09 July, 2020

Myths and facts about Linea Nigra – Blackline in pregnancy

Linea nigra is a vertical line developed on the belly of moms-to-be during the pregnancy. About 75% of pregnant women observe this dark line after their first trimester. It is quite common and does any harm neither to the mother nor to the baby. Although the main reason behind its appearance is unknown, the line is generally formed by the new pregnancy hormones.

Linea nigra eventually goes away for almost every woman. At first, the line shortens up after delivery and then fades away entirely in a few months. Despite its hurtless nature, there are many myths regarding this long dark line.

Here are some myths and facts about Linea Nigra!

  1. Myth – Linea Nigra suddenly appears during the pregnancy 

    Fact: Although the dark line is seen during the pregnancy, Linea Nigra does not appear straight during the pregnancy. There is always a line present on the woman’s belly, which is called “Linea Alba,” which means white line. This line during pregnancy often darkens and is seen as “Linea Nigra” (a black line).

  2. Myth – The length and position of the line determines the gender of the newborn

    Fact: Two famous tales say that the Linea Nigra specifies gender. The first one defines that the black line itself means the birth of a young boy. The second signifies that the length of the line, which usually extends to ribs, signifies boy and which is shorter signifies girl. However, both the misconceptions were proven wrong by the scientists.

    The chances of gender are oddly equal irrespective of the length or appearance of the line.

  3. Myth – These belly lines are stubborn and do not go away

    Fact: Although the Linea Nigra is thick when compared to any other belly lines, it is not a stubborn mark that lasts long. It usually fades after childbirth and does not require any extra attention to remove it. Your doctor will suggest the best methods if you need any additional support after delivery if they persist in staying.

  4. Myth – Applying bleaching creams during pregnancy for the removal of Linea Nigra

    Fact: The bleaching creams contain high amounts of hydroquinone. These creams cause serious birth ailments, dark gray spots on newborns, and skin cancer issues when used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Their usage does no good to you and instead adds on the extra burden to your health care.

    Linea Nigra is a purely natural pregnancy phenomenon and can never be experienced if not for pregnancy. Hence savor the moments! However, if you feel obliged and want to minimize the effect, you can indulge high amounts of folic acid and proteins into your diet. Avoiding the sun to a greater extent will also help you in this.

*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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