Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Ask about the dos and don'ts during your pregnancy to ensure the safety of mother and fetus.
What if you take the birth control pill while you're pregnant?
There has been no evidence that shows that taking the pill in early pregnancy causes any birth defects to the developing fetus. They will not harm or end an existing pregnancy, but they are of no use to the pregnant woman. If you're pregnant and don't want to be, contact your health care provider as soon as possible to talk about options; taking the birth control in the mistaken impression that it can end your pregnancy will only delay definite treatment. On the other hand, if you're pregnant and would like to continue the pregnancy, stop taking the birth control pill and contact your health care provider to set up prenatal care. No, not neccassarily but could cause birth defects if you continue taking the pill. Would highly recommend you to STOP taking it because your baby is at risk of problems.
How does chlamydia affect a pregnant woman and her child?
More than likely it will not affect the fetus if chlamydia is promptly diagnosed and treated. Chlamydia can sometimes cause preterm labor, premature rupture of the membranes, or low birth weight. Without treatment, chlamydia can be passed to the baby during the birth and (less commonly) before the baby is born. This can cause inflammation and discharge in the baby's eyes (conjunctivitis) or pneumonia. You should go to the doctor and take antibiotics to cure the infection to minimize the risk for your unborn child. After treatment, pregnant women should be tested again: three weeks after completing antibiotics; three months after treatment is complete if treatment was done in the first trimester; and in the third trimester if the woman is under 26 or has a new partner.
What should you avoid eating while pregnant?
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 moderation (one serving a week). Large fish like shark, tile fish, swordfish, tuna steaks, sea bass, Halibut and other LARGE saltwater fish are known to contain high levels of methyl mercury, a substance that can potentially cause neurological damage when consumed in large amounts. Farm-raised trout and catfish, Pacific salmon, and fish sticks are safe. Shellfish (shrimp, crawfish, crab, etc)are also fine to eat while pregnant. Remember that all of these are to be well cooked, not raw or smoked. Other foods to avoid are- -Raw meats -Raw chicken -Raw eggs (Caesar salads and eggnog!!!) -Soft cheeses, including Brie, Camembert, Mexican-style, and any other cheese that may be made with inadequately pasteurized milk, can harbor Listeria. -Do not drink raw milk, or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk. -Pate -Unwashed fruits & vegetables -Foods & drinks that contain caffeine (limit or avoid!) tea, coffee, and colas -Alcohol -Saccharin (NutraSweet is preferable) - Liver should be avoided whilst pregnant (including all pate) as is contains a high level of Vitamin A which can be very harmful to your unborn baby. Anemia is common during pregnancy so you could look for other ways of increasing your vitamin A levels - remember to take your folic acid supplement!. Peanuts are also a healthy snack and should only be avoided if you are allergic to them.
Where should the cervix be in early pregnancy?
During ovulation the cervix is soft, high,open and wet. Around the time of menstruation the cervix is low and hard. I've heard OB/GYNs making this analogy when referring to a pregnant vs. non-pregnant cervix: A non-pregnant cervix feels like a hard, unripe piece of fruit, while a pregnant cervix is more like an almost over-ripe plum. It becomes very tender and engorged with blood, especially early on in pregnancy.In the early stages of pregnancy you may notice that your cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman. You may see the change in your cervix shortly before your period is due or you may not feel this for several weeks.As the pregnancy progresses you will probably have an increase in vaginal discharge, but the cervical mucous is fairly minimal during pregnancy. Some women may notice a change in their cervix in very early pregnancy but cervical position is not a good sign of pregnancy. That is because the cervix changes not only from woman to woman but from day to day and could even be different in the same woman at different times of the day. I would recommend to check your cervix right after your period ends and check it every day, at the same time, in the same position. That way you know how your cervix is suppose to feel at what point during your cycle and if it doesn't feel that it's suppose to you could use that to help you determine pregnancy. For a woman that doesn't check her cervix regularly I would say it's next to impossible to determine if she's pregnant or not by checking it. Your cervix should be high just like during ovulation, except closed. It will also still feel soft, more like lips. Unless you've been checking your cervix consistently there is almost no way to tell where you are in your cycle through this method. Remember to wash your hands before you check, but other than that, you should have no problems with infection. Just don't get your hopes up that you'll be able to detect pregnancy through your cervical position, especially if you haven't been monitoring it's position already.
What should you eat while pregnant?
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 pregnancy also, but you may want to limit fruit if you are at risk for gestational diabetes.
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Is discharge in early pregnancy normal?
