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is it safe to get a sigmoidoscopy while pregnant

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes it can be done.
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Shumaker
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Flexible : Flexible sigmoidoscopy and even colonoscopy appears to be safe during pregnancy if it is indicated. A study published in 1996 looked at the safety and ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Probably not: But if the scope was necessary or you didn't know or tell the doctor you were pregnant it could have contributed but if you are still pregnant with a ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Wait.: You are more susceptible to infections while you are pregnant. What's the rush? Pregnancy is complex enough; why add the risk of infection to it? Is t ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
11 years experience Family Medicine
Avoid it.: While in theory it is ok to get a tattoo while your pregnant, there is a risk of contracting infections at the site even if the utensils used are clea ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Keathley
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The pap test is a part of normal prenatal screening.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: One word of caution though: avoid any substances with retinol and/or retinoic acid in it.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Undergoing a single diagnostic imaging study does not have enough radiation exposure to threaten the well being of a developing baby. Multiple studies ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Usually doctors have a very good reason for getting a CT of the brain in a pregnant woman like checking for bleeding or tumors in the brain. For very ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes but: It is ok to get a piecing during pregnancy as long as good sterile technique is used. Be prepared to have to remove them during labor as most hospital ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If a woman had no problems with massage therapy before pregnancy, and felt more relaxed after a massage, then she should be fine getting similar massa ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Of course: This could not possibly harm you and might even be therapeutic!
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kline
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Getting a tattoo gives you some risk of developing hepatitis which may be in a short course or after significant time has passed. Much less likely if ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Zimmerman
18 years experience Dermatology
No: It is not safe. Tattoo inks are not fda approved and often can have rather toxic ingredients. Small amounts of these materials can enter the blood s ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Many years ago, there was a hypothetical belief that high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) used to perform a sonogram might harm the developing baby ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No mosh pit: I assume you are worried about the effect of loud sounds. This will be fine during pregnancy. The baby is well protected. I would make sure you are ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Generally an vaccine with a dead virus or only a component of the virus is ok. Vaccines with live viruses are usually not given to pregnant women.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Safe in pregnancy: The current TB skin test using a "purifed protein derivitive" (PPD) is safe and appropriate when indicated during pregnancy. It does not contain the ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Harms
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Necessary dental care should not be avoided or delayed due to pregnancy.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes it is safe.

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