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How To Prevent Autism During Pregnancy
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
Pregnancy HTN : There is no one way to prevent hypertension during pregnancy, but do your best to eat healthy, limit salt intake and exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy. Doing this will keep you healthy and lessen weight gain during the pregnancy and this will help to prevent hypertension. Also take prenatal vitamins! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lo carb, no sugar: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. A lo carb, no sugar diet is effective for many women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay out of the sun: During pregnancy your body excretes something called melanocyte stimulating hormone (among many other hormones) which causes darkening of the skin. There is nothing you can do to prevent this, but you can minimize is effect by staying out of the sun, or applying a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion (spf ~50) every day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is pre term labour likely to happen again with future pregnancies? Does the body not "know" how to carry to term? How do the shots prevent ptl?
We don't really know: Statistically, if you have had preterm labor your chances of having it again are increased, but this does not explain anything. Similarly, some treatments appear to reduce the chances, statistically, but how they work is unclear. Effective and reliable treatment has yet to be developed, nor do we have an effective way to predict it. ...Read more
Hydrate, Probiotics: Staying well hydrated is a simple way to decrease the frequency of urinary infections. A probiotic supplement, supplying "healthy" bacteria, may help restore balance to the bacterial population in the intestine, and has the added benefit of reducing yeast infections. Yogurt is a good example of a probiotic, also supplying a calcium source. Cranberry tablets have protective benefits, too. ...Read more
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
Not sure entirely: We still don't know what really causes premature birth. New things have come out about Progesterone use in women with a history of a premature birth that seems to be very good at preventing a recurrence. Don't smoke, try not to develop high blood pressure or diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Me time important: Pregnancy and child raising are very demanding times in a women's life. Balance is always important but often gets discounted by women to their own detriment. Take some time to nurture you: for example regular exercise, rest, meditation or yoga. If you don't take care of yourself you won't be at your best to take care of those you care about most. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
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