Prenatal care that includes regular medical checkups and screening tests help in keeping you and your baby healthy throughout pregnancy. Furthermore, it also consists of education and counseling while handling different aspects of pregnancy. During your visits, your doctor may discuss many issues, such as healthy eating, physical activity, screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labor and delivery.
During pregnancy, regular checkups are essential. This constant care helps in keeping you and your baby healthy, identifying any unwanted problems, and prevent complications during delivery. Typically, routine checkups occur:
Once each month for weeks four through 28
Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36
Weekly for weeks 36 to birth
It is imperative for women with high-risk pregnancies to see their doctors regularly.
At your first visit, doctor conducts a urine pregnancy test and does a pelvic examination if required. We also do a breast exam and calculate your due date.
After the first visit, prenatal visits will include:
Checking your blood pressure and weight
Monitoring the baby's heart rate
Palpation of your abdomen to check baby's growth
You also will have some routine tests throughout your pregnancy, such as examination for anemia, measuring the risk of gestational diabetes, and thyroid illness.
Diet and Weight Gain
Many pregnant women have qualms about weight gain. Generally, it is inferred that women with healthy weight should gain about 12 – 15 kg during pregnancy. However, women who are overweight while conception have a total weight gain closer to 8 - 10 kg. And women who are underweight should gain at least 12–18 kg.
Keeping a check on weight gain is arduous in the latter stages of pregnancy.
Physical Changes in Pregnancy
Pregnancy can cause some uncomfortable (but not necessarily serious) changes, including:
Nausea and vomiting especially occurs in the early stages of pregnancy
Swelling of legs
Varicose veins around the area around the vaginal opening and in legs
Heartburn and constipation
Lack of sleep
If you have any of these abovementioned changes, you're not alone! Talk to us about ways to ease your discomfort.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a modern and minimal operative procedure to remove the uterus (womb). After making a small incision in the abdomen and inserting a camera; the surgery is initiated under general anesthesia. Primarily known as keyhole surgery, it is beneficial for the removal of tubes, ovaries and cervix. This surgery is an excellent alternative to the traditional operation procedures that go on for long hours.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy may be advised for the following reasons:
Fibroids in the uterus
Cancer (Stage 1) of the uterus, cervix or ovaries
Laparoscopy is a modern operative technique proving to be an excellent option for small incision surgeries. This process entails high-end surgical skills that helps in causing least interference to body tissue, organs, and muscles. Moreover, if compared with the traditional procedure, Laparoscopy helps the patient in abating the risk of below complications:
Laparoscopic Myomectomy is a modern operative procedure that helps in removal of uterine fibroids commonly known as leiomyomas. These common noncancerous tissue growths, appear in the uterus at any age. However, they are commonly witnessed during childbearing years.
During the procedure of Laparoscopic myomectomy, the surgeon’s aim is to eliminate the symptom that causes fibroids and reinstate uterus to its normal condition. While in hysterectomy, your entire uterus is removed but in myomectomy, only the fibroids are removed leaving the uterus intact.
Women who undergo myomectomy experience a relief from aggravating symptoms which includes heavy menstrual bleeding, pain and pelvic pressure.
In many cases, fibroids are asymptomatic but some may experience following symptoms:
Medical abortion is a procedure to terminate an unwanted pregnancy with the help of medicines called mifepristone and misoprost. This medicine blocks the hormone progesterone without which the lining of the uterus breaks down, and the pregnancy discontinues.
You will be advised sonography ad blood and urine checkup.
Your detailed history is taken and clinical examination is done.
You will be given your next appointment’s date and time.
After your first visit, once your reports are in the normal range, treatment is started. Tablet mifepristone is given orally. Then, you will be asked to return to the clinic and see the doctor within 48 hours.
Tablet misoprostol are inserted vaginally by the doctor. The doctor will also prescribe you some painkillers and antibiotics.
Misoprostol basically helps in complete removal of the pregnancy.
This intensity of this treatment might differ from woman-to-woman. Some undergo heaving bleeding with acute pain while some might encounter minimal bleeding and mild pain.
You might experience following symptoms:
Nausea or vomiting
You should follow-up with the doctor with a new sonography report after 15 days. Your first period may occur 4-6 weeks later, and it can be heavier than usual.
Success rate for this procedure is 98%.
Also, this kind of medical abortion may not be suitable if you fall in any of the below criteria:
You have been on long-term corticosteroid treatment
You are on an anticoagulant (blood clotting) treatment
You have had a severe reaction or are allergic to Mifepristone
You have liver or kidney disease
You have an Intrauterine device (IUD) in place which may need to be removed before starting the treatment
If you are undergoing any of these conditions, then please inform the doctor.