Cloudnine has conducted a live Facebook and Twitter chat on Thursday, 21 JULY 2016 at 3 – 4 p.m. with Dr. Meenakshi. R. Kamath on Pregnancy Health.
Doctor Details: Dr. Meenakshi. R. Kamath.
Speciality - Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Focus and
Expertise - High-risk pregnancies like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorders, bad obstetric history, and complicated gynaecological cases.
2. Consider pre-existing illnesses
3. Take doctor’s advice on the right time to conceive
4. Indulge in yoga, exercise, and nutrition
5. Plan out your work and regular day to day life with the pregnancy
1. Every pregnancy is different
2. Do not overeat
3. No spicy and unhealthy food
4. No frozen food
5. No outside food
6. No fast food
7. No processed food
8. No packed juices
9. Lots of vegetables
10. Home-cooked foods
11. Supplements that doctor suggests
12. Do not overdo exercise
A. Take a balanced diet including- proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins. Please consult your Doctor.
A. Although there's no proof that self-tanners are harmful, there haven't been many studies on its effects on a fetus. So check with your doctor before applying it.
A. Please consult your doctor for this because every pregnant body is different.
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A. During the first two months, Constipation is prominent during pregnancy. Diet is the main factor; so, pay attention to your diet and increase your fluid intake to cure constipation.
A. In our hospital, we allow only the spouse to come in O.T but most of the hospitals do not allow them.
A. Never keep your stomach empty. Morning sickness happens because of an empty stomach. Eat something solid as soon as you get up. Have a cup of tea if you like and keep having something like – Juice, Milk, and Toast. Take tablets recommended by doctors. You can also have ginger extract; when you chew this, it takes very good care of your stomach and reduces the acid.
A. It is recommended to keep the baby for two to three days. Baby goes home with the mother unless there is some medical condition like jaundice.
A. We are trying to promote VBACs over c-section. We wait for the patient to go up to 38 weeks for VBAC. The period between her first pregnancy and 2nd matters-
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A. Drink warm water and Ginger tea. If cold is getting worse, see a doc and take treatment.
A. Not a drastic change. 1 or 2kgs is permissible. You can have a lot of fruits, salads, milk, curd, buttermilk. It is okay if you don’t have cooked food.
A. As soon as the mother enters the hospital, the mother’s stomach is attached to a monitoring machine at Cloudnine. We monitor heartbeats every half an hour. Her contractions will be monitored from the time of labour to the point of delivery. The nursing staff is also important. The entire staff is trained in Cloudnine. Good mother care and neonatal care is our responsibility. Specialized birthing hospital or centre is important.
A. Yes. The patient should go to a doctor on a regular basis. It will develop a good rapport. Will clear all your doubts and will make you comfortable with the doctor who will help you with delivery.
A. Not fixed. 8-10 hours minimum. Initial stages, the pain is not severe. Severe pain for 3-4 hours is common.
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A. Yes. During normal labour.
A. It happens naturally. If it happens in the first three months, it is a genetic problem. If it happens repeatedly, visit a doctor.
A. Yes. Very true. In the first three months and the last three months, the bladder irritability is very high and the frequency of urination is high.
A. Balanced diet. Proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, everything has to be balanced.
A. Yes. Mothers should be prepared for normal delivery. Exercise is very important for normal delivery. Attend Antenatal classes. C-section can be avoided unless medically instructed.
A. We calculate it as 9+7 days to LMP (last menstrual period) & generally the delivery happens 2 weeks before.
A. If someone is asthmatic, then the likelihood is high. It's a genetic problem& most of the times, the baby inherits it.
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A. Whatever you are feeling, the baby also feels it. So stress can affect the baby. Try to avoid it.
A. Yes. We can help you with different types of exercises at Cloudnine. There are prenatal and postnatal exercises. Even if you tell your yoga teacher about pregnancy, they will help you with relevant exercises.
A. Yes, there are complications arising in recent times mainly because of a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise. Tests depend on complications & individual cases. We suggest keeping the doctor informed. Some basic tests:
A. It’s a very happy thing that the PCOS lady has got pregnant! Fantastic! So, PCOS has been taken care of already if the lady is pregnant. We though still recommend hormonal supplements to support pregnancy.
A. NO. We do not recommend taking any oil. It will only help you end up in loose motions.
A. Regular exercises, yoga, respiratory exercises, walking, no weight lifting and Antenatal classes.
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A. We are trying a lot of VBACs. We are very much in favour. Depends on difference b/w the 1st & the 2nd pregnancy. We consider medical conditions as well.
A. No, it is a wrong perception. All doctors, especially at Cloudnine, focus on natural birth. It is done only when it is necessary to save the life of the mother and the baby.
A. Every surgery has a risk. In C-section the risks are-
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A. Follow your Gynaecologist and ask grandparents to come along.
A. Yes, in Gurgaon. MSJ House, Plot No. A-2, Mayfield Gardens, Sector 47, Gurgaon, Haryana.
A. No, we recommend a minimum 3 years of difference.
A. Don’t be alarmed with Low PAPP-A levels. Get a scan done and see your gynaecologist.
A. Never keep your stomach empty. Keep having something – Juice, Milk or Toast. Take Tablets recommended by doctors and Ginger extract.
A. We do not recommend as there are possible risks for both the mother and the baby.
A. A genetic disorder that can be present in the baby which is trisomy 21. It is basically a mentally retarded baby.
A. Back pain can increase during pregnancy. Take care of it by back exercises. Hot compression and light back exercises are recommended.
A. Manage pain with a hot bag, local anaesthetic cream and light back exercises.
A. We can help you with different types of exercises and there are prenatal and postnatal exercises. Even if you tell your yoga teacher about pregnancy, they will help you with relevant exercises.
A. The patient can be normal; can go to the office, avoid going hours of travel. Long and unsafe travel means are not recommended. Regular exercise is very important. Yoga, no weight training, walking is very good.
A. Very delicate massage of legs, back, spine and hands. NO abdominal and breast massage at all.
A. After 3 months, intercourse is recommended but not too often. The position should be chosen carefully and please do check with your doctor before you decide. Do take your doctor's advice. Also, in the last few weeks, sexual intercourse is very good as it helps in normal delivery.
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A. Rate of the thyroid is increasing. We test it amongst the first tests and treat it accordingly. If you have thyroid, treatment for it should start before you get pregnant. With proper medication, there should be no complication because of the thyroid.
A. Tell your cousin sister she has to lose weight and try to conceive. Polycystic ovary problem may not help you to conceive. She needs to lose weight to conceive.
A. The additional weight of only 11-12kgs should be put on.
A. Home remedies are good. Take steam, keep yourself warm, take warm liquids and take anti-allergy medication and see your gyneacologist.
A. No. Not recommended.
A. It is a strict time of about 6 weeks of rest which we call puerperium.
A. It is better to get the dermoid cyst removed even during pregnancy because it can rupture or undergo torsion or get infected. One can get pregnant 3 months after the removal.
A. It is better to take vitamins in pregnancy.
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Dr. Meenakshi. R. Kamath
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist,
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