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Please share an interesting fact about having a healthy pregnancy.

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Good: Good oral health is important to your overall general health and the health of your unborn child.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
In: In 1st few hrs of life, a baby's sense of smell helps him identify his mother more than sight.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Babies: Babies in utero experience rem sleep, which is associated with dreaming, at around 32 -36 wks.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
By: By week 14 there's evidence that fetuses can taste bitter, sweet, sour flavors in the amniotic fluid.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Ignore: Abusive men get more abusive during pregnancy. Dont think that the pregnancy will fix the problem.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
The: The earlier you seek prenatal care and are consistent the greater the chances for a healthe baby.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Infants: Infants whose Fathers were absent during pregnancy >likely 2B born prematurely w' lower birth weight.
Dr. Asha Kamnani
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Ignore: Pregnancy is a normal event! Take vitamins, eat healthy, exercise and keep your doctor appointments.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
The: The Triple Screen for Down Syndrome can be done in the 2nd trimester to determine a fetus at risk.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Neural: Neural Tube defects such as Spina Bifida are detected prenatally with the alpha-fetoprotein test.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Prenatal: Prenatal testing can detect fetal infections such as Syphilis, rubella, Hepatitis B, and HIV.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Having a healthy pregnancy is worth it's weight in gold in the foundational health of the baby.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
While: While pregnant, sleeping on left side provides best maternal blood flow to uterus, placenta and baby.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Daily: Daily stretching during pregnancy helps prevent body aches as you get bigger and helps with delivery.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Smoking: Smoking when pregnant can harm the baby.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Drinking: Drinking alcohol when pregnant can harm the baby.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Certain: Certain medications can be harmful during pregnancy. Be sure to discuss with the pharmacist or Dr.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Artificial: Artificial food coloring and caffeine may not be good for a healthy pregnancy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Exercise: Exercise is important for your general health and also can help reduce stress.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
According: According to the NHTSA, the shoulder portion of a seat belt should be positioned over collar bone.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
The: The lap portion of seat belt should be placed under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Also,: Also, pregnant women should sit as far from the air bag as possible.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
At: At prenatal visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Finding: Finding the right provider, whether you're looking for a doctor or midwife, can take a while.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
You: You now need 70 grams protein a day compared to 45 grams before you got pregnant.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Certain: Certain fish may contain high levels of mercury or other contaminants.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Under: Under cooked or poorly prepared foods may have bacteria that could harm your baby.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Most: Most prenatal supplements contain more folic acid and iron than you'll find in standard multivitamin.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
It's: It's important to get enough folic acid before conception and during early pregnancy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Folic: Folic acid greatly reduces your baby's risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as S.B.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
You: You should start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid at least one month before becoming pregnant.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Your: Your iron requirement increases during pregnancy, esp. in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
The: The fatigue you feel in the 1st and 3rd trimesters is your body's way of telling you to slow down!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Relaxation: Relaxation techniques: yoga, stretching, deep breathing, and massage are all ways to help w stress.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Only: Only 1 drink a day can increase odds of having a low-birthweight baby and other serious conditions.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
2: 2 drinks a day you are at risk for giving birth to a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
F.A.S.: F.A.S. can cause mental and growth retardation, behavioral problems, and facial and heart defects.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Drinking: Drinking increases your risk for miscarriage and stillbirth.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Any: Any drug you use gets into your baby's bloodstream as well.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Marijuana: Marijuana may restrict your baby's growth and cause withdrawal symptoms (like tremors) in your baby.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Cocaine: Cocaine restricts blood to uterus and may lead to miscarriage, growth problems, abruption or premies.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Illicit: Illicit drugs can be very harmful. If you have a drug problem, seek help now.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, growth problems, placental abruption and premature births.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Some: Some research has linked smoking to an increased risk of having a baby with a cleft lip or palate.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Smoking: Smoking during pregnancy increases the chance that a baby will be stillborn or die in infancy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
It's: It's never too late to quit or cut back on smoking!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Every: Every cigarette you don't light gives your baby a better chance of being healthy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Over: Over 200mg/day of caffeine doubled the risk of miscarriage compared to those who had no caffeine.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Caffeine: Caffeine has no nutritive value and makes it harder for your body to absorb iron.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant, so it can make it even harder for you to get a good night's sleep.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant, and can give you headaches, and contribute to heartburn.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Some: Some jobs can be hazardous to you and your developing baby. If you're routinely exposed to chemicals.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Heavy: Heavy metals (like lead or mercury), certain biologic agents, radiation, are harmful, avoid these!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Hormonal: Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to gum disease.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many: Many women feel like they're on an emotional roller coaster at one time or another during pregnancy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
If: If mood swings are extreme, ?interfering with your daily life, you may be suffering from depression.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Anxiety: Anxiety and depression are VERY common during and after pregnancy. You're not alone! Let Dr. know!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Let: Let your caregiver know if you're in an abusive relationship. This is harmful to you and the baby.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause stress in any relationship, and it's a common trigger of domestic violence.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
You: You may have cravings for certain items. Not to worry about it!
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Wear: Wear comfortable shoes during your pregnancy. Your feet may begin to swell or expand.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Your: Your shoe size might increase by one and a half sizes due to elastase produced during pregnancy.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Try: Try to avoid eating lots of sweets so you don't raise your blood sugar level too high.
Dr. Frances Ilozue
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Adequate: Adequate intake of Folic acid, Magnesium, Zinc and B Vitamins do promote fertility and good health.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
With: With the changes in hormones the gums commonly get more inflammed. Practice more meticulous hygiene.
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prenatal: Prenatal vitamins started before pregnancy help decrease th risk of birth defects.
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Flu: Flu vaccine in any trimester helps protect you and your baby.
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Most: Most exercise in pregnancy is fine if you can sing while you are doing it.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Ignore: Active lifestyle, eating healthy, good family support and your good to go :).
Dr. Susan Mueller
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Ignore: Healthy women can continue to workout during the pregnancy with some modifications.
Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Ignore: Start folic acid 1 month prior to conception and continue for at least 3 months after conception.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
Ignore: Even dads get postpartum depression so don't forget to support the man in your life too!
Dr. Timothy Flint
Dr. Timothy Flintanswered
Specializes in Podiatry
Most: Most women experience swelling in their feet during pregnancy.
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamezanswered
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Flatulence: Flatulence is among the most common symptoms of pregnancy!
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
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Ginger,: Ginger, lemon, and peppermint help soothe an upset stomach .
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Ignore: Bleeding at 7-8 weeks may be inadequate progesterone, so see your OB physician for treatment.

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