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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Should I repeat the torch test done earlier during my pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, During my previous pregnancy last year, due to a Down syndrome issue, the baby's brain was not formed properly. This was detected at the end of the fourth month. At that time, I did not go for a TORCH test. Now, I am pregnant again. At the third week check up, he did a TORCH test. IgG and...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand the concerns. You having a history, of the brain of the baby not forming properly due to Down Syndrome in the last pregnancy, is not an indication for getting a TORCH (toxoplasmosis, rubella cytomegalovirus, herpes sim...  Read Full »

I used marijuana at the beginning of my pregnancy and have a meconium test scheduled. Can marijuana be detected?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently pregnant and have a question about meconium testing. I used marijuana a handful of times throughout the beginning of my pregnancy. It has been 19 weeks and three days since I stopped using it completely. I am really stressed about meconium testing. My question is, what i...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Medically as per certain studies and international publications, meconium testing can detect maternal substance use for up to 4 to 5 months before delivery. For urine testing, it is a week. Please take care of your health and have a good diet and take adequate rest. ...  Read Full »

My wife is five months pregnant. She has been suffering from a cold and runny nose since morning. What are the medications?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is five months pregnant. She has been suffering from a cold and runny nose since morning. I have attached her prescription. Her hemoglobin level is 9 mg/dL. She is currently taking Folic acid tablets.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have seen the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Does she have a fever?Follow the below steps;1. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) a tablet Cetirizine 120 mg for...  Read Full »

I am anxious because of my first pregnancy and unable to sleep. Will yoga calm me down?

Query: Hi doctor, I am six weeks pregnant and I am pretty anxious since this is my first pregnancy. I have multiple thoughts running through my mind. First, I keep wondering whether I will be a good mother. Second, will I be able to manage everything in the future once the baby is born? Third, because of m...  Read Full »

Dr. Sunita Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have such feelings, I suggest you to practice mental yoga, not physical yoga. Have you started any treatment? I suggest you take tablet Folvite (Folic acid) 5 mg and tablet Duphaston (Dydrogesterone) 10 mg twice a day and go for USG (ultrasonography) lower abdom...  Read Full »

Can I eat papaya while I am pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I know papaya should not be eaten during pregnancy, but I have seen some influencers eating fully ripe papayas while pregnant and still have a healthy baby. While I searched in internet sources, papayas are contraindicated during pregnancy. I am confused. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. In early pregnancy, it is avoided because of the presence of papain in the innermost layer of the papaya and the seeds. However, the ripe yellow part can be consumed in the late second and third trimesters if she wants. ...  Read Full »

Is it safe for me to take Oxycodone in the thirtieth week of my pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. I am scheduled to get my wisdom tooth extracted in a few days. My obstetrician gave my dentist the approval to prescribe analgesics for pain. But, I am worried since I have not taken anything for the pain my entire pregnancy besides Tylenol for headach...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The fear of congenital anomalies in the baby lasts till the 14th week of gestation, that is, till the organs are formed. Now that you are at the 30th week, where organs are well formed, Oxycodone may be used for pain-relief, for less than a week. It will not have any e...  Read Full »

Is it acceptable for my wife to take thyroid medicines during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife is five months pregnant. We had done a TSH level test in the second month. It showed 8.8. Then the gynecologist put her on 50 mcg Thyronorm tablets. Yesterday we went for a check-up. She ordered a thyroid profile test as well as a TIFFA scan. Is there any problem? I am uploa...  Read Full »

Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen her reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The medicines were required and hence she was started on those. That was the right thing to do. Continue to take the same dose. Repeat the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormones) and FT4 after a mont...  Read Full »

My pregnant wife recently underwent an X-ray, and I am worried about radiation exposure. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife is seven weeks pregnant. She had to undergo an X-ray and mammogram recently. Is there any risk of radiation to the fetus?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it is difficult to say if there would be any long-term effects to the fetus. You can get an early anomaly scan at 12 weeks of pregnancy to rule out any abnormalities. Usually, a single exposure does not cause trouble. So, for all practical purpos...  Read Full »

I am 25 years old and three months pregnant. Can I eat papaya in pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old woman, and I am three months pregnant. I was officially confirmed to be pregnant today. I need some tips to overcome pregnancy and gain mental and physical strength. Also, please guide me regarding the following: What should I eat during pregnancy? What should I avo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ridhi Narang

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you are pregnant, you should take high fiber and a protein-rich diet. You can perform all your daily activities and do not exert yourself. Drink adequate water and stay hydrated throughout the pregnancy. If you have any doubts, you can consult me. Get all your blood...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have breast pain during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I am three months pregnant. I am having breast pain, for which my doctor prescribed Pregcert 200 SR and Duphaston 10 mg. Is it necessary to take this? Is not breast pain normal during the first trimester of pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, breast pain is quite normal in the first trimester. If u do not want to take too many medications, talk to your doctor about stopping these. What will help you is a support brassiere. Get one with a good fit and observe how you feel. It should neither be t...  Read Full »

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