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  • Question asked by Anamika
     
     
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      January 29, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      At high altitude, the oxygen in the air is less. As far as a man is concerned, spending a long time on high altitudes or being exposed to excessive high temparature or heat can affect the production of sperm.

      Maybe if a woman gets pregnant, she can shift back to the plains. It is an interesting fact that the placentas of the local population on high altitudes are larger.

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  • Question asked by Kritika
     
     
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      January 29, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      There is no need to have an aspirin when you are pregnant. It is advised for a short while but its prescription has been discontinued. It serves no purpose. In pregnancy, the fluid volume or water in the blood naturally increases, rendering the blood thinner. Indiscriminate use of aspirin could lead to bleeding difficulties.

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  • Question asked by Pranjal
     
     
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      January 28, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      If a woman fails to conceive for two years even after having unprotected intercourse, it is advisable to seek the help of a specialist who deals with infertility. Further, if you are keen to have children and for one year have had unprotected intercourse twice a week and yet not conceived, you may consult your doctor.

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  • Question asked by Ruhani
     
     
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      January 28, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      when you plan to hav a baby, it is important that both the man and the woman are in good health and well-nourished. A nutritious diet, less stress, less alcohol and less cigarettes, no use of illicit drugs, are all the factors that will contribute to a healthy baby. Check these factors three to six months before conception, particularly  approx fifteen days before the next cycle is due, because pregnancy starts at that time. A man's diet, smoking and drinking habits, etc can harm his sperm. A woman needs to check these factors throughout pregnancy.

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  • Question asked by Sabnam
     
     
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      January 28, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      If either a man or a woman is severely malnourished, conception may not happen. Also, if either of them is suffering from an infection, like tuberculosis of the reproductive tract, taking certain drugs for treatment, conception may be hampered. Given below are some common reasons that cause infertility. However, there may be several other reasons that investigations may reveal.

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  • Question asked by Sarita
     
     
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      January 30, 2015 View All Answers (1)
    • A. Iron and calcium tablets are very important if you do not eat nitritious food. However, there is nothing like getting your nourishment from food that is best absorbed by the body. Natural sources of iron, calcium, and protein are: Protein: Pulses, soya bean, lentils, sprouts, egg whites, fish, meat/chicken, missi roti. Calcium: Milk, curd, buttermilk, paneer, raddish leaves, cauliflower leaves, oranges, sweet lemons, lemons. Iron: Kishmish, pudina, dhaniya, raddish leaves, poha/chidwa, lotus stem, dried fish, dried figs, dried apricots.

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  • Question asked by Seema
     
     
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      January 30, 2015 View All Answers (1)
    • A. There are various methoda by which ovulation can be detected in a woman. The cheapest, easiest and the most natural way is the temperature method. Before ovulation, a woman's body temperature dips slightly and when ovulation occurs, it rises slightly. A dip in the temperature signifies that the ovum is ready for release.

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  • Question asked by Neerat
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
    • A. French doctors Dr Papa and Dr Labro have written a book, Boy or Girl? Shoosing Your Child Through Your Diet (Ritana Books, New Delhi). Doctors in Canada and France, who have been advocating the diet theory, feel that there is an eighty percent chance of success. Both partners need to adhere to a particular diet a few months before conception. For a girl, they advice a diet rich in starch, milk and milk products, and low in salt. They also recommend taking a tablet of calcium everyday. For a boy, they advice a diet high in salt, meat and fruits. A daily potassium tablet is also recommended. The timing of intercourse can also influence the sex of the child. According to The Complete Handbook of Pregnancy (Sphere Book, 1984), 'Some researchers say that the closer to ovulation you have intercourse, the more likely you are to have a girl: about a sixty- rather tha a fifty percent chance. An American gynaecologist and a British woman researcher each disagree with this. The latter, who claims an eighty percent success rate, says that the closer to ovulation intercourse occurs, the greater the chance of having a boy.'

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  • Question asked by Shaifali
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      If you feel no movement in the six hour period, call your doctor. Also, if you feel less than five movements in less than six hours, call your doctor. If you are going overdue, that is, from the day you crossed your estimated day of delivery, you can start noting down the movements at the same time every day. You can stop counting after the fifth movement. This is a simple way by which you can keep a tab on the baby’s well-being.

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  • Question asked by Raghubir
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      Having the pill oes not lead to infertility or the chances of not conceiving a baby as is commonly believed. However, it is possible that a woman who is already infertile may be taking the pill and becomes aware that she is infertile only after sge stops taking it.

      Just as some people are sensitive to certain drugs, some women may be sensitive to taking to taking the pill. One of the possible side-effects can be weight gain. Other possible side-effects can be nausea, fluid retention, enlarged and painful breasts, change in sexual desire and/or fungus infection of the vagina. Should these symptoms arise, you could discuss with your doctor or a family planning centre about switching to another contraceptive.

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  • Question asked by Swati
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      Premature babies are babies that are born before they are due to be born. Babies born two weeks before the estimated dated of delivery are not considered premature. If a premature baby is born with a very low birth weight, it could need special care in a special nursery.

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  • Question asked by Suchita
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
    • A. During a normal, stable pregnancy, there is no harm in having sex. However, if it is a 'precious pregnancy', one that may be after treatment for infertility or after many years of marriage, or if there has been bleeding or premature contractions, the doctor may ask a couple to avoid intercourse. If the doctor asks you to avoid sex in pregnancy, you and your partner can instead lovingly stroke or massage each other. Apart from this, you can do other things together, like go for outings, have long chats with each other, do up the house together, go through old photographs together etc.

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  • Question asked by Priyam
     
     
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      January 27, 2015 View All Answers (1)
    • A. Yes, one can get pregnant without penetration of the male penis into the female vagina. Even if the penis leaks and the fluid is deposited on the outer lips of the vagina, the fluid can contain enough sperm that can gain entry into the vagina and cause a pregnancy.

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  • Question asked by Payal
     
     
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      January 23, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      Ten movements, big and small, in twelve hours indicate that all is well. If you feel very concerned and want to know immediately if all is well, you can try this. Sit down quietly and be still. Then eat something. It will probably result in a movement. You need to be still and quiet so that you do not miss the movement, as can happen if you are busy with some activity.

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  • Question asked by Chinmaya
     
     
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      January 23, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      To count movements, choose a time of least activity. Say 3 pm onwards, you need to count ten movements in twelve hours, or, let us half it, and say five movements in six hours. So, 3pm to 9pm would be six hours. Sit down quietly and start counting the movements. Suppose you have counted five movements by 6pm, you need not carry on counting. The movement you reach the optimum number, be it six or 8’o clock, you can stop counting.

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  • Question asked by Sugandha
     
     
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      January 22, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      If a woman is comfortable at work inspite of her pregnancy, she can work till as late as possible and take most of her leave after the birth of the baby.

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  • Question asked by Pooja
     
     
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      January 22, 2015 View All Answers (1)
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      Some women who are very aware see their doctors from the beginning of their pregnancies, while some who undergo fertility tests may start seeing their doctors before pregnancy. On the other hand, there are also women who go to see a doctor only after they are three months pregnant. A doctor practising privately can be contacted or else, one can visit an out-patient department in a hospital or medical center.

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