Fetal Growth

Dynamic and serial measurements at 2 to 3 week intervals are needed to define normality and abnormality

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Getting your baby into the right position for birth

If your baby is in a head-down position, with the back of his head slightly towards the front of your tummy (anterior position), your labour is likely to be shorter and easier. Most babies get into this position by the end of pregnancy. In an anterior position, your baby fits snugly into the curve of your pelvis. During labour, your baby will curl his back over, and tuck his chin into his chest. Your labour and birth should progress easily if your baby is in this position, because: During contractions, the top of your baby's head puts rounded and even pressure on the neck of your uterus (cervix). This helps your cervix to widen, and your body to produce the hormones you need for labour. During the pushing stage, your baby moves through your pelvis at an angle, so that the smallest area of his head comes first. Try putting on a tight polo neck without tucking in your chin and you'll understand how this works! When your baby gets to the bottom of your pelvis, he turns his head slightly, so that the widest part of his head is in the widest part of your pelvis. The back of his head can then slip underneath your pubic bone. As he is born, his face sweeps across the area between your vagina and back passage (perineum). Can I really make my baby get into the right position for birth? Adopting a hands-and-knees position for 10 minutes, twice a day, can help to move your baby into an anterior position in late pregnancy. This technique (OFP) is tried-and-tested. However, all doctors may not recommend OFP in pregnancy because of the lack of written evidence. Most doctors may still encourage you to try the positions during labour, as you may be more comfortable in them once your contractions start. You could try to stay in upright or forward postures regularly in every-day life, rather than for short bursts. But this might not affect how your baby lies at birth. How can I improve my baby's position during labour? If your baby is in a posterior position when labour starts, you can still use postures and movements to try and help your baby to turn and relieve your pain. It's common for posterior babies to change position during labour, and most get themselves into an anterior position by the pushing stage. You may feel slight niggling pains for several days before labour really starts. This can be tiring, but may be a sign that your baby is trying to turn into an anterior position. You may find that one of the best positions is on all fours. In this position, your baby drops away from your spine, helping to relieve backache and hopefully helping him to turn, too. Here are some tips for coping with pre-labour and early labour: Get plenty of rest at night. Vary your daytime activities from walking and moving around, to adopting all-fours or knees-to-chest positions. Knees –to-chest position is when you're on your knees with your head, shoulders and upper chest on the floor or mattress, with your bottom in the air. Lean forwards during contractions, and try pelvic rocking on a birth ball. Eat and drink regularly to keep your strength up and stay hydrated. Try to stay relaxed and positive. Content source Featured image source

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Fetal Movements: is your baby kicking?

Nothing reassures you more about the baby growing in your womb than the first kick. These tiny movements keep you guessing about what the baby would be doing at that time. Was what you felt actually a kick or just gas bubbles coursing through your body. Every pregnant woman waits for that moment when they would feel the first kick of their babies. When would I feel my baby kick? Most women feel their baby kick between week 18 and week 22, though some may report feeling it as early as week 13. Usually, second-timers feel it earlier as they know a kick when they feel a kick. Another reason why they might feel the kicks earlier is that their abdominal muscles are laxer. Further, thinner mothers also tend to feel a baby kick earlier as they lack the fat to cushion the movements. Actually, a first-time mother-to-be might have already felt the baby move but was unable to recognize the movement. Does this mean that the baby moves only at the time I feel the kick? No. The baby moves all the time in the amniotic fluid. But, because it is very small, one may not feel its movements. As the baby grows and becomes stronger, it is able to make more distinguishable movements and these are the ones you feel. What do the baby kicks feel like? Most mothers-to-be define the first movements of their babies as gas bubbles, butterflies flying or soft flutters. Medically, this is known as quickening. It would take some time for the quickening to graduate to firmer movements. Is it true that I would feel the baby moving less as my pregnancy progresses? Not exactly. There would definitely be down times when the baby is sleeping or resting and you might not feel any movements. However, the bigger the baby gets, the lesser the space it has to move and the more you should feel its movements. Once you have determined a pattern and understood their sleep cycle, you would be able to predict their movements and rest time. How often should I feel the baby kick? Before week 28, there is no need as such to record baby movement. At times, up to three days may pass between movements. Once you cross the 28th-week mark, you need to keep a watch on fetal movements. Your doctor would give you a rough estimate of how much movement you should feel. A healthy baby kicks around a lot. Apart from their sleep time, if you notice the baby’s activity levels reducing or weakened movements, talk to your doctor. Pregnancy is a beautiful time for any mother-to-be, therefore, sit back, relax and enjoy yours to the fullest. Featured Image Source  

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Stages of Pregnancy

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Muje puchna tha k Mai jb bhi Dr. K pass jati hu check up k liye toh muje Dr. Yahi bolte hai k apka bacha week hai app ka pet bht kum hai itna pet to 6 or 7 mnth mein hota hai or Mera abhi 8 month chl RHA Mai muje Kya krna chaiye baby k health k liye Kya diet leni chaiye jis se Mera baby healthy ho JB is bar Dr. Ne muje ye sb kha to muje bht tention ho gyi thi Mai bht royi ghr aa k Kya kru Mai pls koi btado

Hello all I have two questions First is my sixth month was started from 4 September and on 31 August I went to hospital for checkup and for showinganomaly Scan. But I didn't gain weight in last month. I m very tensed baby grow ni kr raha h. Wright gain ni hua. Second question is Ghar ke bade Bol rehe h ki curd Buttermilk ni leana chahy bache ko White spots hojate h. Kya ye sahi h. Waiting for your valuable suggestions.

