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5 Precautions To Take When Having Sex During Pregnancy

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7785 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
5 Precautions To Take When Having Sex During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one such phase in every couples' life that the partners have to face a lot of changes, both, physically, emotionally and mentally. Whether sex is safe or not during pregnancy is one of the many doubts that couples have.

It is especially the expectant mothers who feel worried the most whenever it comes to enjoying passion and intimacy with their partners. However, studies have shown that sex during pregnancy is completely safe and many couples enjoy a healthy sexual relationship till the delivery date comes, only if you follow a few precautions which are discussed below.

  1. Always use protection: Even during pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease or STDs can be transmitted to your baby in the womb. Hence, it’s of crucial importance to practice safe sex only. Make sure to use condoms or vaginal protection every time you and your partner engage in sexual activities. During pregnancy, having sex with partners with sex history unknown to you must be avoided as it may increase the risk of you and your baby to become infected with STDs.
  2. Be careful while having oral sex: It's better to avoid oral sex when you are in your advanced stages of pregnancy. However, if it's oral sex that your mind and body craves for during pregnancy, make sure that your partner never blows air into the vagina as it may lead to air embolism where the air bubble creates a blockage in the blood vessel.
  3. Don’t try strenuous positions: During pregnancy, due to the anatomical changes in your body, you may become uncomfortable to certain sex positions which you once enjoyed the most. In this case, what you need is to opt for alternate and safe sex positions. For example, instead of you as an expectant mother lying at the bottom of your partner, try having sex side by side or you on the top etc.
  4. It’s better to avoid anal sex: Anal sex during pregnancy often leads to bleeding, infection in the anal area and even increased risks of STDs. It can also cause damage to the placenta. Therefore, it's best to avoid anal sex positions and learn to say no to the sex positions you are not feeling comfortable with.
  5. Pay attention to sexual comfort: During pregnancy, it’s very natural for expectant mothers’ breasts to become sensitive to touch or the vaginal tissues to become sensitive and engorged as well. Therefore, while having sex with your partner make sure to opt for lubricant based condoms and water-soluble lubricants for the nipples to give them a soothing feeling.

Therefore, it can be said that if you keep the above-mentioned precautions in mind, enjoying a healthy sex life when you are expecting won't be difficult at all. However, it's always better to consult with a sexologist to have detailed knowledge about the sex positions you should try and those should be avoided for having a satisfying yet healthy sex experience.

How to Avoid Dying Prematurely!

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7785 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How to Avoid Dying Prematurely!

Stop smoking- Smoking tobacco is one of the most harmful things you can do on a regular basis. It's well established that smoking damages nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases, including all sorts of cardiovascular related problems, which contribute significantly to premature death. Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke due to atherosclerosis by up to 4x compared to non-smokers. Cigarettes contain a variety of toxic compounds that damage blood vessels and poison tissues.

  • Smoking is also the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease of the lungs and lung cancer.
  • Use nicotine patches or gum to help wean yourself off cigarettes.
  • Try following the mnemonic START to help you get quit:
    • S= Set a quit Date.
    • T= Tell family and friends that you plan to quit.
    • A= Anticipate and plan ahead for hard times.
    • R= Remove tobacco products from. the home, car, work, etc.
    • T= Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation.

Control your blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it doesn't often cause noticeable symptoms until it's too late. High blood pressure puts strain on the heart and damages the insides of arteries over time, which promotes atherosclerosis or clogged arteries. It also promotes stroke and kidney disease. Blood pressure can be reduced with medication, although some people experience significant side effects from it. Natural ways of reducing blood pressure include losing weight if you are overweight, eating a healthy diet based on lots of fresh produce, cutting back on salt (sodium) consumption, daily exercise and controlling your stress via meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga and/or tai chi.

  • Hypertension is defined as having blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg on a regular basis.
  • The DASH diet is often recommended for hypertension and it emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, lean fish, and low-fat dairy foods.
  • Get plenty of potassium, which can help prevent and control hypertension, but limit your sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg daily.

Maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Although eating fat, even saturated fat, is healthy in moderation — after all, fatty acids are needed to make all cell membranes in the body — too much "bad fat" is damaging to cardiovascular health. Although saturated fat (the kind found in animal products) is often touted as unhealthy, the kind that really causes problems is trans fat, which is an artificially made hydrogenated vegetable oil found in most fried foods, margarine, cookies and chips. Trans fats raise the "bad" LDL cholesterol and lower the "good" HDL cholesterol in your blood, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • Normal total cholesterol levels in the blood should be less than 200 mg/dL.
  • LDL cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dL, whereas HDL levels should be above 60 mg/dL for optimal protection against cardiovascular disease.
  • The healthiest fats are often considered to be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated plant-based fats. Foods rich in polyunsaturated fat include safflower, sesame and sunflower seeds, corn oil and soybeans; whereas great sources of monounsaturated fat include avocados, canola, olive and peanut oils.


