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ГЕСТАЦИОНЕН ДИАБЕТ

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Gestational diabetes is a diabetes that has occurred during pregnancy. As with other types of diabetes, the ability of glucose to enter the cells is impaired, which means that it can’t be converted into energy. These changes lead to an increase in blood sugar – a deviation that has a negative effect on the mother and baby. Although potentially dangerous, gestational diabetes can be controlled and complications  can be prevented.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?

Although the mechanisms by which gestational diabetes occurs are not yet fully understood, some risk factors are known. These include being overweight, polycystic ovarian syndrome and genetic predisposition (relatives with diabetes).

At the first visit, your obstetrician-gynecologist will assess whether you fall into any of the risk groups for gestational diabetes. You will be given blood and urine tests according to the current Maternal Health program.

If you do not have risk factors, you will be offered a prophylactic test for diabetes in the second trimester of pregnancy – between the 24th and 28th week of gestation.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES?

Diabetes is often asymptomatic for a long time. Gestational diabetes usually occurs around the second or third trimester. The symptoms are non-specific – thirst, fatigue, dry mouth, frequent urination – all unpleasant sensations that happen in a normal pregnancy.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR MY BABY?

The most common risks are:

  1. Large fetus (fetal macrosomia) – due to high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in pregnant women with gestational diabetes, more blood sugar passes through the placenta and stimulates the baby’s pancreas to produce more insulin. As a result of the altered balance, the baby gains more muscle mass, subcutaneous fat and larger internal organs. In turn, this leads to birth traumas.
  2. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) of the newborn
  3. Premature birth
  4. Prolonged jaundice
  5. Risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
DIABETES CONTROL

To minimize the risks, it is extremely important to start treatment immediately after the diagnosis of gestational diabetes. You will be prescribed a diet and a medication that controls your blood sugar levels – tablets or an insulin pen. You will also need to measure your blood sugar regularly with a glucometer.

Daily walks and light workouts help to normalize blood sugar, and also have other positive effects – improve mood and self-esteem and are associated with easier recovery after birth.

PROGNOSIS

Women with gestational diabetes usually normalize their blood sugar levels 6-12 weeks after giving birth. They are more likely to develop gestational diabetes again during a second pregnancy. They are also prone to developing type 2 diabetes in the future, so it is highly recommended that you get tested (oral glucose tolerance test) every 2 years.

In early diagnosed gestational diabetes, the prognosis for mother and baby is really positive. Share with your supervising obstetrician-gynecologist your complaints, no matter how minimal they may seem to you – timely measures are always preferable to treating the consequences.

OVER-EATING DURING PREGNANCY

 

ХИСТЕРОСАЛПИНГОГРАФИЯТА

HYSTEROSALPINGOGRAPHY?

WHAT IS HYSTEROSALPINGOGRAPHY?

Hysterosalpingography (HSG)  is a type of X-ray of the female reproductive system. For this purpose, a contrast medium is used  which helps visualize the uterine cavity and the fallopian tubes. This procedure is extremely important for reproductive medicine because it helps gynecologists to find the cause of infertility in many patients.

INDICATIONS

Hysterosalpingography is performed to establish:

  1. Presence of adhesions inside the fallopian tubes
  2. Shape and size of the uterine cavity
  3. Congenital anomalies of the uterus and fallopian tubes

The test is not performed when we suspect pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, allergy to the contrast medium, severe heart or kidney disease, vaginal bleeding.

PREPARATION FOR THE TEST

A few weeks before HSG, you will be tested for vaginal infections. If one is found, you will receive treatment.

Hysterosalpingography is performed between the 8th and 12th day of the menstrual cycle. It is important that you abstain from sexual intercourse after the beginning of that menstrual cycle.

On the day of the test or the day before, you will have blood drawn for a complete blood count (CBC) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) to rule out infection. If you feel unwell (eg fever, diarrhea, burning when urinating, etc.), be sure to tell your obstetrician-gynecologist.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE TEST?

