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32 weeks pregnant please suggest some yoga or exercises which i can do that help in normal delivery of child.

32 weeks pregnant please suggest some yoga or exercises which i can do that help in normal  delivery of child.

Discuss...: This with your ob. They will be able to guide you through your pregnancy and give you specifics on do's and don'ts. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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What exercises are most recommended after having asthma as a child and left with lower breathing capacity? I'm guessing cardio is not recommended. Tnx

What exercises are most recommended after having asthma as a child and left with lower breathing capacity? I'm guessing cardio is not recommended. Tnx

Aerobic training: Under usual circumstances, a history of childhood asthma should not prevent a person from enjoying the benefits of aerobic exercise (activity that sustains heart rate at 70 percent of age predicted maximum for 30 minutes). Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling, jogging or swimming will improve cardiovascular fitness and stamina. The program should start slowly, build gradually. ...Read more

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What are the chances a lung or heart condition can be missed by a stethoscope exam? Dr says normal but I get episodes of chest tightness/short breath

What are the chances a lung or heart condition can be missed by a stethoscope exam? Dr says normal but I get episodes of chest tightness/short breath

History, not exam: 90% of diagnoses are made on the basis of historical information. The exam is very secondary. The stethoscope is an insensitive instrument but your doctor no doubt made his/her assessment based on your symptoms, risk factors, demographics, and the incidence of disease under consideration. You self-report a "generalized anxiety disorder" which is a common cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can kegel exercises reverse a bladder and bowel prolapse - mild to moderate caused by pregnancy? Will stopping breastfeeding help?

Can kegel exercises reverse a bladder and bowel prolapse - mild to moderate caused by pregnancy? Will stopping breastfeeding help?

Here are some ...: Everything happening in your pelvis is not uncommon in few women after childbirths and could not be cured but managed with procedures after balancing the equation between medical necessity and professional possibilities. Pelvic floor muscle exercise (Kegel's) wouldn't reverse but may ease the pace of worseing & breastfeeding wouldn't help pelvic floor muscle weakness. The culprit is childbirth &.. ...Read more

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Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

CONCERN: Might you be the woman? It would surely depend a lot on the cause of that psrticular murmur. Maybe a cardiologist could be more specific about the meaning of the murmur and whether it really was a cause of concern. Dont ponder this alone - we frighten ourselves needlessly and we're often wrong when we try to guess. ...Read more

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Had a spiro test at my dive medical, FEV1/FVC 69. Needs to be >75%. Seeing a respiratory specialist. No asthma or smoking. 29yr female. Any thoughts?

Had a spiro test at my dive medical, FEV1/FVC 69. Needs to be >75%. Seeing a respiratory specialist. No asthma or smoking. 29yr female. Any thoughts?

Mgt/workup: This may indicate airflow obstruction, but it would be helpful to actually view the test results by setting up an online consultation. You can also enter your medical history during the virtual appointment. ...Read more

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What can be done for labor like pain before/during your period? 29yr old woman history of cysts - 2 live births. Otherwise healthy

What can be done for labor like pain before/during your period? 29yr old woman history of cysts - 2 live births. Otherwise healthy

Dysmennorhea: There are many options for pain before and with your period, called dysmennorhea. Sometimes starting Ibuprofen round the clock two to three days your period will help. Another option would be to try birth control pills. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get my 21 year old son seen by a doctor who might recommend the nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?

Can you suggest how to get my 21 year old son seen by a doctor who might recommend the nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?

See plastic surgeon: Don't look for a specific procedure, but see an expert who can recommend a number of options that can best treat the exact type and severity of pectus excavatum your son has. He is an adult and he has a voice in this as well. Present options, not pressure, as this is almost always cosmetic rather than functional. See plastic surgeon at a major university or teaching hospital who has done many! ...Read more

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Help woman with protruding spine who is bedridden and has to be sitting ip in bed for breathing issues to help not get ulcers on and near spine please?

Help woman with protruding spine who is bedridden and has to be sitting ip in bed for breathing issues to help not get ulcers on and near spine please?

Severe kyphosis: This usually develops gradually. The ensuing stoop creates pressure on the lungs from the pressure from the abdominal contents pushing up on diaphragm. This happens from osteoporosis (fractures), or genetically (scheuermann's disease). Either way, if the gibbus is ulcerating, you need help. See a spine surgeon capable in deformity. Go to www.Srs.Org, and find a doctor. ...Read more

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Can doctor determine when doing pelvic if a woman has had an abortion?

