Pregnancy Health

For a healthy pregnancy, getting regular prenatal care is crucial. If you are healthy and do not have any risk factors, you have to go for prenatal visits every 4 weeks until the 28th week, and every 2 weeks until the 36th week, and once every week till you deliver. You have to undergo various prenatal tests to determine if the pregnancy is progressing without any complications.

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I am pregnant and have extremely low blood pressure. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old and pregnant. I have been having serious issues with syncope. My blood pressure has been so low it scared my cardiologist. I got an echocardiogram, and it showed I had two mildly thickened valves and a dilated atrium. I am worried that this could affect me during labo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your cardiac ultrasound is within the normal range. Those findings (left atrium mild dilation and aortic valve leaflets thickening) do not have any clinical significance. Low blood pressure could be related to pregnancy or proteinuria. For this reason, I recommend pe...  Read Full »

Will drumstick leaf soup reduce the amniotic fluid or harm the baby in any way?

Query: Hi doctor, I am five months pregnant. I am taking one glass of drumstick leaf soup daily. My neighbors tell me it will reduce the amniotic fluid. So, I am confused. Please give me a good suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I understand your concern. You can comfortably have anything to improve your health. It can never affect the baby. It is a myth that the fluid around the baby will reduce. If the baby's blood flow is normal, the blood flow to the baby's kidney wil...  Read Full »

My belly button popped out after pregnancy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother of two children. After my delivery, my navel has popped out and it has remained so even now. Please suggest some ways to get back my usual naval shape.  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes, after childbirth, the rectum sheath and the muscles go weak and lead to a hernia. So, what you have may be an umbilical hernia. It will increase on coughing. It has to be checked by a surgeon. If it is a hernia, it can be treated surgically and th...  Read Full »

I am a 38-week pregnant woman and have elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase. Will this cause harm to my baby?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38 weeks pregnant. My doctor advised me to undergo tests to check my alkaline phosphatase levels. My alkaline phosphatase level is 420 IU/L. My gynecologist has prescribed me the tablet Udiliv 300 mg. Will my baby be harmed due to such high alkaline phosphatase levels? Please help...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you send me your detailed medical and gynecological history to understand your case better. What is the cause of undergoing a recent liver function test? You are currently 38 weeks pregnant with a matur...  Read Full »

I am 21 weeks pregnant and have severe stabbing stomach cramps. Is my extreme stress causing this?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 weeks pregnant and have been feeling severe sharp stabbing cramps in my stomach along with feeling fainting and temperature. I have been under extreme stress for a while now and want to know if it is possible that is the cause. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. It would be better if you send your detailed obstetrics and gynecological, medical, and drug history. It could be digestive system-related, drug-related, stress or anxiety related, any already present illness aggregation or preterm labor-li...  Read Full »

I am eight weeks pregnant, but I experience dizziness, tender or swollen breasts, and abnormal hCG levels. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am eight weeks and three days pregnant with no morning sickness and no food aversion. I am experiencing dizziness, increased appetite, tender swollen breasts (up a cup size), and fatigue. I went in and got blood work done recently. Everything looked good except my HCG levels were at ...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your history and report from the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Yes your report is showing low beta hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin) but if your pregnancy is healthy at eight we...  Read Full »

I am seven weeks pregnant and I feel more dizzy often. Is it a part of my pregnancy symptoms?

Query: Hello, doctor, I am seven weeks pregnant and I feel too much dizziness, and it seems like my head and face getting squeezed. Is it a part of my pregnancy? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This may be due to dehydration and acidity. I suggest you take a tablet of Pantoprazole (Calcium stearate, Crospovidone, Hypromellose, Iron oxide, Mannitol) and antacid syrup. Keep yourself hydrated well, and drink plenty of fluids and juices without ice. Consume a ...  Read Full »

Is it acceptable to take 4 grams of ginger during my pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 15 weeks pregnant and I daily drink a green juice with about 4 g of fresh ginger. I have just read that more than 1.5 g of ginger daily can cause miscarriage and problems for the baby. Please, could you confirm if 4 g of fresh ginger can be harmful to the baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Generally, ginger is taken during pregnancy to relieve nausea and vomiting of pregnancy but care should be taken if the patient is on blood thinners, etc. Ginger root tea in a moderate amount not exceeding more than 4 gm is acceptable. I think you should not take too ma...  Read Full »

I am 32 weeks pregnant, but my doctor said I have less hemoglobin and prescribed me L-arginine water. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 32 weeks pregnant, and in today's checkup, my doctor said I have less Hb, which is 8.7 g/dL, and gave me L.arginine water for ten days. I am confused why she gave me that pouch.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Haemoglobin is 8.5 g/dL, and it is really less for a healthy pregnancy. I suggest you correct your hemoglobin by iron supplementation by IV (intravenous) iron or blood transfusion. The body needs normal hemoglobin ...  Read Full »

NT scan shows placenta is fundo posterior lower edge reaching internal os. Can I travel?

Query: Hi doctor, Our 12 weeks NT scan indicates developing placenta is fundo posterior lower edge reaching internal OS. The doctor advised 30 days complete bed rest. I need your opinion on the same case and also doing an ultrasound scan after two weeks. This scan was done 10 days back and since then I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At 12 weeks gestation with placenta fundo-posterior with lower edge reaching internal is a fairly acceptable finding for early pregnancy. It does not really call for bed rest if there has been no episode of any bleeding per vaginum. The safest distance of placenta is m...  Read Full »

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