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How do doctors confirm pregnancy because I had been examined and my doctor told me nothing I could understand?

How do doctors confirm pregnancy because I had been examined and my doctor told me nothing I could understand?

Pregnancy test : Doctors would do a urine pregnancy test just like you would do at home. If there was some reason to question the result than the doctor might do a blood pregnancy test. This is how you confirm a pregnancy ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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How valid are pregnancy tests after periods? Doc, though I've had periods but I have pregnancy symptoms, can I confirm it by taking a pregnancy test?

How valid are pregnancy tests after periods? 
Doc, though I've had periods but I have pregnancy symptoms, can I confirm it by taking a pregnancy test?

Did you miss period?: If you are having regular periods, you are not pregnant. Though pregnancy can occur any time if you are having unprotected sex. You may take a pregnancy test if you miss your period by more than 5-7 days. ...Read more

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I've Taken 4 Pos. Pregnancy Test. & Doctors At Hospital Confirmed It. But I'm 5 Weeks No Symptoms & Nothing Shows Up On My Ultrasound. Why?

I've Taken 4 Pos. Pregnancy Test. & Doctors At Hospital Confirmed It. But I'm 5 Weeks No Symptoms & Nothing Shows Up On My Ultrasound. Why?

Ectopic pregnancy: At 5 completed weeks of gestation or if the pregnancy hormone concentration in your blood is greater than 1500 units/ml, the pregnancy should be visible on transvaginal ultrasound located inside the uterus. If that is not the case, you are either not quite 5 weeks pregnant, or the pregnancy is somewhere outside the uterus. You need to work closely with your provider. ...Read more

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Positive (faint line) home pregnancy test 2/18, urine test at doc. Confirmed pregnancy. Home test again 2/22 still very faint + line, is this normal?

Positive (faint line) home pregnancy test 2/18, urine test at doc. Confirmed pregnancy. Home test again 2/22 still very faint + line, is this normal?

Yes: I would be concerned if home test went from positive to negative. If you're having a lot of anxiety over this see if your doctor will repeat your serum pregnancy test in a few days, but I would not worry too much. It won't help to be overly stressed. ...Read more

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Before taking a pregnancy test and confirming it with my doctor... What are the main symptoms that indicate pregnancy? What should you look out for?

Before taking a pregnancy test and confirming it with my doctor... What are the main symptoms that indicate pregnancy? What should you look out for?

See the doctor 1st.: Early pregnancy may cause a variety symptoms: nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, missed period and/or spotting. Because there is no way to be sure other than to take a pregnancy test, & because some of these symptoms may also indicate another, more serious condition such as ectopic pregnancy, you should visit your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Metformin safe to take if you have 4 positive pregnancy tests, but haven't had a doctor confirm?

Is Metformin safe to take if you have 4 positive pregnancy tests, but haven't had a doctor confirm?

Metformin pregnancy : Metformin is usually safe in pregnancy. At least can use upto first six months. If you are a diabetic might need Insulin sooner. Talk to your obstetrician or primary care physician. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I just wanted to confirm that I am pregnant & that I definently seen a faint line on a clear blue pregnancy test?

Hi doctor, I just wanted to confirm that I am pregnant & that I definently seen a faint line on a clear blue pregnancy test?

No way to confirm: This on the Internet. If you saw a blue line sign that's a good sign, The simplest things for you to do is to check a test again in another day or two and see if it's also positive. Of course a blood test is a bit more accurate than a urine test. ...Read more

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Just took a pregnancy test and it said I was not pregnant but went to the doctor on monday and confirmed I was pregnant, did I lose the baby?

Just took a pregnancy test and it said I was not pregnant but went to the doctor on monday and confirmed I was pregnant, did I lose the baby?

Probably not: The urine pregnancy test for HCG was obviously falsely negative, or the amount of HCG was below the positive threshhold of the urine test. ...Read more

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My LMP was april19 2014 I did not have sex the month of april had sex may 3 how far along pregnant am I doctor confirmed pregnancy may 22, 2014?

My LMP was april19 2014 I did not have sex the month of april had sex may 3 how far along pregnant am I doctor confirmed pregnancy may 22, 2014?

Conception: You have not given us enough specific information on which to give you a valid answer. But given that the internet is readily available you do not need to resubmit this question. You have all the tools you need online to figure out your pregnancy questions. Here is a conception calculator that I use regularly. It will give you all you need: http://www.babymed.com/conception-calculator. ...Read more

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Does Duphaston confirm pregnancy? My doctor prescribed it 2x a day for 5 days. I had a withdrawal bleeding after 3 days. Am i pregnant?

Does Duphaston confirm pregnancy? My doctor prescribed it 2x a day for 5 days. I had a withdrawal bleeding after 3 days. Am i pregnant?

Not exactly: To "confirm" a pregnancy means to show evidence that there is a pregnancy. This is easily done with a home urine pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex, or after missing a regular normal menstrual period. ...Read more

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I have tender dense breast tissue confirmed by Doctor. M 17wks pregnant. When will this resolve? This is my 2nd pregnancy. Any home remedies?

