24 February, 2021

Know everything about Listeriosis and its effects during pregnancy

Listeria monocytogenes commonly addressed as “Listeria” is a type of bacteria that causes listeriosis. The infection listeriosis is not usually found in non-pregnant women but is positively seen in carrying women. The chances of the infection are 20 times more in pregnant women compared to normal ones. Read out the following to know everything about listeriosis, its symptoms and effects during pregnancy. 

Is Listeriosis more severe for pregnant women?

Listeriosis usually occurs by consuming listeria contaminated food. In any healthy pregnant adult, the effect of this will be very minute on the mother. In some cases, most are not even affected a bit. However, the situation is not the same for the embryo inside. The fetus inside the mother’s womb is highly susceptible to this type of bacterium. And the infection can spread across and into the placenta, making it severe and often fatal for the baby.

Symptoms and Causes of Listeriosis 

The usual symptoms of the listeriosis are general as the symptoms of the flu or cold. They usually include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and muscle aches. The symptoms can show up as early as 2 days after the contraction or after 2 months or at times, no symptoms at all. 

The bacteria is unusual as it does not survive in the regular temperatures instead is grown in very chilly temperatures like in your refrigerators and freezers. Listeriosis is caused by eating contaminated foods like packaged, cool unsanitary foods, infected vegetables & fruits from the soil and unpasteurized dairy. 

When to reach out a doctor? 

Regular checkups with your doctor during pregnancy will play an important role in diagnosing bacterial infections, including listeriosis. However, you must reach out to your doctor when any of the symptoms mentioned above are observed. Proper diagnosis and treatment will help you overcome the complications. 

Prevention of Listeria during pregnancy

The key ways to prevent listeria during pregnancy is by following a proper diet free from the contaminations of listeria. Avoid the below-mentioned foods while carrying:

  • Refrigerated and ready-to-eat meat spreads
  • raw (unpasteurized) milk and dairy products
  • natural produces that haven’t been washed thoroughly including fruits and vegetables
  • Keeping your refrigerator clean and hygiene 
  • Washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly in the clean water, even if the skin has to be peeled.

Although the listeria bacteria are common, and exposure to it cannot always be prevented. However, regular washing, hygienic conditions and proper doctor guidance will help you overcome the issue. 

*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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