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Is Chicory Safe While 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
Yes: For a pregnant woman, the parmesan cheese that she usually eats without problems, is also safe to eat during pregnancy. Parmesan is a "hard" cheese and has little risk for carrying listeria bacteria. Some of the "soft" cheeses, especially those that are not processed and not prepackaged, are more risky. It's best to avoid unpasteurized cheese and other unpasteurized dairy products. ...Read more
Unclear: There have been no human studies of any kind on raspberry ketones. These are present in small amounts in foods which contain raspberries, or raspberry flavors, and there have been no reported issues with them. However, weight loss supplements contain a synthetic version, not naturally produced. ANY weight loss plan during a pregnancy should be worked out with your OB. ...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
Yes: Resveratrol is an "anti-aging" antioxidant found in red wine. As a health and wellness physician, I am a big supporter of many supplements which may have additional health benefits. Resveratrol has no negative effects, and may be taken during pregnancy and lactation, if desired. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably, however...: In one study of 206 women who took echinacea during pregnancy there was no evidence that it was hazardous, but i recommend avoiding all herbs and medicines if possible during the first trimester if possible to err on the side of caution. The safest treatment i know of during the first trimester is homeopathic medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Common to Take: Indinavir (crixivan) is not often prescribed in pregnancy when there are other alternatives though it is only a class c. The difficulty is that the concentrations of indinavir in the blood at weeks 30 to 32 of pregnancy often drop unpredictably which could allow the development of resistance and treatment failure, as well as mother-to-child transmission of HIV during childbirth. See an expert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No one knows!: It may say "spirulina" on the bottle but how do you know what's really in it? Why would you want to take this anyway? Don't believe all the crazy claims made by these supplement makers who are after your hard-earned money. Buy fresh fruits and veggies at your local grocery store or farmers market! and do you smoke? If so, stop! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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