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Use of tablets prescribed during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. How can I help you?
User :   My Wife concieved sicne 3 months and fetal growth is fine.
Doctor :   ok
User :   She has taken Folesafe capsule since 3 months. Now doctor recommended following tablets.
User :   Softeron
User :   Genew
User :   Shelcal500
Doctor :   ok
User :   May i know wht's the functionality of each tablets pls?
Doctor :   i will explain
Doctor :   Shelcal 500 is calcium sullpement
Doctor :   Genew is a multivitamin with essential minerals
Doctor :   and Softeron is Iron supplement
User :   Fine, thanks! Do Shelcal 500 has side effects?
Doctor :   these are given to supplement extra vitamins, minerals and calcium that is needed by teh growing baby
User :   and Genew and Softeron as well?
Doctor :   none of the tablets will have any harmful effects on the baby
Doctor :   they are given to give mother extra intake such that baby can grow fine
Doctor :   as in pregnancy these needs rise up by almost 10 times as pregnancy progresses
User :   oh, ok
Doctor :   which is not adequately handled by dietary intake
Doctor :   iron supplements can cause constipation, she should take good amounts of green vegetables and drink about 10-12 glasses water per day
Doctor :   with 2 glasses warm water at night
User :   ok, fine. When will these tablets have to be taken? means Morning, noon and night?
Doctor :   calcium can be taken in morning
Doctor :   iron one to be taken preferably after lunch to avoid any use of tea/coffee affecting its absorption
User :   ok
Doctor :   she should avoid taking tea/cofffee/milk for 1 hour before or after taking iron supplement
Doctor :   else Iron will not get absorbed
User :   Sure..
Doctor :   the Genew can be taken at night after dinner
Doctor :   calcium dose might need to be increased after 5th month
Doctor :   to double
User :   ok
Doctor :   so she should take it once in morning after breakfast and then again after dinner at night along with Genew
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   Just by Yday these medication has been said. So, will be following ur info from now...
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
Doctor :   one more thing, by next month, start her on either Mothers Horlicks or Protinex powder 2 teaspoons to be mixed with 1 glass of milk
User :   Sure
Doctor :   this should be taken two times a day morning with breakfast and night after 1/2 hour of dinner
User :   Can we have sex these times?. Does it hurts/disturbs fetal growth? or should be avoided?
Doctor :   for additional nutritional benefits
Doctor :   you can have intercourse at these times, but gently and in accordance with her comfort
Doctor :   avoid pressure on the abdomen directly
User :   Ok
Doctor :   and avoid positions which allow for very deep penetration
User :   Will the intercourse cause again another ovulation?
Doctor :   no, pregnancy suppresses ovulation usually, so another ovulation will not occur except in very very rare cases.
User :   ok, fine. Thank you very much for your valuable information
Doctor :   avoid interecourse after 7th month
User :   Ok
Doctor :   it can cause pre-mature labour in few women
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
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