pregnancy – HTV https://htv.com.pk Thu, 26 Nov 2020 04:02:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Pregnancy Style Looks That Pakistani Celebrities Rocked https://htv.com.pk/fashion/5-pregnancy-style-looks Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:56:33 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=54806 5 Pregnancy Style Looks That Pakistani Celebrities Rocked

Many people in our society are proponents for motherhood because if you are not raising children as a woman, then what even are you doing. Isn’t it? But while motherhood is embraced and advocated for, pregnancy – the very first stage of being a mother – is often looked down upon. Expecting mothers are often […]

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5 Pregnancy Style Looks That Pakistani Celebrities Rocked

Many people in our society are proponents for motherhood because if you are not raising children as a woman, then what even are you doing. Isn’t it?

But while motherhood is embraced and advocated for, pregnancy – the very first stage of being a mother – is often looked down upon.

Expecting mothers are often asked to dress down, stay at home and focus on taking care of themselves for the wellbeing of their offspring. Almost as if, being pregnant is the only thing left in a woman’s life for a whole nine months.

However, fortunately, new mothers are changing this orthodox mindset. They are working, taking care of themselves and the house, and embracing motherhood with style.

Gone are the days when women dressed in a way that covered their baby bumps. New age mothers are donning that baby bump with style. And rightly so.

If you are an expecting mother, here is how you can take style ques from celebrity mamas:

Aiman Khan

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Pakistani TV actor Aiman Khan gave birth to a beautiful girl child recently. Her pregnancy style was casual and comfortable. Loose T with straight pants paired with kitten heels.

Related: 7 Celebrities That Reclaimed The Mayun Yellow

Sanam Jung

TV host and actor Sanam Jung became a mother last year. Not only had she been working throughout her pregnancy she was also attending events with style. Loose kurta with tights is not only easy to carry but also looks chic.

Nadia Hussain

Make-up artist and model Nadia Hussain have three beautiful children. Hussain has never shied away from donning her baby bump as we have also seen her walk the ramp when pregnant. This silk kaftan style kurta is perfect for expecting mothers to wear at any formal dinner.

Sania Mirza

Tennis player and Pakistan’s national bahu Sania Mirza gave birth to an adorable baby boy at the starting of this year. Her pregnancy style was a reflection of her carefree and easy-going attitude. Simple yet elegant. This yellow polka dot dress is perfect for a day out at the mall.

Related: 5 Pakistani Female Celebrities Who Rock Short Hair

Mehreen Syed

Thirty-seven-year-old supermodel Mehreen Syed not only looks gorgeous on the ramp but her personal style too makes swoon over her.

When Mehreen was pregnant with her daughter Aman, she kept her style comfortable yet elegant. A comfortable sweater and a pair of skinnies and a big smile is all you need to look as trendy as Mehreen.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Miscarriage https://htv.com.pk/health/signs-of-miscarriage Sat, 25 May 2019 02:20:06 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42560

Miscarriages are more common than one would think. Almost 25% (possibly more that go undocumented) of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, out of which 80% will happen in the first trimester. One important thing to note is that a miscarriage is not something you can entirely control, it is mostly due to genetic abnormality […]

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Miscarriages are more common than one would think. Almost 25% (possibly more that go undocumented) of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, out of which 80% will happen in the first trimester.

One important thing to note is that a miscarriage is not something you can entirely control, it is mostly due to genetic abnormality in the embryo.

Read about the most common causes of a miscarriage here.

How does one know that they are miscarrying or have miscarried?

Here are some signs and symptoms you can look out for:

Vaginal bleeding: If it is very early on in the pregnancy, you may even confuse this with your regular period. The bleeding can vary in amount, from spotting to continuous bleeding ranging between 1-5 days. However, not all bleeding means you are miscarrying. Do check with your doctor.

Period-like cramps: This could be due to your body trying to expel any pregnancy tissue in your system.

Lower back pain

Blood clots or a pink mucus discharge from your vagina

Loss of pregnancy symptoms like nausea: If you seem to suddenly lose the symptoms of pregnancy that you have been experiencing, it may be a sign of miscarriage.

Tips for a safe pregnancy after experiencing a miscarriage

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to visit your doctor right away. However, do keep in mind that once a miscarriage is underway, it is highly unlikely to be stopped. The appropriate care must be taken post-miscarriage to ensure that the mother recovers well.

