I AM PREGNANT
IAM IN THE FIFTH MONTH OF MY FIRST PREGNANCY. I WOULD definitely like to avoid developing stretch marks. Please tell me what precaution to take? Striae gravidarum or as stretch marks are called in medical parlance, are probably the most discussed of the skin changes during pregnancy. Nearly every woman fears them or thinks about them. They appear in 80% of all pregnant women, usually showing up in the latter half of pregnancy. While the majority will be on the lower abdomen they can also be found on the thighs, hip, buttocks, breast and arms of women.
These are most commonly seen as small depressions in the skin. They tend to be pinkish in light skinned women, and in dark skinned women they will be lighter than the surrounding. They reflect the separation of collagen of the skin. While not painful the stretching of the skin may cause a tingling or itchy sensation.
Though the market is flooded with creams or lotions to prevent stretch marks there is really nothing that one can do about them. You'll either get them or not. Factors that contribute to stretch marks are family history, rapid weight gain, your nutritional status (a well hydrated and healthy skin stretches better). Do not despair if you develop stretch marks eventually they will fade to become faint silvery lines.
IHAVE CONCEIVED SOON AFTER MARRIAGE. AS WE ARE STILL exploring each other’s sexuality and enjoying it immensely I would like to now if we would have to put a stop to such activities or can we continue?
Having sexual intercourse during pregnancy will not harm the foetus. You can continue to have intercourse right up to the onset of labour. As your abdomen enlarges, you may find intercourse more comfortable in positions that put less pressure on your abdomen like side by side or you on top. As your body undergoes dramatic changes in pregnancy so do your feelings about sex. If during the course of your pregnancy you develop complication like bleeding/ pain your doctor may recommend avoiding intercourse and nipple stimulation. These activities may cause contractions of the uterus and preterm labour.
THE ULTRASOUND AT 38 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY SHOWED THAT my baby has the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck three times. The doctor says they will have to do a caesarean section the tightening and shortening of the cord during labour can harm the baby. I am not too keen on a caesarean section. Is there any other way by which the loops of the cord can be unwound?
There is no way by which we can unwind the loops of the cord around the baby’s neck. A caesarean section is very safe these days and you do not have to worry about it.
THE PIMPLES THAT I THOUGHT HAD GONE FOR good with adolescence have returned with a bang during pregnancy. Why is this so? While many women actually find that the hormones of pregnancy relieve their acne and leave them with that beautiful skin of pregnancy, many women find that their skin has become oily, making them prone to pimples. All that you can do at this stage is to drink plenty of water, wash your face, and avoid things that lead to eruption of pimples.
IAM SIX MONTHS PREGNANT AND THE SKIN ON MY CHEEKS AND
the bridge of my nose has darkened. Pease tell me what is this due to. Whatever happened to the glowing skin of pregnancy I had much so heard about?
The black discolouration of the facial skin is called the mask of pregnancy or chloasma. It occurs due to the increase in secretion of melanotropin during pregnancy, which leads to pigmentation over the nose, cheeks and forehead of the expecting woman. It is aggravated by sunlight. So either avoid going out in the sun or use an umbrella or a hat wile doing so. It occurs in about 50 per cent of pregnant women around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy and fades away after delivery.
IMARRIED LATE AND DURING THE COURSE OF PREGNANCY, investigations revealed that I have diabetes. What are the complications of diabetes in pregnancy? Diabetes in pregnancy can lead to various complications like an overweight baby, difficult delivery due to the increased size of the baby, increased rate of caesarean section, malformed babies and sometimes even intrauterine death of the baby. I AM TWO MONTHS PREGNANT AND HAVE DEVELOPED SLIGHT vaginal bleeding. Is this normal? Should I visit a doctor?
Although vaginal bleeding is not uncommon early in pregnancy, particularly around the time of your period, it is not ‘ normal’. It may be innocuous ‘ implantation bleeding’ or threatened abortion, when there is a tendency to abort, missed abortion when the heart of the foetus stops beating, blighted ovum when the baby is not formed and a variety of other reasons. You must visit your doctor.
ISLIPPED AND FELL IN THE BATHROOM A FEW DAYS AGO. I AM feeling fit despite the fall but please tell me if I should visit my doctor. If you have had a fall, no matter how small, it is important to get yourself checked- up by a doctor especially if there is pain or bleeding or you cannot feel the baby’s movements. A physical examination and an ultrasound can ressure you and the doctor that all is fine.
– Dr Amrinder Kaur Bajaj, MD.