24 November, 2018

Things to know about cervical dilation

During pregnancy, your doctor may conduct the cervical exam several times. This tells them a few things about your cervix. Most pregnant women focus on how open, or dilated, the cervix is. It may be confusing to know what it means. Here are some things that will help you make sense of cervical dilation:

  1. A Closed Cervix

A closed cervix means you are not dilated at all. It means your doctor can’t pass a finger through your cervical os, or cervical opening. Most first-time moms will have a closed cervix for the majority of their pregnancy.

  1. A Fully Dilated Cervix

A fully dilated cervix is 10 centimeters open. This means that when your cervix is measured with two fingers, they can be stretched 10 centimeters across. When you’re fully dilated, it’s time to push and have a baby.

  1. A little-dilated Cervix

Women who have given birth before may have a cervix that remains open a little. For some women, the cervix never really goes back to being closed. Therefore, it may be normal in subsequent pregnancies to be a few centimeters dilated, without this being a sign of preterm or real labor.

  1. There is no magic number

A single measurement is not very useful in figuring out whether you are in labor. Some women may walk around for weeks being 4 centimeters dilated, while others are the same measurement may be in active labor. Sometimes you may need to repeat exams a few hours later to show any change.

  1. Active labor and different dilations

Active labor happens at different dilutions for different women. Earlier, it was said that once a woman was 4 centimeters dilated, she was in active labor and was going to have a baby soon. Now we know that some women aren’t in true active labor until up to 6 centimeters. This means you don’t have to rush into a C-section if you’re stuck at 4 centimeters dilation. Give yourself more time to dilate and avoid unnecessary C-sections.

  1. Dilation depends on a few things

How fast you dilate in labor depends on a few things. In general, women who’ve had a baby before will dilate faster than first-time moms. Epidurals can slow down the rate of dilation a little bit, but they don’t increase your risk of C-section.

Once your cervix is completely dilated, you can start pushing. If you try to push before your cervix is completely open, it can cause swelling on the cervix that can make a vaginal delivery more different. Your doctor at KIMS Cuddles can make you understand cervical dilation better and help make your delivery easier.

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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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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10 November, 2023

5 best ways to avoid premature labour

The average length of a human gestation is 280 days or 40 weeks. The gestation period is usually counted from the first day of woman’s last menstrual period. It’s good and healthier for babies not to be born before they’re due. If the labour starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy, then it is usually called as premature labour. In this case, the baby is not fully grown and is not entirely ready to come into the outside world.In premature labour, the mother is unable to carry her baby for the full 9-month term. There are a number of reasons behind the preterm labour, including traumas, accidents and unpredictable diseases. Although the reasons are not clear, here are the common and best advisable ways to avoid premature labour.Learn what you can do to prevent early labour!  See your health care provider early and regularly during your pregnancy. Prenatal care is designed over the years to minimise the risk and complications of pregnancy. A good health care provider can ensure and plan your pregnancy. Attend all prenatal appointments with your doctor and have all the screening tests to check your health and your baby’s health. Understand the common problems of the pregnancy and check the root causes in case of complications. Understanding the root causes will help you and
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25 October, 2021

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain is pain in the lower part of the abdomen and pelvis. It can stem from multiple causes. Pelvic pain arises from the conditions associated with reproductive, urinary or digestive systems, or from muscles and ligaments in the pelvis. Pelvic pain can be due to irritation of nerves in the pelvis. Chronic pelvic pain is constant or intermittent pelvic pain for six months or more. Pelvic pain may spread to lower back, buttocks or thighs. Pelvic pain can also be situational, such as while using the bathroom or have sex. Causes More than one condition can lead to Pelvic pain. Common causes of acute pelvic pain Ovarian cyst– it is fluid-filled bubble arising from an ovary and causes pelvic pain when it ruptures or becomes twisted Acute pelvic inflammatory disease– a bacterial infection of the reproductive organs, which often follows a chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection and needs immediate treatment with Antibiotics. Ectopic Pregnancy (or other pregnancy-related conditions) Miscarriage or intrauterine fetal death Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) Mittelschmerz (ovulation pain) Appendicitis â€“ a painful swelling of the appendix which usually causes pain on the lower right-hand side of your abdomen Peritonitis– inflammation of the peritoneum; it causes sudden abdominal pain that gradually becomes more severe and requires emergency treatment Urinary tract infection – it will cause pain or a burning sensation while urination Kidney stones Constipation or
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