Girl or Boy.. these are some fun ways of guessing who's gonna come out of your tummy!!

Finding it difficult to wait for the pregnancy tenure to end and discover whether you are carrying a girl or a boy? Yes, most of us want to know as soon as possible whether it is going to be a boy or a girl. Welcome to the wonderful world of old wives’ tales of gender prediction where you can take 15 easy and somewhat interesting tests to help you figure out if you’re having a boy or a girl. Whether you’re patiently awaiting the arrival of your little one or you’ve already had bub, come and see just how accurate these gender guessing tests really are. Therefore, here is the time to play ‘Guess the Gender’ with these 15 tests given below:  1. How’s your tummy holding up?- Vomiting, nauseous and spending half your days in the toilet. It’s a girl! Feeling okay? Then it’s a boy. 2. Check your hands- Dry, cracked and peeling like a snake? It’s a boy! Soft and smooth? It’s a girl! 3. What was bub’s heart rate?- When you had your dating scan you probably were allowed to listen to bub’s heart rate. If it was over 140 beats per minute (bpm) then it’s said you’re having a girl. If the bpm were less than 140, then it’s a boy. 5. Grab your breasts- Which one is bigger? If it’s left, then legend suggests boy. If the right is a little larger, then it’s a girl. 6. Monitor date of conception- This one may actually have some truth to it (but, maybe not). Experts such as Dr. Shettles, suggests that if you had sex and conceived before ovulation, chances are it’s a girl. If you conceived on the day of ovulation or 48 hours after, then it’s a boy! 7. Look to the Mayans- The Mayans also have a gender prediction chart that uses the odd/even system to determine the sex. Check the year of conception (for example, 2016) with mum’s age at conception (32). If both numbers are even or if both are odd, then it’s a girl. If one is even and one odd, then it’s a boy. 8. Check out the belly- Carrying low and out front? Then it’s a boy. Carrying high and all over? Then it’s a girl. 9. Do you have ‘The Glow’?- If so, then it’s a boy. If instead of a fresh glow, you’re sweaty and covered in acne, then it’s suggested to be a girl. 10. Consider your sleeping situation- If you prefer to toss, turn and end up sleeping on your left side, then legend suggests it’s a boy. If you favor sleeping on your right side, then it’s a girl.                                                        11. Think back to your sexy time position- You probably can’t pinpoint the exact moment you fell pregnant, especially if you were actively trying or simply like to have sex more than once a week. But, if you can remember, Dr. Shettles suggests that doing it doggy style (or a position with deeper penetration) increases the odds of having a boy. If you conceived in missionary position, odds are it’s a girl! 12. Pee in a cup- Add a small amount of bicarb soda to the bottom. If the combination of urine and soda fizzles, then it’s a boy. If it doesn’t, then it’s a girl. 13. Pick up a key- Without thinking, pick up a key. Legend has it that if an expectant mum reaches for the top part of the key, it’s a girl. If mum grabs for the narrow part, it’s a boy. 14. Check which way your ring swings- Take off your wedding (or any other) ring and tie it to a piece of string or hair. Dangle the ring over your stomach while lying on your back and see which way it swings. If the ring swings back and forth (like a pendulum), then it’s a boy. If the ring swings in a circular motion, it’s a girl. 15. Consider the Chinese gender chart Dated more than 700 years ago (and thought to be found buried in a royal tomb) the chart uses a mother’s age at the time of conception and the month of conception to determine gender.     Content Source Featured image source  

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Babyweight is nt increaing...dr. gives me protien biscuits...bt it could nt help much....baby is only 1.80.......i m worried...please help me she gives me one week....n water level is nt also adequate.....

I have been advised by my doctor to go for steroid cover so as to help my baby's lung mature. Please advise of it is safe?

