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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more


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Just started 3rd trimester, and sex causes some cramping in abdomen making it uncomfortable and a bit painful. Should I also be concerned for the baby?

Just started 3rd trimester, and sex causes some cramping in abdomen making it uncomfortable and a bit painful. Should I also be concerned for the baby?

No: The baby is fine. The impact to your cervix is causing your uterus to contract. That causes the sensation of cramping you feel. This is normal, and the contractions are not strong enough to cause labor or have any impact on the baby. Read more

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How many women bleed during the third trimester?

How many women bleed during the third trimester?

Not too many: I would get some attention on that one. It could be your cervix changing but more worrisome is bleeding from the placenta compromising fetal oxygen. Some spotting after intercourse isn't unusual but third trimester bleeding is nothing to blow off. Read more

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Is it normal to have cramping during my third trimester?

Is it normal to have cramping during my third trimester?

Yes: Most people have sometype of cramping throughout there pregnancy. It is more common during the third trimester. Read more

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Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Rare: Fetal complications from exposure to fifth disease or parvovirus are rare in the 3rd trimester. Have you had a test to see if you've been exposed? Your doctor can perform a blood test to see if you have been exposed. Read more

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Sharp vaginal pains during third trimester, what is stretching and what is prelabor?

Sharp vaginal pains during third trimester, what is stretching and what is prelabor?

Fetal pressure +: The pressure and movement of the fetus in the uerus will often initiate "pre-labor" contractions which can be measured on a fetal monitor. These are often rhythmic in nature as opposed to the pressure of "stretching" pains. Read more

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Can I have the 3d ultrasound to detect fetus abnormalities during third trimester?

Can I have the 3d ultrasound to detect fetus abnormalities during third trimester?

Ask you MD: You need to ask your MD that question because they are best able to interpret any findings as well with the exam. Read more

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Can I eat ice cream during the third trimester? Is there a concern about listeria?

Can I eat ice cream during the third trimester? Is there a concern about listeria?

Odd posting: In the US, ice cream from commercial vendors is pasteurized and provides no risk to a pregnant woman at any stage. If you are consuming home or farm made ice cream from raw milk (illegal in many areas) it would be risky at any stage of pregnancy, not just the last trimester. Read more

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Is it normal to feel queasy again at start of third trimester? Nausea had stopped during second trimester.

Is it normal to feel queasy again at start of third trimester? Nausea had stopped during second trimester.

Normal: The enlarging uterus is putting pressure on your ability to expand your stomach when eating. Eat smaller lighter meals more frequently. Read more

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Hello Dr, Did blood test during third trimester. Iron is 7.3 umol/L, reference range is 10.7 - 28.6. What does it mean please? Many thanks.

Hello Dr, Did blood test during third trimester. Iron is 7.3 umol/L, reference range is 10.7 - 28.6. What does it mean please? Many thanks.

Need iron: Iron level is low-which is common in late pregnancy. You are making new blood for you AND your baby. Iron supplementation would improve your and your baby's chances at and after delivery. Read more

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Is it safe to lay on my back during the third trimester of pregnanct?

Is it safe to lay on my back during the third trimester of pregnanct?

Yes, but...: The uterus can rotate to the right & impact blood flow back to the heart from compression of the vena cava. Probably the best position for sleep in the 3rd trimester is on the left side in fetal position. That maximizes blood flow to the placenta which is how the baby gets nourishment. Read more

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fda pregnancy category c. Drugs. Com defines category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” thus discuss with your ob/physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. Read more

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Can I eat fresh pineapple during third trimester? Is listeria a concern?

Yes: But avoid if contaminated or if on recall. Buy from safe regular or whole food stores. Read more

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What should I think about when flying in the third trimester?

What should I think about when flying in the third trimester?

Ask your OB!!: I tell my patients if they have no problems they can fly up till 32 weeks gestation and not after that. Read more

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Is it normal to have wet underwear in the third trimester?

Is it normal to have wet underwear in the third trimester?

Yes: The mucous discharge in the third trimester increases. It is also normal to leak small amounts of urine. If the discharge is heavy your should be checked for vaginal infections and to make sure you are not leaking amniotic fluid. Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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