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Blood Transfusion


Blood transfusion, pregnancy and birth What is a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion involves the transfer of blood or blood components from one person (the donor) to another person (the recipient). A blood transfusion can be a life-saving process. It is often done to replace blood that has been lost due to severe bleeding or [ Read the full article… ]

Alcohol and Pregnancy


Key Points • Fetal alcohol syndrome is the name given to a combination of features diagnosed in the baby after birth. It is caused by a woman drinking heavily throughout pregnancy. • Alcohol can have other effects on the baby which are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). • When a woman drinks during [ Read the full article… ]

Epilepsy In Pregnancy


Epilepsy (convulsions, fits or seizures) in pregnancy complicates 1% of pregnancies. Maternal epilepsy is associated with a twofold increase in the incidence of congenital abnormalities (birth defects).Congenital anomalies most commonly associated with these medications andepilepsy include facial abnormalities (such as cleft palate and cleft lip) and cardiac abnormalities(such as ventricular septal defects and atrial septal [ Read the full article… ]

Is Air Travel Safe in Pregnancy?


Generally, commercial air travel during pregnancy poses no special risks to a healthy pregnant woman or her baby. Still, if you’re pregnant, it’s best to check with your health care provider before you fly. Certain conditions in pregnancy – such as severe anemia , sickle cell disease, clotting disorders and placental insufficiency – can increase [ Read the full article… ]

Is it safe to squat in an Indian-style toilet during pregnancy?


Squatting down is believed to make the bowel movement faster, easier and complete. Research also indicates that this position allows the pelvis to relax and provides pressure for elimination. It also helps prevent constipation and haemorrhoids.Childbirth experts not only say that it is safe for pregnant women to squat on an Indian-style toilet but also [ Read the full article… ]

Spa Do’s And Don’ts During Pregnancy


First Trimester DO remember to spill the beans about your pregnancy the moment you call to book your day at the spa. That way, the staff will be able to help you steer clear of any treatments that aren’t recommended for mothers-tobe – basically any treatment that involves high temperatures (whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, heat [ Read the full article… ]

Embryos that self-destruct can lead to miscarriages


Miscarriage, the most common type of pregnancy loss, can be a horrible and hugely depressing experience for any woman. But, ever wondered why do women have more miscarriages than females of other species? It’s all in the chromosomes, a new study says.Researchers in Belgium have found that it’s normal for human embryos to contain cells [ Read the full article… ]

Thalssemia carrier status can be detected pre-marriage or pre-conception to avoid the birth of affected children


For Ashok Punwani, 41, and many like him, the revelation was news. Though he lives in a Sindhi colony, he and his neighbours had not heard of thalassemia. Yet, this serious blood disorder threatens members of certain communities in India more than others due to the genes that they carry. Known to be amongst the [ Read the full article… ]

Exercising In Pregnancy Boosts Baby’s IQ


Burning Fat While Expecting And 9 Months Of Breastfeeding Make A Clever Child, Say Experts. Mothers who exercise during pregnancy are helping to boost their child’s IQ, according to research by American psychologists.In a challenge to the conventional wisdom that intelligence is 80% inherited, Richard Nisbett, a psychologist and father of two, argues that recent [ Read the full article… ]

Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy


Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite. The toxoplasmosis parasite lives in cats. It comes out in their stools. Toxoplasmosis doesn’t usually cause problems. But if you are pregnant, it may pose a problem for the unborn fetus. If you’re pregnant, it’s very important to avoid getting toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy can cause serious health problems [ Read the full article… ]

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