30 April, 2018

What to expect in your first Pre-natal visit

Whether you’re a first time mother, or have had babies earlier, prenatal care is extremely important. Your first prenatal visit will generally be around 8 weeks after your last menstrual period. Every pregnancy is different and hence, prenatal visits are crucial. The first prenatal visit will be the longest as your doctor will ask you a lot of questions, and you can also ask them the same.

Your doctor might ask you questions like:

  • Medical history and psychosocial problems, if any.
  • Blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Breast and cervical exam
  • Date of your last menstrual period
  • Birth control methods you used
  • History of abortions and/or miscarriages, if any
  • Medications that you’re taking and any allergies to them
  • Your family’s medical history

Your doctor will also conduct physical exam such as pap smear, cervical cultures, and an ultrasound during your first prenatal visit. They will also ask you to have your blood drawn and sent to laboratory for tests, such as:

  • Hemoglobin levels
  • Rh Factor and blood type
  • Varicella or history of chicken pox, and hepatitis vaccine
  • Cystic Fibrosis screen
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV Test
  • Patient specific test, depending on their history for ailments such as tuberculosis and Hepatitis C

Your doctor will also discuss the following things with you:

  • They may recommend appropriate dental care
  • They may suggest eating precautions such as avoiding raw meats and fish with high mercury content
  • They may talk about fevers and medications
  • They may also discuss environmental hazards that you should avoid
  • They may discuss travel limitations that you may face
  • They will talk about miscarriage precautions
  • They will discuss prenatal vitamins and supplements that you must take
  • If you weigh more, they may discuss diet, exercise, nutrition and weight gain

Before visiting a doctor for your first prenatal visit, make a list of all the doubts and questions that you have. Here are some things that you can ask:

  • Is bleeding or cramping normal during pregnancy? When should you call a doctor in such a case?
  • What is considered to be an emergency?
  • Do you need to change your habits regarding sex, exercise, and nutrition?
  • What are the various types of tests to be done and when?
  • How many prenatal visits are recommended and how often?
  • What can you expect around labor and delivery, and what kind of support will you receive?
  • What are your thoughts about natural childbirth?
  • When would a C-section be needed and what is an episiotomy?
  • What is your policy on inducing labor?
  • How long after due date will you be allowed to go before being induced?

Your first prenatal visit is a good opportunity to get to know your doctor and helps give you an insight over their methods during childbirth. It is basically an overview of what to expect in the months to come. Make sure you make yourself comfortable and talk to your doctor without any hesitation. If you wish to know more, meet our experts at KIMS Cuddles.

*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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