Can doctor determine when doing pelvic if a woman has had an abortion?

No: Unless the abortion was quite recent, tissues in this area are terrific at healing themselves and getting back to normal function. Think about the tissue disruption that is a normal part of pregnancy and delivery and after 2 months or so, everything looks normal. ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell that u are pregnant a week from your missed period by a hand exam?

Can a doctor tell that u are pregnant a week from your missed period by a hand exam?

Unlikely: I am not aware of any physical exam findings that would allow your provider to tell whether you were pregnant or not so early in your term. ...Read more

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Will a doctor accept me to give birth if I am 7 or 8 months pregnant with medicaid? I'm out of the country and i'm seeing a doc in europe until then.

Will a doctor accept me to give birth if I am 7 or 8 months pregnant  with medicaid? I'm out of the country and i'm seeing a doc in europe until then.

Yes: It just depends on the practice. Many private groups will take you. If you aren't having luck, look for a facility with an ob/gyn residency as they tend to turn away this type of patient less. ...Read more

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I read that it takes up to a year after doing vinyasa yoga in order to see results. Are there any short term, health benefits of doing vinyasa yoga?

I read that it takes up to a year after doing vinyasa yoga in order to see results. Are there any short term, health benefits of doing vinyasa yoga?

Yes: It depends on what you mean by "results, " of course, but some people report feeling calmer, more centered, more connected, more flexible, in less pain, less distracted and so on after one session. ...Read more

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33 weeks pregnant. Is it too late to wean off zoloft (sertraline)? how common is it baby will have breathing problems? I'm very concerned. Doc assures its fine.

33 weeks pregnant. Is it too late to wean off zoloft (sertraline)? how common is it baby will have breathing problems? I'm very concerned. Doc assures its fine.

Baby will be just: Fine if you stay on the zoloft (sertraline). Baby won't have breathing problems. Baby will be better with a happy mom too!!! Relax and enjoy your new baby!! ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks 4 days pregnant, i'm extremely sick. Having trouble breathing, and the baby is already in my cervix. Can I have my doctor induce me?

I'm 38 weeks 4 days pregnant, i'm extremely sick. Having trouble breathing, and the baby is already in my cervix. Can I have my doctor induce me?

Time for an eval: You may want to go to labor & delivery & have a direct evaluation of fetal well being& see if you are either in early labor or developing high blood pressure. Induction is a process that can be decided after the evaluation based on findings at hand. ...Read more

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and have been wheezing, i never have had breathing problems before, should I call my doctor?

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and have been wheezing, i never have had breathing problems before, should I call my doctor?

Yes: It is best to see your doctor. Bronchospasms can occur during pregnancy and most of the medicines for asthma are considered safe at that time. You can easily be treated if necessary. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should pregnant women exercise?

Doctors can you tell me how often should pregnant women exercise?

Same as non-pregnant: Avoiding potentially traumatic sports, as often as non-pregnant. Keep in mind that since you are carrying extra weight, your performance will drop. Avoid getting over heated.Drink more fluids! ...Read more

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Has it really been shown that doctors forbid pregnant women to be vegan?

Has it really been shown that doctors forbid pregnant women to be vegan?

No: However, they need supplements even more than do other pregnant woman, and if compliance can't be assured, baby's in extra danger. A well-educated vegan has nothing to fear; one that's not well-informed risks deficiencies in b12, iron, iodine, zinc, calcium usable vitamin a, and vitamin d (depending on their choices). ...Read more

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Can any doc explain if women put on weight during pregnancy until after birth?

Can any doc explain if women put on weight during pregnancy until after birth?

Unclear question: Pregnancy itself increases weight gain. I am not sure if that was your question or not. ...Read more

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Do doctors treat pregnant woman for BV for the remainder of the pregnancy if they are prone to bv?

Do doctors treat pregnant woman for BV  for the remainder of the pregnancy if they are prone to bv?

BV in pregnancy: BV resolves spontaneously in up to 50% of pregnant women. When pregnant and symptomatic with BV, it should be treated. Treating pregnant women with BV who are asymptomatic is controversial. There is an association with pre-term labor, however, a decision to treat, which treatment, and duration of treatment, is something to be discussed with your OB/GYN. There is no consensus on these issues. ...Read more

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How can some women have a normal period for 6 months and be pregnant but doctors are saying that you can not?

