17 May, 2020

5 Infections that can cause pregnancy problems

Expectant mothers do everything in their capacity to prevent themselves, and their fetus from catching infections. Vaccinations, proper hygiene while cooking and avoiding outside food are some simple ways to prevent catching these infections. Sometimes, despite take all the possible precautions and steps, certain infections that can cause pregnancy problems.

Here are 5 common infections that can cause pregnancy problems when left untreated:

  1. Chicken Pox

Although chicken pox is not dangerous by itself, it can be harmful for a pregnant woman. If the mother has never been exposed to it and has never been vaccinated, chicken pox can possibly affect the fetus. This itchy and contagious disease can put the baby at risk, if it occurs during the first or second trimester and if the mother herself is not immune to it. It may cause Congenital Varicella Syndrome in the baby and lead to birth defects such as skin scarring, malformed limbs, microcephaly and other neurological problems.

  1. Mosquito-borne Infection

Dengue, malaria, chikungunya and other mosquito-borne infections have symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, nausea and joint pain. In rare cases, these infections can cause miscarriage. Babies can catch these infections if the mother has fever or any other symptoms up to four days before delivery, or one day afterwards. Babies exposed to infections can suffer from fever, difficulty in feeding, skin problems, and seizures. In such cases, the baby should be monitored by doctors for about a week.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as chlamydia are often easily treated with a round of antibiotics. Many pregnant women feel ashamed going to a doctor for a suspected STI, but it is important to get help during pregnancy. Any STI could adversely impact the baby during pregnancy or even during birth. There is an increased risk of premature birth, underweight baby, or even a miscarriage. Therefore, every pregnant woman should get herself checked out if she suspects an STI.

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is caused due to an imbalance in normal bacteria levels in a woman’s genital area. About 10-30% of all women will experience this during pregnancy. Although not particularly risky, there is some evidence to indicate that bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature birth or having an underweight baby. It may also lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. It is important for pregnant women to get themselves treated immediately in order to avoid any possible complications.

  1. Food Borne Illnesses

Since pregnant woman have a compromised immune system, they are more susceptible to food borne illnesses such as listeriosis. This can lead to blood infection, meningitis, and other potentially life-threatening illnesses. Although rare, most of the detected cases are among pregnant women. Listeria can infect the placenta, amniotic fluid, baby, or all three, and lead to stillbirth or miscarriage. In such a case, baby is more likely to be born prematurely.

There are many other infections that can cause problems during pregnancy. Apart from the above, pregnant women should be watchful against infections such as herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, Group B strep, HIV, and toxoplasmosis etc. Taking small steps such as getting recommended prenatal tests, washing hands or practicing safe sex can help prevent infections.

If you need to know more about infections, our doctors at KIMS Cuddles are always there to answer your queries.


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


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30 January, 2018

Ways in which Dads-to-be can help out in Delivery Room

In the delivery room, it is up to the mother to do all the pushing. However, dad can play a major role in the birthing process too. Labor can be overwhelming for first-time mothers. If your partner is able to have a normal, vaginal delivery, you can ask the doctor about being present in the delivery room during birthing process. As a dad, your support and encouragement can go a long way in comforting the mother. Here are some ways in which dads-to-be can help out in the delivery room: Provide Distractions Labor has the tendency to be long and tedious. You may be spending hours doing nothing but waiting for your baby to arrive. You can take your wife’s mind off her discomfort by keeping her distracted. Music, conversations or even card games are a great way to keep her mind occupied. Speak out on her Behalf To do this, it is important you discuss her birth plan in advance. Understand how she feels about episiotomies or what her expectations of the doctor are. Don’t wait until your partner begins having her contractions to find out what kind of assistance she needs from you. Knowing her birth plan in advance makes it easier for you to articulate her needs when she is in pain,
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02 February, 2018

Reasons for periods to be late if Pregnancy test is Negative

More often than not, a missed period is an indicator of a woman’s pregnancy. However, that isn’t always correct. A woman may have a delayed or missed period but still, have a negative pregnancy test. There may be several reasons for that happening. Here are some of them: Low Hormone Levels During early pregnancy, the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) aren’t high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, your negative test result on a home kit may not be correct and you might be pregnant. A woman’s cycle may keep varying and if she conceives later in the cycle, the hormone levels may be low at the time of her missed period. To rule out any complications, be sure to talk to your doctor if you miss your periods and continue to do so. Ectopic Pregnancy Although rare, an ectopic pregnancy can show up as negative on a home pregnancy test. Only about 3 percent or fewer cases of negative tests point towards an ectopic pregnancy. If you have these symptoms along with a negative result, see your doctor immediately: Severe pain in lower abdomen or on one side Dizziness or lightheadedness Bleeding or spotting Nausea and vomiting
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10 February, 2018

5 Home remedies for Gas during Pregnancy

Experiencing gas is common during pregnancy. The female body goes through several changes during pregnancy and gas is a result of certain normal body functions. The hormone progesterone, which is responsible for supporting your pregnancy, is also the reason behind that gassy feeling. It relaxes the muscles in your intestine and slows down the digestion process. This allows gas build up and causes bloating, burping, and flatulence. Certain foods and even your prenatal vitamins can cause you to feel gassy. The good news is, there are several things you can try at home to ease gas during pregnancy. Here are some of them: Drink Lots of Fluids Make sure you drink a lot of water every day to avoid gas during pregnancy. Aim for 10-12 glasses per day. You can also include other fluids such as juices. However, if you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), make sure the juice you drink is low in gas and bloating-promoting sugars. Move Around In order to find relief from gas during pregnancy, make physical activity and exercise a part of your daily routine. Walk or exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Not only does it help keep you physically and emotionally fit, it can also help prevent constipation and speed up digestion. Remember to talk
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