Is your date of delivery about to come?
How often do you feel fear and stress while thinking about the labor?
Do you’ve plan-B to reduce the labor pain?
Would you like to reduce the labor pain and its associated complications?
Well, pregnancy and labor are the most challenging processes through which every woman undergoes. Undoubtedly, from conception to childbirth, you’re more predisposed towards many hazards, but the way you deal with it can prevent the risks and overcome with the pregnancy and labor associated problems.
Do you’ve an idea about oriental medicine? Can oriental medicine help you during labor pain? As approaches to combat with pain and discomfort are becoming non-pharmacologic, the side effects and further complications during labor can be reduced to a large extent. Oriental medicine is one of the most commonly used forms in all over the world. Also, it is derived from the traditional Chinese medicine. Not only the oriental medicine facilitates the non-invasive healing, yet, it enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself via restoring the balance and harmony. In other words, the oriental medicine is ideal to use, to administer during the labor as well as pregnancy. Including motion sickness, many other diseases can be treated with the help of the oriental medicine.
Oriental medicine focuses on improving your overall health. Well, are you thinking that oriental medicine is limited to reduce the labor pain? Actually, it’s not like that. You can take advantage with this exciting and beneficial version of the medicine at any time. Surprised?
While reading the oriental medicine, what comes in your mind? Is it a pill or any device? Neither it’s a pill nor any device. In fact, it is composed of the acupuncture, body massage, herbs, relaxation, meditation, and aromatherapy. All these techniques stimulate and release the natural pain-relieving neurotransmitters in your body, providing the analgesic effects.
Let’s look at each one of these techniques more closely!
How can the pins and needles provide maximum relieve?
Acupuncture during Chinese medicine is simply an awesome way to get the optimal relaxation and relieve. Through pins and needles, several substances are released and certain functions are initiated. In combination, these substances and functions actually build up and maintain the equilibrium between the cooling, nourishing substances and vital energy, warmth, and movement.
By just stimulating certain points and avoiding other points, the acupuncture can provide the optimum level of comfort without harming mother and baby. Even you can fall asleep and enjoy the restfulness due to the soothing, relaxing and calming effect of the acupuncture.
As stagnation of qi (energy unit) leads to the slowness of a labor process and increased pain during the labor, acupuncture is based on ample flow of qi (energy) in your body throughout the labor, thus, allowing the labor much shorter and easier.
Get the appointment with the acupuncturist, if you’re experiencing nausea, headache, heartburn, hemorrhoids, backache, and constipation. Along with turning the breech position, acupuncture is also effective for inducing the labor, expulsion of the placenta and reducing the discomfort. Due to epidural injections and other analgesics, mobility is often affected. An acupuncturist can restore the mobility by using the ear points.
Is it possible that the stems and roots restore the vitality during labor?
Yes, herbal medicine has also positive influence during labor. Around six to 20 combinations have been designed and used in the labor phase. By taking the herbal medicine, your strength and vitality are retrieved. Several herbal formulas can also treat the vaginal washes along with strengthening and tightening the vagina.
Does body massage induce comfort and relaxation?
Likewise other non-pharmacological approaches, body massage has impeccable benefits for getting the optimum relieve and soothe off your nerves before, during and after the labor. Many midwifery or nursing practices uses the body massage as an adjunct in the stages of the labor. However, the massage at the abdominal or sacral region should be avoided during labor because, if the specific points at these regions are stimulated, the uterine contractions may be increased and cause more painful, powerful contractions. Body massage is an excellent way of getting the sense of satisfaction, calmness and nurtured. In the final trimester, the body massages are immensely effective and if you’re suffering from hypertension or even from insomnia, go for the body massage right away! But make sure to consult with the doctor before taking an appointment for body massage.
Though body massage during the pregnancy can help to deal with headache, nausea, edema, heartburn and backache, but during labor, it can minimize the contractions, minimize the backache and ease the expulsion of placenta. Postnatally, not only the lactation can be encouraged through the regular sessions of body massage, in fact, it can also relieve constipation and engorged breasts, eliminate depression and give the calming effect.
However, it is suggested that from 37 weeks of pregnancy to onwards, massaging the perineum can reduce the risk of episiotomies.