How can some women have a normal period for 6 months and be pregnant but doctors are saying that you can not?

Myths in Medicine: There are no women having periods for six months and being pregnant. Your information is not true. Please, if you do not like the answers here, please take your questions to the physician you most trust. ...Read more

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If you go to the doc and they do a check up and tell u breath in and out. Do pregnant woman breath in and out alot when pregnant?

If you go to the doc and they do a check up and tell u breath in and out. Do pregnant woman breath in and out alot when pregnant?

Everyone: breathes in and out constantly! : ) There may be some labored breathing in later stages of pregnancy. The doctor asks you to breath in and out so he/she can obtain an optimal lung exam with the stethoscope. ...Read more

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Hi doctor im primigravida of 26weeks of amenorrhoea.Im getting mild difficulty in breathing.What is the cause of it.Tell exercises that can bedone.

Hi doctor im primigravida of 26weeks of amenorrhoea.Im getting mild difficulty in breathing.What is the cause of it.Tell exercises that  can bedone.

Shortness of breath: Is common as pregnancy advances: the enlarging uterus pushes upwards against the diaphragm preventing its full range of motion. Relatively rapid weight gain also taxes your system. Experts recommend continuing to exercise (walk, ride bike, swim); just pause when too short of breath. Exercise seems to help breathing mechanisms work more efficiently. ...Read more

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Why do people in the U.S. need medicine to have a safe pregnancy/delivery when women in other countries can do it without any doctors or medicine at all?

Why do people in the U.S. need medicine to have a safe pregnancy/delivery when women in other countries can do it without any doctors or medicine at all?

Can be done, but...: 100 years ago, 1 in 4 women in the USA died in Childbirth. Now, the rate is .28 per 1000. This is due mostly to the availability of doctors, blood, antibiotics and c/sections. Its true that women in, say, Sierra Leone, frequently give birth without medicine or doctors but the maternal mortality rate is 40 times higher (11 per 1,000 women). It can (and is) being done but carries some risk. ...Read more

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Gud day Doc. pls is ampiclox safe for a pregnant woman?

Gud day Doc. pls is ampiclox safe for a pregnant woman?

OnlyIfAbsolutelyNeed: CategoryB This combination antibiotic has been assigned to Category B BY FDA There is no control studies done on humans and it should only be used if it absolutely necessary especially during first trimester ...Read more

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Slow motility and over 35 woman wants to get pregnant via help from fertility doc vs. Trying on own. What would top 3 things you would do to help?

Slow motility and over 35 woman wants to get pregnant via help from fertility doc vs. Trying on own. What would top 3 things you would do to help?

See an MD: If you have tried to conceive naturally and you have not had luck, then it is likely that the decreased motility (which is probably the most important component of the semen analysis) is the problem. He may try antioxidants. Because of your age, you do not have a long time to waste. Frequent intercourse around ovulation may help if on your own. ...Read more

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Why do doctors tell you it's impossible to be pregnant with negative test when it's well documented that some women don't have enough hCG for months?

Why do doctors tell you it's impossible to be pregnant with negative test when it's well documented that some women don't have  enough hCG for months?

Real World: Some women, out of billions of women, do not in any way set the standards on what is normal. A negative pregnancy test is a negative pregnancy test in almost all of those billions of women. ...Read more

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Is Urea Parvum a concern for pregnant women like Urea Lytecum is? I have U.P but NOT U.L so my doc says it doesn't need 2 be treated. That it's normal

Ureaplasma Parvum: Why in the world were you even tested for this? There is no reason to treat this, and many other infections, in pregnancy as it does no good that we know of. Heavy vaginal bacterial growth is related to preterm delivery, but treatment with antibiotics does not seem to decrease this risk - surprisingly enough. Your best course of action is not to worry about this and continuing to live a healthy st ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I am a female, 24, 78 kg, and 157 cm. This few weeks, i realized i am having a difficulty im breathing. Even just climbing a few stair?

Hello doctor. I am a female, 24, 78 kg, and 157 cm.  This few weeks,  i realized i am having a difficulty im breathing. Even just climbing a few stair?

Lose weight: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you, however, the data you provided suggests that you may be overweight. It would help to lose weight - easier said than done. Try the following for a month and if it does not help, please see a doctor: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more