I'm Dr. Vidula Mhatre. I'm a LAMAZE Certified physiotherapist and Childbirth Educator.
I'm 10 weeks pregnant. My first delivery was done through C-section. What exercises should I do for a normal delivery?
Several factors like age of mother, thickness of uterus wall, health of previous surgery scar affect the delivery. Please consult your doctor on whether normal delivery is viable for you.
Eat whatever you like in a balanced way.
First three months are to be avoided as it is a delicate phase. The second trimester is often called the honeymoon phase and its perfectly safe for intercourse. The final trimester is also a bit risky but as long as you find a comfortable position it is safe.
There could be a dating mistake or it could be a fast growing baby. Further scans can give more details.
Swelling is due to water retention. It's quite normal during pregnancy. If pain is consistent and unbearable then consult your doctor.
Morning sickness decreases gradually. Drink lots of fluids and consult your doctor for medication.
It's very normal and is a natural mechanism to keep the vagina moisturised and alkaline. If the discharge is foul smelling or coloured then it indicates infection and you should get it checked by doctor.
If the pain comes with tightness then it's normal and indicates uterus preparing for delivery. If the pain is more then take rest.
Yes. As long as the scar of the first surgery is thick and strong it is possible.
Maximum weight gain happens in last trimester. If the scans show that baby is doing well then don't worry.
10 is on the lower side. Ensure your diet is rich in iron. Eat pomegranate, black dates, green leafy vegetables and iron supplements.
Green and red vegetables are rich in these nutrients. In non-vegetarian sources, red meat has high content of iron. But it also has a lot of fat which is why you should limit it's intake.
Placenta is the blood tissue which implants the embryo to the uterus. Anterior means it is attached to the back wall of the uterus. Nothing to worry about.
Delivery can be 3-2 weeks post the 9 month mark. It's not necessary that each one will deliver on exact date. White discharge is for lubrication of vagina.
If the blood is fresh and sticky it could indicate discharge of the sealing tissues and indicates approaching labour. Visit your doctor immediately.
Get your blood pressure checked.
One simple home remedy is chewing on ajwain to aid digestion. You should also take short walks after meals to improve digestion.
Expected date is not always certain. Labour occurs whenever mother and baby are ready for it. Sometimes Labour can start a few days after due date.
Calcium is for baby's bones, nails and teeth. About 1000mg should be take per day. Along with tablet you should also include milk, curd, paneer, fish, etc in your diet.
Iron is very important especially in third trimester. 27mg per day should be consumed along with vitamin c loaded food as it helps in iron absorption.
Uterine contraction and expansion along with acidity contribute to stomach pain. 4 months is too early to feel baby movement.
Get your blood pressure checked.
That is extremely low. Consult your doctor immediately for supplements, injections and blood infusion. Eat dates and pomegranates.
Both partners need to get checked for hormone levels among other things. Mother's weight and thyroid levels are also important.
Try eating small meals frequently. Eat whatever you like as long as it's not junk food. Don't force yourself to eat something if it triggers nausea.
With certain issues like diabetes, 40+ age and other complications, chances of premature delivery are high. In normal cases as long as there are no health complications delivery will be normal.
Avoid outside food. Consult your doctor for proper diet.
Yes. This the ideal time to check heartbeat and growth of baby.
Reduce salt, fats and spices in your diet. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day and 150 minutes per week. Meditate and practice relaxation to reduce stress.
Drink water and fluids for calf pain. Baby's weight is good.
Get a liver profile test done.
Due to pregnancy hormones moods often become unstable. Talk to loved ones. Take short walks in gardens. Start exercising after third month. Endorphins released during exercise and walking will make you feel better. Meditate and relax.
It is normal. Baby's growth will be rapid in third trimester.
Usually it is calculated by adding 40 weeks to last missed period. Ultrasound is only for monitoring baby's growth. Both can give an approximate date and actual date can never be predicted.
The pain in initial stage of pregnancy is called implantation pain. Don't worry it's quite a normal process. If pain is unbearable then consult your doctor.
Establish faith and strength in her. It is a natural process. Women's body is designed for this biological process. Unless there is a complication or any emergency. C-section itself is a major surgery which can lead to complication. Counsel her about pregnancy and Childbirth. Encourage her to talk to women who have experienced it firsthand and discuss positive experiences.
It's due to pregnancy hormones. It affects the joints in the body. Relaxin is a hormone which relaxes the mother's muscles, joints and ligaments to make room for the growing baby. The effects of relaxin are most concentrated around pelvis and can often lead to pain. Exercise under guided supervision and practice floor exercises for pelvic.
Sleep on your left. Take support of pillows to maintain proper posture.
Consult your doctor.
You haven't mentioned how many months of pregnancy you have completed which makes it difficult to give an opinion. Don't lift heavy things and take bed rest.
It's a pregnancy hormone effect. It indicates that your body is falling short of rest. Go with your body's indications.
Body creates antibodies naturally to deal with infection. This antibodies are transmitted to baby via placenta. Thus your baby is well protected from minor infections when in the womb.
Practice yoga and exercises under guided supervision. Use stairs and Indian toilet to strengthen thighs.