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Ears Plugged During 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
Very early: Weeks to months sometimes, the usual time is anytime after 37 weeks if u are worried call your OB cause if u are early they will need to check your cervix and do cervical length on ultrasound to make sure it is not thinning out or dilating too soon whcih can be treated but they need to know if the cervix is normal length or not. ...Read more
Can mucus plug regenerate during pregnancy? Is this true that women lose mucus plug bit by bit and then new mucus plug is formed?
Mucous: Certain membranes in your body form mucous. Your cervix is one of them. Some lose it all at once. Some bit by bit. Either way is normal. ...Read more
Even more - enjoy your baby when the time comes! ...Read more
How high does your fever have to be to impact baby development during pregnancy? My normal temp is 97.6 rather than 98.6 taken by ear
Probably above 102: Although prolonged/repeated exposure to high ambient temperatures of saunas, jacuzzis during the first weeks of pregnancy can increase the risk of some birth defects, it is not clear if fevers "impact on a baby development" because of the high temperature or because of the cause of the fever which can be viral or bacterial infections or other metabolic disorders. Ask MFM doctor with expertise in ID ...Read more
Hi I want to know risks associated with ear tags of a new born. Amniocentesis was done during pregnancy and was fine, does this rule out any risk?
Ear tags: Most ear tags are benign and not associated with any abnormalities. One thing I know they can be associated with is hearing abnormalities. Hearing test in the hospital and subsequent one later in life (consult with ent) is important to conduct. Otherwise, no other testing than routine one in the hospital (metabolic profile) is recommended. ...Read more
I am pregnant with my 2nd child an keep getting pus balls where my ears are pierced. This has only ever happened during pregnancy. What could it mean?
Immune system: When you are pregnant your body's immune system is less vigilant than normal so that you don't "reject" the baby growing inside you. The downside is that you're more susceptible to infections, which is what those "pus balls" are. Stop wearing earrings until you deliver the baby; that should solve the problem. ...Read more
5 weeks pregnant and temp fluctuating between 98.6-99.5 for 2 days (by ear). Normal during pregnancy? 99.5 high enough to harm baby?
No harm to baby: Actually, temperatures variate below 100 degrees normally. If your temperature rises above that value assessment of an infection location is needed. ...Read more
Daily ear popping during pregnancy. Not sick, crackling and popping for last 6 weeks. Ears look normal. Been told Pregnancy related. Why? Thank you
Vasomotor rhinitis: Pregnancy is often associated with nasal congestion presumably from hormonal changes-aka vasomotor rhinitis of pregnancy. The nasal congestion-> eustachean tube obstruction (best assessed by tympanogram) -> popping. On the other hand, TMJ disease can also cause this sensation. ...Read more
Not likely: As long as the infection was just in the ear and did not get into your blood/system, and you take appropriate medication to clear the infection, the baby will be fine. Make sure the treating physician is aware you are pregnant, as certain antibiotics should not be used during pregnancy. ...Read more
Unlikely to be a pbm: The common low grade temperatures for an ear infection are unlikely to cause any issue with pregnancy.We have more concerns with fevers that are part of a generalized flu or viral infection especially during the first 12 wks (when the virus could get to baby), or were someone to cook themselves in a hot tub daily during that period. ...Read more
My body feels itchy. I had this during my pregnancy. Took allerid n felt better. But the itch has started again...Its from head to toe. What to do?
Antihistamine 4 itch: Antihistamines are usually the most helpful medications you can take for itching. You can get benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec, allegra, Claritin and other ah otc now. Any of these may help itching, but Claritin might be the least effective; results are individual. If the itching continues or worsens over time, see an allergist for help figuring out why you are itching. It could be a disease that needs attention. ...Read more
During entire pregnancy, my baby has been very active and moved, is it possible sometimes she turns head down?
Baby girl born yesterday 6pound and 12 inch head circumference. Is her head fine I was told during pregnancy that she might have microcephaly?
Head measures small: Her weight is right around the 5th percentile for a newborn but her head is well below the 3rd percentile. The first head measurement after birth is difficult to rely on as there are things like "molding" (shape changes) from passing through the birth canal to consider. This info has to be put into context with the help of your pediatrician. They are there to assist you, don't hesitate to ask quest ...Read more
Always "hairy" d/t my ethnicity but during pregnancy I got tons more body hair. Post partum it remains in excess but hair on head sheds a lot. Causes?
In general: In general, in the last trimester.Get a more detailed answer ›
Grade I No: A grade I concussion will result in a brief period of memory loss and a headache and will not affect the fetus. Grade ii and iii concussions resulting in more severe symptoms "may have an impact" but only on the mother's awareness. Comatose mothers still deliver healthy babies. ...Read more
Is bio-freeze or other topically applied arthritic gel a nono during pregnancy? Horrible migraines, will be applied to neck and back of head if okay.
Maybe: I just checked the biofreeze website and drugs. Com. Basically, it uses menhol applied topically to control pain, with some success. Drugs. Com said that there are no studies done to prove or disprove safety in pregnancy. Therefore, I wouldn't use it unless your ob/gyn has had some success with it and recommends it as O.K. ...Read more
Is it normal to get headaches during early pregnancy in your neck and back of head with slight sensitivity to light? Chin touches chest fine. Tension?