Eating well in your third trimester: 37-40 weeks

Some women do not prefer eating at all at this stage but there are women who face the first stage for very long period; so, they need snacks and drinks from time to time. Here are few tips that can help you through. Eating Healthy With Your Baby In The First Two Weeks Once the baby is born, it’s not over yet. You still need to continue to have healthy food to recover and to breastfeed your baby. However you cannot cook alone; so, take help of your relatives or cook and keep it in your fridge. You can use it for a week and eat in batches. If you don’t have enough support or you are living just with your husband then you may want to hire a cook and a maid. Let them look after the kitchen till you recover and are able to do the household works. Some also prefer to order food from reputed restaurants. So, think about it and choose an option appropriate for you. Breakfast As always keep your breakfast simple yet healthy. Prefer a bowl of milk with cereal like cornflakes or sandwiches with lots of veggies. Salads are also good to start but make sure to have a glass of milk for energy. Keeping your breakfast simple will help you a lot by saving time and energy. Lunch Soups can be a good idea to go for. Beetroot is rich in folate, magnesium, potassium. Avoid adding cream or yogurt while preparing beetroot juice and freeze it so that you have it in batches. You need beetroot, carrot, celery, potato, onion, olive oil, vegetable stock, bay leaves, etc. to prepare this. Once you peel the beetroot grate it or process it and cut carrot into small pieces. Add celery and potato pieces and blitz it. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan and stir in some chopped onion. Once it turn light brown add vegetables, stock and bay leaves. Boil and cover the lid. Let it boil over low flame for 25 minutes and then blend it to smooth liquid using food processor. If you add cream or yogurt then do not store it. Snack Try having fruity flapjacks in the evening as oats present in it is rich in fibre. It can be stored in the freezer for few days. You will need sunflower margarine, demerara sugar, golden syrup, porridge oats and chopped dates. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and heat margarine and sugar till they melt completely. Stir in the golden syrup, oats, dates and mix the ingredients well. Take a greased baking tin and press into it and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until it turns golden brown. Remove and keep it aside to cool down. Cut the flapjacks and leave it to cool down. You can also have fresh fruit juice, smoothies like mango smoothie, tomato apple juice, baked banana chips, etc. Dinner Have you ever tried ragu sauce before? On freezing it, ragu sauce will can be stay for a couple of days. Have it with pasta, lasagne sheets and cheese sausage. You need lean minced beef, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic clove, smoked bacon pieces, chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red wine and oregano. Take the beef in a non-stick pan and heat it; keep stirring while breaking up this mixture. Add chopped onion, bacon, garlic and heat it to fry. Keep stirring and cooking till onions turn soft. Chop the sundried tomatoes and add them to the pan along with chopped canned tomatoes, herbs and some wine. Let this boil for some time and then reduce the flame. Cover the lid and leave it for 35 to 40 minutes and then stir well. Alcohol in the wine you added will cook off slowly. Take it out and let it cool down before you have it. This was easy to prepare this; similarly, you can try many simple yet healthy recipes to get nutrients from the food.   Feature Image Source  

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Amazing benefits of Garbha Sanskar practice during pregnancy

Garbha Sanskar is an ancient Indian prenatal and pregnancy parenting science. Garbha Sanskar is based on the basic theory that the mental and behavioral development of a child begins right from the moment an embryo is conceived.  What You Can Do At Home to Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy and Baby Do a pre-pregnancy detox for both the prospective mother and father. You can do a juice cleanse or even go for a proper Ayurvedic detox if you have time. Do not attempt any detox even if you doubt that you are pregnant, instead follow a good wholesome diet during pregnancy. Adopt healthier eating and sleeping habits, even when you are attempting to get pregnant. Reduce intake of cigarettes, alcohol, soft drinks, and other junk foods, a few months before you attempt conception. And this is valid not only for the mother – for the father as well. Once you’re pregnant, enhance parent and child bonding. Spend time reading, talking or singing to the unborn baby together as a couple. Listen to Indian instrumental or classical music, Samaveda Mantras, and Garbh Sanskar Sangeet whenever you can. Try to pray at least once in the day and chant some mantras. Try to be happy and positive at all times, away from sad thoughts.  Read good spiritual books look at beautiful works of art and try to have only positive and constructive thoughts.  Benefits Of Garbha Sanskar Positive thinking, listening to soulful music and staying happy and relaxed definitely helps the baby to develop a positive personality. Scientific evidence further proves this theory. Babies who were exposed to soothing music while still in the womb have a better listening ability Listening to soulful music, reading a good book and positive thinking helps the unborn baby to become more content, confident and composed It is said that from the 7th month onwards, the fetus can listen to the sound. The first sound that the fetus can hear is its mother’s heartbeat. So it is extremely important to keep the mother surrounded by calm and soothing sounds Improving auditory senses – Although at this stage, babies do not understand music at all and perceive music as rhythmic sound waves, however, they try to concentrate on it. This, in turn, helps in stimulation of the baby’s cognitive skills and auditory senses Improves reflexes – when you listen to the music, your unborn baby also receives the rhythmic vibrations and tries to sync to it. This improves the reflexes and the overall movement of the unborn baby Overall personality development – it is believed that listening to music during pregnancy can impact the overall personality development of the unborn baby. For example, soothing music can make a baby calm and quiet while loud and jarring music can make the baby aggressive in behavior. However, these are just common beliefs and no studies have been conducted yet to back up this theory Lullaby – Many researchers are of the opinion that music listened to during pregnancy helps in the later stage too. A mom who has listened to certain soothing songs during pregnancy can make their newborns listen to it to help them calm down. Babies can recognize the same tune which has helped them in the past to relax Reducing stress level – Many women experience pregnancy stress level which can lead to mood swings and other complications. In such cases, soothing music helps to calm down and reduce pregnancy-related stress level to a great extent   Feature Image Source  

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