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
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.