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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I am five months pregnant and was suggested bed rest as my cervix is soft. Can I work for the time being?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female, and my weight is 65 kg. I am 5 months pregnant, and my doctor suggested bed rest now because my cervix is soft. Can I at least work for exactly one month from now? I had taken a TVS scan that showed the cervical length was 3.9 cm, and the internal OS was clo...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is more than five months of gestation. According to your history, you had a short and soft cervix and were advised restricted activity and bed rest due to the risk of preterm labor. You have not mentioned your previous obstetrics, gynecology, drug, or medical hist...  Read Full »

Why am I prescribed tablet Aspirin 150 mg after my pregnancy scan?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. I am taking antiplatelet medication Aspirin 150 mg after the first scan and my doctor suggested continuing the medication till 34 weeks. I would like to know whether it is safe to take this Aspirin during the last trimester. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Aspirin is a medication that is often prescribed to pregnant women to reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. It works by preventing blood clots and ...  Read Full »

Why are the movements of my baby not felt?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is in the 25th week of pregnancy, and she is not feeling the movements of the baby as she did before. The movements have come down to eight to ten times in the last 24 hours. We are very tense now. Please suggest to us what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Let me start by saying that the baby is fine. First, understand that pregnancy is not a disease. What I mean is as long as you do not have any medical or obstetric illness, the baby will not have any problem. Presently, your baby is in the world's best NICU (neonatal...  Read Full »

I am six weeks pregnant and my doctor suggested Lonopin with Ecosprin as I had a neural tube defect in the previous pregnancy. How should I proceed?

Query: Hello doctor,I am six weeks pregnant. I had a neural tube defect in the previous pregnancy and I was forced to do dilatation and curettage. Now my doctor suggested Lonopin with Ecosprin. Is it compulsory to take it regularly? Kindly advice. Lonopin is a very painful injection.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Both medications are blood thinning medications and need to give in proper conditions like previous multiple miscarriages, clotting disorders, bedridden patients, obese patients, and many other medical disorders. These medications are given as soon as fetal viability co...  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 chan...  Read Full »

Do I have to terminate my pregnancy as I took steroids for herpes zoster infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am being advised to terminate the desired pregnancy because of the medication I have been prescribed to tackle a virus that I got just after becoming pregnant. I am looking for a second medical opinion on whether termination is necessary. I would like to understand the risks to the fetu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The increased exposure to corticosteroids can cross the placental barrier and cause adrenal suppression in the fetus. This can lead to salt wasting, electrolyte imbalances, and even poor development of the fetus. The organs can also have improper development, and an...  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 is there ankle edema even after delivery in a heart failure patient?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter was pregnant and had extreme edema. The doctors said it was normal. As it turned out she was sent by ambulance to another hospital as she went into heart failure, her BNP levels were extremely high and the baby had to be induced. She is now back to her original hospital. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the BNP (B-type natriuretic peptide) levels were high, it is probably due to heart failure as you said. For the ankle edema, she needs to be given diuretics (drugs which decrease waterlogging) in the body and fluid restriction should be adhered to. Daily intake shoul...  Read Full »

I am 10 weeks pregnant and bleeding heavily with clots after my Depo injection. Is this serious?

Query: Hi doctor, I am extremely worried. I was rushed to a hospital two days ago to find out that I was pregnant for ten weeks and four days. I got the Depo shot eight weeks ago and was unaware that I was pregnant. I have been bleeding for two and a half months straight (filling up my pad every 15 to 30 m...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Two days back, you had a scan that showed a healthy, alive baby, but after that, you passed big clots along with blood. 1. Better to go to the hospital and get a rescan now to recheck the current situation. 2. When did you have the Depo (Medroxyprogesterone acetate) i...  Read Full »

How can I get pregnant with 5 mm endometrium?

Query: Hi doctor, I had irregular periods. All my other test reports are normal such as LH, FSH, AMH, thyroid and FBS. I had done pelvis transvaginal sonography three days back, but last period date was 28 days back. My report summary is as follows. Pelvis shows an anteverted, uterus with central endometri...  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your endometrial thickness of 5 mm is very less to support pregnancy. With Progesterone supplements, it is possible to maintain pregnancy. However, it can be slightly difficult to conceive. I suggest you to go for ovulation induction, as it will help. Also, I would ...  Read Full »

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