I Q& A

I am Preg­nant HAVE PAIN IN THE CEN­TRAL LOWER RE­GION JUST BE­LOW MY ab­domen in the bone. It has be­come so se­vere that I am un­able to stand on one foot. Please tell me why it has oc­curred and what should be done about it. The joints loosen up dur­ing preg­nan

Woman's Era - - Short Story - – Dr Am­rinder Kaur Ba­jaj, MD.

IS IT AD­VIS­ABLE TO CLIMB STAIRS AND LIFT WEIGHTS DUR­ING preg­nancy?

If you are not ad­vised bed rest due to com­pli­ca­tions you can climb the stairs but do not wear heels. Take your time while climb­ing up or down the stairs. Do not haul your­self up by hold­ing the rail­ings and pulling your­self up by your arms. In­stead put each foot firmly on the next step and climb. As for weights, avoid lift­ing heavy ob­jects. While pick­ing up smaller ob­jects from the floor do not bend at a waist to do so. In­stead bend your knees, lower your­self into a squat­ting po­si­tion by bend­ing your knees and then pick it up.

I AM THREE MONTHS PREG­NANT. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL HOW MY baby looks at this stage.

At this stage your baby has de­vel­oped limbs, a face, nose, eyes, ears and lips. Car­ti­lage and bone have be­gun to de­velop. Even the sex or­gans have formed. The heart is beat­ing from the fifth week which can be seen and heard on sonog­ra­phy. An ul­tra­sound at this stage shows the com­plete baby in one frame, which will not be pos­si­ble once the baby grows older. You can see the move­ments clearly on the TV mon­i­tor though you are un­able to ap­pre­ci­ate them phys­i­cally yet. A 4D pic­ture will also show his/her features clearly.

I AM IN THE SEVENTH MONTH OF MY FIRST PREG­NANCY AND FEEL sleep­less and tired all the time. This causes a lot of ir­ri­ta­tion and a feel­ing of help­less­ness. Please tell me what to do?

It is com­mon to feel tired and ex­hausted dur­ing preg­nancy. This could be due to anx­i­ety, heart­burn, and your baby press­ing on your blad­der or sheer bulk, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to get a good night’s sleep. A hot milky drink and a warm shower may help you re­lax. Try to get as much rest as pos­si­ble. Avoid caf­feinated drinks as caf­feine can make it harder to go to sleep. Ane­mia could be an­other cause. Get your haemoglobin tested and the con­di­ton treated by your doc­tor.

I AM SIX MONTHS PREG­NANT. LAST WEEK, I FAINTED in the bath­room which fright­ened the wits out of all of us. Why did it hap­pen? What should I do so that it does not hap­pen again?

This usu­ally oc­curs due to low blood pres­sure. Avoid long pe­ri­ods of stand­ing. Do not get up too quickly from bed. First sit up for a minute or two, then stand for an­other minute be­fore you start walk­ing. If you feel faint or giddy, sit down or lie down again till the sen­sa­tion goes. The sud­den rush of blood to your legs drains it from the brain which leads to such a sit­u­a­tion. Avoid over­heat­ing, es­pe­cially in the bath and do not lock your bath­room door so that help can be at hand in case of an emer­gency. Ane­mia could be an­other rea­son for feel­ing faint.

I AM EIGHT MONTHS PREG­NANT AND MY BACK ACHES ALL THE time, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for me to do any­thing. I hate the whin­ing, com­plain­ing crea­ture I have be­come. Please help.

Preg­nancy strains your back and pos­ture. To avoid or re­duce back­ache, avoid lift­ing heavy weights, wear­ing high-heeled shoes or stand­ing for too long. The fol­low­ing are some tips which may help alleviate back­aches: Sup­port your back with a cush­ion. ✿ Sleep on your side with a pil­low be­tween your legs. ✿ Sit with your back straight and well-sup­ported. ✿ Use hot or cold pack on the sore part of your back. ✿ Have some­one to mas­sage your back. If you are ✿ en­gag­ing a pro­fes­sional mas­sage ther­a­pist, do in­form him/her that you are preg­nant.

Pelvic tilt ex­er­cises help. You can learn how to do ✿ them from a phys­io­ther­a­pist

A lot of women have Vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency. This can be cor­rected with the help of pre­scrip­tion medicines af­ter it is con­firmed by blood test. Cal­cium supplement dose may also have to be in­creased.

T HIS IS MY FIRST PREG­NANCY AND IN­STEAD OF A GLOW­ING skin and flow­ing hair, I am all bloated and un­gainly. I can­not bear to look at my­self in the mir­ror. Please tell me why this has oc­curred and what should I do about it?

This is be­cause you are re­tain­ing fluid due to preg­nancy hor­mones. It is a com­mon com­plaint that is ag­gra­vated by pro­longed stand­ing. You should drink 2 litres of fluid daily and should limit your in­take of tea, cof­fee and cola as the caf­feine con­tent of th­ese drinks will af­fect the vi­ta­mins in your food, par­tic­u­larly vi­ta­min C. Some women also feel bet­ter when they eat less salt and monosodium glu­ta­mate.

Grad­ual swelling of an­kles and feet is com­mon in preg­nancy. Avoid stand­ing for pro­longed pe­ri­ods, try to wear com­fort­able shoes and put your feet up as much as you can. How­ever, if you ex­pe­ri­ence sud­den swelling of the face, feet and fin­gers, do contact your doc­tor im­me­di­ately.

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