How can essentials oils help in decreasing the labor pain?
From a headache to arthritis pain, aromatherapy has a multitude of benefits. In today’s world, aromatherapy is becoming trendier. The essential oils used in the aromatherapy are extracted from the organic products like flowers, can reduce the pain’s intensity along with increasing the maternal satisfaction. Lavender oil is highly effective for reducing the labor pain. Other than lavender, chamomile, peppermint, myrrh, frankincense, ylang-ylang, and geranium are also useful essential oils which can be used during childbirth to get the relaxation and decrease the pain episode.
How to relax during labor?
Most of the women become anxious and feel more stressed during labor. As a result, they experience greater difficulties during the process of childbirth. When you’re relaxed during labor, the hormones important for labor progression will be released. While becoming more relaxed, endorphins are released and alleviate the pain, making you calm and satisfied enough. Endorphins are also necessary to regulate the strength during the labor period.
All you need to do is to start the deep breathing. Even if you’re in a hospital, start deep breathing with every contraction so that the pain and discomfort will be lessened down.
Try this distraction technique. Say ‘ba-by’ while inhaling and exhaling so that your mind should be diverted. Repeat it 10 times. Then, start saying re-lax slowly and steadily along with closing your eyes.
After doing this, keep your eyes closed and imagines that your child is coming out through your pelvis.
Undoubtedly, you’ll be more relaxed and have positive feelings within your mind.
Can you meditate during childbirth?
Meditation is one of the safest and easiest ways to boost the immune system of your baby as well as your health. Avoid all the negative thoughts occurring prior to the labor. Surround yourself with the positive feelings and thoughts. Visualization is a most potent and powerful tool can be used just before the labor. Through imagination, you can increase the confidence.
As meditation strengthens the mind-body connection, the risks of postpartum and labor can be decreased. In the initial stages of the labor, start meditating more frequently.
Sit in a peaceful environment. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on labor, your baby and pregnancy. Start deep breathing. Maintain the focus. Inhale and exhale up to 30 times. Open your eyes. Surely, you’ll feel more positive after doing this maneuver.
Have a safe and pain-free labor!
Without any doubt, healthy nutrition is important to lead a disease-free life, but, its value is increased when you’re pregnant or planning for a pregnancy. If you eat healthy food in its right amount and right timing, it would be more beneficial for your baby’s growth and development.
Though you don’t need any specific diet plan during pregnancy, but, what you are required is to have smart choices of the food to supply sufficient amount of nutrition to your baby.
Your doctor may suggest you some precautionary measures and effective advice to ensure your pregnancy is healthy, but you should also keep an eye on what are you eating and on what timing.
To-be-moms often neglect the importance of nutrition and eat whatever they offered to, but hey, be aware of the food that you’re about to chew. Since you’re supplying nutrition to your baby, you should make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet.
You may feel hungrier than usual, but it doesn’t mean that you should start snacking double. Even, if you’re expecting twins or triplets, never eat food for two or three.
The overview of different nutrients required in pregnancy
Several foods are very good for your health as well as your baby’s. Along with the organic food, your doctor may advise you supplements in order to complete the nutrient’s ratio. Following is the complete list of the essential nutrients and minerals that you surely need in your daily routine.
Water in pregnancy
By drinking the recommended amount of water, you can prevent constipation, excessive swelling, urinary tract or bladder infections, and hemorrhoids. If you’re drinking less water, it can increase the risk of premature or early labor. About 2.4 liters of water is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.
Protein in pregnancy
Protein constitutes the building block of most of your as well as your baby’s cells. During second and third trimester, it’s important to get enough protein. Because your baby is growing faster and your breasts and other organs are getting bigger to meet the needs of a growing baby, you need more protein to compete with the body’s need.
Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, poultry, and nuts are rich in proteins. Meat is also a good source of protein. Choose lean meat and wash it thoroughly. Remove its skin and cook in less oil. Have two portions of fish in a week. Prefer salmon, and sardines. King mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish should not be eaten, because they’ve high methyl mercury content that could damage brain growth among fetuses and young children.
