21 December, 2018

Fetal Hiccups: What they are and should you see a doctor?

Fetal hiccups refer to the little movements that the diaphragm makes when the baby begins to practice breathing. The amniotic fluid enters into the baby’s lungs when it tries to inhale, and causes the diaphragm to contract, causing hiccups. These are nothing to worry about and are a normal part of fetal development.

Causes of Baby Hiccups

Fetal hiccups occur due to various reasons such as:

  1. Contractions in the diaphragm are one of the main causes of fetal hiccups. As the fetus sucks in amniotic fluid, the diaphragm contracts, causing the hiccups.
  2. Development of fetal reflexes, where the fetus is trying to suck fingers or thumb can also cause hiccups.
  3. Cord compression can also lead to fetal hiccups when the umbilical cord winds along the fetal neck, limiting the flow of oxygen.
  4. The brain may find it necessary to practice reflux when swallowing food or expelling wastes that might also lead to fetal hiccups. It is a healthy process that strengthens the heart muscles and respiration.

Ways to ease Fetal Hiccups

Baby hiccups do not pose any health problems to either the mom or the baby. However, they could be extremely annoying and disturb you, especially when you’re trying to sleep. Here are some ways to ease the discomfort from fetal hiccups:

  • When you feel the hiccups, try taking a walk. This will shift the baby’s position, relaxes the diaphragm and even make the baby sleep.
  • Fetal hiccups could also develop when you’re low on fluid levels. Drink enough water to avoid discomfort.
  • Eat a light snack or meal containing protein. This can help your body relax and helps your baby sleep.
  • Avoid holding your breath to stop the hiccups. This may not be good for your baby’s health.

These are few tips that may help stop the fetal hiccups. In most cases, they go away on their own. Fetal hiccups are harmless and do not require medical attention. However, if you experience a sudden increase or if they last longer or feel stronger than usual, see your doctor about it. An ultrasound can help the doctor understand your baby’s condition. For any other query about fetal development, see our doctors at KIMS Cuddles.

*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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