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Dr. Pam Yoder
3,715 doctors shared insights

Healthy Pregnancy (Overview)

There are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest!


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What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

Eat Smart: Try to incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats into your everyday diet. Eat small meals throughout the day so that you won't overeat all at once. If you have cravings allow yourself to have them every once in a while, otherwise you will crave them more. You can eat healthy and still enjoy yourself! ...Read more

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Dr. Pam Yoder
3,715 doctors shared insights

Healthy Pregnancy (Overview)

There are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest!


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What is healthy pregnancy weight gain?

What is healthy pregnancy weight gain?

Depends.: Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight for height, you may be best off not gaining any weight, or 10-40 lbs (more for twins). ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy (Checklist)

Don't smoke
daily
Take a walk: walking promotes easier labor
daily
Take prenatal vitamins with folate to reduce birth defects
daily
Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and dairy products
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High risk pregnancy in healthy woman--oxymoron?

High risk pregnancy in healthy woman--oxymoron?

Nope: Starting out a pregnancy healthy is best for mom and baby, but it's still possible to develop complications. That's why OB providers see moms regularly during pregnancy, both to provide support for a normal, healthy process and to check for signs and symptoms of possible problems. If a pregnancy becomes un-routine, high risk specialists can help. ...Read more

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Positive pregnancy test at 8dpo sign of healthy pregnancy?

Likely an error: A positive pregnancy test 8 days after ovulation is more likely to be an error. Please repeat the test and consult your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
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Being a Healthy Man (Checklist)

Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (three shots) before age 27
once
Get blood test for HIV / AIDS up to age 65 and if high risk
daily
Get DTaP (whooping cough) vaccine, plus tetanus shots every 10 years
once
Get the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) shot if you haven't already
once
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Staying Healthy while Traveling (Checklist)

If flying, reset sleeping time to destination when boarding plane
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Keep up exercise
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How many pounds are considered a healthy weight gain during pregnancy?

How many pounds are considered a healthy weight gain during pregnancy?

Depends: It depends a lot on your pre-pregnancy weight. The average recommended is 25 - 30 pounds. More if you start out underweight and less if you start our over weight. More importantly you need to gain it by eatting a well balanced healthy diet rich in nutrients. Good luck. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Best balanced diet for healthy baby?

Best balanced diet for healthy baby?

How old is baby: A baby less then 4-6 months of age should be receiving appropriate nutrition if being provided right amount of formula or breast milk. In an infant between 6-12 months of age, a mixture of milk/formula and solid foods provide good nutrition. Please avoid any processed (junk) foods - provide vegetables, protein and grains. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Third Trimester (Checklist)

Preregister for the delivery at your hospital
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Understand your employers maternity leave and short-term disability policy
once
Buy an infant car seat and install it in your car
once
Schedule Group B strep testing at 35 weeks
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Pregnancy diet plan?

Pregnancy diet plan?

None: See your obgyn for discussion of eating correctly...Please do not go on a diet!.... You are not fat you are pregnant ..Be blessed.. ...Read more

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Living Healthy with Pets (Checklist)

Keep scheduled appointments with the veterinarian
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Maintain all shots and medications as prescribed by the veterinarian
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Dr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
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Diet for pregnant women?

Dr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
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Diet for pregnant women?

Low carb/low sugar: A diet low in sugar and carbs will minimize weight gain and the size of the baby. It will also decrease the risk of gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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Is vaginal fisting during a healthy pregnancy safe?

Is vaginal fisting during a healthy pregnancy safe?

I trying looking up: 'vaginal fisting' and could not find any matches. So, I am left guessing what this means. If this means inserting full fist in vagina- that would not be recommended. If this is not what is meant by the term, then please clarify and re-ask question. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy First Trimester (Checklist)

Take prenatal vitamins
daily
Take folic acid
daily
See your OB-gyn or midwife
monthly
Take walks
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Eat coojed sorrel leaves are good for pregnancy woman?

Eat coojed sorrel leaves are good for pregnancy woman?

Sorrel leaves: I do not believe you should take anything without consulting your OB gyn doctor. ...Read more

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Are dips safe to eat during pregnancy?

Are dips safe to eat during pregnancy?

Dips?: If you mean cheese dip, salsa, etc...Yes, they are safe. What have you heard about these that made you ask the question? ...Read more

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Eating a Healthy Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fast food
Daily
Don't drink soda
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Eat small portions
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Minimize starches and sugars
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What healthy habits should a pregnant woman develop?

