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I'm a 40 year old female, regular menstruation but I'm not getting pregnant. I eat healthy, exercise and have no history of illness.

I'm a 40 year old female, regular menstruation but I'm not getting pregnant.  I eat healthy, exercise and have no history of illness.

See an Ob/Gyn: If you want to get pregnant at age 40 and are having difficulty, you need to be evaluated by an Ob/Gyn or infertility specialist. Its harder to get pregnant at age 40 and frequently you need assistance. Best wishs! ...Read more

Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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I know i'm suppose to eat healthy if i want to get pregnant but what kinda foods do i eat if i'm trying to get pregnant ?

I know i'm suppose to eat healthy if i want to get pregnant but what kinda foods do i eat if  i'm trying to get pregnant ?

Balanced & healthy: Get in healthy proteins like red & black beans, chickpeas, fish (low mercury), poultry (75 to 100 gm of protein/ day). Calcium (1,000 mg per day) with tofu, almonds, dairy products or eggs. Iron (27mg/day) from whole grains & green leafy veggies. Folic acid (600 to 800 mg/day with foods like melon, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries & turnips. Avoid alcohol and reduce caffeine. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to not gain weight during pregnancy but still eat healthy?

Can there be a way to not gain weight during pregnancy but still eat healthy?

Please put the : The health of you & your baby first. It isn't healthy to aim for no weight gain (although this does happen during some pregnancies). ...Read more

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How to explain you eat healthy during pregnancy without offending people? People get mad if I say no to food that I don't think will help my baby.

How to explain you eat healthy during pregnancy without offending people? People get mad if I say no to food that I don't think will help my baby.

Healthy diet: I would suggest that you tell people that you have been told by your OB that it is healthy to gain about 30 lbs in pregnancy and that it is recommended that you exercise and watch your diet to meet that goal. Excess calories are good for no one, including your baby. ...Read more

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Well I had my tubes tied in 2003 and I eat healthy and excerise so what are my chances of getting pregnant..

Well I had my tubes tied in 2003 and I eat healthy and excerise so what are my chances of getting pregnant..

Less than one %: Fallopian tube failures do occur but are usually less than one percent depending upon how the Fallopian tubes were interrupted. Clip procedures fail more frequently then multiple Fallopian tube site cautery or cutting with separation. ...Read more

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Ddi (didanosine) I eat healthy for pregnancy so far?

Ddi (didanosine) I eat healthy for pregnancy so far?

Elaborate: Not sure what your diet is, but focus on fresh fruits, veggies and avoid processed food. Eat good sources of protein and don´t neglect the water. ...Read more

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Don't have any insurance and I am 15 weeks pregnant i'm taking prenatal and trying to eat healthy what else should I be doing?

Don't have any insurance and I am 15 weeks pregnant i'm taking  prenatal and trying to eat healthy what else should I be doing?

Medicaid: You need to be getting insurance or getting medicaid. All pregnant women in the us are eligible for medicaid, get it. Healthy pregnancies and healthy births are related to good prenatal care, make it your number one priority. Nothing else is as important at this time. ...Read more

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What is the most important period during pregnancy to eat healthy?

What is the most important period during pregnancy to eat healthy?

First trimester?: Maternal nutrition is very important throughout peri conception, pregnancy and lactation. Arguably the ingestion of Folic Acid preconceptionally is the most important aspect, however healthy diet throughout pregnancy can prevent maternal-fetal or even remote complications decades later to the offspring. ...Read more

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I am experiencing intermenstrual bleeding with clots and severe cramping with back pain. I'm 40 and not pregnant. Any ideas? I workout, eat healthy.

I am experiencing intermenstrual bleeding with clots and severe cramping with back pain. I'm 40 and not pregnant. Any ideas? I workout, eat healthy.

Dysmenorrhea: We call this condition dysmenorrhea. if it becomes more frequent and heavier we call it Menometrorrhagia. several things can cause this condition. Need to see your GYN doctor for examination and evaluation. Recommend iron supplementation to help prevent anemia from the blood loss. ...Read more

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Having trouble loosing. I do exercise daily at the gym & i eat healthy but can't seem to loose the 85 pounds of baby weight i gained during pregnancy.

Having trouble loosing. I do exercise daily at the gym & i eat healthy but can't seem to loose the 85 pounds of baby weight i gained during pregnancy.

