Women should lie on their side while giving birth rather than adopting an upright position, say experts. Expectant mothers are often told to stay active in labour or adopt upright positions to prevent slowing down delivery, ease pain and reduce the chance of needing intervention such as forceps.But a new study has found that women are actually more likely to have a natural birth without any intervention if they lay on their side. The length of labour was also slightly shorter when women were lying down and they were no more likely to need a suction device or forceps delivery, Caesarean section or to suffer tearing. At present, UK guidelines say women having an epidural should stay upright in the second stage of labour to reduce the chance they will need ventouse or forceps. But the new st...
Some infections are common in pregnancy simply because there is an ongoing pregnancy and the woman is vulnerable as a result of the pregnancy. Other infections may occur notwithstanding the presence of a pregnancy. Amongst them, I have discussed below. Malaria. Malaria kills more children and pregnant women than any other group of people. Chemicals that women produce in their body cause certain smell during pregnancy and so mosquitoes to them. This is one of the reasons why pregnant women may suffer from malaria more than they should have been had they not been pregnant. Also, the self-defences of pregnant women against infection is lower than when they were not pregnant. In all, pregnant women, like anyone else, may have fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting, body aches, jo
Pregnant mothers who take antibiotics put their children at greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease, a new study warned.The pills, taken by about 40 percent of pregnant women in the US, cause changes in the gut bacteria or microbiome of the mother which are then inherited by their unborn child, according to the New York University study. The balance between good and bad bacteria is altered and this change triggered a IBD inflammation scores 55-fold higher than those with normal gut bacteria.Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main forms of IBD, affecting about 1.6 million Americans, including a growing number of children. The microbiome is made up of trillions of bacterial organisms that live inside of our intestines and co-evolved with us to play roles in digestion
A woman’s health is essential to the good health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy. They’re also more likely to successfully give birth to a healthy baby. Nutrition Eating a nutritious diet during pregnancy is linked to good foetal brain development, a healthy birth weight, and it reduces the risk of many birth defects. A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anaemia, as well as other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness. Good nutrition is thought to help balance mood swings and it may improve labour and delivery as well. A well-balanced pregnancy diet includes: protein vitamin C calcium fruits and vegetables whole grains iron-rich foods
…advocates safe C-section Nigerian gynaecologists have finally admitted that the growing number of obstetric fistula cases (holes developed between the vagina and rectum or bladder) are as a result of surgical errors caused by doctors and healthcare professionals during medical procedures, most often, during caesarean sections (CS). They conceded to this fact after several hospital-based studies proved that there is now an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, giving rise to more maternal morbidity and mortality. Some of the studies were explained in a presentation by Prof. Oladosu Ojenbgede, during a ‘hands-on training on VVF repair workshop’ at the 51st annual scientific conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrician of Nigeria (SOGON) held at Usmanu Danfodiyo University T
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings suggest that women with higher BMI may need shorter intervals between mammography screening exams. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated with tumors not being detected until larger than 2 centimeters (cm), or about the size of a peanut, and to examine t
Sperm count or total sperm count refers to the average total number of sperm present in one sample of semen. Sperm count is one of the several qualities that are assessed during routine semen analysis and is considered an important factor for fertility.Based on the most current World Health Organization guidelines, a healthy sperm count is 15 million per milliliter (ml) or at least 39 million per sample. A sperm count lower than 10 million per ml is considered abnormal and commonly associated with male infertility. Anything that impacts the hormones that control the production of sperm or acts as an anti-oxidant may aid the healthy development of sperm and help improve sperm count. Overall, factors that influence testosterone levels are thought to have the most significant impact on sperm...
