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Carrying a baby in the womb is the most beautiful experience for a woman. But it is equally essential to take care of your and the baby’s health to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Dr Sonica Chugh, gynecologist and infertility specialist who consults on Practo told indianexpress.com: “Good nutrition during pregnancy ensures your baby gets the right start. Small, frequent and healthy meals containing folate, iron, calcium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acid should be taken. Plenty of water in between meals is good for you and your baby.”
INDIA CONTRIBUTES to 42 percent of global asthma deaths, according to a report published online in the Lung India journal related to respiratory medicines. While inhaled corticosteroids is a standard treatment, authors of the study have said that the main reason for the rise in deaths is that 90 percent of asthmatics do not get the right medication.
The country has an estimated 34.3 million asthmatics, that is 12.9% of the global 262 million cases. Every year, 4.61 lakh people die due to asthma in the world, and India contributes to 1.98 lakh deaths. This is indeed very worrying, and it was important to identify the cause for this, according to Dr Sundeep Salvi, Director of Pulmocare Research and Education Foundation and the lead author of the study.
Young children who transition to a new gender with social changes — taking on new names, pronouns, haircuts and clothing — are likely to continue identifying as that gender five years later, according to a report published Wednesday. The vast majority of the group still identified with their new gender five years later, according to the study, and many had begun hormonal medications in adolescence to prompt biological changes to align with their gender identities. The study found that 2.5% of the group had reverted to identifying as the gender they were assigned at birth.
The US Supreme Court is likely to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade judgement that made abortion a constitutional right in the country, according to a report by Politico. If the judgement is passed, it will restrict access to safe abortion for women, wreaking havoc on their mental and physical health. In many countries around the world, abortion is prohibited, and this directly results in the continuation of unwanted pregnancies, affecting a woman’s health in the long run. . Safe abortion is essential for a woman’s physical and mental health. If it is not performed accurately, it can cause physical and psychological stress, besides unnecessary emotional stress, all of which can impact a woman’s overall health and well-being.
The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has declined from 2.2 children per woman in 2015-16 to 2.0 children per woman in 2019-21, the fifth National Family Health Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, revealed. “The TFR has declined noticeably in India over time. Between 1992-93 and 2019-21, the TFR declined from 3.4 children to 2.0 children (a decrease of 1.4 children). The TFR among women in rural areas has declined from 3.7 children in 1992-93 to 2.1 children in 2019-21. The corresponding decline among women in urban areas was from 2.7 children in 1992-93 to 1.6 children in 2019-21,” the survey stated.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder passed to a child by either of the parents. It causes defective red blood cell production leading to low haemoglobin and such patients require lifelong blood transfusion to cope with their lives. There are two types of thalassemia — alpha and beta. Dr Ganesh Jaishetwar, consultant haematologist, hemato-oncologist and bone marrow transplant physician, Yashoda hospitals Hyderabad, told indianexpress.com, “The affected children with both defective globin genes are called as ‘thalassemia major’ who need regular blood transfusions and these cases can be fatal before 30 years of age, whereas the person with one defective globin gene and one normal gene are ‘thalassemia carriers’ and such carriers remain asymptomatic with normal life expectancy.”
Pregnancy promises to be a memorable journey in a woman’s life. During this period, a woman can experience several emotions from happiness, sadness, anxiety, and excitement. These can overwhelm her, especially if she is vulnerable and unable to find the support she needs. Although these feelings tend to go away on their own, for some, they might become severe and require medical attention. “Depression and anxiety are medical conditions that can sometimes even start during pregnancy. These feelings are not caused by any external or internal factors, so a new mother/pregnant woman should never feel guilty about experiencing these varied emotions,” said Dr Sonal Kumta, senior consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund.
Raisins are an undeniable part of desserts in India. Used extensively in sweets and especially during festivals, the usual raisins are normally dark yellow or brown in colour. But, have you ever come across black coloured raisins? They are bite-sized, pockets of flavour with wrinkled skin and a juicy interior. From reducing hair loss, eliminating impurities from the blood, and reducing high blood pressure to keeping anaemia at bay, black raisins are a wonderful addition to your diet as “they contain natural antioxidants and are rich in iron,” said Ayurvedic expert Dixa Bhavsar, in an Instagram post.
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