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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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My next period is supposed to come in 3 days on 5/20/2013. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test? And if no what is the best test to use?

My next period is supposed to come in 3 days on 5/20/2013. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test? And if no what is the best test to use?

Probably not: Most kits are sensitive to levels found in blood and urine starting on post-ovulation day 10. The question is what do you do if it is negative? Will you re-test? Why not wait unitil your expected day of menses? It is estimated that over 75% of exposed cycles in a young woman end up in an early pregnancy, but only 25% in an actual clinical pregnancy: you risk disappointment from premature testing. ...Read more

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Period 1 week early lasting 2 weeks, heavier than normal and no major cramping. Use condoms as contriseptive, 28 years old, negative pregnancy test. ?

Period 1 week early lasting 2 weeks, heavier than normal and no major cramping. Use condoms as contriseptive, 28 years old, negative pregnancy test. ?

Unclear question: From what you have described, you are not pregnant. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you use a pregnancy test twice?

Can you use a pregnancy test twice?

No: If you mean to use the same kit twice, that will not give you a reliable result. ...Read more

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How many days before your missed period can you use a pregnancy test?

Several: You ovulate 2 weeks before your period, and the pregnancy tests can detect small amounts of b-hcg (once your egg is fertilized) in only a few days. So, theoretically, you may be able to check a test several days before your "missed period.". ...Read more

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Is the morning the best time to use a pregnancy test?

Is the morning the best time to use a pregnancy test?

Follow the kit: The test kit should come with directions for whether that particular kit wants you to use your early morning urine or a subsequent urine. Follow those directions, and good luck! ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of pregnancy? And when is the earliest time to use a pregnancy test?

What are the earliest symptoms of pregnancy? And when is the earliest time to use a pregnancy test?

Back to School?: True early pregnancy is symptom free. Remember health class where you learned that a fetus is not connected physically or chemically to its mother for the first fourteen or so days after conception? Thus any symptoms before the baby is big enough to be sharing a blood supply in the uterus with the mother are not pregnancy. Testing is best done after this fourteen day window and a missed period. ...Read more

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When can I use a pregnancy test? I had sex Friday.

When can I use a pregnancy test? I had sex Friday.

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Pregnancy Test (Definition)

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as ...Read more