Everything You Should Know About Pregnancy

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Top Doctor Insights on All About Pregnancy

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How to get pregnant? 

At the outset, you must be physically and mentally ready for conceiving. Which means taking good care of your own and your partners health. Having nutritious food rich in vitamin a & c, folic acid and calcium, exercising regularly and getting good sleep are basics you must follow. You must also keep a track of your ovulation cycle and ensure frequent intercourse to enhance sperm health as well as chances of getting pregnant. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Meet a gynecologist to ensure you do not have any health issues that can hinder your pregnancy.
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Is it ok to have a lot of bleeding during pregnancy? 

Little bleeding or spotting during your first trimester is common, it is mostly implantation bleeding. However, a heavy flow of blood cannot be taken lightly especially if associated with pain. You should immediately consult your gynecologist and get a check up done. It can be a sign of miscarriage or pending miscarriage. Early treatment is highly recommended.
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I recently got to know that I am 5 weeks pregnant and am bit scared. Please tell me what are the probable complications I may face? 

Pregnancy is a moment of joy that gives a woman the feeling of completeness from womanhood to motherhood. But this time, to-be mothers have mixed feeling: a feeling of pleasure and at the same time the feeling of high uncertainty. You must not be scared but enjoy this time and take good care. Many times during your pregnancy you may feel nauseating, bloated or feel palpitations, leg cramps, back pain, constipation, heart burn, slight pain in abdomen etc. Those are relatively regular features. But if these conditions tend to bother you seriously, contact your doctor immediately. Please don't try self-medication in pregnancy as it can harm your baby. Some common complications you may face are: \ Vaginal spotting or bleeding can be a sign. You need to get the ultrasound and clinical checkup done by a qualified doctor. Don't ignore even small amount of bleeding. If it doesn't stop, it could lead to miscarriage. \ A baby needs a term of 37 weeks for a healthy birth. However, if you feel contractions any time earlier than that, it could be signs of a premature baby, which usually is not very healthy. \ A usual case of high bp is fine, but a severe case of high bp and protein in your urine esp. When you are near your due date, can be another complication and also a reason for opting a c-section. \ Another problem is gestational diabetes, which must be addressed immediately. \ Many problems occur due of certain deficiencies of your body but it is advisable to be in constant touch with your obstetrician and take good care of your diet and a regular exercise.
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I am above 30 and thinking of getting pregnant. Will it be safe? 

When to start a family is a very personal decision. The answer is different for everyone. One has to be ready emotionally and financially and physically. More women over 30 are now giving births than in past generations. About 30% of the first births nowadays occur to women between the ages of 30 and 34. Population studies have shown that, for women, fertility usually starts to decline sharply by the age of 35, and becomes nearly zero by the age of 50. A woman? s fertility begins to decline after her early to mid thirties. This varies from woman to woman. Unfortunately till now, there is no highly reliable diagnostic test to predict a woman? s fertility decline rate. The gradual change in fertility is mainly due to a decrease in the numbers and? quality? of eggs in the ovaries. With increasing age, there is a higher rate of genetic abnormalities and more risks of miscarriages. There are also non- ovarian factors, like with increase in age, the chances of endometriosis, tubal disease, fibroids, polyps, etc. Increase thereby reducing fertility. Other than fertility issue, women who become pregnant after the age of 35, have an increased risk of complications like miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, preeclampsia, hypertension, gestational diabetes, placental complications, intrauterine growth restriction, and caesarean section. Their babies are at increased risk of having low birth weight, chromosomal abnormalities and non-genetic malformations. For women who are under the age of 35, consultation with a gynecologist or fertility expert is usually required after one year of trying to become pregnant. Women aged 35 to 37 should be referred to a specialist after 6 months of trying to become pregnant, and women who are 38 or older and are trying to conceive should be referred to a specialist without waiting. The good news is that many women over the age of 35 become pregnant and have healthy pregnancies and babies finally, the post-35 decline is a guideline. The effect of a father? s age on fertility and pregnancy are not as well defined as for maternal age. There are some research that suggest a decrease in fertility for men over 40, and an increase in genetic disorders for children of older fathers. If you'd like to have children someday but aren't quite ready, you may think of egg preservation.
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