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What does multiple gestation mean?

What does multiple gestation mean?

Multiple babies: Multiple gestation means more than one baby at a time. They can be twins, triplets, etc. The multiple can be identical or fraternal. Our infertility treatments increase the risk for having multiples. Multiples are much more complicated pregnancies (more for babies than mom). We are trying to reduce the number of multiples with our treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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 are the tests for multiple gestation?

What are the tests for multiple gestation?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound is the only totally reliable test for multiple pregnancy, and between 6 and 8 weeks it should be nearly 100% reliable. ...Read more

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Question: what is multiple gestation really?

Question: what is multiple gestation really?

Two or more babies: Multiple gestation is simply twins, triplets, etc. In other words, a woman carrying more than one baby. ...Read more

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What's a multiple gestation pregnancy?

What's a multiple gestation pregnancy?

Multifetal pregnancy: Simple answer: a multiple gestation is a pregnancy with more than one fetus. Please see my guide to multiple gestation. I will post the link in comments below. ...Read more

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I had two grade A blastocysts transferred on day 5. My hCG levels are: 9dpt 498, 13dpt 2994, 16dpt 9400 Does this suggest multiple gestation?

I had two grade A blastocysts  transferred on day 5. My hCG levels are: 9dpt 498, 13dpt 2994, 16dpt 9400
Does this suggest multiple gestation?

Yes: In a normal singleton pregnancy these levels should double . The fact that they are closer to quadrupling suggests but does not diagnose twins. You should know soon with an ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I neared the end of my pregnancy I got debilitating sciatica nerve pain. What causes that? I am terrified of experiencing that type of pain again

When I neared the end of my pregnancy I got debilitating sciatica nerve pain. What causes that? I am terrified of experiencing that type of pain again

Common in pregnancy: L4/L5 level of the lumbar spine is particularly vulnerable in pregnancy due to mechanical issues such as joint laxity, altered posture, muscle weakness or connective tissue fluid retention. These physiologic changes can irritate and inflame the vertebral facet joints putting pressure on the sciatic nerve which is derived from several spinal nerves, most notably L4 and L5. ...Read more

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What causes sciatica during pregnancy?

What causes sciatica during pregnancy?

Pressure: There are a few causes of sciatica during pregnancy- among these are pressure on the lumbar plexus of nerves by the uterus/baby, increased pressure on the disks from increased weight in pregnancy, or simply increased stress on the piriformis muscle imitating sciatica. There are a few more but these are some of the more common ones. ...Read more

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Does low progesyerone level in early pregnancy cause bad low back pain?

Does low progesyerone level in early pregnancy cause bad low back pain?

Usually not: Low back pain in pregnancy is usually related to the extra weight being supported by the lower back muscles. Think of your spine as the middle of a see saw. The more weight in front has to be balanced by more effort by the back muscles. Good luck sleep on a good mattress and on your side with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more

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I have a fibroid and am experiencing low back pain & spotting in early pregnancy at 6 weeks - could the fibroid be the cause?

Should see doc ASAP: Although spotting is very common during early pregnancy, the associated back pain is concerning. If your fibroids normally cause you to have back pain with your period, this may also be so. But, if this is new, it is more concerning. I recommend getting checked out by your OB doc asap. Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more