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can pregnancy lower lymphocyctes?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy does lower the maternal lymphocyte count. This is related to the development of chorionic gonadotropin produced to protect the fetus. Human chorionic gonadotropin completely inhibits the response of lymphocytes to phytohemagglutinin. This effect is reversible and supports the theory that the fetus is accepted because chorionic gonadotropin blocks both the level as well as action of maternal lymphocytes.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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May 24, 2015

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Is it safe to travel by airplane during pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
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?

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Dr. David Fein
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?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
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?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes: Just make sure it is well ventilated.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Can I drink coffee while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Moderate caffeine consumption is fine.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Avoid near time of delvery.The newborn has limited ability to process caffeine at birth and can take days before a dose is out if its system.Irritability and poor feeding can be seen with caffeine.
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