A pregnant woman should take 40 grams to 70 grams of protein every day. If you’re experiencing weight loss, frequent infections, muscle fatigue along with severe fluid retention, then, it could be the sign of protein deficiency. Don’t ignore these symptoms and fix an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Carbohydrate in pregnancy
Carbohydrates are the major source of energy. Including bread, potatoes, and breakfast cereals, yams, noodles, oats, pasta, rice, and cornmeal are the foods rich in carbohydrates.
Instead of white varieties of carbohydrate, choose the whole grain foods. These starchy foods are not only high in the carbohydrates, in fact; they also contain the calcium, vitamin B, and iron.
Eat plenty fruits and vegetables as well.
As the fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, it can be helpful in resolving constipation. You should take at least four to five small portions of the fruits and vegetables in a day. Make sure that you should wash them properly. Avoid using the canned fruits and vegetables.
Dairy in pregnancy
Milk, cheese, and other dairy products play a significant role in providing the high amount of calcium and other minerals to your baby.
Fats in pregnancy
Needless to mention that all the pastries, cakes, biscuits, fizzy drinks, oils, chocolate, crisps and cream are the fatty foods. If you’re a fatty-food-lover, then, just limit the amount that you’re taking. Frequent uptake of sugary foods can lead to tooth decay. Also, if you won’t cut down the calorie of the fatty food, you can gain more weight. Eating the high amount of saturated fats (poultry, pork, lamb, butter etc) can contribute to the fatty deposition in the bloodstreams, followed by any cardiac disease in future.
So, just say no to saturated fats from today!
Minerals in pregnancy
Vitamin A and beta-carotene can help in the growth of the teeth and bones. You can get Vitamin A and beta carotene from milk, eggs, liver, carrots, spinach, and broccoli.
By regular intake of the milk and other dairy products, the Vitamin D levels will be boosted and makes your bones and teeth stronger.
Vitamin E ensures the development of the red blood cells and muscles. Nuts, fortified cereals, and vegetable oils are the great sources of Vitamin E. healthy immune system can be build, if you take the Vitamin C in your diet. Strawberries, bell peppers, tomato, and other citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C.
Folic acid helps to support the placenta and reduces the chances of spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Eat oranges, green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, and beans to get the right count of folic acid.
Iron is as much important as other minerals. It helps in the production of hemoglobin. Also, it prevents anemia, low birth weight and premature labor. Dried beans, spinach, beef, pork, dried beans, and oatmeal are the sources of iron.
However, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin are other important minerals that shouldn’t be neglected. It helps in regulation of nervous system, maintenance of eyesight and healthy skin and maintenance of nerves. The above-listed foods are also packed with almost all the nutrients.
Don’ts of healthy nutrition during pregnancy
Try as much as you can to avoid the following measures,
1. Give up the cocktails and alcohol. It can cause physical difficulties, learning difficulties and emotional problems in the baby.
2. Limit caffeine intake. Get less than 200 mg of caffeine per day. Because some studies revealed that the miscarriages and premature deliveries have a strong link with the increased caffeine uptake.
3. Avoid dieting. It could be harmful to your baby due to the fewer nutrients consumption.
4. Don’t eat raw seafood, unpasteurized food, soft cheese, Mexican cheese, raw or undercooked meat and poultry.
5. Don’t gain more weight. If you’re feeling that your weight is increasing. Ask your doctor immediately.
Dos of healthy nutrition during pregnancy
1. Take a prenatal vitamin, especially folic acid.
2. Eat small meals frequently. Snacking on the healthy salads, nuts could be more beneficial.
3. Load up 5 big nutrients, including folate, calcium, iron, fiber, and zinc.
4. Get enough amount of fluid
5. Consume the organic food
Eating right isn’t much difficult during pregnancy. All you need to do is to monitor the eating patterns and food that you’re eating. So, hopefully, you’ll keep the above listed important points in your mind while eating or drinking. Just remember! Your health is
by Dr. Anna Roslyakova
Over the past few years, the incidence of the teenage pregnancy is increased to some extent. Despite of the fact that a lot of effective birth control pills are available worldwide, but, unfortunately, many girls get pregnant when they don’t want to.