The contrast agent is injected through the cervical canal with a soft, thin catheter into the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes. This is when the X-ray is taken. If the fallopian tubes are intact, the contrast medium flows into the abdominal cavity and is absorbed. In the presence of adhesions, the contrast matter stops at the level of adhesion, which is shown on the X-ray.

Hysterosalpingography can cause some discomfort or pain that resembles menstrual cramps. If necessary, intravenous anesthesia could be used. You will be advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for a week after the procedure.

Your gynecologist will interpret your test results and together you will discuss the most suitable methods for you to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Infertility Consultation, Tests & Evaluation

 

ПЛОДОВЕТЕ И АЛЕРГИИ

FRUIT AND ALLERGIES

Fruits are not only an important element of a healthy diet, but also the best alternative to refined sugar. In summer, the abundance of fresh fruit suggests more frequent consumption. However, one should always be careful since sometimes fruit can be a source of allergies that we may not be aware of.

WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY?

Food allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts inadequately to proteins in food. The first stage of the process is called sensitization – when the „memory“ of the immune system registers food as a possible threat. Antibodies are produced to this food, and in a subsequent encounter, these antibodies can bind to the protein of the food and cause the release of certain substances in the body, such as histamine. This leads to an allergic reaction. However, some people are sensitive to a food but never have an allergic reaction to it.

SYMPTOMS

People suffering from hay fever are most at risk of developing fruit allergies. This is due to the fact that some fruits contain proteins similar to those of pollen. A cross-reaction occurs – the immune system recognizes the fruit as allergens, which leads to the familiar symptoms of many:

  1. Redness, swelling of the lips, tongue and palate;
  2. Feeling of itching in the throat and eyes;
  3. Abdominal pain, nausea;
  4. Rarely, a severe allergic reaction may occur – anaphylaxis, leading to difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, changes in consciousness. In this case, immediate medical attention is required.
MOST COMMON FRUIT ALLERGIES

Any fruit can cause an allergic reaction. The most common „culprits“ for food allergies are: peaches, apricots, citrus fruits, bananas, kiwis, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, pears, melons.

An interesting fact is that people with such allergies can usually consume the fruit if it has been cooked (jams or various desserts). Another option is to eat the fruit peeled whenever possible.

In most people, the symptoms remain limited within the mouth, are not serious and do not lead to severe complications. As a result, many do not even realize that they are allergic. However, to save yourself the discomfort, we recommend that you visit an allergologist. They will prescribe treatment and a proper diet. Depending on the success of the therapy, it is quite possible that one day you will eat your favorite fruits again.

VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES

 

ИН ВИТРО ПРЕЗ ЛЯТОТО

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION IN SUMMER

We usually associate summer with rest, fun and the seaside. For couples in need of assisted reproduction, summer can acquire a new meaning, namely one of the most suitable moments for in vitro fertilization.

Numerous studies have shown that the changes that occur in a woman’s body during summer increase fertility and therefore make pregnancy (naturally or through ART) easier.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUMMER?

Not surprisingly, some physiological processes happen slightly differently depending on the season. The length of the day and the strength of the sun’s rays in the summer help in the synthesis of vitamin D, which we need not only for bone metabolism and a strong immune system, but also is associated with higher success of in vitro procedures.

Changes in our mood during summer should not be underestimated. Usually then we feel happier and less likely to get depressed. As it is well known, not only physical health but also a proper state of mind is important when trying to conceive.

The balance between your job and frequent visits to the doctor related to in vitro fertilization can be challenging. In this context, the holiday season has a special advantage – your summer vacation could transform into the perfect time for you to start an in vitro cycle. Last but not least, the extra time spent with your partner or loved ones will bring you the support you need in this difficult period of your life.

Let’s not forget that one of the most important factors for the success of in vitro fertilization is the age of the woman – the best results are achieved in patients who are up to 35 years old. We advise you not to postpone your in vitro procedure in case it does not coincide with the summer season.

