A 31-year-old member asked:
what is a pregnancy testing kit?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Gynecology 36 years experience
Determines Pregnancy: Urine pregnancy tests are available at pharmacies, grocery & convenience stores. They can be done in the privacy of your home. All pregnancy tests are based upon measurement of the hormone -- human chorionic gonadotrophin or HCG -- which is made after a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. Pregnancy can be determined as early as the first day of the missed period with 97%-99% accuracy.
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Pregnancy test: It is usually a urine dip stick that will detect the pregnancy hormone, hcg, in the urine. They are simple, easy, and can be done at home.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Is it safe to travel by airplane during pregnancy?
6 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: In an uncomplicated pregnancy, it is generally safe to travel up until about the last month. Travel above 10, 000 ft in an unpressurized cabin can cause problems with the placenta. Sitting for prolonged periods in an airplane can increase your risk of blood clots in your legs so getting up every 2 hours is important.
A 39-year-old member asked:
What exercises should I avoid while pregnant?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Heavy weightlifting: In general, exercise in pregnancy is not only safe, but offers health benefits. We suggest avoiding oxygen-depriving exercises like heavy weightlifting or marathon running. Two great rules of thumb while working out: keep your pulse rate under 140 or maintain the ability to converse with your exercise partner!
A 41-year-old member asked:
Is it safe to have a couple of drinks while pregnant?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: There is no line of distinction as to how much alcohol is harmful in pregnancy, so we generally recommend avoiding alcohol.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Can I use bug spray while pregnant?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes: Just make sure it is well ventilated.
A 48-year-old member asked:
What must I be careful of when using pregnancy testing kits?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnancy tests: The best specimen is a first morning specimen and ideally at least 2-3 days after your missed period.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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