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Is scuba diving safe while you are pregnant?

Is scuba diving safe while you are pregnant?

No: Scuba diving is one of the sports that pregnant women should not do, according to experts in maternal and fetal health. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Why is scuba diving dangerous in pregnancy?

Why is scuba diving dangerous in pregnancy?

See below: For ethical reasons, this is an area with little human research. Animal studies of hyperbaric exposure revealed the following impacts on fetal development: low birth weights; fetal abortions & premature deliveries; malformations of skull & limbs; amniotic fluid bubbles & blindness as well as cardiac and circulatory problems. There is a higher risk of birth defects in women who dive. ...Read more

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Medical or pregnancy complications due to scuba diving?

Medical or pregnancy complications due to scuba diving?

Don't do it!: Pregnancy and scuba diving do not belong in the same sentence! There is no reason to place yourself and your fetus in harms way when you can safely pursue this underwater hobby after your pregnancy. Swimming, stationary bike and brisk walking (including treadmill) are appropriate exercise options for pregnant women. Don't overdo it on those either - just 30-40 minutes 3-4 times weekly is plenty! ...Read more

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Can a person with good lungs and pregnant go scuba diving?

Can a person with good lungs and pregnant go scuba diving?

Dangerous to fetus.: This would put the fetus at an unnecessary risk. ...Read more

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Can you jump/dive into a pool when you're 9weeks pregnant?

Can you jump/dive into a pool when you're 9weeks pregnant?

Sure!: I would only recommend avoiding high velocity water impact feet-first, as it may force water into your vagina and increase complication risks. Unless your obstetrician has told you otherwise, swimming is safe throughout pregnancy within reason (i.e. In moderation, in clean pools or oceans/lakes). Enjoy! ...Read more

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I had a messed up period and I have the signs if pregnancy but Alli the test have came back negative I haven't dive a blood test though?

I had a messed up period and I have the signs if pregnancy but Alli the test have came back negative I haven't dive a blood test though?

Get the test: Blood testing for the pregnancy hormone is very accurate. Get it done! It may be very important specially if you have an ectopic pregnancy since early pregnancy symptoms are no different for a normal and abnormal pregnancy. ...Read more

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Have high bp, can I sky dive?

Have high bp, can I sky dive?

Blood pressure: If you have well controlled BP and are otherwise normal, sky diving is reasonable. ...Read more

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How can you scuba dive safely?

How can you scuba dive safely?

Diving: First - get medically cleared before learning to dive. Second- become trained through a recognized course. Third- don't dive when you are sick. Fourth - Use your dive tables and don't hot dog. Fifth - I try not to screw around with marine organisms that could hurt me. ...Read more

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Can I take mypradol and scuba dive?

Can I take mypradol and scuba dive?

Caution is advised: Mypradol contains 3 medications--ibuprofen, Acetaminophen (tylenol), and Codeine and this is often used to treat pain such as those just had surgery etc... Codeine can cause drowsiness and thus impair your judgement. If you not having any side effects and just casual scuba should be ok. Like all med, use smallest effective dose and for shortest time period possible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm using flomist. Can I scuba dive using nitrox?

I'm using flomist. Can I scuba dive using nitrox?

Flomist is not sold: In the us. If it is fluticasone nasal spray for nasal allergy sxs - that suggests you may have nasal congestion which might impede your ability to clear your ears. If you have fluticasone systemic med for treatment of asthma that can be a serious problem when diving. Encourage you to see an undersea medicine physician to go over your health issues ; to determine if you are safe to dive. ...Read more

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What happens if you scuba dive and rise too quickly?

What happens if you scuba dive and rise too quickly?

Several things...: As dr. Ekizian noted, dcs is a serious problem that can be caused by ascending too fast. In addition, if you don't exhale fast enough while rising, you are at risk for lung damage from too much pressure. This can lead to a collapsed lung and/or air entering your bloodstream and causing an arterial gas embolism (age). Age, which can block blood flow to the brain, is very serious and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scuba diving?

What is the definition or description of: scuba diving?

See below: Scuba stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus
when one used scuba equipment and dives one will take a tank with them that eliminates the need to keep returning to the surface
this will allow one to stay submerged for up to an hr and perform underwater exploration or work for prolonged periods. ...Read more

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What is effect on retina from repeated diving from high platform?

What is effect on retina from repeated diving from high platform?

No known Problems: There aren't any known retinal problems that you should expect to experience from this. ...Read more

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What is worse than swimming backstroke and someone dive on your face?

What is worse than swimming backstroke and someone dive on your face?

Ouch: How about having a serious neck injury and having your child jump from the side of the pool and land directly on top of you head. Wow - did that hurt!! ...Read more

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Why do people exhale before surface diving into a lake or swimming pool?

Why do people exhale before surface diving into a lake or swimming pool?

