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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.

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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?

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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 :).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.