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Doctor insights on: Important Things To Do During Pregnancy

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Is it important to eat more fat during pregnancy?

Is it important to eat more fat during pregnancy?

NO: Eat a balanced meal, especially protein, fruits and vegetables. Pregnancy is not a time for fad diets of any kind. High fat diets are not for anyone, especially during pregnancy

you do not want to gain excessive weight during your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it important to take prenatal pills everyday during pregnancy?

Is it important to take prenatal pills everyday during pregnancy?

Not really: Prenatal vitamins are helpful but not crucial and a good balanced diet is much more important. The better you take care of yourself the better you will do throughout the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why is it important to lay on your left side instead of your right side during pregnancy? And what can happen if you do lay on your right side?

Why is it important to lay on your left side instead of your right side during pregnancy? And what can happen if you do lay on your right side?

Uterus off vena cava: By lying on your left side (esp. In 2nd and 3rd trimester) it allows the uterus to fall away from the vena cava and improve return blood flow to the heart. Because of the path of the bowel in the abdomen, and the position of the vena cava, the right side is less susceptible to uterine compression. ...Read more

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Why is iodine important in my diet during pregnancy?

Why is iodine important in my diet during pregnancy?

Thyroid problems: The thyroid is a gland that controls every aspect of our bodies including that of the developing fetus. The thyroid needs iodine to function properly. ...Read more

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Why is copper important in my diet during pregnancy?

Why is copper important in my diet during pregnancy?

Process toxins: Humans need copper for many reasons but one of the most important is to process toxins. Specific enzymes designed to help our cells process toxins need copper to work. ...Read more

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Why is it important for a woman to be especially cautious of her diet and health during the first trimester of pregnancy?

Why is it important for a woman to be especially cautious of her diet and health during the first trimester of pregnancy?

Organogenesis: During the first trimester the human being forms, which is called organogenesis (the organs and body parts come into existence). Malformations happen during this time period, which is why mothers-to-be want to be cautious with their diet and the medications they take, as well as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, smoking- to name a few. ...Read more

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Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a style on my left eyelid is it important to get this looked at as soon as possible? And is it dangerous during pregnancy I'm 4 weeks almost 5

I have a style on my left eyelid is it important to get this looked at as soon as possible? And is it dangerous during pregnancy I'm 4 weeks almost 5

Not dangerous: It's probably a sty, a moderately inflamed "sweat duct" in the eyelid. I tell my patients to get a damp wash cloth and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Place warm compress the closed eyelid for about5-10 minutes and re-heating as necessary. If it does not get better in a week or gets worse go to your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is the most important period during pregnancy to eat healthy?

What is the most important period during pregnancy to eat healthy?

First trimester?: Maternal nutrition is very important throughout peri conception, pregnancy and lactation. Arguably the ingestion of Folic Acid preconceptionally is the most important aspect, however healthy diet throughout pregnancy can prevent maternal-fetal or even remote complications decades later to the offspring. ...Read more

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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant? During pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding? Why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant? During pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding? Why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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What are some things that I should avoid during during pregnancy?

What are some things that I should avoid during during pregnancy?

Top two: The top two things to avoid during pregnancy are radiation and toxic chemicals. Of course there are several others too numerous to name in this format. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I am eating the right things during pregnancy?

How can I make sure I am eating the right things during pregnancy?

A diet guide: There are a number of excellent books on pregnancy and nutrition. If you have food allergies a nutritionist may help. A good balanced diet, plenty of protein, lots of vegetables, plenty of color variety. Avoid fried foods, too much red meat and limit fish, especially large filets. Sugar and sweets should be avoided or limited. A pregnant metabolism is a slow metabolism. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid during pregnancy? I've heard conflicting things from different people and now I'm really confused

What foods should I avoid during pregnancy? I've heard conflicting things from different people and now I'm really confused

Pregnancy nutrition: Shark, swordfish, King Mackerel, tilefish, more than 200 mg caffeine per day, unwashed fruit, unwashed vegetables, unpasteurized dairy, and undercooked meats. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Iam 2 month pregnant...mobile using is harmful during pregnancy.? What are the things that I have to avoid during pregnancy

Iam 2 month pregnant...mobile using is harmful during pregnancy.? What are the things that I have to avoid during pregnancy

Mobile ok...: Mobile use ok. Avoid all medications first three months of pregnancy, alcohol, street drugs. Always check with your doctor before taking any med. Best luck. ...Read more

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What are the things to avoid during pregnancy besides sex?