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Cut With Caution: The Truth Behind Episiotomies https://htv.com.pk/moms/truth-behind-episiotomies Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:40:39 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=43593

All around the world, the majority of childbirths occur through normal vaginal delivery. The expectant couple and clinicians both agree that this “natural” route should be undertaken when there are no health hazards to either the mother or baby. It should, however, be noted that even a normal vaginal delivery may get complicated if labor […]

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All around the world, the majority of childbirths occur through normal vaginal delivery. The expectant couple and clinicians both agree that this “natural” route should be undertaken when there are no health hazards to either the mother or baby.

It should, however, be noted that even a normal vaginal delivery may get complicated if labor gets obstructed due to the size or positioning of the baby. In such cases an episiotomy is performed which is a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina, to enlarge the opening and facilitate the passage of the baby without rupturing the vaginal tissues. The rationale remains that a surgical cut is easier to stitch and takes lesser time to heal compared to an uneven tear in the tissues.

Episiotomies may help in many of these cases but should be considered as a separate surgical procedure, with its own set of indications, techniques, and complications.

Approximately half of all stillbirths and a quarter of neonatal deaths result from complications during labor and childbirth. Episiotomies may help in many of these cases but should be considered as a separate surgical procedure, with its own set of indications, techniques, and complications. By no means should it be considered as a standard part of the vaginal delivery procedure, because there are many vaginal deliveries which go smoothly without the need for an episiotomy.

Research shows that the burden of maternal and perinatal deaths is disproportionately higher in low-and-middle-income countries compared to high-income countries. This may be the reason why obstetricians in many developing countries remain cautious during childbirth and perform routine episiotomies in an effort to facilitate the passage of the baby. Clinical judgment of the obstetrician varies from one to another, but in some settings, episiotomies are performed without any justification. The obstetrician may be well intentioned but does not realize that these unnecessary stitches will cause the mother pain and discomfort long after the procedure.

Research shows that the burden of maternal and perinatal deaths is disproportionately higher in low-and-middle-income countries compared to high-income countries.

A study conducted on women who underwent episiotomies revealed that they took much longer to return to routine activities. Some women even complained about aesthetic deformities and how it affected their sex life.  All the women in the study claimed they would have been better prepared for these changes if they had been informed about these post-episiotomy complications in the beginning.

During their pregnancy, women trust their obstetrician with their own lives as well as their unborn baby’s life. The obstetrician is the focal source of information and the decision maker in most cases. Therefore, to bring around a change in the culture of routine episiotomies, the obstetrician plays the most important role.

At the local level, all clinical staff including midwives, nurses, and doctors involved in obstetric practice should be educated about current clinical guidelines along with the rationale behind them.

A study conducted on healthcare professionals in South America, the Middle East, South-East Asia showed that a lot of clinical staff was unaware of the current clinical guidelines related to episiotomies. Based on their own experiences, they felt the episiotomy made the delivery easier for the staff and safer for the mother and baby. In Cambodia, a clinical practice had a financial motive behind performing episiotomies as they felt they could charge the patient more in this way.

The only way of reversing this culture of unnecessary episiotomies is through education of both the expectant couples as well as the clinical team.

At the local level, all clinical staff including midwives, nurses, and doctors involved in obstetric practice should be educated about current clinical guidelines along with the rationale behind them.

At the federal level, healthcare policies should give the episiotomies the same consideration as any other surgical procedure, which includes making it mandatory for informed consent to be taken before performing the procedure.

Through informed consent, patients will be educated about the advantages and disadvantages of the episiotomy and the mother can choose to accept or refuse the procedure as per her own judgment.

Globally, patient empowerment is rapidly gaining popularity and taking consent before episiotomies is another way in which decision making can be shared between the patient and doctor. This not only increases the accountability of the doctor but also ensures the patient is aware of their own clinical status and can contribute to their own well being.

References :

WHO recommendation on episiotomy policy — February 2018

https://extranet.who.int/rhl/topics/preconception-pregnancy-childbirth-and-postpartum-care/care-during-childbirth/care-during-labour-2nd-stage/who-recommendation-episiotomy-policy-0

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Women Advised To Slim Down Before Considering Pregnancy https://htv.com.pk/health/lose-weight-pregnancy Mon, 26 Nov 2018 06:58:13 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41172

Pregnant women are generally recommended to lose weight or maintain healthy weight to avoid complications in child birth and for the health of their baby. But now they are being told specifically to lose weight if they plan to conceive or are pregnant to protect the health of their future child. As directed by Royal […]

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Pregnant women are generally recommended to lose weight or maintain healthy weight to avoid complications in child birth and for the health of their baby. But now they are being told specifically to lose weight if they plan to conceive or are pregnant to protect the health of their future child.

