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Doctor insights on: Back Pains During Late Pregnancy

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Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

No: It is best not to sleep on your back. Tilted to one side or the other is best, usually propped with a pillow or beach towel folded lengthwise a couple times. The "lazy-boy" position is also ok when it is hard to get comfortable in bed. These positions help with better blood flow to the uterus and also with swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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


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Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Mucous plug?: Many patients will describe their mucous plug as jelly like. Many times you will loose your before contractions start, but you can't predict labor based on it. ...Read more

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Is it alright to watch/ listen to fireworks during late pregnancy ?

Is it alright to watch/ listen to fireworks during late pregnancy ?

Yes: Imagine if you were in a swimming pool and there were fireworks in the sky above you. The decibel level wouldn't harmful in the least :-) have fun and hope you have a great delivery! ...Read more

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How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

Rest: Slow and steady wins the race. Muscle strain related to mechanical adjustments of the pregnancy can be exacerbated by activities such as heavy lifting, quick movements, etc... ...Read more

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Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy? How about mid and late pregnancy?

Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy?  How about mid and late pregnancy?

Yes: There's no medical evidence to suggest that sex during pregnancy does any harm to the baby. Your baby is well cushioned by a sac of fluid well beyond the neck of the womb (cervix). A loving physical relationship is important for your wellbeing, and your partner's as well, during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Period is 21 days late, pregnancy test came back negative. I haven't been stressed lately. What could this be?

Period is 21 days late, pregnancy test came back negative. I haven't been stressed lately. What could this be?

Various causes: There are several possible causes of skipped periods besides stress and pregnancy. Thyroid disorder and elevations in prolactin hormone can both cause it. Also medications, eating disorders, excessive exercise, a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome and a few rarer things. Evaluation by a doctor is a good idea if the period continued to be late another 1-2 months. ...Read more

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My period always comes on time. Im 17 days late. Pregnancy symptoms but 3 tests came back negative. Help! i don't know what to do?

My period always comes on time.  Im 17 days late.  Pregnancy symptoms but 3 tests came back negative.  Help!  i don't know what to do?

Missed Periods: You go about your life. There are other common reasons for missed periods including the extremes: extreme exercise, extreme dieting, extreme stress, obesity, etc. If the period do not start the second month and pregnancy is not likely then you will need testing and examination with your family physician. ...Read more

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Last period 3/25/13, was supposed to start cycle 4/21/13. My cycle is 3 days late. Pregnancy test today came back negative. Could i be pregnant?

Last period 3/25/13, was supposed to start cycle 4/21/13. My cycle is 3 days late. Pregnancy test today came back negative. Could i be pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more