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Is a vibrating back massager safe to use on my back while I am pregnant?

Is a vibrating back massager safe to use on my back while I am pregnant?

Yes: Most back massagers are perfectly safe during pregnancy. Don't get too creative and you should be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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 the use of a hand held sports vibrating percussion massager safe to use on back during pregnancy? My wife is currently only 7 weeks pregnant.

Is the use of a hand held sports vibrating percussion massager safe to use on back during pregnancy? My wife is currently only 7 weeks pregnant.

Best avoided: It may be safe, but probably better to avoid it. It's almost impossible to do studies of these sort of things. I doubt it would strike hard enough to do damage, but it's never a good idea to subject a pregnant woman to too many vibrations or hard knocks, due to a very small chance of tearing the placenta. Odds are, she would be fine, but why take unnecessary risks? ...Read more

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I am pregnant and over plucked my eyebrows. I heard that castor oil can make them grow back faster, but I am unsure if it is safe to use on my eyebrow?

I am pregnant and over plucked my eyebrows. I heard that castor oil can make them grow back faster, but I am unsure if it is safe to use on my eyebrow?

Castor oil in preg: Castor oil has traditionally been used in pregnancy as a by-mouth supplement to help stimulate labor. There is no good study to show what happens when you apply castor oil topically. It might start contractions, so it should probably be avoided. Eyebrow pencil is safe to use in pregnancy - start there :). ...Read more

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Is icy hot cream safe to use on the back while pregnant? Is Deplin safe to take along with a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid?

Is icy hot cream safe to use on the back while pregnant? Is Deplin safe to take along with a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid?

Comments: External ointments will not get absorbed into circulation unless applied over broken or cracked skin. Deplin contains high dose biologically active folic acid, and works by interacting with receptors in brain, but non-active folate can counteract the benefits by flooding and blocking the cellular receptors. Yes safe but could blunt the intended Deplin effect. Can benefit with doc discussion. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad on lower back, during any part of pregnancy? Txs!

Is it safe to use a heating pad on lower back, during any part of pregnancy? Txs!

Yes!: A heating pad to your back is unlikely to raise your internal temperature enough to cause a problem (the way a hot tub or sauna can). Many patients will use a heating pad or hot pack for back pain in the second or third trimester. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad for back pain during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use a heating pad for back pain during pregnancy?

Yes - carefully: There's no real danger to the baby. The heating pad isn't likely to affect the temp inside your body (your 'core' temp) much. The danger is to yourself if you lie on the pad or overuse it to the point of burning your skin. (it happens!) a better alternative might be to get a good osteopathic hands-on exam. I've treated many back problems for pregnant women - even taught hubbies to do so at home. ...Read more

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use TENS unit on back/neck for pain?

I'm 13 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use TENS unit on back/neck for pain?

Yes but consult gyn: Yes it is safe, but consult your gynecologist so you can be certain tht you don't have other reasons not to do it. ...Read more

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My wife has lower back/buttocks pain due to pregnancy. Can we use TranSAct plasters and/or Norflex to elevate pain? Is it safe?

My wife has lower back/buttocks pain due to pregnancy. Can we use TranSAct plasters and/or Norflex to elevate pain? Is it safe?

Topical: Topical, or skin based treatments, would be the safer option, and better than norflex. Also, stretching and heat will help to soothe the muscles. OTC anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can be used but not excessive doses. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use icy hot patch for lower back and shoulder pain at 14 weeks pregnant? Thank you

Is it safe to use icy hot patch for lower back and shoulder pain at 14 weeks pregnant? Thank you

Depends what's in it: Read the labels carefully and see what the active ingredient is. Many drugs cross through the skin and go into the circulation. Then call your OB GYN to double check it it's safe to use. It's easier if you can use an iced compress that you control by reapplication. Usually on areas inflamed, cool it down. Areas that are cold, warm it up. Those packs don't last long enough to provide relief. ...Read more

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I'm 29 weeks pregnant & have been having a lot of back pain at night, is it safe to use a heating pad on my lower back?

I'm 29 weeks pregnant & have been having a lot of back pain at night, is it safe to use a heating pad on my lower back?

Yes: Local application of heat/cold to such areas should have no real impact. You should refrain from utilizing/applying such remedies directly on the abdomen/pelvic area. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad on mid and lower back when in second and third trimester of pregnancy?

Is it safe to use a heating pad on mid and lower back when in second and third trimester of pregnancy?

OMG yes: Yes this is a great idea I used it throughout my pregnancy no possible harm so long is not lying on the abdomen. ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks pregnant. Have severe lower back pain in gluteal region similar to scistica. Can I use bengay since it relieves pain. Is it safe to use now?