Society of Gynaecology and Obsterics of Nigeria (SOGON) will spend spend N4 million on free treatment and specialised surgery to indigent women in Sokoto rural communities. Dr Yakubu Ahmad, the Chief Medical Director of Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the outreach was an annual event. He said that the gesture was part of the organisation’s 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference scheduled for Nov. 19 to 25 this year. Ahmad, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, said the expenses would cover combined specialised surgeries, medications and other chain of treatments. He added that the objective of the programme was to improve womens’ health. He said “we have more than 1,
A pediatric doctor, Dr Juliet Ochi, has urged mothers and caregivers to avoid the use of medicated soap in washing the genitals of their female babies to prevent infection. Ochi, a doctor at the Enugu State Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu. According to her, it is better to use toilet soap. “The genitals of the female have useful bacteria that protect it. The use of medicated soap could damage such bacteria, thereby causing an infection on that region. “Medicated soap is meant for the skin. It is only on the prescription of a dermatologist that such soap should be used. “Some are important and protect the region from contacting infection, so using medicated soap on it will mean removing them. “Not all
Fashion can be fun, but it can also take a toll on you. Everyone wants to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Wearing a necktie has been a long time fashion statement, and it’s still very much with us today. You can buy neckties and wear them for any occasion, and as often as you wish, but experts have cautioned that this fashion trend if wrongly applied may increase your risk of breathing problems, infections, and even body misalignment. If you work around machinery, there is a real risk of getting a tie caught in gears or other parts of machinery which can lead to tragic events. In other cases, it is not so much the tie itself but rather how it is tied or even the degree of tightness. In most corporate establishments in Nigeria today, you will find members of both sexes wearing all
The Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) and the Lagos State Government have warned against female genital mutilation, saying it is unhealthy and violates the rights of women. Stating this in a press briefing on FGM in Lagos, the Executive Director, CHAI, Mrs. Lola Alonge, said FGM violates all human rights principles, including equality, non discrimination of sex and the right to health. She said FGM causes lifelong physical and psychological harm, as it affects the family, community, relationships and economic development. “Trained health workers who perform FGM are violating girls and women’s right to life and health. “We therefore call for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP). On May 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the VAPP into
This article serves primarily to address the poor awareness of women of the reproductive age group of the debilitating condition called endometriosis. It affects roughly 1 in 9 of women between the ages of 14 to 50 years. About 12 million women in America are affected and probably a similarly high percentage in Africa, south of the Sahara. It does not have any predilection for races. Endometriosis refers to abnormal implantation of the lining of the inside of the womb called endometrium, into organs or tissues outside the uterus. It can be found in any tissue of the abdominal cavity and even remote from the cavity. It is commonly found on the tube, the ovaries, the pelvic peritoneum, the vagina, cervix, vulva, bladder and the bowel. Remotely, it can be sited in the lungs, brain, and skin....
Dr Jen Gunter has spoken out about men demanding or expecting their partner’s vagina to have an artificial smell. The Canadian gynecologist revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for complaining about the smell of her genitals. Dr Gunter has urged women not to feel ashamed and feel they have to resort to buying harmful products that create artificial odours. She says they upset the vagina’s natural pH balance and leave you at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV. She’s had a strong opinion on the recent trends for women cleaning their vaginas with cucumbers and Vicks’ Vaporub. She wrote: ‘I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. For example, he thought my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t. ‘He thought I wou
Deciding when to cut a newborn’s umbilical cord has been a question plaguing medical professionals (and sometimes parents) for years. New research indicates that delaying clamping for one minute can save thousands of babies born prematurely each year At stake, when it comes to timing, is determining at what point nutrients delivered from the cord, in a process known as placental transfusion, become harmful to the mother or baby. Some have thought that it could lead to internal bleeding in moms, and there is an increased risk of jaundice. To zero-in on that balance, researchers in Sydney, Australia, reviewed almost 3,000 cases of babies born prematurely before 37 weeks, according to a release. They looked at mortality and morbidity for babies whose umbilical cords were clamped early
Childbirth is a painful and often traumatic experience for women, but according to Sydney physiotherapist Heba Shaheed it is not spoken about enough. The mother and co-founder of The Pelvic Expert has treated more than 2000 women, many of whom have suffered from a birth injury. According to Ms Shaheed, up to 50 per cent of mothers will develop pelvic organ prolapse and consequently suffer from pain, heaviness or urinary incontinence. 'Depending on their age, 20 to 50 per cent of first-time mums physically tear their pelvic floor muscles off their pubic bone during childbirth, which leads to a lifetime of problems,' she says. 'And 10 to 15 per cent of all mums will have a perineal tear that extends into their anus or rectum. 'Unfortunately, because of the taboo nature of pelv...