24 September, 2018

Things to ask your doctor before a C-section

Every mother hopes for a normal, vaginal birth. However, sometimes circumstances may force you to have a C-section delivery. Due to medical emergencies, you may need to go for a C-section and find it difficult to discuss about it with your doctor. Here are some questions that you can ask your doctor before your C-section.

  1. What are the risk factors for a C-section?

Certain risk factors may influence whether you may be more or less likely to have a C-section. These include placenta or fetus position, weight, age, predicted size of baby, previous C-section, and general health. While not all of these factors will require a C-section, it might be good to know about these as you move ahead in your pregnancy.

  1. What is the C-section procedure?

Before your C-section, it may be useful to ask your doctor about what actually happens during the procedure. Even though it has become fairly common for people to get C-section, most people don’t know much about it and this can make things confusing or scary. Knowing what will happen before, during and after delivery will make everything less stressful and better equip you to deal with your birth experience.

  1. How do you close the incisions?

Once your baby is delivered, the incision will need to be closed. There are plenty of options for doing that, such as stitches, staples, and surgical glue. Ask your doctor about how they close the incision and if you have any say in choosing your options.

  1. Will I be able to hold my baby right away?

Almost every mom who is about to have a C-section has this concern. You can ask your doctor about it for clarity. Usually it depends on the circumstances of the C-section and the hospital policy. Knowing about this can help you be at ease.

  1. How long will I be in the hospital?

Knowing how long you will stay in the hospital after C-section can help you plan accordingly. It will help you make arrangements in case you have a child or pet at home. It’s also good to know so that you can prepare your hospital bag with the appropriate amount of things.

  1. What is the recovery time and will I be given painkillers?

It might be a good idea to ask about recovery time so that you can gauge if anything is amiss as you recover. Generally, it takes about six weeks to recover for most moms after a C-section. You may be given painkillers and medication in the first few weeks after you’ve had a C-sections. These are breastfeeding friendly and are safe to take when you’re nursing. Although, if you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about it.

There are so many things about a C-section that you may not even think about asking. But feel free to tell your doctor to advice you on anything that you may be missing. The doctors at KIMS Cuddles are always forthcoming with advice and information and help you feel completely comfortable with all your questions. Visit us to know more.

*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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