Be more physically active. Another important factor in reducing your risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease is getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity puts lots of strain on the heart and blood vessels, which leads to dysfunction eventually. Only 30 minutes of mild-to-moderate cardiovascular exercise each day on a regular basis is linked to better health and longevity, as it can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as trigger gradual weight loss. Start with walking around your neighborhood, if weather permits, then transition to more difficult terrain, tread mills and/or cycling.

  • Avoid vigorous exercise to start with, or if you have a known heart condition. Vigorous exercise (such as marathon running) temporarily increases blood pressure and strain on the heart, which may trigger a heart attack.
  • Thirty minutes of daily exercise is good for your health and an hour is even better, but much beyond that amount isn't proven to be significantly more beneficial.
  • Recommendations for exercise include the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. These recommendation include doing 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate intensity exercise every week. Types of moderate intensity exercise include ballroom dancing, biking slowly, gardening, using your manual wheelchair, walking, and water aerobics. More vigorous activities are biking up hills, basketball, swimming laps, and running.
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Talking To The Therapist - It's Beneficial!

Phd - Counselling, Psychotherapy, PG Diploma in Counseling
Psychologist, Pondicherry
Talking To The Therapist - It's Beneficial!

Many positive benefits happened while talking to the therapist, mostly people not aware of it. Because inner change will reflect later in the form of behaviour.

Managing High Cholesterol With Homeopathy!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 89% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Managing High Cholesterol With Homeopathy!

Managing High Cholesterol With Homeopathy

High blood cholesterol is supposed to be constitutional disease, so treatment should also be constitutional. Normal level can be absolutely attained and maintained if homeopathic treatment is started earlier.

Cholesterol plays a vital role in getting cardiac diseases with more prevalence.
-cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance that the body needs to function normally.
-cholesterol is naturally present in cell walls or membranes everywhere in the body, including brain, nerves, muscles, skim, liver, intestine and heart.

The body uses cholesterol to produce many hormones, vitamin D and the bile acids that help to digest fat.
Cholesterol deposits are components of plaques that cause narrowing and blockage of coronary arteries produces ischemic heart disorder.
Being insoluble in blood cholesterol is carried in the blood by molecules called lipoproteins.

The three main types are-

  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein)/bad cholesterol- due to its bad effect on the heart. Ldl carries cholesterol from liver to cells. If it is too much carried, get deposited on the walls of arteries and makes blood vessel hard and narrow
  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein)/good cholesterol- due to its good effect on the heart. Experts said HDL prevents arterial disease. Hdl takes cholesterol away from cells and back to liver where it might be broken down or expel from body as waste.
  • VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein)- is the highest amount of triglycerids and is smallest mass of lipoprotein produce by the liver from carbohydrates and carried to other tissues for storage.
  • Triglycerids-these are chemical forms in which most fats exist in body as well in food. Triglycerids in association with cholesterol form plasma lipids. Triglycerids in plasma originate from fats in our food or made in the body from other energy sources such as carbohydrates. Calories we consume but are not used immediately by our tissues are converted into tryglycerids and stored in fat cells

Total Cholesterol=hdl+ldl+vldl

High Cholesterol Causes-
High cholesterol is a combination of environmental and genetic factor.
-obesity and dietary choices
-smoking, alcohol, and sedentary lifestyle
-altered oestrogen level will increase LDL
-mental stress raises blood cholesterol level over the long term.
-medication like b blockers, thiazide diuretics, glucoclrticoids.

Symptoms-
Routine screen blood test may elevate cholesterol level in blood. 

*Blood Test Interpretation

  • Total cholesterol level=desirable less than 200 mg/dl
  • Hdl=high risk=less than 40mg/dl in males and less 50mg/dl in females
  • Ldl=optimal less than 100 mg/dl 
  • Triglycerids=less than 150 mg/dl


Diet-
-diet low in fat
-eat more finrous fruits and vegetables
-fenugreek seeds can decrease ldl and triglycerids and increase hdl level
-choose good fat rich in omega 3
-quit smoking

Homeopathy Management-

  • fel tauri =it trears sluggish liver and eliminates fat
  • nux vomica =removes liver toxicity, treats indigestion by food abuse
  • cholesterinum =stops degeneration of arterial wall. Treats enlarged liver and gall stone colic
  • psorinum =it detoxifoes toxins in a weak individual to eliminate toxins poorely
  • uranium nitricum =treats high cholesterol with diabetes.
  • adonis vernalis =indicated in muscles of the heart are in the stage of fatty degenaeration
  • romarinus officinalis =indicated for high triglycerids

Benefits Of Nuts (Its Winter Time) - Build Immunity!

