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how do you know when your baby is hungry while pregnant

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
You don't: A fetus is constantly receiving nutrition from it's mother via the placenta and through the umbilical cord. A fetus can and does swallow (amniotic fl ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: A fetus is deriving nutrients continuously from your body through the placenta. It has no "feeding time". Your digestive tract is constantly absorbing ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Hunger is a complex idea based on stomach signals to the brain & patterns we follow for feeding intervals.The developing fetus is fed continuously by ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Mom hungrybaby too?: No , mother hunger is not directly related to the fetus being hungry.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Should be tested: If you are not having periods and you know you are not pregnant now then you should schedule a visit to discuss this. There are a lot of different thi ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willa Terry
31 years experience Pediatrics
Teething symptoms: The first tooth usually breaks through when a baby is 6 months old; some babies are born with teeth, some do not get any teeth until they are 12 mon ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Junk Food: Junk food produces "more junk in her trunk", but does not help the fetus grow like fruits and vegetables. Sodas, candies, chips, etc. Should not be on ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Albert Melaragno
44 years experience Pediatrics
Balance: A breastfeeding Mom should eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoiding certain things such as large amounts of caffeine, excessive dairy, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Several ways: Dehydration can be determined best when you have a recent weight to compare to, but the signs on the baby are decreased tears or no tears, decreased s ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Look for hunger cues: Babies are fairly adept at responding to hunger and if we pay attention, we can start recognizing their hunger cues. Waking, looking alert, lip smacki ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Experience: Little babies will root, turning their head and opening their mouths in a movement of looking for the breast. Tired babies tend not to make eye conta ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Sudler
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mostly on you: Some may say that when every available modality has been tried and is unsuccessful, then it is time. It may depend on your financial resources for inf ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Healthy diet: A pregnant woman should follow a healthful balanced diet. It is sometimes difficult to find time to make all the foods that are recommended. However, ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Right away: Obviously, you should eat right and exercise prior to pregnancy. But as soon as you find out you are pregnant, be sure to understand which foods are ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Stop taking: Baby should not be harmed by this hormone pill but you should not take while pregnant.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Estylan Arellano
13 years experience Emergency Medicine
After 1st Trimester: Usually after the first trimester. At 20 weeks the uterus is usually palpated around the level of your umbilicus.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: the pregnancy symptoms are not anywhere near 100%, mild, and caused by many things other than pregnancy. Furthermore, generally they occur LATER than ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience Pediatrics
Constant attempts: If your baby has a fever, try a fever reducer before attempting to feed fluids again. A syringe feed can also work well, giving small amounts very fre ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Baby mostly sleeping: You and i sleep by laying on a bed, or a couch/chair, but a baby in utero is sort of laying/floating 24/7, and i would say sleeping most of the time w ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lisa Roberts
22 years experience Pediatrics
Plenty of diapers!: Regular checkups with your doctor early on is the best way to ensure adequate caloric intake, and therefore good growth. One way to assess your baby i ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
Start showing?: At around 16 weeks most commonly when the belly starts to noticeably protrude. It would be possible to detect it earlier by the more subtle bulge that ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
No: Not at all.

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