OUR WORKING HOURS

New Life Clinic is going to be open for patients during the summer months. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment with us, you can find our contact information here.

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МОРЕТО И МОЯТА БРЕМЕННОСТ

THE SEASIDE AND MY PREGNANCY

Every pregnant woman has found herself on the receiving end of all sorts of advice: don’t eat this, don’t do that and so on. Surely some well-meaning neighbor has (or will) warn you that you must not set foot in the sea at least until your child is 3 years old.

In fact, you probably won’t need to give up the warm sand and sea waves, as long as your activities are tailored to your pregnancy.

THE MOST IMPORTANT OPINION

Before booking your dream vacation, be sure to discuss your plans with your obstetrician-gynecologist. They will decide if it is safe to travel at the current stage of your pregnancy. If everything goes according to plan and you are not too close to term, expect to be given the green light to travel.

SEA SAFETY TIPS

  1. Select a suitable location. Even if your pregnancy is going well, it is advisable to spend your summer relatively close to a big city with a hospital. We do not aim to scare you, just in case.
  2. Plan a rather chill vacation. Instead of surfing or diving, we recommend swimming and walking on the beach. You can include light yoga or water gymnastics. Water is especially good for the joints, soothes pain and will protect you from overheating.
  3. Beware of the sun. If you have hyperpigmentation (melasma), ultraviolet light can exacerbate it. Use sunscreen with a factor of at least 30 and stay in the shade. Relax in an air-conditioned room in the afternoon and moisturize your skin after coming back from the beach.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. Juices and sweetened drinks contain plenty of „hidden calories“, so they should be avoided. Bring well-washed fruits and vegetables, nuts, packaged foods to the beach. If you go to a restaurant, choose a reputable and hygienic place.
BONUS TIP

Be proud of your body! You are not too fat and your belly is not too big to rock a swimsuit. You’re growing a new life and this can make you nothing but more beautiful!

SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE AND PREGNANCY – Dos AND DON’Ts

 

COVID И ВРЕМЕТО ЗА ИН ВИТРО

COVID AND TIME FOR IN VITRO FERTILIZATION

Couples with infertility endure many anxieties, uncertainties, feelings of helplessness, and fears about the future — and now, there’s the COVID-19 pandemic on top of it all. At a time when the rules are constantly changing, starting a family may sound scary, but in fact it is far from impossible.

IS IT TIME FOR IN VITRO FERTILIZATION?

COVID-19 certainly took away many of our joys – travel, concerts, even until recently, going to a restaurant. At the same time, however, we were given more time with our loved ones and we learned to value our health.

In some patients, in vitro procedures (or other forms of assisted reproduction) cannot be delayed. These are women who are about to undergo cancer treatment and want to freeze their eggs, as well as those at risk of prematurely depleted ovarian reserve.

If you do not fall into these categories, the best time to start your in vitro cycle is entirely up to you! The most important thing in this case is for you to feel good – both physically and emotionally.

Given the complex epidemiological situation with COVID-19 in Bulgaria and other European countries, New Life Clinic continues to work and take care of your health and that of its team with increased attention to safety, complying with all requirements of the Ministry of Health.

CORONAVIRUS AND PREGNANCY – WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR

According to observations from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG):

  1. Pregnant women are not more susceptible to coronavirus infection than others. The course of coronavirus infection is not more severe in pregnant women. The majority experience mild to moderate symptoms.
  2. Although the virus is new and still being studied, there is no evidence that coronavirus infection increases the risk of miscarriage or other complications during pregnancy.
  3. Although rare, transmission of the infection from the mother to the fetus is possible, but there is no evidence that this leads to birth defects.

Keep in mind that information about this virus is very dynamic. If you are planning to become pregnant, whether naturally or through assisted reproductive techniques, do not hesitate to contact your obstetrician-gynecologist. It will give you the most up-to-date and exhaustive information about pregnancy during this pandemic.

