05 January, 2021

Precautions to take for safe cardio during pregnancy

Exercise is a boon during pregnancy and is highly recommended and important for the healthy mother and baby. Different types of exercises can be performed during pregnancy: yoga, breathing exercises, aerobics, and kegel exercises. But, cardio has got tremendous benefits when it comes to maintaining weight and cholesterol levels. 

However, cardio during pregnancy is not always suggested. It is strenuous and requires proper guidance. Appropriate safety measures need to be taken while practicing cardio at home. Here are the quick precautions to take for safe cardio during pregnancy. 

  1. Take instructions from your doctor 

    The foremost thing you need to ensure is checking with your doctor. Although cardio is good for you during pregnancy, it depends on your health conditions. There might be cases where the doctor would suggest not to take cardio. So check with your doctor before you finalize your pregnancy exercise routine. Check the limits and the extent to which you can extend your exercise routine.

  2. Set easy and reasonable goals 

    Go easy on yourself. The exercise you are doing is for a healthy pregnancy. So do not push yourself with tougher challenges. Set reasonable and easy goals for yourself. If you are new to exercising or cardio, then start with easy tasks like brisk walking, slow stationary bike etc. Do not pull yourself towards higher targets. 

  3. Take enough time to warm up and cool down 

    In usual times, your body might need little time for warm-up and cool down before and after the exercise. But, during pregnancy, take enough time to warm yourself up and cool down. Rushing yourself might tire up your body with all the new changes occurring already. 

  4. Take the support of a thing or person 

    Cardio exercises can be simple, like just a brisk walk, swimming, biking or stationary bikes, but having support with you will significantly help. Especially during the third trimester, having a person by your side while exercising will be a lot more comfortable. It can be simply a pillow, but even the support that adjusts to your body is greater. 

  5. Stop it when you feel off 

    Know when you need to pull it off. Pregnancy itself is tiring, so do not push it too high. Stop the exercise or cardio if you feel any of the following, 

    • Bleeding from the vagina
    • Feeling dizzy or faint
    • Chest pain or Headache
    • Muscle weakness
    • Calf pain or swelling
    • Painful contractions of the uterus
    • Fluid leaking from the vagina

    Listening to your body is a must for workouts during pregnancy. You can limit or challenge yourself based on your body adaptability. DO follow the above precautions and clarify with your doctor before you finalize your exercise routine during pregnancy. 

*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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