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Is it normal to have lower abdominal pain while coughing, sneezing during early pregnancy?

Is it normal to have lower abdominal pain while coughing, sneezing during early pregnancy?

No: Having pain while pregnant is not uncommon but it is not normal. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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During early pregnancy can it hurt when pushing on lower abdomen?

During early pregnancy can it hurt when pushing on lower abdomen?

Sure: If something hurts then its best not to do it. Avoid pushing on your abdomen ifit hurts and tell your doctor at your prenatal appointment. ...Read more

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Cough started 4 days ago Steadily getting worse Sharp pains in chest when coughing only hard to breathe when coughing Worse when laying or out in cold?

Cough started 4 days ago Steadily getting worse Sharp pains in chest when coughing only hard to breathe when coughing Worse when laying or out in cold?

Check up needed: You should be seen if the chest pain is present, if the coughing worsens, or if you develop a temp. This could be a viral process, but also the start of a bacterial infection. If not improving, or worsening, then see DR ...Read more

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Extreme pressure after intercourse. Feels like a baby crowning in labor only subsides when I lay down ?

Extreme pressure after intercourse. Feels like a baby crowning in labor only subsides when I lay down ?

Pelvic problem?: This symptom makes me concerned about some sort of internal problem in your pelvis or lower abdomen. Even more concerning if any internal pain during sex, fever, or any vaginal discharge. If a new problem, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, tubal infection) is a concern if at risk for STD, e.g. new or possibly unsafe partner. Several other possibilities as well. See your doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm having pain under my right side rib cage that becomes extremely painful when coughing, sneezing, inhaling deeply, or getting up from laying down. ?

I'm having pain under my right side rib cage that becomes extremely painful when coughing, sneezing, inhaling deeply, or getting up from laying down. ?

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Any fevers? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery ? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more info? Possible causes: gallbladder? Pneumonia? Ge issues? Muscle strain? Kidney? ...Read more

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Experiencing pain deep in breast when coughing and laughing. Minor cough and wheezing about a week before pain started. Cough ended before pain began.?

Experiencing pain deep in breast when coughing and laughing. Minor cough and wheezing about a week before pain started. Cough ended before pain began.?

Pleurisy. : This could've many things, but could be pleurisy or another type of illness related to your recent respiratory illness. If it doesn't improve seek evaluation. ...Read more

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Can my excessive coughing during pregnancy hurt my unborn baby?

Can my excessive coughing during pregnancy hurt my unborn baby?

No: But, can cause muscle injury to yourself. Also, should get checked out by doc to make sure that you don't have something medical to be treated. ...Read more

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Been sick with a cold for six days. Brown coming up when coughing. Chest hurts when breathing. ?

Been sick with a cold for six days. Brown coming up when coughing. Chest hurts when breathing. ?

Mgt: The brown appearance of your sputum is most likely related to old blood due to inflammation and infection of your airways. There is a possibility that you have developed pneumonia. Please seek medical care, and ask about having a chest radiograph. ...Read more

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The last 3 days, I have been having mid back pain that gets worse when taking deep breaths, coughing, or sitting relaxed. Chest pains too.

Nonspecific: Your complaint is unfortunately rather nonspecific and could be due to any number of things, such as chest pathology (i.e. Lungs, hear, great vessels), soft tissue inflammation (myofasciitis), spine (disc degeneration, pinched nerve, etc). If the pain has been present for a long time or is not getting any better you should see a physician. ...Read more

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Severe cough, = cracked rib? Severe pain when coughing, breathing deep, twisting body or pressing on rib. Scared to cough because of the pain.

See your Dr ASAP: Especially if you are pregnant and w/ your cardiac condition, have an exam. At the least, you'll know if your rib is cracked (probably not) and you'll get Rx(s) to ease the pain and help the URI clear up. It's not good to add anxiety/avoidance to the mix. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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Can squatting and bending over hurt the baby during pregnancy?

Can squatting and bending over hurt the baby during pregnancy?

No problem: That's normal to do and not a problem, in a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy. Pregnancies are not that fragile, as babies have been successfully born for 100,000 years before modern medicine. ...Read more

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Chest pains during strain or sneezing. Is my chest just really weak?

Chest pains during strain or sneezing. Is my chest just really weak?

Muscular or pleural: Chest pain that occurs with sneeze, strain, cough, or deep breath suggests either the muscles of respiration are sore or there is underlying pleurisy (or pericarditis). Blood test and examination can distinguish these in most cases. Ibuprofen is often helpful for all of the above. I certainly wouldn't blame a "weak chest"! ...Read more

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Tightening in stomach feel like baby squeezing insides is this braxton hicks contractions? (30) weeks pregnant! happens throughout the day!

Tightening in stomach feel like baby squeezing insides is this braxton hicks contractions? (30) weeks pregnant! happens throughout the day!

Maybe: What u are describing maybe braxton hicks or just baby moving. I suggest that u palpate (feel) your abdomen when u experience discomfort. With ctxns u should be able to feel the muscle wall become firm then relax once the pain resolves. Either way, pay attn. Keep well hydrated. If your ctxns are rare (less than 6/hr) and mild it is likely okay. If they persist see your md. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant. Contractions during the night and im feeling pressure down below during the day is this normal?

35 weeks pregnant. Contractions during the night and im feeling pressure down below during the day is this normal?

Contractions: you sound like you are in labor. Please go to Labor and Delivery for evaluation. They will notify your doctor. Do not delay as 35 week infants may have some problems breathing at least at first. Congrats on your baby, hopefully it is a false alarm. ...Read more

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Not sick, wheezing lung off and on thru day bad cough when it happens bending over makes it happen sometimes xray looked good bronchitis 3 weeks ago?

Not sick, wheezing lung off and on thru day bad cough when it happens bending over makes it happen sometimes xray looked good bronchitis 3 weeks ago?

Reflux: When you hear your own wheezing, it is usually coming from the larynx, which can get irritated by reflux. You do not have to feel heartburn, and it can even chemically irritate your lungs, bronchitis etc. More common. ...Read more

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Can an uncontrolable constant rattling cough hurt my baby while pregnant?

Can an uncontrolable constant rattling cough hurt my baby while pregnant?

Depends: It depends on why you have a cough. If this is an indication of infections, tb...Then it can hurt the pregnancy. If it's due to something simple like postnasal drip, reflux disease, then no it doesn't hurt the baby. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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