, spinach (palak), lemon (nimbu), onion (pyaaz), peas (matar), green vegetables. (b) fruits: orange (santra), pineapple, mango, apple, grapes, banana, kiwi, lychee, papaya (papita), peach (adau), pear, plum (aloo bukhara), strawberry, lime juice. 4. Vitamin d:). Especially essential during 2nd trimester (4th to 6th months of pregnancy). Sources of vitamin d: (a) vegetables: sweet potato (shakkar kandi). One may take'cod liver oil' capsules or vit-d supplements. (b) food: fish, milk, soyabean powder, yogurt (dahi), butter, egg yolk (yellow portion of egg) and direct sunlight. 5. Vitamin b12 especially essential during 2nd and 3rd trimesters (4th to 9th months of pregnancy sources of vitamin b12: (a) vegetables: none. (b) fruits: none. (c) food: eggs, brown rice, fish, yogurt (dahi), milk and milk products like cheese, cow and soy milk food and essential minerals during pregnancy--------- 1. Many woman feel that they need to eat for two as they are carrying a baby inside. This should not be the case and usually leads to weight gain after baby is delivered. You only need to increase your intake of iron, calcium, folic acid and essential vitamins. Avoid spicy and deep fried food. 2. Pregnancy is not the time for dieting as the pregnant mother and the baby may not get enough nutrients. 3. Emphasis should not be on over-feeding, but on having nutritious food. A normal woman needs about 1600-2200 calories a day and experts recommend not more than 300 calories extra for pregnant women. Special precautions from 4th month of pregnancy: 1. Proteins: especially essential during 3rd trimester (7th to 9th months of pregnancy). For growth, repair of muscle, skin, hair and body tissues. Protein deficiency leads to low immunity, hairfall, feeling of tiredness. Proteins are not stored in our body as any excess protein is converted to energy or fat. (a) major protein sources: egg white (white portion), milk, soybeans/soymilk, fish, cheese, tofu. (b) other protein sources: beans with wheat, nuts, curd, yogurt (dahi) 2. Carbohydrates our main source of energy. Stored in liver and muscles. Carbohydrates are used the most by our body duringexercise. Hence, it is important during pregnancy to consume a diet rich in carbohydrates. (a) instant/rapid carbohydrates energy sources: banana, milk, sweets, sugarcane juice. (b) slow carbohydrates energy sources: beans, bread, cereals, potato, pulses, rice. 3. Iron: especially essential during 2nd trimester (4th to 6th months of pregnancy). Helps in production of haemoglobin and transportation of oxygen to blood cells. 1. Largest mineral found in our blood which also helps in producing energy. 2. If taking iron and vitamin c supplements, do not take them at the same time but after a gap of about 3 hours. Taking vitamin c tablet helps in absorbing iron. Sources of iron: 1. Vegetables: spinach, dark green leafy vegetables, lentils (daal). 2. Fruits: avocados (makhanphal), peach (adau), pear (nashpati), pumpkin (kaddu), raisin (kishmish), pomegranate (anaar). 3. Food: eggs, fish, meat, cereals, almonds (badam), whole wheat bread, soybean. 4. Calcium 1. Helps form strong bones, teeth, healthy gums, muscle growth and prevents muscle cramps. 2. Taking a small dose an hour before bedtime helps achieve sound sleep. Sources of calcium: 1. Vegetables: cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, figs (anjeer), flax seeds (san beej). Food: eggs, milk, dairy products, yogurt (dahi), almonds (badam), soybeans/soymilk.
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