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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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I am about 4wks pregnant, and have horrible migraines, is it ok to take motrin until i get to my ob? & if so what dose?

No, take Tylenol (acetaminophen): Ibuprofen should not be taken in the first or last trimester of pregnancy. In the first 13 weeks it can be associated with a birth defect called gastroschisis (a defect in the abdominal wall) or a cleft palate. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe in all stages of pregnancy and is preferred. If your headaches are not responding to tylenol (acetaminophen) see your OB for other options. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant with a horrible sinus cold. Tylenol (acetaminophen) wasn't touching it. I had to take advil. Is Advil ok for extreme cases like this? Duration?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant with a horrible sinus cold. Tylenol (acetaminophen) wasn't touching it. I had to take advil. Is Advil ok for extreme cases like this? Duration?

Probably: We don't have good data to tell us whether advil (ibuprofen) is a problem early in pregnancy. It may interfere with ovulation and implantation since it decreases prostaglandins that are necessary for these processes. There aren't any specific birth defects associated with early use. Use in the final 6 weeks of pregnancy can cause changes in blood flow in the heart and cause damage. ...Read more

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I may be about 3 weeks pregnant- i take 12.5 mg atenolol bid - should I stop its for high hr (pots) did i already harm baby? Also had norflex (orphenadrine) & motrin

I may be about 3 weeks pregnant- i take 12.5 mg atenolol bid - should I stop its for high hr (pots) did i already harm baby? Also had norflex (orphenadrine) & motrin

No: You likely haven't harmed the baby, though you should see doctor and see if has another recommendation. Most cardiologists are going to recommend metoprolol in pregnancy for elevated heart rate control. It's in the same class of medications but better for pregnant women. Make sure you have appointment right away, either with doctor who prescribed you the atenolol, or with an ob/gyn, don't wait! ...Read more

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Can a pregnant women take tylenol or ibuprophen when she has a headache? I'm wondering if you could help me on my question because i'm pregnant and scared to death to take something for a headache because i don't know if I am supposed to or not.

Can a pregnant women take tylenol or ibuprophen when she has a headache? I'm wondering if you could help me on my question because i'm pregnant and scared to death to take something for a headache because i don't know if I am supposed to or not.

Tylenol (acetaminophen) : Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine. Ibuprofen is usually not recommended but can be used in the first trimester if your ob/gyne syas it is ok. Try the tylenol (acetaminophen) first. If it does not help, call your ob/gyne for another suggestion. ...Read more

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I am 16 weeks pregnant & i took a 800 mg motrin once. Was is safe?

Most likely yes: Occasionally women who are having premature labor are treated with Motrin 3-4 times a day. It is safe to take up until 32 weeks gestation. However taking it daily will sometimes reduce the fluid around the baby (the fluid goes to normal once women stop the motrin). So to take it rarely won't hurt the baby. Just make sure your doctor knows so he or she can give you guidelines. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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