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Q & A (Antenatal)

Should I get genetic testing done and is the service provided here?

Yes, you should. Prenatal testing is a way to check to see if your baby might carry certain genetic abnormalities, such as chromosomal or neural tube defects. Only 3 to 5 percent of all pregnancies have a birth defect or genetic condition. However, if you are in the higher risk group that includes women older than 35, those with a history of medical abnormalities in a previous pregnancy, and those who are carriers for specific genetic conditions, it is highly essential to get genetic testing done. Besides, we provide this service at our clinic as well.

Is it okay that I'm feeling cramping or have some bleeding?

Some cramping or spotting is normal in the first trimester, as a fertilized egg implants and begins to grow inside the uterus. Unless you are experiencing persistent cramping and/or bleeding you should visit us for a check-up.

Can I breastfeed my child if I am sick

Yes, you can and you should. If you are experiencing normal flu, cough, fever, or viral infection, you can still breastfeed your child. Inconsistency in breastfeeding leads to breast engorgement which can develop into a breast abscess. Hence, it is always important to breastfeed your child on both sides to prevent engorgement. It is to note that there are some special conditions to not breastfeed your child. That is, HIV, Covid-19, and Hepatitis B.

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Yes, you can! Staying active is good for you and your baby. It can help you control weight gain, improve fitness, reduce high blood pressure, improve sleep, and improve your mood.

What can I do to reduce or prevent heart burns?

Heartburn is also common in pregnant women. It happens because the uterus is growing and the production of progesterone is increasing, which results in more relaxed stomach muscles and more acid in the esophagus. Certain tricks can be used to prevent or relieve this unpleasant condition, and most work by reducing the acid flow. A woman can eat smaller and more frequent meals, drink ginger root tea once in a while, take short walks after meals, wear loose clothes, and keep her chest and head elevated while sleeping.

Q & A (Fertility)

Can I get pregnant with PCOS?

Yes, you can. PCOS is a condition of insulin resistance, it is not a disease. The right intervention of treatment, a healthy diet, and lifestyle will increase the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS.

How does my age affect my fertility?

We are born with all our eggs and they get older with us, and alas harder to fertilize. Fertility starts to decline beyond age 35. If a woman is under age 35, we encourage women to seek medical attention if she has been trying to conceive for a year or more and hasn’t been able to conceive. If a woman is 35 or older, we encourage her to check in with us after about 6 months of trying.

Should both me and my partner get tested for fertility assessment?

Absolutely! About 50% of infertility is due to male factors and fortunately, it is really easy to test. SFA is done and the results will help you get a clearer picture of your fertility issues.

If I am having problems conceiving, do I have to start IVF?

Not necessarily. There are many simple medications that can help women ovulate, and if the fallopian tubes are blocked, sometimes even the test can detect that. There are various procedures like IUI that can help in pregnancy. Hence, there is no immediate need for IVF.

Q & A Common Query

What should I do before i get pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy for me and my baby?

Get a good balancing diet, folic acid supplements. Medical screening for diabetes and other medical problems like hypertension, thyroid disorders are essential before embarking on your pregnancy. Seek pre-pregnancy advice and counseling from a gynecologist.

What should and shouldn't eat while I am pregnant?

Ensure there is a balanced diet with high protein and fiber intake, eg: more green leafy vegetables, whole wheat, and cereals; avoid partially cooked meat, big fishes which contains a high level of mercury, unpasteurized soft cheese, and milk, uncooked eggs, caffeine, alcohol. Do quit smoking as well.

Can I exercise safely while pregnant?

Exercising during pregnancy is safe for healthy women and can relieve some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Exercises that are safe are swimming, walking, and yoga.

How to relieve pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, heartburn and hemorrhoids?

For nausea: get up slowly in the morning simply because movements make you nauseous, eat frequent small meals during the day and take lots of fresh air as well as drink lots of fluid.

For leg cramps: exercise regularly, take calcium supplements. At night soak both legs in warm water with salts and do leg massage with some ointments to improve the blood flow.

For heartburn: avoid greasy, fatty, and spicy foods as well and drink lots of fluid. Do avoid bending and lying down just after meals.

For hemorrhoids:  avoid standing and sitting too long, drink lots of fluid and consume high fiber diet.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

Well for the average woman should gain about 2-4 pounds during the first trimester and 1 pound a week for the remainder of the pregnancy, if you are overweight before the pregnancy you should gain about 15-25 pounds, if you were underweight prior to pregnancy you should gain 28- 40 pounds and if you were normal weight before pregnancy you should gain about 25-36 pounds.

When should I cal my doctor between regular prenatal visits?

When you are cramping a lot or having severe abdominal pain, a significant reduction in baby movement, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, bleeding, signs of premature labor, pain or cramping in your limps, fainting spells or dizziness, severe diarrhea or vomiting, fever over 100 Fahrenheit, blurred vision or spots in front of the eyes and swelling in limb and face.

How to make birth plan for labor and delivery?

A birth plan is a pretty straight forward statement as to how you want the birth of your baby to go.

How can I prepare to breastfeed my baby after birth?

Breastfeeding is beneficial for you and your baby. It helps to protect your child against diseases in childhood and even in later life, breastfeeding is not for every woman because its not always easy for every woman to do. You can contact the women breastfeeding health helpline as well as other supporting consults in your area.

What should I know about postpartum depression?

This condition is a very normal problem associated with pregnancies. It is caused by fluctuating hormones in a woman’s body. This condition is common especially if you have more than one child as well as if you are a first-time mother and you have to make the transition to parenthood. If you have major stresses in your life this can cause depression, symptoms can be crying, feeling helpless, and withdrawing from your child and other people. If your feelings become severe, seek help immediately.

Will sleeping on my back during pregnancy harm my baby?

Your sleeping position does not have any effect on the fetus in your womb. However, in cases where the fetus is not growing properly, the mother can facilitate improved blood flow to her baby by sleeping on her left side. If a mother is experiencing aortocaval compression syndrome especially in the advanced pregnancy stage, it is best she sleeps on her side. Sleeping on her side will help to ease her breathing and take the pressure off her.

Can I travel during my pregnancy?

Travel is not advised against in low-risk pregnant women. However, one should always check with their health care provider prior to airline travel, as well as with the airline carrier whose restrictions may vary. If one does travel, it is important to remain hydrated and to walk around the aircraft when possible, or stop and walk often when driving to decrease the risk of blood clots.

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