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Ask about the dos and don'ts during your pregnancy to ensure the safety of mother and fetus.
I drank in my pregnancy [before I relized I was pregnant]and did drugs, I was 8 weeks and didn't know it, still went on to have a healthy normal baby. As long as you do not drink since you found out you are pregnant you should be fine. Remeber too your first 12 weeks of pregnancy are your most serio…
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I have found that putting a soft pillow under my hips and a pillow between my legs help me sleep better. I still have to rotate during the night but atleast that way I can sleep. Also, another one while on your side, if you straighten your bottom leg or atleast not have it all bent up and then your …
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Every woman is built differently, which means we all carry our babies different. Some out front, which sounds like you, some in their hips ... it all varies, but is nothing to worry about. The weight gain for an underweight woman would be 28-40 pounds. The weight gain for an average woman would be 2…
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I am 26 years old and i think i am pregnant...because i feel dizzy and nauseaus, sensitive and i don't mens until now, delay for almost 3 months .. even having sex i don't like... i test my self two times by using normal pregnancy test but it was negative.. i am planning to see the doctor tomorrow b…
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Taking Antibiotics While Pregnant No drug, prescription, or over-the-counter, traditional or herbal, is 100% safe for 100% of the people 100% of the time. When you're pregnant, every time you take a drug there is the health and well-being of two individuals, one who is small and vulnerable, to consi…
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I don't know how normal it is to lose weight early in pregnancy, but it certainly is not unusual or uncommon. I lost several pounds during my first pregnancy. And I ended up having a very healthy 10 pound baby boy who is now a healthy and energetic 5'7" 12-year-old. He's a gifted student with above…
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%DETAILS% Answer As the ultrasound scan showed everything was normal I wouldn't worry too much. However, I would ask a medically qualified person to clear your mind before you start using the oil again.
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Answer I had an irregular shaped gestational sac. At 8 weeks I had a scan which showed that the yolk sac measured 8 weeks but the fetal pole only measured 6 weeks but there was a heart beat. I had a repeat scan 2 weeks later sadly to find that the sac had collapsed and no heart beat. I have to go…
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There really isn't a list to tell you what you can and cant eat, but the first warning foods are Fish because of the mercury that they have have through the water, you don't want to eat any kind of raw fish like oysters, and sushi, theres other names but I would just stay away from fish all togethe…
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I think it would be better for you baby If you got some exercise. Just walking in the building could be good. I don't think sitting all day long is good for you or the baby. That's a good way to gain alot of wait because you are doing anything really. but at a desk. Do whats best.
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Do not lift anything heavy, but as far as lots of bending up and down, you will not hurt the baby but you maybe hurt your back.
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Ask your doctor, my doctor prescribed methyldopa for my high blood pressure, but I am breastfeeding, not pregnant. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will know whats best for you and your baby. If you are pregnant and have pre-existing hypertension, it is important for it to be well contro…
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Yes, it is safe to fly. The biggest concern is, if you are late in your pregnancy, that you may go into labor while away from home. Call your doctor and ask them, just to be sure everything is OK.The pressure changes in an airplane cabin can induce labor if you are nearing your due date. It is not r…
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I'm not exactly sure but you should NEVER die your hair while pregnant the harsh chemicals could harm the baby!    IT CAN!My best friend dyed her hair several times while pregnant with her second child. The only reason she kept doing it was because every time she dyed it, the color didn'…
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The Alt is definilty your liver count. Mine was high after I delivered my daughter, they kept me in the hospital an extra day. A week after I was home I had to go and see my family doctor, they tested it and it went back to normal, though I myself have a fatty liver. I think you will be fine as long…
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A lot of the time, when you are really aroused, your uterus expands and therefore, is full of air, if the sounds you hear are similar to passing gas, all it is is excess air being pushed from the uterus.  the extra air that is being pushed into u can cause u to contract and go into early labor…
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Of course that's why most people don't even know their pregnant until their about 4-6 weeks pregnant and that's only because they missed their period, I didn't know until I was 7 weeks. you wont "feel" pregnant until about the 3rd to 4rd month, when you start to get a little bigger. UNLESS you have …
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recommendations The FDA advises that pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury in these fish. The FDA also recommends that pregna…
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With a home test, you can tell after you've missed your period. With a few kinds, you can get a correct reading a few days before you are supposed to start. Read the box, it will tell you on there what kind it is. Or you can go to a doctor and get a blood test. Blood tests can give you an answer a l…
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Yes males consumption of alcohol affect the fetus later in life
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It is definitely not a good idea. Any form of nipple stimulation, squeezing, sucking or pumping, can release Oxytocin which can cause contractions. At 25 weeks, this is definitely not something you want to happen. I'd don't think it's unsafe, but it's not recommended. There is no reason that you…
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In any case, the general rule of thumb is: take medication only on the advice of a practitioner who knows you are pregnant, and only when it is absolutely necessary. One treatment that is safe for pregnancies is inhalation of a steam vaporizer, humidifier, or steaming kettle. You can prepare a ten…
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In a tanning bed, the ultraviolet rays enter your body and reflect off of each other (similar to a microwave). Hopefully everything is alright, but I would not continue tanning for the duration of your pregnancy.   Indoor tanning is VERY DANGEROUS at the best of times. The harmful rays damage…
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Most women can, and should have nuts while pregnant. They are rich with protein, omega 3, fiber and additional nutritional ingredients that both the mother and the baby need. They are especially recommended for vegan and vegetarian pregnant women since they don't have meat and fish, which are main s…
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The state of the immune system can both improve and get worse during pregnancy, and this varies with the individual.
