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Abdominal Pain During Third Trimester
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?
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
Why do I have tingling numbness in my hands, and should I be worried because of persistance during my third trimester?
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
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
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
Yes: Yes it is safe and whatever position you can get comfortable in! ...Read more
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
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.
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
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
Yes: But avoid if contaminated or if on recall. Buy from safe regular or whole food stores. ...Read more
During my third trimester urine analysis the report revealed RBC:2-3, Pus cells: 10-12 hpf and Epithelial cells: 10-15. Is it harmful for my baby?
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
Short of breath: There are several reasons but primarily the growing fetus is putting pressure on your diaphragm so it sometimes feels difficult to take a deep breath. You are also carrying more weight than usual so it takes more work. Finally the expanded blood volume makes your heart have to work harder pumping the extra volume. ...Read more
Usually not, but....: It depends on your comfort, how vigorous the activity is, and whether you have interest, rather than feeling you must! ...Read more
May...: In some places it is a routine to test for the basic STD's again in the third trimester but in general the CDC recommends to repeat testing at that time if there are risk factors that can point to possible active infection. Usually if the pt is younger than 25 y/o, has been recently exposed to STD's, was treated for an STD, or is a high risk for exposure (ex. Multiple partners, infected partner, etc) ...Read more