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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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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