What healthy habits should a pregnant woman develop?

No tobacco, alcohol: If you smoke or drink alcohol, you could be harming your baby. If you're not pregnant yet, it's best to stop smoking or drinking before you get pregnant. Talk to your doctor about getting support. ...Read more

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Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant. Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins. Concern for baby?

Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant.  Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins.  Concern for baby?

Ok: If you have been a picky eater all your life there is not much you can do now. Ideally, a balanced, varied diet during pregnancy is recommended, but in your case it seems like you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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How many kilos should a pregnant women gain during pregnancy?

Weight gain: The amount of kilos depends on starting weight in relation to height or the bmi. For instance normal weight gain is 10-14 kg. If you are overweight, the recommendation would be less and if you are underweight the recommendation would be more. ...Read more

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Is fried fish good for pregnant woman?

Is fried fish good for pregnant woman?

The mercury content: Should be assessed. Different types of fish can have markedly varied mercury content. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Second Trimester (Checklist)

Share your pregnancy news with friends, family, and coworkers
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Get your flu shot during flu season
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Monitor weight gain and focus on a healthy diet
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Schedule a dental visit to keep your pregnancy healthy
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Is eating plums during pregnancy okay?

Is eating plums during pregnancy okay?

Plums are a : Healthy food you can eat during pregnancy. However, plum juice can have a higher sugar content then plums - so use should be judicious. ...Read more

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Can pregnant woman eat dates?

Can pregnant woman eat dates?

Yes: There is no medical contraindication to eating dates during pregnancy. They supply niacin, folate, (folic acid) vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, zinc, manganese, fiber and magnesium. One study found that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Cooking Healthy Recipes (Checklist)

Find a decent, easy-to-follow cookbook with healthy recipes
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Ask friends or family members for their favorite recipes
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Select favorite recipes and tweak them as you see fit
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How long should it take to ge pregnancy syptoms ?

How long should it take to ge pregnancy syptoms ?

I assume: You mean that after a positive pregnancy test, how long before "feeling pregnant"? That depends on hormone levels, number of previous pregnancies, number gestation (ie twins), etc. Call an OB to make an appt for an eval but meanwhile, to be safe, don't take any over the counter medications like ibuprofen. Let your own pmd know if you are pregnant, in case regular medications could affect pregna. ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Woman (Checklist)

Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (three shots) before age 27
once
Get blood test for HIV / AIDS up to age 65 or if high risk
yearly
Get DTaP (whooping cough) vaccine once, plus tetanus shots every 10 years
once
Get the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) shot if you haven't already
once
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I'm now 6 days late n I want to take a pregnancy test but don't want to be let down I been ttc for 3yrs now. What should I do?

I'm now 6 days late n I want to take a pregnancy test but don't want to be let down I been ttc for 3yrs now. What should I do?

See a specialist : Three years trying to get pregnant is too long. Get some help. Find a local healthtap reproductive endocrinologist. There are so many great options and treatments. Use the physician locator in the bottom right of your screen to find a local doc to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I normally don't eat much & lately I've been getting sudden hunger & if I don't eat within minutes I get nauseas & my body shakes. Pregnancy or diabetes?

I normally don't eat much & lately I've been getting sudden hunger & if I don't eat within minutes I get nauseas & my body shakes. Pregnancy or diabetes?

Either/ both: Sounds like you should be tested for both! please don't let this go on for long! eat smaller but frequent meals if it happens a lot, and get tested for diabetes (more than a finger check) and pregnancy. High glucose levels have to be controlled, and low ones can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Im 4 days late and finally got my period today and it has some chunky blood and heavy. I was having most symptoms of pregnancy. What could this be?

Depends on test: As i'm sure you've considered - a miscarriage is possible. You should see your ob-gyn if possible - call them now if you have one. Otherwise, you could try a pregnancy test. Go to an ed if the test is positive (unless you can see your OB now). If it's negative, it's still possible you did miscarry. An ectopic pregnancy can cause severe complications and would need intervention. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Do jobst stockings that were made during my pregnancy still work if they fit me? Im about the same size in legs and belly :(

Do jobst stockings that were made during my pregnancy still work if they fit me? Im about the same size in legs and belly :(

Probably some-try: The best way to tell is use them. These compression stockings are designed to reduce pressure /backflow of venous blood, from the pregnant uterus and hormonal changes. Even after pregnancy, resultant varicose veins can benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more