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Doctor insights on: Aromatherapy Treatment Pregnancy Symptoms

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Is aromatherapy a helpful treatment for pregnancy symptoms?

Is aromatherapy a helpful treatment for pregnancy symptoms?

No: To my knowledge there are no randomized controlled studies demonstrating benefits of aromatherapy for north american women with symptoms generally due to pregnancy. However, we look forward to more studies on alternative therapy for many conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aromatherapy (Definition)

"Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and ...Read more


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What are the differences between surgery, aromatherapy, acupuncture, orthopedic therapy and pediatric therapy?

What are the differences between surgery, aromatherapy, acupuncture, orthopedic therapy and pediatric therapy?

Too broad for answer: Your ? Asks for descriptions involving several therapies for an unknown condition. Without specific background information, no comments can be made. Public site answers are also limited to 400 characters, making a synopsis of all disciplines unrealistic. ...Read more

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PCOS - what treatments are available For Symptoms - Acne, Weight gain and slight facial hair. What can trigger PCOS? pregnancy? I also have Implanon

PCOS - what treatments are available For Symptoms - Acne, Weight gain and slight facial hair.  What can trigger PCOS? pregnancy?  I also have Implanon

Hormones: PCOS is a hormone condition that women have when their ovaries have thick skin that makes it difficult for them to ovulate. The body produces more testosterone in an effort to help this situation. This causes male like hair distribution, abd girth weight gain and can cause problems with infertility. Spironolactone helps reduce testosterone. http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview ...Read more

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What is the treatment for recurrent chemical pregnancies?

What is the treatment for recurrent chemical pregnancies?

Depends on cause: Recurrent pregnancy loss usually has an explanation. In a young women, problems with hormone support of the early pregnancy or with the uterus or endometrial lining are common. Chromosomal problems in the parents, or in early cell division can result in abnormal embryos. Occasional problems with the immune system can be a source. This is a problem that requires care. An rei is appropriate. ...Read more

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Another treatment of unplanned pregnancies--working in an abortion clinic?

Another treatment of unplanned pregnancies--working in an abortion clinic?

Perhaps: Though your work will not directly impact fertility, it may heighten your awareness of contraception and the impact of a pregnancy. ...Read more

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After two miscarriages is there any tests that could be done or any treatment for future pregnancies ?

After two miscarriages is there any tests that could be done or any treatment for future pregnancies ?

Yes: Many times there is no cause found for repeated miscarriages, but sometimes there is. After two miscarriages, it is time to do some of those tests for unusual causes. ...Read more

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What should I know about electroconvulsive therapy (ect) during pregnancy?

What should I know about electroconvulsive therapy (ect) during pregnancy?

Frightening: The use of ECT is now restricted to the most severe and dangerous cases of depression. If this is the issue during pregnancy, it must be very serious. The risks are very high, and the benefit must be clearly explained and discussed in detail. There should be full and appropriate consent in order to allow such a treatment. ...Read more

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Did pregnancy have a role in the progress of scoliosis? What are the treatments of 21 degree curve?

Did pregnancy have a role in the progress of  scoliosis? What are the treatments of  21 degree curve?

Unlikely: A 21 degree curve in a 21 year old female is considered a stable curve as long as it is idiopathic. While pregnancy does cause some ligamentous laxity, it would not cause a significant change in your scoliosis. In your age group, the only recommended treatment are staying physically fit and having a regular non-balistic work out routine. For a stable curve of this degree, we do not rec any surg. ...Read more

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My second and current pregnancy resulted in severe spd. What are the treatments for it after I deliver and what does surgical repair entail?

My second and current pregnancy resulted in severe spd. What are the treatments for it after I deliver and what does surgical repair entail?

Minimal/extensive: The best treatments are with an expert in occupational therapy, and there are no good studies on successful outcome. Surgical therapy is controversial, and you would need to find a regional orthopedic expert who has done many cases. I know of no such orthopedist, but perhaps one exists. ...Read more

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Is a Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT has bad effect on pregnancy ?

Is a Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT has bad effect on pregnancy ?

No: This is a controlled focus ultrasonic wave mostly to break up kidney and ureteral stones. It will not cause any problems with a pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for pregnancy-induced hypertension?

What are the treatments for pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Beta blockade : Need to assess for preeclampsia/correct electrolyte or magnesium abnormalities. Hypertension exacerbated by increased intravascular volume. Beta-blockers, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, Aldomet (methyldopate) are among the drugs of first resort. ...Read more

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My chiropractor uses a vibration massager during treatments. Is this safe during pregnancy? Can the baby feel the vibration?

My chiropractor uses a vibration massager during treatments. Is this safe during pregnancy? Can the baby feel the vibration?

Superficial: Vibration to the back should be harmless. Lots of muscle and ligaments protecting abdomen. Make sure they are aware of your pregnancy, and should receive treatment sitting. ...Read more

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Ultrasound therapy on spine during pregnancy?

Ultrasound therapy on spine during pregnancy?

Ask the provider: Obstetricians cannot be expected to know every single alternative therapy that pregnant women might consider. Instead, it is the duty of the specialists who provide treatments to understand how their therapy can affect pregnancy. High pulse ultrasound does have some potential risks to a developing fetus. ...Read more

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What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

Very limited: Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, erythromycin. Oral erythromycin. Acne tends to be worse the first 20 weeks, often less severe the last 20. May be worse after delivery. Sun will help but avoid burning. ...Read more

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Should I substitute therapy for antidepressants during pregnancy?

Should I substitute therapy for antidepressants during pregnancy?

See below.: Hopefully, you are already receiving therapy. There are some potential side effects of antidepressants. However, you need to discuss this with both your OB and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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