18 November, 2018

Impact of exercise on your fertility

Earlier, if a woman was having fertility problems, she would be advised to take it easy and get some rest. Now, doctors know that exercise can be crucial to fertility, especially for women who are obese. Here are some things to know about how exercise can impact your fertility.

Benefits of Exercise

Exercising has a lot of health benefits for a woman trying to conceive. It can help eliminate or manage some of the causes of infertility. Here are some of them:

  1. Reduces Stress: Stress not only affects your overall health but can also interfere with your conception. It doesn’t cause infertility directly, but it can push you towards unhealthy habits that can contribute to infertility. These include unhealthy eating, drinking alcohol and smoking. Exercisers can manage stress better and have less stress than non-exercisers.
  1. Lose Weight: Obesity can lead to infertility. Several studies have indicated that obese women are more likely to experience reproductive problems. If they do get pregnant, they may experience a higher risk of miscarriage and delivery complications. A regular cardio and strength-training program is the key for any weight loss program, along with a healthy diet.
  1. Better Sleep: While sleep problems aren’t a direct cause of infertility, lack of sleep is linked to obesity, which can affect fertility. A study suggested that women who get less than five hours of sleep each night were more likely to gain weight. Exercise can help you get better night’s sleep, particularly if you work out in the morning.

While exercise can help fertility, too much of it can also lower your chances of conceiving. Talk to your doctor if you exercise a lot, and are facing fertility issues. Apart from this, here are some signs to look out for that might indicate you are exercising too much:

  1. Missed Periods: Exercising too much may cause irregular or missed periods. If you’ve always had irregular periods, then exercise may not be the reason. However, if you experience changes in your cycle once you start high-intensity exercises, you should see your doctor and think about cutting down on your workouts.
  1. Exercising more than seven hours a week: Some studies have shown that exercising more than seven hours a week may affect fertility.
  1. Signs of overtraining: Overtraining can put a lot of stress on the body. Even if you still have your periods, look for signs of overtraining such as fatigue, soreness, insomnia etc.

If you’re thinking about starting exercise, talk to your doctor about how much is safe for you. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can guide you about pre-conception health and give you exercise tips.

*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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