18 January, 2019

Main causes of vaginal bleeding in pregnancy

When you see tiny droplets of blood during pregnancy, you may be alarmed and worry about your baby’s health. Spotting and bleeding from vagina during pregnancy is common in as much as 50% of all pregnant women.

The bleeding may range from light bleeding or spotting, to massive bleeding. Light spotting is often nothing to worry about, but heavy bleeding may indicate a serious problem. Thus, it is important to know the possible causes and undergo a check up to eradicate any complications.

Causes of Spotting during Pregnancy

Brown or pink discharge is referred to as spotting. However, bright red and heavier than normal discharge may be bleeding. Here are some causes of bleeding in early pregnancy:

1. Implantation Bleeding
In the early stages of pregnancy, about 30% women may experience spotting which is caused due to implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall. It will occur around the time of your expected menstrual period and can be confusing if you mistake it for a normal period, before you realize you are pregnant. This is normal during pregnancy and should not be a cause of worry.

2. Sex
The flow of blood to your cervical region increases during pregnancy. Therefore, if you have an intercourse, it is quite normal to observe light spotting afterwards. The region is also very tender and any kind of minor stress can cause spotting.

3. Internal Pelvic Exam or Pap Smear
The cervical region becomes tender because of the increased blood flow, and any bump to the region could cause spotting. It is because of this very reason that an internal pelvic exam or pap smear can also result in spotting or bleeding.

4. Infections
Sometimes, conditions that are unrelated to pregnancy can also cause spotting. Vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, or sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis can cause inflammation or irritation of the cervix. This can lead to spotting on being ruptured.

5. Nearing Labour
As your body prepares for labour, you will pass your mucus plug, a state where your cervix begins to dilate. It will be soaked in blood that is also called ‘bloody show’. Passing your mucus plug will not be a concern if you are already into 37 weeks of pregnancy. However, if there is heavy bleeding, be sure to consult our doctors at KIMS Cuddles.

You can prevent pregnancy complications by going for routine checkups. This is very important when you have already experienced complications in your prior pregnancies. Another way to assure safe pregnancy is to control the risk factors. To know more, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles and find out ways to enjoy a safe pregnancy.


*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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