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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Will acupuncture be safe during pregnancy?

Will acupuncture  be safe during pregnancy?

Yes: And can make delivary easy, but u need to do it with someone skilled in it. ...Read more

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NSAIDs during pregnancy and lactation ... safe ?!

NSAIDs during pregnancy and lactation ... safe ?!

No and yes: NSAIDs are usually not recommended, especially in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. They should be OK during breast feeding. ...Read more

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During 22 week pregnancy,whole body swelling,especially feet and hands,what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

During 22 week pregnancy,whole body swelling,especially feet and hands,what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

See your OB: Swelling of feet and hands can be normal or a sign of preeclampsia or eclampsia, please see your OB to check your urine for the presence of protein and to check and monitor your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Other possibilities: While i don't know what "all the symptoms" are from your point of view, the symptoms we normally associate with early pregnancy are merely suggestive and not definitive. They are all nonspecific and could have other explanations. While you ought to repeat the pregnancy test in a few days to be certain, you should consider getting a check up. ...Read more

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Are there safe ways to exercise my abdominal muscles in pregnancy?

Are there safe ways to exercise my abdominal muscles in pregnancy?

Yes: Rather than doing sit ups or crunches, you go do isometric exercises which won't impinge on the baby or hurt your back. The american college of ob/gyn has a webpage: http://www.Acog.Org/publications/patient_education/bp119.Cfm as does webmd: http://www.Webmd.Com/baby/guide/exercise-during-pregnancy which both outline safe exercises in pregnancy, as well as times when exercise should be avoided. ...Read more

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Is there any natural or organic remedies that i can take to help me with PMS and menses? I experience severe cramps from PMS throughout my period help

Is there any natural or organic remedies that i can take to help me with PMS and menses? I experience severe cramps from PMS throughout my period help

PMS and dysmenorrhea: Nature meant women to be pregnant or breastfeeding, 200 years ago women had few menstrual cycles, maybe 150 because there was little birth control. It is not natural to have 13 periods a year, year after year, this is why there can be problems. The birth control pill hormones signal the ovary not to make the menstrual cycle, this can prevent cycle problems and cancer. There is no herb to do this. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy with progesterone supplement cause on and off, sometimes bad, period-like cramps in pregnancy after two miscarriages? There's no blood.

Can pregnancy with progesterone supplement cause on and off, sometimes bad, period-like cramps in pregnancy after two miscarriages? There's no blood.

No: Progesterone relaxes your uterus where your baby is growing. It doe snot cause cramps. It can cause bloating and gas pains. Maybe that is what is confusing you. Take care. Drink lots of fluids and eat small portions and avoid gassy foods. ...Read more

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What trimesters are safe for pregnancy massage?

What trimesters are safe for pregnancy massage?

All: Presuming that you are not having trauma to your abdomen, massage is reasonable throughout pregnancy, though in the third trimester, your abdomen will limit face-down positioning. ...Read more

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What homeopathy medicine can I use in the 9th month of pregnancy to have an easy delivery and reduce labor pain?

What homeopathy medicine can I use in the 9th month of pregnancy to have an easy delivery and reduce labor pain?

Arn.,Caul.,Cimic.&..: A double-blind study done in 1987 showed women taking 12c potencies of caulophyllum, arnica, pulsatilla, gelsemium & cimicifuga 3x/week in the 9th month experienced 40% less time in labor! there are also a variety of remedies one can take during labor as indicated to ease the birthing process. Homeopathy is totally safe to take when pregnant. See http://www.Elixirs.Com/faq.Htm for more info. ...Read more

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In early preg. Having mood swings and very emotional. Can this hurt the preg?

In early preg. Having mood swings and very emotional. Can this hurt the preg?

Probably not: Ncreased emitionality during preg can be due hormonal changes and due to psychological stress of adapting to changing life-roles. Women have been experiencing these challenges for millennia without harming pregnancy. However, if this is disabling, i.e. Keeping you from doing things you normally would, it might warrant an intervention. Best to discuss this with your obgyn soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why are my options for care in pregnancy and childbirth?

Why are my options for care in pregnancy and childbirth?

OBGYN: Seek out an obgyn doctor as soon as you think or find out you are pregnant. We specialize in taking care of pregnant women. Early prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy. If you don't know of any local obgyn doctors, ask you friends or family. They are bound to know a good one. Good luck! ...Read more

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Cause of breast pain; not pregnant or PMS. Similar to PMS pain but way too early. Not sexually active. Thyroid rx & 70hr work week my only changes?

Breast pain: With your 70 hr work week, are you drinking more coffee or caffeinated drinks to keep you awake? Caffeine can make breast tissue tender and painful. Be sure to wear supportive bras if you are large-breasted. ...Read more

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Do taking ovulation home tests, such as first response actually help a women in conceiving a pregnancy?

Do taking ovulation home tests, such as first response actually help a women in conceiving a pregnancy?

Ovulation: Women with regular cycles, have a surge in lh hormone levels that matures and ovulates (releases) the egg 24 - 48 hours later. This is the time you can get pregnant. If you have intercourse after 2-3 days ovulation, the chance of conceiving is far less but not zero. After 5 days, the chance is < 1% unless ovulation occurred later than you anticipated. ...Read more

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Are there safe medical and non-medical treatment options for muscle pain during pregnancy?

Are there safe medical and non-medical treatment options for muscle pain during pregnancy?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) topical rub: Many OTC meds are safe in pregnancy, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) for muscle aches and pains. Topical rubs and patches (ben-gay, icy-hot) are also safe, which is considered very good news in the third trimester, when back and shoulder pain can really hurt! massage and, yes, heating pads are safe in pregnancy -- even a jacuzzi, as long as the temperature does not exceed that of a warm bath. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more