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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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 chances of a healthy pregnancy at 38-both parents have gene for CF and one miscarriage 3 weeks ago.

What are the chances of a healthy pregnancy at 38-both parents have gene for CF and one miscarriage 3 weeks ago.

Odds are..: 25% of conceptions will have cf, 50% will be carriers, & 25% will not be carrying a CF gene. For a woman of 38, risk of any genetic abnormality is about 1%. Success also is affected by the age of your partner. Higher success rate if the male is younger than 40. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your HCG to drop then rise and still have a healthy pregnancy?

Is it possible for your HCG to drop then rise and still have a healthy pregnancy?

Rarely: If labs where levels were run are all the same then it is very unlikely that you would have levels that fell then rose and let to a successful pregnancy. Keep following with your provider to monitor that it is not a tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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I just got a positive pregnancy test what are the next steps I should take for a healthy pregnancy ?

I just got a positive pregnancy test what are the next steps I should take for a healthy pregnancy ?

Healthy pregnancy: Avoid tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, illicit drugs ; unnecessary medications. Remain physically active and eat healthfully. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night. Take your prenatal vitamins and keep all prenatal appointments. Take care. ...Read more

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Why is it that some women have negative hpt, and months later it comes up positive? And still have a healthy pregnancy?

Why is it that some women have negative hpt, and months later it comes up positive? And still have a healthy pregnancy?

???: Not sure what you mean , but i assume you mean the preg test is neg and later comes up positive, which usually means you were not pg when the first test was done or you were too early for it to be +. ...Read more

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Can premature women born at 51/2 months have healthy pregnancy and birth?! im terrified of having stroke or something serious happen

Can premature women born at 51/2 months have healthy pregnancy and birth?! im terrified of having stroke or something serious happen

Premature Not Ideal: No. That is way too early to expect the child to have anything but a life full of medical problems. It is very dangerous to have a baby this early. It may even lead to the death of the newborn. ...Read more

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My hCG 1st beta 5/30 (3 weeks 5 day) was 59, 2nd beta 6/2 (4 weeks 2 day) was 161, 3rd beta 6/5 was 529. Chances of a healthy pregnancy?

My hCG 1st beta 5/30 (3 weeks 5 day) was 59, 2nd beta 6/2 (4 weeks 2 day) was 161, 3rd beta 6/5 was 529. Chances of a healthy pregnancy?

Favorable HCG values: HCG levels start below 1,200, double every 72 hours and increase by at least 60% every two days. Your HCG rate surpassed the standard. Also, HCG levels correlate to gestational age, but vary due to different laboratories and to our unique bodies. For instance, for 4-5 weeks, one source reports an HCG of 1000-5000 while another 100-5000. Changes in the HCG level matters more than the actual level. ...Read more

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My husband & I are wanting to try to conceive. What can we do to increase our chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy?

My husband & I are wanting to try to conceive. What can we do to increase our chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy?

Preconception: taking prenatal vitamins before you conceive and having your spouse take a multivitamin as well. You can also use ovulation prediction kits to help time when you are most likely to conceive. Lastly have an OB provider picked out that will take you for early prenatal care. ...Read more

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Can premature women that were born at 51/2 months themselves. Have a normal healthy pregnancy? Or will I have increased risks because i was a preemie?

Can premature women that were born at 51/2 months themselves. Have a normal healthy pregnancy? Or will I have increased risks because i was a preemie?

No Worries...: Just because you were a preemie does not mean that you will have preemie babies. Babies are born prematurely for all sorts of reasons. Even the healthiest of women can have an early delivery of a newborn. If you have a congenital or genetic condition that predisposes you to difficult pregnancies you should discuss this with your health care provider. ...Read more

Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Pregnancy (Definition)

There are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more