Pregnancy Complications

Many pregnant women experience some health complications that can affect the growth of the baby or the health of the mother. Some of the common complications are gestational hypertension, gestation diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm labor, stillbirth, infections, iron-deficiency anemia, etc.

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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 blisters were found. We met the doctor and she said it was chickenpox. Can you advise the precautions we need to take? Also, what are the risks associated with this? She is currently on Amoxicillin an...  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 week...  Read Full »

Is pregnancy safe for women with enlarged spleen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a hemoglobin C, and an enlarged spleen (18 cm), my doctor said as long as it does not hurt we will keep it. I do not sleep well because I feel like there is a big heavy ball in my stomach moving. I gave birth two years ago and I want to have another baby. My ques...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having hemoglobin C hemoglobinopathy leading to hemolysis and hence splenomegaly is present. Your hemoglobin level also should be checked. In this case, as the cell turnover is high, folic acid is prescribed. If splenectomy is done, in pregnancy, there are c...  Read Full »

Hemoglobin is at 9.8 g/dL at 37 weeks of pregnancy. Kindly advice what is to be done.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 37 weeks pregnant and the delivery date given by the doctor is 28th of this month. Two months ago, her hemoglobin was 8.9 g/dL and serum ferritin 36.44 ng/mL. The doctor advised drips with Venofer injections. Four drips (100 ml with two Venofer injections each) have been given...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hemoglobin is 9.8 g/dL. That is less for the third trimester. But, this is the corrected one, previously it was much lower. In delivery, there is a chance of bleeding, changes in clotting factors and hormonal changes at delivery which can cause more bleeding, diffic...  Read Full »

Why does my pregnant wife have a gap of six weeks between the gestational age and her last menstrual period?

Query: Hello doctor, My 22-year-old wife is pregnant. She had her last period five months back. She had her first scan two months back. There is a gap of six weeks between the gestational age and her last period. I am anxious and concerned. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). A difference of two weeks is normal. However, in your case there is a chance of growth retardation in the fetus. Therefore, I suggest you go for a repeat...  Read Full »

My blood group is O negative, and my partner's blood group is B positive. Is it a compatible blood group for marriage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am planning to get married, but I want to check blood group compatibility with my partner to avoid further pregnancy-related complications. My blood group is O negative, and my partner's blood group is B positive. Please suggest something.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. They are not compatible blood groups, so you might have difficulty conceiving because the chances of miscarriage are high. I suggest you take an Anti-D immunoglobulin injection to prevent the complications (consult a specialist doctor, ta...  Read Full »

Does taking tablet Labebet 100 mg for hypertension affect my baby?

Query: Hi doctor,I am seven weeks pregnant. I have hypertension due to family history. My doctor prescribed me a tablet Labebet 100 mg, and I had a better outcome. But I was suggested to take a tablet Nicardia R 10 to reduce my blood pressure. So I have dizziness. Will it affect my baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hello,Welcome to tablet Nicardia R 10 (Nifedipine sustained release) is completely safe during pregnancy. Initially, it might cause dizziness and headaches but will eventually improve after a few days. Hypertension is not safe during pregnancy. So increase the dosage of tablet Lab...  Read Full »

My one-month pregnant wife mistakenly got MMR vaccine. Can this produce problems in pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is one month pregnant, and unknowingly she got the first dose of MMR vaccine. What should she do now because later on, she learned that while being a month pregnant, she could not take the MMR vaccine? Please kindly advise me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. The MMR vaccine is a live vaccine and is not suitable for use during pregnancy. Further, you must be already aware that a month gap is recommended post-taking the MMR vaccine and planning conception. A few years...  Read Full »

My 22-weeks pregnant wife underwent an anomaly scan and found an aberrant right subclavian artery. Can it be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 22 weeks pregnant. Anomaly scan results show an aberrant right subclavian artery found in my baby's heart. Karyotyping results seem normal. No genetic issues are seen. However, I am worried about my baby's health. Does any treatment available for aberrant right subclavian art...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern.Aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) is generally associated with down syndrome and other aneuploidies. If Karyotyping results are normal, then nothing is to be done at present.You can consult a pediatric cardiologist to get further ins...  Read Full »

I had preeclampsia during my first pregnancy. Will I have it again in my second pregnancy?

Query: Hi, I am a 29-year-old mother with a 1.5-year-old child. I faced pre-eclampsia during my first delivery, and recently I got to know that I am three months pregnant. I am confused about whether I would face the same condition during my second pregnancy. My gynecologist said there are chances for pre-...  Read Full »

Dr. Ridhi Narang

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Pre-eclampsia is more common in the first pregnancy, but once you have it in the first pregnancy, it increases the chances of having it in the second pregnancy. I suggest you get one Doppler ultrasound in the first trimester...  Read Full »

Baby has a heartbeat of 110 bpm.Is there a chance of abortion?Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 5 weeks and 6 days pregnant. The doctor diagnosed that the baby has a heartbeat of 110 bpm and there is a chance of abortion. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the heartbeat is present, though it is 110 bpm which is less, we cannot definitely say that the heartbeat of the fetus would stop. But a close follow up and repeat scan is required after a week to keep a watch on the heartbeat of the fetus. Missed abortion a condit...  Read Full »

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