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Is A Vibrating Back Massager Safe To Use On My Back While I Am Pregnant
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
Is a handheld vibrating back massager safe to use during pregnancy? I'm only 8wks & my back is already killing me.
I have a lot of tension in my shoulders. Is a back massager safe to use on shoulders and/or lower back during pregnancy?
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
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
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
Heating pad?: As long as it is not too hot should be fine. ...Read more
Safe: Should be just fine to use it. ...Read more
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
Is icy hot safe to use while pregnant? I am currently 7 weeks 3 days, second pregnancy. Lower back is killing me! I will see ob thursday.
Is fine: The over the counter muscle creams are fine. ...Read more
My wife has lower back/buttocks pain due to pregnancy. Can we use TranSAct plasters and/or Norflex to elevate pain? Is it safe?
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
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
Yes: No contra-indications.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it safe to use a heating pad on mid and lower back when in second and third trimester of pregnancy?
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?
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- have lower back pain, is it safe to use heating pad on lower back on medium setting while I sleep?
On low and for less than an hour is likely to be helpful and not harmful to you or baby.
Set a timer. ...Read more
My chiropractor uses a vibration massager during treatments. Is this safe during pregnancy? Can the baby feel the vibration?
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
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?
Trying to get pregnant. Severe acne on face. Applying castor oil to face daily I find it helps. Is it safe to use on face during early pregnancy?
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
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
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
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
Yes.: Just don't go overboard.Get a more detailed answer ›
Safe: It is safecto use.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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