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First Trimester Glucola Screen (Overview)

Glucose tolerance testing - This test checks for signs of gestational diabetes. It's fairly straightforward: You drink a sweetened solution, and an hour later a blood sample is drawn and your blood sugar level is measured.


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What is a first trimester screening for a fetus?

What is a first trimester screening for a fetus?

Blood and U/S tests.: First trimester screen for any pregnancy includes a sonographic examination to determine plurality, basic fetal anatomy, gestational sac location, fetal viability and gestational dates - as well as blood tests (hcg, papp-a, maternit21/harmony tests) to determine the risk for down syndrome, fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia (uterine artery dopplers), preterm birth (cervical length). Nicolaides. ...Read more

First Trimester Glucola Screen (Overview)

Glucose tolerance testing - This test checks for signs of gestational diabetes. It's fairly straightforward: You drink a sweetened solution, and an hour later a blood sample is drawn and your blood sugar level is measured.


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I had a normal first trimester screening and harmony prenatal test. Is an AFP blood test necessary? Can it come back high risk?

I had a normal first trimester screening and harmony prenatal test. Is an AFP blood test necessary? Can it come back high risk?

The msAFP is: To assess the risk of open neural tube defects i.e. Spina bifida, which is not tested by harmony or the first trimester screen. It is up to you if you would like to be screened for ntds. Keep in mind that, if detected, these defects can be repaired by a skilled pediatric neurosurgeon while the baby is still inside you. Speak to your obgyn and make an informed decision. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy First Trimester (Checklist)

Take prenatal vitamins
daily
Take folic acid
daily
See your OB-gyn or midwife
monthly
Take walks
daily
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Should I be worried if soft markers were found in anatomy scan when harmony, AFP and first trimester screening were very low risk?

I'm sure it's hard: Not to worry till your OB can gather enough additional information to confirm or rule out a problem. However, it also assures you that you & your baby are receiving excellent medical care & that all needed tests &/or referrals will be offered to you in a timely fashion. Try to stay positive & healthy. You may not have. Been able to process everything your OB said at first, so ask him/her again. ...Read more

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Is it normal that I have not put on any weight in the first trimester?

Is it normal that I have not put on any weight in the first trimester?

Yes: In the first trimester, 2-4 pounds is the average weight gain in a person starting at a normal weight. Most weight is gained later in pregnancy. You only need an additional 100-300 calories per day to support a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Second Trimester (Checklist)

Share your pregnancy news with friends, family, and coworkers
once
Get your flu shot during flu season
once
Monitor weight gain and focus on a healthy diet
once
Schedule a dental visit to keep your pregnancy healthy
once
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Is massage ok in the first trimester? There seems to be a lot of different opinions about this

Is massage ok in the first trimester? There seems to be a lot of different opinions about this

Yes: Simply - yes. There are no contraindications. You are going to be concerned with issues regarding whether modalities penetrate the pelvis and influence the developing fetus. Or whether somethic can make some systemic change (like a drug does, or perhaps the way a hormone influences change). Massage is topical, like an ice pack or a heating pad. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Third Trimester (Checklist)

Preregister for the delivery at your hospital
once
Understand your employers maternity leave and short-term disability policy
once
Buy an infant car seat and install it in your car
once
Schedule Group B strep testing at 35 weeks
once
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During first trimester does urine change colour?

During first trimester does urine change colour?

Vitamins: Occasionally there is a slight darkening of urine from the prenatal vitamins that are taken during pregnancy. Otherwise, there should not be significant color change. If tea colored, bloody red, or even appears very concentrated consult OB doc to check for infection or to see if dehydrated and need to increase fluid intake. ...Read more

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Can I eat clam chowder during the first trimester?

Yes: If you are not allergic to seafood there should be no problem. Enjoy :). ...Read more

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Can first trimester ultrasounds be over 7 days off?

Can first trimester ultrasounds be over 7 days off?

Possible: Usually not in the first weeks-4 to 6, but as the time of gestation progresses the estimation of gestational age can change. ...Read more

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Is spotting in the first trimester normal and or common?

Is spotting in the first trimester normal and or common?

Yes to both: 1 in 3 women will have spotting or bleeding in the first 3 or 4 months of pregnancy. This is usually due to implantation bleeding and does not represent a problem. ...Read more

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Is if safe to have a 4hour road trip during first trimester?

Is if safe to have a 4hour road trip during first trimester?

Yes, and precautions: Yes you can, however do stop frequently (pit stops) to empty your bladder and stretch and most importantly wear your seat belt. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am spotting during the first trimester?

What did your OB say: Any problems like this need to be directed to your OB and if u have not gone for care I would do that asap, spotting can be from the cervix, or form inside the uterus u could be trying to miscarriage or u could have a small blood clot behind the placenta called a retroplacental hematoma that usually resolves, if u are spotting then no intercourse and see your OB for an exam and ultraosund. ...Read more

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It's laying on your side bad for the baby in first trimester?

