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I can't stop drinking heavily during pregnancy. What's the best way to get serious help?

I can't stop drinking heavily during pregnancy. What's the best way to get serious help?

Alcoholics Anonymous: Aa is a great organization. You have a good motivator to stop due to the pregnancy so attend a meeting. Going through that may help and improve yours and your baby's life. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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My husband drinks 2 or 3 beers every night. We r planning to hve a baby now. Its difficult to get him stop drinking. Is it harmful if im pregnant now?

My husband drinks 2 or 3 beers every night. We r planning to hve a baby now. Its difficult to get him stop drinking. Is it harmful if im pregnant now?

Alcoholism: I am not sure what you are asking. Your husband's alcohol use can in no way affect the health of the baby inside of you. Perhaps I am misunderstanding the question. ...Read more

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When into pregnancy is it absolutely necessary to stop drinking / smoking?

When into pregnancy is it absolutely necessary to stop drinking / smoking?

Right Away: Teratogenic effects are worse early in pregnancy and chronic effects of alcohol (fetal alcohol syndrome) and smoking (miscarriage, growth restriction, abruption, developmental delays) can be serious. Stop as soon as you attempt or plan a pregnancy & definitely as soon as you test positive. Take care & thank you for thinking of your health and the health of your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Tips to help me stop drinking pop? Need help! Want to start getting healthy before getting pregnant!

Tips to help me stop drinking pop? Need help! Want to start getting healthy before getting pregnant!

Flavored seltzer: Try switching to flavored seltzer water. You can mix in some 100% fruit juice, a squeeze of lemon and/or lime, etc. You'll get the carbonation and sensation of drinking pop (soda for us east coasters) without the sugar and other chemicals in regular pop. ...Read more

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Do I have to stop drinking caffeine in pregnancy?

Do I have to stop drinking caffeine in pregnancy?

Yes: It is recommended to limit the amount of daily caffeine intake to 200 mg, or, the rough equivalent to a 10 ounce cup of coffee. ...Read more

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I am ttc and starting drinking fertilitea. When should I stop drinking it? I've heard it can cause miscarriage once pregnant?

I am ttc and starting drinking fertilitea. When should I stop drinking it? I've heard it can cause miscarriage once pregnant?

Fertilitea: This ttc product seems harmless enough. In truth though, there is absolutely no good "scientific" evidence that it will help you get pregnant ( but it shouldn't hurt, either). It's main gyn ingredient is red raspberry leaf which is an old remedy to ease menstrual pain, prevent miscarriage, and ease labor. Since most miscarriages are due to genetic errors/defects, it will have no effect on this. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol the reason why i'm not getting pregnant? Should I stop drinking while trying to conceive?

Is drinking alcohol the reason why i'm not getting pregnant? Should I stop drinking while trying to conceive?

Yes: It could be one of causes.Also if you get pregnant while on alcohol baby can have malformations as well as developmental delays. ...Read more

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Im 10 weeks pregnant, and have been drinking Atkins protein shakes in the morning. Should I stop drinking them?

Im 10 weeks pregnant, and have been drinking Atkins protein shakes in the morning. Should I stop drinking them?

More nutrients: You can continue to drink the Atkins protein shakes. You need 4 oz red meat 2 X/week to make sure that you are getting all of your essential amino acids and iron intake. Eat 5-7 servings of fruit / vegetables daily. You can juice the fruits / vegetables if that is easier than eating them. A high quality, nutrient dense diet greatly improves the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. ...Read more

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How can I get myself to stop drinking so many sugary drinks?

Start substituting: Easiest way is to have healthy substitutes such as spring water handy, not buy the sugar drinks and bring them home, read labels for sugar content, high fructose corn syrup etc. Sometimes behavioral therapy techniques taught by psychologists can help such as self-monitoring, rewards, etc. Keep trying, it's not as hard as one might fear. ...Read more

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How do I get him to stop drinking and seek professional help?

Family intervene: Try a family intervention and see if that helps. Hard problem to solve unless the person wants the help. Good luck. ...Read more

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