09 November, 2018

Common causes of Preterm labor

The medical community still doesn’t fully understand the main reasons why labor really begins. However, there are some things that are known to increase your chances of giving birth preterm i.e. before 37 weeks gestation.

Here are few of the common causes of preterm labor:

  1. Stretching of the uterus

When the uterus is overstretched, it may actually end up contracting even more. These contractions can lead to preterm labor. Likely scenarios for distended uterus may include carrying multiples, having an excessive amount of amniotic fluid, having large fibroids in the wall of the uterus, or being pregnant with a very large baby.

  1. Abnormal structure of the uterus

Certain conditions can lead to a woman having a uterus with an abnormal shape, which puts a baby at risk for early delivery. These conditions may include having a uterus that is only partially developed or that has a septum running down the middle. Most of these conditions can be identified on ultrasound or through other imaging studies.

  1. Closely spaced pregnancy

Women who get pregnant again less than 18 months after giving birth are at an increased risk for preterm birth. It may be due to the fact that her body has not completely recovered (physically and nutritionally) from having just been pregnant.

  1. A previous preterm delivery

Women who have given birth prematurely before may be at risk of delivering early again. A preconception visit to your doctor can help reduce your risk of preterm labor. Your doctor may recommend early screening for things like cervical length, or recommend medication to decrease your risk of preterm birth.

  1. Untreated Infections

Untreated conditions such as a urinary tract infection, sexually transmitted infection, or even dental infections may increase a woman’s risk for experiencing preterm birth. Make sure you mention any abnormal symptoms that you face to your doctor and continue regular dental care, even during pregnancy.

  1. Low pre-pregnancy weight

Women who have a low body mass index (less than 19.8) are at an increased risk for preterm birth. If you are someone who had a low weight, remember to make a preconception visit to discuss healthy ways to put on some kilos before trying to conceive.

  1. Using fertility treatments

Babies conceived using fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) are at an increased risk for being born early.

These are some of the factors that increase your chances of having a preterm labor. If you have any concern, meet our doctors at KIMS Cuddles to get the best advice and solution.

*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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