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Can Propane Heater Hurt Pregnancy
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
It can kill: Propane heaters release carbon monoxide (CO) and are responsible for many deaths every year in the US. CO is odorless, tasteless and invisible and is poisonous. Propane / kerosene or any fuel heater must be used in a well ventilated space or with a proper exhaust system. Early signs of CO poisoning are headaches, nausea, irritability and confusion. Even low doses can do permanent brain injury. ...Read more
Is it safe to use a portable oil heater or electric heater to heat a room during pregnancy and after delivery in a babies/children's room?
Portable heater: Portable heaters can be prone to toppling over. Also may overheat. May be a fire hazard. Do not leave the heater on while asleep. ...Read more
Depends: There are a lot of things that change both chemically and physically in early pregnancy. It depends on what you mean by early. In the first twelve weeks, the hormones your body produces are changing how your stomach responds to food, loosening the ligaments that hold your uterus in place and helping the placenta and baby grow. All of these can make the "tummy" feel "weird". ...Read more
Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes take place. The breasts may be swollen and tender. ...Read more
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
It will not harm: Your baby, but you may feel uncomfortable. ...Read more
Depends: Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy. Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid. ...Read more
Should be avoided if: Topamax (topiramate) is considered a category d drug, meaning there are definite birth defects noted. It depends on what you are taking it for. If it is for seizures, the best thing to do is ask your neurologist if it is absolutely necessary. If it is for migraines or pain issues, you may want to wean off prior to getting pregnant. If you must be on it, Folic Acid needs to be taken daily. ...Read more
It is safe.: It will not cause anybsignificant iss ues. ...Read more
Common complaint: Back pain in pregnancy is a common problem. It is likely due to laxity of the joints due to the hormone relaxin and strain on the joints of the back from the pregnancy itself. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used along with stretching. If this does not relieve the pain, you can try physical therapy. Talk with your obstetrician for further evaluation. ...Read more
Depends: Everyone reacts differently to changes that occur in pregnancy. Often, leg/feet pain can occur with edema (swelling) that occurs from being pregnant, or even the weight of the growing baby pressing on nerves etc, that may effect your legs. Usually these symptoms do occur later in pregnancy, so let your gyn know and have yourself checked out to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more
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