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 95% (3372 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Benefits Of Nuts (Its Winter Time) - Build Immunity!

Benefits Of Nuts-

  • Almonds-

Highest in calcium of all nuts. Almonds are also high in fiber, vitamin E and magnesium. Almonds help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, and can help protect against diabetes.

  • Cashews-

Rich in iron, high in magnesium (more than almonds), and the unsaturated fat is predominantly oleic acid (the same as in olive oil). Cashews help prevent cancer, promote a healthy heart and strong bones, and also are good for your skin and hair (they are rich in copper).

  • Walnuts-

High in omega 3 fats, antioxidants, and phytosterols. Walnuts are good for your heart, can help protect against cancer, and are good for your brain aiding in reducing depression and the risk of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

  • Hazelnuts (Filberts)-

Rich in unsaturated fats (mostly oleic acid), high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E. Hazelnuts are good for your heart, help reduce the risk of cancer, and aid in muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health.

  • Peanuts-

Technically a legume, highest amount of folates compared to other nuts; folates are essential for brain development. Peanuts are also high in Vitamin E. Peanuts promote a healthy pregnancy because of the high folates which help reduce the risk of birth defects. Peanuts also boost memory, help fight depression, and reduces the risk of heart disease.

  • Pecans-

Although high calories and fat, they are still good for you – especially men. Pecans contain beta-sitosterol which is aids in the relief of an enlarged prostate. The bottom line is all nuts are good for you… the key is moderation. A healthy handful can lead to good health and longer life.

 

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Health Tip!

Dr. Deepti Dhillon 86% (170 ratings)
MBBS, DDV, Aesthetic medicine
Dermatologist, Delhi
Health Tip!

A full body massage with natural organic oils once a week will help in stimulating healthy blood circulation, lymph drainage and will reduce water retention.

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Late Meals - Can It Cause Hypertension And Prediabetes!

Dr. Anil Savani 89% (116 ratings)
MD - Medicine, Diploma in Diabetes Management
Diabetologist, Surat
Late Meals - Can It Cause Hypertension And Prediabetes!

A recent population-based study demonstrated that consuming a larger proportion of energy in the evening may be associated with reduced glycemic control and higher odds of prediabetes and hypertension. Eating at unconventional circadian times is associated with adverse metabolic effects.

Each 1% increase in energy intake after 6 pm was associated with significant changes.
When advising patients to make" healthy lifestyle choices, we often talk about how much and what we eat, but we should also consider when we eat. We should eat smaller evening meals, avoid consuming a lot of calories in the evening, and reduce night time eating" 

Priyanka Chopra's Fiance Is Diabetic - Ways To Manage The Disease Well!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
Priyanka Chopra's Fiance Is Diabetic - Ways To Manage The Disease Well!

A few days ago, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra's fiance, took to Instagram to reveal that he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 13 years ago. The famous singer went on to explain that since he has always been working out and eating right to manage the disease. It is a heart-warming message and is a timely reminder that Type 1 Diabetes should be diagnosed on time so that medication can manage its symptoms.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

It is a chronic condition, which is also called juvenile diabetes because it manifests only in children when the pancreas produce little to no insulin. Without insulin (a hormone), sugar cannot enter the cells and energy cannot be produced.

It is estimated that around 97,700 children in India are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes every year.

When should you consult a doctor for Type 1 Diabetes?

If your child shows the following symptoms, it could be Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Frequent urge to urinate

  • Bed-wetting

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Blurry vision

  • Vaginal yeast infection in girls

  • The feeling of always being hungry

What are the risks associated with Type 1 Diabetes?

The complications arising out of Type 1 Diabetes can have a severe and debilitating effect on the body in the long run:

  • Heart Diseases: Type 1 Diabetes can make a person more susceptible to cardiovascular problems like coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis (constricting of the arteries).

  • Kidney damage (Nephropathy): Type 1 Diabetes attacks the kidney’s filtering system, which can lead to kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease.

  • Nerve damage (Neuropathy): Type 1 Diabetes damages the walls of the blood vessels of neurons especially in the legs. This results in tingling sensation in the toes. Eventually, a person might lose all feeling in the legs.

  • Eye damage: Type 1 Diabetes can damage the retina to cause blindness. It can also cause cataracts and glaucoma.

  • Pregnancy-related complications: Type 1 Diabetes is dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The risks of miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects go up significantly if the mother has type 1 diabetes.