Yes: Your body will immediately begin experiencing physical changes. Those that you describe are common ones. ...Read more
Is it safe to use "head & shoulders" antidandruff shampoo&conditioner 2x a week during pregnancy? It's active ingredient is pyrithione zinc. I'm on 9wks
I have having pregnancy symptoms, do I sound pregnant? I have having pregnancy symptoms, I was spotting this jan 7th -9th during my period time it was brown barely anything and barely any pink. My heart rate is up at 86-90. I am getting head aches. Lower
Good: Good plan to repeat the testing. Another possible cause is anovulation, where you didn't ovulate this month and are having hormonal symptoms rather than pregnancy symptoms. If your next test is negative you may wish to utilize supplemental hormones to re-synchronize your endometrium (uterine lining). ...Read more
What are the signs of losing the mucus plug at 15 weeks pregnancy and what does it mean to lose it?
No data: They mucous plug is a misnomer. Your cervix makes mucous all the time. Pregnant or not. I don't think this mucous you've seen means anything. Concerning symptoms for miscarriage would be bleeding and cramping or water breaking. Refrain fr inter course if you're worried and talk to your doctor, but mucous in and of itself not a sign of anything other than cervix doing its job. ...Read more
Mucous: Your cervix makes mucous your whole life. During pregnancy the amount of mucus production increases. Towards the end of pregnancy there's quite a lot. As you start to dilate it slowly starts to come out. Think of the mucus present in your nose. Your cervix works the same way. It's less exciting when you think about it that way. ...Read more
Cervical dilation: Depends. If you have had one or more children vaginally before, you may be a little dilated at your baseline. Most women will not dilate their cervix until in labor. Definition of labor is adequate uterine contractions that cause cervical dilation and effacement (thinning out of the cervix). Mucous plug usually comes out late in pregnancy (after 36th week or so), but again, can happen sooner. ...Read more
Is it possible to start losing mucus plug at 7 months of pregnancy? And is this safe or should it get checked out? Really worried
Yes it is possible: And no it isnot safe and should be checked out! ...Read more
23 weeks pregnant and think I lost my mucus plug over the weekend what does this mean? This is my fourth pregnancy
Likely okay: The concept of a mucous plug doesn't hold a lot of weight.... Mucous is produced every day by the cervix, more so in pregnancy. I've had a lot of patients who go into labor never having lost their "plug" and just as many who think they've lost their mucous who aren't in labor. If you have cramp or bleeding then go to L&D right away. See MD and ask for cervix length ultrasound to check for labor ...Read more
41 weeks 4th pregnancy just lost muscus plug am I likely to labour quicker made it to hospital with 3rd with 3 hrs to spare?
Hard to know: Generally just as fast. As you are 41 weeks and it is time to deliver, I would have an assessment. All the best. Are you close to hospital? ...Read more
22 weeks pregnancy ear temp said 97.4 first reading and 98.4 after that. Normally temp is at least 98.6 usually low 99's should I worry?
I'm 38 weeks and have had lots of discharge in the pregnancy. On monday I lost my mucus plug, since then I have had NO discharge, should I worry?
No: Just to clarify the mucus plus is usually greenish to green brown and about the size of the palm of your hand when it comes out all at once. It often times has some old blood in it. Leukorrhea discharge of pregnancy varies to almost none to a large amount. My only concern is that by discharge you mean watery leakage. If your bag of water is leaking then you need to see you OB today. ...Read more
Floxin (ofloxacin) drops: You need to treat an infection. For antibiotic ear drops there are not a lot of choices, Gentamycin and Cipro (ciprofloxacin). The worst thing for the pregnancy is an ongoing or worsening infection. There is no contraindication. You don't have a choice but to treat the outer ear infection. Your doctor who prescribed the drops knew you were pregnant and started you on them. ...Read more
Sure, unless OB orde: If your obstetrician has not forbidden intercourse, then the answer is yes. Please avoid high-risk contact (i.e. Orogenital, anogenital) as that can cause infectious and/or severe perinatal complications. If your dates are confirmed by a first trimester sonogram, then delivery tomorrow would be a good idea. Talk to your obstetrician and best of luck! ...Read more
Hi, I am 20 wk pregnant. Since 16 wk I have been having issues w/ my ears. They pop/crackle, every time I swallo/yawn. Is this pregnancy related? TY
Yes: Some women get "nasal stuffiness of pregnancy, also called rhinitis. Symptoms include blocked nose, sneezing, runny nose and nasal itching. Nasal congestion is caused by swelling and increased blood flow in the nasal mucosal lining, and increased sero-mucinous gland secretions. This can lead to ear and sinus symptoms. ...Read more
As a dentist: I can tell you that being pregnant in itself cannot cause toothaches. However, dental neglect that sometimes accompanies being pregnant (poor oral hygiene, changes in diet and refraining from seeing a dentist) can cause dental problems. There are hormonal changes when pregnant that often produce greater sensitivity of the gums to irritants and therefore inflammation. See your dentist for an exam. ...Read more
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