A/ W Dr. Munshower: Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. ...Read more

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Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Other possibilities: While i don't know what "all the symptoms" are from your point of view, the symptoms we normally associate with early pregnancy are merely suggestive and not definitive. They are all nonspecific and could have other explanations. While you ought to repeat the pregnancy test in a few days to be certain, you should consider getting a check up. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks pregnant. I eat healthy but I am concerned with my fruit consumption and the sugars from it. How much is too much? 3-4 fruit per day?

I am 20 weeks pregnant. I eat healthy but I am concerned with my fruit consumption and the sugars from it. How much is too much?  3-4 fruit per day?

See below: Fruits are healthful, but some do have a lot of natural sugars that can be very concerning if you're at risk for gestational diabetes or already have diabetes. http://www.livestrong.com/article/278384-the-glycemic-index-for-fruits/ covers the topic well. If u eat fruits as part of a well balanced diet, u shouldn't have any problems. Just avoid those canned in syrup; fresh fruits are better. ...Read more

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My period came left a couple hours later i can't be pregnant cause i haven't had sex i did started to workout 4 times a week and eat healthy in 1/2014?

My period came left a couple hours later
i can't be pregnant cause i haven't had sex i did started to workout 4 times a week and eat healthy in 1/2014?

On birth control?: Are you on birth control pills? These can decrease or even stop your menstrual periods. Healthy eating and exercise will not usually cause menstrual problems, but severe caloric restriction and sudden weight loss can. If you're concerned about your menstrual periods, your doctor should be glad to assist you. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant. I am unable to eat healthy due to vomiting sensation. Will this affect baby? 

I am 5 weeks pregnant. I am unable to eat healthy due to vomiting sensation. Will this affect baby? 

Depends on severity: Nausea+vomiting in pregnancy can start at 5-6 weeks, peak at 8-10 weeks and for most women it resolves at 12 weeks.Approximately 20% continue to have issues later on.Attempting to get fluids in and some calories daily will prevent dehydration, and vitamin+nutrient deficiencies.To control nausea+vomiting it is good to eat dry crunchy food+sip on fluids or ice chips or popsicles throughout the day. ...Read more

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While pregnant and after birth of my 6 month old bub i've had swollen ankles since. I've had a blood test done results all good i exersise and eat healthy?

While pregnant and after birth of my 6 month old bub i've had swollen ankles since. I've had a blood test done results all good i exersise and eat healthy?

Need more evaluation: There are a variety of causes of swelling of the lower legs, many of which would not be something that would be found by a blood test. A good history and physical exam should be done, and most likely you will need an ultrasound test of your legs to evaluate the health and function of your leg veins. Vein problems such as varicose veins are common with pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am a teen mother who is currently breastfeeding my five month old son. I cannot lose my pregnancy weight what can I do? I eat healthy and exercise.

I am a teen mother who is currently breastfeeding my five month old son. I cannot lose my pregnancy weight what can I do? I eat healthy and exercise.

Cardio Mix: If you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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Can you have too much folic acid? My dr put me on 5mg as I have a high risk pregnancy, but i also take pregnacare that has 400mcg & i eat healthy?Thx

Can you have too much folic acid? My dr put me on 5mg as I have a high risk pregnancy, but i also take pregnacare that has 400mcg & i eat healthy?Thx

Very safe: Folic acid is very safe with no known toxicity. There is only one reason some authorities advise limiting Folic Acid to 1 mg/day which had nothing to do with Folic Acid being hazardous but due to the fact that high doses can cover up evidence of B12 deficiency. If you are not deficient in B12 then high doses are quite safe- see http://lpi.Oregonstate.Edu/infocenter/vitamins/fa/. ...Read more

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I'm a month pregnant and I couldn't eat healthy due to nausea. I suffer stomach burn & ache.Wt to do?

I'm a month pregnant and I couldn't eat healthy due to nausea. I suffer stomach burn & ache.Wt to do?

See your doc: Your doc may be able to give you some basic medications (eg vitamin b6) to control your nausea. Eating smaller portioned meals may help your nausea and avoid spicy foods/caffeine if possible until the nausea reduces. If your nausea persists despite treatment, you may need some stronger medications and IV fluids. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Ira Katz
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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