PREMATURE OVARIAN FAILURE

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SPERM ANALYSIS IN BURGAS CITY

New Life Clinic Burgas presents to its patients the unique computerized system for sperm analysis.

From 22.06.2020 all interested couples of New Life Fertility Center and our Male Center New Life who are looking for a reliable sperm analysis will be able to do it right here in our New Life Center Burgas.

For more information and to make an appointment, please contact us at tel.: +359879084777 and +35956555588

Please note that by utilizing (CASA) our sperm analyzes is extremely accurate. All sperm analysis performed in our clinic are being analyzed by our specialist embryologist and urologist and will be delivered and explained to you by our IVF specialist. The analysis is in full compliance with the requirements of the Reproductive Health Fund and can be submitted as part of your application to the Fund.

Recent studies show that 40 – 50% of infertility cases in a couple are man related. Sperm analysis is the first and basic method for determining whether a man’s natural ability to reproduce is affected. According to the method of semen examination, sperm analysis is divided into two types – conventional and computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA).

CASA is an automated sperm analysis system in which sperm concentration, motility and morphology are analyzed by specialized software. The main advantage of CASA is that it eliminates the subjectivity associated with the human factor, in manual semen analysis, thereby allowing better standardization of the procedure. The analysis made by this method gives much more detailed information about the concentration of spermatozoids in the sperm, their motility, morphology, vitality and the presence of DNA fragmentation.

Computer Aided Sperm Analysis (CASA)

 

Semen Analysis

 

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WHEN YOU NEED TO USE SPERM DONATION: YOUR PARTNER’S REACTION

Infertility means that a couple has been trying to get pregnant for at least one year without success. This can be due to health issues in both the woman and the man. In nearly half of the cases, the reason  is male factor for infertility.

Although about 50% of couples with reproductive problems suffer from a male factor for infertility, men are generally less likely to undergo fertility assessment. One reason for this is the misconception that male infertility is associated with impotence or decreased masculinity.

IN WHICH CASES DO YOU NEED DONOR SPERM?

Male infertility can be due to a variety of factors, which include genetic disorders, illnesses, injuries, medications, as well as some general aspects of health and lifestyle. These factors may contribute to problems related to spermatogenesis and semen production.

WHAT REACTIONS COULD YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR PARTNER?

The inability to have biological children fundamentally changes the live of every person, regardless of their gender. Ever since ancient times, the greatest „proof“ of manhood has been the ability to continue the bloodline. Therefore, the need for donor sperm can generate a whole spectrum of emotions in your partner.

Some men tend to agree with this option, while others take the news quite hard and may even get depressed. Undoubtedly, the shock is much more pronounced in men who have just found out that they are suffering from infertility. Quite often, the partner feels helpless, unnecessary, and as if he has failed his wife. Guided by a sense of guilt, some men would even think about separation despite having a pretty solid relationship.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Whatever the response of your partner is, open communication is the way to finding a solution. This will probably be one of the most difficult conversations you will ever have because it affects not only you but your future child as well. Here are some tips on how you approach the situation:

– Talk when both of you are well-rested. Fatigue can significantly worsen the discussion.

– Talk about your feelings. Does your partner agree with you getting pregnant with donor sperm? How would he feel about raising a child who is not genetically related to him? What would you tell your family, friends, and one day your child?

– Try to be empathetic. Before you say anything that would hurt your partner, try putting yourself in his shoes.

– Seek professional help. A psychologist can be a great mediator when we need to have a serious conversation. With their help, you and your partner will be able to reach the solution that best meets the requirements of your relationship.

If you are in this situation, do not hesitate to contact us. Our psychologist at New Life Clinic has experience with couples suffering from infertility and she certainly can be very helpful to you!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A SPERM DONOR

ANABOLIC STEROIDS AND MALE FERTILITY

 

ОРТОПЕДИЧНИ ПРОБЛЕМИ НА НОВОРОДЕНОТО

ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS OF THE NEWBORN

Congenital orthopedic disorders are often the cause of severely impaired quality of life. To the delight of parents who have encountered these problems, the tissues of the newborn’s musculoskeletal system are still soft and flexible. This allows for a timely diagnosis thus preventing aggressive surgeries and a chance for a full recovery.

