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Blisters, sleepless nights, breathlessness while sleeping, fatigue at its best, pee-ing and poo-ing often, baby kicking. Week 34.3rd trimester tips please!

Blisters, sleepless nights, breathlessness while sleeping, fatigue at its best, pee-ing and poo-ing often, baby kicking. Week 34.3rd trimester tips please!

Evaluate: Most of your symptoms are common to pregnancy, but at the very least it sounds like you need to see your OB provider for a blood pressure check and to listen to your lungs to make sure you aren't developing cardiomyopathy. You can try some tylenol (acetaminophen) pm to help with sleep and sleeping sitting up slightly may help as well. ...Read more

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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Depends: As the baby grows, it presses up on the lungs and certain muscles in the ribs relax and you may feel like you are taking shallower breaths more often. But if this happens suddenly or you feel like you are really struggling, you need to see someone right away. Blood clots in the lungs are also more common in pregnancy and can be very serious. ...Read more

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Why am I so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Why am I so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Pregnancy and fibrom: Pregnancy is associated with many body changes and can be responsible. That will be cured with delivery. However, you should not have to suffer with the fibromyalgia. There are excellent local or non-medicinal treatments that can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Can I exercise on an elliptical machine while I'm early in my 3rd trimester?

Can I exercise on an elliptical machine while I'm early in my 3rd trimester?

Depends on u: If you have been doing that before and all throughout your preg and u are having no problems then u prob can, if u have not been doing it already then- no, you must go slow because some people can start to get a little symnphysis pubis separation in the 3rd trimester and the eliptical could make that worse so if u notice any pain in middle where the pubic symphysis is then u must stop. ...Read more

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Please can I still take an antimalaria drug (fansidar)in my 3rd trimester (31weeks)?

Please can I still take an antimalaria drug (fansidar)in my 3rd trimester (31weeks)?

Check with GYN: My advise no unless you have been exposed and for active treatment not for prevention
last semester your baby is formed and the chance for birth defect is low so unless you are protecting yourself and the baby from active malaria wait until you had the baby
either way check with your local PCP or your GYN they now more about your location and your pregnancy
good luck ...Read more

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I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?

I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?

May be intermittent: A vp shunt involves tubing that goes from the ventricle to a valve above the ear and then along the neck and chest and into the abdomen. This tubing curls in the abdomen and drains the brain fluid there. Obstruction can occur anywhere along this route. The obstruction may be intermittent. X-rays can look at the tubing, and taping the valve can be sure it is working. Get a thorough checkup. ...Read more

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During 3rd trimester I'm so scared of falling and losing balance. Even turning around in place. What's the worst that can happen to baby or me? Hips?

During 3rd trimester I'm so scared of falling and losing balance. Even turning around in place. What's the worst that can happen to baby or me? Hips?

BE kind: To yourself. Your baby is in a big floating balloon and falls are not that likely to create any issues...You are off balance with a pregnant belly so plan on taking more time to do things. No rushing. ...Read more

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Why am I gaining so little weight in the 3rd trimester?

Why am I gaining so little weight in the 3rd trimester?

Focus on nutrition: Focus on nutrition instead of the scale. Most women will gain weight due to fluid retention but many gain too much from over eating. Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising daily? If so, the lack of weight gain is not important. Your baby appreciates your healthy lifestyle. A pregnant woman only needs about 300 calories more per day in the third trimester. ...Read more

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Why do I get painful contractions during my 3rd trimester?

Why do I get painful contractions during my 3rd trimester?

Labor begins!: The process of labor begins slowly and builds up over time. Uterine contractions are initially disorganized and mild are are usually not noticed. As you get closer to the time of delivery, the contractions become better organized and stronger. ...Read more

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How many tsp of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take in my 3rd trimester?

How many tsp of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take in my 3rd trimester?

Well: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered preg category b- the safest grading the fda gives. However there is a slight risk of eye issue when it is taken in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy if the baby is born premature based on some reports. Overall, I think the risk is very low. However there are other otc antihistamines which do not appear to be linked to this rare complication. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about the tightening feeling in my belly early in the 3rd trimester?

Should I be concerned about the tightening feeling in my belly early in the 3rd trimester?

Tightening: Could be because of the growth of the baby. If it is like contractions it is normal to have mild contractions which is not painful in pregnancy. But if you're getting painful contractions you have to be seen by a gynecologist immediately. ...Read more

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During the 3rd trimester, I noticed a woman's belly ripple or move quite obviously when baby moved. Does this only happen to some women? Like thin?

During the 3rd trimester, I noticed a woman's belly ripple or move quite obviously when baby moved. Does this only happen to some women? Like thin?

Wall thickness: The baby always moves. You may or may not be able to actually see the movement as an outsider, depending on the thickness of the mom's anterior abdominal wall and the location of the placenta. ...Read more

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How is my baby developing in the 3rd trimester?