Insufficient knowledge of the prenatal care and low education about the preventive measures is the most common factors responsible for the teenage pregnancy.
Young adolescent pregnancy is not just becoming a significant problem nowadays, yet, it also has a bad social, economical and psychological impact on the girls. To be in a relationship is absolutely your decision, but, if you don’t know that how your little negligence can affect you and drag you towards the adversity, then, you can get into a trouble.
Across the globe, around 16 million women aged 15-19 get pregnant annually. Out of 100 percent, about 95 percent unwanted adolescent pregnancies occur in the low to middle-income-countries. Additionally, sexual assault also has an important role in the teenage pregnancies.
Though, the awareness about the sexual assault and the tactics to how to deal with any such situation is providing in every country, but, still, 10% of girls who has first sexual intercourse due to the sexual assault get pregnant before the age of 15.
However, without taking the birth controlling preventive measures, if you have a sexual intercourse, you’re more likely to get pregnant in your teens- more dangerous for your health and as well as the baby’s health.
Adolescent pregnancy puts you towards higher risks!!!
Though, the teenage pregnancy is nothing more than a crisis for the girl. She’ll be more depressed, more ashamed, and guilty and often, deny with this fact. From school dropout to the poverty, to the physical and mental illness and to the fear, all these factors knock the life of the teenaged pregnant girl. Consequently, she’ll not take care of herself and will welcome most of the complications.
Following are the dangers of the teenage pregnancy listed below,
1. Low birthweight: since, the teenage girl will not gain the weight during her pregnancy; it’ll lead to the low birthweight. Along with a threat to the life of a teenage mother, the child’s health status will also be critical and complicated. Low birthweight infants are more likely to have not fully developed organs, increasing the rate of the mortality. Bleeding from the brain, respiratory illness and intestinal problems are the severe problems experienced by the low-birthweight children.
2. Nutritional deficiencies: As, it is stated above that the teenaged pregnant girls don’t know too much about the prenatal care, they eventually develop the bad eating habits later on. Smoking, alcohol drinking and often, using drug even, during pregnancy are the most common unhealthy nutritional approaches of the young pregnant girls.
3. Anemia: Due to the low nutritional intake, the iron deficiency occurs in the body during the teenage pregnancy. As compared to adults, the teenagers have low iron stores. When the girl is pregnant, she needs more iron in order to compete with the demand of the body, but, as she doesn’t have that much stock of the iron in the body, it results in the iron deficiency-anemia.
4. Hypertension: Among all the medical problems, the high blood pressure is like the root cause of every medical issue. Women in their 20’s or even 30’s are more likely to have the pregnancy-induced-hypertension, resulting in the excess protein in the urine, swelling in the hands and face along with more chances of the organ damage. In order to manage the symptoms, certain pills are suggested, but, later on, it leaves a negative impact on the baby’s health like the premature birth.
5. Premature birth: if the baby is born before 37 weeks, then, it is known as the premature birth. Because the teenaged pregnant girls won’t get the adequate prenatal care and more possibly taking the antihypertensive pills, the chances of the premature birth will be automatically increased.
6. Sexually transmitted diseases: Teens having a sex during pregnancy can get affected by the sexually transmitted diseases. Chlamydia and HIV are the major concerns among all the STDs. Perhaps, latex condoms are advised to prevent the STDs.
Teenage pregnancy and its psychological impact
Due to the unwanted pregnancy, the girls experience the variety of mental illnesses. She may feel alone and often, isolate herself from the social get-togethers. Dr. Stefanie Mollborn of the University of Colorado conducted a study and she found a link between the stress and the teenage pregnancy. Especially, for those children who hesitate to tell this news to their parents feel scared, anger and disappointed either.
For a teen expectant mother, the denial is the initial reaction towards the positive pregnancy test. Also, the teenage mother would also become preoccupied with herself, neglecting her education, her family and her friends. However, the self esteem may also get affected.
