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Implantation bleeding ? How to differentiate implantation bleeding from periods?

Implantation bleeding and how to identify implantation bleeding

What is implantation bleeding?

A implantation bleeding occurs as a result of a process called implantation which is the first stage of the pregnancy. Implantation is a process where the fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterus for the development into a fetus.
When the fertilized egg enters the uterus some amount of uterus layer is shed allowing the egg to pass in. As a result this little blood is shed called as the implantation bleeding. This is usually pink or brown and not much than just a spotting.

Identifying implantation bleeding:

Not all bleeding that occur during pregnancy is a worrisome issue . In the first early month a mild pinkish blood may come which is very mild pink or brown not bright red which is called the implantation bleeding. A implantation bleeding occurs just a week prior when your menses is to occur . Mild cramps are also common when implantation bleeding occurs. Only after a implantation one can have rise in hcg and a week later you can use a kit which may now show a bfp (positive). Not all can notice a implantation bleeding. And if occurs many may be confused if it is a irregular period occurring or something else.

Difference between implantation bleeding and periods?

A implantation bleeding lasts only a day that too just mild spotting need not require a pad and mainly it looks mild pinkish never bright red. And implantation bleeding occurs a week before your period is due. Wheras a period occurs as bright red blood and also with heavy cramping.
The implantation bleeding never contains clots or tissues in it , it’s just a plain pink spotting . Wheras a period may start with mild blood and starts bleeding with clots and lasts few days. In this way u can differentiate implantation bleeding from periods.

When to approach a doctor?

But it is also to be noted that the spotting doesn’t necessarily be a sign of pregnancy. since there are many other reasons for spotting to occur like pcos , hormonal imbalance etc. If your spotting becomes heavy requiring a pad and if feels like periods occurring on inappropriate time then it’s time to visit a gynecologist to clarify.

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Taking care of newborn

After delivery you may feel that you have crossed something big in your life . But that’s not over yet . You have a very big responsiblity now in your hands. Taking care of a new born is not that easy. But is definitely a sweet gift and enjoyment. 

Before your baby comes home from hospital there are things you need get ready to take care of the newborn from diapers to crib. (I ll discuss the best in each items in the following posts) 

A newborn skin is very soft especially if born preterm their skin is very delicate and should be handled very carefully as you may cause tear. Always wash your hands with hand disinfectants. Never allow anyone touch your baby without cleaning their hands as well. Since they have very low immunity and can catch up infections very soon. A baby if gets infected or is ill it will become a very tedious process to help recover and it hurts your little one a lot. Prevention is better than cure should be your only mantra when taking care of a newborn.

Baby’s need to be breastfed only. The breastmilk contains lots of good stuffs that bring good immunity and support baby’s healthy future . I don’t suggest a formula drink unless you are unable to breastfed due to insufficient milk. For the first 3 months baby gets stomach full of food with your breastfeeding itself so no need to search for supplement. After 3rd month few baby’s may feel hungry or needs supplement due to lack of enough milk by the mother. At that time you may prefer Nanpro1 which contains probiotics and good for healthy gut of baby. Or if you prefer to breastfeed completely till 6months then your gynecologist can suggest you tablets like lactate which helps in increasing milk supply. 

Next concern is bathing your newborn. Bathing a baby could be a little tricky one since they are so delicate to handle and those baby soft bones makes us feel scary to handle them in bath. But need not worry baby bath basins are available in which you can place the baby and slowly apply baby soap and cleanse your baby with warm water. Make sure to have good soft towels ready in hand and wrap her immediately once after bath. No long time bath plz. Always use only baby lotions . Need not apply powder as they block the pores and end up in skin problems.

Baby’s tend to poop and urinate large numbers of times in their first month’s time. Use a baby friendly diaper . Diaper rashes and redness in bump are very common. Your pediatrician may prescribe you lotions for such conditions.

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Postpartum checkupĀ 

A postpartum checkup is usually done during the 6th or 8th week after delivery. Your gynecologist will check your incision to make sure you are healing well and also see your physical and emotional state after your pregnancy and delivery.

Usually the incision heals completely by this time during your postpartum checkup. Your gynecologist may see the incision and see if the incision is clean and is headed properly. And also you are questioned regarding any discomforts or pain in your abdomen .

In few cases your gynecologist may ask you for a ultrasound or TVS (trans vaginal scan) to see the uterus. This is done mostly to check if your uterus has shrunk to the prep regnancy size ie. When you where not pregnant. The uterus should get back to that state with the specified time and your gynecologist may see through the reports of your ultrasound or TVS to make sure recovery process is on correct phase.

Also during the postpartum checkup your are recommended to come with your husband. During this appointment your gynecologist will discuss with you about resuming your sexual life and some precautions like condoms , using of cerazette tablets etc since after a csection it is advised not to plan for the second child for the first six months after delivery. This period may be a year or longer too in some cases depending on the women’s health condition.

Postpartum depression is faced by many women nowadays. Jus feel free with your gynecologist to tell her how you feel emotionally like weeping all time or feeling of sadness or extreme mood swings as these are the primary symptoms of postpartum depression. She may suggest you going for a counselling or may prescribe safer tablets to reduce stress. Also to get out of this depression engage yourself in some good activities during your free time like painting, gardening, music etc as these activities are scientifically proven to reduce stress. 

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