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Yes, you can get pregnant, and yes, if what is happening to you is unwanted, then you have the right to tell someone you trust and find a safer environment to live in. However, if you have gotten pregnant from your brother, your child will not be mentally retarded. There is no scientific evidence, c…
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%DETAILS% Answer Most miscarriages happen by 4 months. If you are having severe cramping & a lot of bleeding go see your doctor. As far as the pregnancy test. The pregnancy hormone will still be in your body after miscarriage. Answer According to what the doctors told me when I miscarri…
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From doing research it is possible to have LPD after a normal pregnancy, from reading nothing indicates that pregnancy itself will/would lead to this problem but I suggest doing some research maybe on FertilityFriend or one of the other fertility web sites to get more information. Basically having a…
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Baby gender before the birth and conception. Baby gender by photo of parents only. To do this I have a group at facebook. Group is called Baby gender by parents photo You can have sex during the last 2 weeks before you get your period again until you get pregnant, and it can be…
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Yes, anitbiotics can lessen the affect on birthcontrol. You need to wait until you are completley done with your antibiotics. Then, I'd wait another three or four days. You can always use a condom while you are on antibiotics. You can also ask the doctor the prescribed the antibiotics to you and the…
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%REPLIES% Answer Talk to your doctor about the benefits of DEPO PROVERA it is a shot you get once every three months, and you can go off it at any time. I was on Depo for four years, and it did take five months for me to have a period, but my doctor said I could get pregnant immediatly after s…
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There are no known harmful effects on pregnancy from taking the levonorgestrel morning after pills like Plan B, Postinor, and Next Choice. If you get pregnant in spite of taking the morning after pill, you can still choose to continue the pregnancy if you like. The ingredient is the same as the one …
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Answer Some researchers confirm that the birth control Depo-Provera causes significant bone loss in women who use it for long periods, but the loss appears largely reversible. Women using the injectable contraceptive lost bone density at a rate of just over 1% per year, compared with no loss amo…
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Yes, since alcohol can affect the sperm's condition. It could lower the sperm count. Maybe your partner should have himself checked by a urologist. Furthermore, combined with the man's drinking habits there is an extreme risk of catastrophic birth defects, mental retardation, or straight miscarriag…
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Yes, but for your health and the baby's health you should try to lose some weight before getting pregnant. You will gain more weight while pregnant, so it won't be very healthy for you. But it is very possible for someone who is overweight to get pregnant.EDIT:when a women is overweight she doesnt r…
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When you're pregnant, you are naturally anemic. So the beef craving makes sense.   Even vegetarian moms occasionally will want red meat, particularly beef, during pregnancy. This may be due to the iron in it, the extra calories, the protein ... Who knows? I sure know that I craved beef in b…
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Along with morning (read: all-day) sickness, most pregnant women experience fatigue in early pregnancy which may be extreme. This is normal as your body adjusts to being pregnant! If you can barely get up in the morning, and never get any housework done during your first trimester, fret not! This sh…
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The book I grabbed "Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week" by Glade B. Curtis had this to say about: Many women experience an occasional excruciating pain in their buttocks and down the back or side of their legs as pregnancy progresses. This is called sciatic-nerve pain because the sciatic nerve runs behin…
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%FOLLOWUPS% "There is a point at which you should start being careful about vitamin supplements -- some are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Anyway, your OB should be able to fill you in. It should be possible to get everything you need through diet, barring those weird and wonderful (n…