It's laying on your side bad for the baby in first trimester?

Doesn't matter: Your body position makes no difference in the first trimester. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel the same as first trimester during 27 weeks?

Is it normal to feel the same as first trimester during 27 weeks?

Pregnancy sxs: Pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, may persist thru out pregnancy in some women. Check your hemoglobin level at your prenatal visit and eat ginger to help with nausea ...Read more

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Is it weird to have more severe diabetes symptoms in first trimester?

Is it weird to have more severe diabetes symptoms in first trimester?

No: Many things can happen in the first trimester and the symptoms might be similar to out of control diabetes. Also during the first trimester, your "normal" dm regimen might not work anymore and you might feel symptoms while your doctor is intensifying your diabetes treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Can a first trimester US help distinguish when implantation occurred and how so?

Can a first trimester US help distinguish when implantation occurred and how so?

Sort of: 1st trimester US can measure a baby's size (crown-rump length) very accurately, which can be used to calculate how "old" the baby is. Based on this, and IF the pregnancy is normal you can count backwards to estimate (it is NOT exact) when conception occurred. This is done if the woman's last period is unknown. Implantation is not calculated because it has no clinical importance and is not exact. ...Read more

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Can I eat cinnamon. What are foods that are best. For me to eat in the first trimester?

Can I eat cinnamon. What are foods that are best. For me to eat in the first trimester?

Spices: Just eating a well balanced diet in general is your best bet supplemented with a prenatal vitamin and possibly extra folic acid. Cinnamon is used in alot of processed foods like cereal, cookies, etc. I know of no restrictions on eating foods that contain cinnamon in pregnancy. However, there are lots of old wives tales out there regarding spices and other foods. ...Read more

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How accurate are ultrasounds in the first trimester I'm due may 14 and the baby measuring 3.1 cm. So should I be futher along?

How accurate are ultrasounds in the first trimester I'm due may 14 and the baby measuring 3.1 cm. So should I be futher along?

Very accurate: 1st trimester ultrasounds are the most accurate ultrasounds for dating a pregnancy. At 3.1cm today, your 10 weeks along and a due date of 5/14 is within accuracy. If you're not exactly 10 weeks today, then this information not helpful. You need date of ultrasound, gestational age on that date, and edc, as well as crl. ...Read more

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Can I eat guava during first trimester?

Yes: There are no restrictions on fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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How much weight gain in first trimester?

How much weight gain in first trimester?

Very little: Weight gain in pregnancy will vary from person to person. I encourage people to be healthy instead of focusing on weight gain. You only need 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy and this is in the third trimester. In the first trimester when the baby is less than two inches long you should be gaining very little. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nair in first trimester?

Yes: So long as you follow the directions, you'll be fine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do yoga in the first trimester?

Is it safe to do yoga in the first trimester?

Yes.: Yoga is a great way to stay flexible and active during pregnancy, especially during the morning sickness of the first trimester. ...Read more

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Can you take asprin during the first trimester?

Can you take asprin during the first trimester?

Acetaminophen: One baby Aspirin daily is known to be safe at any time during a pregnancy, and is sometimes prescribed for various obstetrical complications. For analgesia, Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents are cautioned against, especially beyond 34 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a first trimester ultrasound be 19 days off?

Can a first trimester ultrasound be 19 days off?

Not likely: Measurements during the first trimester are usually accurate to +/- 7 days, and are established from the first day of bleeding from your last menstrual cycle. As the pregnancy progresses the dating becomes less accurate. ...Read more

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Can a first trimester ultrasound be two weeks off?

It can show discord: A first trimester ultrasound is extremely accurate in determining how far along you are, and when the exact due date is. It is possible for it to show that the pregnancy is 2 weeks 'off' from what the expected due date was. As long as it was done by a qualified sono technician or physician, it's unlike for it to be 2 weeks inaccurate in the first trimester. You may have ovulated earlier (or late. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat cup of noodles in first trimester?

Is it safe to eat cup of noodles in first trimester?

Safe - yes: But not nutrient rich. But make sure that your diet is balanced. ...Read more

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Can a first trimester ultrasound be three weeks off?

Can a first trimester ultrasound be three weeks off?

No: A late first trimester ultrasound (i.e., 12 weeks) may be off by as much as a week in either direction but unless done by a completely incompetent sonographer, 3 weeks would be unheard of. Earlier in the first trimester the accuracy is even better with a range of less than a week. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken methyldopa (aldomet) in first trimester?

Has anyone ever taken methyldopa (aldomet) in first trimester?

Yes: This is a central acting medicine for management of high blood pressure. It is an old but safe & effective treatment, though many feel there are better medicines available now for high blood pressure in pregnancy. ...Read more

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