What are the things to avoid during pregnancy besides sex?

Alcohol, tobacco, &: Fish with high mercury levels such as swordfish, tuna, tilefish, mackerel, bluefish, shark, grouper in fact those highup on food chain who have eaten other fish and retained their mercury. (shrimp, scallops, clams + salmon are safe) xs liver consuption may be bad from vitamin a toxicity as well as xs tofu (fine in moderate amounts) may have a slight feminizing effect on baby boys' genitalia. ...Read more

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At what week during pregnancy is it unsafe to reach for things and lift heavy items?

At what week during pregnancy is it unsafe to reach for things and lift heavy items?

Myth: Problems from reaching during pregnancy are a myth--- no problems. Lifting should be limited to 15-30 lbs according to the method of lifting and weeks of pregnancy, ...Read more

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Things I can do alleviate back pain during pregnancy?

Things I can do alleviate back pain during pregnancy?

Avoid: Prolonged sitting or immobilization, avoid heavy lifting.

Do psoas muscle stretches daily, walk often, swim if you can. ...Read more

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What are some safe things to use (prescription or non prescription) for psoriaris during pregnancy?

What are some safe things to use (prescription or non prescription) for psoriaris during pregnancy?

Topical steroids: Topical steroids do not cross the placenta, though you should not use them for too long at a time, nor too extensively. Selsun blue shampoo as a body wash gives some relief, as well. ...Read more

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Best super foods to eat during pregnancy? Best vitamins besides pre natal to take? Best things in general to help your baby during pregnency?

Best super foods to eat during pregnancy? Best vitamins besides pre natal to take? Best things in general to help your baby during pregnency?

Hello....: There is not such a thing as super-foods during pregnancy or better vitamins than pre-natal.
Want to help your baby? Be happy, calm, enjoy life, worry less ...Read more

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I have heard many things about getting the tdap when pregnant. Where is the scientific evidence that it is safe during pregnancy?

I have heard many things about getting the tdap when pregnant. Where is the scientific evidence that it is safe during pregnancy?

ACIP: - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a group of medical and public health experts that develop recommendations on use of vaccines in the civilian population of the United States... More (http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/acip/about. Html) ...Read more

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Is it safe to use GNC natural brand super digestive enzymes (http://www. Gnc. Com/product/index. Jsp? Productid=2291) during pregnancy? It has papain, which I have heard mixed things about. I have ibs.

Is it safe to use GNC natural brand super digestive enzymes (http://www. Gnc. Com/product/index. Jsp? Productid=2291) during pregnancy? It has papain, which I have heard mixed things about. I have ibs.

I would avoid.: The GNC ones you asked about do not appear to be enteric coated which means these enzymes will be broken down by stomach acid before reaching the gut, rendering them mostly useless. There is some evidence that some of these enzymes might affect folate (folic acid) absorption which is critical for early neural development, so I would recommend saving your money! Perhaps invest in some organic veggies instead! ...Read more

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What are some things that can be done for major migraines during 2.5 months of pregnancy? Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not work.

What are some things that can be done for major migraines during 2.5 months of pregnancy? Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not work.

Talk with your doc: Some medicines are not safe during pregnancy but some medicines are. If tyenol doesn't work, there are some preventive drugs as well as some drugs to take as needed. Also consider acupuncture and biofeedback. Good luck. ...Read more

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Kindly suggest me which foods are good during pregnancy for mother & babe who increase blood & Calcium & what kind of things wanna do for good health?

Kindly suggest me which foods are good during pregnancy for mother & babe who increase blood & Calcium & what kind of things wanna do for good health?

Food: Go to myplate. Gov pregnant women need to increase their calorie intake and eat a balanced diet to include prenatal vitamin supplements to make sure the developing fetus gets what he/she needs. Read from ACOG and continue to feed you your baby and momma healthfully all your life. Https://m.acog. Org/Patients/FAQs/Nutrition-During-Pregnancy? IsMobileSet=true ...Read more

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Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

For constipation?: If you are asking about suppositories, the answer is yes. If you are speaking of oral, I would recommend something else, like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help with constipation. It's not absorbed by the body and is gentler than many anti-contstipation medications. Make sure to drink a lot of water if you are having problems with constipation. Drink until your pee is clear/white, no yellow. ...Read more