WHICH ARE THE MOST COMMON ORTHOPEDIC DISEASES IN THE NEWBORN?

Some orthopedic problems are noticed immediately after birth. Hip dysplasia is the most common orthopedic problem in newborns and therefore doctors are always on the look for it.

When a child has hip dysplasia, parents notice a difference in leg length. Another alarming symptom is when one leg is more difficult to flex when changing diapers. Thigh folds that are asymmetrical could indicate a problem. Children with hip dysplasia start walking later and usually limp.

Newborns are examined for hip dysplasia in the maternity ward, and later during checkups. If your pediatrician suspects your baby has hip dysplasia, they can recommend an ultrasound of the hips or an x-ray after the baby turns 4 months. Early diagnosis of hip dysplasia is essential to prevent its progression to luxation and possible surgical interventions in the future.

RISK FACTORS

Risk factors for the presence of congenital orthopedic disease include: heredity, females, breech babies, twins, triplets, preterm birth, high birth weight, oligohydramnion (amniotic fluid deficiency).

Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, infections (rubella, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus), alcohol use and cigarettes during pregnancy could increase the risk of your baby having hip dysplasia.

This is why a healthy lifestyle and prevention of complications is so important during pregnancy.

IMPORTANT TIPS FOR HIP DYSPLASIA PREVENTION

The hip joints of the newborn develop by about 5-6 months of age. Diapers, wearing a kangaroo or sling can prevent hip dysplasia or luxation. The baby’s legs should not be stretched out (for example, when swaddling), as this impedes the development of the hip joints. An interesting fact is that this disease is almost never found in some African and Asian countries, where mothers carry their babies  on their backs or hips.

HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY

 

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OPEN DAY AND FREE CONSULTATION IN BURGAS CITY

The team of the newest point for reproductive health in our city – “New Life Clinic” organizes an Open Day and Free consultations in Burgas.

On June the 7th, 2020 – Sunday, parents-to-be from Burgas and the Southern Black Sea coast region will be able to receive answers to all the questions they are interested in from our highly professional and responsible team. During the visit, personally the manager of NewLife clinic – Dr. Dobrinka Petrova will inform you about the newest modern reproductive technologies in the sphere of assisted reproduction.

Interested couples must request attendance at +35956555599 or +359 879 084 777, where they will receive full information about the event. The consultations are completely free! We ask all interested patients to call in advance and request attendance. The number of consultations is limited.

The new center in the seaside town is a satellite of the leading clinic for male and female reproductive health and assisted reproduction New Life – Plovdiv. Patients from Burgas and the region now have easy and fast access to the latest technologies in assisted reproduction, they can be consulted, examined or follow their pregnancy here on place in Burgas. New Life Clinic Burgas offers full range of specialized medical care and gives patients a chance to trust the highly qualified team of New Life – Plovdiv, headed by our medical manager – obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Dobrinka Petrova, consulted by internationally recognized specialists in the field of assisted reproduction.
Dr.Petrova will introduce to our future patients the full range of services applied in the New Life – donor programs for sperm, eggs donation, classic in vitro procedures, ICSI or IMSI with the latest technologies in reproductive medicine. The NewLife Egg donation program cooperate with a world donation bank, which allows patient to choose an appropriate donor from a catalogue and the waiting time is minimized.

We will introduce you Dr. Vasil Popov – a specialist urologist part of the “NewLife Male Center for Reproductive Health”- caring entirely for male fertility, who will speak about different methodology of treating male infertility. The “New Life Male Center” has CASA(computer assisted spermogram analysis), Cryo Bank and performs TEFNA(testicular biopsy-the newest ang gentle method for analysis) which is completely new for the region of Burgas.

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