I have tender dense breast tissue confirmed by Doctor. M 17wks pregnant. When will this resolve? This is my 2nd pregnancy. Any home remedies?

Examination: The doctor who did your breast exam is in the best position to answer this question. If an abnormality was found then a breast sonogram can be done to evaluate the area. The hormones of pregnancy often cause breast tenderness ...Read more

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I Keep Take Pregancy Test. They're All Post. Doc. Confirmed I'm 5Weeks. No Symptoms. Nothing Shows On The Ultrasound & I'm Scared Is Something Wrong?

I Keep Take Pregancy Test. They're All Post. Doc. Confirmed I'm 5Weeks. No Symptoms. Nothing Shows On The Ultrasound & I'm Scared Is Something Wrong?

Get full GYN exam: Positive pregnancy test means something somewhere in your body is producing the hormone HCG which is detected in the urine. That something can be a normal embryo in the uterus, an embryo outside the uterus (tubal pregnancy), molar pregnancy (incomplete embyo) or an HCG-producing tumor. All these possibilities need to be explored urgently. ...Read more

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What is the best schedule of doctors appointments in pregnancy?

What is the best schedule of doctors appointments in pregnancy?

Varies: Every doctor is different. Also, it depends on whether you are high risk. In general for a low risk pregnancy you could be seen once a month until 7 months. You will be seen every 2 to 3 weeks after that until the last month of the pregnancy when you will be seen once a week. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the 3rd week in pregnancy feel like?

Can doctors tell me what does the 3rd week in pregnancy feel like?

3rd week: Because the pregnancy count begins the first day of your last period you are likely not experiencing much at this time. There may be a rise in basal body temperature & cervical mucus may be thin and clear. Two good resources follow. One is a website and the other is a book.1. http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/
2. "What to expect when you are expecting". ...Read more

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I am experiencing pregnancy symptoms but went to the doctors to test and it was negative?

I am experiencing pregnancy symptoms but went to the doctors to test and it was negative?

Then that doc: Need to do an amenorrhea workup which consists of other blood work and an ultrasound, there can be many causes for missing a period which your gyn can determine. ...Read more

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When do you first start noticing pregnancy symptoms? What do the symptoms consist of? Thank you, doctors!

When do you first start noticing pregnancy symptoms? What do the symptoms consist of? Thank you, doctors!

Missed period: Generally the first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. IF she has missed her period then check a pregnancy test at home. Later on early pregnancy signs are breast tenderness, nausea, morning sickness and others. ...Read more

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Is there a law in the state of oklahoma that requires doctors to treat women at risk of death from pregnancy?

Is there a law in the state of oklahoma that requires doctors to treat women at risk of death from pregnancy?

Partial birth aborti: Patial birth abortion a procedure that is performed by obs to terminate the pregnancy if the mother's life is in danger. Since this procedure is done after 20 weeks of gestation some politicians have been calling it as murdering unborn babies this procedure is performed very rarely and it is only performed to save the mother's life. In several states it has been banned ...Read more

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How late in your pregnancy is it okay to switch doctors? I'm entering my thirty-first week and I'm feeling neglected when it comes to my prenatal visits.

How late in your pregnancy is it okay to switch doctors? I'm entering my thirty-first week and I'm feeling neglected when it comes to my prenatal visits.

Depends: It may be difficult to find an OB that is willing to accept a new patient that late in a pregnancy, but not impossible. Get some recommendations from friends; (labor and delivery nurses are a great source); make some phone calls to recommended ob's and tell the staff your situation. They will likely want to review your record prior to accepting you. ...Read more

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Why do people in the U.S. need medicine to have a safe pregnancy/delivery when women in other countries can do it without any doctors or medicine at all?

Why do people in the U.S. need medicine to have a safe pregnancy/delivery when women in other countries can do it without any doctors or medicine at all?

Can be done, but...: 100 years ago, 1 in 4 women in the USA died in Childbirth. Now, the rate is .28 per 1000. This is due mostly to the availability of doctors, blood, antibiotics and c/sections. Its true that women in, say, Sierra Leone, frequently give birth without medicine or doctors but the maternal mortality rate is 40 times higher (11 per 1,000 women). It can (and is) being done but carries some risk. ...Read more

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What do doctors recommend for the spacing between siblings/ between pregnancies?

What do doctors recommend for the spacing between siblings/ between pregnancies?

Let try to explain?: A review of many studies in this area has shown a significantly higher risk of prematurity, low birth weight, and being small for gestational age in babies conceived within six months, compared to babies conceived within 18 to 23 months, of a previous birth. These risks were still evident for babies conceived within 7-17 months of the previous birth. Ihope I was helpfull. Thank. ...Read more

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Hi doc, what's the best thing to do to cut pregnancy?

Hi doc, what's the best thing to do to cut pregnancy?

Avoid the cause: Avoidance of sex is the absolute way to avoid or cut pregnancy but if that is not an option, then some form of birth control such as pill. IUD, Depo-Provera progesterone or if want permanent solution then tubal ligation. However, some of these options may not line up with your religious beliefs. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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How much do pregnancy tests at the doctors usually cost?

Depends: Depends on whether blood or urine. Varies. Call your doctor and ask. ...Read more