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When you go for your first prenatal appointment, your doctor should give you a list of foods to eat, and foods to stay away from. The most important thing you want to eat is green, leafy vegetables. The nutrients in vegetables will help your baby when developing. Fruits are good to eat during pregna…
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"You have to see one anyway for the annual pap-test. Really press for stats on their c-section rate and episiotomy rate, and be aware that many bullsh*t or fluff off these questions. Not fun switching at 25 weeks because you finally find out the truth, and meet the doctor's partner. If your doctor p…
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Vaginal Discharge A thin, milky, mild-smelling discharge is normal throughout pregnancy. The medical term for this is leukorrhea. It is very similar to the discharge that many women have prior to their menstrual periods. Since it increases until you reach full-term and may become rather heavy, some …
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Drinking Alcohol After Conception Wouldn't it be nice if you heard "Ding! You Got Pregnant." You know, kind of like that annoying "you got mail" from AOL? But, that biotechnology doesn't exist (not yet, anyway) and most mothers-to-be are oblivious that baby-making has begun until several weeks into…
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Oh sweetie, can you imagine how many people would have problems if this were the case? I would say you have nothing to worry about. Obviously lots of people drink before they know they are pregnant, as long as soon as you suspect a possible pregnancy you stop drinking, I'm sure your baby will be fin…
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No, not necessarily. According to Helene Curtis, the maker of Sally Hansen hair removal cream: "These products have not been tested on pregnant women. Please consult your doctor before using them."   I never heard of it harming pregnancy I'm pretty sure that it is safe to use during pregna…
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Rubbing alcohol is very drying to the skin. I would recommend a hypoallergenic oil, lotion or cream and never use Vaseline, baby oil or mineral oil! They are made from petroleum and are considered to be carcinogenic, which means they may cause cancer. Read your labels. They do not absorb into the sk…
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%DETAILS% Answer If you were on bed-rest it could be circulation, but dizziness is also common in pregnancy too.
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%DETAILS% Answer It could be normal. During pregnancy you usually have more discharge and they usually vary from watery to thick. If it concerns too much you ask your doctor about it.
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%DETAILS% Answer Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy. Usually it disappears within 13 weeks, but sometimes it doesn't. This could be a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausia and vomiting), which leads to a loss of nutrients and dehydration. If this is the case, you…
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%DETAILS% Don't worry, there are really no scheduled dates for an u/s. I had mine at 20 weeks and one again when I went into labor. So, all is well, and you will be able to get one soon.   many women never have an ultrasound during pregnancy. therefore, no one can say for sure that it is…
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hi. im about to tell u my story. tomorrow is my daughters 6th birthday,heart breakingly as she was stillborn due to placenta abruption.This also happened with my first pregnancy,thankfully i have a twelve yr old daughter as she survived. after my first abruption i should have been given advice on fa…
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%DETAILS% It is very normal to pee more frequently when pregnant than you did before you were. (In fact, it can be considered one of the top signs you are pregnant.) You urinate more because the baby is pressing on your bladder causing you to hold less fluid then you normally do.A helpful article…
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Rachel, some doctors say that if you drink small amounts of alcohol in moderation and not too often, you and you're baby will be fine. But just recently I learned quite a bit of information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - and if there was ANY chance ... even a .000000001% chance it could harm my bab…
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Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies - however, most of these horrible infections can be prevented. Many western countries test women for GBS late in pregnancy, and then offer those found to carry GBS intravenous antibiotics …
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Not usually, but sometimes it could be an STD. You might want to make a doctors appointment and have them check you out so you know for sure what it is.
