09 June, 2018

10 Reasons to Exercise during Pregnancy

Moving around and staying active during pregnancy can have life-long benefits on your overall health. Apart from this, your baby will also start reaping the benefits in utero. If you’re wondering why you should exercise, here are 10 good reasons for the same:

  1. Better control over your weight: When you’re pregnant, weight gain is healthy and natural. However, too much weight gain can have a lot of disadvantages. According to research, if you exercise regularly, you may put on a few kilos lesser than pregnant women who don’t work out, while still staying within a healthy weight-gain range.
  1. Labor and Delivery may get easier: Exercise can help strengthen your abs and give you a fit cardiovascular system. These are believed to aid in the stamina needed for the pushing stage of labor and delivery. A study found that those who did prenatal water aerobics regularly were 58 percent less likely to request pain medication during labor than non-exercisers.
  1. Lower the risk of Gestational Diabetes: High blood sugar during pregnancy can put you at an extremely high risk of developing type II diabetes in the decade after delivering, and also raises the odds of preterm delivery, or having an overweight baby. Exercise may help prevent or delay your need for insulin or other medications.
  1. Lowers the likelihood of getting a Backache: Around two-thirds of pregnant women experience back pain. Exercises such as water workouts, yoga and pelvic tilts can offer relief. Exercise during the second half or pregnancy is believed to be especially helpful.
  1. Enjoy More Flexibility: The pregnancy hormone relaxin is responsible for loosening of pelvic joints in preparation for delivery. It also relaxes the rest of your joints. Exercising with careful stretches such as those done in prenatal yoga workouts, can help you remain in top shape and offer flexibility.
  1. Lowers the possibility of interventions: By exercising, you are more likely to avoid forceps delivery, C-section, or other interventions. Regular exercisers are believed to be at 75 percent lower risk for a forceps delivery, 55 percent less risk of an episiotomy and up to four times less likely to have a Cesarean section.
  1. More Likely to be fitter in middle age: A study that followed women for 20 years after delivery, found that those who’d exercised throughout the pregnancy were able to run two miles, 2-and-a-half minutes faster than those who’d taken a workout break while pregnant. This means you are likely to be fitter in your middle ages if you exercise regularly during your pregnancy.
  1. You may experience Shorter labor: A study found that among well-conditioned women who delivered vaginally, those who had continued exercising throughout their pregnancy experienced active labor for 4 hours and 24 minutes, compared with 6 hours and 22 minutes for those who’d quit training early on. So if you want a shorter labor, be sure to work it out during your pregnancy.
  1. Faster Recovery after Delivery: Compared to new moms who were inactive during pregnancy, those who exercised are more likely to socialize and enjoy hobbies and entertainment post-baby. They just seem to cope better with the demands of new motherhood.
  1. You may be able to avoid Prenatal Depression: If you exercise outdoors, you are benefitted by the bright lights of the sun, which has anti-depressant effects. Around 12 to 20 percent of pregnant women experience depression, which is linked to poor sleep after delivery.

With so many benefits of exercising during pregnancy, it is essential you stay active through your nine months and beyond. To know more about prenatal exercise and tips, get in touch with our doctors at KIMS Cuddles.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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