Management of Type 1 Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes has no cure. Type 1 Diabetes can be life-threatening unless it is meticulously managed every day of your life. Consult a doctor and dietician to chalk out a course that will help keep the effects of diabetes under check.

  • Since the body does not produce sufficient insulin, insulin supplements in the form of injects are needed. You will have to undergo insulin therapy all throughout your life

  • You need to monitor your blood glucose level every day. You can buy a glucometer to check your blood sugar level at home.

  • The super food that you must include in your diet are - beans, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, fish with omega 3 fatty acid, whole grains and citrus fruits. Always avoid alcohol and cigarettes.

  • Regular exercising can help manage glucose levels and ward off diabetes-related complications. Some exercises that you should incorporate in your daily regime are- aerobic exercises like running, swimming, cycling. If you are not up to rigorous exercises, you should at least walk for 30 minutes every day.

Type 1 Diabetes can be fatal but with proper medication, diet and exercise, you can go on to live a long healthy life.

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Surrogacy & IVF - How Are They Different From Each Other?

Dr. Kokila Desai 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Surat
Surrogacy & IVF - How Are They Different From Each Other?

When a childless couple is not able to conceive, there are myriad paths that the couple may follow to obtain a solution. If IVF does not help the couple, then they can go in for surrogacy. In this method, another lady conceives, carries and gives birth to the baby created by the sperm and eggs of the intended parents. Let us find out more about surrogacy today.

Who can use it?
Surrogacy can be availed by couples who are not able to conceive due to many conclusive reasons including the absence of a womb or the malfunctioning of the same. Also, recurrent miscarriages can be one of the reasons. Further, a couple who has been through IVF or In Vitro Fertilisation implantation failure a number of times can opt for surrogacy.

How does it Work?
Full surrogacy, as it is known, is a process of implanting an embryo in a host body. This embryo is usually created using the egg and the sperm of the parents, or even a fertilised egg that has been donated by a donor, which is then fertilised using the sperm from the intended father. Also, this embryo may be created by using donor eggs and donor sperms. Partial surrogacy is also a method that may be used. When artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI) is used to create an embryo with the sperm from the intended father and the egg from the surrogate mother, then the process is known as partial surrogacy.

Chance of having a baby with surrogacy
The chance of having a baby with surrogacy depend on various factors. It depends on the ability of the surrogate to get pregnant, as well as her overall health. Before choosing a surrogate, it is important to put her through all the necessary tests to ascertain a good state of health. Further, the age of the egg donor is also a factor in such cases. The success of related procedures like IVF or IUI will also determine the chances of conception through this method. Furthermore, the quality of the elements used by the couple or the intended parents will also make a difference to the process and its efficacy. Yet, the most important factor includes the age of the woman whose egg is being used.

Difference between IVF and Surrogacy
In IVF, the eggs are gathered from the woman and the sperm is taken from her partner before an embryo is created and affixed in the uterus of the intended mother. In surrogacy, it is actually another woman who carries this lab-created embryo through methods like artificial insemination. The sperm may come from the father and the egg may be donated by someone else, in many cases involving full or partial surrogacy.

Warning: Cigarettes Hurts Babies!

Dr. Prabha Acharya 88% (106 ratings)
PGDM In Cosmetology, Trichology & Weight Managmen, MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Warning: Cigarettes Hurts Babies!

When you smoke, so does your baby.  If your health isn't enough to make you quit smoking, then the health of your baby should be. Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born.

When you smoke you inhale poisons such as nicotine, lead, arsenic and carbon monoxide. These poisons get into the placenta, which is the tissue that connects you to your baby and sends oxygen and nutrients and eliminates wastes. Smoking significantly increases the risk of pregnancy complications, some of which can be fatal for the mother or the baby. Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant: miscarriage and stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, birth defects, etc. 

If you are thinking about quitting, be prepared.

Tips: 

1. Make a list of all the reasons and benefits of quitting. Some benefits for your baby for example, lowers the risk of your baby having health problems, etc. and some benefits for you like lowers the risk of future health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and lung problems, etc.

2. Change your daily habits. E.g. Instead of smoking when you read start drinking milk shake or eating a small healthy snack.

3. Have a strong support system. Trying to quit smoking is hard, and having a friend or family member to call when you are on the verge of taking a smoke can really help make a difference. It is also helpful if you are around others who do not smoke.

5. When you feel an urge to smoke, simply look at the list you wrote of reasons to quit.

5. Keep mints or gum (preferably sugarless) on hand for those times when you get the urge to smoke.

6. Stay active to keep your mind off smoking and help relieve tension: take a walk, exercise, read a book, or try a new hobby.

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