Conception And Pregnancy

Conception is the process where sperm moves up through the vagina and uterus and fertilizes an egg in the fallopian tube. The time from conception to childbirth is called pregnancy. Pregnancy usually lasts for 40 weeks.

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After stopping Arip, I suffer from insomnia during pregnancy. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,Initially, I was diagnosed to have bipolar disorder before 10 years and was cured with Lithium. Then, it relapsed before five years. So, I started to have Arip 20 mg and by last month it was tapered to 5 mg. Now, I am 8 weeks pregnant. When I got to know that I am pregnant, I was advised b...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pregnancy is a high-risk period. Hence, the risk of relapse is more during pregnancy. It is advisable to take a small dose of medications throughout the pregnancy to prevent relapse. I suggest tablet Serenace 1.5 mg (Haloperidol) at night along with tablet Pacitane (Trih...  Read Full »

Why did my doctor advise us to have sex from day 11 to get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor,I am trying to conceive my first baby, and I am on Clomid this month. My gynecologist has asked me not to have intercourse till day 11. From day 11, I can have intercourse every other day. Now the problem is that my husband is not satisfied with this decision. We would like to know the rea...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi,Welcome to would not suggest that regimen of sex to get pregnant, let me explain. You should start having sex daily or alternate days as per your wish, but this is not for pregnancy. This is to throw away the older sperms.Then, stop sex from 10th to 12th day of the period. It will ...  Read Full »

I am unable to see the heartbeat of the fetus on ultrasound during pregnancy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 7 weeks pregnant. Today, I had undergone an ultrasound to check whether everything is fine or not. But, the radiologist has not seen any heartbeat. I am also bleeding a little bit from the last two days. Please let me know what is going on with my pregnancy. Is it normal? Should I st...  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The situation is not quite what we would want. Nevertheless, you need to repeat the ultrasound after 10 days. Meanwhile, please understand that sometimes the fetus is having chromosomal abnormalities and thus gets miscarriage naturally. If you start bleeding more, please ...  Read Full »

My wife got chickenpox during pregnancy. What are the risks?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 7 months pregnant. We found red rashes on her body two days back. Today, two of them found as blisters. We met the doctor and she said it as chickenpox. Can you advise the precautions we need to take? Also, what are the risks associated with this? She is currently on Amoxicilli...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances are good that your baby would be fine. If you get chickenpox during the first or second trimester, then there is a slight risk (less than 2 percent) that your baby could get congenital varicella syndrome. The risk is highest if you are infected between w...  Read Full »

How to know the week of pregnancy in my wife?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife's hCG result showed 8000 mIU/mL. I understood that she is pregnant. But, how to make make sure the current term of pregnancy? I do not know in which week she is now. Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi,Welcome to will not be perfect to diagnose the gestational age of pregnancy by a blood test. You never know if the pregnancy is single or twin or more. The blood test is just to diagnose pregnancy and also to confirm the growth of the baby.The best way of knowing the gestational a...  Read Full »

How long does the uterine lining take to become thick after weaning for conception?

Query: Hi doctor, I exclusively breastfed for 17 months, while trying to conceive a handful of times. I believe that I conceived, but implantation failed. My gynecologist suggested to wean and then try, and maybe my uterine lining needed to be thickened. I weaned two months ago, and so far both cycles have...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please get a scan done around the ovulation time, to rule out the exact cause. This will help us know where exactly things are going wrong. Get started with Folic acid supplements. Do get back to me with reports, so that I can guide you further. Revert with more informat...  Read Full »

When is the appropriate time to take Clomid for conceiving?

Query: Hi doctor, My TVS report says endometrium thickness is 1.2 cm, few tiny cystic areas, two to three small nabothian cysts, in right ovary 10 to 12 small scattered follicle (largest of 0.5*0.4cm), in left ovary 10 to 12 scattered follicle, simple anechoic cysts 1.4*1.2 cm in left ovary function and m...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Before taking Clomid (Clomifene), I would like to know: 1) Which day of the cycle was this scan done? 2) What day of the cycle are you in now? 3) What is the reason for Clomid intake? Fluid in POD (pouch of Douglas) and a cyst in your left ovary signifies that...  Read Full »

What is the reason for not conceiving even after having healthy eggs?

Query: Hi doctor, In the follicle study, both ovaries had eggs, and those were in good size, but I did not get pregnant. What is the reason? The egg size was 19*21 and 18*19. I use to take Ovacare, Cystova, Reflam, and Progesterone. I am attaching the study. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Usually, multiple follicles start developing from day nine of the cycle, and one follicle from either side reaches dominant follicle size (around 15 to 18 mm). And around day 15 to 17, one dominant follicle releases the ovum (this is seen o...  Read Full »

How to know whether my wife is pregnant as her two beta hCG test values differ?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife's period has been delayed for five days. Yesterday we took beta hCG test. The laboratory report says 500 mIU/mL, but they were not sure due to the technical problem. So, they sent the sample to another laboratory, and the result was 0.100. Even our doctor is confused now. Please h...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) more than 100 mIU/mL means your pregnant. Please repeat your beta hCG again in a different laboratory. Because two laboratories have given completely different values and in this situation, it becomes tough as to which value to rely...  Read Full »

Is it safe to conceive after four months of c-section?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a C-section four months back, and I delivered a healthy baby, but unfortunately, we lost him to SIDS. After four months; I am a month pregnant now. Could I continue the pregnancy? Will it be safe for both of us? I wanted to know whether my uterine stitches will be healed by now?...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I am incredibly sorry for your loss. It is advisable to avoid pregnancy atleast for 12 to 18 months after a c-section because it takes a long span for the uterine scar to gain atleast 85 percent of the strength back. Since you are al...  Read Full »

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