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Common Abnormal Conditions and Warning Signs during Pregnancy - A Brief Look

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum

     

    Excessive vomiting leading to weakness sometimes necessitating intravenous glucose drips for correction.

     

    Warning Signs:

    Severe weakness, giddiness, dehydration

     

  • Ectopic Gestation

     

    Urine pregnany test is positive, but pregnancy fixes somewhere outside uterus, mostly in the tubes.

     

    Warning Signs:

    Giddiness, Abdominal cramps, spotting following missing period.

  • Missed Abortion

     

    Cases where growth of the embryo suddenly stops even without showing any symptoms like bleeding.

     

    Warning Signs:

    There may not be any symptom of abortion, the condition diagnosed by ultrasound scanning.

  • Absent Foetal Movements

     

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  • Cervical Incompetence

     

    Sudden miscarriage happens usually early 2nd Trimester (4-5 months).

     

    Warning Signs:

    Sudden leakage of liquor, lower abdomen discomfort.

  • Pre Eclampsia

     

    High Blood Pressure, oedema and presence of albumin in urine.

     

    Warning Signs:

    Swelling in the feet, face, ankles, decreased urine output.

     

    IMPORTANT: Regular BP checking and urine testing.

  • Gestational Diabetes

     

    Some women develop diabetes in pregnancy when increased insulin requirements of growing foetus leads to decrease in available insulin for glucose metabolism resulting in hyperglycemia.

     

    IMPORTANT:

    It is important to undergo regular sugar tests or urine and blood including GTT during ante-natal visits.

    Unless recognised and controlled, gestational diabetes may lead to congenital abnormalities in children.

  • Regular Monthly Check-Ups

     

    Treatment and constructive dialogue with our expert gynaecologist Dr. P.G. Sasikala, who will answer any queries you will have during your entire journey in pregnancy.

     

  • Antenatal Profile

     

    Routine blood & urine tests for pregnant women.

  • Glucose Tolerance Test

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  • Thyroid Function Test

     

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  • Down's Syndrome Screening

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  • High Vaginal Swab Culture & Sensitivity

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  • Ultrasound Scanning

     

    Early Scan (6-8 weeks)

     

    To assess site of pregnancy as well as viability and to rule out multiple gestation and missed abortion.

     

    At 11-13 weeks:

     

    Nuchal Translucency Scan (Down's Syndrome Screening Purpose)

     

    At 18-20 weeks:

     

    To rule out developmental anomalies.

     

    At 20 weeks:

     

    In case there are abnormal findings on examination like oligoamnios (less amniotic fluid) hydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid), intra uterine growth retardation (IUGR) etc.

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