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What are the causes of low potassium levels in pregnancy

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Low potassium: Low potassium will not create any developmental problems with the fetus at 37+ weeks, but can cause muscular cramping issues for you as the mother. Ba... Read More

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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Simmons
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Edema: Lower extremity edema ( pedal edema) is very common in pregnancy especially during the final weeks. It is due to the pressure of the gravid uterus on ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
Muscle and cardiac: Mild hypokalemia has no symptoms.Moderate hypokalemia, with serum potassium concentrations of 2.5-3 meq/l, can cause muscle cramps and weakness, const... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bojrab
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Not necessarily: During pregnancy, some women (especially those with prior histories of depression and anxiety) can be at risk for developing depression and anxiety. T... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcoho... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Periodic paralysis?T: This sounds to me like hypokalemic periodic paralysis. I've seen good physicians miss this. Please read up on it, see if this fits you, talk with your... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Not necessarily: These are not necessarily related, except for if you have what is called type 1 rta; in that case, innate kidney disease causes both low potassium (du... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Sorrentino
Cardiac Electrophysiology 36 years experience
Florinef (fludrocortisone): Florinef (fludrocortisone) causes salt and fluid retention. The fluid retention may cause a rise in bnp. Suggest you discuss result with your md. Lowe... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
See below: See a endocrinologist or nephrologist. I will need more details- such as do you have high blood pressure.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Safe: Coconut water is safe. It is likely that bananas will do the same good at lower cost.

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