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Restless leg syndrome is keeping me up at night. How can I safely manage it during pregnancy?

Restless leg syndrome is keeping me up at night. How can I safely manage it during pregnancy?

Several things: Have your doctor check on whether you might be iron deficient, or have certain vitamin deficiencies (folic acid), both of which can increase RLS symptoms. Avoid caffeine, esp after noon. It is usually transient in pregnancy. Meds used in treatment are cat. C, which means while they have not been proven safe, they haven't been proven harmful in human beings in usual doses. Hot packs may help. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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When during pregnancy can doctors first detect that your baby has down syndrome?

When during pregnancy can doctors first detect that your baby has down syndrome?

Trisomy 21: Down syndrome can be detected 2 different ways during pregnancy. At 11-13 weeks, doctors can do a cvs test and at 16-20 weeks, a doctor can do an amniocentesis. You should speak to your OB if you have any concerns. Be well! ...Read more

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How can I avoid dehydration in pregnancy?

How can I avoid dehydration in pregnancy?

water intake: Drink enough water so that urine stays white and you make about 2 liters of urine. ...Read more

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How can I avoid stress in pregnancy?

How can I avoid stress in pregnancy?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry). It usually happens when an egg with an extra 21c combines with a normal sperm ; creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.Risks vary with age and are lowest in the early 20's(1/2000), rising to 1/100 at about 40 ; 1/12 at 49.Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

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Should someone test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Should someone test for Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Screening for Down : Syndrome is offered to all pregnant women in the US, regardless of age. If screening test results + maternal age reveal a high risk for DS, diagnostic tests are offered. Risk for DS becomes significantly higher & increases yearly in women wil be 35 or older at the time of full-term delivery. Though screening for DS is highly recommended, pregnant women can choose not to have it done. ...Read more

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How much time to wait after having preeclampsia and hellp syndrome?

How much time to wait after having preeclampsia and hellp syndrome?

PREECLAMPSIA : Severe preeclampsia and Hellp syndrome caries a high mortality among pregnant women due to severe D.I.C. Occurring during the 2nd and 3rd trimeste. Early DX and RX is important. ...Read more

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If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How to keep gingivitis bacteria low during pregnancy to avoid preterm labor?

How to keep gingivitis bacteria low during pregnancy to avoid preterm labor?

That's Easy: That's an easy one. All you have to do is what you should be doing already anyway. Brush thoroughly after each meal, floss at least once a day, and see a dentist/hygienist as often as recommended. If they think every 6months is good, then that's what you should do. If your dental team suggests a shorter interval, that's what you should do. Also, eat healthy and don't smoke, and you should be fine. ...Read more

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How is stress dangerous to the baby during pregnancy?

How is stress dangerous to the baby during pregnancy?

Can affect baby: Stress can potentially cause the baby to be smaller than if mom is not stressed. Lots of stress in pregnancy increases the possibility that the baby will be colicky ( that has been my experience). Babies feel the emotional response of the mother. Hopefully a pregnant mom will find tools to help manage the stress (breathing is #1 and available anytime anywhere). Talk to the OB doc as well. ...Read more

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How can I avoid fainting in pregnancy?

How can I avoid fainting in pregnancy?

Several things: Drink plenty of water, eat small frequent meals, change positions slowly, avoid getting overheated. ...Read more

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If I am 38 weeks pregnant can traveling to a higher elevation cause my water to break or can traveling at all cause me to go into labor?

If I am 38 weeks pregnant can traveling to a higher elevation cause my water to break or can traveling at all cause me to go into labor?

Travel: You really should not be traveling at all at 38 weeks pregnancy unless you want to risk going into labor in an unfamiliar environment. Play it safe and stick close to home. ...Read more

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How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy..?

How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy..?

Difficult: Keeping the skin well hydrated helps but is not a guarantee. It is very random who will get stretch marks. Most women will get stretch marks. ...Read more

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How can I avoid toxic exposure during pregnancy?

How can I avoid toxic exposure during pregnancy?

Route of exposure: The three most common routes of exposure to toxins are oral (ingestion), respiratory (breathing in), transdermal (through the skin). Learn the potential toxins and avoid the routes above. Remember each toxin or toxoid has an entry route & specific combination of symptoms. Some common are tobacco smoke and smog in air, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals for oral, and oil based toxic substance 4skin. ...Read more

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During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

No: No; even if you could hold you breath long enough to pass out, you would start breathing again on your own. As for the baby, it has lots of ways to protect itself from running out of oxygen and it would be fine. Nonetheless, i don't recommend that you try! ...Read more

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How to not develop preeclampsia during your pregnancy?

How to not develop preeclampsia during your pregnancy?

Diet & exercise: A proper diet, exercise and following the OB MD's instructions will tend to minimize the risk unless you already had either hypertension or a previous pre-eclamptic pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there steps to take to avoid jaundice during pregnancy?

Are there steps to take to avoid jaundice during pregnancy?

Depends on cause: It is not normal for a mother to develop jaundice during pregnancy. Causes include: reactivation or exacerbation of a viral hepatitis carrier state, gallstones, autoimmune hepatitis or more seriously, pre-eclamptic liver disease and hellp syndrome. In some cases, this may be a relatively benign form of jaundice, called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Thus the cause must be determined. ...Read more

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What drinks and food to avoid during pregnancy?

What drinks and food to avoid during pregnancy?

Alcohol/uncooked foo: Avoid the following in pregnancy: unpasteurized dairy products/juices, undercooked meats (including poultry/fish), alcohol, excessive fish consumption (no more than twice weekly), taking into account fda recommendations regarding specific fish content in methylmercury (in general avoid large fish). Be careful about fresh fruit/salads - they must be washed thoroughly by someone you trust. ...Read more

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Helo dr. I had 2 abortions due to birth defects. Please help me how to avoid birth defects and down symdrome in next pregnancy.

Helo dr. I had 2 abortions due to birth defects. Please help me how to avoid birth defects and down symdrome in next pregnancy.

Birth Defects: It is not possible to avoid birth defects altogether. However, many of the birth defects can be diagnosed prenatally - i.e. Early parts of pregnancy. In vitro fertilization is another option where embryos can be screened for birth defects before implantation. These options may not be acceptable for some people with certain religious background. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more