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 women are more comfortable wearing panty liners. Do not use tampons, which could introduce unwanted bacterium into the vagina. Aside from being bad for your hygienic standards (and probably your partner's particularly during oral sex), this kind of discharge shouldn't be of any concern. Keep yourself clean, fresh, and dry as this will help you feel better about it. Do not douche, as douching upsets the normal balance of microorganisms and the pH levels in the vagina which can lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is a serious vaginal infection. Douching can also lead to preterm birth. It could force air into the vagina, which can be dangerous during pregnancy. If your vaginal discharge differs from leukorrhea, you should record it with your doctor. Be sure to note any strange odors, colors, thickness, heaviness, and any other concurrent symptoms you may be experiencing. You also have a mucous plug. The mucous plug is the "cork" of mucus that seals the opening of the uterus and can become dislodged, though generally it dislodges near the end of the pregnancy up to two weeks before actual delivery. The mucous plug is a gelatinous chuck of mucus that is passed through the vagina. You will also want to inform your doctor if and when you have passed your mucous plug. Generally, yes. I am on my third pregnancy, and was always told by my doctor that this was fine. However, if for some reason you belive this to be your "plug" then you should call your doctor. Better safe than sorry, I always say, so I would give him a call. I'm sure chances are, you're fine, especially if you're not bleeding, or cramping. Good luck! I have some too (ew isn't it yucky?) and I read online that it is normal, it is actually the formation of the plug that is causing this!
Is dental work safe when you are pregnant?
Dental x-rays and Pregnancy If it is imperative you have dental x-rays make sure the dentist knows you are pregnant, but otherwise leave them until after you have the baby. The dentist will only take x rays that are completely necessary. And they probably won't take any in the first trimester. You will be covered with a lead apron that will protect you very well, but it's better to be safe. If you don't want an x ray, you can refuse to have one until later in your pregnancy or after you have the baby. Could an X-Ray at the dentist's office damage an unborn fetus? Tooth x-ray, also known as dental radiography, is using low energy radiation. If what you mean by tooth x-ray is orthopantomography (OPG), the dose is slightly higher. There are risks of unwanted effects to your baby especially during the first trimester. Unless the x-ray is emergency, I recommend you to postpone. Be sure to tell your dentist first hand that you are pregnant. Most dentist offices make you put on a lead cover anyhow. I have my tubes tied and they still do it to prevent other radiation effects. They say that any x-ray can be harmful and cause birth defects. Is it safe to get a filling from the dentist when pregnant? 'Safe' is a relative term. Yes, it is safe, that is it is more than likely that neither you or the baby will experience any adverse effects. On the other hand, the possibility does exist, even though it is remote. Therefore, it is necessary to weigh the risks against the benefits. If you are in pain, it is probably likely that you have an infection. If so, the infection itself could lead to complications of the pregnancy or delivery. In that case, having the tooth treated is probably the most prudent course. On the other hand, if the tooth is not painful, it might be better to wait until the baby is born before treating the tooth. At the very least, waiting until the last trimester might be sufficient. The best course of action would be to discuss your concerns with your dentist. Dental fillings and Pregnancy White fillings are safe. Local anesthesia is safe. X-rays are not safe for the baby. Some drug medications are not safe. Most dentists agree that silver fillings are not safe. The best time to go is in your second trimester, most doctors won't do anything unless you are in that trimester (and some don't do anything in any trimester). I would call your dentist and ask what they accept; all they can really do is clean your teeth though. It is imperative you go to the dentist while pregnant and you can have most treatments while pregnant, especially with the techniques now employed. There was an old saying that you lost a tooth for every baby you had. In the UK you can get free dental treatment on the National Health Service while pregnant and for a year after the baby is born. Just make sure the dentist doesn't take x-rays. Usually if you tell the dentist that you are pregnant, he will know the precautions. When you are pregnant you can do all dental treatments, including anesthesia, but you cannot take x-rays. Some drugs are also not advised to be taken.
Asked in Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care), Pregnancy Symptoms, Spotting While Pregnant, Discharge During Pregnancy
Is a yellow discharge after pregnancy normal and when does it stop?
Can you eat sushi if you have sigmoid diverticulitis?
I have a friend that lost 1/3 of her colon to diverticulitis and eats it about 4 times a week. Avoid the sesame seeds which are used as a garnish. Your sushi chef may have them ground up if you prefer the flavor of the seeds. Edamame has about 10 grams of fiber, so I always order that to offset the lack of fiber in the sushi.
What should you not do while pregnant?
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. Clean a cat litter box or urine, feces, or vomit from any animal, due to parasites. Any sports activities where you could fall and hurt you or the baby. In addition: Don't forget about your oral health. Mounting evidence suggests that periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth, can lead to premature labor and low-birth weight babies. See your dentist for a checkup and a cleaning now if you haven't done so in the last six months.
Can pregnant women eat capers?
Is it safe to take antibiotics while pregnant?
There are many drugs, that fall under the category of antibiotics. Some of them are safe during the pregnancy, while others are not. Your gynaecologist knows about the same. You are not supposed to take drugs of your own during pregnancy. Antibiotics are the class of drugs that must be prescribed to you by your doctor. You are requested to tell your doctor that you are pregnant, specially in the early months of pregnancy. Next time you go to the doctor, mention the same again. Do not presume that she or he knows the fact.
Asked in Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care), Conditions and Diseases, Skin Disorders, Dandruff
What is a good dandruff shampoo for pregnant women?
