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A 38-year-old member asked:

is facial swelling normal in pregnancy?

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Dr. Chukwuma Onyeije
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Swelling of any type is caused by body fluid in places where it normally should not be. When you are pregnant your body produces more blood cells and more serum (the fluid that blood cells float in). This increase in cells and fluid are important for the developing baby, but it can also lead to swelling during pregnancy. Extra fluid accounts for about a quarter of the weight that a woman gains.

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Could a topical steroid applied to the face decrease inflamation in other areas of the body?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
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Steroids absorbed : Depending on which topical steroid, how much is applied to how much skin area, and for how long there could be enough systematic absorption for effects to other areas. Realize that would also imply greater likelyhood of systemic side effects.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

My boyfriend & I are trying to get pregnant. I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) & my doc is having me get off it slowly; 1 pill every other day for a month & then 1 pill every 3rd day until gone. Does this sound reasonable?

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Yes, it's great.: It's best to taper off the zoloft (sertraline) and your doctor has an excellent plan.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to get electrical pulse therapy on upper back if three m pregnant? Accupunc put tinyclips on skin and it sent electrical stim pulses upprback

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Dr. Bruce Young
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It's OK: There is insufficient evidence of any harmful effect other than a small risk of skin infection.
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A member asked:

Possible to be pregnant spotting day one light beeding day two & three?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Check a preg test : Over the counter pregnancy tests are cheap and reliable. Go do one and then you will know and you won't have to worry about it any more. If you don't want to be pregnant see your doctor for effective birth control.
A member asked:

Period is 4wks late..Iv had pregnancy symptoms but neg blood&urine. Could it still be pregnancy? Waist increased 1inch since last week.

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Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Unlikely: If all testing negative, i doubt it. You may have simply not ovulated last cycle and that is why you are so late. Are your periods normally regular? Check with your obgyn and good luck.

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