Pregnancy is a unique and exciting phase in the life of the parents and changes your whole outlook towards life, especially if it is your first pregnancy. Cravings, sleepless nights, questions galore – all of these are just a normal part of pregnancy. Even if they might seem different from the usual lifestyle. From conception to childbirth, pregnancy is an experience of life like no other.
The nine months of the pregnancy term are both to be savoured as well as to be used as a preparatory phase for the life-long job of being a parent. Many changes are to be expected and embraced, and a few contingencies being completely normal. If you think normal, you’re most likely to find everything normal.
At Ankura, we are working round-the-clock to make your pregnancies a safe and memorable experience with our team of expert gynaecologists and world-class infrastructure. We have a dedicated team of gynaecological nursing staff to help you with your pregnancy.
Antenatal care or prenatal care is the method of caring for the foetus while it is growing in the mother’s womb. Typical antenatal programs start from 8th to 10th week of the pregnancy, wherein the first antenatal scan in scheduled. From here on, an antenatal specialist will monitor the health of the growing foetus and watch out for any abnormalities of growth.
Antenatal care is categorized into trimester visits and seek to help you deliver a healthy normal baby with all the vital parameters in the positive. This also helps you prepare better for any possible complications to the baby’s health and take preventive measures wherever possible.
Our expert team of antenatal specialists provide specialized care and consultation to ensure you have a normal baby, and any abnormalities are detected at the earliest possible.
Ultrasound scans are a vital and indispensable part of the pregnancy term in the modern times, they help understand and ascertain the growth of the baby in the womb as well as keeps a tab on any possible abnormalities therein. There are various scheduled scans during the course of the pregnancy, each of which are undertaken for a specific purpose.
The first of the ultrasound scans is undertaken around the 8th to 10th week of the pregnancy, giving parents a glimpse of what will be their baby and the doctors an opportunity to ascertain the growth of the foetus.
Additional scan may be performed during the course of the pregnancy as required and for specific purpose. These may not be applicable for all mothers-to-be, and may be performed should the gynaecologist suspect any specific abnormality.
High-risk pregnancies don’t necessarily mean that there is an inherent risk to the health of the baby or the mother, but certainly implies that extra care is warranted. High-risk pregnancies happen either due to pre-existing health conditions, a previously difficult pregnancy or certain health conditions that you may have developed during the course of this pregnancy.
Health conditions like obesity, diabetes, blood disorders, chronic kidney problems etc., increase the risk during pregnancy. Also, certain lifestyle factors such as excessive smoking, drinking, drug abuse also pose a potential danger.
Weight-gain during pregnancy is normal, however, excessive weight can do pose a potential risk, as does high blood pressure. Conception at a later stage of your reproductive life is also difficult to sustain while thyroid-related issues are an inherent risk to the pregnancy.
Following the nine months of pregnancy and what seems to be endless hours of labour, childbirth is a feeling matched by very few during the course of our lifetime. It is a culmination of patience, anxiety, wait and a million thoughts that must have crossed the expectant parents’ minds during the pregnancy.
Labour is the final stage of the pregnancy term that leads to the delivery of the baby. The labour begins with contractions leading to the dilation of the cervix and the eventual birth of the baby. This is a painful stage of the pregnancy and often one that causes much anxiety amongst expectant mothers.
Birthing is the actual expelling of the new-born via the birth canal and is the actual culmination of the pregnancy. Birthing is a both stressful and painful experience, however, adequate preparation and counselling can prepare you well for the same. Also, painless delivery methods greatly reduce the pain component with the help of epidurals.
An epidural injection allows for a painless delivery without a C-Section. This helps reduce anxiety, labor related trauma and promotes an overall sense of normalcy for the mother. All pregnant mothers can opt for painless normal delivery, but the decision to allow for an epidural completely rests with your Ob-gyn.
While every pregnant mother qualifies to be administered with an epidural, in some cases your gynecologist will exercise caution and may choose not to administer the same. One of the prime categories is a pregnant woman on blood-thinning medication. Following the epidural, the mother-to-be will feel relaxed, be strong enough to deal with the stress & strain of labor and not have any of the associated trauma.
While pain & discomfort will not be felt by the mother, she is sure to feel the contractions of the labor. And in a very small percentage of the cases, it is likely that the epidural will not be effective, and the labor will not be as pain-free as expected. There is also likely to be a small side-effect of epidural usage.
While it is natural for one to have a bit of anxiety, trepidation even, some amount of preparation for childbirth goes a long way in providing comfort and calm. Preparation also helps improves confidence levels, gives awareness of possible contingencies, and is a great way to overcome the excessive stress one can feel due to ignorance.
Childbirth classes also help parents understand what happens during the course of labor and what to anticipate in advance. They receive counseling on pain, fear and stress and their questions on the same are answered by experts to assuage their fears.
Caring for the infant is a huge responsibility and can be an overwhelming experience for new parents, especially if it’s their first time. Childbirth classes will have a few modules of new-born care that will focus on breastfeeding, understanding the baby’s initial responses, infections, immunization schedule and so on.
It is important for both parents to attend and pay attention during the childbirth processes. Parenthood, just as pregnancy, is a combined effort and both parents need to support one another to make the child healthy and happy.
Infant care, especially for first-time parents is a daunting challenge. The baby is both precious and fragile, with parents extra cautious in handling them. It is completely normal to be slightly overwhelmed with the responsibility, but it is also important to know that it is not impossible. Just as the child is adjusting to the new environs, you are also adjusting to your new role.
New-born parents must prepare for the arrival of the baby, both in terms of knowledge as well as in terms of making their homes child-friendly. Should you have any questions, it is best to be open and ask them rather than relying on misinformation and guesswork. Given the fact that the baby will have very few communication tools, it is imperative for the parents to be able to understand the baby’s needs with just basic signs and symptoms.
From nurturing the baby, sustaining it and planning for the great future beyond. Parenthood is the culmination of a myriad role, all of which are bound by the undeniable bond of love – and this bond can become stronger & better with good preparation.
Mother’s milk is the most effective source of nutrition for the baby while breastfeeding helps both the mother & child develop a very close bond. Breastfeeding also offers excellent deterrence against breast cancer.
However, in several cases, mothers are either unable or unwilling to breastfeed their child for several reasons. In most cases, it possible to overcome the difficulty or unwillingness with sufficient counseling and help.
At Ankura we undertake Lactation Counselling for expectant mothers to help them understand the advantages of breastfeeding the child while helping them learn how to do it. The counselling also involves helping them understand what do avoid, how to help the baby as well as methods to wean the baby at an appropriate age.
The experience of birthing though painful & stressful can be effectively managed with all the world-class safety protocols and state-of-the-art infrastructure that is available at Ankura Hospitals. Making your birthing experience comfortable, hassle-free and safe is our primary objective and our birthing suites are designed and managed likewise.
An expert panel of doctors, gynecologists & obstetricians at Ankura Hospitals offer you the most advanced pregnancy care. Our expert team comprises specialists who have the experience of dealing with a wide range of pregnancies and pregnancy-related complications. With a wide range of experience and expertise in their respective fields, our panel of doctors brings an unmatched pedigree to pregnancy, obstetrics and newborn care.