15 October, 2018

Taking care of your heart during pregnancy

A woman’s body goes through several changes during pregnancy. This is also a time when her heart is working extra-hard to circulate blood for two people instead of one. That’s why, it becomes even more necessary to take care of your heart during pregnancy.

A cardiologist is rarely involved in the pregnancy process. Most women who are active and healthy before they become pregnant, do not suffer from any major problem when they’re carrying. However, those who have heart conditions can face several issues due to the increased workload of their heart during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Heart Health

The first step for protecting your heart health should ideally start before you become pregnant. If you are thinking about having a baby and have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor or a cardiologist about any precautions that you should take before getting pregnant:

  • If you have a medical history of a heart condition, such as a heart murmur, valve disease, rheumatic fever, or heart rhythm disorder
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • History of a cardiac event, such as a stroke

If you’re a healthy person, take the following steps to keep your heart healthy:

  1. Exercise: Exercising helps reduce stress during pregnancy and helps you maintain a healthy weight. It is highly beneficial to your cardiac health. If you’re used to exercising, stay at your previous level of intensity unless your doctor advices you against it. If you haven’t been exercising before pregnancy, try some low-impact exercises such as walking, riding a stationary bike or taking exercise classes for pregnant women.
  1. Eat a healthy diet: When you’re pregnant, try to include a heart-healthy diet that are safe for pregnant women. Some foods that were okay and heart-healthy before, such as sprouts and salads, should be avoided or limited during pregnancy. It is also important to lower your sodium intake as sodium can increase blood pressure. You should also be careful with your choice of fishes and avoid those that are high in mercury.

Keeping food and exercise choices simple and healthy can be extremely rewarding for your heart and overall well-being.

Women with existing heart conditions

Women who have an underlying heart condition or congenital heart problems may face complications while pregnant. Those with blood pressure can use pregnancy-safe medications to lower it. For women with high-risk, cardiologist advice against pregnancy as it poses too much risk.

Women who suffered complications during their pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, pre-term delivery, or low birth weight, the risk of having some sort of heart or vascular issue increases in the years after the pregnancy. This may also increase the risk of complications with subsequent pregnancies.

Regardless of the heart condition or complications, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle before, during and after your pregnancy to reduce your risk. If you have any concerns about your overall health, our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you take necessary steps for a successful 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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05 February, 2018

7 Effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy

Achieving a healthy weight post-pregnancy might seem like a difficult task for most women. With added responsibilities of taking care of a newborn, adjusting to a new routine and recovering from childbirth, finding time to lose all that baby weight can be challenging. Whether you want to become pregnant in the future or lead an active, healthy life, it is important to return to a healthy weight after delivery. Here are 7 effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy: Breastfeed Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs to grow in the first six months of life. It has several benefits for the mother and the child. If you can and choose to breastfeed, it can help you lose baby weight quickly. A study indicated that women participants lost an average 1.68kg more weight than non-breastfeeding women by six months after delivery. However, they may not be any weight loss in the first three months and some women may experience weight gain due to increased calorie intake. Monitor Your Calories Keeping a count of your calories can help you figure out how much you are eating and how to control your diet. It can also ensure you are getting enough calories to provide you with the energy and nutrition you need as a new
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