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Dr. Ira Katz
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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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I am 18 week pregnant. I am having a cold: running nose, headachae, bodyache. How dangerous is this to the fetus? Thanks.

I am 18 week pregnant. I am having a cold: running nose, headachae, bodyache. How dangerous is this to the fetus? Thanks.

Taking care of baby: One important way to help your baby is to take good care of yourself. It sounds like u may have 'the flu'. All pregnant women are recommended to get the flu shot to avoid this problem-because if u are sick, it could affect the baby. The best thing to do is see a doctor who can check u and your baby to make sure things are OK. At least u are past the first trimester which is a critical time-point. ...Read more

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I've been having a cold like feeling for days and it did not continue my bf and I had unprotected sex on the 11th day of my MC am i pregnant??

I've been having a cold like feeling for days and it did not continue my bf and I had unprotected sex on the 11th day of my MC am i pregnant??

Missed a period: Maybe - but have you missed a period? Pregnancy symptoms don't usually start until a period is missed. Can take a home pregnancy test if you missed your period. ...Read more

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What are normal ALT liver enzyme levels? Is ALT 54 high? Elevated levels due to pregnancy or having a cold maybe? (no drugs were taken for cold).

What are normal ALT liver enzyme levels? Is ALT 54 high? Elevated levels due to pregnancy or having a cold maybe? (no drugs were taken for cold).

40 IU or less: We'd rather see them below 40, and most folks run 1-20. A few beers will kick them upwards; running a marathon is likely to put you into "danger zone" -- a lab value means nothing except in context. Let's repeat that alt in a few weeks off alcohol & meds -- or whatever your physician thinks best. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy or having a cold/flu elevate your liver enzyme levels? Alt level is 54. Is this considered high?

Can pregnancy or having a cold/flu elevate your liver enzyme levels? Alt level is 54. Is this considered high?

Some perhaps: Depends on the virus...And on the medicines you are taking, either regularly or for the cold/flu symptoms. Alt=54 is not very high--i would not worry about it. Could ask your dr to recheck it in about 2 weeks (when over cold, etc.) to allay fears, but not essential if no right upper abdominal pain / nausea / stool color changes / yellowing of skin. ...Read more

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Can having a cold be a sign of pregnancy. With slight cramping. In back and abdomen?

Can having a cold be a sign of pregnancy. With slight cramping. In back and abdomen?

Unlikely.: There are many signs and symptoms of pregnancy. They include missed periods, breast tenderness, sensitivity to smells, and nausea/vomiting, fatigue, and weight gain. Cold symptoms and slight cramping are not typically signs of early pregnancy. If you think you might be pregnant, you could take a home pregnancy test (they are very accurate) or visit your doctor to obtain proper prenatal care. ...Read more

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I'm 17 week pregnant having a cold right now. Every time I cough (albeit trying to be as gentle as possible), I get sharp pains in my lower left abdomen where my placenta implants. I feel the same type of pain before I was diagnosed with SCH. Just wonder

I'm 17 week pregnant having a cold right now. Every time I cough (albeit trying to be as gentle as possible), I get sharp pains in my lower left abdomen where my placenta implants. I feel the same type of pain before I was diagnosed with SCH. Just wonder

SubchorionicHematoma: Most patients with a small subchorionic hematoma are asymptomatic. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, premature labor and threatened abortion. Ultrasonography is the preferred method of diagnosis. It is imperative that your see your OBGYN specialist early this week to get control of the cough with medication that is approved in pregnancy, and have the SCH evaluated again. ...Read more