As directed by Royal College of Obstretritians and Gynaecologists England, GPs will now be encouraged to weigh female patients during routine appointments such as when they go in for a prescription for the pill.

Moreover, women who are found to be overweight or obese will be advised to slim to the normal range before they start trying to conceive.

The guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are being issued to doctors in the UK due to rising levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in adults and children.

The college is one of the most influential medical organizations in the country and represents 6,000 doctors specialising in childbirth and women’s health. A spokesman stressed that the guidance aims to empower women to take charge of their health prior to becoming pregnant.

The study also reveals that pregnant women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy double the risk of life-threatening diseases and obesity in their babies. They can also develop Type 2 diabetes when they grow up.

It aims to highlight that being overweight or obese ‘does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby’. These risks include blood clots in the legs and lungs (thromboses), gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia, and mental health problems.

Women, however, are advised to stay away from extreme dieting or weight loss pills to lose weight during pregnancy. It can harm the health of your baby so it is highly recommended to stay away from extreme ways of losing weight.

Instead opt for healthy ways and make the right lifestyle changes including eating right and exercising to lose or maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

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If Meghan Markle Was Pregnant in Pakistan https://htv.com.pk/pregnancy/meghan-markle-desi-pregnancy-advice Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:38:26 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40380

 It hasn’t been long since we saw Meghan Markle walk down the aisle and join the ranks of the British Royal Family. And now that she’s pregnant and expected to give birth in spring 2019, its no surprise everybody is talking about the unborn child, Meghan’s appearance and eating habits. While pregnancy is different […]

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It hasn’t been long since we saw Meghan Markle walk down the aisle and join the ranks of the British Royal Family. And now that she’s pregnant and expected to give birth in spring 2019, its no surprise everybody is talking about the unborn child, Meghan’s appearance and eating habits. While pregnancy is different for each woman, there is one thing that every woman living in Pakistan who is or has been pregnant has faced – the endless totkas (aka pregnancy urban legends) passed on from generations to generations without any sound reasoning or logic.

Firstly, a heartfelt congratulations to the parents-to-be and a heartfelt sigh of sympathy for the microscope they will be under until the baby arrives.

On a side note, we can’t help wondering what bizarrre desi totkay or ‘helpful’ advice Meghan would have been exposed to if she were in Pakistan?

1. Beta, don’t cross your legs – the umbilical cord will strangle the babyMeghan Markle

Well, it’s a good thing that royal etiquette isn’t pro crossing-your-legs to begin with seeing that it’s a tough habit to break!

2. If your belly widens, it’s a girl; if it protrudes outwards, it’s a boy!

Meghan Markle
All the aunties had already predicted it’s a boy for Kate!

That kind of reasoning is the secret behind our unprecedented success as a nation. Aunties everywhere are going to be winning bets on whether to expect a little prince or princess!

3. Don’t drink tea/coffee! Complexion kharaab hoga baby ka (the baby will have a dark complexion) and Doodh Piyo! Baby gora hoga (Drink milk, the baby will be fair)

It starts off meaning well enough. Of course, caffeine has to be limited but well, we’re NOTHING if not racist to the point of revulsion.

  1. Don’t wear heels.

Meghan Markle
FUN FACT: This is her first royal appearance after announcing the pregnancy. She wore the ‘blessed’ dress and of course HEELS!

No pregnant woman in Pakistan ever made it to a wedding in heels. Ever. If she did, she got a “Haye, Whyy? You’re pregnant!” No kidding, aunty, I almost forgot.

5. Travel? Bilkul Nahin! You shouldn’t even be walking up and down the stairs much less trekking the world.

meghan markleGood thing Meghan is far away, since she has royal duties to fulfill and all. In Australia. And heels.

6. There’s an eclipse. You must stay indoors, lie down straight in bed and under no circumstance are you to hold anything that is made of steel and is sharp.

No steak for you, beta.

7. Don’t tell anyone, anything. Wait 3 months to announce the pregnancy and keep your lips zipped about the gender until the baby arrives.

Gender-reveal parties in Pakistan are all getting the evil eye right about now. But we’ll have a grand old time, holding your belly and commenting on the way you look before determining what sex your baby will be. Get them restraining orders ready, Meghan.

These are just a few things that Pakistani women get to hear when they’re pregnant. Of course, our aunties have nothing but our best interests at heart. Right?

What’s the most bizarre advice you’ve heard during your pregnancy? Share with us below.

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