Editorial


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem that can affect a woman. It leads to irregular periods, weight gain, acne, increase in facial hair, difficulty in conceiving or infertility. What causes PCOS? A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the [ Read the full article… ]

What should I do if my pregnancy has gone beyond the due date?


How commonly do women go beyond their expected due date? Approximately 5 to 10% of women may go a few days beyond their due date.  But it is only significant if they go more than one week beyond the due date. Is the expected due date calculation correct? A pregnant woman’s expected date of delivery [ Read the full article… ]

Epilepsy In Pregnancy


Epilepsy (convulsions, fits or seizures) in pregnancy complicates 1% of pregnancies. There are many myths and concerns regarding epilepsy in pregnancy, so here are some queries answered…   • How should I plan my pregnancy if I am an epileptic? If you are epileptic and are planning a pregnancy, it is important that you start [ Read the full article… ]

Sleep Disturbances / Insomnia during Pregnancy


Insomnia, or the inability to fall or stay sleep – which can happen in all the three trimesters of pregnancy, is estimated to affect more than 75 percent of expectant moms. So, as expected, I regularly meet mums-to-be complaining of this problem in my clinic! What are the causes of Insomnia in pregnancy? A combination [ Read the full article… ]

SONOGRAPHY IN PREGNANCY


Ultrasound scans are an essential component of your antenatal / prenatal / maternity care. There are a number of essential “sonographic examinations” or “scans” that are recommended for ensuring the health and wellbeing of the baby throughout the pregnancy. Ultrasound scanning is safe in pregnancy and does not cause harm. It is a great way [ Read the full article… ]

Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression


What are ‘Baby blues’? You’re likely to feel a real mix of emotions in the days after the birth – joy at seeing your baby, relief you’re no longer pregnant and fear about how you’ll cope with motherhood. To add to all these, your hormone levels, which were at an all-time high in pregnancy, suddenly [ Read the full article… ]

Back pain in pregnancy


Backache during pregnancy is a common problem and affects more than 80% of pregnant women at some point during their pregnancy. Backache can range from mild pain associated with certain positions or specific activities to chronic back pain. Women with pre-existing lower back problems are at higher risk for back pain, and their back pain [ Read the full article… ]

The importance of consuming milk during pregnancy


Traditionally, pregnant and lactating mothers have been advised to drink 2 glasses of milk a day.  What is the rationale behind this? Is it just an “old wives” tip or is there any scientific basis to this advice? Is milk good for the mother or for the developing baby? What about women who cannot  have [ Read the full article… ]

Acne during pregnancy


Skin conditions are common during pregnancy…read on for tips on managing them. 1. Why does acne occur during pregnancy? Acne affects nearly 50% of pregnant women and it occurs due to the increased hormone levels in the first trimester, which in turn, cause increased production of natural oils in the skin. 2. What one can [ Read the full article… ]

Pre-pregnancy counseling: Fetal medicine before the fetus arrives!


Pre-pregnancy counseling is vital to ensure that couples embark on the ‘pregnancy  journey’ in good health and equipped with up to date information. This is particularly important for couples in a consanguineous marriage, with a family history of any genetic problem, who have had a pregnancy loss or a previous child with structural abnormality/ a [ Read the full article… ]

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