Is it common to have menstrual pains during the first stages of pregnancy?
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 but for now i am so worried about my feelings.. i have menstrual pains.. it is very painful but it last only like 5 minnute.. i always feel it 5 times a day...almost everyday since last 1/2 weeks ago... my nipple was sore but my breast is not painful... about menstrual pain is it normal or not???? i a m really worried about.... i have also back pain a lil' bit in my right side down part. everytime that i am trying to laydown in my right side my belly become pain again... so i am also worried maybe i have appendisities.... i don't know... it is making me insane all the time.... Answer I am 5 weeks along. I have had 2 miscarriages and 1 ectopic pregnancy. For some reason, this time, I am experiencing menstrual cramps this time around. At first, I was worried, but I have gone to different websites to read a little more on this. It seems that it is perfectly normal to have these feelings in your belly. Don't worry too much, I worry enough for every pregnant woman out there. Unless there is spotting or unbearable pain, I wouldn't worry at all. Answer I am 43 years old and third time (naturally) pregnant. Last time I became pregnant it was a very deliberate attempt. We knew what day we tried to consume, what day ovulation began and what day I beame pregnant etc. So it was all planned. approx 10 days after we had sex on my most probable day to become pregnant, I had slight spotting (4-5 days, but only once or twice a day) and I thought it was normal. It was in the form of only one or 2 drop of very pink spotting or brownish red, again very light discharge. Then next three months, I had menstrual pains ( very lightly) almost daily. Then I was told the baby stopped breathing inside me. I had to have an abortion as a result. To find out why I had amiscarriage, I requested from the doctors to have a chrommosommme test on the fetus. The result was a shock. The fetus had a chrommossomme abnormality on the chrommossome 18 and 21, one causing Down syndromme, the other causing Edward Syndrome. But I was told it was not genetic and there was %1 change me to get another pregnancy with the similar result. So in a way. I was luck. This time when I became pregnant I checked the symptoms. Firstly, I did not have any spotting. Secondly, I had menstrual type of ( ever slightly again) pains only before my usual period days. So I am hopefull. I am not suggesting in anyway that every spotting would cause miscarriage but in my experience I can feel now that there was something wrong with my previous pregnancy from the day 1. So, please be aware of your body and talk to your doctor. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing that anyone can help if one has miscarriage. And in my experience I was devastated when I had a miscarriage but when I learnt the test result, I cried with joy. So I would definitely recommend to conduct a test on the fetus in case of miscarriage. Answer i found out i was pregnant about a week and a half ago. i was a smoker but i quit as soon as the third test came back positive (i had 4) during my smoking i was having cramps, now that i stopped smoking the cramps have pretty much went away, i get 1 or 2 every 2 days or so. after asking people and going to the hospital, and getting the run around on the right answer, im happy to see that there are other people out there that get them. Answer I think I am 5 or 6 weeks pregnant and I am having some cramping. Sometimes it is just on one side and other times it moves around. I have that this is normal but I keep worryingthat it is a Tubal pregnancy. I am suppose to go the ob/gyn in 6 days for my first visit but yesterday I bought one of those baby books and freaked out when I read the symptoms for tubal pregnancies. I am also have some low back pain on my right side. I called the doctor this morning to ask their opinion but the midwife on call has to call me back. I was wondering if anyone has had the same symptoms. Answer As your uterus is starting to grow and stretch it is very normal in the first trimester to have period like cramps... however if they get really severe call your doctor immediatly or if you see any blood... I am on my fourth pregnancy and cramping in the begining is all quite normal..
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What can you do for a cough during pregnancy?
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 tent by draping a sheet over an open umbrella that is resting on a chair back. Place the humidifier on a chair. Spend 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day under the tent; extend the time to 30 minutes if you aren't too uncomfortable. Don't stay under the tent if you become uncomfortably warm. Keep the humidifier near your bedside when you are sleeping or resting. Another treatment is drinking additional fluids. Drink 8 ounces of liquid every hour, including water, juices, soups. Hot fluids (here comes the chicken soup) are best. Limit milk intake only if recommended by your doctor. As far as any over-the-counter or prescription medications, you should seek advice from your doctor. Not 100% of the medication, over-the-counter or prescription, herbal or not, works 100% of the time for 100% of the women or is 100% safe for those women. Other medications should be discussed with your doctor if your coughing is out of hand or due to some other illness. Whenever I or someone in m family has a cough we mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice - the liquid will be quite thick so u dont have to swallow all in one go - split taking that small amount in 3 intervals - you should notice the cough easing off quite soon after . Good luck
Can you lose your mucus plug in early pregnancy?
Depends what you mean by "early pregnancy" since it doesn't start to shape until after the first trimester. Yes you can lose it in early pregnancy, or parts of it, and see your doctor if that is what you think. It regenerates though if you lose it early. If it was the mucus plug it should have been some brown or maybe even red in it. Sometimes the normal discharge (the milky white stuff) can hang up in the vaginal area and when it comes out it can be thick and clumpy.