Signs of conception
Within few weeks of the sexual intercourse, you can experience the signs of the conception. All of this would be new for you and you should need to consult with your gynecologist as early as you can. Along with the missed periods, you can experience the following symptoms:
• Nausea with or without vomiting
• Tender or swollen breasts
• Increased urine output
• Food cravings
• Lethargic or fatigued
• Slight bleeding (also known as the first sign of pregnancy)
• Uterine cramping
• Mood swings
• Altered body temperature
If you aren’t pretty much sure that either the symptoms are because of the conception or the menstrual cycle, get the home pregnancy test done immediately.
Importance of consultation about family planning
For the teenage parenthood, it would be more challenging to decide what would be your next step. Teenage girls and boys should consult with the professionals for getting the complete education about rather the early child would be appropriate or when it’s right time to start their family.
Consultation and awareness regarding the teenage parenthood can keep you away from many problems, especially, for the girl’s health. Hence, before taking the decisions right away, try to find the solution for it.
The Preventive Measures for reducing teenage pregnancy
For the sake of your health and improving your quality of life, implement the efficient measures to minimize the chance of the young adolescent pregnancy. Read below list…
• Before sexual intercourse, you should have the deep knowledge of the medical issues originated due to the sexual intercourse.
• Perception about peer norms and sexual behavior
• Avoid the places and situations that can lead towards the sexual intercourse.
• Use a latex condom
• Use birth controlling pills
• Use the Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, also known as long-acting reversible contraception- most effective birth control method for the teens.
• Choose not to have sex
• Learn to say ‘No’. If you feel anything uncomfortable, stand up for yourself.
• Talk about the contraception options to your partner before having the sex.
• Keep the Plan B ready!!! If you had a sex and didn’t use the protection, then take pills in the morning or its better to visit to a gynecologist right away.
Note for all the parents!!!
As parents, your relationship with your daughter should be very frank and strong enough, so that, if she would experience any weird situation in her life, she would have a strong support to her and she can tell you easily the problem. It’s your responsibility to educate about the safe sex including, how to prevent the diseases and how to use the birth controlling pills. Know your daughter’s friends and family. Discourage early, steady and frequent dating. Know what your kids are watching, reading and listening to.
Teenage pregnancy is very challenging for any girl, but, if you take this issue into a serious account, you can surely prevent the early pregnancies. Just remember, before making any decision, get an opinion of the professional consultation first.
by Dr. Anna Roslyakova
You’ve recently visited your personal gynecologist for regular medical screening. But, when the doctor asked you about any abnormality have you seen in the few past months--you answered positively. On further investigation, your doctor confirms that you’re suffering from cervical cancer. Quite shocking news for you, isn’t it? In all over the world, cervical cancer is the main cause behind the increased death of the women recorded in every year.
Somehow, the mortality rate varies from developed nations to the developing one. In the developing nations, the cervical cancer is supposed to be the 2nd most common cause of death throughout the year, whereas, the cervical cancer is ranked as the 12th most common cancer in women.
According to the American Cancer Society, each year, around 12,000 American women gets affected from the cervical cancer. But, the death ratio is very much higher in the developing nations. About 370,000 women die annually due to the misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cervical cancer in the developing nations.
Lacking of information about the cervical cancer, dearth of awareness programs and irregular medical checkups are the root cause of the increased mortality of the cervical cancer especially in developing countries.
Cervical cancer- the silent killer
Female reproductive system is one of the most complicated systems of the body. And if any part of this system is affected, the entire system can get the negative impact. Cervix is the lowest part of the uterus.
In other words, the cervix is the connection between the uterus and the vagina. But, when the cervix size starts to grow on an uncontrollable rate, then, it is called as the cervical cancer. If the treatment doesn’t start on a right time, then, the cancer can spread in the nearby tissues or even throughout the body.
Cervical cancer is categorized into 4 main stages, including:
Stage 1: Cancerous growth has present only in the cervix. Good in prognosis and rapid recovery.
Stage 2: Cancerous growth is spread to the nearby tissues.
Stage 3: Cancer has involved the lower vagina or the side of the pelvis.
Stage 4: Cancer has spread widely, involving the bladder or bowel. Since, this stage is one of the most advanced ones, the prognosis and the recovery rate are too low.
Alarm bells of the Cervical Cancer
According to Dr. Mitchell Maiman, the chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the Staten Island university hospital in New York, ‘cervical cancer should be picked up before it actually causes the cancer’. He further added that when it’s dismissed and the patient may come with the symptoms, the disease has already become serious and invasive.
