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Doctor insights on: How To Keep Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more

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What to do if i want a small baby so i don't get too fat during pregnancy. How can I choose my babies size?

What to do if i want a small baby so i don't get too fat during pregnancy. How can I choose my babies size?

Pregnancy: You can't choose your babies size. The size of your baby has nothing to do with getting fat during pregnancy. The amount of weigh you gain is up to you, as long as baby is growing properly. The uterus returns to normal size, when the baby is out. What you should be asking is, what is the best way to eat to get a healthy baby!!!! Get your priorities straight. ...Read more

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Is it okay to stretch and reach high during pregnancy? I heard it can make the babies umbilical cord wrap around it's neck.

Is it okay to stretch and reach high during pregnancy? I heard it can make the babies umbilical cord wrap around it's neck.

Myth: Most cord wraps occur due to baby's spontaneous movement.Around 12 wks, there is more room/fluid compared to baby size and they can flip and spin a lot.I have seen as many as 5 neck wraps in a normal newborn.Although this can complicate delivery and lead to a c-section, there is nothing you do that will cause or prevent it. ...Read more

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Do you doctors know many patients who have been on 20mg citalopram throughout pregnancy and had perfectly healthy babies?

Do you doctors know many patients who have been on 20mg citalopram throughout pregnancy and had perfectly healthy babies?

Yes: Yes, I have but that doesn't mean it is without risks. Use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy takes careful consideration as well as careful colaboration between the psychiatrist & obstetricain. ...Read more

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I have had a cervical cone biopsy. Will this affect my chances of successful pregnancy? (ive miscarried twice at 12wk) and had 3 healthy babies before

I have had a cervical cone biopsy. Will this affect my chances of successful pregnancy? (ive miscarried twice at 12wk) and had 3 healthy babies before

Unlikely: There is some rare complications such as an incompetent cervix (premature dilation) but this is unlikely and can be monitored. Otherwise no. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pregnyl during pregnancy to give more vitamins for the babies (twins)?

Is it safe to take pregnyl during pregnancy to give more vitamins for the babies (twins)?

Definitely DO NOT: take unless prescribed by a physician. It does not give more vitamins for the babies, it is a hormone. ...Read more

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Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Maybe: A series of studies showed organic milk had healthier fats than conventional milk (more omega 3s, for instance), that the breast milk of women who drank organic had even healthier fat profile than those who drank conventional, & and that the babies born to women who drank organic during pregnancy & nursing had far less eczema. Genetics sets susceptibility, but there are also environmental triggers. ...Read more

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Is it true that palmatic acid or palm oil turn into soap in the digestive tract of babies? Is it OK to eat palm oil during pregnancy?

Is it true that palmatic acid or palm oil turn into soap in the digestive tract of babies?  Is it OK to eat  palm oil during pregnancy?

Palm oil : Palm oil got its bad reputation as a highly saturated fat and should be eaten only in moderation at any time, not just during pregnancy. It will not turn into soap in the digestive tracts of infants. It is an oil that is used for making soap, so I guess that is where this rumour was started. ...Read more

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Cytomegalovirus (cmv) during pregnancy? Problems with babies? Hi, i write, bcz I am concern. I got a blood test and even though the result was negative, i got that i had this CMV virus non recently and I am pregnant, so i'm afraid my baby can get an

Cytomegalovirus (cmv) during pregnancy? Problems with babies? Hi, i write, bcz I am concern. I got  a blood test and even though the result was negative, i got that i had this CMV virus non recently and I am pregnant, so i'm afraid my baby can get an

I : I can understand your concern, but you are doing all of the right things. I am glad you have seen the specialist, which sounds like an infectious disease specialist. I am glad you had follow up and that the repeat results were encouraging. It sounds like you are doing everything just right and have a very good, thorough team of doctors. Many women get various infections during pregnancy and may not even know it. It is good that you have been so diligent about this testing. ...Read more