15 July, 2020

Tips for handling gestational diabetes post-childbirth

Every 16 women out of 100 are known to develop high blood sugar level conditions during pregnancy in India. Since the condition is highly seen during pregnancy, it is called gestational diabetes. These increased blood sugar levels usually disappear after childbirth when proper care is followed.

Many women with gestational diabetes had healthy pregnancies and healthy babies with all the necessary precautionary steps. However, the chances of having type 2 diabetes are often and require proper care post-childbirth to ensure yours and newborns’ health.

Here are some best tips to handle gestational diabetes post-childbirth!

  1. Keep up the healthy weight with high nutritional diet

    There will be considerable fluctuations in weight gain and loss during and after pregnancy. Maintaining blood sugar levels requires a healthy weight, which plays a significant role in insulin supply. Increased weight usually obstructs and heightens the instability of insulin flow. Hence, try to reduce or maintain a healthy weight soon after childbirth. High nutritional and low carbohydrates diet will help you achieve that.

  2. Be physically active with regular exercise

    Exercise is another excellent way to keep your blood sugar in control. A moderate level of exercise or walking for about 30 minutes a day will initiate smoother metabolism. However, seek your doctor’s guidance on when you can start with moderate exercise after delivery.

  3. Do not stop breastfeeding  

    There are many misconceptions when it comes to breastfeeding with gestational diabetes. But, it is highly safe, and your doctors will suggest you feed your baby within 30 minutes after labor. Generally, newborns with gestational diabetes have lower insulin levels and require stability. Breastfeeding controls the levels of insulin in your newborn and normalizes them within hours after intact care.

  4. Check your blood glucose levels as frequently as possible 

    You are checked with your sugar levels before you leave the hospital and 6 weeks post-delivery. If both the tests turn out normal, then the chances of having diabetes 2 conditions are nominal. However, the risks are high and require a continuous check to avoid further complications.

  5. Plan your next pregnancy to avoid fetus damage risks  

    If you want to get pregnant in the future, planning with your doctor will help you. Let them know your previous gestational diabetes issue and keep track of your blood sugar levels before you get pregnant. High amounts of blood sugar in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy can impact the developing baby. Thus, proper monitoring is highly encouraged.

    As mentioned earlier, most of the time, gestational diabetes disappears post-childbirth. However, the measures mentioned above reduce the risk of developing diabetes 2 conditions.

You can know more about gestational diabetes here. 


*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before making 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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21 January, 2021

4 Quick Tips For Uterine Infections Post-Delivery

It is highly known that UTIs are common for women and are even more common in pregnant women. Since the developing foetus may place pressure on the bladder and urinary tract, UTIs are more common during pregnancy and persist even after pregnancy. Although UTIs are common, they have to be treated and prevented for a healthier pregnancy and post-delivery period. Leaving them might lead to higher complications during pregnancy, leading to an unstable period post-delivery.  Thus, here are four quick tips for handling uterine infections post-delivery.  Drinking plenty of water  Drinking a minimum of eight full glasses of water a day is essential to avoid or handle UTIs. Water dilutes urine present in the bladder and helps flush bacteria out of the urinary tract with ease. The more the water, the more the bacteria gets pumped out. Having a good amount of water is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your body.  Emptying the bladder before urge rises  Holding back the quick urge to empty your bladder pressurises the nerves in your bladder. In cases when you hold the pressure for too long or make this routine often, the nerves in your bladder will be at risk and start losing efficiency. That is why it is always suggested to urinate frequently and empty the bladder
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21 October, 2021

Post Menopausal Bleeding

What is post-menopausal bleeding? When the monthly periods stop for 12 months we call it menopause.  Any bleeding that happens after that is called post-menopausal bleeding.  Is it normal to have bleeding after menopause? It is never normal to have bleeding after menopause. Even if it is spotting, or slight smearing of blood on pad or happened only once or no pain it is still not normal and you should not ignore.  Is it cancer?  All women who have post-menopausal bleeding will not have cancer.  Only less than 10% women might have cancer. Rest of 90% might have simple reasons for bleeding.  What can be the reasons for the post-menopausal bleeding? Most common reason will be dryness of vagina also known as atrophy.  Other reasons might include small growths or polyps, infection of cervix or vagina, or use of hormone replacement pills. Less commonly there can be cancer of uterus or cervix or vagina.  What should I do when I notice post-menopausal bleeding?  Whenever you notice post-menopausal bleeding make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible instead of postponing or observing for repetition.  What will happen at doctor’s visit? 
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