There are certain signs and symptoms indicating about something going wrong in your body. If you experience the pain in the lower belly or pelvis frequently, it could be due to cervical cancer. In some rare cases, pain on urination and blood in the stool or urine also are attributed to the cervical cancer. Bleeding from the vagina, which is not normal, like the bleeding between the menstrual cycles, after the menopause or sex is also the sign of the cancer of the cervix. Abnormal vaginal discharge and pain during sex are other cardinal symptoms of the tumor.
Cause of the cervical cancer
Human Pappilomavirus is the main underlying reason that leads to the cervical cancer. More often, the HPV causes the genital warts, which can be treated and prevented. But, when the genital warts are not visible and you don’t notice any symptoms, then the disease may progress to the cervical cancer.
Having more than one sex partner or smoking daily can also trigger the abnormal growth of the cells in the cervix. However, in several studies, it is also concluded that the young women (usually in teens or twenties) get affected by cervical cancer more commonly. Only the proper medical screening and early detection are the potent tools for reducing the death rate affiliated with the disease.
Medical screening tests available for the cervical cancer
Cancer of the cervix is considerable a preventable disease. Pap smear test is the hallmark for the early detection of the pre-cancerous growth in the cervix. During the Pap smear test, your doctor takes the cervical cells and sends them to the lab for the further lab analyses. The pain scale of this test varies from extreme pain to no pain.
Undoubtedly, the Pap smear test is highly effective but, in some conditions like during the menstruation, this test is contraindicated. Along with Pap smear test, the HPV test is also done simultaneously. Here is the quick list about who the candidate of the Pap smear test is and what is the significant of the HPV in specific age groups.
• Age 21-29: In every year, you should go for the Pap test. If the Pap test shows the abnormal results, then the HPV testing can be done as a follow-up test.
• Age 30-65: Both, HPV test and Pap test should be done in every 3 years. As an alternate, you can have a pap test alone as well.
• Above 65 years: If the Pap test is clear in the past years, then you should stop testing.
• Principal concerns: If your uterus or cervix is removed due to any medical reasons then, you don’t need to go for the Pap test. But, if your doctor has suspected any cancerous changes in the cervix, then, you should get the HPV test done. Either you’ve vaccinated, you should keep the Pap test in regular routines.
Biopsy, CT scans and MRI are other modalities that can help to figure out the density, spread and nature of the lesion. Having the compromised immune system due to the HIV infection or any other disease can worsen the cancer. Perhaps, you should be really very careful about your health when your immunity is not functional at its optimal level.
From precancerous lesion to the advanced stages, there are certain treatment options available in the world that can improve the life-expectancy, current health status and the recurrence of the cancer.
In early stages, the lesion can be removed by freezing it off. Surgery is the best option for eliminating the cancer of the specific area and somehow, it can minimize the recurrence issues. Radiotherapy is one of the commonly used methods for treating the cervical cancer. On the other end, the chemotherapy works as the anti-cancer drug. After getting treated, if you feel any symptom, you should tell your doctor and ask him about the pelvic exam to limit the spread of cancer as soon as possible.
Prevention is better than cure
Since, the cancer doesn’t show any significant symptoms initially, add the preventive measures earlier in your life. Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Ceravix are three most commonly used vaccinations, due to which the drop in the mortality rate is not only noticed, in fact, the women eagerly participate in the annual screening programs.
Young women should get the vaccination straight away. By limiting the sexual partners and quitting the smoking, you can reduce the chances of the cervical cancer. Eating the natural food and exercising regularly can somehow make you less vulnerable towards some cancers, including the cervical cancer.
All you want to remember is that if you’ve genital warts or any other HPV in the past; you’re at a higher risk of developing the cervical cancer. Hence, try to prevent the HPV primarily; you’ll surely be kept away from the cervical cancer too.
Dr. Anna Roslyakova, a trustworthy expat doctor in Phnom Penh Cambodia, is a qualified and certified obstetrician-gynecologist. She offers a professional, yet personalized approach to gynecology, obstetrics and general women’s health through her own clinic.