I don't know why: People would exhale prior to breaking into the water. There are people who hyperventilate to extend breath hold capacity. This isn't safe as it can cause one to blackout underwater. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of diving onto the floor or sand in volleyball?

In competitive: Volleyball, you may be required to try to save every ball that comes your way. This is why it is imperative that you wear good quality knee pads. Abrading skin off knees is very common in both sand ; standard volleyball. It is also very important to learn ; to practice good technique. ...Read more

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Why do you exhale before you do a surface dive in a lake or a swimming pool?

Why do you exhale before you do a surface dive in a lake or a swimming pool?

Exhaling?: I am not familiar with this. However, hyperventilation is sometimes done to extend underwater breath hold time. It can cause "Shallow water blackout" (loss of consciousness). Hyperventilation & subsequent underwater blackouts may lead to death. ...Read more

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I'm looking into commercial diving. Would it be ok to dive while taking lamical?

I'm looking into commercial diving. Would it be ok to dive while taking lamical?

Almost certainly not: No scuba certification required. You must graduate from a commercial dive school.
The association of diving contractors international (adci) is the main organization for commercial-diving medical requirements in the us. Lamictal can be used for epilepsy, bipolar d/o, and other psych conditions. All are disqualifying by adci neuropsych standards. Check adci's website for complete requirements. ...Read more

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Experienced lockjaw while diving and still feel stiffness on one side. How can I loosen up?

Experienced lockjaw while diving and still feel stiffness on one side. How can I loosen up?

Carefully!: You really should be examined properly. Try applying dry heat and see if it starts to loosen up on you. Advil (ibuprofen) every 4-6 hrs for a couple of days should help too. ...Read more

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Epinewton is used by divers for sea sickness, what dosage should I use and how long before a dive?

Epinewton is used by divers for sea sickness, what dosage should I use and how long before a dive?

Unproven: There are many drugs reported to work for motion sickness. Most work a little bit but have significant side effects including drowsiness, etc. Epanautin (phenytoin) is an anti-eplepsy medication which can make you sleepy. There are no controlled studies, to my knowledge, showing that it works. You need to be careful about taking medication when diving as side effects can be confused with the bends. ...Read more

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Pain in back for 2weeks after diving into swimming pool. Will this heal on its own? When should I seek urgent medical attention?

Pain in back for 2weeks after diving into swimming pool. Will this heal on its own? When should I seek urgent medical attention?

Back sprain...: It sounds like you may had suffered a back sprain while you were diving. This usually heals after a few days. In the worse case scenario may take few weeks. In order to help a faster relief use ice in the affected area for 15-20 mins three times a day. You may also try anti-inflammatory meds if you are not allergic like for example ibuprofen. If not better follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I am going to a beach and will also be doing scuba diving and snorkelling, is there anything I should be aware of?

Follow dive tables: Always dive with a buddy. Ensure that your equipment is in good working order before diving. Check your tank for air. Having been a navy diver ; having dove with some really wild guys - this is my big recommendation: don't screw around with marine wildlife. ...Read more

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Should I be concernded that its hurts to cough after a volleyball dive? I dove for a ball and landed on my right side and now it hurts to cough

Should I be concernded that its hurts to cough after a volleyball dive? I dove for a ball and landed on my right side and now it hurts to cough

Taking: Taking a fall on the volley ball court and landing on your chest with subsequent painful coughing leads me to think of 2 possible injuries. The first is a muscle contusion. When you strike a muscle hard enough it becomes injured. The nerve impulses in this area fire when there is a repeated trauma, ie a cough to the area. An intercostal muscle (between the ribs) is often the concern. The second concern if the trauma was violent enough could be a fractured rib. This usually causes pain just with the simple act of breathing. If this continues, and/or there are other symptoms such as coughing up blood or shortness of breath, you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Can I dive after my ope. Big lorrys.?

Haven't a clue: What an "ope, Big lorrys" is. Please clarify and re-ask so that we can better assist you. ...Read more

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Could a kidney becomes smaller after diving?

Increased: Atmospheric pressure from diving should not shrink kidneys. ...Read more

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Is it bad for your health to dive into snow after a long, hard workout?

Is it bad for your health to dive into snow after a long, hard workout?

Why?: At ur age u could tolerate it, but as 1 ages ur heart may not react well ; there can b serious consequences. ...Read more

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I'm having a depression dive and need some support?

I'm having a depression dive and need some support?

See your doctor: If not in treatment for depression already, please see your doctor for evaluation -- to make sure you're physically healthy. Reach out to others you trust. Exercise regularly, get out of the house, and eat healthily. Sometimes conversations and activities with others can lighten your mood. Get consistent sleep. Avoid alcohol. Psychiatrists ; psychologists are available to help you also. ...Read more

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