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During pregnancy, you really are limited to what you can and can't do. Here are a things not to do: Drugs.Smoke.Drink alcohol.Do not stress yourself out.Do not sit in the hot tub for extended periods.Don't forget oral hygiene, when you are pregnant your hormones act on your gums causing gingivitis.C…
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%DETAILS% Answer I felt the same thing, Gina, and no one could really explain it. I think it has to do with the skin stretching as my stomach got bigger. Thankfully, by the middle of the second trimester I rarely felt that burning feeling. Answer I have the same thing. My doctor says it…
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%DETAILS% Answer My son was facing backwards when I was pregnant. It is safe for delivery, but unfortunately, it was intense back labor, and his shoulders were caught up on my pelvic bone, causing me to have a c-section after 7 hours of labor. Answer It is more common for babies to be f…
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There are no hard a fast rules. In theory, a women should be able to have as many children by cesarian as she wants. In reality, it all comes down to how well a woman's body heals. UTERUS: for some women, the uterus heals with a thick lower segment. In this case, many sections are possible…
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It is possible, but highly unlikely. You may see spotting in early pregnancy, but that usually does not start until the day your missed period is due or thereabouts (at least that is what I have been reading). I had a period "on time" during early pregnancy, although it only lasted for 1 day and w…
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Tight jeans are a big no-no. You don't need any pressure added to your stomach. But only if they are uncomfortable to you. Since the baby is in a cushioning fluid that protects him/her. But tight clothing can make it hard for your skin to breathe. While pregnant your body temperature can become high…
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as a flight attendant, we have the highest amount of miscarriages in any industry. my book on becoming pregnant tells 3 different times how hard it is to become pregnant while flying a lot in the airplane. after being off work for 2 months, i just now became pregnant, and i know this info is in the …
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As long as you can feel the baby move every day you should be fine. Some days they are more active than others.   Once your baby begins its first movements, you should feel it move everyday. After the 5th month, if you have begun feeling movemements and the baby does not move for more that a …
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In some cases, the operation can be delayed until after childbirth, however complications may develop as a result of the gallbladder disease and urgent surgery is needed. There is no direct harm to the fetus, however there is certainly an increased chance of preterm labor. Any operation should be do…
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%DETAILS% Answer Some environmental pollutants may be harmful to a developing baby. Here's a list of them: Lead: In gasoline, water pipes, solders, storage batteries, construction material, paints, dyes and wood preservatives. Mercury: Fish contaminated with mercury have been linked to cere…
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Oysters During Pregnancy If you're allergic to oysters, don't eat them. Avoid raw oysters while pregnant. They may contain a bacteria that causes sickness including diarrhea, among other things. Make sure your oysters are well cooked.
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Pregnant woman are generally advised to avoid chemicals and fumes. At this time it is not known if hair dye is a risk factor, but the tests that have been conducted so far indicate that it is unlikely.Laser facial hair remover is thought to be safe during pregnancy.Bleaches or depilatories are not r…
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%DETAILS% Answer No there are no risks. Every woman carries their baby different. I'm 6 1/2 months pregnant and carry low too. Every morning I can barely make it out of bed because the pressure down there is painful. It's nothing to worry about! Stacey
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%DETAILS% Reseachers have concluded that the patch is safe during pregnancy. A study has found that patches are less dangerous than smoking for a baby's health. I'm not certain if all patches are safe, so I would consult with your doctor on which one is best for you. Stacey   I'm was a 2 p…
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I remember something like waiting at least a month or two before trying to have a baby, but you should call your doctor to make sure.
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Fish is a great and healthy food to have while pregnant! Its a simple matter of what TYPE of fish to avoid like the large salt water fish that contain high levels of mercury. Fresh water fish like trout, catfish, fish sticks, flounder, salmon, craoker, and haddok are ok to eat. Tuna can be eaten in …
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for vitamin b6 it claims to be very beneficial for morning sickness, they say you should not take more then 200 mc. a day
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Answer I have been researching artificial sweeteners for a few years. Acesulfame potassium certainly has the least amount of studies indicating adverse side effects compared to other artificial sweeteners. I have found a study showing increased instance of mutations in DNA (only occurred in male …
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I am not a Dr., but I think it unlikely that any long term effect occurred. I was born in 1959, and my mother drank every day during the pregnancy, as did many women in that time period before the effects of fetal alcohol were widely known. I do believe that drinking over the course of the pregnanc…
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It is not safe to use any medications either prescribed or over the counter without approval of your healthcare provider. My doctor approved only Tylenol for pain and Dramamine for nausea. Aspirin or aspirin-containing medicines are never acceptable in pregnancy. Salicylic Acid is NOT aspirin.…
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It is safe to sleep on your stomach when you first get pregnant, but it will become very uncomfortable for you to continue sleeping that way. Later in pregnancy it is best for the baby for you to sleep on your left side, because this allows the best blood flow to the baby. No, in the beginning of p…
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As you should know, breathing chemicals while not pregnant is not good. Therefore, it is even worse to expose your unborn baby to harsh chemicals. Just remember, you are the life support that your baby is living on and whatever you put into your body is what also enters the body of your baby... whet…
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I am not a physician, but I have the same problem and have been looking online for information. From what I've read, it is considered preferable to wait until a few weeks after the baby is born to have the hernia repaired. Of course, emergency surgery is necessary in some cases. I'm just starting t…
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I do not believe this is true. For some people it can be harder to get pregnant at first. It can take a few months for the pill to "get out of your system." But that isn't true for eveyrone. I personally know a girl that got pregnant one day after she stopped taking the pill. This is something you …
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You should contact your doctor or hospital.