How is my baby developing in the 3rd trimester?

Growing and maturing: While the organ systems and body first form in the beginning of pregnancy, they continue to mature and grow until birth. Muscles are getting stronger, the brain continues to develop, and the baby is practicing breating and swallowing. One good site to track development is american baby magazine website. Lennart nilsson's book "a child is born" is an excellent reference you can buy. ...Read more

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What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

Cold in 3rd trimeste: Rest, fluid and small amount of tylenol (acetaminophen) (less than 4 gm total a day) for fever.
If not better in 5 days, or fever, shortness of breath, abdominal pains, signs of baby distress or early labor, consult your OB immediately. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly in the 3rd trimester?

Is it ok to fly in the 3rd trimester?

Usually: I allow a pregnant woman to fly until 36 weeks. However if she is having any pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or premature labor or the baby isn't growing well I strongly recommend against flying. If a woman flies late pregnancy wear support hose or move legs frequently to prevent leg swelling and risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miscarry in the 3rd trimester?

Is it possible to miscarry in the 3rd trimester?

No: Sort of, but it wouldn't be called a miscarriage. If a fetus were to die in third trimester it would be an intrauterine fetal demise. If it were to deliver alive it would be preterm labor.

Miscarriage technically refers to delivery of a fetus prior to 20 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Of course....: Sounds like a great way to relax. I'd take advantage of the opportunity now, as similar escapes with a small child, or a toddler, or a school age child, or a pre-teen, or a teenager will be few and far between, and in each case for different reasons. Enjoy this while you can, then enjoy all the joys of parenting to come. Congratulations and cheers to you.... ...Read more

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Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Common: During the third trimester, women have increased urinary frequency due in part from pressure of the uterus/baby on the bladder. While they are trying to get the last minute tasks accomplished, this is "inconvenient" and many deal with this by cutting back on their fluid intake. Frequent urination is much less inconvenient than constipation and hemorrhoidal flares, drink more fluids! ...Read more

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Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: Vaginal discharge changes in the 3rd trimester. It can get thick and white or thin and watery. White discharge is usually normal, however, if it is clumpy or accompanied by itching, pain, or a fishy odor it may be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin. Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Not normal: Please call your OB as you may have a vaginal infection, but u need to make sure your cervix is not starting to open or nothing bad is going on with the placenta your OB can do an exam and an ultrasound and vaginal cultures. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to feel movement for a couple of hours late in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal not to feel movement for a couple of hours late in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: You should feel your baby move every day. Babies have sleep cycles and you may not feel them move while you are sleeping. If it has been more than a couple of hours since you felt your baby move, try eating a snack or drinking juice, often this will make babies more active. If you are still not feeling movement you should call your doctor or the hospital to listen to the baby's heartbeat. ...Read more

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What happens if you've miscarried in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, what was the reasoning?

What happens if you've miscarried in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, what was the reasoning?

Many causes: Infections, fetal anomalies (chromosomal), weak cervical structure, trauma, drugs are common causes behind miscarriages in 2nd trimester.
It may be due to chromosomal issues.
See you OB-GYN to get further information.
Regards
Dr M ...Read more

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What are comfortable sexual positions in the 3rd trimester?

What are comfortable sexual positions in the 3rd trimester?

Be creative: It varies with each expectant mother, but any position that reduces the depth of penetration will be more comfortable. Many find that front to front laying on the side is comfortable, in addition to rear penetration laying on the side. ...Read more

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What does it mean in ur 3rd trimester with lower backpains?

What does it mean in ur 3rd trimester with lower backpains?

Lightening: As you near the end of pregnancy, the fetus and uterus begin to drop into the pelvis. That frequently results in back, hip, pelvic, and vaginal pain and pressure. ...Read more

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Is it too late to have an amniocentesis in the 3rd trimester?

Is it too late to have an amniocentesis in the 3rd trimester?

No: It is easier to do amnio in the third trimester when amniotic fluid is abundant. Uses of third trimester amnio include testing fetal maturity (surfactant, other levels) to time delivery when there are complications (e.g., maternal pre-eclampsia). Use for genetic testing may allow preparation for a severe disorder (e.g., fetal trisomy 18) without options for pregnancy termination. ...Read more

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Is it actually unsafe to travel by plane in the 3rd trimester?

Is it actually unsafe to travel by plane in the 3rd trimester?

No: Air travel is not risky for mother or her fetus. However, restrictions are in place to limit the possibility of an unplanned delivery on the plane. Check with your airline regarding the rules. Typically domestic flights <36 weeks; international < 32-35 weeks. You will need documentation from your doctor about your due date. Ask for a wand/pat down to avoid accidental radiation at tsa screening. ...Read more