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Insomnia 3rd Trimester
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
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
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
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
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
Can I accurately find the date of conception for our 4th child the 3rd trimester scan says the baby is due on august 2nd 2013!
Probably Nov 9th: My calculator has conception on nov 9th or 10th. Congrads and good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Dr M ...Read more
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
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
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
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