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Club soda or soda water is perfectly acceptable to drink during pregnancy. It is only water with carbonation and if you don't like regular water (sans fizz), this is a good substitute. Just check the label to make sure it is no sodium added especially if you are prone to high blood pressure.
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HI, I am a mother of 2 3/4 meaning I already have two girls and am 35 weeks pregnant with my third :) As to your question....I ahev lost my plug with all three and never had alot of blood with it...The only time I had any blood was 5 minutes before i went into labor with my first child...I would say…
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Vicoden is one of the few drugs that SEEMS to have no adverse reactions to the unborn fetus. However, as with any other substance/controlled substance, it is always better to be safe than sorry and not to take these medications while pregnant. On a further note, Vicoden is a medication designed to t…
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DEFINATELY NOT!!!! The largest pressure change is between 30 feet and the surface, You could give the Baby decompression sickness without showing symptoms yourself !!! You shouldn't scuba dive during pregnancy, the safety issue really hasn't been ruled out, but I wouldn't risk it. On the health wa…
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If your pregnant you shouldn't have any alchool. You never know what is developing at that time. If you were drinking when your baby is developing a nose, eyes, mouth, brain, any part of the body you could mess it up. things won't develop the way they are supposed to. But i guess it just a roll of t…
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You may be pregnant, but just didn't get a positive result yet. Go see a doctor or take another home test. I would go to a doctor considering all of your symptoms.
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Your HCG level when you have blood work done should be 1 to 5 means you are not pregnant, 5 to 25 indicates early pregnancy about 1 to seven days.50 and over can be anywhere from two weeks and more. Your HCG levels increase by two points each day. Every day the levels of HCG in your blood get highe…
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%DETAILS% Answer It's can be normal. Your joints and skin, everything are stretching and loosening. That could cause pain. But you should talk to your doctor on your next visit. They may be able to give you something that can be done to help the pain. Or the pain and the pregnancy could …
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No! Doctors and research have listed over 70 negative affects that processed sugars and oils in any form have on our health. Do the research. See Internet; 'Sugar, the sweetest poison of all'. Would you put up to 3 tablespoons in a cup water and drink? Internet; 'Dr F R Klenner 300 hundred perfect b…
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I've never heard anything about a train, but I assume the same "rules" apply. Travel is sometimes restricted in the third trimester. This is done by the airline because they don't want you going into labor in the air on their plane. Liability reasons, I'm sure. And it's also suggested not to travel …
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It is recommended to stay away from blue cheese, gorgonzola and many other soft cheeses. Most of them carry listeria, which can be harmful. Here is a good article from Fit Pregnancy about what foods are safe and which are not. fitpregnancy.com Pregnant women are advised not to eat soft, mould-ripe…
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Yes, but don't stay in longer than about 20 minutes. And try not to get it too hot.
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I don't think that frequent hic-ups during pregnancy are anything to worry about. Every body is different and many women experience different "symptoms" during pregnancy - it's all about how YOUR body reacts. When your contractions are regular and occurring every 4-5 minutes, you should call your do…
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For the most part. If it is painful or uncomfortable, you shouldn't do it. And you will probably get tired faster than before. The best excercise to do while pregnant is to walk. It isn't strenuous on the body, and it prepares your pelvic muscles for birth. Sit-PS, leg-lifts, and other strenuous…
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You and the baby should be fine. But if this is a normal thing you do a lot, you should get some help so it doesn't continue during pregnancy. It could harm the baby if you are throwing up and not getting any nutrition to the baby. If it was just for those two weeks, you should be fine. Just stop do…
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%REPLIES% Answer Yes, it is very safe. I vacummed up to the day I went into the hospital wih all 3 of my pregnancys. Answer It is safe as long as your doctor hasn't told you not to do it or if it causes pain to you. If it does, then you should talk to your doctor because it shouldn't be ca…
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Your baby isn't really affected by your spicy eating habits. You may want to cut back though if you start having bad heartburn. The combination of the spices and the excessive acid production in your stomach may damage your stomach lining.
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Yes, very possible. Even if you are breast feeding the first child. I know kids who are ten months apart. That would have made the mom pregnant when the first one was a month old. Very, very possible.   To actually answer your question, yes it is amazing what a woman's body can tolerate, bu…
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