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Is Chewing Gum Safe During Pregnancy
Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more
Depends: Tooth extraction for orthodontics would be considered an elective procedure in most cases. If you cannot wait until after the delivery of your child for the extractions, the safest time to have the extractions performed is during the second trimester. Your ob-gyn will likely limit the procedure to local anesthesia alone and may restrict the type of pain medication prescribed postoperatively. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pregnancy Filling: The first question i would have for you is how necessary is the filling to be done right now . 2nd- can it wait until after delivery? If there are no consequences for waiting putting it off a few months might be a better choice. Yes a filling can be done safely at any stage of your pregnancy but unless there are compelling reasons to do it now, why not wait until your pregnancy is a non-issue? ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Only if organic !: Eating grapes is very safe as long as they are organic. Grapes are third on the environmental working group's dirty dozen list of foods with the highest level of pesticide residues. I never eat grapes if they are not organic, even though they are one of my favorite foods. For more foods to avoid see http://www.Ewg.Org/foodnews/list.Php and http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/. ...Read more
NO: Shark is one of the types of fish that has the highest mercury content, and the EPA advises pregnant women to avoid Shark along with Swordfish, King Mackerel, and Tilefish. Websites from the EPA and HHS can give you more information about the safety of fish in pregnancy, as can your obstetrician. ...Read more
Malt syrup: If you are talking about barley malt syrup, in general it is safe. The main issue since its a sugar is that you would need to avoid it if you have gestational diabetes. Now as far as malted non alcoholic beer, there is still a small amount of alcohol in them and while some OB docs are ok with this or a half a glass of wine during pregnancy, its unclear how much alcohol affects the fetus. ...Read more
Planing pregnancy. Is it advisable to use vaginal candle/ovule which not recommended to use during pregnancy. Can it prevent pregnancy?
Unclear: I am not sure what you are referring to with a candle ovule. I suspect this was a typo. If you have a vaginal infection it should be treated. If you are not pregnant at this time then use of a vaginal treatment is not contraindicated. ...Read more
Yes!: totally safe! the only thing you should be aware of is that if you have any bleeding in pregnancy, you will want to let your doctor know and they may put you on "pelvic rest" - which means not placing anything in the vagina. But if you have no bleeding, it;s totally safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is masturbating during pregnancy safe? And is there such thing as in to much masturbating during pregnancy?
Uterine contractions: For most woman masturbating during pregnancy is harmless, but since uterine contractions may occur, women in high risk pregnancy probably shouldn't masturbate often but it may be safer for them than vaginal penetration intercourse. The best policy is to ask your obstetrician for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some risk: How long each day? 10 minutes or 6 hours? Occasional gum chewing, especially with sugarless gum is not a problem. If it's done excessively, it can cause strain on your tmjoints and facial muscles. If you already have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, it will most likely exacerbate the problem. ...Read more
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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