Back pain: Back pain related to pregnancy is common due to laxity of the pelvic ligaments. Try using a pillow between your legs when sleeping, back exercises, maternal massage (ok after first trimester), and ice to the low back. Discuss using BenGay with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks pregnant. I'm having extremely horrible back pains from my bra straps are and up. Is it safe to use muscle rub? Tylenol (acetaminophen) hasn't helped.

I'm 33 weeks pregnant. I'm having extremely horrible back pains from my bra straps are and up. Is it safe to use muscle rub? Tylenol (acetaminophen) hasn't helped.

Ok: Most muscle rubs should be ok, but I would consider a chiropractor an massage therapist with pregnant patient experience. If you have access to an Osteopathic physician that would help. ...Read more

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My chiropractor uses a vibration massager during treatments. Is this safe during pregnancy? Can the baby feel the vibration?

My chiropractor uses a vibration massager during treatments. Is this safe during pregnancy? Can the baby feel the vibration?

Superficial: Vibration to the back should be harmless. Lots of muscle and ligaments protecting abdomen. Make sure they are aware of your pregnancy, and should receive treatment sitting. ...Read more

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Is fourderm cream safe to use on my stomach for severe itchiness. I am 37weeks pregnant?

Is fourderm cream safe to use on my stomach for severe itchiness. I am 37weeks pregnant?

Yes (safe): This will not penetrate the skin and will not affect the almost fully developed baby you are carrying. Hopefully it will stop the itching. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and I have a fungal rash. I use to put Apple cider vinegar on it but is it safe to use on my skin now that I'm pregnant?

I'm pregnant and I have a fungal rash. I use to put Apple cider vinegar on it but is it safe to use on my skin now that I'm pregnant?

Safe: Apple cider vinegar on your skin won't hurt your baby. Over the counter yeast medications such as Monostat are also safe for you and your baby while pregnant. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a vibrating chair while pregnant?

Is it safe to use a vibrating chair while pregnant?

Vibrating chair: Not sure what kind of vibration such chair will do and what the reason behind. To avoid having unrest in your mind that such a thing may harm you and your baby, i'd avoid it unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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Is tanda safe to use while pregnant?

Is tanda safe to use while pregnant?

LED light therapy: Looked this up. Idea behind this product is that blue LED light (along with heat/vibration to "open pores") is toxic to bacteria and the red LED light is supposed to generate reactive oxygen species. According to a published study, this has the effect of removing old collagen making way for new. The science is not validated and controlled studies for safety in pregnancy not done. I suspect is safe ...Read more

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Is rapidlash safe to use while pregnant?

Is rapidlash safe to use while pregnant?

Uncertain: In general - my thought is not to take or use products that are not necessary while pregnant. Having had 3 children myself - I never thought it was worth the risk. ...Read more

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Is rodan & fields safe to use while pregnant?

Is rodan & fields safe to use while pregnant?

Many products: This particular company sells a variety of products. The ingredients for each one would need to be reviewed individually. A good general rule for pregnant women though is if you're not sure then don't use it. The overwhelming majority of over-the-counter topical skin products are safe for use. ...Read more

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Are medications tested to see if they are safe for pregnant women to use?

Are medications tested to see if they are safe for pregnant women to use?

Sort of: Medications are given a 'pregnancy category' based on whether: they've actually been tested on pregnant women & found to be safe (a), no anecdotal or animal evidence of harm (b), possible animal study evidence so use only if benefit outweighs risk (c), probable evidence of harm (d), definite harm (x). Most meds used would be b or c. I don't know of any that are category a. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use paints while pregnant?

Is it safe to use paints while pregnant?

Maybe: Paint types differ significantly. Some have toxic compounds and exposure should be limited or avoided. Others, like water colors or latex low odor paints may be used if good ventilation is maintained. If exposure is unavoidable, there are masks that can help reduce chemical exposures. ...Read more

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Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Not: Sure. It is made from ivy leaf with multiple pharmacology effect. Not classified by FDA though the have warning for those less than 2 and classified by foreign agents as pregnancy class C ...Read more

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It is safe to use vix during pregnancy?

It is safe to use vix during pregnancy?

Vicks? Yes: Did you mean to say Vicks cough drops? Those contain menthol as a topical treatment for the throat. There is no medical reason why you can't use that during pregnancy. Like all medications in pregnancy, however, you should only use it for the time that you really need it. The only over the counter "medications" that should be taken for the whole pregnancy are prenatal vitamins and/or folic acid. ...Read more